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  • Sheraton Hotel's Paired program provides food, wine recommendations

    AH&LA SmartBrief
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has introduced Paired, a new food and beverage program in which wines are suggested with bar snacks -More- 
  • Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings

    Hotel News
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Ron Coan discusses why Axalta's Automotive Color of the Year, Radiant Red, i... )--NextCore Corporation, a global leader in developing superior VR technology and content, is excited to announce the launch of its NOON VR, an integrated VR experience p... )--WageWorks announced today it plans to fill more than 140 customer service and claims processing positions at the Company's state-of-the-art Tempe, Ariz. facility.
  • We're Checking Out for The Very Last Time

    HotelChatter -
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”—Seneca, a Roman philosopher but we know this line best from Semisonic’s song, "Closing Time." On Friday, July 31, HotelChatter, Jaunted and VegasChatter will check out for the very last time. We will be integrating our content into Condé Nast Traveler, our parent company since 2008.   Ever since HotelChatter published its first story in 2003, we’ve been on an incredible journey with all of you dear readers, who, we were delighted to discover, are just as hotel-obsessed as our team of contributors and…
  • Don't Rely on Data Alone. Trust Your Gut.

    Marriott on the Move
    Marriott on the Move
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Anyone in business today is swamped with data. This chart shows you one thing while another can totally contradict it. When I stepped down as President and CEO, I said the hotel business was getting too complicated, to which my long-time assistant Phyllis said, “It’s your own fault. You made...
  • The Outrigger logo

    Saturday Briefing
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY RICHARD KELLEY — As we approach the 68th anniversary of the opening of Roy and Estelle Kelley’s first hotel in Waikīkī and as we focus on how the world perceives our fast-growing company, I thought readers would find it … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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    Hotel News

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

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Ron Coan discusses why Axalta's Automotive Color of the Year, Radiant Red, i... )--NextCore Corporation, a global leader in developing superior VR technology and content, is excited to announce the launch of its NOON VR, an integrated VR experience p... )--WageWorks announced today it plans to fill more than 140 customer service and claims processing positions at the Company's state-of-the-art Tempe, Ariz. facility.
  • Why urban hotels are turning to beekeeping

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    On the Waldorf Astoria's rooftop, 20 stories above Park Avenue, some 360,000 bees produce more than 300 pounds of honey, harvested annually.. September is St. Ermin's Hotel's annual honey month, when its house-made amber nectar is celebrated through food and cocktail menus.
  • My Northern California Cadillac Road Trip with Fairmont

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:05 pm
    As part of Fairmont Hotels ' F-scape Roadtrip to Northern California with Cadillac , I had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of several of the carmakers' great new models while exploring San Francisco and the surrounding wine country area. The curated luxury adventure, offered as a complete package by Fairmont, includes accommodations at the Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, use of a new Cadillac and a series of bespoke tastings and experiences.
  • IHG plots deal spree after US raid flops |

    2 Aug 2015 | 1:51 pm
    InterContinental eyes luxury chain Fairmont and Switzerland's Movenpick following failure of Starwood talks. InterContinental Hotels Group is weighing bids for rivals Fairmont and Movenpick after ruling itself out of a multibillion-pound merger with America's Starwood last week.
  • 7 Kingmakers in Real Estate

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    I am the Founder and CEO of RealtyShares, an accredited investor crowdfunding for real estate platform. Before starting RealtyShares, I was a Real Estate & Land Use Attorney at San Francisco based law firm Farella Braun & Martel, LLP.
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  • We're Checking Out for The Very Last Time

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”—Seneca, a Roman philosopher but we know this line best from Semisonic’s song, "Closing Time." On Friday, July 31, HotelChatter, Jaunted and VegasChatter will check out for the very last time. We will be integrating our content into Condé Nast Traveler, our parent company since 2008.   Ever since HotelChatter published its first story in 2003, we’ve been on an incredible journey with all of you dear readers, who, we were delighted to discover, are just as hotel-obsessed as our team of contributors and…
  • Say It With Us One More Time: Privacy, Please

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    It’s fitting that in saying our goodbyes, the subject of peekaboo bathrooms and our collective dismay at most versions we’ve come across was right up there among all things hotels we have shared with you over the years. We couldn’t therefore part ways without revisiting our personal low in this context, and the mixed rant / plea that resulted. As we said at the time, if ever there was something we wish existing and budding hotel designers and operators that approve their work would take away from us, this is it: Please, please include a proper toilet enclosure in your room…
  • Paris: Une Nuit au Ritz Paris Will Set You Back...

