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  • Spas take innovative steps to stand out

    AH&LA SmartBrief
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Spas across the world are taking steps that they hope will make themselves stand out among their peers.  -More- 
  • Japan casino legalization bill delayed again in latest setback

    Hotel News
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Prospects for legalizing casino gambling in Japan suffered another blow on Monday as proponents said they would delay a bill allowing full-scale resorts as the ruling coalition remains divided on the controversial measure. Pro-casino lawmakers had said last week they would resubmit a previously failed bill by Tuesday, the end of the fiscal year.
  • Palm Springs: Your Next Andazm Could Happen at The Andaz Palm Springs in 2016

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    DesignMinder
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Thinking about your next Andazm? We know we are and if you can “wait for it” along with us, here’s a totally spot-on location – eternally hip Palm Springs. Yep, Andaz Palm Springs is coming to the California Desert but not until late 2016.Still, when Andaz does the desert, it will do so in the heart of the Uptown Design District, a mile-long stretch of cool boutiques and great eats, and the iconic Palm Canyon Drive. The hotel will offer 150 rooms, 17 suites, and two outdoor pools surrounded by an elevated terrace with bar (of course,) desert-friendly gardens, and plenty of…
  • Interviewed by a Millennial (Part 2)

    Marriott on the Move
    Marriott on the Move
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Cornell University School of Hotel Administration students My Favorite Things, Career Advice & Online Dating My blog assistant, Ayanna, was so probing with her questions last week that we had plenty of good material left over. (If you missed it, here's Part 1.) As with all good interviewers, Ayanna waited...
  • International travelers: one billion PLUS!

    Saturday Briefing
    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Despite all the troubles the world is experiencing, international travel continues to grow. So says the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in a detailed report, Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2015, released earlier this … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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    Hotel News

  • Japan casino legalization bill delayed again in latest setback

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Prospects for legalizing casino gambling in Japan suffered another blow on Monday as proponents said they would delay a bill allowing full-scale resorts as the ruling coalition remains divided on the controversial measure. Pro-casino lawmakers had said last week they would resubmit a previously failed bill by Tuesday, the end of the fiscal year.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport Opens

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport following a $2.5 million renovation that includes a complete property-wide transformation. DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport following a $2.5 million renovation that includes a complete property-wide transformation.
  • Dubai Link to Alpine Plans to Built the World's Tallest Hotel - arabianbusiness.com

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Dubai's success story has been identified as the inspiration behind plans to build what will be the world's tallest hotel in the Swiss Alps. The current world's tallest, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai at 355 metres tall, is set to be surpassed by the new 381-metre structure in the Swiss Alps.
  • Moviegoers at South Shore, Menomonee Falls Cinemas give DreamLounger recliner seating high marks

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:18 am
    Local Magical Movie Rewards Members Share Thoughts in Recent Survey as Loyalty Program Reaches One Millionth Member Milestone Milwaukee, March 26, 2015 As Marcus Elgin, South Shore and Menomonee Falls Cinemas show off new seats, local Magical Movie Rewards members share their thoughts on one of the most talked about new amenities, DreamLoungera recliners. DreamLounger recliners are now featured throughout three additional Marcus Theatres, including South Shore and Menomonee Falls Cinemas in the Milwaukee market, and Elgin Cinema in Elgin, Illinois.
  • JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa Opens Its Dock To Guests

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    The 250-room property was designed in collaboration with award-winning Italian architectural firm Matteo Thun & Partners and combines the very best in contemporary hotel design with the heritage and elegance of its premiere location on its own private island, Isola delle Rose . JW Marriott VeniceThe hotel buildings have been sensitively refurbished by Matteo Thun & Partners to incorporate sustainable, modern and elegant design, bringing the historic buildings and parklands of Isola delle Rose back to life as a world-class urban resort.
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  • Palm Springs: Your Next Andazm Could Happen at The Andaz Palm Springs in 2016

    DesignMinder
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Thinking about your next Andazm? We know we are and if you can “wait for it” along with us, here’s a totally spot-on location – eternally hip Palm Springs. Yep, Andaz Palm Springs is coming to the California Desert but not until late 2016.Still, when Andaz does the desert, it will do so in the heart of the Uptown Design District, a mile-long stretch of cool boutiques and great eats, and the iconic Palm Canyon Drive. The hotel will offer 150 rooms, 17 suites, and two outdoor pools surrounded by an elevated terrace with bar (of course,) desert-friendly gardens, and plenty of…
  • Nassau: The Island House, New Boutique Hotel, Opens Next Month in the Bahamas

    lindamarsicano
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Baha Mar might not be open in the Bahamas next month, but this hotel will be. With only 30 rooms and in the upscale Lyford Cay on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, The Island House is shaping up for a spectacular debut next month. The rooms are generously sized, inside and out, at around 500 sq.ft., with a 120-sq.ft. balcony. Two cottages are also available with over 1,000-sq.ft. of space and a nearly 600-sq.ft. foot porch. Still not enough space for you? The Island House will also have six two- and three-bedroom apartments. There will be a resort communal area equipped with WiFiand work…
  • Seattle: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is the Latest Addition to Ethan Stowell's Empire

    Charyn Pfeuffer
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Ethan Stowell is a man of many talents. With nine restaurants under his belt, a pasta company (Lagana Foods), a pizza shop (Ballard Pizza Company), a wine storage facility and a close-to-the-heart charity event, Eat Run Hope, it’s a miracle this Seattle chef has time to sleep. Like ever.To add to Stowell’s already impressive resume, it was announced yesterday that the local celeb chef had partnered with Four Seasons Hotel Seattle to create a new restaurant concept to replace ART Restaurant & Lounge. This move can only be a good thing for a restaurant that’s left us, well,…
  • 'Marriott Traveler' Wants To Be Your Next Digital Destination Guide

    kjb
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Marriott is known for a place to rest you head while traveling, but now the hotel folks are looking to be a resource for your destination travel needs as well. They are dipping their toes into the digital publishing waters with the launch of Marriott Traveler. Think articles, lists, pictures, social media, and more all focused on one destination—kind of like an article right out of the in-flight magazine, but in a good way. The folks behind the concept promise more and more destinations as the months unfold, as it sounds like Orlando and Chicago are already on the travel-do list. To…
  • Panama City: This Florida Hotel Has a Genius Wake of Waking Up its Spring Breaker Guests

    juliana
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    When you think of Spring Break, you normally think of non-stop partying, bikinis, tank tops, shots, beer, drinking games, red Solo cups, instantly regrettable hook-ups and...The Lion King?That's what's on the "playlist" for the college Spring Break guests at the Holiday Inn Resort on Panama City Beach, as the hotel's owners have been blasting the "Circle of Life" song from the movie soundtrack every morning at 11am. Conveniently, that's also check-out time. At first, we thought this hotel was doing it to deter Spring Breakers from staying at the hotel, or at the least, getting them to wake up…
 
