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November 12, 2012
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  • Global tourism is on the rise, report says
    Tourist arrivals are expected to exceed 1 billion in 2012, a 3.4% increase over 2011, the World Travel Market Global Trends Report says. Travel to the Asia-Pacific region and Europe is expected to drive growth. This feature details hotel trends and breaks them down by region. (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sale of Strategic Hotels is more likely after CEO change, analysts say
    The departure of Laurence Geller as CEO of Strategic Hotels & Resorts could increase the company's attractiveness to prospective buyers, analysts say. "Now investors -- whether it's opportunity funds, foreign investors, private equity -- would consider making a bid or chasing the company, whereas before no one would have thought of making an offer for this company with Laurence Geller running it. It was his company and it would have taken him actively marketing the company," said Will Marks, an analyst at JMP Securities. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carnival Sunshine makeover will add water park, Havana Bar
    Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Sunshine will add a racing-themed water park and a Havana Bar to its list of offerings as part of its $155 million upgrade, the cruise line says. The 49-day renovation will also include the addition of a full-service Asian restaurant and several other new dining options under the line's Fun Ship 2.0 program. TravelPulse (11/11) , Travel Weekly (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotel data show improving performance
    Attendees of the Lodging Industry Investment Council's latest meeting discussed improving fundamentals in the hotel industry. Vail Brown, a vice president at STR, said that hotel occupancies in the upscale and luxury segments have reached or surpassed peak levels in 2007 and are hitting 70% or higher. Upper-midscale hotels have reached a new peak in average daily rates at $96 as of August. "The transient consumer is driving this; there's no surprise there. Demand on the group business side has come back stronger than we expected, but we're still four percentage points away in occupancy [for group] from where we were in 2007," Brown said. Hotel Management online (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels turn to technology to stand out from the crowd
    Hotels competing to differentiate themselves in customers' eyes have found a new arena in the field of technology, this feature says. More hotels are upping investments in tech-based amenities to cater to the needs of today's technology-dependent travelers. These include in-room Wi-Fi access, custom hotel applications and in the case of Starwood's Aloft Hotels brand, interactive software known as ICE that provides information on flights, hotel amenities and destinations in the area. Hotel Interactive (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: More frequent travel equals poorer health
    It is harder for frequent business travelers to stay healthy, according to a Columbia University study. The report notes that regular travelers had higher body mass indexes and obesity levels, and those on the road more than 20 nights per month were 2.61 times more likely to report being in poor health. Las Vegas Review-Journal (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Steve Wynn unveils plan to enter casino competition in Philadelphia
    Steve Wynn plans to submit a casino license application in Philadelphia. The CEO of Wynn Resorts said the company is considering a waterfront site in Fishtown for a casino dubbed Wynn Philadelphia, which would include a 300-room hotel, 2,500 slots and 100 table games. "It's such a perfect site. It allows for ... the creation of a destination resort that these local casinos haven't done before," Wynn said of the 60-acre site. The Philadelphia Inquirer (11/9) , Las Vegas Review-Journal (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Food and Beverage Manager for 5-star hotel in Zambia
    A 173-room resort hotel on the Zambezi River is looking for a Food and Beverage Manager with boutique-style resort experience and a strong training background. Accommodations and flights are included and salary is paid in U.S. dollars, tax-free. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Assistant Food and Beverage Manager for luxury collection hotel
    A 5-star hotel -- consisting of two properties with 300 rooms, standing in the heart of Kuwait's commercial and financial center -- is looking for an Assistant Food and Beverage Manager. This is a full expat package with medical, flights and accommodation. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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