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  • Hotel Frontdoor

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    GJE
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Hotel Frontdoor Your guests come and go via the frontdoor. The Frontdoor of this hotel has etched in its glass that its telephone number is 1. The door must be from somewhere around 1900. Many guests must have passed this door. This was a hotel long before there were hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton or Starwoord…. The hotel is stil in operation and located in a small village in The Netherlands, not far, only a busride, from Amsterdam. Are you able to guess its location? Actually it was rebuilt in 1905 and the telephone was installed as late as 1920… Hotel Frontdoor is a post…
  • Marriott unveils global content studio

    AH&LA SmartBrief
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Marriott International has launched a new studio in charge of creating and distributing content across a variety of media pla -More- Which Revenue Management Structure Works Best for Limited Service Budget Hotels? Limited service budget hotels have often focused on controlling costs in order to drive profitability. Doing things efficiently and using data as a key driver of decision making is therefore essential. But does it only come down to cost? Download and review the different models that limited service hotels can apply to optimize revenue performance.
  • Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings

    Hotel News
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Current Q Previous Q Prior Yr Q ... )--CyberOptics Advances 3D Sensor Technology with Leading Edge Capabilities; develops unmatched 3D sensing capabilities by incorporating Multi-Reflection Suppression --Western Asset Municipal Defined Opportunity Trust Inc. today announced the financial position of the Fund as of August 31, 2014.
  • New York: Will The TWA Flight Center at JFK Turn Into a Trump Hotel?

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    DesignMinder
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It's been rumored for several years that the iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport would one day turn into a hotel. And once again, the rumor mill is working overtime with reports that a new hotel brand will soon install themselves at the terminal.Earlier this year, negotiations between hotelier Andre Balazs and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey fell through . Now it seems the Port Authority is out shopping for a new Sugar Daddy. Following the release of a formal Request For Proposal last month, the word on the street— runway rather— is that interested…
  • The End of an Era

    Marriott on the Move
    Marriott on the Move
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    My father, who founded our company with a nine-stool root beer stand in 1927, came from a family of eight children. Dad had four sisters and three brothers. Woodrow was the youngest member of the family and he died in 2005. His widow, Judy Cannon Marriott, passed away on August...
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    AH&LA SmartBrief

  • Marriott unveils global content studio

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Marriott International has launched a new studio in charge of creating and distributing content across a variety of media pla -More- Which Revenue Management Structure Works Best for Limited Service Budget Hotels? Limited service budget hotels have often focused on controlling costs in order to drive profitability. Doing things efficiently and using data as a key driver of decision making is therefore essential. But does it only come down to cost? Download and review the different models that limited service hotels can apply to optimize revenue performance.
  • Biltmore plans second property in Asheville, N.C.

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Biltmore plans to build a 209-room hotel at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.  -More- 
  • JV pays $78M for Ohio Marriott portfolio

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Six hotels in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, under Marriott International's TownePlace Suites and Courtyard brands have been sold for -More- 
  • Poll: Which high-tech amenities does your hotel offer for meetings?

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Check back for poll results in Thursday's eBrief. -More- Travel Protection Plans Designed for Travel Industry Employees — Eligible for industry-free/reduced-rate travel benefits? You may be eligible to purchase Insider's Club plans! ANNUAL plans begin at USD 26.95. Plans include travel accident protection, baggage protection and more. Visit uatptravelprotection.com for details and to enroll today!
  • Resorts World Manila in the Philippines to welcome major hotel brands

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    A 355-room Hilton hotel and a 390-room Sheraton property are expected to open by the end of 2017 at the Resorts World Manila  -More- 
 
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    Hotel News

  • Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Current Q Previous Q Prior Yr Q ... )--CyberOptics Advances 3D Sensor Technology with Leading Edge Capabilities; develops unmatched 3D sensing capabilities by incorporating Multi-Reflection Suppression --Western Asset Municipal Defined Opportunity Trust Inc. today announced the financial position of the Fund as of August 31, 2014.
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Expands Presence in Nigeria with the...

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
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  • W Hotels Worldwide to Enter Morocco with W Marrakech

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. will launch the W brand in Marrakech in 2017 with the opening of W Marrakech. Owned by Morocco-based Menatlas 14 S.A., the hotel will be located in the city's Hivernage district, near Menara Gardens.
  • Las Vegas KOA moving to new home at Sam's Town

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall on Boulder Highway is the new home of the Las Vegas KOA. The announcement was made Monday morning by Boyd Gaming Corporation and Kampgrounds of America.
  • Extended Stay America Upgraded to "Neutral" at Zacks

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    The firm currently has a $24.50 price objective on the stock. Zacks 's target price suggests a potential upside of 2.68% from the company's current price.
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    HotelChatter -

  • New York: Will The TWA Flight Center at JFK Turn Into a Trump Hotel?

    DesignMinder
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It's been rumored for several years that the iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport would one day turn into a hotel. And once again, the rumor mill is working overtime with reports that a new hotel brand will soon install themselves at the terminal.Earlier this year, negotiations between hotelier Andre Balazs and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey fell through . Now it seems the Port Authority is out shopping for a new Sugar Daddy. Following the release of a formal Request For Proposal last month, the word on the street— runway rather— is that interested…
  • Marrakech: The W Marrakech is Happening (But Not Until 2017)

    juliana
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    Two signs that Marrakech is a hot destination? One, the newly-married Clooneys are honeymooning there and two, a W Hotel is set to open in the cosmopolitan city in 2017. Located in the city's Hivernage district, the W Marrakech will have 148 guest rooms nd suites, include one Extreme WOW suite, along with residences. there will also be a signature restaurant, an all-day dining venue, a bar, an outdoor bar, WET pool deck, an Away Spa and FIT, the W's branded fitness center. And of course, Whatever/Whenever will also be in place.GA Design International, the folks who did the W Taipei and the…
  • Lanai City: You Probably Won’t Be Able to Get a Room at the Hotel Lanai For the Next Year... Here's Why

