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December 31, 2012News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • RockBridge Capital buys Dallas' Adolphus hotel
    The historic Adolphus hotel in Dallas has been purchased by hotel investor RockBridge Capital for an undisclosed amount. The company has not yet unveiled plans for further investments on the 440-room property, such as renovations or rebranding. "The hotel currently performs well. We have the luxury of taking our time to make sure any capital dollars we spend are on what's best for the asset and what's best for the market," said John Rosen, RockBridge managing director. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (12/28), Hotel Management online (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Hotels' recovery in metro Atlanta inches forward
    Room rates and occupancies for hotels in the metro Atlanta area have not yet returned to peak levels reached in 2007, but operators are hopeful that an influx of conventions and corporate travelers will lead to a full rebound in the next few years. PKF Hospitality Research forecasts that Atlanta will hit or approach 2007 levels by 2014. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Inbound tourism rises in several Asian markets
    Initial data released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association indicate that overall foreign visitation in Asia increased 5.5% year over year between January and September 2012. Tourism growth in South Asia was modest compared with last year, while other Asian markets such as South Korea, Taipei and Japan recorded double-digit increases. (free registration) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spotlight on Technology 
  • Hotels move to serve guests with their own video content sources
    The hotel TV is shifting from the traditional video-on-demand model to serving as an access point for travelers with subscriptions to third-party video content providers, this feature says. However, this new business model is not as profitable as video on demand. "Video on demand was a revenue generator in the past, but how does the hotel benefit off of guests using a service such as Netflix? How do you commercialize an app, since it needs a guest's account details to work? There is a solution, but it isn't there yet," said Chris Barton, a manager at LG Electronics. Hotel Management online (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Conversation is key to social media success, hoteliers say
    Representatives from hotel firms Best Western International, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Marriott Hotels & Resorts revealed the strategies that allowed them to lead the lodging industry in connecting with consumers through social media channels. "Our strategy for managing guest feedback includes four main goals: listen, respond, resolve and implement. We have teams in place who closely monitor our brand social channels 24 hours a day to ensure that issues are acknowledged and addressed," said Andrew Flack, a vice president at Hilton. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AH&LA News 
  • Promote the industry as a career of choice
    National Groundhog Job Shadow Day (NGJSD), Feb. 1, is a national campaign that gives young people an opportunity to learn about the hospitality business. It's a great way to improve the industry's image and to generate interest among students in a career in hospitality. Resources to help you prepare, plan and participate in NGJSD, may be found here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get in front of meeting planners
    To reach meeting professionals when they're buying, AH&LA members receive a 20% savings on, a leading online search engine, to showcase their properties on listings with trackable ROI. Additional press release postings, Divine Deals, banner ads and "call to action" e-mail marketing to 50,000 planners are also available to generate new, qualified prospects. Learn more here, or contact Katherine Markham, CHME, at 301-975-9462 or LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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