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  • New app creates pop-up social networks at hotels Feed
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:02 pm
    A hotel app allows business travelers and other guests to make connections.
  • U.S. hotel owners are expected to raise room rates

    AH&LA SmartBrief
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Hotels across the U.S.  -More- 
  • Tech-Savvy Hotels: How Technology Can Differentiate Your Brand - By Nick Baker

    Hotel News
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Technology often progresses faster than consumers can keep up, and small boutique hotels as well as big chain hotels are plying tech-savvy travelers with all sorts of gadgets and goodies to keep them interested. However, where is the line drawn between defining your hotel brand and just keeping up with a trend? Technology often progresses faster than consumers can keep up, and small boutique hotels as well as big chain hotels are plying tech-savvy travelers with all sorts of gadgets and goodies to keep them interested.
  • At Last, The Resort at Pedregal to Reopen This Weekend (No Capella Assistants Though)

    HotelChatter -
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    It's been a rough four months for the The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. First, it had to deal with the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Odile. Then the luxury resort had to pick up the management pieces after the resort owners booted Capella Hotels from the property. After a bit of a legal tussle, it looks like Capella has backed down and the property will take on a new identity as The Resort at Pedregal. Coincidentally, the hotel has erased their Facebook history. The new page only has 3 four likes and all new photos. Rates next weekend start at $900 a night. No,…
  • My Guilty Pleasure

    Marriott on the Move
    Marriott on the Move
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    I’ve blogged about my favorite books before. Having read almost everything there is about the Great War, I’ve turned to another genre and I’m addicted. I’ll let you in on my literary secret: It’s Lee Child’s Jack Reacher action/thriller novels. Everyone needs a guilty pleasure and this fun read is...
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    Hotel News

  • Tech-Savvy Hotels: How Technology Can Differentiate Your Brand - By Nick Baker

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Technology often progresses faster than consumers can keep up, and small boutique hotels as well as big chain hotels are plying tech-savvy travelers with all sorts of gadgets and goodies to keep them interested. However, where is the line drawn between defining your hotel brand and just keeping up with a trend? Technology often progresses faster than consumers can keep up, and small boutique hotels as well as big chain hotels are plying tech-savvy travelers with all sorts of gadgets and goodies to keep them interested.
  • Westin Hotels & Resorts Set to Debut in Buffalo, New York, as Part of Downtown Revitalization

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Marking the Westin brand's debut in the region, The Westin Buffalo will be owned and operated by Delaware North and feature 118 luxurious guest rooms, 4,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting facilities, a restaurant operated by Delaware North's Patina Restaurant Group, and all the Westin brand's signature services and amenities designed to inspire wellbeing. "The upcoming debut of The Westin Buffalo as part of this new mixed-use development will play an important role in the revitalization that is transforming the city's downtown," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin…
  • HB on the Scene: Alis Award Winners Announced

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Executives and companies responsible for the most influential hotel industry deals in 2014 were honored with prestigious ALIS awards at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit awards luncheon. Nominees are considered for the awards based on outstanding business performance in various industry sectors and determined by ALIS sponsors and delegates.
  • Market Report: InterContinental Hotels slips as Deutsche Bank downgrades

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    The bank believes the US hotel market only has another two good years in it before things start to decline and any benefits from this are already factored into IHG's price. Lacking any geopolitical or economic news to spur it in any direction, the FTSE 100 slipped 29.10 points to 6782.51.
  • Life After Kimpton: Mike Depatie Is Now Running Real Estate Business

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Mike Depatie stepped down as Kimpton's CEO after InterContinental Hotels Group agreed last month to acquire the boutique hotel operator. He's now overseeing a real estate investment business that focuses on lifestyle and independent hotels.
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  • At Last, The Resort at Pedregal to Reopen This Weekend (No Capella Assistants Though)

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    It's been a rough four months for the The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. First, it had to deal with the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Odile. Then the luxury resort had to pick up the management pieces after the resort owners booted Capella Hotels from the property. After a bit of a legal tussle, it looks like Capella has backed down and the property will take on a new identity as The Resort at Pedregal. Coincidentally, the hotel has erased their Facebook history. The new page only has 3 four likes and all new photos. Rates next weekend start at $900 a night. No,…
  • Marriott is All 'Aboot' Canada Now That They've Picked Up Delta Hotels

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    Remember when we had a first look at Delta Hotels (not related to the airline) flagship hotel in Toronto? So pretty, so sophisticated, so very Alexandra Champalimaud. And now, it is also so very Marriott.Fresh off announcing its U.S. expansion plans for Moxy Hotels, Marriott has now gone and snapped up all 38 Delta Hotels, all of which are located in Canada. Here are the terms of the signing over of Delta's soul acquisition:
  • Which Country Has the World's Best Hotel WiFi?

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    While we're on the topic of hotel WiFi today.... As we travel and review properties, we're constantly pressing hotels to improve the quality and reduce the price of the WiFi they offer guests. It should be free and fast, and we applaud those who make it an expected and reliable amenity. (Also of note, we applaud the FCC for smacking down hotels attempts' to block WiFi hotspots. Cough, Marriott, cough.) This week, a company called Hotel WiFi Test used those exact two criteria to create a hotel WiFi "State of the Union," if you will. The company released data that ranks the top cities and…
  • Stop What You are Doing and Check Out This Puppy in a Kimpton Hotel Bathrobe

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    Let's just take a quick break right now from the stress and anxiety we're all under on this Wednesday morning and focus on this snapshot of the Today Show's puppy, Wrangler, chilling in a Kimpton Hotels animal-print bathrobe during the "blizzard" the other day. The cuteness, it kills.There's also another pic of Wrangler "reading" the room service menu. Glad to see someone else feels the same way we do about this supposedly waning hotel tradition. Kimpton Hotels has long been a fave pet-friendly hotel brand of HotelChatter. We think half of the stories in our dog-friendly hotels section…
  • Canterbury: Here's a Pod Hotel to Revolutionize How You Think About Pod Hotels

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    When we say “pod hotel” what do you think? Cramped space, wallet-friendly, slightly claustrophobic but worth it if it saves a bit of money in an expensive city or when you only need a few hours kip in an airport, right? WRONG. A new New Zealand place called Pure Pods will revolutionise the way you think about pods. These pods are wall-to-ceiling-to-floor glass. They are, in effect, little glasshouses. And instead of being cramped in a city, they’re in the countryside outside Canterbury, in a place called Little River, that looks as cute as it sounds. This is in the middle of…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • My Guilty Pleasure

    Marriott on the Move
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    I’ve blogged about my favorite books before. Having read almost everything there is about the Great War, I’ve turned to another genre and I’m addicted. I’ll let you in on my literary secret: It’s Lee Child’s Jack Reacher action/thriller novels. Everyone needs a guilty pleasure and this fun read is...
  • What I Learned From Coach Urban Meyer

