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  • Tourist destination it disappointment after visit

    New Hotel Travel
    hotel
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Tourist destination it disappointment after visit is a post from: New Hotel Tourist destination it disappointment after visit. The following is a tourist destination renowned , but after a lot of tourists who visit it just makes it more disappointing. Gibraltar The following tourist destinations do seem interesting when viewed in guide books or the internet. However, before the visit, you should research again. The reason, many tourists who consider it a disappointment after the visit. Why so? Check out his review below Tourist destination it disappointment after visit, as quoted from…
  • The importance of Comfort Letters in financing franchised hotels

    Hotel Law Blog
    Jim Butler
    7 Mar 2014 | 11:29 am
    By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group® Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 7 March 2014 Comfort letters are more important than ever as franchising continues to be a dominant form of branding hotels. As many of our recent articles have noted, there has been a sea change in the hotel world. Franchise agreements have become the dominant means of branding most hotels in the US, except for a few of the most upscale and luxury brands. This popularity of franchising has made comfort letters more important than ever simply by the predominance of the franchise model, and…
  • Free Webinar: Earn Five-star Reviews with Remarkable Service

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    ReviewPro
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    As more travelers turn to review sites to research trips and share experiences, positive reviews have become essential to a hotel’s success. And nothing influences review sentiment quite like guest service. In the next installment of ReviewPro’s free #SMWebinar series, top-rated hotels and brands – from economy to luxury – share their tips and best practices for earning five-star reviews with “remarkable” service, both online and on property. Mark your calendar! Gather your managers and make it a team meeting! Register now to save your spot. Space is limited. One-hour…
  • Concord Hospitality sells 13 hotels to investment fund

    AH&LA SmartBrief
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    Concord Hospitality Enterprises said it has sold a portfolio of 13 hotels to an unnamed buyer for $240 million.  -More- Webinar: Hospitality Best Practices You Need to Know May 1 at 2:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM PT Moderator: Scott McCartney, Wall Street Journal Travel Writer Whether it's finding the best platform for your social media efforts or adding simple perks that make their mark on guests, there are a number of things that hoteliers can do to market their properties and build brand loyalty. Learn how to balance guests' digital needs with personalized services that will keep them…
  • MEC Appoints Jason Lee Senior Digital Director

    Hotel News
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Global media agency MEC announced today the appointment of Jason Lee as senior partner and senior director of digital for Marriott International businesses.
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    AH&LA SmartBrief

  • Concord Hospitality sells 13 hotels to investment fund

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    Concord Hospitality Enterprises said it has sold a portfolio of 13 hotels to an unnamed buyer for $240 million.  -More- Webinar: Hospitality Best Practices You Need to Know May 1 at 2:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM PT Moderator: Scott McCartney, Wall Street Journal Travel Writer Whether it's finding the best platform for your social media efforts or adding simple perks that make their mark on guests, there are a number of things that hoteliers can do to market their properties and build brand loyalty. Learn how to balance guests' digital needs with personalized services that will keep them…
  • NV Music Row acquires Nashville, Tenn., land parcels for planned Virgin Hotel

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    The land in Nashville, Tenn., on which Virgin Hotels plans to open a 240-room hotel has been acquired by NV Music Row, which  -More- 
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    22 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    Hoteliers have a proud history, an outstanding reputation and a great story to tell.  -More- 
  • Montage Hotels and Resorts accelerates expansion

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    In less than six months, luxury hotelier Montage has expanded from three properties to five properties and is already envisio -More- 
  • San Francisco to see re-launch of renovated Hotel G

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    Luxury property Hotel G is set to re-open near Union Square in San Francisco after two years of refurbishment, and the 13-flo -More- 
 
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  • London: Sydney's 1888 Hotel Looks Good Enough to Frame

    JasonD
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    And you can get yourself easily in the picture: just step behind the frame (or ‘Selfie’ space as the hotel calls it) that hangs from one of the wooden beams in the lobby of this wool-storage facility turned hotel in Sydney's Pyrmont district, snap away, tag it #1888Hotel and it will appear on the screens near reception. Since we know you’d much rather look at hotels than us, we’ll let the lobby itself have its close up, which has various seating areas (including a small restaurant section), a living tree, and a set of glass elevators that take you up through the four-story…
  • San Francisco: Hotel G's Up and Will Open on May 2 in San Francisco

    juliana
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    San Francisco's old Hotel Frank in Union Square will re-open as the Hotel G on May 2.We already told you about what to expect from the hotel here but we're impressed with this latest room shot they've put up. Wow. The hotel has come along way from this.We couldn't book a room on the hotel's website until May 12 but rooms on that date are available for 30 percent off at $160.10 a night. Regular room rates will run about $229. And of course, there is free WiFi. C'mon, this is San Francisco. [Photo: Hotel G/Facebook]
  • Las Vegas: The Palms in Las Vegas Will Now Have a Bikini Concierge on Hand

    juliana
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Last month we looked at a range of niche hotel butlers, from fireside butlers to tanning butlers and even camping butlers. We've also documented some of the more unusual specialty concierges out there (Spice Concierge, anyone?) Today, The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas tells us of another hotel service we didn't know we needed--bikini concierge.The Palms Pool & Dayclub has partnered up with Bikini.com for the weekly pool party, Ditch Fridays, which begins again on May 2. The bikini concierge will help gals shop for bikinis at the poolside pop-up shop which will be open on Friday and…
  • The 2014 HotelChatter WiFi Report: Who is Still Charging for WiFi and Why?

    HotelChatter
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    It turns out that luxury hotel you've been dying to stay at doesn't actually have everything you need.Whether you’re a frequent traveler or a once-a-year vacationer, there’s one amenity you’re probably counting on during your next hotel stay--free, working WiFi. You're not alone. Hotels.com released a recent survey where hotel guests ranked free WiFi as the most important in-room amenity. See ya, minibar Snickers! Fortunately, free WiFi has become more commonplace these days (at least 64 percent of hotels!) especially at hotels that caters to business travelers like Courtyard…
  • Are You Earning Reward Points When You Book Your Hotel Stay Online?

    wakeandwander
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    These days, most of us book our hotel stays online, either via a third party or directly through the hotel's website. If you make a habit out of doing the former, you may be interested to learn more about how you can earn points through Orbitz's rewards program. The system revolves around accumulating Orbucks, which is a dummy currency that directly converts to the dollar. In other words, 1 Orbuck equals 1 USD. When you book a hotel through Orbitz, you can earn up to 3% of the total price back in the form of Orbucks, which can then be applied to a future hotel booking. Some hotels result in…
 
