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December 19, 2012
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  • Paris reigns supreme for ultra-luxury palace hotels
    Some hotel-industry sources say London is losing its ultra-luxury hotel appeal. Raffles Hotels and Resorts, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and The Peninsula Hotels have skipped London in favor of Paris to expand their properties, as France offers more palace properties and space, this feature says. However, other hoteliers say the London market is still hot: "The ultra-luxury hotel sector in London is buyout and competitive," said Matthew Dixon, general manager at the Whitehall Place Corinthia Hotel London. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ritz-Carlton property in Truckee, Calif., is sold
    The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Lake Tahoe, both of which are in Truckee, Calif., have been sold to real-estate company Kennedy Wilson and unnamed partners. Kennedy Wilson reported paying $18 million in equity together with its partners, while Pacific Western Bank provided $45 million to help fund the transaction. The 170-room luxury hotel will retain the Ritz-Carlton brand. (free registration) (12/18) , Hotel Management online (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • QT Sydney's Gowings restaurant offers an "eclectic menu"
    Gowings Bar & Grill opened at the QT Sydney in Australia this fall with plenty of fanfare. The eclectic menu based on local ingredients and wood-fired cooking techniques includes "imaginative takes" on staples such as shrimp cocktail, rotisserie quail and cheesecake, this feature says. Travel Agent Central (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Housekeeping? No, but thanks
    Some hotels are deploying decontenting, which lets guests opt out of daily housekeeping services during check-in. In doing so, guests can earn loyalty points, room discounts or food and beverage vouchers. This feature examines a study that looked at the practice, and found different variables between guests and types of hotels. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healing, relaxation await at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa
    The Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa in Arizona is in a well-known region for its vortex sites, which are said to enhance energy and promote healing. The resort is equipped with a spa along with other services such as yoga, psychic readings and spiritual acupuncture. JustLuxe (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Experts: Ties with marketing channels could lead to added costs
    Major Internet firms such as Google, Facebook and Apple are expected to make their entry in the hotel space, which could lead to wider online exposure for hoteliers -- along with higher costs, experts say. Potential partnerships with these new players should include measures to ensure that hoteliers maintain control over the customer experience, they say. "[T]o me, crossing the line would be taking ownership of the customer experience completely. If they were to become an OTA, you would have to look at them entirely differently," said Gareth Gaston, a senior vice president with Wyndham Hotel Group. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hostmark executives share 2013 forecast
    Hostmark Hospitality Group's president, Jerome F. Cataldo, along with its executive vice president of operations and development, Peter Connolly, discuss their predictions for the hotel market in the upcoming year. Connolly says hotel demand will be flat. Listen to the entire conversation. Hotel Interactive (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Louvre Hôtels Group will expand in the Caribbean
    Louvre Hôtels Group has announced plans for expanding its Campanile and Première Classe brands on Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean. The company is looking to open three properties on Martinique and four on Guadeloupe through a new partnership with Groupe ACI Outremer. Caribbean Journal (Miami) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • General manager for restaurant portfolio in Doha, Qatar
    A large residential, hospitality and retail complex located in Doha, Qatar, is looking for a general manager for its nine a la carte restaurants and expanding portfolio. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Head spa therapist and fitness instructor for Dubai hotel
    A hotel in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, is looking for a head spa therapist and fitness instructor. The spa therapist must have experience managing small teams and be able to perform massage. The fitness instructor needs to be able to design programs for guests and manage group classes. Flights and accommodation are provided. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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