Boutique hotel plan honors Winter Park, Fla., history | Las Vegas puts its own spin on boutique experience | Hotel pipeline nears 2007 mark
September 13, 2019
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Boutique hotel plan honors Winter Park, Fla., history
Developer and owner Adam Wonus and Metro Corral Partners CEO Eric Holm are building a boutique hotel called Henderson Hotel at Lake Killarney. Wonus wants the hotel to have a Victorian theme and it will be the only lakefront hotel in the city.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Orlando, Fla. (9/11) 
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The Concierge Desk
Las Vegas puts its own spin on boutique experience
Las Vegas hotels are putting their own spin on boutique by offering unique experiences for guests. Of the nine hotels listed, five received rankings of nine out of 10.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (9/11) 
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
Hotel pipeline nears 2007 mark
The US hotel pipeline reached 206,000 rooms in construction in top markets in July, its highest level since 2007, STR analyst Dominik Kozissnik notes. Average hotel projects have gotten smaller since 2007, Kozissnik said, adding that a handful of major brands account for the majority of the pipeline.
Hotel News Now (9/12) 
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ReefSuites opens up first underwater hotel
Two underwater suites are opening up at the end of the year at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia through ReefSuites. The rooms will feature premium bedding with floor-to-ceiling glass-walls with views of the reef.
Forbes (9/11) 
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How to be seen on China's Baidu
Baidu, China's favorite browser, takes different things into account than Google does, including the importance of Chinese social backlinks, a Chinese physical address and a Chinese domain. On Baidu, hotels need a Baidu webmaster tool to fix site issues and everything has to be in simplified Chinese.
Boutique Hotelier (9/11) 
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Spotlight on Development
Hotel projections show sharp rise in Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis, Tenn., has 1,779 hotel rooms in its pipeline, a 52% jump over last year, according to STR. Meanwhile, 1,974 rooms are in the planning stage, a 43% increase.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Memphis, Tenn. (9/11) 
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International Update
List: Top luxury hotel brands
The author lists the 12 best luxury hotel brands worldwide with Anantara ranking in at number 12 and Belmond ranking number 1. The ranking was done by a team of 12 researchers who looked at staff, training, commitment, upkeep, reservations and food.
San Antonio Express-News (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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Rosewood Guangzhou dedicates 2 floors to wellness
The Rosewood Guangzhou features spa and wellness amenities covering two floors. The Sense spa "unwinds the mind through an environment of soft organic shapes, touch-me textures and tranquil soundscapes," Jane Kitchen writes.
Spa Opportunities (9/11) 
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Luxury Hoteliers magazine is now live
The International Luxury Hotel Association’s fourth quarter issue of Luxury Hoteliers is now available to read. Download the Joomag app to read on your device and stay on top of the latest trends and news in the luxury hotel industry.
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This week, we are talking about sustainability
Hotels and resorts across Asia are choosing to tread more lightly when it comes to their food footprint. From forming partnerships with nonprofits focused on food stability and opening new organic, sustainable restaurants to cultivating their own pesticide-free veggie patches on-site and rolling out new creative vegan menus, these hotels -- in Taipei, Vietnam, Bali and Tokyo -- are taking more conscious steps forward on the green food front. Read more.
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Ditch the dream and be a doer, not a dreamer.
Shonda Rhimes,
television producer, writer
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