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Marriott's 'Spirit to Serve' is in Good Hands

    Marriott on the Move
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    When I was a boy and young man, community service was of little or no interest to me. I’m not sure why. Perhaps I considered my Naval service career enough. No one had even thought of recycling or wearing a seat belt for that matter. We had sacrificed during the...
  • Renovating Riyadh

    Marriott on the Move
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I remember travelling across the world to the desert sands of Saudi Arabia in 1979. We were starting to open hotels all over the world. With its rich culture and strong heritage, Saudi was the best place to plant our first flag in the Middle East. The Riyadh Marriott Hotel...
  • Take Me Out to the … New Baseball Academy

    Marriott on the Move
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:28 am
    The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The smell of fresh popcorn and peanuts in the air. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening day for baseball fans. So much potential and promise for your favorite team to make it all the way to the Fall...
  • Dr. DeSanctis - A Great Role Model for Me

    Marriott on the Move
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:13 am
    Dr. DeSanctis' Care Made a Lasting Impact on Me After My Boating Accident A recent article in The Boston Globe was titled, “After six decades of devotion, the doctor is out.” In 1978 my father was admitted to Mass General Hospital in Boston after suffering several heart attacks at our...
  • Great on the Road With Courtyard

    Marriott on the Move
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:09 pm
    I’m not one to sit still. I like to get out, tour our hotels and meet our guests. I make sure to thank our customers for their business. One way we reward them is through our Marriott Rewards program. We now have more than 45 million members in 71 countries....
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    Saturday Briefing

  • Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa Opens in Style with Grand Party

    kfoley
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    BY DAVID CAREY — Readers of Saturday Briefing may recall that we welcomed our first guests to the Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa on January 29, after purchasing the property last May and putting it through an extensive nine-month, multi-million … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • TPP “Public” Spirit

    kfoley
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY UDOM RAHEEM — The Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa (TPP) enjoys Sports Day once a year where four teams, each sporting a different color – pink, green, yellow and violet, show their team spirit! The event kicks … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Celebrating Employees of the 1st Quarter 2014

    kfoley
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY ASHLEY CABRADILLA — Outrigger kicked off the start of 2014 with recognition for our star performers for the 1st Quarter. The OHANA Waikiki East was host to the Employee of the Quarter celebration Tuesday, April 15, with Alan White, … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • “LEARNING TO PLAY THE UKULELE”

    kfoley
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY ETHAN CHANG — Last week, the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach (OWK) welcomed Brandon Seastrand and his family to Hawai‘i. While here, they enjoyed a luau, visited the Polynesian Cultural Center and the USS Arizona Memorial and experienced our … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Aloha and Mahalo, Jo!

    kfoley
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY KATHY OYADOMARI — On April 15, employees of the Holiday Inn® Waikiki Beachcomber (OBC) gathered to bid aloha to Josefina (Jo) Ader who retired after 30 years of dedicated service. Ruthann Yamanaka, Chuck Shishido, Charlene Goo and Simeon Miranda expressed … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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    Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog

  • Memorial to Honor Rene Ricard to be held on May 22, 2014

    Anonymous Blogger
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    For directions - http://www.eldridgestreet.org/
  • Documentarians Seek Photos of Hotel Chelsea from Guests and Residents

    Anonymous Blogger
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Dear friends, We are three independent writers and filmmakers shooting an independent documentary about the Chelsea Hotel, El Quijote restaurant and, in general, the past, present and future of these two cultural institutions of NYC. So far we have interviewed many personalities related to the hotel: past and present tenants, cultural analysts, writers, artists, etc. So in order to better illustrate all these testimonials, we are going to need all kind of images for the movie. If you have photographs, videos, etc. of the hotel, whether professional or amateur, beautiful or ugly, ancient or…
  • Rene Ricard, 1946 – 2014: Painter, Poet, Star of “Chelsea Girls”, Art Critic Who Discovered Basquiat and Long-time Chelsea Hotel Resident

    Anonymous Blogger
    3 Feb 2014 | 10:24 am
    The Chelsea Hotel community mourns the passing of one of its guiding lights, the poet, painter, art critic, and Warhol Superstar Rene Ricard, who died this past Saturday, Feb. 1.  The cause of death was cancer. Rene, who will always be remembered for his quick wit, sparkling intellect, and generosity, passed away at the hospital surrounded by some of his many close friends.  Rene, who had lived at the Chelsea Hotel continuously since the early 90s and sporadically before that, was 68. Rene was probably the most famous remaining member of the (now seriously depleted) Chelsea Hotel…
  • Troubled Times at the Hotel Chelsea: The Recent Past and Plans for the Future

    Anonymous Blogger
    9 Dec 2013 | 2:57 pm
    Welcome both to old friends and to those new to the site.  Since we haven’t been posting much lately, we thought an update would be in order. Musical Churls: Changing Ownership of the Chelsea Hotel In June of 2007, the Bard family (headed by the inimitable Stanley Bard) who ran the hotel as an artistic mecca for 60 years, were ousted by minority shareholder Marlene Krauss, the former Hotel Chelsea plumber’s daughter who wanted to cash in on the super-heated real-estate market; in 2011, Krauss sold the hotel for $81 million to Joe Chetrit, a billionaire Moroccan real estate developer…
  • Chelsea Hotel Rooftop Bar on the Horizon?

    Anonymous Blogger
    30 Oct 2013 | 1:04 pm
    …. He takes me on a tour of the Hotel from the luggage storage area behind the front desk (“imagine the potential for this as a hotel bar”) to the roof area dotted with random flower beds and mismatched patio furniture (“Look at that view—I’d love a rooftop bar here”)… Hotel Manager Ed Scheetz from this week’s “Talk of the Town”? au contraire! It’s from our old buddy, former Chelsea Hotel manager Andrew Tilley, from the April 2009 Australian Rolling Stone! How’s that club coming, Andrew? (Photos: Ed Scheetz, Barron's Online  ; Andrew Tilley)
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    TravelClick Feed

  • The TravelClick Perspective – March 2014: 2014 Outlook

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Current Outlook - March 2014
  • TravelClick Wins Two Awards at Web Marketing Association’s Internet Advertising Competition (IAC)

