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    Hotel News

  • Movenpick Hotels & Resorts Southeast Asia Growth Unveiled at THINC Indonesia 2015.

    4 Sep 2015 | 6:40 am
    Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran is amongst eight hotels and resorts the group is opening over the next three years in the region, with expansion also in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Mvenpick Hotels & Resorts unveiled its ambitious expansion plans in Indonesia and Southeast Asia at the 2015 Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference in Bali on 2-3 September.
  • Wynn Resorts offers to pay $15 million to cut ties with NV Energy

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:53 pm
    A view of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore taken from a Maverick Helicopter on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, above the Las Vegas Strip. Wynn Resorts is willing to pay $15 million to end its business relationship with NV Energy, according to filings on Tuesday with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.
  • Regent Place Xian To Open 2016 in China

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:32 am
    Regent Hotels and Resorts recently announced the topping out of Regent Place Xian, a new luxury hotel located in the capital of China's Shaanxi province, scheduled to open in late 2016. Regent Hotels and Resorts recently announced the topping out of Regent Place Xian, a new luxury hotel located in the capital of China's Shaanxi province, scheduled to open in late 2016.
  • Holiday Inn ExpressA Brand Launches World's First "pancake...

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:28 am
    InterContinental Hotels Group PLC Broadwater Park Denham, Buckinghamshire, UB9 5HR United Kingdom Phone: +44 871 942 Fax: +44 871 942 9101 Visit Website ATLANTA -- IHG , one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announces yet another massive leap in the field of breakfast superiority with the launch of the "Pancake Selfie Express," the newest stroke of genius from the Holiday Inn Express A brand's Creative Director and Breakfast Excellence Honcho, actor/comedian Rob Riggle. The nine-city tour, which hits the road today, allows flapjack fans in some of the busiest cities in the…
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Expands Presence in Eastern Europe with Le Meridien Batumi

    3 Sep 2015 | 3:23 am
    HFTP is the premier global professional association, serving members in hospitality careers since 1952. HFTP is a global nonprofit association that uniquely understands the industry's problems and we assist industry stakeholders in finding solutions to industry problems quicker and more efficiently than any other organization via our expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC, and certification programs.
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    Saturday Briefing

  • Nature’s challenges

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY – “Blowin’ in the Wind” – I was thinking of those haunting 1962 lyrics by folk singer Bob Dylan this week as I kept in touch with members of our ‘ohana in Hawai‘i. This month, they have … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort hosts the Duke’s OceanFest welcome reception

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY KATHY HANSBERRY – As a sponsor of the annual Duke’s OceanFest, Outrigger Resorts teamed up with Duke’s and Hula Grille Restaurants to co-host the annual VIP Opening reception at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort.  The hotel lobby was filled with … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Fans cool down at the Outrigger Resorts Soccer Classic

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY ELLIE AGUSTIN – History was made at the Outrigger Resorts Classic on August 21, as Hawai‘i played against Stanford who ranks #3 in the Soccer Conference. 2,000 fans made the trek to Waipi‘o to cheer on the Rainbows team. The … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Fiji’s Bebe Spa International Spa Design of the Year win adds to awards tally

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN – Bebe Spa Sanctuary at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has continued to collect accolades, being named International Spa Design of the Year in the prestigious Pevonia Awards. It is the fourth time Bebe Spa has been named Pevonia … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort shows up and shows out

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY RORY CAMPBELL – On August 22, our dedicated team attended the recent Charity Run, held by the Four Seasons, in a show of Island Unity and Community in fight against Cancer.  This event has been the most successful charity event … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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    Station Casinos Blog

  • Gridion Glory | New Free Football Contest | Station Casinos

    Benjamin Barber
    7 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Hey gang, it’s almost football season and you know what that means… Football Contest! We have a brand new game for everyone this year, Gridiron Glory. Come get your share of the glory today. Join for Free! That’s right, the Read More ... The post Gridion Glory | New Free Football Contest | Station Casinos appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Family Friendly Travel Options in Las Vegas

    Kelsey Higgins
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Las  Vegas has a reputation for the more adult oriented lifestyle and wild nightlife, but at Station Casinos we haven’t forgotten about your kids! There are so many things to do in Las Vegas for children and adults of all ages outside of Read More ... The post Family Friendly Travel Options in Las Vegas appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Texas Station 20th Anniversary

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

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

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

  • Caribbean’s No. 1 Resort Retains Luxury Customer Relationship Marketing Professionals

    Madigan Pratt
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    Intimate, eco-driven Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts, the highly popular luxury resort on Aruba’s famous Eagle Beach, has selected MP&A Digital & Advertising as its agency of record. Bucuti, the 2015 #1 Best Hotel of the Caribbean according to TripAdvisor, retained MP&A Digital & Advertising, a full-service integrated marketing agency, for its expertise in integrated Customer Relationship Marketing (iCRM) and public relations services. MP&A Digital & Advertising, recognized for its successes with the Caribbean’s best properties, will develop a creative…
  • MP&A Digital Named NAVIS Certified Partner

