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  • Jerry Weinstein, Long-Time Chelsea Hotel Front Desk Manager Dies at 81

    Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog
    Anonymous Blogger
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    The Chelsea Hotel community mourns the passing of Jerry Weinstein.  Jerry was born October 3, 1933 and spent his early years growing up in the Bronx, which is where he metthe Bard family.  After a career in Social Work he joined the Chelsea Hotel staff as the front desk manager in 1979.  A job offered to him by his childhood friend, Stanley Bard.  Jerry served as Stanley’s right-hand man up until 2007, when the Bard family was ousted. In addition to his official duties, Jerry also conducted a series of very popular tours of the Chelsea Hotel.  And, for the…
  • Vietnam's growth attracts hotel development

    AH&LA SmartBrief
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    Vietnam's position as one of the globe's leading "high frontier growth markets" is attracting hotel development, according to -More- 
  • In Haiti, a Marriotta s opening is the latest milestone in quake recovery

    Hotel News
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Actor Sean Penn, second from left, greets former president Bill Clinton at the opening ceremony for the Marriott Port-au-Prince in Haiti. The $45 million hotel is expected to employ 200 people.
  • From Jaunted + VegasChatter: All You Can Jet and All You Can Shop

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    juliana
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City. JAUNTED · 3 Places to Eat and Drink and Avoid The Spring Breakers in Key West · British Airways is Looking for a Few Good Instagrammers to Travel for Free · $160 is the Price for One Month of Flights with AirAsia's New ASEAN Pass · Why This Writer Loves 'Staycations' (And Why We're Calling It Something Else)
  • A Milestone Worth Celebrating

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    Marriott on the Move
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    It’s all about the customer. It was certainly true back in 1984 when we opened our first Courtyard Hotel and it’s true today as we gear up to open our one thousandth Courtyard. I would never have believed it. Back when we had the idea to create a select-service hotel...
 
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  • In Haiti, a Marriotta s opening is the latest milestone in quake recovery

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Actor Sean Penn, second from left, greets former president Bill Clinton at the opening ceremony for the Marriott Port-au-Prince in Haiti. The $45 million hotel is expected to employ 200 people.
  • Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing Opens

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, a 348-room hotel located in downtown Philadelphia. Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, a 348-room hotel located in downtown Philadelphia.
  • Starwood Hotels Debuts 14th Hotel in Texas with the Grand Opening of...

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    The property will celebrate its opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and private reception attended by McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller and members of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. Sheraton McKinney is located 30 miles northeast of downtown Dallas and a short drive from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
  • Starwood Hotels Launches New "ProMeetings" App - A Mobile Solution for Planners on the Go

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    The Latest in a Series of Innovative New B2B Technologies, ProMeetings Makes It Easy to Manage Events in Real-Time from the Palm of Your Hand Meeting planners can now manage events on-site, right from the palm of their hand, thanks to a powerful new app launched today by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. . Through ProMeetings planners who are SPG or SPG Pro members, can submit on-property requests - from an extension cord, to coffee service, to a change in lighting and everything in between - directly to associates who can fulfill requests in real time.
  • Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Expands Southern California Footprint...

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:27 am
    HFTP is the premier global professional association serving members in hospitality careers. Since 1952, HFTP's mission has been to provide members with superior networking opportunities, industry-leading events, comprehensive certification programs, unique educational opportunities, and other essential resources for professional growth.
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  • From Jaunted + VegasChatter: All You Can Jet and All You Can Shop

    juliana
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City. JAUNTED · 3 Places to Eat and Drink and Avoid The Spring Breakers in Key West · British Airways is Looking for a Few Good Instagrammers to Travel for Free · $160 is the Price for One Month of Flights with AirAsia's New ASEAN Pass · Why This Writer Loves 'Staycations' (And Why We're Calling It Something Else)
  • San Francisco: The Park Central Hotel Has Taken Over The Westin Market Street in SF

    juliana
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The San Francisco hotel scene continues to be upgraded. The Westin Market Street hotel is no longer. Well, of course, the building and hotel still exist, however it is now going by the new name Park Central Hotel.The change happened in late January when LaSalle Hotel Properties purchased the 681-room hotel and installed Highgate Hotel to manage it. The property will undergo only "modest renovations" and the restaurant MaSo will stay in place. The hotel will focus on bringing in some new programs and new partnerships with local affiliations. As for the WiFi, which was free in the lobby and pay…
  • Lake Louise: All About That Lake: The Killer View from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

    wakeandwander
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:33 pm
    View from the far side of the lake of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise We've highlighted the natural beauty of the Fairmont Banff Springs in the past, but its lesser-known sister property, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, is no slouch when it comes to killer views herself. A few years ago, we dreamed about what it might be like to stay there, and now we have experienced it first hand. We'll dive in a little deeper next week, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out what attracts people to this property. It is positioned next to Lake Louise, which is fed by several glaciers that trickle…
  • Washington: DC is Readying a Bunch of New Hotels in Time for the 2016 Election