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    TravelClick Hotel Clients Win IAC Awards for the Best Hotel & Lodging Online Campaign and Best Social Media Campaign NEW YORK – April 15, 2014 – TravelClick, a global provider of innovative revenue-generating cloud-based solutions that enable hotels to grow revenue, and its hotel clients, were awarded “Best” honors in two categories at the Web Marketing Association’s 2014 Internet Advertising Competition (IAC). 
  • Hotels Continue to Increase Bookings and Room Rates in 2014

    admin
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    TravelClick Hotel Data Shows Steady Outlook Across All Channels   NEW YORK – April 1, 2014 – Hotels are continuing to experience consistent growth in 2014, according to data from the March 2014 TravelClick North American Hospitality Review (NAHR). Both the transient (individual business and leisure travelers) as well as the group segment are seeing slow and steady gains in occupancy and average daily rate (ADR) for the next 12 months, with transient leading the charge.   
  • Thoma Bravo to Acquire TravelClick

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    17 Mar 2014 | 7:56 am
    TravelClick to continue innovation in global hospitality industry to improve profitability for hoteliers   San Francisco – March 18, 2014 – Thoma Bravo, LLC, a leading private equity investment firm, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire TravelClick, a global provider of innovative revenue generating cloud-based solutions for the $500 billion global hospitality industry. Thoma Bravo has agreed to acquire TravelClick from Genstar Capital for $930 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.
  • Z Resorts Announces Expanded Partnership with TravelClick

    admin
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:47 am
    Growing Luxury Boutique Hotel Group Selects TravelClick’s iHotelier System to Launch Independent GDS Code    NEW YORK & HOUSTON (March 13, 2014) – Z Resorts, LLC, the operations team behind the Texas-based luxury boutique Hotel ZaZa brand, today announces an expanded partnership with TravelClick, creating a strengthened brand presence on the Global Distribution Systems (GDS) with its own chain code: “ZA.”  
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  • The TravelClick Perspective – March 2014: 2014 Outlook

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Current Outlook - March 2014
  • TravelClick Wins Two Awards at Web Marketing Association’s Internet Advertising Competition (IAC)

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    TravelClick Hotel Clients Win IAC Awards for the Best Hotel & Lodging Online Campaign and Best Social Media Campaign NEW YORK – April 15, 2014 – TravelClick, a global provider of innovative revenue-generating cloud-based solutions that enable hotels to grow revenue, and its hotel clients, were awarded “Best” honors in two categories at the Web Marketing Association’s 2014 Internet Advertising Competition (IAC). 
  • Hotels Continue to Increase Bookings and Room Rates in 2014

    admin
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    TravelClick Hotel Data Shows Steady Outlook Across All Channels   NEW YORK – April 1, 2014 – Hotels are continuing to experience consistent growth in 2014, according to data from the March 2014 TravelClick North American Hospitality Review (NAHR). Both the transient (individual business and leisure travelers) as well as the group segment are seeing slow and steady gains in occupancy and average daily rate (ADR) for the next 12 months, with transient leading the charge.   
  • Thoma Bravo to Acquire TravelClick

    admin
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:56 am
    TravelClick to continue innovation in global hospitality industry to improve profitability for hoteliers   San Francisco – March 18, 2014 – Thoma Bravo, LLC, a leading private equity investment firm, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire TravelClick, a global provider of innovative revenue generating cloud-based solutions for the $500 billion global hospitality industry. Thoma Bravo has agreed to acquire TravelClick from Genstar Capital for $930 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.
  • Z Resorts Announces Expanded Partnership with TravelClick

    admin
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:47 am
    Growing Luxury Boutique Hotel Group Selects TravelClick’s iHotelier System to Launch Independent GDS Code    NEW YORK & HOUSTON (March 13, 2014) – Z Resorts, LLC, the operations team behind the Texas-based luxury boutique Hotel ZaZa brand, today announces an expanded partnership with TravelClick, creating a strengthened brand presence on the Global Distribution Systems (GDS) with its own chain code: “ZA.”  
 
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    HOTELMARKETING.COM

  • More legal hot water for Airbnb

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    It's been a roller coaster of a week for Airbnb. The startup closed a deal for $450 million in funding, attaining a valuation it'd reportedly been chasing: $10 billion. But before the bubbly had time to settle in San Francisco, bad news came from New York, where an affidavit was filed against Airbnb claiming that the majority of its listings in New York are illegal.
  • U.S. airlines rank lowest in satisfaction among travel sectors

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:09 am
    U.S. airlines lag hotels and online travel agencies in customer satisfaction as travelers face increasingly cramped airplanes and poor in-flight service, a poll published on Tuesday showed.
  • Omni Hotels views mobile content as catalyst for bookings

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:08 am
    Omni Hotels & Resorts is unveiling new mobile and Web sites this summer that will take a decidedly different approach than other hotel brands by packing in lifestyle-driven content to squeeze out conversions.
  • Airlines embrace storytelling and social in new campaigns

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    In the wake of US Airways' much-talked-about inappropriate Twitter blunder, it's easy to forget that airlines actually have a great track record of producing innovative, engaging social campaigns.
  • Which marketing analytics should you be looking at?

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
    Access to so much data has made marketing analytics overwhelming for many a marketer. We have traffic data, conversion data, lead data, email marketing data, social media data ... the list goes on. Figuring out what data to pull, and when, is the tricky part.
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    Hotel F&B Observer

  • Your Customer Doesn’t Care About You and How To Fix That

    Steve DiGioia
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Life has a funny way of throwing us curve balls.  Things never seem to go as planned or as we hoped.  It’s understandable that we would become discouraged or upset when this happens and take our problems to work. “I’m going to speak with Sheila when I get to work, she is always good with things [...]
  • What Happened To Customer Service?

    Geoffrey Sagrans
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Through a company I’m involved with, we submitted a proposal for a significant statewide bid. This 25 page submission included hours of legwork. To ensure the proposal would arrive in the state capital on time for the bid openings we sent the package priority overnight with a guaranteed delivery time. The [...]
  • Why You Can’t Be a Perfectionist Forever

    Steve DiGioia
    28 Feb 2014 | 2:13 pm
    One of the challenges faced by a perfectionist is longevity. When we are younger and have energy to burn, we can relentlessly work through exhaustion and jump through hoops daily to achieve the perfection we seek. Usually this perfection is attained solely from our personal labor since “no one else can make it perfect but [...]
  • Be Fruitful and Multiply

    Carol Burns
    20 Feb 2014 | 7:59 am
    Remember, every time you serve tasteless rabbit food, you are advertising...
  • Is In-Room Dining Next On The Chopping Block?