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    … about €1,000 ($1,100) a night. That’s right, whether in dollars or in euros, chances are you will be leaving behind at least four figures for the chance to wake up on Place Vendôme. Promised as they were for June 17, it’s almost poetic that after our nearly daily visits to the website of Hotel Ritz Paris, reservations would be released today, the day of our goodbyes. While opening is still predicted for “fin de l’année 2015”, for now the first day where you can book a room is March 14. That being a Monday in March, you will be able to find a Chambre…
  • Brussels: 'Indulge and Be Comfortable': The Best Kind of Hotel Manifesto

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    “No one would be in hospitality unless they really care about people.” We spied this sign in Brussels yesterday, in the doorway of The Dominican, an abbey-themed (yes) hotel in the city center, and couldn’t think of a better snapshot for this, our last week. The Dominican (a Design Hotel) is part of the Carlton Hotel Collection, a Dutch company with seven hotels in Holland, this one in Belgium and two in the UK. “Indulge and be comfortable”: The best kind of hotel manifesto. Make it so. [Photo: Julia Buckley/HotelChatter]
  • La Romana: Polo? Skeet Shooting? Luxe Amenities for the Rich (and Not-So-Rich) at Casa de Campo in the DR

    Janice Tober
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    One of the things that makes Casa de Campo appealing is that it has everything from nicely-designed rooms that start at $187, villas that start at around $850 and go up from there, and truly extravagant owned properties. This makes it not just a hotel or resort, but a community – granted, a pretty wealthy community. But no matter where you find yourself in that rich and fabulous scale you still get to experience everything the resort’s got going on. The sugar-baron owners of Casa de Campo started out with sugar cane fields, then added a rum distillery (which produces a very nice…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Don't Rely on Data Alone. Trust Your Gut.

    Marriott on the Move
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Anyone in business today is swamped with data. This chart shows you one thing while another can totally contradict it. When I stepped down as President and CEO, I said the hotel business was getting too complicated, to which my long-time assistant Phyllis said, “It’s your own fault. You made...
  • Thomas Jefferson

    Marriott on the Move
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    I recently read a book called Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham. To me, this book is a wonderful insight into the life and person of Thomas Jefferson. I’ve always known him to be brilliant and wide-ranging in his interests. I knew he wrote the Declaration of...
  • People of Marriott International

    Marriott on the Move
    31 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Few things are more satisfying to me than the terrific blend of people we have at Marriott. The first great team at Marriott was my dad and mom, and over the years they have been followed by many passionate teams that worked wonderfully across generations, gender, race, ethnicity, and many...
  • My Early Memorial Day

    Marriott on the Move
    25 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    As we completed our annual shareholders meeting and I joined our senior leadership on the 12th floor patio of our JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington, 16 flights of WWII war birds flew by. They included P51’s, B24’s, B17’s, a B29, a Catalina Flying Boat and several navy fighters. It...
  • Finding New Ways to Serve

    Marriott on the Move
    18 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Volunteering at the Atlanta Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity I have always enjoyed giving back whether it’s hammering at Habitat for Humanity or bagging groceries at the Atlanta Food Bank. Ever since the beginning of our company, our associates have been putting people first, and this includes the communities...
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    Saturday Briefing

  • The Outrigger logo

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY RICHARD KELLEY — As we approach the 68th anniversary of the opening of Roy and Estelle Kelley’s first hotel in Waikīkī and as we focus on how the world perceives our fast-growing company, I thought readers would find it … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • The “Suite” splash of summer

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY THE ESTEAM ALAKA’I — Our ESteam hosts splashed into summer at a special Team Member Recognition Luncheon last week. Festive “floaties” created fun photo ops before entering into a summer-themed room, where delicious plate lunches and cool orange Creamsicles … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Beachfront farewell as Castaway Island, Fiji culinary star leaves for chefs challenge

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — Castaway Island, Fiji hosts gathered on the beach and sang a traditional farewell song to Chef De Partie Rohit Vishal Singh as he left the island to represent Fiji in a regional chefs challenge in Auckland, … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • High school chefs cook up a storm thanks to Outrigger Fiji’s culinary team community engagement

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — More than 140 students took part in the annual Secondary Schools Chef Challenge Competition 2015 held at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort (FOR) on the Coral Coast Friday, July 24. Officially opened by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations – Catch the Wave

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY JOSH AKANA — Beginning June 1, Hokulani Waikiki (HGH) rolled out Hilton’s “Catch Me at My Best” program, endearingly nicknamed “Catch the Wave” by HGH hosts. A three-month program of recognition ending Aug. 31, it allows both hosts and … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • Texas Station 20th Anniversary

    Kelsey Higgins
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    It’s been a great year here for us at Station Casinos, and to make it even better this month is the celebration of Texas Station joining the family twenty years ago! Texas Station is one of the most unique properties Read More ... The post Texas Station 20th Anniversary appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • 3:2 vs 6:5 Blackjack | A Devil in the Details

    Benjamin Barber
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The Pros Know Seasoned Las Vegas blackjack connoisseurs have watched casino after casino shift from classic 3:2 Blackjack to 6:5 over the years. To gain further insight, we spoke with Station Casinos’ VP of Casino Operations Bill Burt who said, “I Read More ... The post 3:2 vs 6:5 Blackjack | A Devil in the Details appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • A Bunch of Mother’s Day Brunches 2015

    Benjamin Barber
    6 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Hungry for brunch this year on Mother’s day? Show her you care with our amazing lineup of Mother’s Day Brunches. T-Bones Chophouse Mother’s Day Brunch T-bones has put out another spectacular Mother’s Day Brunch menu. The smoked prime beef strip Read More ... The post A Bunch of Mother’s Day Brunches 2015 appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • In Its Entirety Concert Series at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa

    Benjamin Barber
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Look: You’ve probably shelled out hard earned money to go see a tribute band that didn’t live up to the promise. Maybe the vocals were off, or they played a set list of songs that weren’t your favorites. It doesn’t Read More ... The post In Its Entirety Concert Series at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Jackpot Patrol Winners!

