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February 13, 2013
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  • Hotel industry is building up confidence, Gettys CEO says
    Roger Hill, chairman and CEO of design firm Gettys, says the hotel industry is regaining its confidence as it continues to move past the effects of the economic downturn. "A lot of people are reflecting on (lessons learned from the downturn), and there is some more diligent underwriting processes that are being put into transactions. That will keep an appropriate lid on new supply. That will make this next leg of the recovery that much stronger and lengthier," Hill said. (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bellagio in Las Vegas offers a taste of sommelier life
    Guests at the Bellagio in Las Vegas can take their appreciation of wine and turn it into comprehensive knowledge. The hotel, which has 17 sommeliers and three master sommeliers on staff, is offering seminars through its A Master Sommelier's Wine Classroom. Classes start Feb. 20 and the third Wednesday of every month at Michael Mina restaurant; they cost $80 for one or $200 for three classes. Las Vegas Sun (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Corporations temper travel boom with reduced spending
    Business-travel volume may be rising, but most companies are tightening their road warriors' travel budgets to reduce overall spending. Even high-ranking executives are being compelled to fly coach, and travel managers are urging corporate travelers to cut down on flight and hotel amenities. The Wall Street Journal (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hoteliers can create buzz, connect with prospects on Facebook
    Luxury hoteliers can utilize Facebook to connect with guests and book reservations. 60 Thompson in New York uses its posts to offer ideas for things to do in the neighborhood, giving prospects regular updates. "Facebook can be used for acquisition, loyalty and buzz," writes Carol Banks Setter, national director of insights and innovations at Band Digital. Luxury Daily (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Station Casinos reveals sketch of Calif. casino project
    Station Casinos has unveiled the design of the $800 million Graton Resort and Casino outside Rohnert Park, Calif. The resort is slated to open late this year. "I've worked hand in hand with Station and their architects to create something modern that would be timeless and reflect the local landscape and colors," Graton Rancheria Chairman Greg Sarris said. Station Casinos officials said a hotel would be built at a later date. The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. lenders open credit lines for multifamily, other construction loans
    Banks and lending firms in New York have opened up credit lines for multifamily rental buildings over the past year and a half or so. Now they are looking at commercial projects such as hotels, condos and selected office and retail ventures because the real estate market is slowly recovering and loan default rates are declining. "There is plenty of debt capital available and as we bid on transactions there is a lot more competition than there was 12 months ago, and certainly more than 24 months ago," said Bill Cotter, division manager at Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Luxury hotels attract travelers to Bangkok
    Hotel Muse, Sofitel So Bangkok, The Siam, and the St. Regis Bangkok are just a few luxury hotels that have recently launched in Bangkok. The sky pool at Hotel Muse offers fiber optic stars in the water, and guests at the Bangkok Tree House can enjoy staying in a jungle treehouse composed of driftwood and bamboo along with other eco-chic details. The Washington Times/Communities (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury hotels were ready for their close-ups in several big movies
    The Oscar-nominated film "Flight" includes scenes filmed at the St. Regis Atlanta, while scenes in "Argo" were shot at The Beverly Hilton. Older films with scenes in luxury hotels include "Lost in Translation," which featured shots of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, and "The Descendants," which shows the St. Regis Princeville Resort in Hawaii. Forbes (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Enriching hotel services for curious guests
    Experience is now a leading factor in guest expectations, and hotels are working hard to inspire, exhilarate and gratify. See what services and indulgences some hotels are offering. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CFO is sought for restaurant group in Dubai
    A multi-award winning, luxury restaurant group based in Dubai is looking for a chief financial officer to head finance, IT and procurement and provide direction and guidance in all areas of accounting and finance. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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