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Interviewed by a Millennial (Part 2)

    Marriott on the Move
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Cornell University School of Hotel Administration students My Favorite Things, Career Advice & Online Dating My blog assistant, Ayanna, was so probing with her questions last week that we had plenty of good material left over. (If you missed it, here's Part 1.) As with all good interviewers, Ayanna waited...
  • Interviewed by a Millennial (Part 1)

    Marriott on the Move
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    This week, I’m doing something different. Ayanna Alleyne, our social media maven at Marriott and my blog assistant, wants to ask me some questions. She’s a bonafide Millennial, 60 years younger than me. I’m sure this will be like no other interview. So, here we go: Ayanna: Mr. Marriott, I’ve...
  • Consoling the Loss of a Pekingese

    Marriott on the Move
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    I get a lot of great letters from our guests and here’s how one letter began: Oz at the Henry Hotel “I am writing to praise your outstanding team at the Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan.” Attached to this letter was this picture of a beautiful Pekingese sitting in the...
  • The Haiti Principle

    Marriott on the Move
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    My daughter, Debbie Marriott Harrison, recently returned from the ceremonial opening of the Port-au-Prince Marriott Hotel in Haiti. Debbie is our company’s global officer for Marriott culture and business councils. She was so moved by her trip that I thought it best for her to share it on my blog....
  • Destination Haiti

    Marriott on the Move
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    I’ve worked on a lot of development deals, but none have involved a former U.S. President, celebrities and our associates. It’s an incredible story of an inspired group coming together to build and now open the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel in Haiti. Just five years ago on January 12, 2010, a...
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    Saturday Briefing

  • International travelers: one billion PLUS!

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Despite all the troubles the world is experiencing, international travel continues to grow. So says the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in a detailed report, Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2015, released earlier this … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Celebrating our successful journey and O Ke Kai Series

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY LUANA MAITLAND — The first in the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s popular O Ke Kai quarterly series was held on Saturday, March 14. It was a pleasure to welcome back The Friends of Hokulea & Hawaiiloa to share … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Blood, but no sweat or tears for Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort spa staff

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — Twenty-two Bebe Spa hosts bravely bared their arm for a good cause as part of the annual departmental community Blood Drive project at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on March 8. The blood donors were joined by … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Host announcements

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY BARRY WALLACE AND DARREN EDMONSTONE — We are pleased to join Human Resources in congratulating Karen Villarmia on her selection as assistant general manager at Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk®, and welcoming Khun Sukanya Somphanas, human resources manager, at … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Aloha, OHANA Waikiki West

    admin
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — This week, on St. Patrick’s Day, I joined many members of our ‘ohana to mark the end of Outrigger’s association with the OHANA Waikiki West. Nearly all of the hotel’s staff gathered on property to … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • Gamblin’ Fan’s Glossary Part 2

    Benjamin Barber
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Hey gang, we’re back with another set of gambling slang to share with you. Parimutuel Betting This term is just fun to say. With origins in French, Pari Mutuel loosely translates to “mutual betting.” Probably won’t see that on the Read More ... The post Gamblin’ Fan’s Glossary Part 2 appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Jackpot Patrol | We Love Locals

    Benjamin Barber
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    At Station Casinos, We Love Locals. We really do. You’ve seen the commercials and witnessed our commitment to service in our resorts, hotels, and casinos. Instead of saying how much We Love Locals, we decided to show our love with Read More ... The post Jackpot Patrol | We Love Locals appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Win UFC 187 Tickets Playing Your Favorite Table Games at Santa Fe Station

    Benjamin Barber
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Do you enjoy the thrill and action of the Ultimate Fighting Championship? Do you like to play blackjack, craps, roulette or other forms of table games? Now is your time! Rise to the challenge and head on down to the Read More ... The post Win UFC 187 Tickets Playing Your Favorite Table Games at Santa Fe Station appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Coyote Moon | Game of the Week

    Benjamin Barber
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Looking for a howling good time? Then Coyote Moon may be the game for you. Join the pack and immerse yourself in this vibrant world of the American Southwest. With tiles of humming birds, lizards, deer, and even a sun bleached Read More ... The post Coyote Moon | Game of the Week appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Gamblin’ Fan’s Glossary

    Benjamin Barber
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Eavesdropping on veteran bettors can be confusing if you’re new to the scene. There is a special vernacular associated with sports betting, poker, and table games. We’re going to cover some of our favorite terms and sayings each week and Read More ... The post Gamblin’ Fan’s Glossary appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
 
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    Hospitality Marketing Blog

  • Hospitality Excellence Where Everyone is a Winner

    Madigan Pratt
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Online review sites like TripAdvisor have been around for over a decade now. Unquestionably they have forced hoteliers to seriously focus on customer comments. Remember the days when paper comment cards were reviewed in the privacy of the GM’s office with action taken as s/he deemed necessary? Those were the days! Today there is nowhere to hide. Transparency rules. Every hotel is totally exposed through online review sites making every comment important. The good news is that actions hoteliers are taking to provide an excellent guest experience can lead to even more good news. Good…
  • The Benefits of Being A Digital Leader vs. Laggard

    Madigan Pratt
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    A recent study conducted by McKinsey & Company shows companies at the forefront of using digital tools including social media to engage consumers along the purchase decision journey are gaining a significant advantage over their competitors. It’s the digital leaders vs.the digital laggards and the financial implications are enormous. The study included data on 1,000 brands across a wide range of product categories covering 20,000 customer journeys and 100,000 touchpoints. Three not so surprising findings from the study include: More Channels = More Competition – With the…
  • Time for Hotels to Focus on Driving Direct Bookings

    Madigan Pratt
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    I’m sure you have already heard the news that Expedia is planning on buying Orbitz in a $1.34 billion deal. To read the Wall Street Journal’s take on situation, just click here. What caught my eye was a line in the second paragraph which says the “deal is sure to spark grumbling from hotel and airline operators, who are wary of having even bigger companies standing between them and their customers.” As a hotel operator I hope you are doing more than just grumbling. There has never been a better time for hotels to commit to driving significantly more direct…
  • TripAdvisor Business Listings For Life?

