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March 13, 2013
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  • Hotel development is ramping up in Detroit
    Detroit's continuing economic recovery has spurred leisure and business travel to the city, this feature says. Hotels are starting to consider development opportunities in the city to capitalize on the rising demand. "There is movement upward in average rate; people are forecasting average rates increasing by 3% to 5% for the next couple of years. Things are improving and just look very good going forward," said Jaime Law, HVS San Francisco assistant vice president. (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sales secrets evolve in hospitality industry
    In the hospitality industry, the face of sales is changing. "This business is as much about relationships as product. You have to have an open relationship to understand what their needs are. We work very hard to talk to customers and have a real relationship with them because it makes everyone better that way," said Shannon Davis, VP of sales, Selamat Designs. Another technique some suppliers are using is to create visual e-mails to quickly show products to prospects so their messages don't let lost in a sea of text e-mails. Hotel Interactive (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Starwood shifts marketing for Le Meridien
    Starwood has refocused its marketing strategy for Le Meridien to align with Westin, not W. Le Meridien's business model is more in line with Westin, which is an upper-upscale hotel, while W is a luxury brand. In the U.S. there are 13 Le Meridien hotels. Travel Weekly (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury hotels deploy scents to entice, retain guests
    Not only celebrities get signature scents -- hotels have created specific aromas as a way to stand out and stay remembered. Many not only let the scent waft through the lobby or spa, but create products with the scent that guests can purchase and take home. 4Hoteliers (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PKF forecasts steady growth for hotel industry this year
    PKF Hospitality Research has released its March 2013 Hotel Horizons report, which forecasts increases in hotels' earnings this year. Revenue per available room is expected to rise 6.1%, while net operating income is forecast to grow by 10.2%. "The uncertainty and fear generated by Congress' handling of the fiscal cliff and sequester may have tempered the pace of economic growth, but it has not completely shut down the growth in demand for lodging accommodations," said PKF Hospitality Research President R. Mark Woodworth. TravelPulse (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Las Vegas Sands sets its focus on large-scale resorts
    Las Vegas Sands, which is set to build a $9.8 billion casino-resort complex in Alcorcón, Spain, later this year, is currently focused on developing big resorts, according to Sands spokesman Ron Reese. The company is also working to sell its casino in Bethlehem, Pa. "It's safe to say that Las Vegas Sands is focused on large-scale integrated resorts, rather than smaller, regional sites. That said, we're very proud of our investment in Bethlehem," Reese said. The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Accor plans 3 hotel openings in Myanmar
    Accor says it has agreed to operate three hotels in development in Myanmar. "These three developments represent yet another step towards our goal of operating 700 hotels in Asia Pacific by 2015," said Michael Issenberg, Accor's chairman and chief operating officer for the Asia Pacific region. The properties are a 168-room MGallery hotel in Naypyidaw and two Novotel properties in Yangon with 366 and 280 rooms each. (free registration) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • "Boatels" offer the lure of a fancy hotel and a stay on the water
    Take a look inside the world's top hotel/boats, or "boatels." The Queen Mary has 314 original staterooms in Long Beach, Calif., and the former Lilla Marras is now the Harlingen Lifeboat Hotel in the Netherlands at just 14 meters long with one double bedroom. CNN (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Spend some time in Davos, Switzerland
    One should think about traveling to Davos, Switzerland, where the Alpine air refreshes the soul, the mountains are breathtakingly perfect for skiing, and the nearby BierVision Monstein brewery marketed as "the last beer stop before heaven." Sounds perfect, doesn't it? Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Staying power
    And you thought that you were irreplaceable? Well, maybe you are. Some employees create a dynamic that extends past fulfilling their job description. Years of experience, an extensive contact list and an intrinsic understanding of the business needs to be appreciated and compensated so that top talent stays within the company, because they are irreplaceable. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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