    Madigan Pratt
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    MP&A Digital & Advertising, a leading hospitality marketing company focused on driving profitable revenue and creating loyal guests for luxury hotels is pleased to announce that it has just been named a NAVIS Certified Partner and the only certified partner serving the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda. NAVIS is a sales and marketing solution provider helping hotels leverage the full profit potential of their direct channel. Their NAVIS Reach solution is the top hospitality CRM solution on the market today. “It’s a fact that the companies with the most loyal guests are also the most…
  • MP&A Wins Big for Local Client–and One 1,800 Miles Away

    Madigan Pratt
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:21 pm
    MP&A Digital & Advertising has been recognized by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) with Communicator Awards for exceptional creative efforts. MP&A Digital & Advertising was recognized with two Communicator Awards: • Silver Award of Distinction, Print Brochure, Non-Profit: Muscarelle Museum of Art • Silver Award of Distinction, Print Brochure: Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica – Gló Spa The Communicator Awards is the world’s largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals. This year’s contest…
  • The New Hotel Mantra – “Drive Profitable Direct Bookings”

    Madigan Pratt
    4 Jun 2015 | 2:43 pm
    You are witnessing an upheaval within the Online Travel Agency space and it doesn’t necessarily spell good news for independent luxury hotels. Expedia buying Travelocity. no longer sharing client emails with hotels. Analysts estimate that Expedia, Priceline and Travelocity will generate a combined $80 billion in hotel and vacation rental bookings this year. And so it goes. OTAs are becoming increasingly aggressive in siphoning business away from their “hotel partners.” Do any OTAs you work with buy your branded keywords? You work hard to build brand awareness…
  • Hospitality Excellence Where Everyone is a Winner

    Madigan Pratt
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Online review sites like TripAdvisor have been around for over a decade now. Unquestionably they have forced hoteliers to seriously focus on customer comments. Remember the days when paper comment cards were reviewed in the privacy of the GM’s office with action taken as s/he deemed necessary? Those were the days! Today there is nowhere to hide. Transparency rules. Every hotel is totally exposed through online review sites making every comment important. The good news is that actions hoteliers are taking to provide an excellent guest experience can lead to even more good news. Good…
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  • Personalization in hospitality not a destination but a journey
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:10 am
    Effectively executed, personalization is an integral part of the journey to guest loyalty and advocacy. Yet the sheer velocity of change in the travel and hospitality context, data and guest sentiment creates an engagement challenge of immense and complex proportions. A multifaceted approach is needed to take advantage of the industry’s wealth of data and content.
  • Hotels have advantage in travel manager talks
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:09 am
    The tug-of-war that defines the relationship between hoteliers and corporate travel planners lies squarely in the hands of lodging providers as 2015 winds down. But they must remember the ebb-and-flow that goes along with the economic cycles.
  • Watch Microsoft describe Outlook’s integration with travel suppliers
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:08 am
    Most business traveler practically live in Microsoft Outlook. Why not add travel services like mapping, online booking and rich itineraries? It took seven years of envisioning what the future might look like, but Microsoft has now partnered with three separate travel and technology suppliers to make his vision a reality.
  • Priceline expanding its restaurant reservation booking business
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:07 am
    Priceline has acquired AS Digital, a leading provider of restaurant table and reservation management solutions. Based in Australia, AS Digital will expand The Priceline Group's global footprint in the digital restaurant reservation booking business, following the Group's acquisition of OpenTable in 2014.
  • Hospitality on the go; Airbnb messaging comes to Apple Watch
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:06 am
    Traveling is the ultimate on-the-go activity, and Airbnb's new Apple Watch app makes it simple for hosts and guests to manage a new or upcoming trip and communicate with each other instantaneously.
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    Hotel F&B Observer

  • Hospitality Professionals On the Move – Week Ending 9/4

    Michael Costa
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:40 am
    Achim Herterich Executive Chef Sheraton Melbourne Hotel Spencer Lane Director of F&B JW Marriott Houston Downtown Brad Randall Director of F&B Turnberry Island Resort Aventura, Florida Gregory Day GM Malibu Beach Inn Malibu, California Serge Ethuin GM Hôtel Métropole, Monte-Carlo Monte-Carlo, Monaco Roseann Grippo GM Waterstone Resort & Marina Boca Raton, Florida Ed Brea GM One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef Queensland, Australia Alex Furrer GM The Setai Miami Beach, Florida Helen Pratt Regional Director, Sales & Marketing Fairmont Hotels, Pacific Northwest…
  • Fighting Failure

    Ron Wichowski
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    When I was about 12 years old I was being picked on during my bus trip home from school. Three kids, all bigger than me, used to gang up and threaten that they were going to beat me up when I got off at our stop. Because of this I used to get off a [...]
  • Menu Trends: Éclairs as Social Media Butterflies

