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January 15, 2013
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  • Louvre Hôtels Group aims for 85 global hotel openings in 2013
    Louvre Hôtels Group is looking to ramp up its successful expansion drive in 2012 by opening 80 to 85 new properties around the world this year. Louvre's growth plan will initially focus on Brazil, China, India and Russia, where the hotel firm plans to "capture natural growth of those markets," said Matthieu Evrard, chief development officer. The group will then look for further growth opportunities in the European market, Evrard said. (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Go for yoga at these luxury hotels
    COMO Hotels and Resorts offers yoga mats and a yoga television channel in guest rooms as a way to offer customers a relaxing experience. Other hotels such as Kimpton offer free yoga equipment in rooms and yoga classes at many of their properties, and InterContinental Hotels' EVEN brand will offer yoga mats and space in the gym to practice. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deadline for new pool-lift rules is fast approaching
    Hoteliers need to implement changes to their pool lifts as specified under the revised Americans with Disabilities Act as the effective date of the new regulations approaches. "We're recommending that hotels take steps to make sure they are in compliance," said Kevin Maher, senior vice president for governmental affairs at the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Others recommend closing noncompliant pools until the requirements are met. (free registration) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Europe's hotel outlook in 2013: Slow growth overall
    In Europe this year, Paris is expected to have the highest occupancy rating at 79.1%, the most expensive rooms, averaging $356, and the highest expected revPAR at $281, while London will experience negative growth, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC says cities including Paris, Edinburgh, Scotland; and St. Petersburg, Russia, will experience robust revPAR growth, with more modest growth in Frankfurt, Dublin, Berlin and Moscow. (free registration) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hoteliers are ready to dig deep in construction boom
    On the whole, hotel growth looks good and new-hotel building is expected, writes Glenn Haussman, editor-in- chief of Hotel Interactive. He breaks down hotel-building growth by different cities, noting that 40% of today's hotel-construction pipeline began in the past year. Hotel Interactive (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Proposed theme park project in Dubai, UAE, draws hotel developers
    Hotel firms are studying growth opportunities that could arise in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from the construction of a $3 billion theme-park complex in Jebel Ali. Some experts say the theme park would aid the strong growth of inbound tourism and hotel performance in the region. "Dubai currently lacks a prominent theme park to extend visitor stays by adding to the destination program," said Harmen de Jong, a consultant at PKF Consulting. "The announced leisure and entertainment complex in Jebel Ali will therefore certainly fill a market gap that has been identified for a while already." (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IHG plans 8 hotel openings in Saudi Arabia by 2018
    InterContinental Hotels Group is looking to open eight hotels in Saudi Arabia by 2018 as the company looks to seize significant growth opportunities in the Middle East, said Pascal Gauvin, IHG's chief operating officer for India, the Middle East and Africa. IHG's plans in 2013 include the launch of the Crowne Plaza Riyadh ITCC and the Holiday Inn Riyadh -- Meydan. (United Arab Emirates) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Digital Marketing Specialist required for major U.S. company
    A Fortune 500 company in Ann Arbor, Mich., is looking for a Digital Marketing Specialist with five years' digital marketing experience and two years' mobile experience. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Working on integrity
    In a world where the true value of success is often measured by the final achievement, not the process itself, dishonesty and a lack of integrity can creep in, especially when you think no one is watching. Trust can be broken in moments and a reputation ruined forever. Take note of some good advice in this article on how to do the right thing. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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