    wakeandwander
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    By now, we're all up to date on the situation regarding Lanai and new-ish owner Larry Ellison. He has a plan, but no one is exactly sure what it is or how it will play out. While that's generally accurate, there are a few truths that have come to light since Ellison started pouring money into the island. We discovered one earlier this week during a visit to the Hotel Lanai: You won't be able to get a room here for the next year. As the big plan continues to take shape, Ellison has begun work on a number of specific projects, including rebuilding community infrastructure and partially…
  • London: What To Order At Chicken Shop At The Hoxton Holborn

    juliab
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Yesterday, we told you how to find Chicken Shop, the new underground restaurant at the Hoxton Holborn. Today, we’re talking what to order (apologies in advance for the photos, it's very, very dark underground). In a way, there’s not much advice to give, because the menu at Chicken Shop is limited. Very limited – your options for your main course are: · A quarter chicken (£4.50) · A half chicken (£8.50) · A whole chicken (£15) To jazz it up, there are sides, which all cost £4. These are: · Crinkle cut fries · Coleslaw · Corn on the cob ·…
  • London: The Lancaster London Will Be Sweet Like Honey Next Week

    juliab
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    The bees of the Lancaster London Uh huh honey! If Kim and Kanye are still in Europe next Monday, one place they may want to pop into is the Lancaster London which – already known for its resident bees – is now going one further by hosting the London Honey Show on 6 October from 6-9pm. Your £1 entrance fee (to be donated to a bee charity) gets you access to tastings (including the Lancaster’s), a hive display, talks from bee experts and various stalls and exhibits. There will be food, drink and honey on sale, and it’ll also host an awards ceremony, in case you’ve…
 
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    Marriott on the Move

  • The End of an Era

    Marriott on the Move
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    My father, who founded our company with a nine-stool root beer stand in 1927, came from a family of eight children. Dad had four sisters and three brothers. Woodrow was the youngest member of the family and he died in 2005. His widow, Judy Cannon Marriott, passed away on August...
  • Taking Care of Guests, From A to Z

    Marriott on the Move
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Our core value at Marriott is to take good care of our associates, and they will take good care of our guests. Recently I had the privilege of presenting the 50-year of service pin and certificate to Miss Frances Holland. Ms. Frances, as everyone calls her, joined our company when...
  • My Rules for Tipping

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    To celebrate International Housekeeping Week, we are placing tip envelopes in 160,000+ rooms. Most people are not sure who to tip and who not to tip when they receive good service. I try to tip everyone from the pizza deliveryman to the parking attendant to the waiter and bellman. I...
  • Smiles are Better Than Smiley Faces

    Marriott on the Move
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    I had lunch the other day with our terrific general managers from select service and extended stay brands known as CFRST – Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and Towneplace Suites. We talked about social media and how it’s changing customer service. As I listened to our...
  • Teaching "Hospitality 101" in China

    Marriott on the Move
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    My father was given many opportunities because a college professor saw his potential. This professor helped my father get an education and gain the knowledge and skills he needed to start a company. That’s what great teachers do—they help students build the foundation for a rewarding future career. Last year,...
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    Saturday Briefing

  • Steering a Steady Course in a World of Challenges

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — During the past week, key leaders of the Outrigger ‘ohana representing our properties in Hawai‘i and on Guam gathered in Honolulu for an outstanding three days of education and sharing of ideas and information. A … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Arriving in Maldives

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY DAVID CAREY — This past Tuesday, Outrigger Enterprises Group completed the purchase of the Konotta Island Resort in the Maldives, an Indian Ocean nation about 200 miles southwest of the southern tip of India. Following its renovation, we expect … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • “Kiss My Stache!”

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY KELLY SMALLWOOD — The Global Contact Center in Denver had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Richard Kelley, Linda Jane Kelley and Dan Wacksman to our “All Hands” employee meetings on Sept. 16 where we discussed our new brand strategy, … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Housekeepers – The Heart & Soul of Hospitality

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Last week our company celebrated International Housekeepers Week, and Saturday Briefing featured pictures of our Housekeepers who, to me, are the heart & soul of the hospitality industry. As pictures continue to pour in from … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • An Eye for Travel

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY JORDAN JOANOU — Our own Dan Wacksman, SVP of Global Distribution, was a keynote speaker at the recent EyeForTravel, Travel Distribution Summit in New York held Sept. 11-12. To a packed house of 400 industry leaders, Dan spoke on … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for feeds.feedblitz.com. The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
  • New: RSS Image Enclosures Now Visible

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
  • The FeedBlitz REST API

    Phil Hollows
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    The REST API is an XML-based API. It is, like FeedBlitz itself, complex and at times may be challenging to use. For simple use cases, such as integrating a FeedBlitz subscription mechanism into your site or service, we recommend using one of the APIs I’ve already covered this week, or a plugin / widget that has already done the work for you. If you’re building such a plugin, widget or tool, then depending on your use cases you may need to delve into the REST API in some depth. Programming Required: Yes API Key Needed: Yes Best suited for: Web developer, plugin developer Skill level:…
 
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    HOTELMARKETING.COM

  • Marriott wants to become the Red Bull of travel entertainment

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    Following the trend of marketers becoming publishers, Marriott is launching a globel create and content marketing studio. The company wants to own the travel entertainment space - and, in turn, gain the recognition as a trusted source for all travel needs - similar to the approach that Red Bull and GoPro take with action sports.
  • Booking.com and Hotels.com top latest eTravel multichannel benchmark results

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    Booking.com's multichannel digital experience out ranked all other brands for their first impressions search and results, booking process, and design and usability. Surveyors particularly liked the brand's desktop site and ranked it first in every stage of the customer journey, while Hotels.com's app was rated top overall.
  • Amex: Q2 corporate air and hotel spending up 7 percent

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    American Express Global Business Travel clients during the April-June quarter this year spent 7.4 percent more on airline tickets than they did during the same period in 2013, and 7.2 percent more on hotel rooms.
  • Four Seasons enhances customer service in China through Ctrip partnership

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is enhancing its ability to serve guests in China by teaming up with Chinese travel service provider Ctrip.com. The expanded partnership grants Four Seasons more flexibility in China and provides loyal guests reliable travel options.
  • Mr & Mrs Smith recognises value of personalisation after driving intent

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    A first stab at using personalisation to drive customer intent was so successful it inundated boutique online hotel retailer Mr & Mrs Smith with inquiries. The company used personalisation at the start of the sales process rather than just to capture the booking at the bottom end of the sales funnel.
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    Hotel F&B Observer

  • Making Sandwiches Without Bread – No Joke

    Meg McDonough
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Creative chefs have learned that in order to appeal to the masses, oftentimes by incorporating a new recipe, or just reviving an older one with slight modifications and visual appeal, it has become de rigueur to present appetizers and tapas with a touch of S.A.L.T.
  • Once We Have An Image, Is It Ever Possible to Shake It?

