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October 9, 2012News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Innovation is key to luxury sector's recovery, executives say
    The luxury-hotel segment faces the challenge of meeting the demands of a new, more discerning consumer market as it gradually recovers from the recession, several luxury-hotel executives said during a panel at the Lodging Conference in Phoenix last week. Innovation, unique property design and top-notch service are some of the factors that luxury hoteliers need to deliver in order to become successful, they said. "The brands that are able to create and re-create and differentiate themselves will stand out," said Jim Petrus, chief operating officer for Trump Hotel Collection. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Update 
  • Wyndham aims for 70 hotels in India by 2016
    Wyndham Hotel Group is looking to bring its hotel count in India up to 70 by 2016, with a focus on the mid- and mid-premium markets, the company says. The lodging firm says its pipeline for the next five years will include 35 hotel openings in the midscale market under a partnership with Unique Global Group. Business Standard (India) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Churchill Downs announces deal to buy another Miss. casino
    Churchill Downs is buying the Riverwalk Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg, Miss. The $141 million deal will give the company its second casino in Mississippi. Churchill Chairman and CEO Bob Evans said the company's acquisition is another move to expand beyond its racetrack business. "We continue to look for opportunities to invest capital in growth opportunities, and we are hopeful that other jurisdictions, such as Kentucky and Illinois, will offer us a similar opportunity to invest and create jobs in the near future," Evans said. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • TravelClick reports future growth in hotel rates, occupancy
    Data released by TravelClick for hotels in North America indicate a year-over-year growth of 4.1% in average daily rates for August 2012 through July 2013 as demand in the corporate and leisure segments continue to grow. The group reports that committed occupancy during the same period will rise 3.9% from a year earlier, with the transient segment rising 4.4% and the group segment increasing by 3.5%. For the fourth quarter, committed occupancy is up 7.2% year-over-year, while ADR rose 4.5% from last year. (free registration) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels capitalize on growing need for female-only lodging spaces
    The lodging industry is seeing a rise in female-only hotel floors in response to a growing number of female corporate travelers, this feature says. Hotels such as the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West in Pennsylvania and the Dukes hotel in London offer secure spaces for their female corporate guests, which also provide amenities aimed at meeting their specific needs such as cosmetics mirrors, women-friendly magazines, silk hangers and bath sheets. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Visits to Mexico by domestic, global tourists are up
    Public- and private-sector investments in Mexico have grown, shows a report from the country's secretary of tourism. The report also shows that the number of visitors to the country also increased, from 162 million to 191.5 million from 2006 to 2011. TravelPulse (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spotlight on Technology 
  • Guest usage of hotel-room iPads is rising
    The results of a study conducted by software developer Intelity indicate a rise in the use of in-room iPads at hotels. The study found that 82% of hotel guests with access to these devices used them an average of 11 times each stay. Ordering room service was the most popular use for the tablet, at 41%. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Column: Tune into benefits of feedback
    Hotel professionals can use feedback to aid in their professional development instead of acting defensively and ignoring it, Stephen M. Dent says. He offers six tips to foster a more productive environment so feedback and constructive criticism are beneficial. 4Hoteliers (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Choice Hotels plans 140-room hotel in Rockville, Md.
    Choice Hotels International has proposed development for Rockville, Md.'s downtown that would include a 140-room hotel, apartment units and 17,000 square feet of retail space. The project has gained the support of city and Montgomery County officials, and developers are awaiting county approval for a $4.2 million grant. The Washington Post (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AH&LA News 
  • Webinar: Child Trafficking -- Learn How to Identify and Address -- Oct. 16
    Worldwide, more than one million children are trafficked each year primarily for sexual or labor exploitation. It's not just a problem in developing countries; it's here in the United States. Panelists will discuss the difference between human trafficking and smuggling, what you should look for to identify trafficking, steps to take if you suspect trafficking, how to work with local authorities and resources available. Visit here for more information and to register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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