    DesignMinder
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Only 620 days until the 2016 election, but who’s counting? The momentum is building and hoteliers in the DC area are physically building new hotels as well as renovating in advance of what will be a very important presidential election. Let’s review who's on the hotel ballot:
  • Tell Us: Do You Dress Up To Visit Hotels?

    juliab
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    Breakfast dress code at the Bauer Il Palazzo, Venice It’s time for another OpenThread! Last week we discussed the pleasures of hanging out in hotels. Today, it’s time for some detail about said hanging out. Largely, do you abide by dress codes? I’ll start off. Being English, and having enjoyed my seminal hotel moments in Europe, I am a stickler for dress codes. In real life, I’m a dress down kinda girl. But when I visit hotels, I’d rather be over than underdressed.
 
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  • A Milestone Worth Celebrating

    Marriott on the Move
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    It’s all about the customer. It was certainly true back in 1984 when we opened our first Courtyard Hotel and it’s true today as we gear up to open our one thousandth Courtyard. I would never have believed it. Back when we had the idea to create a select-service hotel...
  • The Presidents Club

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:21 am
    A Presidents Day Book Review "The Presidents Club" book was a wonderful insight in the behind-the-scenes events that took place during the presidencies of Truman through Obama. When I was young, the only president I knew about was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. When Truman succeeded Roosevelt, I was old enough to...
  • Heart of the House

    Marriott on the Move
    7 Feb 2015 | 5:03 pm
    I do like to talk (and blog) about our associates who serve our guests every day. Some work in the front of the house and some work behind the scenes in what’s called the “back of the house.” No matter where they work, we’re shinning the spotlight on their outstanding...
  • 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...
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  • Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Mandarin) • Kung Hee Fat Choy! (Cantonese)

    admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — It has been a very busy week at almost all our properties across the Pacific and Indian oceans as we hosted events tied to the Chinese (lunar) New Year. In Waikīkī, there were lion dances, … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Our first Town Hall meeting for 2015 at Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort

    admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    BY VIMI MOHABEERSING — On Friday, Feb. 13, the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort held our first Town Hall meeting for the year at Ti Marmite host restaurant. General Manager Pieter van der Hoeven thanked all the hosts for their dedication … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Resorts Opening Series – UH baseball

    admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    BY KATHY HANSBERRY — It was another sports-packed weekend for #teamOutrigger, this time at the Les Murakami Stadium for the Outrigger Resorts Opening Series as the UH baseball team hosted a four-day series against the Oregon Ducks from Feb. 13 … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Host announcements

    admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    BY DARREN EDMONSTONE AND BARRY WALLACE — Sales and marketing manager announced for Castaway Island, Fiji and events and activities manager at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. We are pleased to join Human Resources in welcoming Kini Saukuru as sales … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort makes wishes come true

    admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    BY ATTAPHON SAE-TAN (PAUL) — The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort (TLR) organized a fundraising project to send some cheer to children in need at The Life Home Project children’s shelter, a home for 30 children with special needs. The … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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    Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog

  • Jerry Weinstein, Long-Time Chelsea Hotel Front Desk Manager Dies at 81

    Anonymous Blogger
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    The Chelsea Hotel community mourns the passing of Jerry Weinstein.  Jerry was born October 3, 1933 and spent his early years growing up in the Bronx, which is where he metthe Bard family.  After a career in Social Work he joined the Chelsea Hotel staff as the front desk manager in 1979.  A job offered to him by his childhood friend, Stanley Bard.  Jerry served as Stanley’s right-hand man up until 2007, when the Bard family was ousted. In addition to his official duties, Jerry also conducted a series of very popular tours of the Chelsea Hotel.  And, for the…
  • RIP: Larry (Nikki) Nichols - 1941 - 2014

    Anonymous Blogger
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    It is with sadness that the Chelsea Hotel community learned of the recent passing of Nikki Nichols. According to his good friend, Gabriel Marchisio, Nikki was born in Portland, Oregon in August 1941and died there on December 7, 2014. Nicky Nichols was an actor and costume designer, best known for his work on Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain (1973). Nikki resided at the Chelsea Hotel from 2003 - 2006. Nikki at the Chelsea in 2010 During that time, Nikki and his pug Wallis, were welcome fixtures in the Hotel Chelsea lobby.  Nikki was someone who could always be counted on to support…
  • This week in Gentrification Art/Entertainment

