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  • Loews' exec discusses profitability for hotels this summer, rebranding plans

    AH&LA SmartBrief
    22 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Jonathan Tisch, Loews Hotels and Resorts' co-chairman, talks about the potential profitability of hotels this summer due to s -More- 
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Given New $98.00 Price Target at Argus

    Hotel News
    23 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    The firm currently has a "buy" rating on the stock. Argus' price objective would indicate a potential upside of 15.59% from the company's current price.
  • Check-Out Folio: Cuddle Up With Some Holiday Weekend Reading

    HotelChatter -
    22 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! But since this is a holiday weekend for America as we honor our armed forces, we won't be back in our virtual offices until Tuesday, May 26. CREDITS · PARTIERS WILL HAVE MORE HOTELS TO CRASH IN IBIZA · BANGKOK IS HOT FOR LUXURY HOTELS (OR MAYBE IT'S THE OTHER WAY AROUND) · "THE END OF THE HOTEL ROOM" IS HERE AND WE FEEL TOTALLY FINE. · ALSO:
  • Finding New Ways to Serve

    Marriott on the Move
    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...
  • Dr. Jim Barahal honored

    Saturday Briefing
    23 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Over my lifetime I have met, been friends with, and worked with many wonderful people, from family members and friends to teachers and service providers. One of those whom I have always admired greatly is … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Given New $98.00 Price Target at Argus

    23 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    The firm currently has a "buy" rating on the stock. Argus' price objective would indicate a potential upside of 15.59% from the company's current price.
  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings PT Raised to $34.00

    22 May 2015 | 10:15 pm
    The firm currently has a "buy" rating on the stock. Citigroup Inc.'s target price suggests a potential upside of 15.84% from the company's current price.
  • IHG Completes Sale of InterContinental Paris - " Le Grand

    22 May 2015 | 2:59 pm
    These are shortcuts to your favorite social networking and bookmark sites. Add this story to your Facebook page,, DiggIt, and many others! PARIS - Following receipt of relevant regulatory approvals, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC has completed the sale of InterContinental Paris Le Grand to Constellation Hotels France Grand SA, an affiliate of Constellation Hotels Holding Limited.
  • IHG to manage Adyar Gate's beach resort

    22 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    Global hospitality major InterContinental Hotels Group has entered into an agreement with Adyar Gate Hotels Ltd. to manage a beach resort promoted by the latter near here. In a statement issued here on Friday, IHG announced the signing of the agreement for InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort.
  • Average Daily Rate Growth for U.S. Hotels Expected to Accelerate in 2016

    22 May 2015 | 2:46 am
    An updated lodging forecast released today by PwC US expects another year of solid revenue per available room growth in 2015, with a stronger-than-previously-expected increase in occupancy levels, offset by softer than anticipated growth in room rates An updated lodging forecast released today by PwC US expects another year of solid revenue per available room growth in 2015, with a stronger-than-previously-expected increase in occupancy levels, offset by softer than anticipated growth in room rates.
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  • Check-Out Folio: Cuddle Up With Some Holiday Weekend Reading

    22 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! But since this is a holiday weekend for America as we honor our armed forces, we won't be back in our virtual offices until Tuesday, May 26. CREDITS · PARTIERS WILL HAVE MORE HOTELS TO CRASH IN IBIZA · BANGKOK IS HOT FOR LUXURY HOTELS (OR MAYBE IT'S THE OTHER WAY AROUND) · "THE END OF THE HOTEL ROOM" IS HERE AND WE FEEL TOTALLY FINE. · ALSO:
  • From VegasChatter + Jaunted: Memorial Day Parties and Mad Max Travel

    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City. VEGASCHATTER · Whistle While You Werk It: A Brief Party Guide to Memorial Day Weekend 2015 · Tales From Inside The Pit: A Dealer's Tips on Tipping The Dealer · What Sort of 'Inside Vegas' Stories are You Looking For? · Head's Up Chip Collectors: Better Grab These Chips Before They're Gone
  • Ubud: Rezzies are Open for Ritz-Carlton's Newest Reserve, Mandapa in Bali

    22 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Bali continues to be a hot destination not just for adventurous travelers, but also luxury hotels.Last week we learned that Langham Hotels will be opening their first Langham Place resort on a clifftop in Ungasan-Uluwatu area. Today, Ritz-Carlton Hotels has announced that their equally impressive Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the third in the brand's ultra-exclusive collection, will open in September of this year in Ubud.Indeed, reservations are live on the hotel's website, starting at around $670 a night for a Reserve Suite, one of the largest entry-level suites in Ubud at around…
  • Madrid: Mandarin Oriental to Take Over Hotel Ritz in Madrid

    22 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    Another day, another grand European hotel gets snapped up. This time it's the Hotel Ritz Madrid which was recently purchased by Mandarin Oriental Hotels in partnership with The Olayan Group, a Saudi Arabian multinational group for a total cost $148 million. Here is what the new owners have in mind for the 167-room hotel, which first opened in 1910, and which was a part of the Belmond/Orient-Express collection, but in recent months had been looking for a new mommy or daddy. The Hotel will undergo a comprehensive renovation in 2017, currently estimated to cost some $103 million. Mandarin…
  • Hue: Tick Off That UNESCO Bucket List at La Residence in Vietnam

    22 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Another week, another cultural hotel experience. Today it’s over to
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    Marriott on the Move

  • 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...
  • Remembering My Mom on Mother's Day

    Marriott on the Move
    8 May 2015 | 4:13 am
    Mom & me, 1936 This Mother's Day, I thought I'd share some memories of my mother who passed away 15 years ago at the age of 92. Alice Sheets Marriott was truly an amazing woman. Her father died in 1919 from the flu epidemic following the First World War. Her...
  • How Culture Lives On

    Marriott on the Move
    3 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    I spent some time in March at our Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was a wonderful stay at the historic hotel, which opened in the early 1930’s making it the oldest J.W. Marriott hotel in our system. We bought it in 1967 and our family has been going there...
  • Selling Underwear to Lumberjacks

    Marriott on the Move
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    It’s not quite the same as selling ice cubes to Eskimos, but selling long, woolen black underwear to lumberjacks in the hot summer comes pretty close. I’ve heard this story since I was a little boy. Let me tell you what my dad did to pull it off. My dad...