    Madigan Pratt
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    While at first this may sound like a good thing, be careful what you wish for. Hoteliers really need to know the financial implications of the road ahead. Last week we posted an article about how hotels have been hit with TripAdvisor sticker shock when it came time to renew their Business Listing. They are seeing renewal costs double and triple over what they paid the previous year. Have you budgeted for that? No one knows how much TripAdvisor is planning on raising their costs in the years ahead. However some recent moves seem to be sending a clear signal that they want hotels to be…
  • Caribbean Hotels Hit With TripAdvisor Sticker Shock

    Madigan Pratt
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Hoteliers take note. If you haven’t renewed your TripAdvisor Business Listing lately hold on to your hats. Rates have gone up and in most cases substantially – like double what was paid last year. Caribbean Marketplace is taking place in Puerto Rico this week. Several years ago, at Marketplace, the TripAdvisor Business Listing was introduced. Since many hoteliers signed up at that time they are being asked, or will soon be asked to renew with sizable increases in fee. Hopefully there is money in your budget to cover the increase. The consequences for not renewing are substantial. In…
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    HOTELMARKETING.COM

  • Reinventing loyalty programs for the digital age

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
    While retailers continue to invest heavily in loyalty, many are failing to successfully engage digital customers, with only 24 percent of loyalty programs allowing redemption through mobile, according to a new report from Capgemini.
  • STA launches mobile dating app for travelers

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:09 am
    The new STAnder app will allow single STA Travelers from all over the world to view the profiles of other vetted travellers, safely meet up with fellow backpackers abroad, and see where their 'matches' are and what trips they're doing.
  • Hotels make their accommodations more home-like

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:08 am
    More people than ever are choosing vacation rentals over hotels. But hotels aren't taking this lying down. They're adding amenities to make their accommodations more home-like while retaining some of the best features of a hotel, like security and a consistent product.
  • Hotels to review guests

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
    Guests are the ones to be reviewed at Art Series hotels, and it’s not an April Fools’ Day joke. The group is turning the tables on traditional hotel review systems and trialling a new program called Reverse Reviews where the hotel staff reviews its guests.
  • Big vulnerability in hotel wi-fi router puts guest at risk

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:06 am
    The security hole involves an authentication vulnerability in the firmware of several models of InnGate routers made by ANTlabs, a Singapore firm whose products are installed in hotels in the US, Europe and elsewhere.
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    Hotel F&B Observer

  • A Look at Sustainability and Organic Food in Hotel Restaurants

    Fred DeMicco
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    By Fred DeMicco, Dr. Food Tech and Joseph Bruno (the University of Delaware) In the 21st century, U.S. consumers desire and want organic and/or sustainable food. Organic food sales have come a long way; in 1990, sales were $1 billion nationally as opposed to in 2010 with national sales reaching $26.7 billion. That’s a significant change [...]
  • Cordialness Commended at Capella

    Ron Wichowski
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:14 pm
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a GM training session for the Hilton brand in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. The training was very informative, but as with all trainings where travel is involved, the extracurricular activities tend to trump when it comes to what is most [...]
  • Giving Leads to Greatness

    Ron Wichowski
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    "Lead them to find their success and they will be invested in yours."
  • Revolutionizing the Way Restaurants Take Reservations

    Fred DeMicco
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    For decades now, restaurants have struggled with their reservation systems. Some businesses still do it all using pencil and paper, which requires a lot of time and erasers, while others have become trapped paying the growing fees from OpenTable and systems alike where their profits are immediately slashed. With the innovation of a new technology [...]
  • Chipotle – Writing The Recipe For Success

    Geoffrey Sagrans
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    If I would have told you 10, 20 or 30 years ago that industry giants like McDonalds, Burger King, Red Lobster and Olive Garden (to name a few) were going to someday deal with some of the same growth issues as mid-priced table service operations I would have been laughed out of the room. [...]
 
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    Happy Hotelier

  • Amsterdam Expands in the 17th Century

    GJE
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Amsterdam Expands in the 17th Century is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, March 24, 2015Amsterdam Expands in the 17th Century is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Minka

    GJE
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    Minka from Birdling Films on Vimeo. A poetic documentary found on Made with Kickstarter, a series by the New York Times, about a Japanese farmhouse, taken apart an rebuilt by an American Journalist, John Roderick, Japanese and China correspondent for the Associated Press and his Japanese adopted son. Minka is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Sunday, March 15, 2015Minka is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90

    GJE
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 I took this photo of the painting of the Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 by Hendrik Willem Mesdag in the Groninger Museum. I’m not sure whether the painting belongs to its collection or not. I took the photo to use it for a post here about Hendrik Willem Mesdag, an important Dutch painter of the The Hague School. We have a panorama in The Hague, Panorama Mesdag and we have the Mesdag Collection in The Hague, a small museum which consists of his former home and studio’s, but also of the small museum he built himself for his own art…
  • Quote of the Day (20) – no D.O.M. but S.S.C.

    GJE
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:14 am
    Long time no quotes, but here is one;-) I’m not a Dirty Old Man, but a Sexy Senior Citizen is an apt sign I saw at the back of a car. Quote of the Day (20) – no D.O.M. but S.S.C. is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Monday, February 9, 2015Quote of the Day (20) – no D.O.M. but S.S.C. is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Skull Speakers

    GJE
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    I’ve visited IMM Cologne yesterday, mainly hunting for chair news. However, I noticed these skull docking stations on display. They come in 7 colors if I’m counting right. I won’t disclose more about the manufacturer than I did here already (think ALT…). I believe it is something you don’t want to use in your home, but many may disagree with me. At least they are interesting photo objects… Skull Speakers is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, January 27, 2015Skull Speakers…
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • Laluna, Grenada: hotel of the week

    Laura House
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    No time like the present to start working on that base layer for your summer tan, and we’ve just the spot for that: Laluna hotel, a design den off the well-trod tourist trail in Grenada. STYLE BALINESE-BOHO BEACH COTTAGES SETTING GREEN HILLS, WHITE SANDS WHY THIS WEEK? We’re craving a fortifying dose of honest-to-goodness Vitamin D, and if there’s a jaw-dropping ocean view with that, even better. When it comes to a secluded tropical paradise with the ultimate spots for sunbathing – beside a private plunge pool steps from your suite or a palm-tree shaded sunlounger a saunter from…
  • Travel gallery: Hotel La Escondida in Penáguila, Spain

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    There’s a brand-new boutique hideaway in the Spanish hills: La Escondida hotel near Alicante (it’s only an hour’s drive from the airport, but feels like an entirely different land altogether). Super-hands-on owners Yvette and Terry Venables (yes, that Terry Venables) have created a countryside bolthole with tons of historic features – every room has beauteous beams up above – and plenty of modern delights: indoor and outdoor pools, for instance, and first-class food from their creative and expert chef. The neighbouring stable provides horses to ride and the acres of…
  • Castaway à la carte: Smith’s desert-island dining picks

    Kate Weir
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    If you want the greatest island-set love affair since Tom Hanks drew a face on a volleyball, a secluded meal in an OMG setting is essential. We discovered a tasty new spin on sundown romance at Mauritian boutique hotel 20 Degres Sud and sought out unique gourmet breaks that think outside the beach when it comes to destination dining… 20 Degres Sud in Mauritius has aphrodisiac beach-and-bay views as standard – but it pushes the boat out for loved-up meals (quite literally): Lady Lisbeth, the hotel’s 1930s sailboat (pictured above), has original fittings and a…
  • Zeavola, Thailand: hotel of the week