    Tad Wilkes
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Our July/August 2015 cover story looked into how Starwood’s Le Méridien hotels unlock destinations through localized signature éclairs. To add to that piece, I note that social media is being quite kind to the program. “Feedback [for the éclair program] has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Brian Povinelli, SVP global brand leader for Le Méridien and [...]
  • The Maestro on the Theater of Beverage Hospitality

    Tad Wilkes
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:09 am
    For our July/August 2015 issue, I had the pleasure of reporting on the success of espresso cocktails at Bound by Salvatore Calabrese at the Cromwell in Las Vegas. Calabrese’s innovative method for making the drinks is as engaging as his outsized personality. Peers call him “The Maestro.” While the feature focuses on the espresso cocktail menu, [...]
  • Summer Recipe: Watermelon Gazpacho

    Michael Costa
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    There’s still a few weeks left of summer, and one way to give guests a final taste of the season is through this refreshing watermelon gazpacho, courtesy of Nelson Erazo, executive chef of Chicago’s Silversmith Hotel. Erazo’s gazpacho is available at the property’s Adamus Restaurant & Lounge, and is offered on meeting and event [...]
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    Happy Hotelier

  • Speeding RWS 70 – Sail AMS 2015 – 1

    23 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    In the early morning of Wednesday, August 19, 2015 I boarded a typical Dutch steel motor yacht which was rented by a friend who had invited 3 couples for a tour from Zaandam to IJmuiden and back in order to see the parade of the Tall Ships participating in the Sail Amsterdam 2015 event. From 8.00 hr on to 10.00 hr the Noordzeekanaal would be saileable from Amsterdam To IJmuiden only and the other way around from 10.00 hr till approximately 16.00 hr it would be one way traffic from IJmuiden to Amsterdam. No freight was allowed at all during the parade. Directions were given that the absolute…
  • New Banner

    6 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    The photo “Surfing in Scheveningen” gets a lot of views on Flickr. Therefor I’ve used it as my new banner. It was not easy to take the photo as the wind tried to pull the camera from my hands and was blowing so hard it was almost impossible to take a steady shot. Therefor I’ve had to crank up the iso value a lot to be able to have a decent short shutter time to compensate for my moving camera. Last update: Friday, August 7, 2015New Banner is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Seabourn Odyssey in Venice

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

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

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

  • One&Only Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef: hotel of the week

    Kate Weir
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:10 am
    The Great Barrier Reef‘s perennially clement temperatures rarely deviate from a delightful 27°C; but spring has officially sprung in Australia, so we’re using that flimsy – yet perfectly valid – excuse to book our deliriously sun-starved selves a beach break at luxury resort One&Only Hayman Island. Follow in our sand-dusted footsteps to swim in award-worthy pools and dip a snorkelling fin in the Great Barrier Reef… STYLE LOW-KEY TROPICAL LUXE SETTING ICONIC PRIVATE-ISLAND RETREAT WHY THIS WEEK? The northerly tip of the Whitsunday Islands is particularly lovely at…
  • New for September: Smith hotels in New York, Cartagena, Sri Lanka and beyond

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:25 am
    This month, our global hotel gatherers have a world-wide array of stylish stays for you to add to your travel wish list. Read on to meet our new favourites… NORTH AMERICA
  • Postcard from Brazil: Bahia’s most tranquil home from home

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:14 am
    Ever been somewhere that you genuinely didn’t want to leave? Usually, at the end of a holiday, I feel rested and ready to return, look forward even to having my own bed and things around me. Not this time. Brazil, Trancoso and Uxua Casa felt like home from the minute I stepped off the plane to the moment we reluctantly got in our cab for the airport. The kids went feral: disappearing upriver on paddle boards to explore; riding horses along the most perfect stretch of sand I’ve ever seen; spending many elated hours wave-jumping and boogie-boarding; and holding what locals told…
  • Lime Wood, New Forest: hotel of the week

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Welcome to autumn. September’s arrived, and with it comes a yearning to pull on a jumper and our favourite pair of wellies and start stomping around the woods. But we’ll need a particularly lovely retreat to call home, of course: Lime Wood hotel in Hampshire fits the bill… STYLE Mannered modern manor SETTING New Forest’s ancient capital WHY THIS WEEK? There’s no better season to enjoy the English countryside than autumn, when the last rays of summer sun are still shining, the long winter nights haven’t quite taken hold. And if long hikes through the trees…
  • Forget first class, all-you-can-fly private air travel is where it’s at

    Amelia Mularz
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Surf Air, which has been compared to Netflix for its monthly membership and Uber for its ease of booking, makes private flying feasible for those of us without a mogul-sized salary. Read about our first trip on the trend-setting airline and see where we’d fly next… I have never been early for anything in my life – I’m very much a made-it-by-a-minute kind of girl (twice I have arrived at weddings to see the bride already mid-march down the aisle). So imagine my surprise to show up for my first Surf Air flight 60 minutes before takeoff (like a well-behaved traveller) and…
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    Hotel Law Blog

  • FCC says blocking FCC-approved Wi-Fi hotspots is “patently illegal” and imposes $750,000 fine on Smart City.