    Anonymous Blogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Monday, 8/18/14 – 10:00 PM Tonight you can hit catch the monthly “Gentrification” comedy series at Brooklyn restaurant, The Creek and the Cave.  Comedy starts at 10:00 PM.  The monthly event is hosted by Dee Marie & Tiana Miller. Thursday, 8/21/14 – 8:30 PM On Thursday, August 21, “It’s so up and coming…” Khalid Rahmaan hosts the free comedy show in almost gentrified Brooklyn, with music from DJ Mike Styles. Every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month @ 8:30 pm. So you don’t feel like hitting a comedy club in Brooklyn for your dose of “gentrification…
  • Fighting the Power of Greed with Poetry: Poetic People Power’s “Closed: NYC Shuts its Doors to Artists”

    Anonymous Blogger
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Poetry readings are a decidedly mixed bag: they can be interminable snooze-fests, or, like Wednesday night’s show by the folks from Poetic People Power, exciting, engaging, and inspirational.  In the show, seven New York area poets took on the topic of the ongoing gentrification of New York and how the increasing rent and destruction of community space is making it impossible for artists to live here anymore. The seven poets—Shetal Shah, Pamela Sneed, Justin Woo, Scottt Raven, Tara Bracco (who also produced and hosted), Andy Emeritz, Vaimoana Niumeitolo were all highly competent and…
  • Brooklyn Artist Appeals for Selfies for Anti-Gentrification Documentary Project

    Anonymous Blogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    As Brooklyn social worker and performer Imani Henry points out, and as most of us are seeing first hand, “rents are increasing while incomes are decreasing.”  In a recent article in The Guardian, Chris Toenes, a social worker who supports Henry's program, relates an anecdote about an older man who is astonished to find out that the old African American neighborhood of Braggtown, North Carolina, has now been rechristened as “Colonial Heights”, by developers hoping to attract a more well-to-do class of residents. The neighborhood’s new name, of course, betrays an ominous…
 
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  • Nevada Online Sports Betting FAQ

    Benjamin Barber
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    We’ve gotten a lot of inquiries about online sports wagering in Las Vegas, so we put together this post to clarify some issues. Is it online sports betting legal in Nevada? Yes, as long as you sign up at a casino sports book authorized to accept online wagering. All Station Casinos, Red Rock, Green Valley … Continue reading Nevada Online Sports Betting FAQ → The post Nevada Online Sports Betting FAQ appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • March Madness Preview

    StationsAdmin
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:38 pm
    March Mayhem Tournament Schedule Tournament Location Dates West Coast Conference Championships Orleans Arena Mar 5-10 Mountain West Conference Championships Thomas & Mack Center Mar 9-14 WAC Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena Mar 11-14 PAC-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament MGM Grand Garden Arena Mar 11-14 March Madness Tips Don’t miss college hoops in March at Station Casinos! Calling … Continue reading March Madness Preview → The post March Madness Preview appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Progressive Fortune Pai Gow Poker℠

    StationsAdmin
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    Play SHFL’s Fortune Pai Gow Poker at Your Favorite Station Casinos Location Part strategy, part good fortune, Fortune Pai Gow Poker pits you against the dealer in this unique game.  You and the dealer each receive 7 cards and place them into a 5 card hand and a 2 card hand.  The goal is to have … Continue reading Progressive Fortune Pai Gow Poker℠ → The post Progressive Fortune Pai Gow Poker℠ appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • The 2015 Mint 400 in Las Vegas

    Jon Fish
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:18 am
    Known as “The Great American Off-Road Race,” the Mint 400 is once again taking place annually in Las Vegas Nevada.  This is one of the most storied and grueling races in US racing history.  Started 1967 by Norm Johnson as a promotional tool for his hotel, The Mint, the annual race was run annually until … Continue reading The 2015 Mint 400 in Las Vegas → The post The 2015 Mint 400 in Las Vegas appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
  • Double Diamond Classic Slot Play

    Benjamin Barber
    13 Feb 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Play IGT’s Double Diamond™ at Station Casinos Double up on your Diamonds at Station Casino with IGT’s Double Diamond for some real classic video slot action! Double Diamond features a 5-reel, 9-line version of a proven favorite and is destined to become the next in a long line of Double Diamond classic games. What makes this game a winner? Check it … Continue reading Double Diamond Classic Slot Play → The post Double Diamond Classic Slot Play appeared first on Station Casinos Blog.
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  • Email Marketing 101 – Part 4