    Marriott on the Move
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    New Year's Day, brother Dick and our families with our parents Family has always been number one in my life. As a father, I made it a point to be home for dinner every night I was in town. Over my career, I arrived at the office at 8:00 a.m....
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    Saturday Briefing

  • Dr. Jim Barahal honored

    23 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Over my lifetime I have met, been friends with, and worked with many wonderful people, from family members and friends to teachers and service providers. One of those whom I have always admired greatly is … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Memory of industry mate inspires Andrew Gee in Sydney half-marathon

    23 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — The memory of a great travel industry mate who passed away suddenly from cancer early this year motivated Andrew Gee, regional director of sales and marketing Australia and New Zealand, over the finishing stages of his … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Resorts steps up for Hawai‘i’s charities

    23 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY KATHY FOLEY — Outrigger Resorts was out in force over the past couple weekends when hosts, friends and family on three islands (Kaua‘i, Maui and O‘ahu) “put their best slippah forward” to raise funds for those in need in … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Hokulea greeted by Outrigger hosts on arrival in Sydney Harbour

    23 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — Hawaii’s Hokulea sailed into Sydney Harbour on May 19 as part of its worldwide conservation-themed Malama Honua voyage and Outrigger’s Sydney-based team members Andrew Gee, regional director of sales and marketing and Juliet Hudson, sales manager, … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Hotels & Resorts selected 2014 Orbitz E-Marketer of the Year!

    23 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY SUN WONG — It is my pleasure to share that Outrigger Hotels & Resorts was selected as the 2014 Orbitz E-Marketer of the Year! This award was presented at the Orbitz Mahalo Party in front of all major Hawai‘i … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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    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.
  • Easter Brunch 2015

    Benjamin Barber
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Easter is almost here and that means it’s time for another Easter Brunch roundup! We’ve got an awesome selection of menus to choose from, so let’s dig in. While you’re on property, don’t forget to sign up for Jackpot Patrol, you Read More ... The post Easter Brunch 2015 appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Crazy 4 Poker℠ | Game of the Week

    Benjamin Barber
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Poker fans get ready for some fast paced action!  Crazy 4 Poker pits the player against the dealer in a 4 card showdown for big payouts.  Much like it’s brethren Three Card Poker℠ and Four Card Poker℠, this title delivers quick hits Read More ... The post Crazy 4 Poker℠ | Game of the Week appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
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  • 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…
  • No Phone Support Today, Tuesday, May 12th.

    Phil Hollows
    12 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Telephone support will be unavailable today; live chat (from the top toolbar) and email support will still be available during east coast business hours, however. Phone support will be added back on Wednesday, May 13th.        Related StoriesResolved: Overnight click-through issuesFeeds, Clicks and DNS ProblemsSome Metrics May Be Missing Temporarily 
  • Power Email Marketing with FeedBlitz

    Phil Hollows
    11 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Did you know we have great power email marketing capabilities? While FeedBlitz is best known for its RSS feed powered email automation (corporate engineering motto: If it moves, automate it), we’ve been steadily increasing FeedBlitz’s traditional email marketing capabilities as well. In case you missed it, here’s a quick summary of our “Newsflash” emailing function, which is used for “traditional” (i.e. manually produced) newsletters, updates and sales pieces: New:Draft mailings from blog posts, and then edit before mailing; New: The ability to mail…
  • New: Add Pins, Instagram to your Subscriber Emails!

    Phil Hollows
    4 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    When is an email to your subscribers not simply an email to your subscribers? When it’s a platform for your other social media activity to better engage, inform and entertain your readers, that’s when. Many of you are active on Pinterest and Instagram, curating and creating engaging and persuasive graphics and photos. But most of you are not including those photos in your email updates to your subscribers, and that means you’re missing out on opportunities to broaden your email audience’s experience with your brand, as well as delivering a more interesting mailing.
  • Email like a Ninja! FeedBlitz and the new Webhooks extension from Ninja Forms

    30 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    As part of our continuing mission to elevate our publishers’ abilities, we are always on the look out for extraordinary tools, like Ninja Forms, made for expanding list building efforts.  Just last week, Ninja Forms made a lot of people happy when they announced their latest extension, Webhooks. It’s a custom form builder that now fully enabled Ninja Forms to fully integrate with FeedBlitz. Here’s how to use Nija Forms Webhooks to offer a subscription form to FeedBlitz. The first thing you’ll want to do is download and install the Ninja Forms plugin for your WordPress site…
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  • Expedia gives up on battle for China
    22 May 2015 | 12:11 am
    The company sold its 62.4% stake in China’s Elong travel website to four buyers. Among them is Ctrip, which is now more firmly ensconced as the top player in China’s competitive online travel market. The two companies have agreed to cooperate with each other on “certain travel product offerings for specified geographic markets.”
  • Adobe Digital Index Travel Report 2015
    22 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    Adobe released its annual Digital Index Travel Report, which reveals the best times to book airfare and hotels, top destinations, total online travel spend, consumer buying behaviors across devices and more.
  • How your hotel can stand out from the crowd
    22 May 2015 | 12:09 am
    Focusing on the importance of technology as part of today's guest experience as well as being able to respond to the needs of a growing number of business travelers are just two ways by which hotels can stay relevant in the face of increasing competition.
  • Communities form around potential Luxury Link closure
    22 May 2015 | 12:08 am
    Travel Web site Luxury Link is rumored to have ceased operations this week without any warning for consumers. The rumors began on travel forums across the Internet from concerned consumers looking for answers.
  • Bravofly Rumbo Group rebrands as
    22 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    The new identity reflects the change in strategy of the group following the acquisition of in March. The change of name will be accompanied by a new advertising campaign across its three key markets: UK, France and Italy.
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    Hotel F&B Observer