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:52 pm
    02 September 2015 Blocking Wi-Fi connections is “patently unlawful” On August 18, 2015, the FCC announced a $750,000 civil penalty and formal Consent Decree with Smart City Holdings for blocking consumers’ personal Wi-Fi access at various convention centers, meeting centers and hotels around the United States. Smart City is an internet and telecommunications provider for such facilities, and had been blocking personal mobile “hotspots” being used by convention and meeting attendees. Apparently referring to the $80 daily fee charged by Smart City for use of its Wi-Fi at the events,…
  • What every hotel owner (and operator) needs to know about “data security” after the Wyndham Worldwide case

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:54 pm
    31 August 2015 Massive data breaches affect hotels and their legal responsibilities. As unauthorized hacking of confidential data explodes in volume and seriousness, minimum expected standards are evolving that hoteliers and others must follow. Interestingly, the latest guidelines are provided in an August 24, 2015 appellate court decision involving Wyndham Worldwide as if to emphasize that these rules (really) apply to the hotel industry. How did this case arise? What are some basic steps that everyone with confidential data is expected to take? What happens if they don’t? In the…
  • Video: Bill Sipple of HVS Capital discusses hospitality market activity and interest rates – 2015 Hotel Investment and Finance Opportunities

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    24 June 2015 Bill Sipple, Executive Managing Director of HVS Capital, speaks in the video below about activity in different markets, limited service properties, and whether rising interest rates will have an effect on transactional activity. Bill sat down with Bob Braun, a senior partner in the JMBM Global Hospitality Group®, as part of our video interview series on hotel finance and investment opportunities in 2015. A transcript follows the video. Bob Braun: Hi, I’m Bob Braun. I am a Partner at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell. I’m here at Meet the Money® 2015, our 25th…
  • Video: Jack Westergom of Manhattan Hospitality Advisors discusses hotel operating agreements and asset management – 2015 Hotel Investment and Finance Opportunities

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    23 June 2015 Jack Westergom, Managing Director of Manhattan Hospitality Advisors, discusses hotel operating agreements, asset management, and the RFP process in the video below. Jack spoke with David Sudeck, a senior partner in the JMBM Global Hospitality Group®, as part of our video interview series on hotel finance and investment opportunities in 2015. A transcript follows the video. David Sudeck: I’m David Sudeck. I’m a senior attorney with Global Hospitality Group® at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell. We’re here at the 25th Annual Meet the Money® Conference.
  • City of Los Angeles v. Patel — US Supreme Court voids LA ordinance requiring hotel operators to turn over guest records on demand

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:13 pm
    22 June 2015 US Supreme Court voids Los Angeles ordinance requiring hotel operators to turn over guest records on demand In a 5-4 opinion rendered on June 22, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that a Los Angeles municipal code provision violates the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable search and seizures. The invalidated LA Code provision requires hotel operators to make guest records available to the police upon request. This case may be significant because many cities throughout the country have similar laws, and they are now all constitutionally…
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    National Real Estate Investor

  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 4, 2015)

    4 Sep 2015 | 7:22 am
    Bloomberg looks at cities that will drive the U.S. economy in the near future. 24/ asks if Wal-Mart still needs 5,200 stores. Mikhail Prokhorov is close to buying Forest City’s stake in Barclay’s Center, reports the New York Post. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. read more
  • 10 U.S. Tech Markets with Fastest Growing Rents

    4 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    Technology is certainly a growing sector of the economy right now, so if you are an investor looking to take advantage of that trend, where should you place your money? read more
  • Demand From Technology Firm Spills Into Secondary Office Markets

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Not content to have taken over every major gateway city, technology tenants are leeching into secondary office markets. read more
  • Successful Strategies for Effective Public-Private Partnerships

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    By Don Cardon As public-private partnerships increase in popularity, commercial real estate professionals who want to leverage this unique development model would be wise to take the time to understand the nuances of how, why and when they work. read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 3, 2015)

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:04 am
    Ex-CBRE CEO Brett White, now at DTZ, declares war on his former company, The Real Deal reports. Seeking Alpha takes a closer look at SoulCycle’s IPO. The very success of Times Square is behind its current problems, including aggressive panhandling and public nudity, according to Bloomberg. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. read more
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  • Nutritional Outlook Tuesday Mornings Newsletter

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:20 am
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    Chefforfeng's Weblog

  • Unbundling, Innkeepers is it time to start thinking out of the box?

