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February 22, 2013
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  • Massive international hotels drive brand recognition
    Several U.S. hotel chains are aiming to introduce their brand identities to foreign consumers through new supersize hotels equipped with their brands' latest amenities, this feature says. The 3,863-room Sheraton Macao Hotel and the 1,224-room Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central opened last year at Sands Cotai Central, looking to capture foreign demand in the Asian gambling hub. In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Marriott International is preparing to officially launch its largest property -- the 1,608-room JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotels welcome local brews
    Each Cambria Suites location now has at least two local bottled craft beers. The craft-beer industry in the U.S. has gone from $5.7 billion in sales in 2007 to $12 billion last year -- something hotels are contributing to. The Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Ore., which has 32 breweries in the vicinity, offers several beer-focused packages. HotelNewsNow.com (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo.'s Zocalito Bistro delights with authentic Oaxacan food
    Zocalito Bistro, which bills itself as Aspen, Colo.'s "favorite Latin Cuisine & Rum Bar," keeps a low profile, but word is catching on. That's because the meals are so good, this feature says. The eatery offers several meals authentic to the Oaxaca region of Mexico, and imports ingredients from there as well. USA Today (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y.-region spas geared for your spending level
    Several spa hotels in the New York area offer a chance to experience relaxation at a range of price tags, from the Copperhood Retreat and Spa at Shandaken, N.Y., where a weekend of massage, fly fishing, African dance and other activities can run about $875, to the Mayflower Inn and Spa in nearby Connecticut, where three nights of classes, spa treatments and meals starts at $4,000. Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (subscription required) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Las Vegas tourism is recovering slowly but surely
    Tourism in Las Vegas improved last year, when 2.1% more visitors came to the city than in 2011. Hotel occupancy increased 0.6%, to 84.4%, and ADR rose 2.8%, to $108.08, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says. The number of people driving in from Southern California is also on the rise. "Between hotels coming back online from renovations and new hotels coming into the market over the next 12 to 18 months, Las Vegas will see another 5,000 or more rooms added to the market," said Jim Cady, general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton near the city's airport. Cady says he doesn't think occupancy will return to 2007 levels until 2015 or 2016. HotelNewsNow.com (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IGH, Kempinski migrate data to cloud services
    U.K. hotels that are part of the InterContinental Hotels Group and Kempinski are two more hotel companies that are migrating their data to cloud services. IHG also used RapidNFC to launch a mobile enrollment platform for new Priority Club Rewards members, which IHG says is the first of its kind in the hotel industry. TNooz.com (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • See the hotel room of the future
    Catch a glimpse of the hotel room of the future, created by the SerranoBrothers Design Studio in Lleida, Spain. Dubbed the ITH Room Xperience, this video shows the surfaces and technologies that make up this customizable hotel room. "We opt for a room with the ability to transform itself according to guest needs and their experiential expectations," said Diego Serrano, co-founder of the studio. "That is also a challenge in itself, that technology should resolve the ability of a space to adapt to different situations, roles, times of day, moods, etc." CNN (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Luxury Hoteliers is a partner in the International Herald Tribune's Luxury Hospitality 2013
    The Luxury Hospitality Summit agenda, to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, will address all aspects of luxury and present ideas as well as business models to new consumers. Read how you can be a sponsor and benefit. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro launch their new hotel in Vegas
    Celebrity-chef-turned-hotelier Nobu Matsuhisa and Oscar winner Robert De Niro describe the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace as an oasis on the Las Vegas strip, with rooms having a zen feel to them. See an excerpt from an interview here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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