    Richard MacKichan
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    Turn your phone off, ditch your shoes and revel in the simple beach beauty of Zeavola, the award-winning sustainable stay on the shores of Koh Phi Phi… STYLE RETRO BEACHSIDE VILLAS SETTING PRISTINE NORTH SHORES WHY THIS WEEK? Solar eclipses don’t happen every day, so this week we’re in awe of the natural world. And boutique hotels don’t come more, well, natural than Zeavola, a wood-hewn beach base in Koh Phi Phi. Its eco-conscious approach hasn’t gone unnoticed either, with the resort picking up two major sustainability awards in recent weeks for its efforts both…
  • Picture yourself here… SXSW in Austin, Texas

    Amelia Mularz
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    Crack open a craft beer and hold on to your straw Panama hat. We’re taking you to Austin, where SXSW is in full funky swing. Can’t make it to South Congress Avenue this year? No sweat. Here, we bring the tunes to you … While there are festive happenings all over the city, our favourite SXSW outpost is Hotel San José – a quirky hideaway that’s stocked with fun extras like typewriters, Polaroid cameras and bikes to borrow. Beginning today, the hotel hosts its own four-day extravaganza, appropriately named South X San José. Transforming the property’s parking lot into a…
 
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    Hotel Law Blog

  • Meet the Money® National Hotel Finance & Investment Conference – May 4-6, 2015 in Los Angeles

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    30 March 2015 Meet the Money® National Hotel Finance & Investment Conference May 4-6, 2015 in Los Angeles The window of opportunity is open – choosing the right deals LOS ANGELES–Meet the Money® 2015 will mark the 25th year that hotel owners, operators, developers, consultants, investors, brands, lenders and other capital providers convene in Los Angeles to explore opportunities for hotel development and deals. “Industry fundamentals are strong, interest rates are low, debt and equity are flowing, and overseas investors are lining up to invest in hotels,” said Jim…
  • JMBM has sourced more than $700 million of EB-5 financing for new development projects

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    18 March 2015 Click here for the latest articles on EB-5 Financing.    The buzz continues on EB-5 financing for development projects. EB-5 financing is an important and viable source of construction financing for hotels, hotel enhanced mixed-use, and other development projects. Five years ago, when JMBM started helping hotel developers with EB-5 financing, many worried about whether this is a legitimate and reliable financing source. Now, after billions of dollars of development have been funded with EB-5, this type of financing is regarded as mainstream, and is used by many…
  • Succession planning for the family-owned hospitality business

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    12 February 2015 Succession planning for the family-owned hospitality business: protecting your family and your business The hospitality industry has been kind to families over the centuries, providing a good living for many, and significant wealth for others. Whether your family owns a hotel management company or hotels — involved with one or two small properties or a large chain of hotels — the responsibilities of your family-owned business are as profound as the advantages. Ensuring that the business continues to operate and provide for the family and others whose livelihood…
  • Just published: The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide — free download

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    03 February, 2015 Click here for the latest articles on ADA Compliance & Defense. New Resource: The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide Download your free copy now! The Global Hospitality Group® of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to announce the latest publication in our We Wrote the Book™ series : The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide, a practical handbook for owners and operators of hotels, restaurants, golf courses, spas and sports facilities, banks and other financial institutions, retail stores, shopping centers, theaters, sports arenas, and other places of…
  • Congressmen Jared Polis and Mark Amodei Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Permanently Authorize EB-5 Program on January 28, 2015

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    28 January 2015 Click here for the latest articles on EB-5 Financing.  This article was first published by EB5Investors.com on January 28, 2015.   Polis Bill Reform EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program With the regional center program set to expire in September 2015, the EB-5 industry has been given new life in the form of the American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015. The Act was introduced today by Congressmen Jared Polis (CO-02) and Mark Amodei (NV-02), and is a follow-up to last year’s bill of the same name. The bill would make the regional center program permanent and…
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    National Real Estate Investor

  • New Investors Enter Seniors Housing Sector as ROI Blossoms

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    A recent report on the seniors housing industry touts the strong positive momentum for occupancies, transaction volume and returns that have continued into this year. read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 30, 2015)

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    Janet Yellen warns that interest rates may be rising later this year, reports CNBC. Casino workers union is trying to block Gaming & Leisure Properties’ purchase of Pinnacle Entertainment, notes Bloomberg. Chain Store Age looks at retailers in the expansion mode. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • PREA Forecast: Industrial, Office to Deliver Highest Returns for Institutional Investors

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) recently released the results of its first quarter 2015 Consensus Forecast survey and it looks like its members expect total annual returns on their commercial real estate investments over the next four years to be in the high single digits read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (March 27, 2015)

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Student housing properties are becoming more popular with investors, reports The Wall Street Journal. The strong dollar is leading U.S. buyers to look for commercial real estate assets in Europe, notes Bloomberg. Crain’s New York Business looks at Brookfield’s new malls at the World Financial Center. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Nine Ways to Approach Office Design

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to new approaches to workplace design, I tend to think holistically, and a list allows for juxtaposition of the various trends we’re seeing in workplace planning, design and execution. read more
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    London Hotels Insight

  • Trendy hotel concept meets hipster paradise at Z Shoreditch.

    Chris Glithero
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    Shoreditch is, depending on your opinion, an uber-cool playground for London’s hip creatives, or a gentrified parody of itself inhabited by men with dubious moustaches and perhaps even the odd monacle or penny farthing. Whatever your opinion, there’s no denying that there’s a lot going on there at the moment. And now Z Hotels has recently opened the latest hip new hotel there for visitors who fancy staying somewhere a little different. Located within the Bower Complex – a new mixed use development on Old Street – the Z Shoreditch opened its doors on 9th March. The hotel has 11…
  • Top 10 favourite things to do in London this Easter.

    Elizabeth Hands
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    The first bank holiday weekend of the year is just around the corner, providing the perfect opportunity to discover, and rediscover, what London has to offer. The capital has a whole host of activities, shows and special offers just for Easter weekend. Here are some of LHI’s favourites… Easter activities at The Ritz The Ritz’s Easter celebrations start on Easter Saturday with a chance for children to meet head pastry chef Lewis Wilson so they can create their very own chocolate egg. Check rates at The Ritz They will get a special chef’s apron and hat as a memento of their experience.
  • 10 must-see London exhibitions in 2015.

    Elizabeth Hands
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    One of the best reasons to visit London is its incredible cultural scene. Wherever you stay, there are incredible art galleries and fascinating museums, many free of charge. And even if you think you’ve visited them all before, with ever-changing exhibits there’s always something new to see. Here are some of the best openings in the capital in the coming months, along with the finest hotels within easy striking distance… Crime busting Forensic science has become the focus of many prime-time TV shows. And a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road, Forensics: The Anatomy…
  • Do men really need their own afternoon teas?

