Atwell Suites coming to IHG fold | US airlines receive tentative approval for Tokyo flights | Outdoor Texas getaway offers cabins, yurts
May 20, 2019
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US wins big in Forbes Travel Guide's best-rooms race
The US leads with 12 selections in the new listing of the world's 41 best hotel rooms by Forbes Travel Guide. Seventeen countries are represented in the rankings, which are drawn from as many as 900 standards of luxury.
USA Today (5/15) 
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Atwell Suites coming to IHG fold
A third all-suites brand aimed at business travelers will join the InterContinental Hotels Group portfolio. Atwell Suites will bring IHG's total brands to 17.
Skift (5/15) 
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US airlines receive tentative approval for Tokyo flights
American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines have received tentative approval to launch service to Haneda International Airport in Japan, Tokyo's downtown airport. American will offer an additional daily flight from Los Angeles and new service from Dallas; United will fly from Chicago International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, Los Angeles and Newark, N.J.; and Hawaiian Airlines will offer service from Honolulu.
Reuters (5/16),  The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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Outdoor Texas getaway offers cabins, yurts
Lucky Arrow Retreat outside Austin, Texas, features a selection of cabins and yurts for guests. "Fun fact, we have the most yurts in the state of Texas," owner Mike Paclik says.
CultureMap (5/13) 
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American Airlines launches new Flagship Lounge at Texas airport
American Airlines on Thursday opened its newest Flagship Lounge in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's Terminal D. The lounge is reserved for Flagship First and Flagship Business travelers and features showers, luxury seating, hot and cold foods, wine and a selection of craft beers.
TravelPulse (5/16) 
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Taco Bell brings brand-themed hotel to Palm Springs
Taco Bell brings brand-themed hotel to Palm Springs
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Starting Aug. 9, Taco Bell will offer a limited-time hotel in Palm Springs named The Bell: a Taco Bell Hotel and Resort, which it describes as a "Tacoasis in the desert" with a brand-themed experience. A 15-second spot teases the hotel, which Global Chief Brand Officer Marisa Thalberg says "stands to be the biggest expression of the Taco Bell lifestyle to date."
Adweek (tiered subscription model) (5/16),  Fast Company online (5/16),  Ad Age (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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Be efficient and flexible to meet customer needs
Efficient delivery combined with flexibility is what companies should try to deliver to customers, no matter what "customer" means in your business, writes Don Sweeney of Ashling Partners. This can be accomplished by adopting new technologies, improving core processes or removing friction from the customer experience, he argues.
Forbes (5/13) 
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