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November 2, 2012
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  • MGM pitches luxury resort and casino for Md.
    Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, recently detailed plans for a possible MGM luxury resort and casino in Maryland with a view of the Washington Monument. Maryland residents will vote Tuesday on a measure to allow another casino in the state. The Washington Post (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New wellness-oriented Bangkok hotel offers Thai kickboxing classes
    The Siam, a new luxury hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, offers guests the opportunity to develop health and wellness while learning about Thai culture. The all-suite hotel offers a wellness center, equipped with a boxing ring, that provides yoga, tai chi and lessons in muay Thai, a mixed martial art. Los Angeles Times(tiered subscription model) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pearl Spa enhances relaxation at Delano Marrakech resort
    Delano Marrakech, a Moroccan luxury resort owned by Morgans Hotel Group, is adding a spa to its facilities that features 14 cabins and a subterranean mosaic pool, along with a separate hammam area equipped with a steam room, sauna, bath, lounge and set of limestone treatment plinths. The Pearl Spa uses brands such as marocMaroc -- whose products use Moroccan ingredients -- and treatments such as Aromatherapy Associates' Jet Lag Cure and Escape, an hour-long exfoliation session. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Foreign-visitor spending in the U.S. reached $13.8B in August
    The Department of Commerce reports that international visitors spent $13.8 billion in the U.S. in August, up 3% from the same period last year. Foreign-visitor spending during the first eight months of the year rose 8% from last year, to $109.2 billion, the agency reports. Los Angeles Times(tiered subscription model) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Branded luxury real estate gains popularity
    Developers of high-end real estate are turning to celebrity and corporate branding in a new trend to bolster the market's rebound. "Originally, branded residences were simply residential developments linked to an adjacent hotel. However, the provision of hotel services is now only part of the concept," said Liam Bailey, head of residential research at Knight Frank. The Wall Street Journal (11/1) , CNBC (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Update 
  • 2 megaresort projects in Spain could boost hospitality sector
    Two multibillion-dollar resort projects in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, may help stimulate the country's lodging industry amid high unemployment levels, this feature says. Las Vegas Sands' EuroVegas and the Barcelona World project unveiled by the Catalan government could boost the country's room supply by nearly 50,000 as the country continues to see an influx of international visitors, this feature says. Travel Weekly (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Starwood's design center is a hub of contemporary ideas
    The shift in Starwood Hotels' interiors will bring a transformation to neutral-colored rooms, bringing in splashes of lively color and vertical gardens in lobbies to improve air quality. Owners and hotel developers are invited to the design lab to view latest trends. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The business plan that survives against all odds
    How do some companies thrive in chaos, while others sink under the pressure of economic issues and a world out of control? Read this excerpt taken from the book "Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck -- Why Some Thrive Despite Them All," written by Jim Collins and Morten T.Hansen, who documented their study in what it takes to succeed. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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