  • The Pricing Game

    Geoffrey Sagrans
    4 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    During my career I had the unique experience of working for a GPO (Group Purchasing Organization). This particular GPO focused on children’s summer camps. Coming into that position from my former position of procuring caviar, fish from around the world and prime steaks made my tenure at the GPO a real interesting [...]
  • Return to Sender – Bring Back Old Recipes

    Meg McDonough
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    Time to Step Back - What was Old is New Again
  • Mâche Mois, S.V.P. – Petite Princesse

    Meg McDonough
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    Amuse-Bouche should be served with attitude, placed with virtuosity, and set in-on an appropriate vessel.
  • An Interview with Yann Chupin, New Executive Chef, the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

    Meg McDonough
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    When I worked at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City, we often had diplomatic events, complete with a SWAT team with dogs in the kitchen looking at hot boxes.
  • Why There’s no “Back-of the-House” Anymore

    Steve DiGioia
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    They threw the scraps on the floor again; look at that! Lazy s.o.b.’s. We can’t get away with that, but they can?  And just because they are in the kitchen, they can be a slob?  I need to be perfect or I get hell from my manager. “Your uniform is wrinkled” or “get into the bathroom [...]
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • QT Port Douglas, Australia: hotel of the week

    Team Smith
    22 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Dust off the togs and dive into tropical territory: with the season of sun-drenched days and balmy evenings upon us, QT Port Douglas is complementing its prime poolside by rolling out the green carpet for Moonlight Cinema sessions under the stars. STYLEMIAMI SPICE SETTING TROPICAL QUEENSLAND GARDENS WHY THIS WEEK? Port Douglas’ wet season has moved aside, and to make the most of newly mild evenings QT’s sprawling lawns are playing host to Moonlight Cinema soirées from 2 June (including brand-new blockbusters like Jurassic World and Ant Man). If that’s not enough, Carnivale shakes off…
  • Stockholm’s most daring modern art galleries

    Kate Weir
    21 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    Stockholm‘s modern art galleries like their exhibitions brazen, with controversy-courting photographers and pop provocateurs keeping this hip short-haul destination’s cutting edge razor-sharp. We’ve scoured this Scandi style hub to compile an at-a-glance guide to the shows worth eyeing up. FOTOGRAFISKA 22 Stadsgårdshamnen, Stockholm, Sweden 11645, (+46 (0)8 5090 0500) Exhibitions at art nouveau gallery Fotografiska, by Stadsgården wharf – ranging from Roger Ballen and Vee Speers to Martin Parr (from left, above) – aim to challenge viewers. Whether probing South…
  • Casacau, Rome: hotel of the week

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    15 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Gelato in the sunshine, per favore: it’s time for a Roman holiday. But not just any old stay will do, of course: when in Rome, we like our home-from-home stylish, central and unique. Handily, we know just the place: achingly stylish Casacau hotel in Rome is a dream city stay. Style Time-capsule pieds-a-terre Setting Steps from the Trevi fountain Why this week? Summer’s approaching, and where better to spend your sunny days and warm nights than Rome? (And, grab our four nights for the price of three deal now and you’ll have a whole extra day to spend grabbing glasses…
  • Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, Chesapeake Bay: hotel of the week

    Amelia Mularz
    8 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    Ahoy! This week we’re setting sail to Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Thanks to its riverside location, the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond is a boutique hotel, sailing academy and yachting paradise in one. Grab your Sperry Top-Siders, a bottle of rosé and step aboard. STYLE REFINED RIVERSIDE RETREAT SETTING MARITIME MARYLAND WHY THIS WEEK? It’s time for an adventure. A real adventure. Picture the wind whipping through your hair as you navigate river waters aboard a 38-foot yacht. Jib, boom, aft. Gobbledygook? No, this is your new lingo. Or at least it will be after a stay at…
  • New for May: Smith hotels in Ecuador, and beyond

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    7 May 2015 | 1:56 am
    Ecuador’s a magnificent place, isn’t it? The rainforest wildlife of the Andean highlands, the verdant Pacific coast, the cultural hub of Quito… there’s plenty to explore, and now we’ve added our first three Ecuadorian hotels to our carefully curated collection. Read on to make their acquaintance. ECUADOR • Casa Gangotena, Quito: Old Town plaza setting, crowd-pulling local cuisine, attentive and truly hospitable staff • Tanusas Retreat & Spa, Manabí: Rodrigo Pacheco cuisine, beachy bonhomie, eco-conscious ethos • Mashpi Lodge, Andean Highlands…
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    Hotel Law Blog

  • Presentations from Meet the Money® 2015 – Suzanne Mellen, Alan Reay, Vail Brown, Stephen Rushmore, Jr., Mark Woodworth, Mike Cahill and Richard Green

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    7 May 2015 | 6:36 pm
    07 May 2015 Meet the Money® 2015 – Information, deals, reflection, and celebration Conference presentations now available JMBM’s Meet the Money® 2015, held at the Sheraton LAX in Los Angeles, wrapped up its 25th national hotel finance and investment conference this week. The hotel lawyers in JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group were fortunate to celebrate such a significant milestone (25 years!) at a time when the hotel industry is breaking all-time records – RevPar, Occupancy, Rooms Sold, Room Revenue, Transaction Value, you name it. Hotel fundamentals are strong, interest rates…
  • Hotel Lawyer from Meet the Money® – News from the 2015 Lodging Industry Investment Council (LIIC) Annual Survey: “Carpe Diem”