    Chef Forfeng
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:46 am
    I was recently talking to a friend of mine and was extolling the virtues of staying at B&Bs vs hotels, motels and Airbnb options, and he had an interesting question for me. His question was do B&Bs ever offer the option of offering a guest to stay and pay for just the room, but not the breakfast. He is a frequent business traveler, and he said while he loves the environment of staying at a B&B, he generally is not a breakfast eater, and frequently just isn’t hungry in the morning, on top of which he says he doesn’t want to spend the time out that breakfast at a B&B would…
  • Some Social Media Changes Innkeepers Should Be Aware Of For 2015

    Chef Forfeng
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:59 am
    Facebook Is Testing “Saved Replies” To Help Pages Manage Customer Service Messages As the post mentions, it “could” be a boon for small businesses, but for innkeepers it may not be, but it’s good to be aware of this as it may have potential future applications. Of the 40+ B&B Facebook pages I am the admin of, 99% of the incoming messages would not have been a good fit for a canned response. I do think it may have some value if you are outsourcing your social…
  • Facebook Beacons, Places Tips and Mobile Checkins Page, should Innkeepers care?

    Chef Forfeng
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    Facebook has just started asking businesses if they would like a Facebook Beacon mailed to them, I just got a notification of 3 of my businesses that I have admin rights to asking if they would like one. (How do Facebook Bluetooth® Beacons work? Using Bluetooth® technology, these beacons send a one-way signal to the Facebook app on your customers’ phones to help us show them the right information about your business during their visit. They don’t collect any information from people or their phones or change the kind of location information Facebook receives.) You can request…
  • 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…
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    London Hotels Insight

  • How does Zetter’s Uncle Seymour compare to Aunt Wilhemina?

    4 Sep 2015 | 2:14 am
    It’s been a bit of a long wait, but Zetter’s new townhouse hotel in Marylebone finally opened last month. They say it belongs to their Wicked Uncle Seymour, but how does it compare to their property in Clerkenwell? Even though the two hotels are “owned” by different characters, you can tell that they’re related. The styles aren’t so radically different that you couldn’t connect them. The Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell is a little frillier and more ornate than the new property. Seymour’s tastes are perhaps slightly less eccentric than Aunt…
  • Andaz Liverpool Street offers startup space.

    3 Sep 2015 | 2:39 am
    Not everyone comes to London looking for fun. Some arrive on business, whether they’re coming from across the world or across the city. London’s hotels need to be prepared to cater for the needs of business travellers, as well as London-based businesses. Providing meeting space is another way they can make a profit, on top of being a place for people to stay. While smaller, boutique hotels are less likely to provide business services, many go out of their way to provide for delegates. Although business people might make use of these facilities during the day, it’s often a…
  • London boutique hotels roundup – August 2015.

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:40 pm
    As the unpredictable weather will attest, summer is on its way out and autumn is waiting in the wings. But even a little rain and the occasional bluster is sure to do little to dampen the appetite of international and domestic travellers for visiting London and enjoying a little boutique luxury. Here we take a look at some of the latest goings on in London’s boutique hotels. According to research firm STR Global, London hotel rates are set to rise in the second half of this year. The data showed that averaged daily rates stood at £151.27 in July – a more than 4% increase on the previous…
  • Hilton London Euston begins £8 million renovations.

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    Hilton recently revealed a new-look DoubleTree on the Thames, but they haven’t finished renovating just yet. The DoubleTree London Docklands Riverside might be complete, but there’s now also a refurbishment of the Hilton London Euston in the works. The planned renovation is set to cost more than £8 million and will mean more bedrooms, a refreshed look for existing rooms and a brand new fitness centre. 17 new rooms will be added to the guest rooms already in place through converting existing space and expanding the hotel. Renovating will involve giving 150 guest rooms a new image,…
  • 4 all-suite London hotels ideal for an extended stay.

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    One of the best known (and most expensive) hotels in the world, Dubai’s Burj al Arab, is an all-suite hotel. But if you want to stay somewhere that only offers suites, you don’t have to go all the way to the UAE. We have several hotels with nothing but suites, right here in London. They aren’t all super-posh, 5-star offerings either. There’s something for everyone, whether you want classy and exclusive or trendy and relaxed. Try one of these all-suite hotels, where everyone gets a sweet stay… Staybridge Suites Vauxhall For visitors to London, using a service like…
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  • Four Seasons New York Downtown Residences

    18 Aug 2015 | 5:03 pm
    The Four Seasons name is already associated with luxury hotel accommodations at some of the world’s most desired destinations. Now you can enjoy that same luxury with classic Four Seasons service at the Four Seasons New York Downtown Residences in Tribeca. These exquisite residences are located in a beautiful downtown building masterfully designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and developed by Silverstein Properties. The building is home to 157 luxury units with incredible, sweeping views of Central Park, all of Manhattan, and beyond. Each residential unit has been tastefully designed…
  • Starlab, Starwood Hotels & Resorts New Innovation Center

