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May 24, 2019
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Hotels worldwide are making exclusive, signature wines, rums
Hotels worldwide are working to distinguish themselves with exclusive libations, with ingredients that often reflect their locale. Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa crafted its own Seven Mile Rum with Cayman Spirits Co. craft distillery, while Mexico's Hotel El Ganzo's signature red wine is made the nearby Valle de Guadalupe.
Forbes (5/21) 
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The Concierge Desk
Booking.com to implement new policy on resort and service fees
Booking.com says it will start charging an additional commission to hotels that charge resort fees or fees for services such as WiFi. The measure will take effect systematically by region.
Skift (5/20) 
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
Lifestyle move brings Hyatt into hot sector
Lifestyle move brings Hyatt into hot sector
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Hyatt Hotels Corp. says it is joining the growing list of hotels that offer lifestyle brands by introducing a division that incorporates the brands it acquired from Two Roads Hospitality and its Hyatt Centric brand. Hilton, AccorHotels and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts are among chains that have responded in recent years to the growing lifestyle demand.
Skift (5/23) 
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Hotel casino incorporates latest interactive technology
Interactive gaming, holograms and interactive art are the latest technology features coming on line at The Linq Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. "We saw that the industry was changing, and the customers were changing -- how they consume, content, the type of experiences they wanted," said Matthew Kenagy of Caesars Entertainment Corp.
Las Vegas Review-Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/22) 
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Spotlight on Development
Las Vegas bounces back with new resorts
Las Vegas has experienced growth since its slowdown in 2008, with new attractions and venues as well as plans for two new resorts including Resorts World.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (5/23) 
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Pirate Island Hotel at Legoland Florida to open in spring 2020
A May 22, 2020 debut has been set for the new 150-room Pirate Island Hotel at Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, which has also started taking bookings for the new hotel. The theme park will also open a nine-hole mini-golf course today that will be accessible only to Legoland Hotel guests.
The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (5/23) 
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International Update
Amber Rock Resort and water park to rise on 44 acres in Derbyshire, England
Plans have been unveiled to transform a 44-acre former quarry in Derbyshire, England, into the Amber Rock Resort and water park featuring a five-story hotel, 148 lodges and 210 holiday apartments. The proposed two-story water park will feature an outdoor pool, a lazy river, multiple water slides, a three-person raft ride as well as a climbing and bouldering area.
Derbyshire Times (U.K.) (5/23) 
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ILHA News
You can never invest too much in your team
Investing in people is never a one-way act. It is crucial that everyone involved understands the commitment. If the business invests in you – you invest in them, with all your passion and knowledge. Read article.
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2019 Forbes five star winners
A highlight of hotels that made the desirable list. Read now.
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