    Benjamin Barber
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    Jackpot Patrol has been hitting the streets handing out $500 cash to lucky winners all over the Las Vegas Valley. Be sure to visit your favorite Station Casinos location to enroll. No play required, just swipe and win! Check out Read More ... The post Jackpot Patrol Winners! appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
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    FeedBlitz News

  • Making Video in Email Work with Animoto

    Phil Hollows
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Back in March, we extended our support for embedded video in email marketing by adding Animoto to our roster of supported video apps. FeedBlitz continues to be the leading email marketing service with the widest range of video support — all without the hassle and expense of a specialty dedicated video email service. What is Animoto? If you’re not familiar with Animoto, one way to think about is as that it’s a little like video powerpoint. On steroids. And in an Iron Man suit. Animoto takes static content (and video too), splices it all together and makes a dynamic,…
  • Different Forms for Different Pages in WordPress

    Ashley Jackson
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Have you ever wanted different subscription forms for different pages or categories in your WordPress blog? Sidebars do not always have to contain the same content. From our perspective, changing a sidebar is useful if you have individual mailing lists for each category, and want to put the right subscription form in the right sidebar. I recently visited Wordcamp in North Canton, OH and discovered a powerful plugin that accomplishes this easily without extra PHP coding. Download the plugin “Widgets on Pages” and activate (although the plugin shows as not being updated in over 2…
  • Important New Feature: Ad Suppression Through Tagging

    Heather Solos
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    This morning I realized that a key feature was missing from FeedBlitz’s monetization option. Premium FeedBlitz publishers should be able to suppress advertisements from their feeds and mailings without logging into FeedBlitz and making changes to their account. Sometimes we  have to write about things that are too personal, too important, or too sad for ads of any kind to be appropriate. As of today if a post is tagged or categorized as “noads” there will be no ad in that RSS entry or added by that post mailed as a stand alone mailing. You can apply “noads” as a…
  • No Support Today, Monday May 25 2015

    Phil Hollows
    25 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Even FeedBlitz’s amazing support team needs a day off now and then, and so I’ve told them not to come to work today. For everyone else, please note that the offices are closed for the Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S.  Stay safe, enjoy the time off if you can, and we’ll be re-opening all bright eyed and bushy tailed first thing tomorrow. Phil        Related StoriesNo Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.Resolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS Problems 
  • Hero Images, Thumbnails and Tumblr: RSS Subscriber Emails with Impact

    Phil Hollows
    13 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    Want your subscriber email blog updates to be more than a rehash of your blog posts? Splendid! Because now they can be, as the FeedBlitz EZ Template editor just keeps getting better. Want to extract your blog’s main photo and use it as a “hero image” at the top of your mailing for extra impact? Now you can. Perhaps you need thumbnails for daily or weekly digests with many posts? Done and done. In addition to adding more dynamic content such as pins from Pinterest, pictures from Instagram and (New!) the latest from Tumblr, we are now giving you much more flexibility in how…
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  • The connected hotel room of the future wants to know all about you
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    The hospitality industry wants to get to know you better. That means more than just your preference for a non-smoking room with foam pillows far from the elevators. Big data is a game changer when it comes to pricing hotel rooms to reduce idle inventory.
  • at the intersection of technology and humanity
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:09 am
    How does a startup from 1997 survive the Silicon Valley bubble burst followed by the unanticipated travel industry crash post 9/11? “It was a like a one-two punch as a startup in the travel space. We were forced to embrace change,” said John Caine, chief product officer, in an exclusive interview withe VentureBeat.
  • IHG and Starwood in talks over merger
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:08 am
    Early stage talks are reported to have been held between InterContinental Hotels and Starwood Hotels & Resorts to create the world’s largest hotel group. The informal talks were very tentative and Starwood may choose another suitor or pursue another strategy, the Financial Times reported, citing two people “familiar with the discussions”.
  • How luxury hotels lure you with music
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:07 am
    Hotels are getting more sophisticated with their music, customizing playlists room by room and time of day, and increasingly using it to attract the clientele they want. The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Park Hyatt New York, W Hotels and others are using pop music to attract a new, younger crowd.
  • Disrupting beliefs: A new approach to business-model innovation
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:06 am
    Let’s face it: business models are less durable than they used to be. The basic rules of the game for creating and capturing economic value were once fixed in place for years, but now, business models are subject to rapid displacement, disruption, and, in extreme cases, outright destruction.
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    Hotel F&B Observer

  • Summer F&B: Promoting Bar Bites

    Michael Costa
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    Bars attached to hotel restaurants are no longer the “waiting room” for diners with reservations, but often the hub of F&B activity in a hotel–even for properties with a bona-fide destination dining venue. One restaurant giving its bar/lounge a seasonal identity is 35 Steaks + Martinis at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. [...]
  • Site Visit Surprise: “Floating” F&B

    Michael Costa
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    We often hear about “wowing” customers and clients through F&B, and at the root of those “wows” is extra effort and creativity to separate a hotel from its competition. One property where the extra effort pays off is Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. In our July/August magazine, we showcased Executive Chef Andrew Edwards’s inventive and [...]
  • Adventures in Slaw: Brussels Sprouts, Pomegranates, Avocado and Beyond

