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January 28, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

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  • Le Méridien Hotels to launch 9 hotels in the next year
    Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to open nine hotels in its global pipeline over the next 12 months. "After significant investment and consolidation, Le Méridien boasts its best portfolio ever, and this will be a milestone year for us as we welcome an unprecedented number of new hotels into our ever-growing family," said Brian Povinelli, global brand leader for Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Le Méridien and Westin Hotels brands. TravelPulse (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Resort opportunities, financing are opening up for investors
    Opportunities for investing in resort properties are emerging in several U.S. markets as available financing continues to grow, a panel of resort executives said during a session at last week's Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles. "Lenders are still conservatively underwriting resorts, but if you have a good story, you're a good sponsor and you have a track record of success they're now looking at your future 12 months instead of just your past 12 months," said Robert Lowe Jr., CEO Of Lowe Hospitality Group. (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blog: Hotel deals churned amid upbeat ALIS
    Attendees of the Americas Lodging Investment Summit held last week in Los Angeles seemed more intent on striking deals than participating in discussions -- an encouraging sign of the industry's recovery and the optimism of its top players, writes Patrick Mayock, editor-in-chief of "That's a great thing for our industry ... . It means we're approaching a state of normalcy. The conference in general was teeming with a sense of optimism -- not the hysteric euphoria that sprung prematurely in the early days of recovery but rather a matter-of-fact nonchalance planted more firmly in reality," Mayock writes. Lobby blog (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spotlight on Technology 
  • Technological advances present a challenge for hotel industry
    Panelists at last week's Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles noted the lodging industry's difficulties in integrating its services with today's technology. "Our property-management systems, as an industry, are very archaic," said Mit Shah, CEO of Noble Investment Group. (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Column: Subtle amenity tweaks for an age-friendly hotel
    Catering to the older consumer demographic can be done through simple modifications in amenities such as lowered beds and easy-to-see light switches, writes Vijay Dandapani, chief operating officer of Apple Core Hotels. More important, marketing efforts should be subtle enough to highlight a property's age-friendly offerings without being offensive. 4Hoteliers (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Site acquired for $450M hotel project in London
    Developers of a planned $450 million hotel and residential project in London have reached a deal with Anschutz Entertainment Group to acquire a 7.4-acre site near the O2 Arena. Queensgate Investments Fund I is leading a joint venture that aims to build a 452-room luxury hotel, 100 residential spaces and a conference center. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Free webinar archive
    From ADA regulations to bed bugs to healthcare, AH&LA has a library of webinars that AH&LA members can watch and listen to for free. Each session features an expert panel and concludes with Q&A from attendees. Visit here to access these resources now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pool lift deadline only days away

    Jan. 31 marks the date that properties must provide at least one means of entry (pool lift or slopped entry), have the pool lift out in position and ready for use all hours the pool is open, have a separate means of entry for each pool/spa, and pool lifts must be attached to the pool deck or apron in some manner. Find details on what you need to consider to be compliant here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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