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    5 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    05 May 2015 The 2015 LIIC Top Ten: Hotel Investors Bask in Rare & Glorious Sunshine Each year at Meet the Money® – the national hotel finance and investment conference, Mike Cahill announces the “LIIC Top Ten” – a profile of investment sentiment and attitudes for the hotel industry that is gathered through an annual survey of the Lodging Industry Investment Council (LIIC). LIIC is the hotel industry think tank whose members own or operate billions of dollars of hotel investments and involves all aspects of the industry. In fact, 60% of LIIC hotel owners successfully…
  • Meet the Money® 2015 Sponsor Spotlight: Rich Clark, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:58 pm
    28 April 2015 Meet the Money® 2015 Spotlight Rich Clark, Managing Director of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The Hotel Law Blog is highlighting some of our Meet the Money® 2015 sponsors as the national hotel finance and investment conference approaches. In the Q&A below,, describes how the risk management company approaches the unique needs of hospitality companies. You can hear from Rich and 100 other speakers at Meet the Money® 2015, coming up May 4-6 in Los Angeles. The window of opportunity for hotel deals and development is wide open, and the 25th year of our conference will help…
  • Meet the Money® 2015 Sponsor Spotlight: Rob Pallsechi, Hilton Worldwide

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:19 pm
    27 April 2015 Meet the Money® 2015 Spotlight Rob Palleschi, Global Head Full,  Service Brands of Hilton Worldwide The Hotel Law Blog is highlighting some of our Meet the Money® 2015 sponsors as the national hotel finance and investment conference approaches. In the Q&A below, Rob Palleschi, Global Head, Full Service Brands of Hilton Worldwide, discusses how he got started in the hospitality industry, and what the global brand is expecting in 2015. You can hear from Rob and 100 other speakers at Meet the Money® 2015, coming up May 4-6 in Los Angeles. The window of opportunity for…
  • Meet the Money® National Hotel Finance & Investment Conference – May 4-6, 2015 in Los Angeles

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

  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 22, 2105)

    22 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    CNN Money asks whether the perfect moment to invest in real estate has passed. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan CEO Ronald Mock talks to Bloomberg about the plan’s investment strategy. Dollar Tree is about to sell 330 Family Dollar stores, reports Supermarket News. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Demand Is Rising for CRE Loans

    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    With the commercial real estate industry being increasingly described as buoyant, how much competition is there for loans? To find out, we turned to Walker & Dunlop, a national firm specializing in providing customized financing solutions to owners and operators of U.S. commercial real estate properties. read more
  • When Technology and Tradition Unite: A CRE Love Story

    22 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    Samantha Meckler Some key observations about CRE in general, and how the industry is swiftly coming around to tech disruptors. read more
  • Intermodal Industrial Facilities Capture Investor Attention

    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Investors are now collecting premium rents for intermodal properties located near large container-stacking facilities. read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (May 21, 2015)

    21 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    Commercial Observer considers the possibility of a future "Silicon Bowery" in Lower Manhattan. Fortune compares the turnarounds of Walmart and Target, and finds Target in the lead. In Chicago, the health care arm of MB Real Estate paid $160 million for 10 medical office buildings, reports Crain's Chicago Business. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. Content Classification:  Curated read more
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  • How Measuring Labor as a Percent of Sales Can Be Misleading

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Labor as a percentage of sales is the most popular method restaurant managers use to consistently hit their labor and sales budgets. And while its effective on the surface level, it’s actually flawed.Don’t worry, don’t worry, you’re not doing anything wrong if you’re calculating labor as a percentage of sales (SPLP); in fact, you should definitely keep that number in your toolbelt. It’s just that, measuring your success based solely on SPLP can be misleading.Request Free!
  • 5 Restaurant Cost Cutting Ideas Every Manager Should Know

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Another year, another battle cry to make sure you hit your numbers. But you’re going to do it this year, right? “Right!” you say.That is, until everything else gets in the way. Suddenly, you start to hear the “we need to cut labor” and “I need more hours” conversations fly back and forth. Now, instead of managing the budget, you’re shackled to the schedule, cashing in where you can.Those temporary solutions are just bandaids that leave your management staff scrambling every year. There are, however, other things your restaurant can do on a…
  • Mint Julep

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Mint Julep team is also focused on sales growth and labor cost control – and in the restaurant industry, who isn’t? Nathan Aukerman, Director of Training at Mint Julep, quickly realized that streamlining the labor management processes was essential to their continued success. He began taking a look at the employee scheduling process, from creation to communication to forecasting and reporting. At the time, the Mint Julep locations were managing these processes quite manually, using spreadsheets for the schedule and in-store bulletin boards to get the word out. True sales and…
  • 5 Best Practices for Finding Your Ideal Labor Budget

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    In a restaurant, the “right” labor budget is a practically perfect combination of labor, guests, sales and budgets. And when used properly can produce wider margins, bigger profits and happy owners.For national chains handling hundreds of thousands of locations, running every store off an ideal labor budget can produce a substantial amount of savings across the entire business.For independent restaurants and smaller chains, consistently hitting an ideal labor budget could pay for the cost of replacing a piece of equipment or make it possible to throw more marketing dollars on a…
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    1 Apr 2015 | 12:20 am
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  • Buffer and the new Pinterest Integration for Innkeepers, Is it worth a look?