    14 Jun 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts earlier this year unveiled Starlab, which is the company’s new innovation studio. The studio is located in Manhattan’s Garment District. Starwood’s innovation center is design-led and promises to have the spirit and agility of a start-up. The office is helping to bring together the company’s digital, design and luxury brand teams in one urban office for the first time. The studio is 46,000 square feet.
  • 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…
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    Studio 2002 | Audio Video | Internet

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    Oscar Josip Canaby
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:42 am
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  • Vruća Čokolada za Kraj

    Oscar Josip Canaby
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    Što da se kaže za kraj? Najbolje bez previše patetike jer; Every 1’s a Winner. Baš tako; pobjednici su svi, a pošto se radi o Hot Chocolate, ali i ne samo zato, naravno; i mi ćemo se počastiti Vrućom Čokoladom za Kraj. Hvala vam svima koji ste pratili našu Top listu, bilo ovdje, online, ili […]
  • Every 1’s a Winner – Hot Chocolate

    Oscar Josip Canaby
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    Every 1’s a Winner je prvo mjesto ovog tjedna. Riječ je o novom remixu još jedne stare stvari grupe Hot Chocolate koja tako ima dvije stvari na Top-2. Sjećam se dobro, tada su ove snimke došle direktno iz Londona u Studio 2002, danas ih možete slušati ovdje, online. Neki će od vas primijetiti da je […]
  • I Want Your Sex

    Oscar Josip Canaby
    29 Jun 2014 | 2:42 am
    Samo bijesne stvari praše na Top listi Studija 2002. Ovog tjedna je čak 6 novih ulaza.   Stvari, glazbene teme koje su obilježile milenijum smijenjuju se na prvim mjestima našeg Topa ovog, prošlih, a i vrlo budućih tjedana. I Want Your Sex i George Michael su prvi danas. George zasigurno spada u Top svjetskih glazbenika […]
  • Hot Chocolate Broj 1

    Oscar Josip Canaby
    22 Jun 2014 | 4:35 am
    Hot Chocolate na poziciji broj 1. Riječ je o staroj temi You Sexy Thing  iz 70-ih godina, novi remix praši Top listama. Danas na našoj Top listi slušamo verziju od 12″. Naravno, da ne bude zabune i da sve bude jasno, kliknite na ikonicu desno “27 years“. Ovog tjedna samo jedan New Entry, ali pravi: […]
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    Are Morch - Hotel Blogger

  • How Blab Live Streaming for Hotels is the New Customer Experience

    Are Morch
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:19 am
    How Blab Live Streaming for Hotels is the New Customer Experience Live streaming has been around for a while. Ustream was one of the pioneers connecting Live Streaming with Social Media. And still is one of the largest Live streaming channels. Today there is also a Ustream app available. Google added Hangouts to their Social Networking platform Google+. As Social Media has evolved the Live Streaming channels has continued to evolve and got more popular. Meerkat and Periscope brought Live Streaming to new levels combined with new Mobile technology. Live Streaming was starting to really…
  • Why Social Multi-Channel Strategies is crucial for Hotels

    Are Morch
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Why Social Multi-Channel Strategies is crucial for Hotels Multi-Channel marketing is not new to Hotel Marketers. It represents the ability to interact with potential customers on various platforms. In this sense, a channel might be print, the internet, database, Web shop, App, Social Media and Events. Multi-Channel marketing is important for the simple reason that you must be where your customers are. And they are everywhere. If you need another reason, consider this: Multichannel customers spend three to four times more than single-channel customers do. A multi-channel Social Media strategy…
  • Welcoming Hotel Lobby Designs

    Are Morch
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:05 am
    Welcoming Hotel Lobby Designs When decoration ideas fall short, hotel lobby designs need to be comfortable. A hotel, by definition, is someone’s home away from home for a night or two. Fit out solutions in a hotel should fit the hospitality industry; a hotel makes guests comfortable. Setting up the lobby to be comfortable and welcoming is the biggest thing that can help bring customers in and keep them coming on trip after trip. If the front desk is difficult to get to, not obvious, or in a troublesome spot, guests will not enjoy the stay. The Front Desk The front desk where…
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    Rethink Hotels

  • Build A Culture Of Testing & Trying Things Out

    9 Aug 2015 | 10:13 pm
    One of the things and Expedia do very well is testing and optimizing. Most of the Ecommerce players in the market have this culture but these two are extremely well known for it. Have a look at the work that went into building for Business. We are seeing some of this happening in […]
  • New research on how travelers use online hotel reviews

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Reviews continue to be part of the shopping process for stays at hotels. Ask any hotel who is in the top 3 of their cities and find out the impact it has on their revenues. The internal processes and tools are now fueling this growth to these platforms. There are also tools that help you […]
  • Grow Your Direct Online Hotel Bookings By Optimizing & Personalizing Your Website