    Phil Hollows
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    How to be Successful with Email Marketing 101 The previous three articles in the “Email Marketing 101″ series dealt with three core concepts: Why you should be email marketing; When to start email marketing; and How to start email marketing. But email marketing isn’t an end point, or a static goal. It’s an ongoing process. While automation can and does yield significant benefits, you still have to make certain commitments to be successful. If, however, you’re an avid blogger or content marketer, meeting these commitments isn’t going to be a big deal. To…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 3

    Phil Hollows
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    How to Start with Email Marketing Honestly: Don’t over think it. Sending blog updates by email is not only great, but also very much good enough – you’re saving your blog’s subscribers the time and effort to remember to go back to your site. Your content is already great, and now people have invited you to send it to them whenever you write. That’s what they want; so go ahead. Give it to them. Here’s how you get started: Choose a reputable, supported email service (because nobody wants to end up being labeled spammer, right? Right). Behave well, always (ALWAYS) use dual opt-in,…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 2

    Phil Hollows
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    When to Start Email Marketing In the previous Email Marketing 101 post, I talked about why email marketing is vital. Today I’ll talk about when - when to start your email marketing efforts. Good news! It’s a one word answer: Now. No, I’m serious. Don’t delay because “I’m not big enough” or “I don’t have enough traffic.” You simply don’t know when and which subscriber will be the one that buys from you, spreads the word about you, or invests in you. Look at it this way. As you start out, you’re building pages; thinking about SEO; looking at analytics. You’re…
  • Email Marketing 101, Part 1

    Phil Hollows
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    Why Email When you think about building your site for the first time, you’re probably also thinking about your Facebook presence. After all, that’s where the people are, right? OK, that makes sense at a superficial level. But there are two problems with emphasizing platforms like Facebook instead of your own site and your own list: Facebook owns Facebook. Building your online presence on someone else’s digital turf which they adjust to please themselves (and not you) is risky. Facebook stinks for engagement. “Stinks” – a bit strong, you say? Well, according to…
  • Superbowl XLIX: On Luck, Preparedness and Execution

    Phil Hollows
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    [Bear with me -- this isn't a sports piece] Wow – that was quite the game. As a Patriots fan living in New England I was very, very vested in the outcome, and I’m obviously happy with the result. But it was a darned close call. As those last few plays unfolded, there was the amazingly lucky catch that put the Seahawks at 1st and 6. Then, out of nowhere, New England got “lucky” twice: Firstly, when Seattle tried an unnecessarily high risk play just to waste time, and secondly when the rookie intercepted the ball, effectively securing victory for New England. Three…
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  • Time for Hotels to Focus on Driving Direct Bookings

    Madigan Pratt
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    I’m sure you have already heard the news that Expedia is planning on buying Orbitz in a $1.34 billion deal. To read the Wall Street Journal’s take on situation, just click here. What caught my eye was a line in the second paragraph which says the “deal is sure to spark grumbling from hotel and airline operators, who are wary of having even bigger companies standing between them and their customers.” As a hotel operator I hope you are doing more than just grumbling. There has never been a better time for hotels to commit to driving significantly more direct…
  • TripAdvisor Business Listings For Life?

    Madigan Pratt
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    While at first this may sound like a good thing, be careful what you wish for. Hoteliers really need to know the financial implications of the road ahead. Last week we posted an article about how hotels have been hit with TripAdvisor sticker shock when it came time to renew their Business Listing. They are seeing renewal costs double and triple over what they paid the previous year. Have you budgeted for that? No one knows how much TripAdvisor is planning on raising their costs in the years ahead. However some recent moves seem to be sending a clear signal that they want hotels to be…
  • 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…
 
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  • Booking.com’s app for last-minute deals comes to Europe

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Booking.com has announced the launch of its Booking Now app for iOS users in the UK, following its launch in the US and Canada in January. The app will push into mainland Europe from next week on. An Android version is also in the works.
  • A tiny acquisition that could make a huge difference for Priceline

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Another day, another acquisition in online travel. But in this game of giants and billion-dollar deals, why is Priceline even bothering with a niche company that's worth pocket change compared to some of its other assets? Becuase Rocketmiles can help it satisfy a deep and abiding need.
  • TripAdvisor launches ‘neighbourhoods’ feature

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Users visiting selected popular tourist destination pages with the neighbourhoods feature on TripAdvisor desktop and mobile sites can view descriptions of each city’s primary local areas, as well as a map displaying the locations.
  • Starwood Hotels launches new “ProMeetings” app

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Through ProMeetings planners who are SPG or SPG Pro members, can submit on-property requests - from an extension cord, to coffee service, to a change in lighting and everything in between - directly to associates who can fulfill requests in real time.
  • Digital travel sales in Brazil to top $13 billion