    Geoffrey Sagrans
    31 Jan 2014 | 10:45 am
    I’ve been working in hotels since the 1980’s so I have seen a number of changes. Prior to that and, into the last few years, In-Room Dining has served a great need. For a price you could dine in the confines of your own room (a real perk for the single business traveler [...]
 
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    eHotelier Global Hospitality News

  • Who made the Conde Nast Traveler 2014 Hot List?

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:08 am
    The coveted Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List is a round up of the best new hotels that opened in the past year. They considered 510 properties in 93 countries, but only 33 made the winner's list.
  • News in brief

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Marriott Rewards Members engage with Google WalletHampton Hotels updates two of its signature offeringsIHG announces strategic alliance with Coca-ColaConcord Hospitality sells 13-Hotel portfolio for $240 MillionThe Royal Suites by Palladium Resorts join Interval International
  • 5 tips to improve your revenue management strategy

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
    By: Shona Whitehead: When you think about where revenues come from, start with the customer. Here are five tips to focus your strategy from the "outside in".
  • Fortifying your comfort foods

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Larry Mogelonsky: Keep in mind the crux of comfort foods - emotional eating with a pinch of indulgence - and you'll be sure to satisfy your patrons.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center offers training in exceptional customer service

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    To help organizations improve their service excellence culture, The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center offers full-day courses at Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts around the globe.
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    Happy Hotelier

  • Van Gogh in Vienna

    GJE
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Van Gogh in Vienna I was rummaging trough my countless photo’s and found this one of many people queuing for a Van Gogh exhibition of the Albertina Museum in Vienna. It was December 7, 2008, the last day before the exhibition would close. It was a rainy day and I would hate to stand in a queue in the rain, but I remembered being proud and therefor taking this very photo: It was a Dutch painter they were all waiting for in the rain….Just reviving my What are you thinking about series… Van Gogh in Vienna is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my…
  • Obama: Truly Gezellig in The Hague

    GJE
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Truly Gezellig in The Hague I’ve seen some of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 here in The Hague and took a bit of video and some photo’s at the final press conference where Obama thanked the Dutch for a well organized summit and showed he knows a Dutch word “Gezellig” that many English speaking people claim is not so easy to translate….My idea is that the following English words give some meaning to gezellig: Cozy, snug and intimate cover it more or less. After the press conference the president was induced to being photographed in front of the Victory Boogie…
  • Mandela on NSS 2014

    GJE
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Mandela on NSS 2014 “Hi, oh you didn’t know I would attend? Well that is quite easy, as I’m here for quite some time already. And see look down my left hand…they have some girls around that seemingly like to re enact that famous scene with Marilyn. You know which one I’m referring at, don’t you? Dutch gouvernment was proud to announce this was a business meeting, so the wifes would stay home. That made it much cheaper for them to organise this venue. Once a Dutchman, always a Dutchman don’t you think? As a consequence I heard the escort services are…
  • Wine and Water

    GJE
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:14 am
    Wine and Water The French do believe in fairy tales: Their Wine Museum in Paris is located in the ….Water street (or more precisely the Ch. Dickens square…still named after a fairy tale writer) Wine and Water is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, April 1, 2014Wine and Water is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Wiener Schnitzel

    GJE
    5 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    For these schnitzel I took a piece of pork. Many people find veal better for the real schnitzel. Me too, but for this one I liked to experiment with pork. First you dip both sides in flour. Then you dip both sides in egg. Some German gourmet friend of mine suggested to mix some cream through the egg. Will do that next time. Then dip the meat in the breadcrumbs. With family ties in Austria we tend to take the position the breadcrumbs have to come from Austria…. Finally the schnitzel sizzles in the pan. Use some kitchen paper to take away a bit of the butter before you serve them.
 
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • Saffire, Freycinet Peninsula: hotel of the week

    Sarah Jappy
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    We’re going bush – but we won’t be any roughing it on this trip. Crystal -blue waters, adventure-packed afternoons and aphrodisiac oysters are just a few of seductive Saffire‘s lures. Escape to the most eastern edge of Tasmania, ocean to one side, rocky mountains and green hills on the other and nothing but fresh Pacific air in between. Nature calls… Style Elemental sanctuary Setting Pristine natural wonders Why this week? Eating oysters straight from water in a pair of waders gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘farm to table’ and, since this experience is on…
  • An intimate evening with Immodesty Blaize and Laetitia Rutherford for Social Book Week

    Juliet Kinsman
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    We’re inviting you to join us in Clerkenwell on Sunday 11 May, 6pm–8pm, for an intimate, relaxed, book-saluting salon at the Zetter Townhouse in celebration of London’s Social Book Week and to support the Reading Agency… Tickets: a £25 donation* (*but of course, we won’t object if any of you lit-loving philanthropists want to donate more. And should you want to spend the night, we have some very special dinner, bed and breakfast rates, see below.) Our travel club members are intrepid creatures, clear about the benefits of pleasure and convinced of the value of…
  • Dormy House – stylish spa time for all the family?

    Juliet Kinsman
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Fleeing the city to the Cotswolds in spring is always a treat, but never more so than when you trade home for a whirl at style-drenched Dormy House. From this season, stays at this luxe manor house just got that little bit more spoiling too, thanks to a chic new spa. Who says you can’t have a romantic country break with a little one in tow?A family escape to a sophisticated Cotswolds boutique hotel seems such a fabulous idea… Then you get to your fashionable bolthole, everyone else is wafting around romantically and your crew rocks up, spills their chattels everywhere, whacks up the…
  • Unusual arrivals: 10 great ways to get to your hotel

    Lucy Fennings
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    Did we fool you with ‘Love is in the Air‘, our tongue-in-cheek take on romantic travel for 1 April? We can’t really arrange for you to take love to a higher plane en route to your boutique hotel, but our brilliant Travel Team has arranged all manner of unusual hotel arrivals and special sorties, from gondola cruises in Venice to mule-trekking in the High Atlas. Here are 10 amazing (and real) ways of getting to, from and around your Smith stays… 1 TAKE A MULE TRAIN IN MEXICO Where? Verana, Jalisco How? Verana is a swoon-inducingly gorgeous collection of…
  • Hospes Palau de la Mar, Valencia: hotel of the week

    Kate Weir
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    After our Easter holiday spring-cleaning spree we’ll be in need of a well-earned European city break. Spanish boutique hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar – in architecturally arresting Valencia – appeals to our newfound neat freak with spotless monochrome minimalism… Style Minimalist modern palace Setting Edge of the old town Why this week? Book by 20 April to get a tidy 25 per cent off summer stays at the hotel, from 1 July to 31 August 2014 (with free breakfast). Book for non-stop beach partying at Benicassim Festival (17–20 July); fiesta in traditional fashion at the July…
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    Hotel Law Blog

  • Hotel Lawyer in Los Angeles: Why does it seem like everyone wants to build or buy a hotel in downtown LA? It’s the “Renaissance of DTLA,” silly!

