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November 8, 2012
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  • Holiday air, hotel bookings filling fast
    Travel agents say demand for Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holiday travel is up sharply, and that travelers who don't make plans early may face sold-out locations. "This is not a great year for procrastination," said Simon Bramley, vice president at Travelocity, where Thanksgiving ticket purchases are up 9%. The Wall Street Journal (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Can a restaurant's design determine success?
    Menus play a key role, but design may have the power to make or break a restaurant, says award-winning architect David Rockwell. "You have to think of a restaurant as a series of impressions. But what makes my job so great is there's no one answer that's right for every restaurant." Business Insider (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hilton will launch its first ever worldwide week of volunteerism
    Hilton Worldwide employees across the world will join in the company's Global Week of Service beginning Sunday as part of the company vision "to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality." Some 300,000 team members including Hilton Worldwide CEO Christopher Nassetta will volunteer in their communities on projects including youth mentoring, habitat restoration and literacy programs. registration) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sheraton Newfoundland's bivver lounge offers cozy getaway
    The 2010 renovation of the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland's bivver lounge in St. John's, Canada, gives it an elegant yet casual feel that makes it a perfect place to step in from the cold, writes reviewer Janice Tober. The bar menu features many local spirits and beers as well as the bivver shiver, the lounge's namesake martini-style cocktail. The expression "bivver" means to shake or tremble in Newfoundland. HotelChatter (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • STR: Storm-hit U.S. markets saw weekly performance declines
    Several major cities in the path of the superstorm Sandy saw their occupancy drop significantly during the week that ended on Nov. 3, data from STR shows. Washington and Boston reported occupancy declines of 25.8% and 19.7%, respectively, compared with figures last year. The overall U.S. hotel market saw a 2.5% occupancy decline during the same period. Hotel occupancy in New York fell 7.3%. Demand from displaced residents; runners who were in the New York area to participate in the city's marathon, which was canceled after the storm; and others likely minimized the decline, said Jan Freitag, a senior vice president at STR. (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tourism recovery in Miami Beach, Fla., draws new hotel investments
    Miami Beach, Fla., has become a hot target for hotel investors as tourism in the area continues to gain strength after the recession. Because of the limited number of areas for new construction, investors have been seeking acquisition prospects and raising property values through renovations. Recent beneficiaries of this makeover drive include the SLS Hotel South Beach, formerly the historic Ritz Plaza, and the former Royal Palm hotel, which is scheduled to reopen as the James Royal Palm. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Proliferation of online-payment providers tough on hotels
    Collecting online payments from guests has become a major challenge for hoteliers as the number of payment providers has multiplied, said panelists at the World Travel Market in London. Hilton Worldwide's director of international distribution services, David Cabreza, estimated the global number of payment providers online at 70 to 80. "Hilton is not alone in this -- all major companies are dealing with how to get the payment in from their customers while allowing them to pay in the manner they choose," he said. (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cruise lines eye growing Asian markets
    Countries including China and Australia are looking to develop their cruise line industries, and Western cruise lines are taking notice, this feature says. As passenger counts have spiked, companies such as Royal Caribbean are bringing larger ships including its Mariner of the Seas, which carries 3,114 passengers. Cruise lines are selling their own cruises as well as selling charters to Asian wholesalers. Travel Weekly (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tech-free hotels offer quiet escape
    For travelers looking to unplug from their laptops and television sets, this list of six hotels that offer technology-free environments can help guests disconnect. The Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa in Wyoming offers discounts to guests who check their digital devices when they enter, while the Hotel Monaco Chicago offers a Tranquility Suite along with a Technology Break package. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Six opportunities to improve your profile on LinkedIn
    Check out this from on how to improve your LinkedIn profile. Read here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't let your employees lose sight of the goal
    It can be tricky to keep motivation high after the initial enthusiasm and flurry of activity at the start of a new project. Here's how to keep your team's attention focused on the final outcome. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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