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February 15, 2013
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  • Hyatt expects "stable growth" in 2013, CEO says
    Hyatt Hotels is looking forward to another year of expansion in 2013 after adding 22 hotels to its global portfolio in 2012, company President and CEO Mark Hoplamazian says. Hyatt's recent acquisitions include the newly rebranded Hyatt Regency Mexico City and the Hyatt Regency Birmingham in the U.K., which cost a combined total of about $235 million. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • All-you-can-eat gourmet goodness at Las Vegas buffets
    Luxury hotels in Las Vegas are on to a popular craze: gourmet buffets. The spreads include exotic meats, premium shellfish, unique side dishes and chic desserts. These are often prepared in small batches. The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and Aria Resort & Casino are just some of the hotels that offer upscale buffets. Travel Weekly (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotel rooms evolve with unique design ideas
    Hotel developers can take a nod from boutique hotels to create one-of-a-kind rooms. A few tips are to explore different configurations, integrate furniture into the architecture and turn the bathroom into more of a spa complete with a bathtub and high-end fixtures. Hospitality Net (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dubai spa offers sweet treatment for feet
    Spaces Salon at the Oasis Centre in Dubai is offering a chocolate pedicure treatment to exfoliate skin and relax clients. "We use brown sugar, vanilla, fizzy cocoa beans, mangoes, peach and shea butter for the treatment. We also give you cup of hot chocolate in the process – it does wonders to relax you," said operations manager Sally Ann Simmons. Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hot hotel markets welcome designers
    Designers are experiencing a surge in demand as hotels continue to grow in emerging markets such as South America. "We're seeing a lot more hiring in key firms than we have in the last two years," said Reed Fry of Interior Design magazine. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More hotels are adding social media booking this year
    According to a TravelClick survey, most hotels will have booking options integrated into their social media platforms this year. Of the more than half of hotels that do not have social media integration, 22.5% say they will by the end of 2013. TravelPulse (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Marriott revives development plans for Colo. Gaylord hotel
    Marriott International has entered into talks to develop the $824 million conference hotel project in Aurora Colo., that former Gaylord Entertainment dropped last year, city officials said. "Aurora and Marriott are working together to find a way forward," said Wendy Mitchell, president and CEO of the Aurora Economic Development Council. According to city officials, Marriott has said it intends to go forward with the original plan of a 1,500-room hotel and conference center and is seeking a development partner for the project. The Denver Post (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Baha Mar behemoth is coming to Bahamas
    The Baha Mar Resort being built in the Bahamas will add 2,200 rooms across four resorts. The property, expected to be completed next year, adds to the existing Wyndham Nassau Resort and the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on the island, which have a combined 1,250 rooms. Baha Mar is aiming to appeal to adult travelers, while the Atlantis Paradise Island is more family-oriented. HotelChatter (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mixing business and pleasure? Try these hotels
    Explore the top 10 hotels that made it on to the dating website's list. The site brings together wealthy travelers with "attractive people who can't afford to travel," this blogger says. According to the survey, the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is the top hotel, while San Francisco remains the top destination. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Operations manager in Qatar
    A large residential, retail and hospitality complex is looking for a well-traveled, on-trend operations manager to oversee nine restaurant managers. Five to seven years of F&B experience in upscale operations or development in worldwide reputed firms required. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Upscale hotel assistant food and beverage director, Abu Dhabi
    An international luxury brand hotel in Abu Dhabi is looking for an assistant food and beverage director. This is a full expat package for single or married status, including accommodation, flights, medical and retirement plan. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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