    Tad Wilkes
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    At Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Executive Chef Rod Jessick has struck upon a successful slaw using Brussels sprouts in the three-meal Dockside restaurant that wins over sprout naysayers with a little F&B subterfuge. “In Dockside it’s all about the salad bar,” Jessick recently shared with Hotel F&B. “We have an 18-foot salad bar, [...]
  • New Manitowoc Foodservice CEO to Lead Separation from Manitowoc

    Tad Wilkes
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE: MTW) announced the appointment of Hubertus M. Muehlhaeuser as chief executive officer of Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc. Mr. Muehlhaeuser will join the company on August 3, 2015. “Hubertus is a dynamic leader with a demonstrated ability to drive strategic transformation throughout an organization. He has also established a proven track record of [...]
  • Brand Standards = Bland Standards?

    Michael Costa
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    I’ve had several conversations recently with F&B professionals trying to carve a unique niche in hotels through signature, concepted bars and restaurants. One topic that continues to arise is compliance to a brand’s corporate-developed menus, particularly at breakfast and in bars, but also extending to other dayparts, depending on the property. Can hotels truly make the [...]
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    Happy Hotelier

  • Seabourn Odyssey in Venice

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Recently I’ve been in Venice for the 2015 Biennial. But also I have taken various photo’s of Cruise ships and find it interesting to do some research on the ships and the cruise companies and share it with my readers. Venice is one of the top Cruise destination. As far as I can tell it can have up to 10 large cruise ships moored. Usually they do Venice in one day and sail on. They dwarf the old city when they are heading to the Adriatic. I’m not a cruising type myself, as I become claustrophobic with too many people on a ship. Especially embarking and debarking when they are…
  • 10 Questions for Carol Perehudoff – Interview 49

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:29 am
    I have asked Carol Perehudoff of Wandering Carol, a real funny Luxury Travel Blog, my 10 questions: Carol and hubby at the Gritti Palace Hotel in Venice 1) Who Are you? I’m Carol Perehudoff, aka Wandering Carol, at – a luxury travel blog for those who love to laugh. A former freelance travel columnist with the Toronto Star, I’ve written for many publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Royal Wings and enRoute Magazine, and was voted a Top 10 Luxury Travel Blogger in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. 2) What do you like about what you…
  • Monica Bonvicini

    17 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    At the Venice Biennial Monica Bonvicini, born in Venice, but living and working in Berlin, had a complete room in the Arsenale with chainsaw installations in concrete with dripping rubber. The brochure says: In Bonvicini’s hands, industrial materials are used to create a humorous critique of male power symbols. It keeps me thinking. Last update: Friday, July 17, 2015Monica Bonvicini is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Lancia Appia

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
    And there I was in Senigallia, Italy, where the local classic car club had a meeting in front of the castle. I found this car which is very similar to my first car. I have owned it approximately two weeks. Then in the first shower it appeared that the back wheelarches where rotten. The prior owner had driven it approximately 15 years in those days (early 70ies). He was the best friend of my granddad. He stored the car in a garage and hadn’t noticed the wheelarches problems. He took the car back without a hassle and subsequently I bought my first Citroen, a 2CV. Not really sure anymore I…
  • 10 Questions for Chandler Tomayko of The Chef with Red Shoes – Interview 48

    16 Jun 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Happy to introduce you to a Real Chef: Chandler Tomayko. 1) Who Are you? My name is Chandler Tomayko. I am 28 years old. I am a Chef, a Traveler and a freelance Photographer. I have spent the past several years participating in culinary workshops around the world, learning about different cultures, working in different restaurants, teaching and collaborating with professionals in different fields. I have two blogs: started out as a way for me to keep tabs on what I was doing while traveling and working. My second blog:…
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • El Ganzo, Los Cabos: hotel of the week

    Team Smith
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    On the calmer side of Cabo, El Ganzo hotel doubles as an arts and culture centre, and hosts artists in residence, regular recording sessions and live music. Ocean views from every room, fresh and locally sourced dishes from Ganzo Downstairs and inviting loungers strategically surrounding the begging-to-be-Instagrammed infinity pool will tempt you to hunker down at this design hotel for the whole of your holiday.   STYLE HIPSTER YACHT PARTY SETTING COOLER SIDE OF CABO WHY THIS WEEK? After a run-in with Hurricane Odile last year, El Ganzo took some time off to renovate and is now…
  • Six of the best private-island hotels

    Madevi Dailly
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    When it comes to travel wish-lists, we reserve the top spot for an unspoilt private-island retreat. Powder-soft sands, elegant villas and private butlers: we’ve hand-picked six of the very best, in association with American Express. And while we’re indulging in desert-island fantasies, we’d also swap Shakespeare for Condé Nast and pack an American Express Platinum Card as our little luxury. Why? American Express is exclusively offering Mr & Mrs Smith readers 40,000 Membership Rewards points if they sign up before 16 September 2015 and spend £2,000 in the first…
  • Coppersmith, Melbourne: hotel of the week