    Geoffrey Sagrans
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Last week I came across an article in the Associated Press titled McDonald’s Campaigns Against Its Junk Food Image. In this article the author talks about an event that McDonald’s held in the Tribeca district of New York City where they took every day McDonald’s menu items to create more upscale meals. [...]
  • We Were Willing to Build a Business Back Then

    Steve DiGioia
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    I remember the local hardware store when I was a kid. It was owned by a wonderful man that would go out of his way to assist you with finding anything in the store as well as provide general fix-it knowledge. Apparently he was a jack of all trades and was more than happy to [...]
  • Having it All – Classics Return and Nouvelle Tastings

    Meg McDonough
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I envision a sampling from these varying levels of cuisine, prepared in conjunction with the style of your hotel patronage, to present itself as a popular dining choice to your hotel guests and local patrons vying to order "a little of everything".
  • The Wonderful World of The U.S. Supply Chain

    Geoffrey Sagrans
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Paul Greenberg posted an article recently in the New York Times title “Why Are We Importing Our Own Fish?” The article is a global look at how native species of seafood are being exported while the United States is importing most of its seafood. One of the points of this article discusses the [...]
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    Happy Hotelier

  • 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

    GJE
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew One way , the one with the shoe, I’ve shared already with you, but now I’ve a few more for you: Nails Screw hook and more. Always handy to know. Especially the blow torch one intrigues me so much I’ll have to try it out once. 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, September 5, 201410 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my…
  • Pardon for Chelsea Manning?

    Happy Hotelier
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Pardon for Chelsea Manning? No mention of private Manning in the news anymore. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison because he leaked to the (in)famous Wikileaks. A Year ago a request was lodged for a presidential pardon. I believe it’s time President Obama takes a decision. In the meantime Bradley has publicly announced he wants to change gender and be renamed as Chelsey. Part of the plea for presidential pardon. The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been…
  • Hotel Frontdoor

    GJE
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Hotel Frontdoor Your guests come and go via the frontdoor. The Frontdoor of this hotel has etched in its glass that its telephone number is 1. The door must be from somewhere around 1900. Many guests must have passed this door. This was a hotel long before there were hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton or Starwoord…. The hotel is stil in operation and located in a small village in The Netherlands, not far, only a busride, from Amsterdam. Are you able to guess its location? Actually it was rebuilt in 1905 and the telephone was installed as late as 1920… Hotel Frontdoor is a post…
  • Google tests Project Wing

    GJE
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 am
    Google tests Project Wing A drone delivery system being tested in Australia as their drone regulations are less steep than those in the US. Google tests Project Wing is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, August 29, 2014Google tests Project Wing is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade – Hotel Reviews by HH (1)

    GJE
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    The front of Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade Introduction to numbered “Hotel Reviews by HH” – cooperation with Hotel Designs My wife and I became hoteliers in 2000 after having fulfilled creative and caring professions unrelated to hospitality. In 2000 we started to convert a dilapidated terraced house next to our own house into a luxury 3 suites “Hotel” or Luxury B & B and operated it under the name Haagsche Suites (i.e. Suites of The Hague) until we’d closed it in December, 2013. Currently I am an almost full-time blogger on several blogs, Happy Hotelier…
 
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • High Road House, London: hotel of the week

    Kate Weir
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    We’re craving some au courant beats in quintessentially cool-Britannia surrounds: step up hip boutique hotel High Road House: the retro-chic members’ club in West London‘s laid-back Chiswick district. Style Arty-urbanites Setting Leafy London Why this week? To knock back a puntastic Scotchwork Orange cocktail while the DJs at Nick Jones’ High Road House bar inspire you to dance from Thursdays to Saturday. Keep your toes tapping at the EFG London Jazz Festival at the Barbican (14–23 November), then spend your evenings hobnobbing with the hotel’s bohemian crowd; after…
  • H2 Hotel, Healdsburg: hotel of the week

    Laura House
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    The ink-black Sangiovese, regal purple pinot noir and the plump pearl of a chardonnay… we’re all about the mighty grape this time of year. So we’re off to the California wine country for a stay at H2 Hotel in happening Healdsburg.  Style Green, by nature Setting Heart of Healdsburg Why this week? Customarily chilled-out Sonoma County buzzes with energy during the gathering, pressing and sipping season. In the generous spirit of the harvest, our friends at H2 have come up with a two-night stay exclusive with wine tasting passes, a dining credit at the hotel’s…
  • Great Global Chefs app preview party with chefs Lee Westcott and Sophie Michell at Town Hall Hotel

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    We threw a great little gourmet gathering last night in buzzing Bethnal Green at Town Hall Hotel & Apartment‘s new Typing Room restaurant with super chefs Lee Westcott (below) and Sophie Michell. As if dining on delicious canapés from Chef Westcott and his gang weren’t excuse enough to celebrate, we were also hailing the upcoming launch of the new Great Global Chefs iPad app we’ve cooked up in partnership with Great British Chefs (get it from the App Store on 8 October). The app’s packed with step-by-step recipes and profiles of chefs and restaurants, many of…
  • Mia Resort, Nha Trang: hotel of the week

    Sarah Jappy
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mojitos on the beach and breakfast in bed, or bustling local markets and fresh seafood; Nha Trang’s Mia Resort in Central Vietnam has something for everyone. Style Beach peach Setting Green, serene Cam Lam bay Why this week? Vietnam’s summer monsoon is coming to an end, making September the ideal time to visit the idyllic Mia Resort in Nha Trang, the country’s most beautiful beachside town. Stay six nights to take full advantage of the resort’s private beach and enjoy a room discount, a massage, cocktails and a cookery class on us. This special offer is available for stays until the…
  • Be Manos, Brussels: hotel of the week

    Richard MacKichan
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    There’s more to Europe’s capital than MEPs and triple-cooked chips – set foot inside Be Manos hotel in Brussels and you could be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived in Carnaby Street’s hippest hangout during peak Sixties swing… Why this week? For culture, baby. If Be Manos’ interiors have you coming over all Austin Powers, then the return of Nocturnes (18 September to 18 December, pictured below) can help you live out your Night at the Museum fantasies. Each Thursday, Brussels’ best cultural institutions are opening late to lay on special guided tours, one-off events,…
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    Hotel Law Blog

  • Hotel Lawyer: How will the new 11th edition of the Uniform System affect your hotel management agreement or franchise agreement?