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    In my office I have a few pictures of my family and leaders who I am proud of and seek to emulate. One of these is an autographed picture of Urban Meyer, who The Wall Street Journal recently headlined, “Once and Future King of College Football.” I followed Coach Meyer’s...
  • It All Started with a Ford Model T

    Marriott on the Move
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    It all started with a Ford Model T and a couple who had fallen in love. On the day they married, they left Salt Lake City, Utah and drove east until they hit Washington, D.C. The trip took 11 days. They went over a lot of hills, and the ‘ol...
  • Setting The World on Fire

    Marriott on the Move
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Have you ever met someone who is setting the world on fire – young, passionate, opinionated. I was sitting in a Marriott Family Foundation meeting the other day and was introduced to our newest program manager, Hannah. She shook my hand and it was one of the firmest grips I’ve...
  • My Top 10 of 2014

    Marriott on the Move
    27 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    As 2014 winds down, I’ve noticed a lot of “greatest hits” that are listed for this year. Not to be out done, I’ve compiled my own for my dedicated blog readers. Some on the list are personal and some are business-related. 10. Employing and providing opportunities for an additional 35,000...
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    Saturday Briefing

  • Celebrating host years of service milestones 4th quarter 2014

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:02 am
    BY KATHY OYADOMARI — Outrigger celebrates hosts reaching milestone years of service! 35 YEARS LOIDA MANUEL – Loida started working for Outrigger as a housekeeper at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel and currently works at the OHANA Waikiki West Hotel. … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Welcome to the Outrigger ‘ohana, Kelli!

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    BY MIKE REGAN — I am pleased to join Human Resources in welcoming Kelli Green to the Outrigger ‘ohana as director – global reporting, effective Jan. 19, 2015. Kelli is responsible for Outrigger Enterprises Group accounting financial oversight and management … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Coral Coast Association deliver new maternity ward at Sigatoka District Hospital, Fiji

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — Chairman of the Coral Coast Hotel Association and General Manager of Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Peter Hopgood said the new facility was an enormous benefit for the women of Nadroga whose previous option was to travel … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Embassy Suite Joy!

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    BY MARSHA KAPU — Guests at Embassy Suites® – Waikiki Beach Walk® were overjoyed as our Suite Keepers sang songs of the season during a very special breakfast. The morning was highlighted by a visit from Santa—a picture-perfect opportunity for … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Flu season is not over yet

    17 Jan 2015 | 2:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — This January, we are all in the grip of one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent history. All across the United States, emergency wards, urgent care clinics and physicians’ offices are jammed with people … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • 8 Noodle Bar at Red Rock Review

    Jon Fish
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    8 Noodle Bar Lunch Review The other day I had the opportunity to go to 8 Noodle Bar at Red Rock Resort and Spa for lunch with a few other people from the office.  It was a busy day so we didn’t get there until 1 pm, which was nice because there wasn’t a wait … Continue reading 8 Noodle Bar at Red Rock Review → The post 8 Noodle Bar at Red Rock Review appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Best Buffet in Las Vegas | Feast Buffet at Station Casinos

    Benjamin Barber
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Everyone loves a buffet when they’re famished, but do you have to sacrifice quality and service for the convenience and value? Station Casinos says NO! Personal Experience at Feast Buffet I decided to head on in for lunch and see what the best buffet in Las Vegas has to offer.  Even though lunch rush was in full swing, … Continue reading Best Buffet in Las Vegas | Feast Buffet at Station Casinos → The post Best Buffet in Las Vegas | Feast Buffet at Station Casinos appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Cleopatra™ | Slot of the Week

    Benjamin Barber
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    IGT’s Cleopatra slot machine immerses players in the mystery and wonderment of ancient Egypt.  Scarabs, sphinxes, and scepters, oh my!  Players experience a memorable trip down the Nile in this exotic classic. Cleopatra Gameplay Players will be mesmerized by the voice of Cleopatra coupled with the ancient iconography including hieroglyphic eyes, lotus flowers, scarabs, scepters, cartouches, … Continue reading Cleopatra™ | Slot of the Week → The post Cleopatra™ | Slot of the Week appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Mercadito @ Red Rock Taco Eating Contest Feb 1st

    Benjamin Barber
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    If you’ve got the stomach for it, Mercadito is hosting a Taco Challenge on February 1st.  We had a chance to reach out to Louis Ference, manager at Mercadito for more details. Q. What time does it start, or is a “come in and declare your entry” type of event? A. You can do the … Continue reading Mercadito @ Red Rock Taco Eating Contest Feb 1st → The post Mercadito @ Red Rock Taco Eating Contest Feb 1st appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Nashville Unplugged at Club Madrid

    Benjamin Barber
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    If you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside the heads of famous country song writers, Nashville Unplugged delivers. Get behind the music with this interactive live country music show. Nashville Unplugged brings a new twist to live performances in Las Vegas by introducing audiences to the song writers behind the music live on stage. “Already the … Continue reading Nashville Unplugged at Club Madrid → The post Nashville Unplugged at Club Madrid appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
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    FeedBlitz News

  • SumoMe Now Works With FeedBlitz

    Heather Solos
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Some of you have been asking what’s a good list building plugin or tool. I’m happy to announce that SumoMe now works with your FeedBlitz account. Why is this exciting? The SumoMe WordPress Plugin has three list building tools: Smart Bar Scroll Box List Builder (popup). Each of these tools is available from the Sumo Store which you will find after the plugin has been installed on your site. Here is a brief screencast that demonstrates how to add SumoMe to your WordPress site, where to find your FeedBlitz API key, and how to add that to SumoMe to get started growing your list.
  • On Resilience … Or, Welcome Back, Amanda

    Phil Hollows
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    One of the joys of being in a small, tightly knit company like FeedBlitz is that, as colleagues, we grow close to each other.  We share our triumphs and joys; and we circle the wagons when the going gets tough. In reality, on balance, 2014 was more tough than not for the FeedBlitz crew. Of course, like any community, we don’t often share the hard times publicly.  We struggle, we manage, we support each other, and with luck nobody on the outside notices. Nothing unusual, really, in that. There are, however, some things — even the tougher ones — that are very much worth…
  • Managing Images in Your Newsletter Template Just Got Easier

    Heather Solos
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    FeedBlitz gives all publishers the ability to control every aspect of newsletter design. The Easy Editor allows FeedBlitz publishers to control their logo, fonts and colors, whether or not to include a table of contents, and a simple utility bar that provides subscribers with an easy forward option, a convenient contact link etc. The FeedBlitz Easy Editor is mobile responsive by default, there’s no fiddling or testing, it simply works. Publishers who want even more fine-tuned control of their newsletter can do so in the Advanced Template Editor (ATE). The ATE allows full source control…
  • Malware Warnings