    Laura
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Another London hotel has beefed up afternoon tea for a more masculine audience. Last year The Milestone put on a special Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea for Father’s Day, the Sanctum Soho offers a Gents Afternoon Tea (as well as High Tea for High Heels for the ladies), and now The Stafford has created a meaty menu of gentlemanly delights. It seems to be quite a trend… But do men really need their own special menus? It’s true, of course, that afternoon tea is often seen as a more feminine pursuit. If men partake, it’s more often than not accompanied by a female…
  • K West are at it again with their Crème Egg Burger.

    Laura
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:24 am
    K West Hotel and Spa aren’t ones to shy away from gimmicks and quirky offerings. They’ve had an e-cigar lounge, served turkey burgers for Christmas dinner, and they offer a rocking midnight afternoon tea. This Easter they’re up to their antics again, with another special burger on their menu. But have they gone too far this time? K West are taking “How do you eat yours?” to the extreme and answering “As a burger.” Instead of sticking to boring Easter eggs, they’ve created a Crème Egg burger to delight their diners. Don’t worry, though; it hasn’t…
 
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    Hospitality Law Check-In

  • Franchise Agreement Transfer Provisions

    <a href='http://www.gtlaw.com/People/NelsonFMigdal'>Nelson Migdal</a> and <a href='http://www.gtlaw.com/People/SamanthaAhuja'>Samantha Ahuja</a>
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:10 pm
    The number of hotels, particularly limited service hotels, operating under franchise agreements has exploded in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue in the near term.  Franchise agreements, including those in the hospitality industry, are personal contracts for the benefit of the named franchisee only, and are further limited by the franchisee’s ownership structure as of the effective date of the franchise agreement. From this point of beginning, it is logical that the franchise agreement would also include strict limitations on the franchisee’s ability to transfer…
  • Hospitality Sector Leads the Way

    <a href='http://www.gtlaw.com/People/NelsonFMigdal'>Nelson Migdal</a>
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:26 am
    It is difficult, if not impossible, to miss all of the positive indicators pointing to a robust and exceedingly vibrant hospitality sector. Whether it is the acquisition, financing, construction or opening of a limited service hotel in a suburban location or a non-NFL city, or the awe inspiring deals like the sale of the Waldorf Astoria or the Baccarat, the signs are all positive and the appetite for trophy product seems insatiable. Our experience working on both the Waldorf Astoria and Baccarat transactions has provided an up close and personal view of just how powerful our industry is right…
  • Considerations for the Boat Slip Sales Re-Emergence

    <a href='http://www.gtlaw.com/People/GlennAGerena?wosView=quickContact'>Glenn Gerena</a>
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The long dormant boat slip and storage unit sales market is re-emerging after years of dismal sales. Marinas such as Sunset Harbour Yacht Club in Miami Beach, which had long slip sell lists a few years ago, now have waiting lists to buy slips, according to Ginger Hornaday of AquaMarine Global Group. The Sun-Sentinel recently reported on the re-emergence of the market for boat slip and boat storage sales in South Florida. The Sun-Sentinel noted an uptick in sales at Soverel Harbour Marina in Palm Beach Gardens and The Bluffs Marina in Jupiter, as well as the grand opening of the Dania Beach…
  • Employee Characteristics and Effective Hotel Leadership

    <a href='http://www.gtlaw.com/People/NelsonFMigdal'>Nelson Migdal</a>
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Written by Nelson F. Migdal and Molly Kane. What are the most important characteristics to possess in the hospitality industry? This question was recently posed among a highly experienced group of hospitality industry attorneys. Responses to the question included: enthusiasm for customer experience, working as a team, reliability, honesty, and being proactive as among the most important characteristics to possess in the hospitality industry. We thought the question was worth a deeper look. On Bill Marriott’s list of 12 Rules for Success he states that “it is more important to hire…
  • Which Family is Welcome at the Club?

    <a href='http://www.gtlaw.com/People/GlennAGerena?wosView=quickContact'>Glenn Gerena</a>
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The days of the men’s golf club are over, and clubs that emphasize family oriented facilities are increasingly more common. Both traditional golf clubs and other clubs are struggling to define the family of members who have facilities use privileges. The trend is to expand the family definition, especially in resort and second home communities, to attract the family oriented market. Clubs have adopted a number of different family definitions: One member with option to pay additional joining payment and dues for family members; One joining payment for membership, but single, couple…
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    Nick's Travel Blog

  • Cities Less Traveled: Downtown Los Angeles

    Nick
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Photo by David Peterson via Trover.comMost visitors to Los Angeles either want to go “where the magic happens” in Hollywood by visiting their favorite movie or TV show studios, or they head to the beach to soak up the Southern California sun — but Downtown LA has a lot to offer, too! When staying downtown, you can enjoy cooking from world-class chefs, sports games at Staples Center, or a conference at the LA Convention Center. What’s even better is that many of these attractions are within walking distance, so there’s no need to fight the notoriously frustrating…
  • Top Durham Hotels near Duke University

    Nick
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Photo by Sarah P. via Trover.comThere are many reasons to stay Durham, with Duke University and its Medical Center at the top of that list. From campus tours to basketball games, Duke sees a lot of visitors. When you visit, you’ll want to find a hotel near campus so that you can wake up early and explore all the campus has to offer, so check these hotels in Durham, NC when planning your stay:Washington Duke Inn & Golf ClubThe Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is not only the closest hotel to campus, but also boasts an 18 hole golf course. Rates start at just $149/night, making…
  • The Durham Download – Your Guide to Durham, NC

    Nick
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Photo by Jesse Summers via Trover.comThere are many reasons why you might want to visit Durham, including visiting a nearby university such as Duke, a business trip to the Research Triangle or University Medical Center, enjoying the vibrant nightlife of downtown, or grabbing a bite to eat at one of the delicious local restaurants. Because of the diverse attractions, there are many great choices when looking for cheap hotels in Durham, making your stay not only enjoyable but affordable, too – below are my top pics when visiting the area.To Be Near Campus, Check out the Hilton Garden…
  • 48 Hours in Hong Kong: What You Can’t Miss

    Nick
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    (Photo Credit: Flickr)Hong Kong is a beautiful place known for it’s food, history and stunning architecture. But if you’re there for a quick trip or a layover, there are plenty of things you can do before heading off.Hong Kong Museum of History(Photo Credit: http://www.ferretingoutthefun.com/)There’s nothing like learning about Hong Kong’s history in one place during your quick trip. At the Hong Kong Museum of History, you’ll be able to learn about the rich history including ancient Hong Kong, folk culture and more. For the basic tour, it will take you about 2 hours. For a more…
  • 10 Fun Ideas when Visiting Las Vegas

    Nick
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Las Vegas isn’t renowned for being a family destination, but there are plenty of attractions, events and activities you can do and visit to keep everyone entertained. The older I get, the more I’ve explored off the strip and outside of the casino, and what I’ve found are some great “hidden gems” of Vegas that are a fun break from blackjack and nightclubs, which can be a nice break, especially if you’re staying a while. Here are 10 fun ideas for your next stay in Vegas that you may not have considered previously:1. Lake MeadWith over 1.5 million acres of park to…
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    Are Morch - Hotel Blogger

  • Should the hospitality industry be utilizing YouTube?