    Jim Butler
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group® Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 15 April 2014 The coolest new downtown in America If you haven’t been to what the cognoscenti now call “DTLA” (downtown Los Angeles) for a while, you might not recognize it. Gone are the days the sidewalks were rolled up at 5:00 pm and you had to go to Hollywood or Santa Monica for drinks or some fun. Earlier this year, Brett Martin of GQ magazine dubbed it “the coolest new downtown in America.” In fact, the introduction to Brett Martin’s article is a great summary…
  • Hotel Management Agreement & Franchise Agreement Handbook 3rd edition is released for free download

    Jim Butler
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group® Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 2 April 2014 A fundamental shift has taken place in the realm of hotel management agreements (HMAs) and we decided we could just not wait any longer to update our popular handbook on this important subject. So, it is with great excitement that my partner and co-author, Bob Braun, and I announce the publication of the 3rd edition of The HMA & Franchise Agreement Handbook. Like all the handbooks in our We Wrote the Book™ series, it specifically addresses the needs of hotel owners, developers,…
  • The importance of Comfort Letters in financing franchised hotels

    Jim Butler
    7 Mar 2014 | 11:29 am
    By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group® Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 7 March 2014 Comfort letters are more important than ever as franchising continues to be a dominant form of branding hotels. As many of our recent articles have noted, there has been a sea change in the hotel world. Franchise agreements have become the dominant means of branding most hotels in the US, except for a few of the most upscale and luxury brands. This popularity of franchising has made comfort letters more important than ever simply by the predominance of the franchise model, and…
  • Meet the Money® National Hotel Finance and Investment Conference will focus on hotel development and deals

    Jim Butler
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:21 am
    6 March 2014 Meet the Money® National Hotel Finance and Investment Conference will focus on hotel development and deals LOS ANGELES–Meet the Money® 2014 will bring owners, operators, developers, consultants, investors, brands, lenders and other capital providers together in Los Angeles to explore the opportunities of what is predicted to be a breakout year for hotel development and deals. Held May 5-7, the annual national hotel finance and investment conference will focus on ground up development, expansion, repositioning and rebranding as well as the big increase in hotel…
  • Should your hotel be managed by an operator of independent hotels?

    Jim Butler
    2 Mar 2014 | 10:17 am
    By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group® Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 2 March 2014 Hotel Lawyer with a guest column from an operator of independent hotels A growing number of hotel owners are facing the question of whether and how to brand their hotels, and who should operate them. The New York Times recently estimated that more than 2,500 hotels were reflagged in a single year, and that does not count the growing wave of new hotels coming on line through the development pipeline. The hotel lawyers of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® think the branding and…
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    National Real Estate Investor

  • More Metrics Needed for Medical Office Buildings Sector

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Medical office buildings (MOBs) are starting to overtake hospitals as the preferred new property type for health care systems, but real estate market statistics for MOBs are still lumped into the broader health care category, making data and trends hard to obtain. read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 22, 2014)

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Citigroup is looking to sell 50 bank branches in California. A Pinnacle Entertainment shareholder is urging the casino operator to spin off its properties into a REIT, Reuters reports. Vanity Fair looks at how the proliferation of technology companies in New York City is raising commercial rents. And OpEdNews explores what’s behind private equity’s interest in foreclosed single-family homes. These are all among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Commercial Real Estate Embraces Recycling

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Today, Earth Day 2014, let's celebrate the recycling efforts of some of the top real estate and development firms, namely: JLL, Cassidy Turley, The Rockefeller Group, SL Green, Simon Property Group, Forest City Enterprises, CBRE and Bernard Developers. read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (April 21, 2014)

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    CoStar forced a smaller competitor to give over names of four of its users that CoStar suspects leaked some of its own data to Compstak. N.Y. Stock Exchange executives talked to REIT.com about the state of the REIT IPO pipeline. Seeking Alpha looked at the role of real estate in an activist shareholder fight at Darden Restaurants. Gap will test online ordering within its stores. And Nation’s Restaurant News provided a look at the biggest fast-casual pizza chains. These are all among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. read more
  • Property Prices Have Room to Grow in Core Markets

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Just when you think prices can’t go any higher for properties in core markets, some experts say they haven’t yet reached their peak in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. read more
 
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  • Airbnb, should innkeepers beat em or join em?

    Heather Turner
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
     I would say do both. Facts: Airbnb isn’t going away. They are getting and probably will get, a lot more funding in the future. Airbnb renters are basically stealing guests from lodging facilities that are paying rooms & meals taxes, other lodging associated fees and are inspected. (Although realistically if your room rates are over $150 a night, the people that stay in Airbnb rentals are not your target market anyway, they would probably stay in a motel if at all, and they may not be the best guests in the first place.) Reality: Even if all the lodging associations, hotel, motel,…
  • New Facebook Business Page changes Bed and Breakfasts should be aware of

    Heather Turner
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    https://www.facebook.com/Applesauceinnbnb (new Business Facebook page layout) So as I continue my love-hate relationship with Facebook and it’s ongoing changes, I am endlessly fascinated as they givith and then they takith away. It’s sort of like watching a horrifying train wreck for me, I just can’t look away and feel impelled to poke around in it to see just what they changed this time. For those of you that still are utilizing Facebook for business, you may want to get up to speed a little on a few of the changes, some are big, some little, but as usual infinitely annoying for those…
  • The Pros and Cons of Offering Pet Friendly Lodging (plus notes)

    Heather Turner
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    These are my notes from this past March’s MidAtlantic Innkeeper’s Conference presentation. I recently had a few emails from innkeepers asking for suggestions so thought it might be helpful to post them. Statistics Forty-nine percent of pet owners in a survey said they plan to travel with their pets within the next 12 months. Via Tripadvisor Biggest pet peeve when traveling with pets? 50% Finding Activities to do with Pets 25% Additional Fees 15% Weight Restrictions (rough estimate) 15% Finding Accommodations (rough estimate) 10% Breed Restrictions (rough estimate) via…
  • How Innkeepers can Leverage Youtube’s Photo Slideshow Option

    Heather Turner
    27 Feb 2014 | 5:04 am
    Early last year (date to the best of my knowledge) Youtube rolled out the ability to upload photos and turn them into a video/slideshow. I think video is incredibly important for innkeepers, but may be cost prohibitive for many and the slideshow option, if you have some great pictures to showcase, is an easy and affordable alternative. To elaborate on video a bit. Professional video for an inn tour is extremely important, I’ve seem too many home made videos done by B&Bs that unfortunately are somewhat cringeworthy, and from a guest perspective is not very enticing, so I would recommend…
  • The BBB Customer Review Option, Innkeepers Need to Keep It On Their Radar.