    Phil Hollows
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Update Looks like the reviews have completed and things are back to normal. Some systems will cache the earlier results, and the updates may take a while to roll out. If you’re still seeing warnings, please try Ctrl+F5 to refresh your browser’s local cache. Original Post If you’re seeing a “malware warning” when clicking through to FeedBlitz this morning, yikes, that can be scary. For the record, rest assured, we are safe; we have a review pending with Google this morning. Meanwhile it IS safe to click through, FeedBlitz itself hasn’t been damaged and…
  • .@Wistia videos now supported in FeedBlitz emails

    Phil Hollows
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Video in email is a pain. Unless you’re an HTML5 guru and only want your emails working on iOS devices, video just plain doesn’t work in email. FeedBlitz has long supported video providers such as YouTube and Vimeo and more, by automatically converting videos from these systems into thumbnails that work great in email. Today, we’ve added up-and-comer Wistia to the list of supported video services. So if you are on the FeedBlitz web site, what you see next is a Wistia corporate video in their video player. If you get this via email, however, you’ll see a thumbnail…
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    Hospitality Marketing Blog

  • Caribbean Hotels Hit With TripAdvisor Sticker Shock

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

    Madigan Pratt
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Dear Mr. Bezos, Congratulations on Amazon’s impending move into the online travel business. It’s exciting that Amazon is a great admirer of high-end, independent hotels and resorts and values the uniqueness of this segment.  I wish you great success with your initial launch in four U.S. cities We hope that your expansion into the Caribbean comes soon. Here are five properties that should be at the top of your consideration set. Each fits your criteria, is independent and carries a four-star TripAdvisor rating or higher. Three sport a coveted five-star rating. All, like Amazon, have…
  • Helping Hotels Scare Up More Boo!-kings

    Madigan Pratt
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    MP&A Digital & Advertising recently carved up some Halloween fun for its hospitality clients.  The result, a howling good time and “spook-tacular” photo and video content to share across social media and beyond. MP&As luxury Caribbean resorts who benefited from a pumpkin carving party were Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in Nevis, West Indies; The Somerset on Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos: Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in St. Thomas, USVI;  Rosalie Bay Resort in Dominica. Local client Two Rivers Country Club at Governor’s Land in…
  • The Case for Hotel Videos

    Madigan Pratt
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Do you know any hoteliers that have been putting off creating professionally produced videos for their small luxury hotel? I’ll bet you do and the reason is most likely that they are just too expensive. Really? This is perhaps the most common reason a company, including hotels, will use when it doesn’t want to purchase something. Sure, it will cost money, but what are the benefits? How much revenue will videos produce? What will be your return on investment? It’s not about how much something costs, but how ROI a hotel can expect. The problem is no video production company…
  • What in Hell is the U.S.P.? And Why Do You Need One? Redux

    Madigan Pratt
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Every so often it’s a good idea to step back and review the real definition of the U.S.P.  While the Unique Selling Proposition is one of the most basic and important components of a hotel’s marketing program it is also one of the least understood. Consultants and advertising agencies are developing varying definitions of the U.S.P., some of which are quite far from the original. So, following is an updated article on the subject and several new examples of hotels that have developed and benefitted from having a strong U.S.P.’s. Enjoy, Madigan “Today, the U.S.P. is…
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  • The continuing battle for direct hotel bookings
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Hotels that are good at driving direct business protect this part of their rooms mix by managing three key pillars, each one critical in enabling a property to drive direct business: visibility, conversion and retention.
  • HotelTonight adds location-specific discounts
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:09 pm
    HotelTonight‘s big selling point is the idea that you can get last-minute hotel rooms at reasonable prices, but now hotels can offer even bigger discounts for customers in certain locations.
  • US hotel room rates may be hiked ‘aggressively,’ forecaster says
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Hotel owners across the U.S. are expected to be told later Monday they should be able to "aggressively" raise room prices this year, with one consultancy already forecasting the national average room rate to rise 5.4 percent.
  • European hotel demand continues growth
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:07 pm
    According to the latest STR data, year-end 2014, Europe achieved total demand of 1.1 million rooms sold, one of the highest in the last 10 years. In addition, Europe achieved a RevPAR growth of 5.8 percent during 2014, one of the highest levels of growth since 2011.
  • What’s next for travel video?
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Digital video consumption is on the rise among travelers, and marketers are taking notice. But travel marketers have not adopted digital video as quickly as consumers have, according to a new eMarketer report.
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    Hotel F&B Observer

  • Giving Leads to Greatness

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

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

    Geoffrey Sagrans
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    If I would have told you 10, 20 or 30 years ago that industry giants like McDonalds, Burger King, Red Lobster and Olive Garden (to name a few) were going to someday deal with some of the same growth issues as mid-priced table service operations I would have been laughed out of the room. [...]
  • How Americans Will Be Eating In 5 Years And How It Will Impact Our Industry

    Geoffrey Sagrans
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    In August of this year USA Weekend ran a story called “Food is changing: what we’re eating, how we’re eating it and where it’s all coming from.” The opening paragraph of the article discusses where we have come from in our focus on food. The transformation of food in our society has [...]
  • The Power and Prize of Evoking Emotion

    Ron Wichowski
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
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    Happy Hotelier

  • Skull Speakers

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

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Architect Daniël Marot designed the Kneuterdijk palace in The Hague, The Netherlands, for Johan Hendrik, Count Van Wassenaer van Opdam. It was built between 1720 and 1730. Later, in 1816, the palace was bought by King Willem I of the Netherlands for his son, the later King William II who was married to Anna Pavlovna, a daughter of the Russian Czar, Paul I. In 1848 a new version of the Dutch Constitution was announced from its balcony by King Willem II. After WW II it was the seat of the Dutch War Tribunal. Currently, after extensive renovations, it is the seat of the Dutch Council of State,…
  • No Work Today

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I uploaded this photo of a bunch of not working snow canons to Picfair and gave it as a title “No Work Today” with in my head the song “No work today”….wrong! The music in my head was that of the song “No Milk Today” written by Graham Gouldman of 10 CC: No Work Today is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Thursday, January 22, 2015No Work Today is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Markthal Rotterdam: a huge Foodhall

    16 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    Markthal Rotterdam Lacking an opportunity to quickly go to the Markthal Rotterdam and make some picks for the blog, I share this nice video of the Dutchified blog. Markthal Rotterdam: a huge Foodhall is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, January 16, 2015Markthal Rotterdam: a huge Foodhall is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Royal Danish Play House