    16 Mar 2014 | 10:08 pm
    The practice of Revenue Management and having a strategy for your hotel can mean the difference between continued success and failure. Online marketing is just an extension of your overall Revenue Management strategy. Online Marketing is not only about using paid channels, like Adwords and Re-targeting, It is about your entire digital presence. At the […]
  • 5 Actions To Drive Groups Revenue Next Week

    9 Mar 2014 | 8:49 pm
    This is a guest post by Eden Grant There is confirmation that the Groups and Meetings space is geared to support hotel giants and independents, going into 2014. Today, there is demand for unique spaces and unconventional meeting ideas. This is the margin of opportunity when working towards supporting overall rate growth and a healthier […]
  • 3 Ingredients To Successful And Flexible Revenue Meetings

    21 Jan 2014 | 10:27 pm
    This is a guest post by Eden Grant In the revenue management game, the goal to remain competitive, innovative and consistent can be tough. In today’s revenue arena, we need to adapt and drive change projects, while holding on to beneficial procedures and standard tactics. How do you get the right mix of adaptability and […]
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    Premier Hotels Blog: London Premier Hotels

  • Travelling Cheaply in London

    Alex Demetrius
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:31 am
    London is beautiful and ancient and endlessly fascinating, but gosh is it expensive. There are incredible things to do all over, wonderful places to spend time in with your friends, wonders of world history to see, but with few exceptions it is all going to bleed your wallet. Just getting there is bad enough; it’s all very well searching for cheap and free cinema tickets, but it won’t make a difference if your tube ride to the cinema costs almost as much as the film itself. Transport is by far one of the biggest costs you will face in London, something especially galling in a city as…
  • The Twenty Teams of the Rugby World Cup 2015

    Alex Demetrius
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:10 am
    The Rugby World Cup 2015 is coming up in less than two months and this year the noble sport is returning to the country from whence it came, England. The twenty teams will be competing in twelve cities around this beautiful country, including London, Cardiff and Rugby, the birthplace of the sport. If you love the Rugby and want to see the sport played at its finest, be sure to book yourself into a room at one of the hotels in London Central and get tickets to this outstanding event. There are a lot of teams competing, so here is a bit of information to help you know what your side is up…
  • Quiet Beauty at the Horniman Museum

    Alex Demetrius
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:51 am
    Resting atop the beautiful Forest Hill in the south of London is the idyllic Horniman Museum. Among the gorgeously manicured grounds lies a gorgeous Victorian building containing many wonders for children and adults alike. If you are looking to spend some time enjoying the English summer outdoors in London, the Horniman is a truly ideal museum to visit. The Grounds Entry to the grounds, and the basic museum, is completely free; it’s a great place to go even if you only want to go for a nice stroll through the trees and gardens. The 16 acres of gardens include a listed conservatory, a…
  • What’s on in London: the Red Bull Air Race

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

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

  • Places and Hotels in Bali

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Places and Hotels in Bali – Travel to Asia is indeed a lot of choices, one of which went to Bali. Bali is located in the east of Java, Bali is Indonesia that has excellent tourism famous around the world. Besides well-known for its natural beauty, especially its beaches, Bali is also famous for the arts and culture are unique and interesting it is no wonder that Bali is always crowded visited by foreign tourists and domestic because a lot of interesting sights and beautiful to look at and make choice for a vacation. In addition to an attractive tourist spot in Bali there are also many…
  • Best Places to Tour in March 2016

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    Best Places to Tour in March 2016 – Vacation in March the most good is to go to China because China is a suitable choice for a tour in coming in next March 2016, the most suitable to go to China with all its splendor has many natural attractions. Even among difficult to be expressed by words. Vacation in March are many who choose to tour to china and surrounding areas, since there again the spring and will definitely be very beautiful and suitable for the visit. The following sights mandatory visit while on vacation in March: Yilan Yilan has several tourist attractions worth visiting…
  • Free Download Latest Game Kim Kardashian

    11 Aug 2015 | 6:23 am
    Free Download Latest Game Kim Kardashian – How to download the latest free game Kim Kardashian, many people who follow and love the game because the game Kardashian in the game as though we could be Kim, Kim and into the world because the game seems to be a mirror of the private life of Kim Kardashian. Do a photoshoot in here and there, so the runway models, go to the opening of the club in Miami, stroll downtown LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, flirting or just simply networking with other people just to ensure that it remains in the order of A-Lister. Download the latest free game Kim…
  • Top Ten Airlines in Asia

    11 Aug 2015 | 3:33 am
    Top Ten Airlines in Asia – If we want to go using the airway certainly we will look for the best airline and if possible the promo. Moreover, if we take a long trip certainly we think the first thing is to find the best airline and comfortable when we’re on the plane. in Asia alone there are many airlines but if looking for the best and convenient choice is only a little about ten airline only. It has proven and supported by research consultancy firm British flights, Skytrax World Airline Awards held back in 2015. One of the categories in the awards was the best airline category…
  • Greenest cities to travel in Eastern Europe