    Chef Forfeng
    5 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    In my opinion Pinterest is still one of the fastest growing social media networks that Innkeepers should have a presence on, and Buffer ( one of my favorite pre-scheduling tools out there. I am a big fan of the free version, up to 3 social media accounts and up to 10 pre scheduled posts. I have been on the fence for awhile about upgrading to the awesome plan (12 social media profiles and pre-scheduling up to 200 posts at a time). The Pinterest/Buffer integration may just put me over the edge where I decide to upgrade ($10.00 a month). Buffer is letting people sign up for the…
  • Bed and Breakfast Associations and Social Media Part Two

    Chef Forfeng
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    In this second post about B&B associations using social media, I’ll cover associations use of blogs, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, Google+ and Linkedin. I’ll follow up with another post next week with some suggestions on how associations could increase the use of social media to help promote tourism and their member inns.  The first post (which includes the B&B associations that were assessed for social media use (Facebook) can be found here: Bed and Breakfast Associations and Social Media Blogs Out of 91 Inns Associations, 26 of them have blogs, 18 of them are active, with…
  • Bed and Breakfast Associations and Social Media

    Chef Forfeng
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    In doing some information gathering about Bed and Breakfast state and regional associations, I finally got around to doing a study that I’ve had on my to do list for a while. How do B&B associations use social media? Are they using it? And are they using it to promote their members or promote tourism or both. Facebook business pages were the most used social media platform across the board for B&B associations. Blogs were second, followed in very small amounts by Twitter, Google+. Pinterest, Youtube and Linkedin business pages. This article will be focusing on just Facebook business…
  • Reputation Management Links and Tips for Innkeepers

    Chef Forfeng
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:53 am
    Additional Recommended Reading: The Art of Responding to review sites for restaurants and lodging. Check to see if your business name is taken on social networks: -Don’t sign up for the service, just use it check (and be cognizant of the fact that they don’t seem to be right 100% of the time) Social Media Monitoring:   (Free) Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yelp, Foursquare, and Citysearch*   (the free version is all you need) (Twitter) *  (Free) *****…
  • Innkeepers, Pinning Posts? Be Careful of the Date!

    Chef Forfeng
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    I noticed something last week that should have been blindingly obvious to me and probably to everyone else out there, but I seem to see a lot of businesses doing this on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and perhaps not even realizing it. I pinged to it myself last week, when showing someone the ins and outs of Google+ (logged in as themselves) and we visited my own personal Google+ page and my client said, “Hey, you haven’t posted anything since November, and your telling me to post frequently?” I said, “No, wait, I do post fairly often on my personal page and many…
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    London Hotels Insight

  • Celebrate the royal baby with these 4 London hotel offers.

    22 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    Love them or not, the royal family are certainly a draw for tourism to the UK, and especially to London. With the arrival of the new princess, it looks like the capital should expect a boom. If the royal baby has inspired you to visit, try one of these hotel packages and offers… A Royal Occasion at Baglioni London What could be better to celebrate the arrival of Princess Charlotte than getting to know a piece of history closely related to the royals? Book direct with Baglioni London at the best guaranteed rate Baglioni London has fantastic views of Kensington Palace, but you needn’t…
  • St Martins Lane stays up to date with sleek renovation.

    21 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    There seems to have been a flurry of renovations recently, whether it’s hotels starting them or finishing them. The latest to join the lineup is St Martins Lane, who have upgraded both their guest rooms and public spaces. The redesign of the public areas includes a new drinking & dining venue, the cocktail lounge Blind Spot. The design of the late-night lounge is an homage to Philippe Starck, who designed the hotel originally. Drinks are by mixologist Andrew Loudon and the snack menu by chef Tien Ho. Check rates at St Martins Lane Tucked behind the hotel’s tea bar, the lounge…
  • Top 4 Chelsea Flower Show afternoon teas at London hotels.

    20 May 2015 | 1:08 am
    The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has arrived, and there can be no better way to celebrate than with a flowery afternoon tea. Whether you’re visiting the show or not, get in on the horticultural action with one of these delicious menus at some of London’s top hotels… The Royal Horseguards The Royal Horseguards’ Floral Afternoon Tea will be available in their lounge until the end of May. Check rates at The Royal Horseguards Hotel The cakes and pastries certainly have a floral flavour, with such treats as orange blossom tea cake, apple jelly shot and a hibiscus red velvet…
  • Quick! 3 London hotels for last minute spring bank holiday escapes.

    19 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    The spring bank holiday is nearly upon us, but don’t worry if you’ve left it down to the wire to make plans. You can still snatch up a last minute hotel stay, whether you’re after a single escape, romantic getaway or family excursion. Try some of these great places to stay… St Pancras Renaissance There’s still time to grab a room at the St Pancras Renaissance, perfectly positioned for seeing a whole lot of London. Check rates at the St Pancras Renaissance You could visit the British Museum, do a spot of shopping, or even spend Friday night at the Renaissance before…
  • Jog on: join a running group at these 4 London hotels.