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    Royal Danish Play House As an amateur photographer I’m proud I’ve licensed via Picfair – my first ever – this very photo of the Royal Danish Playhouse, one of the stages of the Royal Danish Theater. According to the Royal Danish Theater’s website this Playhous was inaugurated in 2008 and designed by Danish Architects Lundgaard & Tranberg, who won the 2008 RIBA (Royal Insitute of British Architects) award for this building. Royal Danish Play House is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update:…
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • One-night wonders: Get a Room! for Valentine’s Day

    Kate Weir
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    Were you lucky enough to find a Get a Room! gift voucher in your Christmas stocking?  If so, and you’re still umm-ing and ahh-ing over which boutique hotel to stay in, why not spend it on a romantic Valentine’s Day minibreak? We’ve rounded up heart-rate-raising hideaways with last-minute availability to suit all budgets, where one night is worth more than 1,000 cuddly teddy bears and utterly trumps that dinner you had planned… BUDGET BOUTIQUE MINIBREAKS VINTAGE-CHIC CONVERSIONS VAULT KARAKOY, HOUSE HOTEL  ISTANBUL, TURKEY Cool Karaköy neighbourhood  In-house…
  • Travel gallery: Chicago is our kind of town

    Laura House
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Forget all that Second City business, we’ve taken quite a shine to the home of the skyscraper, deep dish pizza and a world-renowned blues scene (and the fabulous Chicago boutique hotels, of course). Smith founders James and Tamara Lohan popped over for a Chicago visit late last fall, and found it so engaging that they’re returning to the Windy City for a quick hello this week, too. Our reviewers have also fallen for this midwestern city perched on Lake Michigan (just a two-hour flight from NYC). Berlin-based owner of the Soto boutique in Mitte and all-around creative…
  • Sweet digs: three of the best chocolate-themed hotels

    Amelia Mularz
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:54 pm
    As we gear up for Valentine’s – a day that’s filled with truffles, bonbons and fudge – we can’t help but think of stays with a scrumptious source of inspiration: chocolate. A spell at these boutique abodes is the closest you’ll get to crawling inside one of those heart-shaped boxes … but with high-thread-count sheets and infinity pools, of course. Here’s our top trio of hotels for chocolate-lovers… HOTEL CACAORIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO Here’s an escape for the cocoa purist. Hotel Cacao is named for the bean-like seed from which chocolate is made.
  • Casa Bonita, Dominican Republic: hotel of the week

    Amelia Mularz
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Forget your earmuffs; ditch your scarf. Don’t even consider a parka for an escape to Casa Bonita hotel in the jungles of southern Dominican Republic. Once you set foot on this secluded eco retreat it’s all about bikinis, trunks, flip-flops … and maybe a pair of hiking boots for rainforest exploration.   Style Eco elegance Setting Rugged Barahona rainforest Why this week? Enough is enough. We’ve tried to convince ourselves that the weather at home isn’t that bad. Brief stints of sunshine have kept our denial intact, but now we need the real thing. That’s why we’re…
  • Perfect pools: Canaves Oia Hotel & Suites, Santorini

    Madevi Dailly
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:08 am
    You’d think we’d be jaded – once you’ve seen one jaw-dropping infinity pool, you’ve seen them all – but when it comes to impossibly romantic Santorini hotels, we can still be charmed. Meet Canaves Oia Hotel & Suites, our latest Aegean find. You’ll love The fun swim-up bar Indulging in Greek breakfasts Long starlit soaks Don’t miss A catamaran cruise The private wine tastings A shopping spree in Oia This corker of a private plunge pool is just one of Canaves Oia’s remarkable liquid assets. A short stroll from the boutique-lined streets of…
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    Hotel Law Blog

  • Congressmen Jared Polis and Mark Amodei Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Permanently Authorize EB-5 Program on January 28, 2015

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    28 January 2015 Click here for the latest articles on EB-5 Financing.  The following article appeared on as breaking news:   Polis Bill Reform EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program With the regional center program set to expire in September 2015, the EB-5 industry has been given new life in the form of the American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015. The Act was introduced today by Congressmen Jared Polis (CO-02) and Mark Amodei (NV-02), and is a follow-up to last year’s bill of the same name. The bill would make the regional center program permanent and allow for…
  • How to finance new hotel development with EB-5: Investors Conference at the Wynn Encore Resort

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:43 pm
    11 January 2015 Click here for the latest articles on EB-5 Financing.    JMBM is a Platinum Sponsor of the EB-5 Investors Conference in Las Vegas on January 17, 2015 and will moderate and talk about EB-5 for hotel development JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® is pleased to be a Platinum sponsor of the upcoming EB-5 Investors Conference at the Wynn Encore Resort in Las Vegas on January 17, 2015. This is one of the premier conferences on this subject in the entire United States. Partner, Jonathan Bloch and I will moderate and participate in a panel on Hotel Development –…
  • ADA Defense Lawyer: New ADA standards for website accessibility

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:28 pm
    01 January 2015 Click here for the latest articles on ADA Compliance & Defense. ADA Issues on Websites: Department of Justice Poised to Adopt Accessible Website Standards Since at least 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been advocating standardized website development and content to promote access to blind and low vision internet users.  In 2013, the DOJ withdrew its proposed Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) which would have established standardized internet protocols by adopting the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. In 2006, we reported on the…
  • Hotel Lawyer on HMAs: “The shrinking terms of hotel management agreements”

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    22 December 2014 Click here for the latest articles on Hotel Management Agreements. A version of this article first appeared in Hotel Business Review in December 2014, and this article is reprinted with permission from   The shrinking terms of hotel management agreements Better bargaining position for hotel owners on HMAs by Jim Butler and Mark S. Adams | Hotel Lawyers The relationship between hotel owners and managers continues to evolve. Hotel management agreements historically were long-term. Fifty to sixty year terms were common. However, in the last few…
  • Hotel Financing 2015: JMBM’s “preferred” EB-5 construction financing program for top developers and projects.

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:15 pm
    06 December 2014 Click here for the latest articles on EB-5 Financing.    JMBM is sourcing low-cost mezzanine capital for new construction through EB-5 financing for its top developer-clients. To qualify for this program, the borrower must be an experienced developer with a superb track record, a superior reputation and a great project. If you don’t meet those threshold requirements, then don’t read any further, because this program does not apply to you. If you are still reading, the question is: “Can you benefit from mezzanine financing with an all-in cost to you of…
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    National Real Estate Investor

  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (January 28, 2015)

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    RXR Realty is about to snap up New York’s 230 Park Avenue, for more than $1 billion, claims the New York Post. The Federal Reserve won’t confirm speculation it might postpone interest rate hike, according to MarketWatch. Tech retailers are helping class-A malls post record sales, reports The Wall Street Journal. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Debt Funds Are Flush With Capital for Real Estate Deals

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    Private equity debt investments are coming off a successful fundraising year and the tide of capital moving into debt funds shows no signs of slowing in 2015. read more
  • 5 Best Markets for Office Investment