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 18 September 2014 Hotel Lawyer: New Uniform System of Accounts will affect your hotel management and franchise agreements. Are you ready? Commencing January 1, 2015, the hotel industry will have a new, significantly revised set of guidelines governing accounting for hotels. That is the effective date for the recently published Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry, 11th Edition (2014) (“11th Edition”). This is just one of the many things that distinguishes hotels and the hotel industry from every other class of real estate. And…
  • ADA Compliance & Defense Lawyer: FAQs on “service animal” requirements of the ADA. What every hotelier needs to know. Why Uber was sued over service animals.

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 16 September 2014 Click here for the latest articles on ADA Defense and Compliance.   The recent Uber lawsuit On September 9, 2014, Uber Technologies was sued in Federal Court in San Francisco for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Unruh Act. The suit arose from the claim that UberX drivers refused to allow blind riders to bring their guide dogs. For a copy of the complaint, click here to see Natl Federation of the Blind v. Uber Technologies. This is just the latest in an long history of complaints or…
  • Hotel Lawyer to Developers: Looking for EB-5 Financing? The China “Retrogression” means you should act sooner than later!

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 7 September 2014   EB-5 Visas and China “Retrogression” – What’s it all about? by Jim Butler and Jonathan Bloch Partners, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP In the past, when China exceeded its 7% allocation of US Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5 visas), Chinese applicants were permitted to take advantage of unused EB-5 visas allotted to other countries. But as of the last week of August 2014, the US State Department decided that the issuance of new EB-5 visas to Chinese applicants will be frozen or…
  • Hospitality Lawyer: Why this may be the time to buy or sell a hotel management company

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 25 August 2014 Lately, it seems like everyone wants to buy — or sell — an independent hotel management company. And this may be one of the best times to do so in a long while. Here are some thoughts on this timely subject by two of our hotel lawyers who have just completed a successful sale of an independent operator. Why this may be the time to buy or sell a hotel management company A hot trend and five key issues by Guy Maisnik and Joyce Men | Hotel Lawyers One of the hottest trends right now is buying (or selling) independent…
  • Asians want to live, buy homes and invest in Orange County

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 19 August 2014 Asians love California, particularly Southern California! They love it as a place to live, buy homes, invest, go to school, and run their businesses. In June, we talked about the close affinity between China and Los Angeles County as revealed by a new report. Now there is yet another report documenting how Asians love Orange County. Why? The report does not tell us that, but certainly Asians are attracted to California for the same reasons they been settling here for more than a century: proximity, climate, opportunity, and the…
 
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    National Real Estate Investor

  • Buyers See Window of Opportunity for Hotel Acquisitions

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Hotels have been riding high on the rebound in both leisure and business travel. The returning demand has bolstered key fundamentals such as occupancies, average daily rates and revenues per room (RevPar). read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 30, 2014)

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    In spite of risk, mortgage REITs offer higher than average yields in the current market, argues The Street. Forbes looks into best markets for real estate investment in 2015. Private equity firms may find it harder to swallow publicly traded companies going forward, according to The Australian. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Top 10 Drivers of Industrial Real Estate Development

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    By Susan Piperato But growing a business is more complicated than ever due to a number of factors. So, what’s driving industrial real estate development? We’ve examined the second quarter reports of six leading commercial real estate services firms to find out. read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 29, 2014)

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    German prosecutors said Monday that they had filed criminal charges against the former chief executive and the former management board of Hypo Real Estate. At least six rival real estate investment firms have expressed interest in buying the property holdings of restaurant and packaged-food giant Bob Evans Farms Inc. Emaar Malls Group, the shopping mall operator based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, said Monday that it had raised $1.6 billion in its initial public offering. These are among today’s 10 must reads from around the commercial real estate world. Content Classification: …
  • Urban Locations Are Most Desirable for New HQs

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Developers are trying two distinct approaches to attracting new office tenants in a market that is rapidly seeing cheap, big-block space dry up: the tried-and-true new class-A headquarters building and repositioning a dated property. read more
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  • Taking Travel and Related Surveys with a Grain of Salt

    Heather Turner
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I’ve recently (and not so recently) seen quite a few reports from marketing companies touting “mobile accounts for 40% of all travel reservations” and “Facebook ads account for 30% of wedding sales” etc. without giving providence of where this information was coming from, and more importantly, what demographic are they actually soliciting these surveys from. This actually refers to pretty much any report that references “X” number of people surveyed, and doesn’t actually provide a source of where those surveyed came from. I would exclude sources such as Tripadvisor,…
  • Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Twitter

    Heather Turner
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    This is the third in a series covering social media pros and cons for innkeepers, following will be Linkedin, Google+, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram. Please check out the first one in the series: Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Blogs and the second, Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Youtube. Twitter https://twitter.com Can be personal or business, or a combination of both. You can have multiple accounts on twitter but you need separate email addresses to administrate each one. You can admin multiple accounts through Hootsuite and Tweetdeck. Accounts have…
  • Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Youtube

    Heather Turner
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This is the second in a series covering social media pros and cons for innkeepers, following will be Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram. Please check out the first one in the series: Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Blogs Photo credit Dreamstime  Youtube https://www.youtube.com (a Google product) -Youtube Pages have subscribers and individual videos on the page/account have “likes”. -If you’ve claimed your Google+ Business Page, your Youtube channel can be connected as a tab on your G+ profile Pros of Youtube -SEO (Search Engine Optimization)…
  • Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Blogs

