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November 7, 2012
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  • IHG's new extended-stay programs focus on comforts of home
    Extended-stay properties under InterContinental Hotels Group are set to undergo a series of upgrades aimed at providing a more comfortable environment for guests, company executives say. The new initiatives include the "lending locker" program at Candlewood Suites hotels, which promotes a community atmosphere among guests by providing typical home items for borrowing. Staybridge Suites is revamping "evening social" events at its properties to cater to its more casual-social guest demographic. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • China Lodging Group is developing a new luxury brand
    Officials at China Lodging Group have revealed the company's plans to enter the luxury-hotel market through a new upscale brand that is under development. "We are working on our new brand, which will provide a five-star-level quality of rooms," said China Lodging's founder and CEO, Qi Ji. The new brand will feature all amenities expected from a high-end hotel but will not include expensive and unnecessary facilities that would affect returns on investment, Qi said. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Trump hotel in Toronto notes "Skyfall" movie with Bond package
    Travelers can revel in a James Bond-style stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, which has launched a package to coincide with the North America premiere of the latest movie in the series, "Skyfall." The "Shaken Not Stirred: Bond On Bay" package consists of a two-night stay in an executive suite, a Bentley Continental GT, private fittings for a designer dress and tuxedo, and a martini lesson at the Suits Lobby Lounge. registration) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Promote hotel security in marketing efforts
    Tourists want to see a solid security presence at the hotels they stay at, and hoteliers would be wise to properly train guards and make security part of their marketing strategy. "Visitors continue to make it clear that, in this 'era of terrorism' and in places where there is street crime, a highly visible police and security presence makes them feel more comfortable, willing to stay on the streets longer and more likely to spend money," this feature says. (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Corporate hotel rates are expected to go up
    A continued upsurge in hotel demand alongside a slowdown in supply growth point to increases in lodging rates for corporate travelers, this feature says. Travel managers say contract negotiations for lodging are increasingly favoring hotels in terms of prices. "We're going to be seeing well-above-average increases in average room rate for at least the next three to four years," said PKF Hospitality Research President R. Mark Woodworth. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels' revPAR is forecast to soften in the short term
    A number of hotel executives reported weakened revenue per available room growth in the past month, which some attribute to uncertainties over the presidential election. "Everybody is really looking at everything extremely conservatively until there's a little bit more clarity in the political direction," said Jeff Good, president of Good Hospitality Services. Executives forecast a continued slowdown in revPAR growth through the first six months of 2013. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Olympics, taxation are key travel-industry influences, report shows
    The World Travel Market in London this week highlights several major issues that are expected to affect global travel. Among them is the Olympics, which is expected to continue demand for past and future host countries. Taxation remains a serious concern for the global travel industry, with increasing air-duty and hotel taxes in certain countries predicted to have a negative effect on tourism demand, the report says. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Accor eyes growth plans in Asia-Pacific, U.S.
    Accor is hoping to add about 5,000 rooms annually, turning away from properties in Europe to develop sites in the U.S. Because the Asia-Pacific region is growing, the company says it also wants to expand in that market. "When you look at the demand worldwide you see there is a bit of a slowdown in southern Europe. Italy, Spain and Portugal are suffering," said Chairman and CEO Denis Hennequin. Reuters (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • In some German cities, economy hotels are recovering better than luxury properties
    According to HVS London, economy hotels in Berlin, Frankfurt and Hamburg in Germany have higher occupancy. In Munich, however, the luxury-hotel market was growing primarily due to less supply. "Occupancies were higher in the economy sector in all markets except Munich, where in fact the luxury segment excelled due to a higher international and corporate base than the other three cities," said Arlett Oehmichen, associate director at HVS. registration) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 5 hotel minibars worth exploring
    Bust into the hotel minibars at these five locations and find more than you may expect from your average minibar experience. The Peabody Orlando in Florida lets visitors call ahead to customize their minibar, while the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago features a water library with four high-end varieties of water. Forbes (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Chief Engineer for hotel opening in Kazakhstan
    This is a unique opportunity for a luxury brand Chief Engineer to take part in the opening of a luxury hotel in Kazakhstan. The candidate needs to speak Russian and English and be able to travel single status. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • International hotel group seeks Assistant Director of Engineering in Riyadh
    A luxury hotel group is looking for an Assistant Director of Engineering to work across four properties near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Candidates will need extensive renovation experience and excellent owner relationship history. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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