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    As the job market heats up in earnest, it may be time to reassess the best places to invest money in office properties. read more
  • Lenders Still Chasing Multifamily Loans, Says MBA

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    Lenders are still eager to make loans on apartment properties, and grew their multifamily lending business again in the third quarter of 2014. read more
  • The Rise of the 18-Hour City

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    One of the biggest findings of the 2014 PWC Real Estate Investor Survey has been the rise of “18-hour” cities, or second-tier cities, as opposed to the 24-hour gateways. NREI spoke with Mitchell Roschelle, the U.S. national practice leader for PwC’s real estate advisory practice and the publisher of the survey, about the implications of this trend. read more
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    Chefforfeng's Weblog

  • Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Linkedin

    Chef Forfeng
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    © Prykhodov | – Businessman Holding IPhone With App LinkedIn On The Screen On A Photo This is the fourth in a series covering social media pros and cons for innkeepers, following will be Google+, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram. Please check out the others in the series: Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Blogs the second, Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Youtube and the third, Social Media for Innkeepers-Twitter. Linkedin (for personal)  (for a business page) You need a personal…
  • Facebook Local, a Game Changer? or One More Nail in the Coffin?

    Chef Forfeng
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Several days ago Facebook announced a roll out of a new product, Facebook Places, They are touting it a combo of the much hyped but never really rolled out Graph Search, Facebook local search and a bunch of other elements creating a mish mash that as of yet hasn’t really found a direction. Whether it does or not remains to be seen. Why is this important for innkeepers (who are still using Facebook) to know? First and foremost is in the search options, hotels and restaurants are front and center as options for search. If your Bed & Breakfast…
  • Innkeepers, have you checked your GPS listings lately?

    Chef Forfeng
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    While more and more marketing people (rightly) are talking about the importance of having a mobile presence for your business, little focus is being taken on people actually finding you while driving to your inn.  Similar to a post I wrote a few years ago, Why it pays to sleep around for Bed and Breakfast owners, which focuses on the little things guests may notice at a B&B and may not mention to an innkeeper because they forgot, or it was minor irritation, being able to find your inn accurately can be extremely annoying when a guest is on route to you. Having heard from several…
  • Taking Travel and Related Surveys with a Grain of Salt

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

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

  • Exclusive: grab our Hot Deal at Tune Canary Wharf.

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:04 am
    It’s not long now until Tune Hotels open their brand new Canary Wharf hotel on February 2nd, and we’ve got a whopper of an exclusive offer for you. As a London Hotels Insight insider, you’ll get a free “comfort package” during your stay when you book at the hotel. Keep reading to find out how to benefit from this exclusive deal… The new Tune Canary Wharf is ideally-placed to access east and central London, offering great value in a convenient location. In fact, we rated Tune the number one budget hotel brand in London based on TripAdvisor reviews.
  • Enjoy an eggcellent Easter offer from The Beaufort.

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:09 am
    Ah, Easter, Christmas’s shorter and less attention-seeking cousin. Although, like Christmas, Easter seems to be getting earlier every year, we don’t make quite as a big a deal of it. But who’s to say we can’t make the most of our time off? Boutique hotel The Beaufort are aiming to make Easter a bit more special, with a seasonal offer on their beautiful Knightsbridge rooms. Easter is all about the chocolates, so when you book a 2-night stay on their website between 27th March and 13th April 2015, you get not only a complimentary continental breakfast but some lovely…
  • Jean-Louis Costes brings Parisian flair to London.

    Chris Glithero
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    After barely a pause since the last announcement, London is set to gain yet another new boutique hotel in 2016. The as yet unnamed hotel will be located at One Sloane Gardens on Sloane Square, and will have a total of 40 rooms. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the new property though is that it will be masterminded by Jean-Louis Costes, the man behind Paris’ Hotel Costes. According to Hotel Owner, Costes will launch the hotel under a management agreement with the Cadogan Estate. Talking about the deal, Cadogan CEO Hugh Seaborn said, “it was crucial for us not only to find the best…
  • Top 5 boozy afternoon teas at London hotels.

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:05 am
    You don’t have to look far to find an afternoon tea in London accompanied by a glass of champagne or prosecco. It’s become quite the thing to make your sophisticated afternoon tea even more sophisticated with a glass of bubbly. But not everyone likes champagne, so where do you go if you still want a boozy tea? Well, you go to these hotels… Sanctum Soho Gents Afternoon Tea The Sanctum Soho has split its afternoon tea along gender lines, serving a High Tea for High Heels and a Gents Afternoon Tea. Check rates at the Sanctum Soho While the former comes with a glass of…
  • Not for the faint-hearted: London’s 5 most haunted hotels.

    Elizabeth Hands
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:10 am
    London is said to be the most haunted city in the world, which is no wonder when you consider the events in the capital’s history. They range from the plague outbreak to the Great Fire of London, the Jack the Ripper murders to the gruesome executions in the Tower of London. And when you consider the colourful history of London’s hotels, it’s no surprise some of them boast their very own ghosts. Here we take you on a virtual ghost walk around London’s most haunted hotels… Room 333 at The Langham Widely renowned as the most haunted room of any hotel in London, many guests who stay…
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  • W Boston Puts the ‘Wow’ in ‘Wow Factor’

    17 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Every once in a while, there is a hotel experience that is so outstanding that guests are inspired to use a simple but powerful word: wow. The word perfectly encapsulates what W Boston is all about. With just one visit, you will know exactly what we mean. W Boston sits at Stewart and Tremont Streets, overlooking the world-famous Boston Common. You’ll have no need for a car, everything is perfectly within walking distance. At first glance, the incredible glass tower that is the hotel structure instantly tells you W Boston is something special. As you walk inside, prepare to be dazzled.
  • Delta to Introduces Onboard Enhancements Coming in March 2015

    1 Jan 2015 | 5:49 pm
  • Fairmont San Jose – Welcoming Technology and Luxury Accommodations

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:11 am
    California’s Silicon Valley is the place to be for all things technology in the U.S. It is also home to the trendy city of San Jose and a splendid hotel property catering to business professionals known as the Fairmont San Jose. The hotel is the perfect venue for both hosting out-of-town guests and formal business meeting affairs. The Fairmont San Jose is a refined and elegant property consisting of two towers featuring 731 deluxe guest rooms and 77 suites. However, technology does not take a back seat to the style and sophistication of one of San Jose’s most loved hotel…
  • Stay in the Heart of Downtown San Francisco at the Historic Westin St. Francis Hotel