    18 May 2015 | 2:34 am
    If you like to keep fit even when you’re away, there are plenty of London hotels with gyms, fitness suites and pools. But the gym can get a little lonely, especially if you’re somewhere new. For anyone who prefers a more social workout, check out these London hotels with running clubs… The Rembrandt Anyone who chooses to stay at The Rembrandt in Knightsbridge has discounted access to the private Aquilla Health and Fitness club next door. Check rates at The Rembrandt The luxury facilities include a gym, exercise classes, sauna and spa. But if you’d rather spend time with…
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    Are Morch - Hotel Blogger

  • How Culinary Experiences can help Hotels generate new Social Trends

    Are Morch
    21 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    How Culinary Experiences can help Hotels generate new Social Trends Social Food Porn has today become an explosion of food-focused media and Social Media and farm-to-table movement among large travel brands, and the introduction of high-profile events celebrating local cuisine. Travelers are sharing millions of Food and Beverage themed photos daily on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Flickr. This increases travel consumers’ awareness of different cuisines and cultures, and it fuels their desire to experience them. It goes without saying that food is a fundamental…
  • The Simplest Way to Make the Best of Hospitality Management Courses

    Are Morch
    18 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    The Simplest Way to Make the Best of Hospitality Management Courses The basics of a Hospitality Management Course provides you with a foundation of skills needed to manage a property’s many moving parts, including team management, financial reporting, and marketing. And the hospitality industry is a broad category of fields within the service industry that includes lodging, event planning, theme parks, transportation, cruise line, and additional fields within the tourism industry. Sharpen your Hospitality Management Skills I have taken several of my own Hospitality Management course…
  • The Art of Hospitality and Social Media

    Are Morch
    6 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    The Art of Hospitality and Social Media Hospitality and Social Media can be very complex at times. I say as J W “Bill” Marriott, Jr. “Hospitality comes from our soul, and it has to be genuine”. To me Hospitality is Art. It is like the painter that uses a combination of colors to create a picture. And we all will have a different perspective of how we view the finished product. The key is to bring out the communalities that tells us that this is an experience we want to share with others. The Hospitality Experience is no longer just about the Hotel Experience and Reviews.
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    Premier Hotels Blog: London Premier Hotels

  • How to get cheap and free cinema tickets

    Alex Demetrius
    21 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    Taking a  city break can be pretty hard on your finances; not only do you have to fork out money on travel and accommodation, but you’ll naturally want to sample the cuisine too, and that’s before you even start to think about visiting places of interest or night time entertainment. However, there are ways to save some money if you’re savvy about it and can plan well ahead before you leave. Also there are often alternative things to see and do that cost a lot less than more commercialised attractions, so look out for those too. For example, if you were planning to visit…
  • Where to shop in London

    Alex Demetrius
    21 May 2015 | 2:57 am
    A guide to shopping in London If you’re staying in London, you simply must make time during your trip to visit some of London’s hottest shopping destinations, whether you’re a seasoned high street shopper, a brand addict or simply a bargain hunter, the big city can offer it all, and because many of them are located just a stone’s throw away from tube stations, reaching your favourite store is quick, inexpensive and stress-free. Even more so if you have an Oyster travel card, which takes away the worry of ensuring you have the correct change on you for bus fares or tram…
  • What is London

    Alex Demetrius
    21 May 2015 | 2:54 am
    London has long since been thought of as a city of sophistication, style and diversity, but how did it become the capital we all know and love? The answer is surprisingly multi-faceted- a good mix of historical dates and contemporary ideas, and the story began way back in Celtic times. A brief history London was founded by the Celtic King Lud, who must have been an incredibly humble man to have named the site after himself! ‘Caer Lud’ was what we now know as South Wark – the south side of the river Thames. Proof of this early discovery has been backed up through the…
  • Why you should visit Britain this year

    Alex Demetrius
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Britain is a country that brings up many ideas to mind. Once a global empire, it stands for wealth, luxury, and royalty. London, the capital city, is the most visited tourist destination in the world, and the country features other notable cities such as Manchester, Brighton, and Liverpool. There are an abundant amount of things to do, and it’s not for any old reason that the country is so popular. The British culture is something, for one reason or another, which continues to attract people from all over the world. And to combine that with the passionate city of London, makes the idea of…
  • Why you should travel solo to London

    Alex Demetrius
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Imagine arriving in London, and not having anyone you know within reach. New sights, smells and sounds surround you, but you feel overwhelmed. And no substantial amount of money can make things easy for you, not that you have much on you. The fact that you travelled to the city alone makes you feel isolated. You have to depend on yourself. A slight hesitation was something you accepted was part of the way you felt when you booked your trip, and instead of fighting your feelings, you decided to be courageous and jump at the opportunity of discovering this urban jungle. Now, you find yourself…
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  • Mobile strategy webinar with CheckMate

    19 May 2015 | 2:01 am
    Announcing a LIVE webinar on Wednesday 20th May at 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CEST. Convert to your timezone Join hotel guest communication experts, CheckMate, and ReviewPro for an in-depth webinar looking at the ways that independent hotels can outperform large hotel chains when communication goes mobile. Discover: Why conversations are the heart of hospitality Is keyless entry ready for prime time? How to ensure every guest leaves a brand champion What mobile tactics truly create engagement Register now for this complimentary webinar. The post Mobile strategy webinar with CheckMate appeared…
  • How to Improve your Hotel’s Online Presence

    18 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    One of the biggest challenges in 2015 is understanding how to above the noise of online feedback to impact potential guests. That’s why successful hotel marketers already understand the value in finding better ways to connect with consumers and leverage their support through online feedback and experiences. We’ve put together three of our winning tips and most helpful guides to help your improve your hotel’s online presence this year. Build Trust: Respond to guest feedback Whether positive or negative, you should respond to as many reviews as your hotel’s resources allow. Replying…
  • Webinar: How to Use TripAdvisor to Drive Positive Reviews, Referrals & Revenue

    13 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    Join us on Tuesday 26th May for the next LIVE ReviewPro webinar, when our panelists, including Brian Payea from TripAdvisor, will bring you the latest industry news, research and tips on how to use TripAdvisor to drive positive reviews, more website referrals and more revenue. Topic include: How to whip your page into shape Understanding TripAdvisor rankings Tips for increasing positive reviews and avoiding negative reviews Paid options: TripConnect and Instant Booking Tracking performance feedback to create a guest-centric culture Featured Panelists: Brian Payea, Head of Industry Relations…
  • Marco Polo Hotels Selects ReviewPro to Further Boost Digital Credibility