    Heather Turner
    6 Feb 2014 | 3:07 am
    Back in November it was released that the BBB (Better Business Bureau) was going to roll out a customer review system http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/11/better-business-bureau-customer-reviews.html. I was waiting to write about this one until I had a bit more information. This morning while scoping out places to stay for a friend visiting the Boston area, a lodging’s BBB customer review popped up in Google search. So I thought it might be time to revisit. It appears from looking at some of the reviews out there that the customer review ability has been around on select businesses in certain…
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  • Red Carnation Hotels focus on food with a #TasteofRCH.

    Laura
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    Red Carnation Hotels are passionate about their food and they’re using Twitter to shine a spotlight on their love of all things gastronomic. By following their hashtag #TasteofRCH you can get an insight into the kitchens and restaurants of all their hotels, from London to Cape Town. The family-owned group’s food philosophy revolves around local, seasonal produce and crafting their menus accordingly, so that each restaurant’s menu is a reflection of its location. They are also dedicated to providing a fine wine selection, with afternoon tea also being a tradition and…
  • Hotel Indigo to open fourth hotel at the Barbican.

    Laura
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    A fourth Hotel Indigo will open in London in 2016 – Hotel Indigo London Barbican. This follows the already established hotels at Tower Hill, Paddington and Earl’s Court. The new build will have 101 bedrooms, a gym and a restaurant, which will reside in the arched cellars of a former brewery. An additional 35 apartments and office space will occupy the building too, which by the renderings looks like it will fit in nicely with its surroundings. The hotel group IHG, which owns Indigo, has also announced another hotel opening recently – another Holiday Inn at Watford Junction,…
  • Let’s do lunch at London hotels.

    Laura
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    Big Hospitality have reported that the Melia White House has had great success with its restaurant The Place, which focuses on lunches and takeaways. Sales of takeaway food nearly quadrupled after the takeaway concept was launched in 2012 and they continue to increase. They’re not the only hotel restaurant that takes advantage of the lunch rush; many have set lunch menus or lunchtime deals in their restaurants and others also provide takeaway or quick lunchtime bites. The Place at the Melia White House is set up as a deli, with meats and cheeses, salads and ‘hot boxes’…
  • Sophisticated afternoon tea at Sofitel St James.

    Rajul
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    We recently took a look at some of London’s afternoon teas that are a little on the wilder side, but we’re fans of more traditional teas too. I recently visited The Rose Lounge at Sofitel St James, for a sophisticated afternoon tea with a French twist. The French-owned and -managed five-star hotel reflects its ownership in their afternoon tea, but also in the hotel as a whole. They aim to provide the best in British hospitality, with a classic feel and a touch of French je-ne-sais-quoi. The aptly named Rose Lounge takes roses as its central theme. On entering we were offered a…
  • Firmdale’s Ham Yard Hotel set to open June 1st.

    Laura
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:04 am
    Firmdale’s new London hotel is set to open on 1st June and reservations are now open for the 91-room property. The group already has seven other London hotels, as well as Crosby Street Hotel in New York, and each of them exemplify designer Kit Kemp’s unique and recognisable style. The Ham Yard is no exception, featuring the modern British colours, patterns and textures that she is renowned for. The hotel centres around a tree-filled garden courtyard, incorporating outside seating for the bar and restaurant. At the centre of the garden will be a bronze sculpture by Tony Cragg.
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  • High Roller: Vegas’ Largest Observation Wheel

    Michael
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    At your first glimpse of the 550-foot-tall High Roller, you might think it’s just a high tech Ferris wheel. However, this is no Ferris wheel – it is the world’s tallest observation wheel tasked with making sure guests enjoy the view of a lifetime. It also happens to be the centerpiece of the new LINQ shopping, dining and entertainment complex. The High Roller takes visitors on a 30-minute journey allowing them see Las Vegas and the surrounding area in a way they have never seen it before. What’s more, it is all done in high style. The observation wheel includes 28…
  • Ferrari Theme Park, “Ferrari Land” to Open in Spain

    Michael
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    Orlando, Florida has Disney World and Universal Studios; Hong Kong has Ocean Park; and Rust, Germany is home to Europa Park. However, beginning in 2016, the seaside town of Salou, Spain will be home to the brand-new Ferrari Land theme park and entertainment complex. The $139 million complex will include a luxury hotel, shops, restaurants, and other entertainment opportunities. However, the real draw will be an area dedicated to high-tech simulators that will enable Ferrari fans to “test drive” various Ferrari models under race conditions. Ferrari Land will be designed to cater to guests…
  • Sir Richard Branson to Launch Virgin Brand Cruises

    Carmen
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    For the last 40 years, Sir Richard Branson has been itching to start his own cruise line to cater to a new breed of tourists who would not otherwise entertain the thought of going on a cruise. Now, the founder of the famous Virgin brand is finally ready to realize his dream. He recently announced plans to launch his own cruise company that will compete with the big boys like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise lines. Branson is looking for as much as $1.7 billion in financing to develop a fleet of cruise ships that would concentrate heavily on the “entertainment and leisure…
  • Autobahn Adventures Luxury Tours

    Michael
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Have you ever dreamed of driving a Porsche 911 Carrera down a German autobahn at top speed? Have you ever wondered how exhilarating it must be to tour the European countryside – in an Audi R8 Spyder – on a road that has few speed limits? If so, Autobahn Adventures is just what you’re looking for. The California-based company offers four different driving tours covering the most idyllic spots in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. The performance of the German sports cars is certainly the highlight of these tours, but there’s more. All four tours are considered luxury…
  • Relax in Hawaii at Wailea Beach Villas

    Michael
    30 Mar 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Maui in Hawaii is easily one of the most sought after vacation destinations in the United States among those wishing to experience a true, tropical paradise. And on the island, there is no more inviting destination than the southern coast of Wailea. This region offers some of the most beautiful and exotic locations in all Hawaii, including Wailea Beach Villas. When you first arrive at Wailea Beach Villas, you’ll be greeted by an attentive staff committed to your total comfort and relaxation. At the same time, their discretion ensures you will enjoy as much privacy and seclusion as you…
 