    Heather Turner
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    This will be the first of a series covering social media pros and cons for innkeepers, following will be Youtube, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram. Blogging http://wordpress.com (or .org if you want to pay for it) http://www.blogger.com  (a Google product) Plus there are dozens more out there that one can use, wordpress and blogger being the most popular. Blogs Can be personal or business or a combination of both. Posts can be set to automatically go to Twitter and Facebook through the blogging platform. Twitterfeed: feed your blog into twitter and Facebook…
  • Waste Lists and Why Bed and Breakfasts Should be Using Them

    Heather Turner
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    What is a waste list? A waste list is generally a clipboard of paper, or a log book stored in the kitchen that tracks what food products are thrown away on a daily and weekly basis. This list should include any food that is returned from a guest’s plate. not just food product overages and expired products, it should include anything noted at all that’s extra on a plate when it’s returned to the kitchen, extra sauce, extra butter, etc. I know some Bed and Breakfasts who utilize waste lists, but not many that actually carry it one step further and analyse them on a monthly and yearly…
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    London Hotels Insight

  • London boutique hotels roundup – September 2014.

    Laura
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:44 am
    It may be hard to believe, but summer is now officially over. Say goodbye to hotel rooftop swimming pools, garden terraces and sporting event themed packages. Say hello to cosy boutique stays with roaring fires, autumn-inspired menus and the inevitable preparations for a certain December festive occasion that shall not be named. Here we take a look at some of the biggest boutique hotel news stories in London over the past month, and glance ahead at the events that are still to come. The Stafford London Hotel has recently become part of the Preferred Hotels and Resorts collection of luxury…
  • Lancaster London launches “blind dining” challenge.

    Chris Glithero
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    In any given month there are a wide variety of special menus and dishes to indulge in at the restaurants of London hotels. In October though the Island Grill at the Lancaster London is going one step further to offer a unique dining experience, while at the same time raising awareness for charity. From September 29th to November 2nd 2014,  guests will be able to experience ‘blind-dining’. This is more or less exactly as it sounds, with the hotel providing designer blindfolds free of charge to be worn during dinner. This innovative initiative is being organised in order to raise…
  • The London hotels STILL charging for WiFi.

    Laura
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    As many new London hotels open with complimentary WiFi in place from the start, it’s hard to believe that others both new and old are trailing behind. Many are not just single hotels, but entire groups, including Marriott Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt and InterContinental. While some groups offer free WiFi in lobbies and public spaces, charges remain in guest rooms. Some groups, such as Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott, are beginning to offer free WiFi in their newer hotels (although the London Ritz finally installed free WiFi everywhere last year after much cajoling by this blog!). But…
  • Four Seasons to transform Ten Trinity Square.

    Chris Glithero
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    The Four Seasons hotel chain has already established a strong foothold in London with its hotels on Park Lane and Canary Wharf. Now it looks like the group is looking to expand its share of the UK capital’s hotel market, with a new property planned in Tower Hill where it has just announced that it will be transforming the attractive Ten Trinity Square building into a luxury hotel. The revamped structure will also feature some residential space and they’ll be collaborating with developer Reignwood for this ambitious project. This news continues the current trend for iconic London…
  • Tune Hotels launches £15 stays in the heart of Newcastle.

    Laura
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    Tune Hotels have four London properties already, with another coming soon to Canary Wharf plus one in Edinburgh. But now they’re bringing their unique value proposition to the North of England too, opening their first hotel in the heart of Newcastle. For a short time they’re offering an introductory rate of only £15 a night in their brand new Newcastle hotel. Just 5 minutes from the city’s central train station and a hop, skip and a jump from the banks of the Tyne, the hotel’s location could not be better. It’s the perfect place to stay if you’re in the…
 
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  • Stay in the Heart of Downtown San Francisco at the Historic Westin St. Francis Hotel

    Michael
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    This past spring, the Westin St. Francis, in downtown San Francisco, announced the completion of an ambitious $20 million renovation of the Tower Building. The renovation was completed in anticipation of the hotel’s 110th anniversary as the “Grand Dame” of San Francisco. The renovated Tower Building is one of the tallest in Union Square, offering incredible views of the city. A design team from the hotel’s parent company, Strategic Hotels & Resorts, set out to create a new vibe at the Westin St. Francis without disturbing the historical nature of the building. They have…
  • Welcome to the Canary – Santa Barbara’s Luxury Boutique Hotel

    Michael
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    What do you love most about Santa Barbara? Perhaps the incredible coastal views or the Spanish Colonial and Mission Revival architecture. Alternatively, maybe you appreciate the distinctive neighborhoods of the city and the peaceful tranquility of its outlying regions. In either case, The Canary Hotel encapsulates everything Santa Barbara in a luxury boutique experience that is as laid-back and casual as the area itself. The Canary is proud to offer luxury accommodations without embracing stuffy traditionalism. The property is located on West Camarillo, just one block from State Street and…
  • Hertz Luxury Car Line-Up: Dream & Prestige Cars

    Michael
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Hertz Car Rental takes the car rental experience to the next level with its fleet of Dream Cars and related Dream Car VIP rental experience. Enjoying Dream Car rental from Hertz is your opportunity to experience some of the finest vehicles ever manufactured. The cars and the VIP experience are now available in 35 cities, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Miami. Your Dream Car experience begins by calling the company’s dedicated toll-free telephone line or visiting the website established specifically for Dream Car reservations. Hertz offers two delivery options: A Hertz…
  • Experience Whistler in the Summer Like You Never Have: Riding ATV’s

    Michael
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    What do you do during the summer months when you live near a world-class skiing destination? If you are a savvy business owner, you figure out a way to take advantage of all the natural beauty of the surrounding area. That is just what has been done at Whistler ATV. The British Columbia company offers a variety of summer tours using ATVs to take guests up into the mountains. The 2 – 3 hour ATV tours are a great way to explore the beauty of the mountain, and also experience the thrill that ATV’s have to offer. On a recent tour the guide did a nice job of balancing both safety and enjoying…
  • Enjoy the Fresh & Local Flavors at MKT Restaurant in Four Seasons San Francisco