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

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

  • 48 Hours in Hong Kong: What You Can’t Miss

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

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Las Vegas isn’t renowned for being a family destination, but there are plenty of attractions, events and activities you can do and visit to keep everyone entertained. The older I get, the more I’ve explored off the strip and outside of the casino, and what I’ve found are some great “hidden gems” of Vegas that are a fun break from blackjack and nightclubs, which can be a nice break, especially if you’re staying a while. Here are 10 fun ideas for your next stay in Vegas that you may not have considered previously:1. Lake MeadWith over 1.5 million acres of park to explore and 820…
  • Skiing in Bulgaria: Lev Like A King

    16 Nov 2013 | 2:54 pm
    This is a guest post from a writer who reached to me named Martin Nolan. While I reject 99% of those request to write a post on my blog, Martin had some firsthand experience, a great journalistic style, credibility, and some great pictures to boot. Martin is a an avid ski enthusiast and a backpacker. You can read more of his views and opinions on his travel blog.Now, I am not a wealthy man and if you combine that with the fact that I live nowhere near a mountain and the weather in my country is mild at worst- then you get a situation where I have to regularly dip into my pockets to get my…
  • Two Week Honeymoon in Belize

    3 Aug 2013 | 5:38 pm
    It’s been a while since I posted, but fear not – I’m back! My life has underwent some major changes recently, most notably getting married to the love of my life. We decided to celebrate the occasion by taking two weeks off to visit a new country – after some deliberation, we chose Belize, and put together a two week itinerary you’ll see here. For those thinking of honeymooning in Belize, perhaps this post will help steer you in one direction or another, and maybe help you put together your travel plans and where you want to stay as well…Why Belize?After considering places from…
  • Lazy Days in Tenerife

    27 Jan 2013 | 9:55 am
    Ah, Tenerife. Land of year-round sunshine, bubbly beach resorts and those wild and woolly mountains. It’s a pretty diverse holiday hotspot but that’s just one of the many things that makes this island so special.Package holidays to Tenerife come in many different shapes and sizes. Many visitors choose to come and spend long lazy days on the beach or by the pool, topping up their tan and whiling away the hours with a book in one hand and something fizzy and refreshing in the other. But the appeal of this popular Canary Island goes way beyond the beach.Just think. You could be searching for…
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    Are Morch - Hotel Blogger

  • How Hoteliers Can Promote Their Brand Across the Travel Vertical

    Are Morch
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    How Hoteliers Can Promote Their Brand Across the Travel Vertical The hotel industry is all too familiar with the impact of social media and online reviews. These online reviews can catapult a hotel’s business into the stratosphere, or have it plummeting back down to earth. However, the question ¬¬isn’t whether social media impacts a hotel’s brand and reputation. Instead, the question is whether your hotel is maximizing social media by cross-promoting your hotel with other travel businesses. So, what do you need to do to make this happen? 1.) Use a Complete Social Media Strategy We…
  • Best skiing vacation locations

    Are Morch
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Best skiing vacation locations If you’re looking for some winter sun and want a change from a beach vacation, a ski resort offers a wonderful alternative. With crisp, sparkling snow reflecting dazzling sunlight, you can breathe fresh mountain air and enjoy your day on the slopes, followed by some fun après-ski socializing and entertainment. Here are some of the best skiing destinations you can find, complete with luxurious accommodation and hospitality – vital to complete your perfect skiing experience. Deer Valley, Utah, United States Famous for its beautifully groomed snow, the slopes…
  • Mobile App provides easy access to Hotel Services

    Are Morch
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:41 am
    Mobile App provides easy access to Hotel Services Mobile Apps has become an important component for consumers processing information relevant both to their booking decision, and adding additional values to their experience. Consumers did for a long period prefer Mobile Apps for Social Networking, music and games. For everything else they preferred browse Mobile Websites. In 2013 App became a major buzz word. Maybe a little overused, never the less Mobile Apps became more relevant for consumers. And in May 2014 comScore reported that Apps now drive half of all time spent on Digital. (Image:…
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    Premier Hotels Blog: London Premier Hotels

  • Enjoying winter in London

    Alex Demetrius
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:08 am
    It has to be said that once Christmas and New Year are out of the way, the idea of sitting through two or three more cold months before spring arrives isn’t all that appealing.  Unless it snows and the entire country grinds to a halt, thrusting us into a magical winter wonderland, there isn’t really all that much to look forward to. If you are feeling the winter blues then why not book a short break to the capital city?  London is truly a city that never sleeps, with plenty to entice and occupy you during this otherwise monotonous and chilly season.  Generally speaking, winter is a…
  • Enjoy the Outdoors in London

    Alex Demetrius
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    London is one of the greenest capital cities in the world, with over 3,000 parks and open spaces.  Naturally this means that there are plenty of outdoor activities to get involved in whether you are visiting the city during the bleaker and colder winter months or planning to make the most of the sunshine in the summer to get out and about. Here are just some suggestions of ways to enjoy the capital city: Best for winter Although perhaps winter is a quieter time for outdoor activities, there is still plenty that you can see.  One of the best ways to enjoy the colder weather, whilst still…
  • Navigating Around London

    Alex Demetrius
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    As you might expect from a capital city, London covers quite a vast area and if you are a first time visitor to the city, you may be considering the best way to navigate around without getting lost!  Whilst sometimes you can’t do better than a good, old-fashioned paper map, there are other ways and means of exploring London with ease. Public Transport London has a large public transport system which covers everything from overground trains to buses.  The ‘tube’ or the underground train system is often cited as one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get around.  Most attractions will…
  • Why London is Great for Children

    Alex Demetrius
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:37 am
    If you have ever tried to take your children out to an attraction which has proven to be busy, with crowds of people all swarming around then you will no doubt know and understand what an absolute headache it can be; especially if you have more than one child to keep an on!  Not to mention the hassle of public transport and trying to navigate pushchairs and bags and so on. This may be one of the reasons why some families don’t view London as a viable option when thinking about places to visit for a short break.  If you are travelling outside of term time then you may be filled with images…
  • The Best of London Markets

    Alex Demetrius
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:58 am
    London is well known for its shopping culture, and there are street markets all over the city which can be enjoyed.  Visit the markets here and discover a wide array of goods on offer from flowers to antiques.  Many of the London markets are world-famous including the likes of Portobello Road and Camden Market but there are many others which are just as quirky and interesting. There are around 30 street markets taking place on various days throughout the city, but we have chosen just some of the ones we think are worth visiting if you are on a short break in the capital city and want to…
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  • See you at FITUR Madrid!

