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January 2, 2013
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  • Uncertainty clouds hotels' future in 2013, analysts say
    Whether the hotel industry will see a full recovery or another year of slow growth in 2013 is still up in the air, lodging analysts say. However, business and leisure travel are showing signs of improvement despite economic uncertainty and increased government attention to travel spending. Travel Weekly (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ill. hotel offers holiday-inspired cocktails
    The Chicago Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort in Oak Brook, Ill., is serving up its pumpkin mojito. The cocktail is a blend of rum, brown sugar, spiced pumpkin sauce, club soda, lime and a mint garnish, this feature says. Other popular drinks at the hotel include the cranberry Old-Fashioned and the caramel apple martini. HotelsMag.com (free registration) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NYC hit 52M visits in 2012, aims for 55M by 2015
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that a record 52 million travelers entered the city in 2012, beating 2011's figures by more than 1 million and rewarding the city's multimillion-dollar marketing effort. The city's hotels sold 29 million room nights in the same year -- a 7% increase over figures in 2011. Bloomberg says the city's next target will be 55 million visitors by 2015. WCBS-TV (New York)/The Associated Press (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Added services are expected to increase travel costs in 2013
    Travel-service providers such as hotels, cruise lines and rental car agencies are expected to emulate airline practices and introduce more ancillary services this year. Some hotels are already offering services such as luggage storage and room safes. USA Today (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Tips on revamping a hotel's social-media strategy
    A social-media campaign that focuses on building a relationship with prospective customers can boost conversions for hotels in this channel, writes Tom Costello, CEO and managing director of iGroupAdvisors. "At the end of the day, you build trust with your audience through thought leadership, transparency, quick and responsive customer communication, accountability, fun and simple engagement and a level of social responsibility," Costello writes. eHotelier.com (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Development boom in Cincinnati region adds variety to hotel scene
    The Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky areas are experiencing a hotel-building boom that officials hope will boost tourism in the region. The new properties boast unique locations and concepts that are expected to complement the appeal of the upcoming Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, this feature says. Cincinnati.com (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Director of engineering for international hotel group
    An upscale hotel group is looking for a director of engineering for its hotel in Dubai. The successful applicant will have at least five years' experience as a chief engineer with a luxury-hotel group. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Networking made easier
    Here are some great tips from women to make networking events a cinch. Read here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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