    Michael
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Four Seasons opened the brand-new MKT Restaurant at their San Francisco SoMa hotel last June. The restaurant, which was designed to be bar-centric, opened last year after an extensive renovation. It is the first restaurant renovation at the hotel since its 2001 opening. The MKT Restaurant is perfectly suited to a modern taste that prefers the small plate in a social atmosphere to more formal dining. The menu is decidedly California, thanks to Executive Chef Mark Richardson and Restaurant Chef Chris Aguirre. Between the two, they have developed a fine selection of steaks and small plates are…
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  • Why Visualization Strategy is your Hotels new Digital Marketing Strategy

    Are Morch
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Why Visualization Strategy is your Hotels new Digital Marketing Strategy Drawing a Digital Marketing Strategy is not easy, and Social Media has added new complex elements to this challenge. Most Digital Marketing Strategies is crafted from an end goal perspective. This process has worked well for almost a decade now. It worked because customers did not have any control over the components that defined their customer experience. Often the Travel Journey was built around a given package or a bundle of various packages. From a Hotel marketing perspective often the customer behavior has been…
  • 3 Simple Question getting your Hotels Digital Marketing Strategy in place

    Are Morch
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    3 Simple Question getting your Hotels Digital Marketing Strategy in place Digital Marketing Strategies for Hotels is not a linear template anymore, it is a dynamic circular event that meet the customers of the moment’s needs and wants. This principle focus on three key components that will keep your Hotels dynamic circular events roll in the right direction. Even with this process we sometimes has to roll backwards to analyze processes that did not meet our goals. VISION With your Hotel dynamic circular event you need to keep the big picture in your mind. The two most common mistake done…
  • Why Hotels need a Community based Digital Marketing Strategy

    Are Morch
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Why Hotels need a Community based Digital Marketing Strategy Digital marketing is marketing that makes use of electronic devices (computers) such as personal computers, smartphones, cellphones, tablets and game consoles to engage with stakeholders. Digital marketing applies technologies or platforms such as websites, e-mail, apps (classic and mobile) and social networks. Social Media Marketing is a component of digital marketing. Many organizations use a combination of traditional and digital marketing channels. The Digital Customer Experience When you start develop a Digital Marketing…
 
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    Premier Hotels Blog: London Premier Hotels

  • Explore the charming land of Europe travelling by train

    Alex Demetrius
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    London is known as a chief economic and trade centre not just in only Europe but also in the whole world, along with other cities like Tokyo, Frankfurt and New York. The city is the head office of several monetary giants, the apex 100 agencies in Europe, the Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange and much more. London is not only a glamorous city but this city also has an enriched history at its backdrop. Those individuals who are interested in architecture, art, and history will discover a lot to see and appreciate in London. For the admirers of opera and theatre, London is just the…
  • Superb parking arrangements in the London Premium Hotels

    Alex Demetrius
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    London is considered as the capital city of United Kingdom and England and is one of the most popular cities. This nostalgic city has grown up the optimistic flow of River Thames. The scenic beauty of this city captivates the heart of the travellers. This city welcomes its each and every guest cordially. London, one of world famous cities, is the dream destination of many. The natural charm and historical monuments together creates a mesmerizing scenario. Does anyone want to make his vacation more enjoyable and luxurious? Then he or she must make plan to visit London. An individual will feel…
  • Now decipher the signs of London bus stop at ease

    Alex Demetrius
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    There are several top attraction spots in London. Most of them are free for visitors. They are a good destination to spend time with friends and family. The city of London is piled up with first-class tourist attractions like Hyde Park, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Madame Tussaud, British Museum and many more. While visiting the place you will go short of options. Know the memories of the city London England hotels provide you with extraordinary offers that lets you reside at an affordable rate. The…
  • Have a Safe and secure vacation in London

    Alex Demetrius
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    The city of London is all about excellence and superiority. Whatever you avail you will be getting the best. Whether you are having food at a café or shopping at a trendy departmental store, you can be sure to get quality products. And be certain that it will be served with total attention. When you just go in casually at small store in the small quiet lanes of the city you will come to know about their hospitality. They show much care to the quality of services and try to provide everything that you require. You will find the same attitude at the services provided at the different luxury…
  • Be mesmerised in the Frieze Art Fair

    Alex Demetrius
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    London is a principal global city and it has a lot to offer to the tourists. From watching the operas and theatres to get an idea of the Roman connection, there are a lot of things in London for a tourist to do. London is not only the capital of England but also the world’s leading financial city. The city has always been sought as one of the most wanted tourist destination spots in the world. There are several things you can do while visiting the place. This historic city is well connected with the rest of Britain and world, making it easily accessible for tourists. Travelling London;…
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    ReviewPro

  • Casa Gangotena, a World-Leading Hotel, Enters Strategic Partnership with ReviewPro

    ReviewPro
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Barcelona, September 19th 2014 – Casa Gangotena, a boutique hotel in the historical center of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, has signed a strategic partnership with ReviewPro, a leading provider of online reputation and social media analytics for the hotel industry. Situated in a restored mansion with 31 rooms, Casa Gangotena boasts the title ofworld’s sixth best hotel, Trip Advisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award, best hotel in Ecuador and best hotel in South America, and will leverage ReviewPro’s market-leading solution to maintain its already excellent online reputation,…
  • You’re In Great Company at ReviewPro

    ReviewPro
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    As the saying goes, you’re only as good as the company you keep. At ReviewPro we have the great fortune to rub shoulders with the best in the industry. Given that we’re in the reputation management business, that’s kind of important. Not only do we work with some of the most successful hotels and brands in the world, but leaders in education and technology choose to partner with us, too. Here are just a few ReviewPro collaborators that rave about the quality, scope and integrity of our data.   Cornell Center for Hospitality Research A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel…
  • Free Webinar: Revenue Strategy for the Modern Hotelier

    ReviewPro
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Channel proliferation, metasearch, review analytics and rate disparity—wow! Revenue management has become so complex for hotels that there’s little time left for the most important part: strategy. In the next installment of ReviewPro’s free webinar series, we look at the changing role of revenue management and how hotels can adapt and thrive. The one-hour webinar takes place on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Register now Whether you’re in revenue management, sales & marketing, e-commerce, operations, a GM or at corporate office, executive management or corporate office, this…
  • Employee Spotlight: Meet Direct Marketing Specialist, Miguel Borratxero