    Are Morch
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    Should the hospitality industry be utilizing YouTube? With more and more people using digital media to find out about entertainment, restaurants and other hospitality based businesses, YouTube provides another inexpensive outlet that can reach vast numbers of potential customers 24 hours a day. Videos and pictures can have a larger impact than mere words. Here are some of the many more reasons why the hospitality industry should use this valuable form of promotion. Google and YouTube work together to promote your business Google owns YouTube. This means that when internet users search for…
  • 13 Facts About Digital Marketing That Hotels Need To Know

    Are Morch
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    13 Facts About Digital Marketing That Hotels Need To Know Primary to all Digital Marketing is the development of a sound Digital Marketing Strategy. Choosing the right tools while targeting the right audience at the right time is much more science and research than art. This is important to understand in a rapidly changing Digital Environment. Today it is important that all Hotels recognize that the rules now has changed. Digital Marketing represent two way communication, group influence and community driven content. The control brand and marketers once had is now history. With Digital…
  • Hotels See Increased Profits via Reinvented Room Service

    Are Morch
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    Hotels See Increased Profits via Reinvented Room Service After the New York Hilton Midtown announced they would be ending room service back in 2013, the industry predicted massive change with regards to in-room dining. Today, amidst continued declining sales in room service, these predictions are coming true as hotels around the world reinvent in-room dining programs. Global Hospitality Insights, a report by Ernst & Young, recently reported an increase in tourism across the globe during the next 12 months as a result of renewed efforts in destination marketing, increased use of…
 
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    Premier Hotels Blog: London Premier Hotels

  • London Bathroom Adventures

    Alex Demetrius
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Travel should be an exciting adventure where you discover new cultural practices, interesting architecture, and astonishing sights. Unfortunately it sometimes involves discovering all these things in your hotel bathroom. Age can cause some interesting quirks of design and England has been around long enough to develop some truly odd bathroom experiences. While surprises are part of the fun of travel, most people don’t want to deal with them before they’ve had their morning shower. Here are a few things to watch out for while staying in London. There’s no room! This is probably the most…
  • A London Mother’s Day

    Alex Demetrius
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Mother’s day is coming up fast and if you’re anything like me you’ve let it completely slip your mind. Our mum’s do so much for us all our lives and it’s important to show our appreciation; sadly it can be easy to forget an important date in the whirligig of everyday life. Don’t worry too much though, even at the last minute London is chock full of things to do formother’s day and we are here to give you a few handy tips. Piccadilly Getaway Anyone who spends their time working hard knows how nice it is to just get away sometimes; nothing to worry about except how best to pamper…
  • Spending Easter Weekend in London

    Alex Demetrius
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Easter is an exciting time for all, children and adults alike; Easter sales, concerts, events, and of course, Easter chocolate, what’s not to love?As a city London really comes alive over Easter. Spring is in full swing and Londoners are out to take full advantage of the first bank holiday weekend of the year. It’s the perfect time to book yourself into one of our premier hotels in London and see what the city has to offer you.Here are just a couple of things you can do to enjoy your Easter weekend in London. Take to the Skies Climb up high above Kensington High Street to the Roof…
  • A Healthy Trip is a Happy Trip

    Alex Demetrius
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Travel is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences in the world. It is an exciting adventure and the last thing you could want while exploring a new country is to feel a cold setting in. Travel makes you vulnerable; sore limbs, new and unusual viruses, fevers, diarrhoea, not to mention animal bites and stings. No matter if you are on the dusty African Savannah or staying comfortably in the London Premier Kensington there are things to watch out for and precautions you should take. Get Rest Sleep is the heart of a strong immune system and your best defence against disease. Holidays…
  • 5 Great Ways to Enjoy London in the Summer

    Alex Demetrius
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Summer is almost upon us and the sun is starting to show its face after many months of winter. London is absolutely spectacular in the summer. The Sun shines bright, without getting too hot, and London spills out onto the streets. The parks fill, small stylish bars pop up everywhere you turn, and the air is full of sounds of summer. It’s a beautiful time so book yourself in to one of our hotels in Oxford Street and come join us for some fun in the sun. 1. Rooftop Bars London is a delightfully flat city. If you can find a high point in the city you are guaranteed a glorious view of the city…
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    ReviewPro

  • Guest Survey Management 101: Part Two

    ReviewPro
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Many forward-thinking hoteliers have already realized the importance of customer feedback in creating a more positive guest experience to improve operations, service and revenue. But like many hotel professionals, you might be confused about how to actually collect and analyze the abundance of Guest Intelligence available about your property through correct Guest Survey Management. One of the best ways to discover how your guests feel about their stay is to do an online survey – either during their stay or after they checkout (post-stay). Guest surveys are a key way of soliciting the…
  • LIVE Webinar: The Impact of Traveler Reviews on Destinations & Hotel Rating Systems

    ReviewPro
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Are “official” rating systems still relevant? Is quality measured in stars, diamonds, bubbles or aggregate scores? And who decides – travelers, governments, associations, the media or hotels? How much do traveler reviews impact destinations today? Join ReviewPro’s live webinar! Date & Time: One-hour webinar on Tuesday, March 31st 2015 5pm Central European Time (GMT+1) Click here to convert to your timezone How can review data impact destinations, travel associations and hospitality consultancy campaigns? In the next ReviewPro webinar we discuss how they are already using…
  • Amazonian Eco-Lodge Boosts Online Reputation & Visibility Using ReviewPro Guest Intelligence

    ReviewPro
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    Barcelona, Spain – March 16th, 2015 – ReviewPro, the leading provider of Guest Intelligence solutions to independent hotel brands worldwide, has announced a new, multi-year deal with Cotococha Lodge, a boutique eco-lodge located in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, overlooking the majestic Napo River. Cotococha Lodge implemented ReviewPro’s Online Reputation Management (ORM) solution to effectively manage guest feedback data, aggregated from 142 review sites and online travel agencies (OTAs) in 45+ languages, and Guest Survey Solution (GSS), a powerful, yet flexible survey management…
  • 60% of Hotels Will Invest More in Online Reputation Management Solutions in 2015

    Natasha Drewnicki
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    TripAdvisor’s newly released 2015 TripBarometer report has revealed that 60% of hotels plan to invest more in online reputation management solutions this year, while 90% of consumers say that accommodation ratings on review sites impact their booking decisions – for better or for worse. 88% of consumers also said that online reviews and posts on TripAdvisor are a main factor when booking accommodation. These fresh statistics highlight accommodation ratings and reviews as a critical influence on both the side of the consumer (decision-making) and of the hotel (business revenue). It…
  • Guest Survey Best Practices: Part One