    8 May 2015 | 2:04 am
    Singapore – May 8th, 2015 – Marco Polo Hotels has chosen ReviewPro, the leading provider of Guest Intelligence solutions to independent hotel brands worldwide, as their online reputation management technology provider. As a partner committed to the company’s success, ReviewPro provides Marco Polo Hotels with access to the Guest Intelligence necessary to improve guest satisfaction rates, ranking on key online travel agencies (OTAs) and review sites, while boosting revenue at the brand’s 14 properties in key Asian destinations. Marco Polo Hotels embodies the spirit of its…
  • Eye for Travel to Focus on Big Data Innovations

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    On 6th and 7th May ReviewPro will be attending Eye for Travel’s Travel Distribution Summit 2015 conference at London’s Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel. The event has served as a barometer for new tech innovations and disruptive business models in the online travel industry for 18 years. As technological advances cause unprecedented disruption across the travel and hospitality industries, Sof Michaels, Director of Sales at ReviewPro, looks forward to discussing the opportunity that big data offers forward-thinking hotel professionals. “Today, guests have a plethora of channels to say how they…
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    New Hotel Travel

  • Amazing places you should visit in Eastern Europe

    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am make article Amazing places you should visit in Eastern Europe is original post from: New Hotel Eastern Europe may be one of the few places in the world which still hold a mystical allure. It is often a daunting prospect to attempt to plan a trip into such an unknown and exotic part of the world. The following places are all worth a visit and should help you plan your next vacation: Budapest Budapest is the largest city in Eastern Europe and also the capital of Hungary. As its name suggests, the city was originally created by merging two cities – Buda and Pest and it is…
  • Small Bedroom Decorating ideas

    19 May 2015 | 5:16 am make article Small Bedroom Decorating ideas is original post from: New Hotel Small Bedroom Decorating ideas – If you having a small bedroom? Difficult to arrange a variety of furniture? Do not worry for those who have limited space at home, not necessarily because of the small room can not put other stuff into it. When we have a house with a small or narrow space, the way is to use a smaller and multifunctional furniture to make it look more presentable so comfortable when you are in it, as reported by the Times of India pages. Such as when buying a bed. Try to buy a bed…
  • Take the world’s best trip to Cape Town with these tips

    15 May 2015 | 10:31 pm make article Take the world’s best trip to Cape Town with these tips is original post from: New Hotel Cape Town is one of the destinations in the world which everyone should visit at least once in their life. It is full of character and amazing sights with some of the world’s best beaches and wildlife. If you have more than just a couple of days available there are several places that are a must-see. Whether you’re an avid hiker hunting for the most challenging mountain top, or you want to relax in a luxurious hotel by the beach, before settling down make sure to include…
  • Sensation of modern restaurant or food court

    14 May 2015 | 12:39 am make article Sensation of modern restaurant or food court is original post from: New Hotel Rows of stalls lined up neatly decorated with pictures of delicious food menu. However, there is no busy passing waiter approached the table to take down menu. Just sounds frenetic chatter of visitors and hissing sounds of dishes being cooked combined with the roar of passing vehicles. This is the sensation of food court (department hawker center). modern restaurant At a time when most restaurants or cafes has begun to close, this place even more flood of visitors, especially on weekends.
  • Romantic hotel in California

    13 May 2015 | 10:11 am make article Romantic hotel in California is original post from: New Hotel Romantic hotel in California – Full of beaches, mountain tops, valleys and islands, California is a perfect place for any romantic getaway. California is among the world’s most romantic havens for couples who’ve just tied the knot. It’s very well suited for enthusiasts who’re in mission of the private place. California holidays present leisure, escapade along with a soaring height of lavishness. From keen romantic restaurants to calm and cozy beach fronts, there’s at…
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    Top hotels at lowest rates

  • Hotels in Stockholm

    16 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Book hotels in Stockholm. Find our best hotel rates and discounts, promotions on Stockholm hotels. Hotels near Stockholm Royal Palace Hotels near Stockholm City Hall Hotels in Norrmalm, Dtockholm Hotels near Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm
  • Hotels in Copenhagen

    13 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Book cheap hotel rates in Copenhagen using our simple search form. Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark. It is located on the eastern coast of Zealand and is the most populous city in the country. Initially it was a small fishing village and latter developed into an important regional centre and gain the status of capital city in 15th century. Hotels near Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen Hotels near Stroeget, Copenhagen Marriott Copenhagen Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
  • Top hotels near Tower of London

    1 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Book hotels near famous landmark of London - The Tower of London. Find our special rates and discounted prices in central London. Save on early booking discounts on hotels near Tower of London. Cheval Three Quays Grange City Hotel Andaz Liverpool Street London - a concept by Hyatt Go Native City India Street
  • Book amazing resorts and top hotels in Sihanoukville at lowest rates

    28 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    Book top hotels in Sihanoukville at lowest rates. Sihanoukville is the capital of Sihanoukville province located on the coast. Sihanoukville is famous for its beaches and popular with individual travelers, young students and back-packers. Popular beaches include Ochheutel Beach, Sokha Beach, Independence Beach, Victory Beach Sokha Beach, Sihanoukville Ochheutel Beach, Sihanoukville Sokha Lake Side By Sokha Hotels Independence Hotel Resort & Spa
  • Best hotels in Benidorm

    28 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    Hotels in Aqualandia, Benidorm Hotels on Levante Beach, Benidorm Hotels on Malpas Beach, Benidorm Hotels in Old Town, Benidorm RSS feed for hotels in Benidorm
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    Lodging Interactive

  • Google Now Displays Tweets in Mobile Search Results

    Nicole McGovern
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Twitter-Google partnership means a presence on Twitter is now an SEO requirement for hotels. Image Credit/Source: Twitter Yesterday, Google and Twitter both announced that Tweets will be displayed in mobile search results on mobile browsers as well as on the Google App for iOS and Android. Eventually, Google and Twitter plan to expand this to desktop search and other languages. Can you say “game changer”? We’ve always said a presence on social media is important for your hotel and that hoteliers cannot ignore the increase in mobile usage, if not simply for the advantages of better…
  • #AskDJV Show – Special Episode – Are Vanity Hotel Websites Doorway Pages?

