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December 6, 2012
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  • Modest growth is forecast for 2013 U.S. hotel market
    Hotel-industry professionals say 2013 will bring some new opportunities, but growth will be modest. "There will be a continuation of modest growth. We aren't getting the recovery we expected, but we also didn't see a drop or regression," said Ed James, principal of brokerage firm Mumford Co. Hotel Management online (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Westin Hotels expands gear-lending program worldwide
    Westin Hotels & Resorts has announced that its gear-lending program in partnership with New Balance has been expanded to its entire global portfolio. The program allows guests to borrow a variety of fitness gear and equipment as well as fitness content provided by New Balance. TravelAge West (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: 5 tips to increase direct booking to hotels
    Hotels can boost their direct bookings by offering competitive rates and making their websites easy to use just like online travel agencies do. Other tips in this feature include offering incentives to those who book directly. 4Hoteliers (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LaSalle eyes hotels in Asia, apartments in Australia
    High occupancy rates and revenue growth are two reasons why LaSalle Investment Management says it favors hotels in Asia. The company is also constructing about 7,000 apartment units in Sydney, where the market for these units is appealing. Bloomberg (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Priceline survey tracks mobile booking trends
    According to a Priceline survey, about half of people booking rooms on mobile devices were on the road when they secured reservations. Mobile travelers cited free Wi-Fi as the most important aspect of their stay, according to the report. 4Hoteliers (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tourism numbers in Arab regions show signs of recovery
    Sustained peace in several Arab countries has led to rising tourism numbers and growth in hotel performance. Hotel results in Morocco and Tunisia are close to fully rebounding, while Egypt is expected to recover in 2013. However, political instability in Yemen and Syria continues to erode tourism in those countries. HotelNewsNow.com (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Book reservations, browse maps on a coffee-table screen
    Guests at the InterContinental Miami can use touch-screen coffee tables in the lobby and Toro Toro bar to organize an outing, book a spa treatment or make a restaurant reservation. The screens, or digital concierges, let visitors view maps of the area as well. HotelChatter (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • As economy rebounds, hotel development still takes time
    Hotel developers looking to build from the ground up may have a tougher time obtaining lending from banks though the economy has improved from its recent downturn. It takes time to obtain capital for new development; securing money for renovations typically does not take as long. HotelNewsNow.com (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ritz-Carlton will debut in Kazakhstan in 2013
    Ritz-Carlton has unveiled development plans for its first hotel in Kazakhstan. The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty, scheduled to open late next year, will have 145 rooms and 10,000 square feet of meetings space. TravelPulse (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Plan a spa getaway at these destinations
    Metro Magazine lists its top 15 destination spa choices, which range from retreat spas to weight-loss spas. Some sites that made the list include Canyon Ranch in Florida, Rancho La Puerta in California and the Copperhood Retreat and Spa in New York. Metro Magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Luxury Hoteliers launches new website for members
    Luxury Hoteliers has launched a new website, www.luxuryhoteliers.com, giving LinkedIn members added benefits, including categorized forums, a daily news brief, an international jobs board and a directory of suppliers. Don't miss out on this opportunity to sign up. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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