    Team Smith
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    Even among Melbourne‘s quirky cityscape of elegant Victorian houses, skyscrapers and gardens, Coppersmith stands out. This gourmet pub-cum-boutique hotel offers a colourful history, a warm welcome and that home-away-from-home feeling. So settle into your comfy digs for a long weekend of bar scouting, fashion foraging and damn fine cuisine. STYLE MADE IN MELBOURNE SETTING SCENIC CLARENDON STREET WHY THIS WEEK?  Winter (June to August) in Melbourne may be a little cold and wet, but that makes it the perfect time to check out the best of the city’s art galleries and fashion…
  • Five reasons to visit Malta in summer

    Matt Farquharson
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:18 am
    So the calendar’s open and smack in the middle of summer is an empty weekend. What to do? Beach escape or city break? History and culture or warm waters and hidden coves? If decision-making is a problem, head to Malta in summer and do the lot. A three-hour flight from the UK, the Mediterranean island is eminently weekend-able and we’re yet to find a holiday checkbox it doesn’t tick. Set splash in the middle of the Med, Malta (and little sisters Gozo and Comino) has spent millennia being tossed from one empire to another, resulting in a rich mishmash of architecture and a kaleidoscopic…
  • Hospes Palacio de los Patos: hotel of the week

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    Have you met Granada, the history-steeped Spanish beauty that’s part elaborate Moorish citadel, part cultured flamenco hotspot, and all gloriously sun baked? Make Hospes Palacio de los Patos hotel your home from home and pretend to be a stylish local for a few hot summer nights…  STYLE Whims ancient and modern SETTING Shopping streets of downtown Granada WHY THIS WEEK? We’re halfway through summer already, so if you’ve been putting off making holiday plans then now’s the time. Spain is, of course, spectacularly popular when the sun’s shining, but…
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    National Real Estate Investor

  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (Aug. 3, 2015)

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    Canada’s RioCan REIT may be looking to sell its U.S. assets, reports Bloomberg. Fresh & Easy will close 14 stores, according to Supermarket News. Crain’s New York Business looks at which company leases the most office space in Manhattan. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. read more
  • Student Housing REITs Horde Cash to Buy

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Student housing real estate investment trusts (REITs) are likely to start buying properties soon—as soon as more properties become available. read more
  • 5 Takeaways from Half-Year Office Sales Performance

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    The office sector’s performance has been a mixed bag over the past few years, with some segments of the market vastly outperforming others. The half year investment sales figures from research firm Real Capital Analytics, however, show that the sector’s dynamics may be beginning to change. read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (July 31, 2015)

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    Shadow lenders are betting on riskier real estate deals, reports The Seattle Times. identifies the healthiest housing market in the country. Intercontinental denies it’s having merger discussions with Starwood, according to Bloomberg. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. read more
  • Does Your Business Model Include Professionalism?

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    What is your business model? What are the tenets and the strategies that you as a leader in your company have carved out to ensure the sustainability of your brand? read more
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    London Hotels Insight

  • Top hotels offer magazine for fashion lovers.

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    If you’re a fashion lover, you probably want to take your passion wherever you go. With a new addition to Gold Key Media’s Media Box, that’s exactly what you can do at some of London’s best hotels. The Media Box lets you access hundreds of digital publications, from business and travel mags to offerings for kids like The Beano. Their latest option for hotel guests to enjoy is Voir Fashion, a quarterly boutique magazine. If fashion is your passion, you’ll love this new addition to the Media Box. It means you’ll be able to download and read Voir Fashion,…
  • London boutique hotels roundup – July 2015.

    Chris Glithero
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:33 am
    Summer’s in full swing now and as hordes of tourists descend upon London to enjoy its many landmarks, museums and shopping opportunities, staff at the capital’s boutique hotels are hard at work behind the scenes. Here we take a look at the latest comings and goings in the sector, and look ahead at things to come. Many London boutique hotels are keen to inspire guests with a touch of art, with Andaz Liverpool Street’s Room with a View and Brown’s London Art Weekend being just two popular examples. Now The Cumberland Hotel has decided to express itself artistically, with the…
  • Boat hotel opens on London’s Regent’s Canal.

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:50 am
    You might have heard about and even seen the Sunborn yacht hotel, which arrived into the Royal Victoria Dock last year. But if you want a more intimate stay in a boat, a new place has recently opened. It might be a bit of stretch to call Bert’s Barges a hotel, although that’s what the owners are doing. Moored on the Regent’s Canal in Hackney, the “hotel” is currently only one barge. The brand plans on expanding soon, however, aiming to have five eventually. There will also soon be another location in Little Venice and they’re also expanding to York and…
  • 3 London hotels that let you borrow stuff.

    29 Jul 2015 | 2:56 am
    You might have heard the expression “neither a borrower or a lender be”. However, in some of London’s top hotels, you’re actively encouraged to borrow things during your stay. From Burberry coats to designer dresses and wireless phone chargers, London’s hotels are nothing if not generous. And you don’t always have to pay through the nose for the luxury of borrowing something during your stay. Check out these hotels willing to lend you something during your stay… Step out in Burberry at The Connaught You never know when you might get caught in the rain in…
  • Hyatt Regency The Churchill teams up with Onefinestay.