    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    In March, Google announced that they are taking the initiative to shut down “doorway pages”. While this is great news in the world of search results, it is causing confusion among hoteliers, specifically franchisees of branded properties. Many brands are taking Google’s recent focus on “doorway pages” and confusing property owners by saying that their vanity websites fall into this category. We’ve produced a special episode of the #AskDJV Show to let property owners and franchisees know that this is absolutely not the case. Your vanity website is not, by Google’s own definition,…
  • Lodging Interactive Wins Communicator Award for Hotel Website Design

    Nicole McGovern
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Lodging Interactive, the digital marketing and social media engagement firm exclusively serving the hospitality industry, has a new distinction that we are proud to add to our multiple website design award wins in 2015. Our New Jersey based agency, which has provided customized website design, reputation management and social media marketing services to over 750 properties in 45 countries, was selected as a 2015 Communicator Award of Excellence winner in the Websites – Hotel and Lodging category for our design of the Marriott Pleasanton website. Judged by the Academy of Interactive &…
  • #AskDJV Episode 25: Are You Using the Twitter Search Engine for Your Hotel?

    15 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Welcome back for another exciting episode of the #AskDJV Show! On this week’s show, I’m talking about how hoteliers can use Twitter’s Search Engine to uncover new business opportunities. Watch Episode 25 to learn how you can leverage Twitter’s powerful search engine function to boost your property’s visibility. Want more #AskDJV? Visit our website to view all of the episodes we’ve posted. Check back here every Friday for the latest episode and follow me on Periscope (@DJVallauri) and Meerkat. Do you have a question for me? Tweet me @DJVallauri using the hashtag…
  • #AskDJV – Episode 24: Tips on Social Media Engagement

    8 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Thanks for watching this week’s episode of the #AskDJV Show! In Episode 24, I’m sharing tips for how to jump-start your hotel’s social media engagement. Want more #AskDJV? Visit our website to view all of the episodes we’ve posted. Check back here every Friday for the latest episode and follow me on Periscope (@DJVallauri) and Meerkat. Do you have a question for me? Tweet me @DJVallauri using the hashtag #AskDJV, and your question could be featured on the show! Until next week!   The post #AskDJV – Episode 24: Tips on Social Media Engagement appeared first on…
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    The Viewaholic Word - The Most Perfect View

  • Hotel am Stephansplatz - A Perfect Hotel View in Vienna

    21 May 2015 | 10:48 pm
    A Boutique Hotel in Vienna with a 5 Star View over St. Stephan's Cathedral.Vienna has never been such a hot destination as it is today. Austria's capital city is bustling with restaurants, bars, shops and new concepts almost in every corner. Despite its innovative persona, Vienna is also about history and spectacular monuments. One of the finest examples is St. Stephan's Cathedral (in German Stephansdom), a Gothic-inspired monument and perhaps the most impressive religious structure in Austria. Vivaldi, the famous Italian composer, had his funeral at St. Stephan's Cathedral.Directly…
  • The Ultimate Travelling Camp - A Perfect Hotel View in India

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:35 am
    A visual experience like no other at the top of the world.When the subject is great views, going to the top of the world is to make sure the panoramas won't disappoint. Imagine sleeping in a tent next to The Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world. Learn more about this holistic experience in the words of Maggi Nixon, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Ultimate Travelling Camp. What makes The Ultimate Travelling Camp views so perfect?  The mobile camps from TUTC are seasonal in nature, which means that they are only operational during those seasons…
  • Song Saa Private Island - A Perfect Hotel View in Cambodia

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:32 am
    Few places can claim to be the ultimate perfect retreat. Meet Song Saa Private Island, one of the world's best hidden paradises.After years of covering some of the best views in the planet, we often get the feeling we've seen them all. Well, fortunately Song Saa Private Island just proved us wrong again - this Cambodian piece of paradise impresses with its striking beauty and jaw-dropping vistas. Since we had to learn more about this magical place, we had a word with Melita Hunter, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Song Saa, who unveiled a little more for our perfect-view…
  • Alila Villas Uluwatu - The Most Perfect View.. and stay in Uluwatu, Bali

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

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

  • How Hotels Can Proactively and Reactively Gather Customer Reviews

    20 May 2015 | 2:27 am
    Good or bad, feedback is feedback and businesses thrive on it. Without it, we could all be doing wrong without realising it. Feedback gives us the ability to shift and change direction for the good of the business. Feedback helps us understand the why behind consumer behaviour and can help us fix common problems. Some methods of feedback also give you the opportunity to respond directly with a helpful message that shows you care. Whether you’re a fast food restaurant or a local hairdressers, feedback is important and for hotels it’s no different. What is different though is the methods in…
  • New Zip & Link Bed Designs Launching in April

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

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

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

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    Desynchronosis or more commonly known as ‘jet lag’ is the result of travelling at rapid speeds through several time zones in an aircraft. By travelling through different time zones at such high speeds, your internal body clock doesn’t have the time to catch up, resulting in you feeling fatigued and irritable. With many of us travelling by air these days whether it be for holidays or business, jet lag is something we will all endure. The level of jet lag you will experience will depend on where you are travelling and how far out of your current time zone. Travelling east will disrupt…
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