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January 16, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Booming Muslim tourism prompts hoteliers to tweak amenities
    Some Western hotels have taken note of the significant growth of the Muslim travel market and are offering amenities that fulfill the religious requirements of this demographic. "Muslim travelers are now a large market that people in the hospitality sector are beginning to pay attention to, and it is certainly worth attracting. The total Muslim travel market is larger than the world's biggest source market, which is Germany, and twice that of China," said Reem El Shafaki, a senior associate at consultancy DinarStandard. (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Update 
  • Kempinski looks to double global footprint in 2 years
    Kempinski Hotels has unveiled plans to double the size of its holding around the world by 2015. The luxury-hotel firm has nine hotels in its pipeline and a specific growth focus on the European market, Duncan O'Rourke, Kempinski's chief operating officer, wrote in an e-mail. "Overall, the European region is performing well and in line with its targets," O'Rourke said. "Kempinski remains optimistic for 2013." (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carlson Rezidor closed 2012 with 13 new hotels in India
    Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group reported strong results in its expansion campaign in India in 2012, recording 13 hotel signings and 13 openings. "Carlson Rezidor remains confident in the potential of the Indian market and we foresee great opportunities to further strengthen our position in 2013. Apart from opening 13 more hotels in India this year, we will continue in our efforts to drive hotel management excellence and build capability at all levels," said Simon C. Barlow, Carlson Rezidor's president for the Asia-Pacific region. TravelPulse (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. apartment complex will become a boutique hotel
    A group led by Geolo Capital has reportedly acquired the Crown at Miami Beach apartment complex in Miami Beach, Fla., for $100 million, with plans to convert the property into a 388-room boutique hotel. The group plans to invest $67 million in the property, which is scheduled to open in 2014 as the Miami Beach Roosevelt. Hotel Management online (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Group hotel occupancy is showing growth, survey finds
    The TravelClick North American Hospitality Review for December 2012 indicates that group hotel bookings have begun to recover. Data show a 2.2% rise in group bookings from the fourth quarter of 2012 through the third quarter of 2013. "Based on TravelClick data, it appears that decline in group was temporary. ... As we head into the new year, there are opportunities for hoteliers to increase both ADR and occupancy in this critical segment," said Tim Hart, an executive vice president at TravelClick. TravelPulse (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Europe's hotel outlook in 2013: Slow growth overall
    In Europe this year, Paris is expected to have the highest occupancy rating at 79.1%, the most expensive rooms, averaging $356, and the highest expected revPAR at $281, while London will experience negative growth, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC says cities including Paris, Edinburgh, Scotland; and St. Petersburg, Russia, will experience robust revPAR growth, with more modest growth in Frankfurt, Dublin, Berlin and Moscow. (free registration) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hoteliers are ready to dig deep in construction boom
    On the whole, hotel growth looks good and new-hotel building is expected, writes Glenn Haussman, editor-in-chief of Hotel Interactive. He breaks down hotel-building growth by different cities, noting that 40% of today's hotel-construction pipeline began in the past year. Hotel Interactive (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Go for yoga at these luxury hotels
    COMO Hotels and Resorts offers yoga mats and a yoga television channel in guest rooms as a way to offer customers a relaxing experience. Other hotels such as Kimpton offer free yoga equipment in rooms and yoga classes at many of their properties, and InterContinental Hotels' EVEN brand will offer yoga mats and space in the gym to practice. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Column: Original content is vital to online marketing
    Hoteliers should ensure that their online marketing content is original, easily accessible and relevant to the needs of travelers, writes Gideon Dean, a principal at Hotel Solutions Partnership. "In searching for, identifying and choosing a hotel, consumers have a bewildering array of options online. To have the opportunity to influence traveler's decisions as early as possible, hotels need to have relevant, optimized content at the center of any effective marketing strategy," Dean writes. Hospitality Net (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • Educational Institute celebrates 60th anniversary
    The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute was founded in 1953 to provide working hospitality professionals with education and training. EI continues to meet the needs of the hospitality industry with online learning, 22 professional certification designations and targeted resources for high schools, colleges and workforce development agencies. Visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Connect with leading women in the industry‚Ä®
    AH&LA's Women in Lodging (WIL) Connect is a network of more than 2,000 nationwide that enables you to connect with top women in the industry and gain career momentum. Access the Who's Who database of expertise, participate in the mentor program and in national and state events and educational programs. Membership is free if you are employed at a member organization. Visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat."
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
American poet and educator

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