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    Hospitality Law Check-In

  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) Spring 2014 Meeting Sets Positive Tone

    Nelson Migdal
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    The key phrase seems to be “slow and steady.” Market indicators in the hospitality sector are mostly in growth mode with upward pointing arrows in most, but not all, areas of inquiry. There appears to be a significant degree of confidence in hotel performance, but some discomfort as to the risk-reward relationship of debt positions. Transaction volume remains below 2006-2007 levels, but yet is tracking to be better than any year since 2007. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we commend you to the U.S. Hotel Industry Performance created by Jan Freitag, Senior Vice President…
  • Claremont Club Case: It's Not Just Dodgeball

    Glenn Gerena
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    Lotz vs. Claremont Club, Court of Appeals, Division 2, California (August 15, 2013) This decision illustrates both the general risk of club liability when liability waivers are unclear and when a club does not follow its written management policies and the unique risk of club liability when a club offers child care. In this case, a member's child was injured playing dodgeball in the club's childcare program. The trial court ruled that (i) a release signed by his father barred the claims, (ii) there was no evidence showing the club's conduct amounted to gross negligence, and (iii) the injuries…
  • Being Hospitable to Service Animals*

    Nelson Migdal
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The Equal Rights Center based in Washington, D.C. has recently published a short and helpful booklet for users of service animals and other types of assistive animals.  It is a “users” guide for persons seeking accommodations for their service animals, including advocacy tips and resources for reporting violations.  The hospitality industry is often at the forefront of accommodating guests, and this publication is a useful and simple tool to better understand how and when to accommodate guests. One important point for the hospitality industry is that under the ADA,…
  • Getting the Word Out - It's all about Marketing - The Interplay between Owner's and Brand's Priorities

    Nelson Migdal
    26 Feb 2014 | 11:47 am
    At first blush one would think that a hotel marketing plan would equally benefit the owner of the specific hotel and the brand under which the owner’s hotel is operated.  Clearly, marketing the owner’s hotel and marketing the brand benefit both the owner and the brand.  However, upon closer investigation, the owner’s interests and the brand’s interests are quite different when it comes to “getting the word out” and marketing.  Our colleague Tara Gorman's article in this week's Hotel Business Review, "Getting the Word Out - It’s all…
  • Case Law Update: Community Covenants' Impact on Club Operations

    Glenn Gerena
    19 Feb 2014 | 10:42 am
    Warrender vs. Gull Harbor Yacht Club, Court of Appeals of North Carolina (August 6, 2013) This decision illustrates the importance of reviewing and considering the impact of restrictive covenants on operations of a club or marina before acquiring or restructuring it.  The Court ruled on a number of issues related to the restrictive covenants in a residential community in litigation between the yacht club in the community and the lot owners.  Two issues in particular were crucial to the yacht club structure and operations. Validity of Long Term Leases Granted to Nonresidents Lot…
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    Are Morch - Hotel Blogger

  • Are These 4 Hotel Copywriting Mistakes Costing You Bookings?

    Are Morch
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    In the image-driven world of hotel marketing, it’s easy to underestimate the power of words. Stunning photos grab people’s attention, but well-crafted copy provides that extra nudge that compels prospects to act. Whether you want more clicks on your blog articles or a lower bounce rate on your homepage, the right words can help you get there. I’ve re-written copy for at least 50 different hotel and resort websites over the past few years. And during that time, I’ve noticed that the same content errors keeping popping up again and again. So I’d like to share the 4 most common hotel…
  • Hotel apps are on the rise

    Are Morch
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    Hotel apps are on the rise Thanks to technology, the world has become a lot smaller. Social media, email, and things like video conferencing make it easy to communicate with anyone – anywhere in the world. People are also traveling a lot more frequently because it’s cheaper than ever, faster, and very convenient. Technology has become a pervasive aspect of everyday life. Look almost anywhere and there will be someone on a mobile device – laptops, smartphones, and tablets have become the norm. It seems that everyone is connected and there’s an app for everything. And that’s precisely…
  • The Zen of Nimble

    Are Morch
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    The Zen of Nimble Nimble allows me to take my relationship marketing to a new level. (*Disclaimer. Nimble partner) Contact management can be a challenge for many Hotels, and with Social Media we are introduced to new challenges on a daily basis. For me it became obvious that I needed a system that allowed me to focus on the things that really mattered for my own purpose. I needed insight that allowed me to make quick decisions, and prompted me to take action. And I needed a good system to keep me organized and on track. Also I needed a system that easily allowed me to categorize various…
 
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  • 10 Places You Must See in Thailand

    Alex Demetrius
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    Regarded as one of the most visited tourist destinations of the world, Thailand can offer natural beauty and budget travelling like no other place on the planet. Here are those 10 places you must see when you visit Thailand. The Grand Palace – Start off with this 200 year old palace, with amazing architecture and beautiful gardens. Because the last king chose another palace as his residence, the Grand Palace is now open for visitors, where you can see some incredible artefacts like the Emerald Buddha. Similan Islands – One of the best diving locations in the country, the sea surrounding…
  • 7 Must See Attractions in the Beautiful City of Seville

    Alex Demetrius
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Seville is a beautiful city and is counted as one of the most romantic destinations in Spain. Apart from the innate scenic beauty, the city is bestowed with architectural splendor. There are several world heritage sights in the city, making it a popular place amongst tourists and explorers. The entire feel of the city is so lovely that some tourists have confessed about having thought of moving there just to experience the lovely atmosphere. If you too are planning to visit Seville, make sure you visit these attractions while you are there. The Cathedral – For those who don’t know,…
  • 5 Essential Tips for InterRail Pass Users Touring Europe

    Alex Demetrius
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Of course you can go on a trip across the most popular destinations of Europe via air, but where is the fun in it? Europe is known to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. The endless chains of breathtaking landscapes are worth admiration, which air travel can’t really provide. Another option is going by the bus or car, both of which are tedious, expensive and time consuming. This leaves us with the best way to travel across Europe, train. InterRail, which links many cities and towns of Europe is nothing like the usual train. And if you are thinking that it is only for backpackers…
  • Give Something Back to Nature by Taking Green Travel Tips