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:05 am
    To many people, it may seem like the sharing economy is a threat to the hotel industry. But Hyatt Hotels are using the rising trend to their advantage. There are several industries where you can find examples of the up and coming “sharing economy”. In travel and hospitality, you’ll find AirBnB, Onefinestay and HouseTrip, all websites where you can rent your home to holidaymakers. But you’ll find the phenomenon elsewhere too, with people sharing their cars, bikes and even their skills and time. It’s easy to think of home-sharing websites as direct competition for hotels.
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  • 3 Things That a Minimalist Camping Trip and Attending a Music Festival Have In Common

    Are Morch
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    3 Things That a Minimalist Camping Trip and Attending a Music Festival Have In Common Minimalist camping is one of the most amazing experiences that can teach you how to survive in the natural environment without modern conveniences that you would ordinarily have. These days even camping paraphernalia is becoming so sophisticated that it is almost the equivalent of having the luxuries of your home, albeit in a portable version. Minimalist camping as such is more about having a specific mindset to only carry exactly what you absolutely need and not a thing more when going on a camping trip.
  • Happiness Uplift: Capitalizing on Building Upward Momentum for Hotels

    Are Morch
    13 Jul 2015 | 3:25 am
    Happiness Uplift: Capitalizing on Building Upward Momentum for Hotels Where (or when) does Social Media Success start? Hotels and traditional Marketing Strategies in itself is very complex. Add Social Media into this mix and you have a lot of challenged and pressed Hotel Marketers working hard to figure their next move. Even if Social Media is real time and require instant response strategies Hotels still need a map to guide them through the Social Media Jungle. The challenge for many Hotelier is when concerns arise they tend to take the route of least resistance. When a challenge arise (and…
  • The Best Events in Ireland 2015

    Are Morch
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:36 pm
    The Best Events in Ireland 2015 It turns out that in ancient Ireland, hospitality was mandated by law. Welcoming a stranger was an enforced cultural norm with a detailed set of customary guidelines. To refuse hospitality was to risk being shunned and sanctioned. This might seem a tad draconian and archaic nowadays, but there were several practical reasons for this law. The Republic of Ireland, which consists of twenty-six counties, covers five-sixths of the island of Ireland. The remaining portion is occupied by the six counties of Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. The…
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  • What’s on in London: the Red Bull Air Race

    Alex Demetrius
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    The Red Bull Air Race is set to become London’s newest summertime tradition, with the high-octane world championships arriving at Royal Ascot racecourse this August for the second time. Londoners love a good spectator sport, and they’re very well practised at it with events such as the Wimbledon tennis championships, the Oxford vs Cambridge regatta and the London Marathon all high points of the summer sporting calendar. Having made a name for itself in locations as far-flung as Budapest, Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi, the Red Bull Air Race is a promising addition to the season. Royal Ascot is…
  • A guide to London’s above-ground trains

    Alex Demetrius
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    If you’ve done your research, you’ll know that the Underground, or “the Tube”, is the most popular way of getting around London, besides buses and your own two feet. However, once you get out of the city centre, navigating around London becomes a hassle unless you know how the rest of the train lines work. Britain is criss-crossed with hundreds of local train lines, and some parts of London have been snubbed by the Underground network and are served by these above-ground trains only. It pays to take a quick look at how they work to avoid getting stuck far from home in a Tube-less…
  • Catch a movie under the stars this summer

    Alex Demetrius
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    Summer in London draws people outside like moths to a flame. For the rest of the year, being outdoors requires multiple thick layers of clothing and probably an umbrella – so when summer rolls around, people take every opportunity to get outdoors in London. It helps that London has a whole lot of green space where you can picnic, set up impromptu cricket games and simply sunbathe. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, either – summer is prime outdoor cinema season. Dozens of organisations have sprung up with screens in parks, city squares, gardens, commons and just about any bit…
  • Our best tips when travelling to London

    Alex Demetrius
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    The time to board your flight to London is coming soon, and you’re wondering how you’re going to go about your holiday. Where will you go? What will you do? What can you expect? Let go of those questions, and instead embrace the mystery of it all. You will get the best out of your holiday in London by keeping things simple. Once you arrive, take one day at a time, and be aware of the small differences just as much as the larger differences with your home country. We recommend you bring a digital camera for obvious reasons. But, instead of taking pictures like a typical tourist, only take…
  • Why you should go to the Notting Hill Carnival

    Alex Demetrius
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:54 am
    The Notting Hill Carnival will be taking place this year on the 30th August 2015. It’s a spectacle that celebrates the multicultural identity of the city, and runs on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. We’ll be taking a look at what makes the event worth going to. If you’re planning to visit London this summer, then you’re probably on the lookoutfor various festivals in London. We’ll find out what makes the Notting Hill Carnival so popular, and why it’s so special. On the starting day, huge crowds can be seen meandering the streets, creating an atmosphere of fun and festivity. Music…
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  • ReviewPro Expands Presence in Asia Pacific With New Office in Australia

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    Barcelona, Spain – July 20th, 2015 – As part of its continued expansion into APAC, today ReviewPro announces the opening of a new office in Australia with the appointment of Avril Carter as Sales Director for Australasia. Being one of the ten largest tourism destinations worldwide, Australasia is already an important market for ReviewPro. Earlier this year, the company established a long-term strategic partnership with Star Ratings Australia, the country’s national accommodation ratings organization, to provide their Guest Intelligence solution to accommodation providers across the…
  • Why Big Data Is Better for Hotel Guest Satisfaction Benchmarking