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Brazil will account for just 2.6% of digital travel sales worldwide this year, but that’s a substantial amount for a Latin American country. Mexico, which is second in the region, will account for 2.3% of global sales, while Argentina will contribute just 0.4% of the total.
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  • Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90

    GJE
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 I took this photo of the painting of the Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 by Hendrik Willem Mesdag in the Groninger Museum. I’m not sure whether the painting belongs to its collection or not. I took the photo to use it for a post here about Hendrik Willem Mesdag, an important Dutch painter of the The Hague School. We have a panorama in The Hague, Panorama Mesdag and we have the Mesdag Collection in The Hague, a small museum which consists of his former home and studio’s, but also of the small museum he built himself for his own art…
  • Quote of the Day (20) – no D.O.M. but S.S.C.

    GJE
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:14 am
    Long time no quotes, but here is one;-) I’m not a Dirty Old Man, but a Sexy Senior Citizen is an apt sign I saw at the back of a car. Quote of the Day (20) – no D.O.M. but S.S.C. is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Monday, February 9, 2015Quote of the Day (20) – no D.O.M. but S.S.C. is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Skull Speakers

    GJE
    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

    GJE
    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

    GJE
    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?
 
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  • Extreme hotel makeover: Malliouhana Anguilla

    Laura House
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    We love a good comeback story – and the revamp of the once-glamorous Malliouhana hotel on the isle of Anguilla is a rich tale. Opened in 1984 by a wealthy English garment baron and his landscape designer wife, this exclusive Caribbean retreat embodied the excess of that era: silver service, a dictionary-sized wine list and a massive pirate ship ‘sunk’ in the kiddie pool. We have visions of Dynasty at the beach. Who pushed JR into the pool? Under the tasteful direction of the luxury-experts at Auberge Resorts, Malliouhana was recently restored to its former glory and the jet-set…
  • Tulum spa guide: Three must-try treatments

    Amelia Mularz
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Is your chakra in check? It’s a reasonable question should you find yourself in the Riviera Maya’s hippie hangout, Tulum. The seaside town is known for its spa rituals, many of them based on ancient Mayan and Aztec practices. That’s why we’ve rounded up the three therapies you won’t want to miss when you’re in this neck of the Yucatán. Save your mani/pedi for when you’re back home. 1. Aztec Chakra Balancing Massage, Yäan Wellness Energy Spa at Be Tulum Swedish, shiatsu, hot stone… you’re probably familiar with the usual massage methods.
  • Maalifushi by Como: the Maldives’ new star spa resort

    Kate Weir
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:33 am
    Pause for a second and imagine the lullaby of the Indian Ocean’s gently lapping waves, the nimble fingers of a skilled masseur working the knots out of your shoulders and the scent of tropical flowers drifting in on a gentle breeze: ladies and gents, welcome to the magical Maldivian spa at Maalifushi by Como… Bali’s Como Shambhala Estate may have nabbed the Best Spa Hotel 2014 gong at the most recent Smith Hotel Awards, but its atoll-perched sister property Maalifushi by Como has a swish overwater offering that’s turning heads. With visage-refreshing Guinot…
  • Learn Maltese with Casa Ellul

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:12 am
    Malta’s one of the hottest spots in Europe – Valletta‘s officially the sunniest capital on the continent – but its language is perhaps the coolest. You’ve have no problem whatsoever finding English speakers, of course (decades of British rule will do that to a country) but why not give the local lingo a go? Louise Pullicino, general manager of historic boutique hotel Casa Ellul in Valletta, gave us a quick primer on Maltese… Hello! – Bongu! Goodbye! – Caw! Please – Jekk Joghgbok Thank you – Grazzi Excuse me – Skuzani Do you speak English? – Inti titkellem…
  • Borgo Egnazia, Puglia: hotel of the week

    Madevi Dailly
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:24 am
    When it comes to nabbing the best Mediterranean escapes, it pays to plan ahead. Just off the strikingly pretty Puglian coast, Borgo Egnazia has us aching to get our diaries out… STYLE Fairy-tale village resort SETTING Shore-side olive groves Why this week? If, like us,  you’ve been lusting all winter for clear skies and warm seas, the first signs of spring are bound to trigger an uncontrollable desire to book a beach holiday. We prescribe a spot of Puglian pampering: Borgo Egnazia is offering 20 per cent off stays booked by 28 February (excluding July and August). Our favourite bits…
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    Hotel Law Blog