    Alex Demetrius
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Last week we created a post about Europe travel tips on a budget. This time our subject is the environment. Travelling responsibly and just travelling are two very different things. We go to different locations, mostly in search of a fresh perspective and a better world. If we travel green, we can carry that fresh perspective with ourselves and have fun while keeping up with it. Here are some tips of travelling green and contributing to the wellbeing of the environment. More take-offs and landings mean more carbon emission. To avoid this, you should book non-stop flights whenever you can. And…
  • Discover the Warmth and Local Culture of Malaysia the Second Time

    Alex Demetrius
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    One of the most visited Asian countries; Malaysia is on the world map big time. People from across the world plan long holidays for this location hoping to get the best out of the country’s culture and natural beauty. It is liked by tourists so much that many of them travel back here with friends and families, to re-live the fun they had the first time. You can only visit a place twice if you really like and believe that there is still something left to experience and explore there. One of the best parts about coming to a place for the second time is that you have a sense of familiarity…
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  • Free Webinar: Earn Five-star Reviews with Remarkable Service

    ReviewPro
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    As more travelers turn to review sites to research trips and share experiences, positive reviews have become essential to a hotel’s success. And nothing influences review sentiment quite like guest service. In the next installment of ReviewPro’s free #SMWebinar series, top-rated hotels and brands – from economy to luxury – share their tips and best practices for earning five-star reviews with “remarkable” service, both online and on property. Mark your calendar! Gather your managers and make it a team meeting! Register now to save your spot. Space is limited. One-hour…
  • Tel Aviv Hotels beat European cities for online reputation

    ReviewPro
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    ReviewPro ranked 62 hotels with at least three stars in Tel Aviv, Israel’s second most populous coastal city. The hotels were ranked by their GRI™ reputation score based on the aggregation of online reviews from more than 100 review sites and online travel agencies (OTAs) over a 12-month period, including TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Holidaycheck and Expedia. With an overall GRI of 82.2%, Tel Aviv’s average reputation score beats that of top European cities such as Paris (77.1%) and Stockholm (80.3%). On the Top 10 list for Tel Aviv, the winning establishment, Abratel Hotel, has an…
  • How to use review analytics when buying a hotel for due diligence and deal negotiation

    Josiah Mackenzie
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:29 am
    “In minutes, I have more business intelligence and competitive benchmarking at my fingertips than I could get in a week with a mystery shopping service.” – (A ReviewPro Hotel Analysis Report client) In my last article, we noted how online guest review data is revolutionizing hotel investment. To the point where, at a recent leading brand conference, the chairman of several REITs said he never approves a hotel transaction before analyzing online guest feedback. Why? Review analytics provide insight hotel buyers can’t afford to miss, and are becoming a vital part of the due…
  • Boutique guest houses beat five-star brands in Goa

    ReviewPro
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    On the Top 10 list of best-reviewed lodgings in Goa, bohemian establishments beat five-star hotels. ReviewPro analyzed a total of 17,661 guest reviews and 143 hotels with at least three stars by their Global Review Index (GRI) reputation score. This data was aggregated from more than 100 review sites over a 12 month period, including Holidaycheck, Booking.com and Expedia. Goa hotels earned an average GRI score of 78.5%, beating Mumbai’s GRI of 77.3%. Taking the No.1 spot with 96.3%, the well-equipped Pousada Tauma hotel has earned a stellar reputation in the area for its holistic approach…
  • 2014 Top Luxury Hotel & Brand Report

    ReviewPro
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Check out our new infographic, a glimpse into what you can expect from our brand new Luxury Hotels & Brands report. We take a deep dive into data collected from 1,692 properties and 84 hotel brands across five continents to bring you an in-depth study on the finest hotels in every corner of the world, from Mauritius to Manhattan. Download the full report here, or click on the image below.       Follow Review's Luxury Report boards on Pinterest. The post 2014 Top Luxury Hotel & Brand Report appeared first on ReviewPro.
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  • Sublimotion is most expensive restaurant in the world

    hotel
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Sublimotion is most expensive restaurant in the world is a post from: New Hotel Sublimotion is most expensive restaurant in the world. Spain is the favorite destination for lovers of architecture. Panoramic beauty was undeniable, even these countries also have the luxury island where the socialite partying. Las Vegas restaurants Ibiza Island in question. This is the destination where world-class clubs and luxury villas built. Not only that, in the near future, Ibiza also will be home to the most expensive restaurants in the world. Restaurant named Sublimotion will be located in the Hard Rock…
  • Alt Berlin bar as oldest bar in Germany

    hotel
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Alt Berlin bar as oldest bar in Germany is a post from: New Hotel Alt Berlin bar as oldest bar in Germany. At first glance, the building in one corner of the city of Berlin was looked ordinary, even tend rundown. Some panels are made of dark wood. In it, smoke billowing thick. bar There is only one window in the building. Instead of opening the ventilation, even most of the time it closed. Gents wild colored streaks. One of them reads: smells like pee spirit. If not the old man who lived Berlin, the building will surely pass away. Young children are also not interested in approaching. They…
  • Tourist destination it disappointment after visit

    hotel
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Tourist destination it disappointment after visit is a post from: New Hotel Tourist destination it disappointment after visit. The following is a tourist destination renowned , but after a lot of tourists who visit it just makes it more disappointing. Gibraltar The following tourist destinations do seem interesting when viewed in guide books or the internet. However, before the visit, you should research again. The reason, many tourists who consider it a disappointment after the visit. Why so? Check out his review below Tourist destination it disappointment after visit, as quoted from…
  • Total renovation of bathroom

    hotel
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    Total renovation of bathroom is a post from: New Hotel Sometime ago, newhotelus have plan to renovate the bathrooms in total, the bathroom size is 2×3 m2. And still want to wear bathtub, and the toilet seat. Plus, there is an additional sink in it. What kind of design according to the size and my desires. How to make look bathroom modern ? Is the color and design of ceramic can also make the bathroom look modern? modern bathroom To implement a total renovation of bath room with size 2×3 m2, seems sufficient to fill the sink, toilet seat, and a tub. But to be more comfortable, there…
  • Shopping centers in Bangkok

    hotel
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    Shopping centers in Bangkok is a post from: New Hotel Shopping centers in Bangkok, Thailand. For the true traveler, long holiday weekend is not the time lazing at home. Venturing into new places and unique hunting items at low prices in a place is very exciting for sure. Chatuchak Weekend Market If you are the adventurous who like shopping, spending a weekend in Bangkok, Thailand, is certainly a very appropriate choice. Shopping in the land of the White Elephant was like a paradise for the shopaholic. However, be careful, Bangkok offers a variety of shopping centers that may make your wallet…
 
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