    ReviewPro
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Where are you from and how long have you been in BCN? I’m from Barcelona and have lived in the city for the majority of my life, with the exception of one year in Paris for work. From experience, I can confidently say that I live in the best – or most complete – city in the world, at least from my perspective! What did you do before joining ReviewPro? Before joining the ReviewPro team, I was working for three years in Luxury Marketing for four perfume companies within the Puig label (Nina Ricci, Prada, Paco Rabanne, Carolina Herrera). Then the opportunity arose to work in Paris at…
  • How Hotel Investors Are Using Online Guest Feedback to Identify Market Opportunities

    Josiah Mackenzie
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    In my last article, we explored the basics of how hotel investment analysts are using review analytics as part of their due diligence process. Yet as helpful as that is, review analytics also allow us to zoom out and provide macro-level insights from the perspective of real hotel guests – your future customers. Online review analytics can show the following at the neighborhood, city, or destination level: Market supply of existing hotels Overall guest satisfaction levels (the Global Review IndexTM) What’s hot and what’s not among these hotels The review sites and…
 
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    New Hotel Travel

  • United Airlines landing after struck by lightning

    hotel
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    United Airlines landing after struck by lightning is a post from: New Hotel The incident occurred on the flight. This time, United Airlines had an emergency landing after they plane were struck by lightning. United Airlines United Airlines landing after struck by lightning Due to bad weather and severe storms that hit South Carolina airspace, the airline hit by lightning which resulted in one of the plane engines impaired. According to the passengers in the United Airlines plane, there is a shock and a very loud sound like an explosion and was followed by a bright flash of light to cause a…
  • Haneda Airport received 5 star rating

    hotel
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Haneda Airport received 5 star rating is a post from: New Hotel Haneda Airport received 5 star rating, if you’ve been to Japan, you are likely to arrive through the Narita International Airport. Many tourists who fly directly to Tokyo and arrive through the airport within an hour’s drive train from the capital city of Japan. Haneda Airport However, probably only a few of you ever stop to other airports smaller. Named Tokyo International Airport, the airport is more often referred to Haneda is starting to be considered as the main domestic airport Tokyo. However, it is likely to…
  • Items needed when traveling

    hotel
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    Items needed when traveling is a post from: New Hotel If newhotelus friend likes to traveling alone does little to make your first question luggage hassles. Now, do not get discouraged, because there is no way relieve you. After read from YahooTravel, the following five items needed when traveling. holiday bag Here items needed when traveling: - holiday bag One of the obstacles in traveling there on business or holiday bag. Most tourists complained their backpacks causing back pain or looks like a climber. No need to worry, eBags TLS Weekender professionals have professional function is…
  • Countries are categorized as safest in the world

    hotel
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Countries are categorized as safest in the world is a post from: New Hotel Sometimes when you want to walk out of the country, we are often constrained by the government’s travel warning, because the destination countries are in conflict. So, how do find out the destination countries are safe? Denmark Every year since 2007, the agency’s Global Peace Index released data on the safest countries in the world. A calculation based on the measured data of their external and internal. Although the present trend of rising crime, but there are 3 countries that are categorized as the safest…
  • Night markets must visit

    hotel
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:02 am
    Night markets must visit is a post from: New Hotel Experience of visiting the night market in other countries would be the main attraction in the tour. The night market in each country is unique, respectively, ranging from goods sold, the atmosphere, and the interaction between sellers and buyers. night market After read from HappyTrips, here the following five night markets in other states that you must visit. - The Summer Night Market, Richmond, Canada The night market is filled with visitors that the majority are immigrants and one of them came from Asia. Special on this night market you…
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    Travel Update

  • Air Canada to launch Toronto-Amsterdam service and other routes

    Barb Delollis
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    On June 4, 2105, Air Canada will launch year-round service from Toronto-Pearson to Amsterdam, air service tracker Routes reports. It’s one example pulled from Air Canada’s 2015 schedule, which includes other new international routes in addition to routes that are going from seasonal to year-round. The Amsterdam route will be flown by an B767-300ER aircraft and operated up to six-times weekly, Routes tells us. The 211-seat aircraft will have 24 International Business Class pods. Air Canada issued its press release about the expansion last week; in case you missed it, here are…
  • Marriott takes cue from Hollywood and Red Bull to appeal to Millennial travelers

    Barb Delollis
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    It’s not every single day that a big hotel chain makes Variety. But Hollywood’s Bible recognized Marriott International yesterday because Marriott’s going into the entertainment business. Variety tells us how Marriott, which manages 18 brands including Ritz-Carlton and Springhill Suites, said it’s launching a studio so it can develop, produce and distribute entertainment. Expect to eventually see Marriott-produced “web series, short films, TV shows, music events and movies,” sort of like energy drink maker Red Bull does quite well to generate buzz.
  • Boozy popsicles, boozy sundaes – and now boozy sno-cones

    Barb Delollis
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    BRABO restaurant chef Harper McClure makes a boozy sno-cone. Travel Update photo by Barb DeLollis. WASHINGTON D.C. – A growing number of high-end hotel restaurant chefs are embracing adult frozen treats – and I’m not talking frozen margaritas and daiquiris. I stumbled upon an alcoholic sno-cone last night during the culinary fundraiser “Chefs Behind Bars” for Share Our Strength, which fights childhood hunger through its #NoKidHungry campaign. The ongoing event series features chefs from restaurants across the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia region who…
  • Makeover Monday 7: San Antonio’s Sheraton Gunter hotel’s $6 million facelift

    Barb Delollis
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    The newly revamped Sheraton Gunter lobby in San Antonio, Texas. Travel Update photo courtesy of the hotel. For this week’s Makeover Monday, we’re “following” loyal reader and road warrior Lin Humphrey to San Antonio. He recently stayed at the newly renovated Sheraton Gunter hotel in San Antonio, and kindly brought it to my attention via Twitter! (Thanks Lin!) The hotel’s within walking distance to San Antonio’s scenic River Walk, the Alamo, and the Majestic Theatre; the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and Convention Center are a few blocks away.
  • Qantas makes history; Airbus A380 now flies world’s longest route