  • Succession planning for the family-owned hospitality business

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    12 February 2015 Succession planning for the family-owned hospitality business: protecting your family and your business The hospitality industry has been kind to families over the centuries, providing a good living for many, and significant wealth for others. Whether your family owns a hotel management company or hotels — involved with one or two small properties or a large chain of hotels — the responsibilities of your family-owned business are as profound as the advantages. Ensuring that the business continues to operate and provide for the family and others whose livelihood…
  • Just published: The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide — free download

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    03 February, 2015 Click here for the latest articles on ADA Compliance & Defense. New Resource: The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide Download your free copy now! The Global Hospitality Group® of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to announce the latest publication in our We Wrote the Book™ series : The ADA Compliance and Defense Guide, a practical handbook for owners and operators of hotels, restaurants, golf courses, spas and sports facilities, banks and other financial institutions, retail stores, shopping centers, theaters, sports arenas, and other places of…
  • 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.  This article was first published by EB5Investors.com on January 28, 2015.   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…
  • 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…
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    National Real Estate Investor

  • 10 Most Profitable Safe Havens for Single-Family Rentals

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:18 pm
    RealtyTrac, a provider of housing data and analytics, has created a list of top 10 markets that combine low risk (based on low unemployment rates) with the potential for double-digit gross annual yields. Interstitial Ads Frequency:  -1 read more
  • Health Care Tenants Prefer Small Spaces to Big Boxes

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    As health care becomes more patient-focused, many providers have moved into retail space to become more accessible and convenient. But property owners who expect to backfill empty massive big boxes with health care tenants will probably be disappointed, experts warn. read more
  • Retail Sustainability: Do Shoppers Even Care?

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:20 am
    Until recently, there was scant data to help owners understand whether shoppers even noticed the green features of retail buildings and, if so, whether those initiatives impacted their loyalty towards certain retail projects. read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 26, 2015)

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:08 am
    Sears Holdings Corp. said that its plan to sell and lease back some stores may raise more than $2 billion, reports Bloomberg. Forest City Enterprises aims to sell or shed a handful of properties—including most of its Cleveland buildings—to prepare to become a REIT, according to Cleveland.com. Private equity firms like Blackstone are taking a more sedate approach with big clients, signifying that the industry is moving away from its former free-wheeling spirit, notes the New York Times. These are among today's must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (February 25, 2015)

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    Cushman & Wakefield is going up for sale, reports the Wall Street Journal. Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay will form two real estate joint ventures in the U.S. and Canada, according to Reuters. Hines and Novak Bros. are developing The Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center in Georgetown, Texas, reports Commercial Property Executive. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry. Content Classification:  Curated read more
 
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    Chefforfeng's Weblog

  • Reputation Management Links and Tips for Innkeepers

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

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

    Chef Forfeng
    7 Feb 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Crepe Ingredients: 2 cups Milk 2 cups Flour 2 tsp. Kosher salt 3 tsp. Sugar 2 Tbs. Vegetable Oil Preparation: Whisk Ingredients well until smooth. Heat a non-stick crepe pan on medium to high heat. Spray surface with cooking spray when pan is hot. Using a 4 oz ladle, ladle batter into the pan and swirl until batter is spread thin. Cook crepes over medium to high heat (medium if you are using gas, high if you are using electric) Once you see  a few bubbles forming on the top of the crepe, use a heat resist plastic spatula to flip the crepe over. After both sides are cooked, layer around an…
  • Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Linkedin

    Chef Forfeng
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    © Prykhodov | Dreamstime.com – 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 http://www.linkedin.com (for personal) http://www.linkedin.com/company/add/show  (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, https://www.facebook.com/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…
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    London Hotels Insight

  • The Lanesborough’s butlers start tweeting behind the scenes!

    Laura
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:32 am
    It’s not long now until the Lanesborough‘s greatly anticipated grand reopening. More than a year since its doors closed for refurbishment, the prestigious hotel will be throwing them open again this spring. Now part of the Oetker Collection, this beloved establishment will surely be revealing its new incarnation to much applause and acclaim. If you can’t wait for the relaunch, you can keep up with the latest happenings from the hotel’s very own butlers on their dedicated Twitter account. Followers of @LanesButlers will get all the most recent news, including sneak peek…
  • London joins the line-up for potential Virgin Hotels.

    Laura
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:39 am
    Richard Branson’s Virgin brand does just about everything from flights and holidays to TV and mobile phones. And now they’re busy building the latest addition to the Virgin family – Virgin Hotels. If you can’t afford to hire Branson’s private Necker Island, his new hotels are sure to be much more affordable. The first property opened last autumn in Chicago, but London has recently been confirmed as one of the locations under consideration for future hotels. Along with Paris and several US destinations, from San Francisco to Miami, Virgin is scoping out a number of…
  • London hotel teaches men how to please their brides.