    Josiah Mackenzie
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    Last week, JD Power released their 19th annual hotel guest satisfaction brand benchmarking report. The results were encouraging: it seems hotel brands’ focus on improving guest experience is paying off with ratings 20 points higher than last year – crossing 800/1000 for the first time in the history of the report. Even better, 20% fewer guests reported a problem during their stay as compared to the previous year. This is good news for both travelers and the hotel industry. Today, we have unprecedented guest intelligence While traveler surveys are helpful to understand general trends,…
  • Live Webinar: Guidelines for Responding Effectively to Guest Feedback

    20 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    Whether it’s an online review, a guest survey or a comment at checkout, responding effectively to guest feedback is critical. Done well, it can help reduce negative reviews, increase positive reviews, and attract new and repeat bookings. Join us on Tuesday, July 28th for the latest in our series of LIVE webinars for hoteliers. Our panelists will show you how to respond to guest feedback in a way that leaves travelers feeling positive about your hotel, improves reputation, and drives higher room demand. Topics Include: • Key differences in responding to reviews, surveys and in-person…
  • 10 Essential Steps to Managing Your Hotel’s Online Reputation

    15 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Guest post by Daniel E. Craig, Founder of Reknown In recent years, online reputation management has emerged as a critical function for hotels, a means of measuring guest satisfaction, guiding improvements and attracting more bookings. According to a recent TripAdvisor survey of over 10,000 hospitality businesses worldwide, online reputation management is the top investment priority in 2015, outranking renovations, marketing, staff training and technology (TripBarometer, 2015). Source: TripBarometer But not every hotel is clear on the best approach to managing reputation. By taking an…
  • PwC Releases 2015 Hotel Online Reputation Benchmarking Report

    Josiah Mackenzie
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    PwC has published a comprehensive research study on the state of hotel online reputation “Why hotel reviews matter and how hotels respond” and opportunities created with guest intelligence data for hotel owners, operators, and destination management organizations. The study evaluated more than 11,000 hotels in 48 cities across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, using the Global Review IndexTM and other ReviewPro data points. Cape Town hotels had the highest overall levels of guest satisfaction, followed by Vilnius, Lithuania and Johannesburg, South Africa. Reviews: Driving…
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  • Groupon sales package to Italy in 2015

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    Groupon sales package to Italy in 2015 – Before discussing italy groupon I will give you info on what is the purpose of the groupon. Groupon (portmanteau of the words group and coupon) is a web site-the-day prices are showing a gift certificate that can be redeemed for discounts at local or national companies. Groupon launched in November 2008 with its first market area, namely Chicago, then Boston, New York City, and Toronto. In October 2010, Groupon serves more than 150 markets in North America and 100 markets in Europe, Asia, and South America and has 35 million registered users…
  • suitable hotel for Party In the city Surabaya

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    suitable hotel for Party In the city of Surabaya – The hotel is now not just for a place to stay, rest, meeting, but also receive services such as wedding parties, birthday parties and other parties. So make friends who again had a party and confused do not know a suitable place for a party trying to rent and looking for a suitable hotel for a party in the city of Surabaya. We’ll definitely be able to explanations and prices in accordance with the funds we have budgeted. The Indonesian dictionary, meaning a banquet party drink (merry) or also a celebration. So for that would throw…
  • Travel to Cyprus State Turky 2015

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    Travel to Cyprus State Turky 2015 – Before I explain Ciprus tourist attractions in the country, I will tell you information about the history and geographical location of the country of Cyprus. Republic of Cyprus an island country in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, about 113 kilometers to the south of Turkey and 120 kilometers to the west of Syria and the capital Lefkosia ber. Most visitors come to explore the small towns and villages are colorful with sparkling views of the island. Besides enjoying the fresh scent of orange groves along the Akamas peninsula, and lost in the golden…
  • Best Travel Places in 2016

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    Best Travel Places in 2016 – The holidays are a few months away. Most of you probably already busy designing a dream vacation, but some are still deciding where the best tourist destination this year? then here I will give a review of the best travel destinations in 2016 the answer is to Russia, Istanbul Turkey, Siem Reap Cambodia, Hanoi Vietnam, Prague Czech Republic. Visit soon arose and the fifth place. But here I will explain existing tourist attractions in Russia because Russia’s largest country is becoming a major debate in the media, but this time not about politics.
  • Best Family Vacations Snow 2016

    12 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    best family vacations snow 2016 – Holidays with family is fun, especially if we can vacation in the winter and could see snow. In winter it is the most fun when we’re on vacation to relieve fatigue and time to gather with families with full warm. Best Family Vacation Snow 2016 Prague, Czech Republic Prague looked beautiful in the winter, really a perfect tourist spot for those who love snow and natural beauty. Bridge Charles Bridge is an iconic building in Prague, look more charming when covered by snow. Vienna, Austria Winter is a good time to visit the capital of Austria,…
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  • Pictures of sunsets in Jamaica

    24 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Jamaica has some of the most beautiful sunset in the world. This is one more reason to visit Jamaica.  
  • Multi-Couple Jamaica Getaways: Ditch the Resorts and Try a Villa

    17 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    One of many advantages of staying in a large, multi-bedroom Jamaican villa— instead of a resort or hotel—is that you can bring a big group of friends (5, 10, or even more) with you and share a space that’s all yours. If you bring that same large group to a resort or hotel, you may
  • Why Airline Tickets Prices are so High

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    Here is why our airline tickets prices is so  DAM high. Reduce seating and increase price. The classic Demand and Supply strategy.   Please contact us with any questions about the accommodation in Jamaica, or to book your trip. We encourage you to get in touch with us soon, before all of the weeks have
  • Why Visit Jamaica?

