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March 11, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Starwood Hotels plans growth for Latin American portfolio
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide says it is looking to expand its portfolio in Latin America to 100 properties open or in development by the end of 2013. The hotel firm has 20 hotels in its development pipeline in the region, accounting for 3,300 new rooms. "There is still a great deal of opportunity, in world-class travel destinations like Mexico and Costa Rica, under-hoteled markets such as Brazil, top performers like Chile and Peru, and foreign investment favorites such as Colombia and Panama," said Ricardo Suarez, a vice president at Starwood Latin America. News Times (Danbury, Conn.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hilton to add 3 UK hotels to DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio
    Hilton has agreed to rebrand three hotels in the U.K. under the DoubleTree by Hilton brand. The properties are the 139-room former Point Hotel Edinburgh, the 106-room former Nottingham Gateway Hotel in Notthingham, and the 201-room former Jarvis hotel in Bristol. "Following an outstanding year for British tourism in 2012, we are delighted to be at the forefront of expanding our brand in this market with new properties in three key cities," said John Greenleaf, global head of DoubleTree by Hilton. (free registration) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Number of hotel deals is expected to increase in 2013
    The number of hotel transactions in Europe was down 21% in 2012 versus 2011, but the number of deals is expected to rise this year thanks to better financing opportunities. "There are early signs that this will be the strongest hotel-transaction year since before the crisis," said Frits van Paasschen, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide CEO and president. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Americans' sentiment toward travel is higher than before recession
    A new survey by MMGY Global indicates that consumers' travel sentiment has improved, surpassing even a benchmark rating established in March 2007. The study found that about 57% of all U.S. adults are looking to go on a vacation within the next six months. Business-travel sentiment also grew, with 20% of respondents indicating plans to take at least one business trip over the next six months. TravelPulse (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotel spas focus on indulgence, but also guest wellness
    Hotel spas are shifting some focus from indulgent treatments to ones that have health and medical benefits such as information from on-site nutritionists. More hotels also are offering medical-based services to treat guests holistically. Some spas are not huge moneymakers, but four- and five-star hotels are expected to have them, this feature says. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Marketing should focus on content and experience, experts say
    An effective marketing strategy in today's tech-heavy environment provides engaging content through a variety of channels, said experts during an event organized by the Association of Travel Marketing Executives. "Today, it's about experience messaging. People are coming out of a three-, four-year hole and it's more than just about branding. It's about, 'I have X number of vacation days, what do I want to do?' " said Andrew Capone, a senior vice president at NCC Media. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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