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October 2, 2012News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Hotel expansion in China spills over to secondary, tertiary markets
    Global hotel chains such as Wyndham Hotel Group and InterContinental Hotels Group are turning their expansion efforts toward China's secondary and tertiary markets, whose economic progress and booming population make them attractive, this feature says. Jones Lang LaSalle has identified 50 second- and third-tier Chinese markets it predicts will be responsible for 12% of the economic growth worldwide over the next 10 years. (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Update 
  • Nobu suites at Caesars in Las Vegas are on the market
    Caesars Palace will begin to sell suites at its Nobu Hotel, although the large spaces with round-the-clock access to chef Nobu Matsuhisa's kitchen won't be ready until November. The hotel will also include a 12,775-square-foot Nobu restaurant. Las Vegas Sun (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Business trips by Chinese travelers include leisure time, survey finds
    Chinese business travelers are most likely to take part in leisure activities while on a business trip compared with travelers from other countries, a survey on international business travelers commissioned by Wyndham Hotel Group has found. The survey also showed that 67% of Chinese corporate travelers choose to bring their family with them on a business trip, compared with 52% of American travelers and 33% of U.K. travelers. Hotel Management online (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Americans' desire for travel remains strong, analyst says
    Traveler sentiment is holding steady among U.S. travelers, with travel growth led by the leisure segment and affluent consumers, Peter Yesawich, vice chairman of MMGY Global, said during the International Society of Hospitality Consultants' 2012 annual conference. Yesawich detailed several more key trends uncovered by MMGY Global, such as a greater focus on value and a continued boom in mobile-device usage. (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Best Practices 
  • Column: Proactive service impresses guests more than innovation
    Simple touches that anticipate guests' needs still leave a deeper mark on their minds than all the innovative offerings being produced today, writes Brad Callahan, CEO of Beachtree Properties. "[I]nstill in your team the habit of looking through the lens of the guest's point-of-view and encourage and reward fresh ideas. Then, develop the on-site amenities, programs and communication touch points to anticipate your guests' needs and desires," Callahan writes. (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC's Hotel Chandler debuts $10 million renovation
    Hotel Chandler in New York is celebrating its $10 million makeover with the Chandler Refresh Package that comes with late check-out, tickets to the Empire State Building, free cocktails and breakfast. Jane Capellini led the design for the hotel, which is set to introduce more meeting space, a private dining room and new restaurant in 2013. Travel Daily News International (Greece) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • Report examines top multicultural groups' spending power
    AH&LA's foundation funded a study to quantify the travel and spending power of the top five multicultural groups: African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) and females. Providing a snapshot of the size and potential economic impact if harnessed, it also examines differences in media usage, leisure travel activities, and attitudes toward travel. AH&LA members can download for free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AH&LA partners with Hotel Cuisine & Lifestyle Initiative
    AH&LA has partnered with the Hotel Cuisine & Lifestyle (HC&L) initiative to offer competitive food service procurement, distribution and marketing offerings to members. Developed by The Sieb Organization in partnership with Sysco Corporation, HC&L helps AH&LA members lower their procurement and distribution costs, upgrade quality levels and drive revenue enhancement in all hotel food service outlets and departments. For more information visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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