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:20 am
    This year, FITUR Madrid celebrates its 35th edition from 28th January to 1st February 2015. ReviewPro’s VP of account management, Neil James, will attend Spain’s largest hospitality conference with Cristina López, sales director for Spain and Latin America, Josep Morros and Account Manager, Elena Lopez. At the event, we’ll be discussing the emerging role of 360-degree feedback to boost guest satisfaction, including how hoteliers can combine guest satisfaction surveys (GSS) and ORM for 360-degree guest feedback to increase the level of actionable insight internally and drive…
  • ReviewPro Expands TripAdvisor Partnership to Help Hotels Boost Review Volume

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    ReviewPro, the leading provider of guest intelligence solutions to independent hotel brands worldwide, announced the expansion of its partnership with TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, as part of TripAdvisor’s Review Collection Program. Hotels using ReviewPro’s Guest Survey Solution (GSS), which enables the creation and distribution of customized post-stay surveys to guests, can embed the TripAdvisor review form into their survey. As such, ReviewPro’s more than 17,000 hotel clients have an easy-to-use solution to collect actionable insight into guests’ experiences, while…
  • Star Ratings Australia Partners with ReviewPro to Improve Guest Experience at Australian Hotels

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    ReviewPro just signed an important partnership agreement with Star Ratings Australia, the country’s national accommodation ratings organization. Star Ratings Australia undertook the partnership with the aim of improving the overall standards of hospitality and the guest experience provided at hotels countrywide. The partnership will be comprised of two phases: In Phase One of the partnership, all Star Rated properties throughout Australia will receive free access to ReviewPro’s ORM solution, along with the Global Review Index™ (GRI), the industry standard online reputation score used by…
  • Weekly Hospitality News Digest: 12th-16th January

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Every Friday, we share up to five of the most interesting articles published online during the week, ranging from Social Media & Online Reputation Management to Hospitality Industry News and Market Research. In case you haven’t already seen links to them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+, here is our hand-picked selection of recommended readings this week: ReviewPro’s summary of global hospitality events in January January 2015: Hospitality Industry Events The future of travel planning is visual, says Travelocity’s Terry Jones “Visual is the new verbal on the Web”…
  • Key Trends & Strategies for Hotel Marketers in 2015

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Date & Time: One-hour webinar on January 27th 2015 | 5pm (CET – GMT+1) Click here to convert to your timezone In the next installment of ReviewPro’s free webinar series, we bring hotel industry experts together to discuss key trends and winning strategies in hotel marketing for 2015. From metasearch to mobile to visual storytelling, we’ll help you understand the latest developments in technology and traveler behavior and decide where to allocate time and resources for optimal results. A link to the recording will be sent to all registrants, so be sure to register even if you…
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    New Hotel Travel

  • How to make body fit while on vacation

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:07 pm
    How to make body fit while on vacation is a post from: New Hotel Although fun, holiday still can make people sick. However, you can still make your body always fit while on vacation. Here’s how to make your body stay healthy during the holidays, as quoted from Huffingtonpost. How to make body fit while on vacation: while on vacation Cycling in a new city You can do some sports activities in your city destination. Look for a guide to take you cycling around the new city. If you feel too tired cycling, you can still do a jog on the edge of the local city park or just a leisurely stroll.
  • Air Koryo be worst airline in the world

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Air Koryo be worst airline in the world is a post from: New Hotel Air Koryo crowned the worst airline in the world. Air Koryo be the only operator who receive one star. It is based on a survey conducted flight and airport consultant based in the UK. They rank airlines worldwide based on quality and service. worst airline Air Koryo be worst airline in the world Of the 10 general category rankings, Airlines Air Koryo scored one star in seven categories. For example, the age of the aircraft and ease of use of the website. Meanwhile, worst airline cabin safety standards Air Koryo gained 1.5…
  • Top hotels in California

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:43 am
    Top hotels in California is a post from: New Hotel People who would like to get their visit to California can decide on the top hotels in California that provide complete packages. California hotels would be the top focal points for tourist getting a California vacation. The highest height of services from the California hotels is phenomenal. The majority of the large hotels are five or four-star institutions, offering and showing amenities for example fitness gyms, casinos, pools and conference halls. You will find several California chain hotels. The rates of these hotels begin with $249…
  • Small lodging with best service

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:52 am
    Small lodging with best service is a post from: New Hotel When tourism activities certainly the most preferred thing is looking for lodging. There are many models of accommodation ranging from the lowest price to the smallest, of things that sets it apart is the facility. You can choose a hotel that suits your needs during the vacation. Recently TripAdvisor travel sites, announced Travellers Choice award winner in the category of hotel. 13th annual awards announced more than 8,151 properties in the world, covering eight regions around the world. Legian Bali hotel Award winner is determined…
  • Things annoying when stay in hotels

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Things annoying when stay in hotels is a post from: New Hotel Stay at the hotel into a tourist’s dream. In fact staying in hotels are not always pleasant. This occurs because the service of hotel accommodation is very annoying. Here things annoying when staying in hotels as quoted ABCNews. Things annoying when stay in hotels last minute hotel Additional charges safes Although not all hotels provide safes for storing goods, but there are some that offer it at an additional cost. The most annoying thing is when refused, then the hotel said no responsibility if any lost items in the room.
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    Jamaica villa rental by Jamaica Ocean View Villa

  • 5 Ways Our Ocho Rios Villa in Jamaica Will Impress Your Friends

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
    A vacation at our Ocho Rios Villa in Jamaica is perfect for anyone looking to relax in stunning surroundings. Whilst the housekeeper, cook, ground staff and butler all play their part in helping guests to feel totally at home during a stay, it’s the sea and the beaches that help to really ease those cares
  • Ocho Rios; Scuba Diving Adventure

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    Seeking a Scuba Diving Adventure?  Try Ocho Rios! Dreaming of vacationing at a villa in Jamaica? Ocho Rios is a breathtaking destination in Jamaica; adorned with swaying palms and crystalline blue water. Right offshore you will find coral reefs begging to be explored. As a port of call for many cruise ships, Ocho Rios is
  • Ocho Rios Ocean View Villa

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    Picturesque Ocho Rios Ocean View Villa On the North Coast of Jamaica Our Villa in Ocho Rios is a perfect getaway for those who are not looking for one of those “tailored” holiday tours. Away from the tourist crowds, away from the hubbub of the five-star culture and devoid of all the plastic charms of
  • 7 Reasons An All-Exclusive Vacation is Not For You

    18 Jan 2015 | 10:09 am
    When deciding whether to book an all-exclusive or an all-inclusive vacation, there are quite a few things to think about before making your decision. While doing your research into what kind of places you might be interested in, consider these seven reasons why an all-exclusive vacation may not be for you, and why you might
  • Jamaica is the World’s Leading Wedding Destination.

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Why Book a Private Villa for your Jamaica Destination Wedding? If you’re in the beginning stages of planning your wedding, you’re probably overwhelmed. If you have narrowed down your selection to a destination wedding on the Caribbean beach in Ocho Rios—then it’s time to move on to step two: choosing the location for your celebration.
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    Lodging Interactive

  • #AskDJV – Episode 10: Email Marketing Strategies that Drive Business

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this week’s episode of the #AskDJV Show, we are discussing the email marketing strategies that will drive potential business and build loyalty for your hotel. Want more #AskDJV? Visit our website to view all of the episodes we’ve posted. You can also check back here each Friday for the latest episode. Do you have a question for me? Tweet me @DJVallauri using the hashtag #AskDJV, and your question could be featured on the show! The post #AskDJV – Episode 10: Email Marketing Strategies that Drive Business appeared first on Lodging Interactive.
  • When Should I Use SEO for My Hotel?