    Chris Glithero
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:52 am
    While hotels are ostensibly there to provide a place to stay and perhaps a little luxury, many today offer something a little extra to lure in specific types of guests. For the Best Western Plus in Woodford Green, that group of guests is soon-to-be-married couples, or to be more specific, ‘clueless men’. The hotel in Oak Hill has recently launched its ‘Groom Academy’, which General Manager Sara Chegwidden says will, “transform clueless men into perfect husbands who know how to keep romance alive.” The academy, which can be included as part of a wedding package, will see grooms…
  • Langham Hospitality eyes up London for new luxury hotel brand.

    Laura
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    London’s The Langham has been a presence in the capital since the 1860s, and Langham Hospitality Group is now considering the city for its new luxury brand. Cordis Hotels and Resorts will be launched in several locations, with London in good company with Hong Kong, New York and Dubai also on the list. The first Cordis is expected to open this year in Hong Kong, with management agreements and letters of intent already lined up for eight hotels in seven cities, expected to open in the next three years. These include five hotels in China, one in Bali and one in Sri Lanka. As well as…
  • Eau de cocktail at the Hotel Café Royal?

    Laura
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Taste and scent are irrevocably interlinked, so how food or drink smells can play a big part in its flavour. But hopefully the Hotel Café Royal‘s new range of cocktails, inspired by Givenchy’s new L’atelier collection, don’t taste like you’ve just knocked back a bottle of eau de parfum. The exclusive cocktail range served in the hotel’s Green Bar, has been designed to mirror the seven new fragrances by the designer brand. Created by the bar’s award-winning team led by Tiziano Tasso, mixologist at Café Royal’s The Club, they launched at the start…
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    Hospitality Law Check-In

  • Hospitality Sector Leads the Way

    <a href='http://www.gtlaw.com/People/NelsonFMigdal'>Nelson Migdal</a>
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:26 am
    It is difficult, if not impossible, to miss all of the positive indicators pointing to a robust and exceedingly vibrant hospitality sector. Whether it is the acquisition, financing, construction or opening of a limited service hotel in a suburban location or a non-NFL city, or the awe inspiring deals like the sale of the Waldorf Astoria or the Baccarat, the signs are all positive and the appetite for trophy product seems insatiable. Our experience working on both the Waldorf Astoria and Baccarat transactions has provided an up close and personal view of just how powerful our industry is right…
  • Considerations for the Boat Slip Sales Re-Emergence

    <a href='http://www.gtlaw.com/People/GlennAGerena?wosView=quickContact'>Glenn Gerena</a>
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The long dormant boat slip and storage unit sales market is re-emerging after years of dismal sales. Marinas such as Sunset Harbour Yacht Club in Miami Beach, which had long slip sell lists a few years ago, now have waiting lists to buy slips, according to Ginger Hornaday of AquaMarine Global Group. The Sun-Sentinel recently reported on the re-emergence of the market for boat slip and boat storage sales in South Florida. The Sun-Sentinel noted an uptick in sales at Soverel Harbour Marina in Palm Beach Gardens and The Bluffs Marina in Jupiter, as well as the grand opening of the Dania Beach…
  • Employee Characteristics and Effective Hotel Leadership

    <a href='http://www.gtlaw.com/People/NelsonFMigdal'>Nelson Migdal</a>
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Written by Nelson F. Migdal and Molly Kane. What are the most important characteristics to possess in the hospitality industry? This question was recently posed among a highly experienced group of hospitality industry attorneys. Responses to the question included: enthusiasm for customer experience, working as a team, reliability, honesty, and being proactive as among the most important characteristics to possess in the hospitality industry. We thought the question was worth a deeper look. On Bill Marriott’s list of 12 Rules for Success he states that “it is more important to hire…
  • Which Family is Welcome at the Club?

    <a href='http://www.gtlaw.com/People/GlennAGerena?wosView=quickContact'>Glenn Gerena</a>
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The days of the men’s golf club are over, and clubs that emphasize family oriented facilities are increasingly more common. Both traditional golf clubs and other clubs are struggling to define the family of members who have facilities use privileges. The trend is to expand the family definition, especially in resort and second home communities, to attract the family oriented market. Clubs have adopted a number of different family definitions: One member with option to pay additional joining payment and dues for family members; One joining payment for membership, but single, couple…
  • Resigned Members: It’s the Same Category

