IHG to eliminate use of plastic straws | Back to basics: 6 ways to fill hotel bar stools | Innovations in food, ambience elevate these 4 hotels
October 12, 2018
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IHG to eliminate use of plastic straws
InterContinental plans to end the use of plastic straws across its hotels worldwide by the end of 2019. The company has already stopped the use of plastic straws at 1,000 hotels.
TravelPulse (10/11) 
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
Back to basics: 6 ways to fill hotel bar stools
Back to basics: 6 ways to fill hotel bar stools
Local flavor, regular events and a signature drink are among six ways hotel bars draw crowds, experts say. Other tips include making the space visually inviting, keeping the menu simple and giving the bar a distinct identity separate from the hotel.
Hotels Magazine online (free registration) (10/11) 
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Innovations in food, ambience elevate these 4 hotels
A slideshow illustrates how four hotels across the country are wooing restaurant customers through both design and menu. A Pacific Northwest farmhouse motif sets off the new W Hotel in Bellevue, Wash., while Chicago's new Marriott Marquis features a Showroom Food Hall with five stalls offering a variety of foods.
Restaurant Business (10/2018) 
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Spotlight on Development
Boutique hotel project moving forward in Alexandria, Va.
A $54 million hotel project is coming to Alexandria, Va. "Locals want awesome restaurants and awesome bars. We come in with the expectation that we're going to do the best restaurant in the market," said Michael Kitchen of Aparium Hotel Group.
WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.)/Washington Business Journal (10/11) 
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International Update
EDITION Shanghai opens its doors
EDITION Hotels has arrived in Shanghai with a conversion of the former Shanghai Power Company headquarters. The property has 145 guest rooms.
Hotel Designs (UK) (10/12) 
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Build a better brand
How to develop your full potential, the smart way. Read article.
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Learn from powerhouses shaping the future of luxury hospitality at INSPIRE SUMMIT '18
Speakers include Allison Sitch (Vice President of Public Relations for Marriott International), Bridget Tran (Vice President of Global Digital Strategies & Innovation for Nobu Hospitality), Jackie Caradonio (Travel Editor for Robb Report) and many more! View more speakers.
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