    Mary Jo Caruso
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Why Hotels Need SEO When SEO is mentioned as something you should have for your hotel, how do you react? Ambivalent because you find it is a waste of resources? Trepidatious because it is unknown? Excited because you know it has value? Many hoteliers may respond with any mix of these emotions and that’s ok. SEO is a powerful tool in your marketing arsenal, but its true value is often underestimated. SEO is not a one-time thing, nor is it something hotels can afford to overlook, especially in certain situations. Which situations? We’re glad you asked! Our recommendation is that…
  • #AskDJV – Episode 9: Why Content Marketing is King

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Content is king. In this week’s episode of the #AskDJV Show, I explain why you should start thinking like a media company. Want more #AskDJV? Visit our website to view all of the episodes we’ve posted. You can also check back here each Friday for the latest episode. Do you have a question for me? Tweet me @DJVallauri using the hashtag #AskDJV, and your question could be featured on the show! The post #AskDJV – Episode 9: Why Content Marketing is King appeared first on Lodging Interactive.
  • Lodging Interactive’s #AskDJV Weekly YouTube Series for Hoteliers

    Nicole McGovern
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Our weekly video series #AskDJV features Lodging Interactive Founder DJ Vallauri answering hotelier’s questions! Today we announced our latest initiative in providing expert advice on social media, website design and digital marketing to the hospitality industry — a weekly video series titled #AskDJV. Featuring Lodging Interactive’s Founder and President, DJ Vallauri, our weekly YouTube series answers Internet marketing questions commonly asked by hoteliers. View the series here. Videos in the #AskDJV series: Purchasing PPC Ads for Your Brand How to WOW Your Customers Properly…
  • 2015 Social Media Resolutions for Hoteliers

    Nicole McGovern
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Happy New Year! The start of a new year ushers in the feeling of a fresh start with plenty of potential and often an equally plentiful list of resolutions to uphold. This year, we think making a few Social Media Resolutions for 2015 is the perfect way to outline the social media expectations for your property and to ensure efforts across your social channels align with your hotel’s sales, marketing and customer service goals for the year. We took the liberty of doing a bit of the heavy lifting (getting back to the gym is on our list). Here are a few suggestions of social media resolutions…
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  • A Perfect Hotel View: Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa - Milan, Italy

    Paulo Palha
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:52 am
    Where modernity and history come together in a perfect Milan hotel view.Mrs. Giambelli, architect and owner of Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa, describes in detail the breathtaking views awaiting you on your next visit to Milan.What makes Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa view so perfect?  Exceptionally for a hotel set right in the heart of the city, Palazzo Parigi stands alone, with no other buildings. Rooms and suites are positioned from 4th floor upwards, therefore our guests can enjoy a lovely view from their balcony or terrace, either…
  • A Perfect Hotel View: The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma - Rome, Italy

    Paulo Palha
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    An exciting art hotel with a spectacular view over Rome.This time we invite you to get to know The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma views, among the finest you will find in the Eternal City. We have asked Daniela Moita, the hotel's Marketing Manager, to describe for us the inspiring vistas enjoyed from this charming boutique hotel in Rome. The above images certainly match her description.What makes The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma view so perfect?  The rooftop garden has a unique 360 degrees view over the rooftops of Rome. The hotel, located in the very heart of Rome,…
  • A Perfect Hotel View: Pebble House - Cornwall, United Kingdom

    Paulo Palha
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Looking for hotels in Cornwall with sea views? Look no further.Introducing you to Pebble House, a charming place with staggering sea views in Cornwall peninsula. We invite you to learn more about the views of this piece of paradise as we chatted with Andrea and Simon Cooper, owners of Pebble House.What makes Pebble House view so perfect?  Uninterrupted 180 degree coastal and rural views that are ever changing and watching the local fishing boats out in the bay below on their daily catch bobbing around at4.30am with their lights twinkling, or as the sun rises out over the…
  • Travel Videos Like You've Never Seen Before

    Paulo Palha
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    A new website with absolutely gorgeous travel videos.At The Most Perfect View we are big fans of spectacular places around the world, including of course, breathtaking views.In this occasion, we introduce you to, a brand new website that makes us travel to some of the most fascinating destinations and hotels worldwide.Warning: the travel videos are so inspiring that you might want to travel as soon as you stop watching them. It happened to us while enjoying videos of the best places to visit in Italy.Here's a great way to spend time in front of your computer...
  • Terrazza Brunelleschi - A 360º View over Florence

    Paulo Palha
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Terrazza Brunelleschi 1 Terrazza Brunelleschi is a restaurant in Florence with a view of Duomo, Giotto's Campanile and Palazzo Vecchio. Terrazza Brunelleschi 2 A romantic terrace in Florence with a spectacular panoramic view. Terrazza Brunelleschi 3 Dinner with a view in Florence from Terrazza Brunelleschi. Time stands still - you're definitely in Florence. Its undeniable that Florence has a charm of its own. There's something about Tuscany's capital that is hard to explain - could it be the magnificent historical landmarks such as the Duomo, Giotto's Campanile and Palazzo Vecchio?
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  • How to Conquer Jet Lag - Before, During and After Travel Tips

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

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

    3 Dec 2014 | 3:17 am
    Each country (as we know) is governed by its own laws that play a huge role in our behaviour. For the majority, we do things without a moment’s thought since as a society we know the difference between right and wrong. But the world is a strange place that has a tendency to baffle us at times and law is a topic that is no different. Many laws have been written a long time ago, implemented and then forgotten or ignored. For example, in Peru, unmarried young men are not permitted to keep female alpacas in their apartments. The world is full of crazy laws that are sometimes hard to comprehend.
  • 10 Haunted Hotels You Should Brave This Halloween

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Whether you’re a believer or not, we dare you to try one of these eerie dwellings for your Halloween getaway this year. 1. The Mermaid Inn, Rye, East Sussex The Mermaid Inn is a Grade 2 listed historical inn, dating all the way back to the 12th century. Filled with secret passages, priest-holes and sliding wall panels, the inn has a strong connection with the notorious Hawkhurst Gang of smugglers who used it in the 1730s-40s as one of their strongholds. Some of the smugglers and other characters are said to haunt the inn. The Mermaid Inn has been hailed as one of the most haunted inns in…
  • 8 Outrageous, Bizarre and Awesome Hotel Amenities

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