    Barb Delollis
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Qantas has been making headlines today in Sydney and Dallas as it officially replaced its Boeing 747-400 with the Airbus A380 for Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth service, which is the world’s longest route. The inaugural flight, Qantas Alan Joyce told The Australian.com.au, signals the airline’s confidence in the North American market. The aircraft – the world’s biggest commercial jetliner – has four classes, including first class. “We think this is first class market as well and first class will sell very effectively on it. So we’re very optimistic the…
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    Jamaica Ocean View Villa

  • Jamaica Vacation Insider Tips

    cavel
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Jamaica Vacation What You Need to Know: Jamaica Villa  Insider Tips You Need to Enjoy Your  Jamaica Vacation There are many attractions, beaches in and around Ocho Rios Jamaica that one can enjoy. Jamaica Ocean View Villa have put together an info graphic of the activities our past guest have enjoyed on their vacation to the beautiful and enchanting Island of Jamaica. With this Guide you and your family can experience Jamaica as it should be. Please feel free to download it here:             Jamaica offers thousands of gorgeous options for pleasure-seekers ,…
  • How You Can Book Flights For Your Vacation to Jamaica Cheaply

    cavel
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Below are some of the popular Airlines flying to( MBJ) Montego Bay Jamaica. UsAirways Amaerican Airlines Delta JetBlue South West   Jamaica is a favorite sunny location for your winter vacation. Each week we will research and provide you with a list of cheap airfares by airlines for your vacation to Jamaica . Now is the time to book your airline tickets for your winter vacation to Jamaica.   We have  found some incredible deals  just for you.  Now you can fly to Jamaica for Less:, Webiste http://www.cheapoair.com/flights   From Depart Return Afres Fort Lauderdale Miami Orlando…
  • Questions About Jamaica That You Are Afraid to Ask.

    cavel
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Who have Questions about vacationing in Jamaica and is Afraid to Ask? Jamaica is a land of dreams, a place for once-in-a-lifetime memories and unforgettable experiences. It shines as the star of the Caribbean, offering travelers a rich cultural experience along with luxury and relaxation. Along with its natural beauty, Jamaica has a laid-back feel and a rich cultural history that draws its guests back time and again. Jamaica lies to the south of Cuba, and is part of the group of islands known as the Greater Antilles. It is divided into fourteen parishes, with Kingston as its capital. The flag…
  • Top 5 Reasons Jamaica is a Great Destination for a Family Vacation

    cavel
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    Jamaica family vacation,Your  family vacation in Jamaica Jamaica is certainly a destination many consider when they are planning a romantic getaway, but often overlook it when traveling with a family. However, the great vacation rentals available, as well as the many fantastic activities that families can do, creating memories that will last a lifetime, make a family vacation in Jamaica a wonderful option. Dunn’s River Falls Ocho Rios is home to one of Jamaica’s most spectacular and loved natural attractions. This amazing waterfall cascades over various levels directly into the…
  • Insider Guide to the Relatively Unknown Water Falls in Jamaica

    cavel
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    When you think of a vacation in Ocho Rios or any Jamaica holiday, you likely picture the beautiful unspoiled beaches that line the coastal areas of our island paradise. But Jamaica has a wealth of natural beauty waiting to be discovered away from the white sand and crystal blue waters of the beach. Moving inland can allow you to discover the gorgeous waterfalls of Jamaica as well as the surrounding wildlands that make our island truly unique. To help you plan the perfect Jamaica vacation, here is a closer look at three of the most beautiful waterfalls in Jamaica. 1. Dunn’s River Falls…
 
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    HotelContractBeds: Blog

  • 8 Outrageous, Bizarre and Awesome Hotel Amenities

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Hotel services or amenities are often things that catch us by surprise and can make our stay just that little more enjoyable. Such things as free Wi-Fi, chocolates on the pillows or fresh bath robes ready for us to cosy up in are all part of what makes an experience at a hotel stand out from the rest. But there are hotels in the world that go above and beyond the point of expectation and offer services that sometimes you just can’t believe are real. Here are a list of 8 hotel amenities that are either outrageous, bizarre or just plain awesome. You decide. Goldfish for Hire Having company…
  • Just How Bad is Sleep Deprivation?

    5 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Sure, everyone pulls an all-nighter every now and then. You’ve probably experienced for yourself those symptoms often associated with lack of sleep – tiredness, grumpiness, confusion and a general slowing-down of your reactions and concentration.  But then you make sure you have an early night and “catch up” on the missed sleep, and – voila! – you’re as good as new again (By the way, you can’t actually ‘catch up’ on missed sleep – our bodies don’t work that way – but usually a long sleep after an all-nighter helps to restore us back to a healthy state).  But what…
  • The Price of a Balanced Diet Around the World

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    Everyone is entitled to a balanced and healthy diet. Food is essential to our physical health and well-being - but prices across the world can vary dramatically. According to Numbeo, a daily shopping list for keeping a balanced diet of 2000 calories would look like this: Milk (0.25L) Bread (130g) Rice (0.13kg) Eggs (3.6) Cheese (0.15kg) Chicken Breasts (0.25kg) Apples (0.34kg) Oranges (0.34kg) Tomatoes (0.21kg) Potatoes (0.25kg) Lettuce (0.15 head) In London, the average minimum amount of money this shopping list would cost is currently £6.47 That's £200.57 per month (based on 31 days)! Who…
  • When to book: Cheapest travel deals across the world

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:46 am
    When is the best time to book your hotel room? It's that age-old question, you're planning your next vacation at what you know is a popular tourist destination - and you're desperately trying to find the 'sweet spot' where prices are lower. But where can you find that information? Numerous travel companies, friends and colleagues all have very different advice, leaving you more confused than ever before. Luckily, Agoda.com have saved the day by doing all the hard work for us and created a trip-planning calendar for the 25 most popular tourist destinations worldwide. Agoda.com analysed…
  • Why are hotel beds so comfortable?

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    There’s just something about hotel beds, right? They always seem so comfortable and luxurious – but why? Well, there a number of logical explanations, some of them less ‘magical’ than you might think (sorry)… 1. Hotel beds are made differently to ‘normal’ beds Hotel beds differ from ‘normal’ domestic beds, as they are required by law to uphold certain standards during manufacturing: All beds and mattresses used in hotel settings must adhere to fire safety standards. One of the leading furniture associations (FIRA) recently introduced a new standard ensuring that hotel beds…
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