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Photo Credit: Kitty Schweizer Looking toward your next Caribbean destination getaway, but not sure where to start? It’s a good “problem” to have! But that doesn’t mean it can’t be stressful, too. After all, no Caribbean destination or accommodation can guarantee that you will have the vacation of a lifetime…or even a vacation that’s worth
  • 5 Reasons to Have a Villa Getaway with the Girls in Jamaica

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    Photo credit: Darryl Brazen Jamaica is a certified spring break destination, drawing thousands of college-aged young people a year. But it’s so much more than that. As we’ve talked about on the blog, families find a lot to love about Jamaica, too. And so does another growing travel demographic: Girls Getaways! Recent years have seen
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  • Best resorts and hotels in Bodrum, Turkey

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:14 am
    Find our lowest hotels rates in Bodrum, Turkey. Ramada Resort Bodrum The Marmara Bodrum Doria Hotel Bodrum Macakizi Hotel
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    25 Jun 2015 | 9:27 am
    Book best golf hotels and beach resorts in Marbella, Ronda, Estepona. Southern Spain inclding Marbella, Ronda, Estepona is an area popular for best beaches and golf courses. It has very picturesque scenery - mountains and beaches making an ideal place for best golf resorts. Golf hotels and beach resorts in Marbella Top golf hotels and beach resorts in Ronda Best golf hotels n Estepona Golf hotels in Mijas
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    10 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
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    7 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Book hotels in Ocho Rios, Jamica at lowest rates. Sandals Ochi Beach Resort All Inclusive Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay All Inclusive Moon Palace Jamaica Grande - All Inclusive Couples Sans Souci All Inclusive
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    29 May 2015 | 1:53 am
    Book hotels in Missoula, Montana at lowest rates. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater Best Western Plus Grant Creek Inn Holiday Inn Downtown - Missoula C'mon Inn Missoula
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  • #AskDJV – Episode 33: ROI vs. ROE

    Mary Jo Caruso
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    In this week’s episode of #AskDJV, DJ Vallauri discusses your Return on Investment (ROI) vs. your Return on Engagement (ROE) when it comes to social media marketing and what you should expect from your social media marketing efforts. Social Media Marketing This may sound obvious, but not everyone realizes that social media marketing is all about being “social”.   What types of posts do you write on Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In? Are people responding to them or are you broadcasting to yourself? Are you gathering followers on a regular basis? Are you following others? Long Term…
  • #AskDJV – Episode 32: What you should know about Organic Hotel SEO

    Mary Jo Caruso
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    Hotel SEO In this weeks’ episode of #AskDJV, DJ Vallauri discusses the importance of Hotel Organic SEO – Search Engine Optimization. Organic Hotel SEO Organic Hotel SEO helps you be found in the search engines. Not only for your brand name, but the amenities found in your hotel, the location, types of cuisine, your meetings, events and more. When you talk about hotel seo, you need to dive deeper into what makes your hotel stand out from your competitors. You need to emphasize what makes you unique. Quality Content Organic SEO is all about providing quality content to the search engines,…
  • Google rolls out Google Hotel Ads Commission Program

    Mary Jo Caruso
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    On June 8, 2015, Google rolled out a beta Google Hotel Ads Commission Program. It is a Hotel SEO program in conjunction with Sabre’s SynXis booking engine. Now, whenever a hotel guest uses Google Search, Google Maps or Google+ (and the hotel uses the SynXis booking engine), they will be given the option of booking a room directly from the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) instead of having to leave the page or go to a third party OTA site. The difference between Hotel PPC and Hotel SEO There is a big difference between Hotel PPC and Hotel SEO. Do not decide to forsake one for the other…
  • #AskDJV Episode 31: Hotels can learn from Apple Customer Service

    Rosella Virdo
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    This week’s #AskDJV Episode 31 is a bit unconventional in the fact that DJ Vallauri talks about his recent customer service experience with Apple Computers.  How does this relate to the hospitality industry, you might wonder?  Read on for more insights into customer service.   Hotel Customer Service Recently, DJ went into the Apple computer store to purchase the Apple Watch.  While the Apple team was pitching him about the watch and explaining all the features and advantages, DJ explained to them that he had purchased another Apple product 30 days ago and that he wasn’t very…
  • #AskDJV Episode 30: 3 Tips on avoiding Negative Hotel Reviews

    Rosella Virdo
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    It’s inevitable.  Every hotel is going to have negative reviews at one time or another.  In Episode 30 of #AskDJV, we discuss what you can do to minimize negative hotel reviews. Negative Hotel Reviews – Tip #1 Be Pro-active.  There are many times a guest will be staying at your hotel and it takes 2-4 hours for someone from the property to even send an acknowledgement to them.  You want to prevent your guest from going to social media marketing channels such as Twitter, Facebook, TripAdvisor or another OTA and posting a negative comment or hotel review.  Speed is of the essence when…
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