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February 15, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Calif. company is acquiring Atlantic City, N.J.'s, Trump Plaza
    Meruelo Group, a company based in California, is purchasing the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., for $20 million. "Suffice to say, we are firmly committed to the property and we are firmly committed to the city. We are excited about making a mark and an investment in the property," said Xavier Gutierrez, president and chief investment officer of Meruelo. The company expects to close on the acquisition by May 31. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Update 
  • 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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  Market Trends 
  • Some good hotels come in small packages in Las Vegas
    Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon in Las Vegas is a good example of how hotel developers are downsizing their projects in the city, this feature says. The site will be transformed into a boutique hotel and casino with a club and a rooftop pool. Downsizing is "making it easier for companies to capitalize on the emerging trend that has folks wanting more personalized, bespoke experiences," writes Glenn Haussman. Hotel Interactive (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New wave of visitors revives travel in Caribbean
    The number of people visiting the Caribbean last year -- about 25 million -- was up about 5% from the year before, a sign that tourism is rebounding in the region. Hotel occupancy was up 7% and revenue was up nearly 9%. "The region as a whole has regained ground lost in the heat of the global economic depression," said Beverly Nicholson-Doty, chairwoman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Dayton Daily News (Ohio)/The Associated Press (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Romantic hotel-room must-haves? Think luxury linens, fireplace
    Romantic room essentials include a hot tub, fireplace, massage services and luxury linens, this feature says. Hotels with a romantic dining option are also a plus so couples can eat onsite, as are those with room service if guests feel like staying in. CNN (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Column: 10 hotel-marketing blunders that shrink revenue
    Failing to utilize iPads, neglecting to refresh website design and relying on flash sales are some of the marketing mistakes that spell failure for a hotel, writes Larry Mogelonsky, president and founder of LMA Communications. Ignoring the wedding market will also mean a loss of significant revenue for a hotel because it is a strong recession-proof market segment, Mogelonsky writes. (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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
  AH&LA News 
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    Time is running out to save on the only HR conference for our industry -- HR in Hospitality, March 11-13 in Las Vegas. Register by Feb. 25 at to attend for $1,145. AH&LA members should e-mail for a promo code to attend for $920. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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