    6 Aug 2015 | 3:11 am
    Eastern Europe has become one of the most attractive destinations in the world for weekend breaks and longer holidays. The cities in this area of the world are steeped in tradition and culture. There is an abundance of impressive architecture whilst the standards of accommodation and service are fast approaching the levels already seen in Western Europe. The following are just a few of the must see destinations: Sibiu, Romania Located in Transylvania, Sibiu will fascinate and mesmerize any traveler. Of course, there is plenty of medieval architecture and several reminders that this was the…
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    Jamaica villa rental by Jamaica Ocean View Villa

  • Why Are Airline Tickets So Expensive?

    8 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
    Those who love the travel know that there are excellent deals to be had on accommodations, tours, even food. With the boom in vacation rentals and rental villas (which cost a lot less when split among several people) you don’t have to sacrifice quality or stay in a sketchy hostel to be able to afford
  • Pictures of sunsets in Jamaica

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

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

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

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

  • #AskDJV – Episode 36: How to Organize Social Media Content

    Mary Jo Caruso
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Social Media Management That’s where Episode 37 of the #AskDJV begins, so first, you should have a plan for organizing your social media content and posts.  In order to do that, you should start with some basic information: Who is your audience? What social media platforms do they use the most? Create a social media calendar Develop social relationships You have heard DJ mention cocktail parties in previous episodes of #AskDJV and in this episode, he discusses them again.  Remember the value this brings to the table with regards to social media management. Social Media for Business…
  • #AskDJV – Episode 35: 5 Video Content Secrets for Hotels

    Mary Jo Caruso
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Hotel Video Marketing Do you wonder how to use hotel video marketing without spending a fortune?  Can your hotel create great video content?  What tools should you use to create videos for your hotels?  How often should you create hotel videos? These questions and more are answered in Episode 35 of #AskDJV. YouTube Marketing There are more searches on YouTube every day than there are on Bing and Yahoo!, so it’s important that your hotel leverages this important platform and has video content created and posted up on YouTube.   Using DJ’s techniques in the video, after a short…
  • Lodging Interactive Becomes Member of ILHA

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    Lodging Interactive has joined the International Luxury Hotel Association (ILHA) as its newest Vendor Member. It is a great honor and privilege to have been accepted to such a prestigious and noteworthy organization.   The ILHA was originally formed in 2008 as the Luxury Hoteliers with the objective of sharing best practices within the luxury hotel industry. Membership grew so quickly it turned into the ILHA as we know it today under the leadership of its President, Barak Hirschowitz.   The organization is a collaborative effort of experts in the luxury hotel industry as well as…
  • Lodging Interactive Launches Live Streaming Marketing Service For Hotels

    23 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    Lodging Interactive Launches Live Streaming Marketing Service For Hotels New live streaming technology enables hotels to humanize their marketing. Parsippany, NJ: Lodging Interactive, the digital marketing and social media engagement firm exclusively serving the hospitality industry, today announced the launch of its live streaming marketing service for hotels.  The new service enables properties to leverage the powerful live streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope.     “Live streaming is a true game changer for the hospitality industry which focuses on experiential marketing and…
  • Why Image ALT tags are important to your website

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    You have been optimizing sites utilizing content keywords to increase your search engine rankings. But photos, renderings and videos are considered content. So how effectively are you using image Alt Attributes (a.k.a. Alt Tags or Alt Text) to increase search traffic and image ranking?   The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) sets open Web standards with international member participation. Their guidelines are used by designers, developers, authors and the like who write code or content. One of the more recent updates to W3C’s document, Techniques for WCAG 2.0, considers web content and…
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    HotelContractBeds: Blog

  • What Guests Really Want: Creating the Perfect Hotel Room

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
    We know, we know; it’s not possible to please all of your guests all of the time. Everyone is different and has different expectations/needs. A hotel’s job is to be as accommodating as possible, by creating a practical and comfortable place for its guests to stay. We’ve crawled internet forums such as reddit and Quora to find out what people really want and expect from their hotel rooms (and it’s surprisingly basic). “Must-Have’s” for the Perfect Hotel Room Somewhere to put luggage It’s essential for guests to have somewhere to put their luggage. There’s nothing worse than…
  • Making the Most of Your Hotel Lobby: Functionality Over Design

    23 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    The Hotel Lobby is one of the most important rooms in your hotel (with the obvious exception of the guest rooms themselves). This is because the lobby is the first room your guests experience when they arrive at your hotel and, as we all know, first impressions count for a lot. The hotel lobby is the heart of your hotel, and often has more than one function. As a result the space should be creatively segmented to provide ‘zones’ that serve for different needs. It’s All About the Guests The best lobbies/reception areas are those that cater to their guests, providing them not only with…
  • 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…
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