    RJ Friedlander
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The majority of hotels have been using some form of guest survey for years, but recently a shift has been happening in the way that hotels collect feedback. Early adopters of guest surveys have realised the need to implement guest survey best practices and replace long, complicated surveys with shorter, more personalised direct surveys. Most hotels that were previously using paper surveys have now implemented online versions and it is not uncommon to find smaller properties have bypassed the paper survey altogether to implement online surveys upfront. Guest surveys are a valuable tool for…
 
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    New Hotel Travel

  • Russia planned space tourism in 2018

    hotel
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Russia planned space tourism in 2018 is a post from: New Hotel Russian tourism officials said it would go ahead with space travel in 2018. Russia’s planned space tourism after sending professionals cosmonauts and astronauts into space. Russia planned space tourism in 2018 Earlier, Russia has sent seven guests to the International Space Station since 2001. However, they began to limit in 2009 after the US shut down the shuttle program. The US also rely on Russian Soyuz rockets to get into orbit, so the delivery program tourists into space were stalled. However, Russia has made an…
  • Hawaiian souvenirs ideas

    hotel
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Hawaiian souvenirs ideas is a post from: New Hotel Hawaiian souvenirs ideas – perfect for all Hawaii vacation would be complete without souvenirs? Vacation, you much chance to buy souvenirs to take home to find their loved ones. Hilo Hattie is large gift shop. On the contrary, the name says, is not necessarily lies in Hilo. This is a department store chain, which has several locations in most of the Hawaii islands. Hilo Hattie is for all different types of memory, but the coronation is of course the Hawaiian shirt. Every tourist has a Hawaiian shirt. You can also find other support,…
  • Planning help California vacation

    hotel
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Planning help California vacation is a post from: New Hotel Carlsbad BeachVacation planning to help California holiday – if you want to have a memorable holiday moments, then you need to make the holiday experience in California. California is definitely probably the most beautiful places to visit and enjoy some. For tourists looking for a pleasant holiday California, have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a variety of destination options. These beautiful places in California are available Bay Area, North Park, La, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Napa, Berkeley, South Lake and Lake Tahoe.
  • Beautiful cities for backpacker

    hotel
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Beautiful cities for backpacker is a post from: New Hotel Beautiful cities for backpacker – relieve fatigue not only doing something that’s it. There are many things you can do to gain new experiences. For you lovers of backpacker, try out enjoying the beauty of the city in the world that offers exceptional beauty. Many cities in various countries provide facilities especially for lovers of backpacker, besides everything is cheap, visitors can explore all the wonders that exist in the city. For that start out planning to explore the cities in the world. Here are beautiful cities…
  • Best Orlando resorts for tourist

    hotel
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Best Orlando resorts for tourist is a post from: New Hotel Best Orlando resorts for tourist – Hi friend when you find the perfect accommodation, and you can discover Orlando resort at its best. Since several years, the Orlando hotel industry flourished and more hotels and resorts have been created to meet the growing number of tourists who visit the destination from time to time. Of course, the stay would not be complete without the best resort where you can relax after a long day of theme park air. Here top Orlando resorts pools Caribe Royale Orlando Only 1,5 mile from Disney World…
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    Jamaica villa rental by Jamaica Ocean View Villa

  • Reggae Isn’t Jamaica’s Only Musical Treasure

    cavel
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Image courtesy of Ochos Rios Jazz Festival At the heart of all traditional Jamaican reggae is the influence of another world-shaking musical form: jazz. Specifically, American jazz as practiced by New Orleans jazz heroes like Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint. Without jazz musicians like these, it’s unlikely that reggae as we know it would exist.
  • 5 Facts About Jamaica Villas You Must Know BEFORE You Book

    cavel
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    It’s likely you know someone who has stayed at an all-inclusive Jamaican resort. Or maybe you’ve stayed at one yourself. After all, it’s still the most popular option for tourists who come to Jamaica. But the truth is, big, all-inclusive resorts are far from perfect. And you have more options for discovering Jamaica than you think. If you prefer a more relaxed setting, where your
  • Where to Listen to Reggae in Jamaica

    cavel
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
      Jamaica’s pulse beats to the rhythm of reggae. Originating here in the 1960s, reggae combines the traditions of mento, calypso, American jazz and R&B. Since the 60s, as reggae’s influence spread like wildfire, it came to belong to the whole world—not just to Jamaica. Now, Jamaica is working toward reclaiming its reggae heritage and reminding its fans around the world of the
  • SAFETY FOR TOURIST IN JAMAICA TABOOS YOU SHOULD BREAK

    cavel
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Located south of Cuba in the western half of the Caribbean, Jamaica is the 3rd largest and the most amazing island of the Caribbean. Regarded as the birthplace of Rastafarianism, Jamaica attracts a large number of tourists annually. With its rich historical past and unique culture, Jamaica is considered a fun filled beach holiday spot. The
  • ‘Ganja’ Is Now Legal in Jamaica – What Does That Mean?

    cavel
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    What Does That Mean?               Credit: Luiz Fernando Reis I’ve had a few guests and potential guests ask about the recent legalization of small amounts of marijuana in Jamaica. Jamaican culture—particularly the Rastafarian tradition—has a long association with the ‘ganja’ plant. The association is so strong, in fact, a
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    Lodging Interactive

  • #AskDJV – Episode 19: How to Get Twitter Followers in 5 Easy Steps

    Nicole McGovern
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this week’s episode of the #AskDJV Show, I’m talking about some of the best and most effective ways to grow your Twitter followers. Want more #AskDJV? Visit our website to view all of the episodes we’ve posted. You can also check back here each Friday for the latest episode. Do you have a question for me? Tweet me @DJVallauri using the hashtag #AskDJV, and your question could be featured on the show! Thanks for watching! The post #AskDJV – Episode 19: How to Get Twitter Followers in 5 Easy Steps appeared first on Lodging Interactive.
  • What’s Happening with Google Products in 2015?

    Nicole McGovern
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s no secret that social media websites are a chatter with talk of major changes to Google+ in 2015. Trying to get the inside scoop on what’s going on with Google Products in 2015? The buzz, according to a number of sites, is that the search engine may be dismantling Google+ in favor of separate products like Google Streams and Google Photo among others. The industry talk is all speculation at this point. The general public will likely remain in the dark until at least after Google’s annual I/O conference in May, but that hasn’t stopped many from sharing their own hypotheses of…
  • Why Aren’t Hotels Responding to Guest Reviews Online?

    Nicole McGovern
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hotels that respond to reviews see an increase in overall review ratings and booking inquiries. The benefits are well documented, and yet hoteliers still are not responding. If a guest fills out a comment card on-site, emails a hotel’s customer service address or even calls to share their frustration or praise about a recent visit, hotels know to read the card, answer the email or return the call. So why, in an age where everything is done online and the majority of consumers rely on travel and hotel reviews before booking a trip, do hoteliers still miss the opportunity of responding to…
  • #AskDJV – Episode 18: Is Your Hotel Using Meerkat Streaming Video to Increase Bookings?

    djvallauri
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    On this week’s episode of the #AskDJV Show, I am talking about emerging technologies and Meerkat, a new application that will help humanize your hotel. *Update: Emerging technologies change quickly! Between shooting the latest episode and sharing it with you Twitter cut off Meerkat‘s ability to access its social graph, but Meerkat released an update that added a number of new features including search functionality.* Want more #AskDJV? Visit our website to view all of the episodes we’ve posted. You can also check back here each Friday for the latest episode. Do you have a…
  • #AskDJV – Episode 17: Tips for Better Social Media Engagement

    djvallauri
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    In this week’s episode, I answer a viewer’s question and share our tips for better social media engagement. Want more #AskDJV? Visit our website to view all of the episodes we’ve posted. You can also check back here each Friday for the latest episode. Do you have a question for me? Tweet me @DJVallauri using the hashtag #AskDJV, and your question could be featured on the show! Thanks for watching! The post #AskDJV – Episode 17: Tips for Better Social Media Engagement appeared first on Lodging Interactive.
 
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    The Viewaholic Word - The Most Perfect View

  • Alila Villas Uluwatu - The Most Perfect View.. and stay in Uluwatu, Bali

    Paulo Palha
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:04 am
    Alila Villas Uluwatu: a perfect place to stay in Bali.Bali has been one of those distant places we have been wanting to visit for a long time. After a few attempts of nearly making it, the day finally arrived and we landed at Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar Airport.Upon arrival, and after going through customs, we were met with a genuine smile from the Alila Villas Uluwatu staff, almost feeling we were actually being picked-up by a distant family member whom we have never met before.Around half an hour later after driving through Bali's busy streets, we were…
  • Ohla Hotel - A Perfect Hotel View in Barcelona

    Paulo Palha
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:22 am
    In Barcelona, magic happens once you arrive at Ohla Hotel's 8th floor.Warmed by the sun and caressed by the Mediterranean sea, artistic Barcelona is among our favorite European cities. Next time you plan to visit Barcelona, do yourself a favor and stay in a hotel with a panoramic view over this beautiful city - a view like the one found at the Ohla Hotel, a five star boutique hotel located in Barcelona's historic centre, a few steps away from one of Barcelona's landmarks: Plaça de Catalunya. Mr. Albert Arranz, Ohla Hotel Marketing Director, shared his views (quite…
  • Romeo hotel - A Perfect Hotel View in Naples, Italy

    Paulo Palha
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:21 pm
    An unforgettable hotel view over Naples awaits you at Romeo hotel.We were quite excited about having the opportunity to interview Ms. Antonella Graziano, a passionate about the glorious views on display from Romeo hotel, probably the most exciting luxury boutique hotel in Naples. Ms. Graziano's words really had an effect on us and at this point we can't wait to check this views for ourselves during our next stay in Naples. We invite you to read on and get a glimpse of what's waiting for you at Romeo hotel.What makes Romeo hotel view so perfect?  The city…
  • Burj Khalifa Hotel and Hotels near Burj Khalifa with a View

    Paulo Palha
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:28 pm
    A very special hotel lies inside Burj Khalifa, Dubai's highest landmark.We get this a lot:- Is there a hotel at Burj Khalifa?- Is Burj Khalifa a hotel?- Is Burj Khalifa the highest hotel in Dubai?- Are there any hotels near Burj Khalifa?Well, we decided to clear all this for you can make the right choice when choosing a place to stay in Dubai. In this article you'll know more about the hotel operating at Burj Khalifa and discover what are the nearest hotels to Burj Khalifa with spectacular Dubai views.First things first: yes, there is a hotel operating at Burj Khalifa…
  • Hotels near the Eiffel Tower with a Perfect Paris View

    Paulo Palha
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Stay close to the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a perfect Paris hotel view.What would be the cherry on top of the cake on your next stay in Paris? For us, it is very clear: an unforgettable Eiffel Tower view from the privacy of your room. Either you're alone or with that special someone, going to bed with a beautiful sparkling Eiffel Tower wishing you a good night sleep is just the perfect way to end another memorable day in Paris. For all of those who can't get enough of this Parisian iconic landmark, we introduce you to a selection of hotels near the Eiffel Tower that are not only close but also…
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  • New Zip & Link Bed Designs Launching in April

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    HotelContractBeds are proud to announce that we will be launching a new, re-designed range of zip and link contract beds on April 1, 2015. The new products will feature several new coloured fabrics which will cover both the zip and link base and the mattress edge. “We’re excited to promote our new collection of zip and link beds, which are now available in a brand new range of coloured fabrics.” says HotelContractBeds Sales Manager Jamie Welch. “Hoteliers and interior designers now have a greater choice of styles available to them, and can select a zip and link bed that coincides with…
  • Around the World in 18 Gestures

    10 Mar 2015 | 4:25 am
    Wherever you're travelling, the number one thing you DON'T want to do is upset the locals.  Every country is different in the way they speak and communicate with one another, and what is considered acceptable in the UK is not always acceptable overseas. In fact, some of the 'innocent' getsures we use over here - like the OK sign - are considered extremely offensive in other parts of the world; using the OK sign in Greece, Spain or Briazil is not a good idea. Why? Because the OK symbol in those countries actually represents a bodily orifice...if you use that symbol in a conversation with a…
  • How to Manage Your Hotel’s Online Presence in 2015

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:10 am
    Whether you’re a brand new 3-bedroom guest house or a successful hotel chain (especially if you’re a successful hotel chain), you can no longer ignore the digital era we are now in. Image Source It is now dead-easy for anyone to search for your business online – and whether you’ve made an effort to control your online presence or not, there will be some information about your bed and breakfast/hotel/guest house online. Mark my words, someone will have left a review somewhere, whether it’s on Facebook, Trip Advisor or a small hard-to-find travel forum – your guests will be talking…
  • How to Conquer Jet Lag - Before, During and After Travel Tips

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    Desynchronosis or more commonly known as ‘jet lag’ is the result of travelling at rapid speeds through several time zones in an aircraft. By travelling through different time zones at such high speeds, your internal body clock doesn’t have the time to catch up, resulting in you feeling fatigued and irritable. With many of us travelling by air these days whether it be for holidays or business, jet lag is something we will all endure. The level of jet lag you will experience will depend on where you are travelling and how far out of your current time zone. Travelling east will disrupt…
  • 10 Countries You’ve Never Heard Of (But You’ll Wish You Had)

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:06 am
    1. Panama Panama (officially the Republic of Panama) is the southernmost country of Central America and the whole of North America. Described as a cheaper, less touristy version of Costa Rica, Panama is the only place in the world where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic. Famous for its 48 mile ship canal, which connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. This was built over the course of a decade and was opened in 1914. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal shortcut greatly reduced the time (and the…
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