    <a href='http://www.gtlaw.com/People/GlennAGerena?wosView=quickContact'>Glenn Gerena</a>
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Spikes v. Hamilton Farms Golf Club (D. NJ 2014) Meiselman v. Hamilton Farms Golf Club (D. NJ 2011) Clubs that resell resigned memberships generally have separate “sell lists” for each membership category. Therefore, if a club sells memberships in a different membership category, those sales do not trigger resales of resigned memberships and the corresponding refund payments to the resigned members. When clubs issue memberships in “new” categories, the question arises as to whether the new category is truly a different membership category. In two separate cases (one…
 
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    Are Morch - Hotel Blogger

  • 3 Seasonal Marketing Strategies For Hotels To Drive Traffic

    Are Morch
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    3 Seasonal Marketing Strategies For Hotels To Drive Traffic Seasonal is most likely one of your most dreaded words as a hotel marketer. Slow seasons mean finding inventive ways to re-frame an offering or get it in front of new audiences, which can be creatively draining and leave you wondering whether your efforts will pay off. And busy seasons, while welcome, are stressful because there never seems to be enough hours in the day. However, with a proper strategy in place, not only will you be able to capitalize on busy seasons without running yourself in to the ground, you’ll also be able to…
  • How Hospitality eCommerce Startups Can Use Social to Get Their First Leads

    Are Morch
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:51 am
    How Hospitality eCommerce Startups Can Use Social to Get Their First Leads Social media is great for all industries, and this is especially true for hospitality businesses. Because the industry of hospitality is built on the happiness of customers, the visual nature of social media actually helps the marketing program of any hospitality business. Here are some ideas that are centered on creating an effective marketing program for your hospitality business using social media. Multimedia First of all, use the concept of multimedia. Most of the successful hospitality businesses around the world…
  • 5 Ways to Market Your Hotel Business to Oversea Visitors

    Are Morch
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    5 Ways to Market Your Hotel Business to Oversea Visitors Hotel businesses have traditionally been a marketing challenge due to restrictions on worldwide communication. However, international hotel marketing has become much easier for businesses in today’s world because the Internet has simplified the marketing process. Businesses can now find prospective clients faster and at lower costs. Hotel businesses can even utilize online tools to fill same-day vacancies. Below are five ways from Hunt Migration to market your hotel business to visitors from overseas. 1. Travel Agencies Travel…
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    Premier Hotels Blog: London Premier Hotels

  • Deciding about which transport Pass to choose

    Alex Demetrius
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:01 am
    It can be rather confusing making a decision as to which transport card to use when in London. The three options (Oyster, contactless payment and Travelcard) available to use the public transport system, can stump travellers who are new to the city of London. Using public transport is the most cost-effective way to get around the city. Whether it is for travel to the numerous tourist attractions in the city or to the hotels in Queensway, it will save you a packet in comparison to using any private form of transport. Trying to select the most effective transport pass mode depends mainly on the…
  • The Shard – An iconic landmark

    Alex Demetrius
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:14 am
    One of London’s most iconic structures is the Shard, which has the distinction of being out of the highest   buildings in Western Europe. At an impressive 95 storeys rising up to 310m (1,016ft) it dwarfs most other structures that dot the London skyline. In fact it is close to double of the previous tallest structure that lies at Canary Wharf. With 306 flights of stairs, it has 44 lifts and uses the latest in lift technology including double-decker lifts. The view offered from the observation deck of the top floor of the building is breathtaking. On a clear day you can practically look…
  • Unravelling the mystery of London transport fares for children

    Alex Demetrius
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:09 am
    One of the most consuming things in the transport system is the child fares on that are charged on London’s Underground and buses. They differ every year and also are different for different areas in the city. The authorities generally make revisions and alterations on 2nd January every year when ticket prices and regulations undergo a review and normally changes are introduced which in particular have to do with child fares. Travelling with kids to different zones in the city might cost quite a bit, if a traveller is not aware of the different fares that apply to kids. The fares differ as…
  • Travel light to enjoy a fabulous holiday

    Alex Demetrius
    7 Feb 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Going on a holiday is a pleasurable experience, especially if it is after a long and hectic period spent juggling between professional and personal commitments! It does of course take a fair bit of planning and preparation to ensure you have a hassle free and thoroughly enjoyable holiday. There are quite a few things to keep in mind when we are in the process, which include making hotel and transport reservations, air-tickets, visa preparations and of course packing and baggage. This is an extremely important aspect as lugging heavy baggage around, is not the ideal way to spend a holiday. If…
  • Things to keep you busy in a train delay at St. Pancras station

    Alex Demetrius
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:40 pm
    All of us have experienced delays when travelling either at the airports or when travelling by rail. We rush to the station to ensure that we reach on time to board the train, rush through the milling crowds to get to the boarding platform. When we look up to read the schedule boards we find that there is a delay. Not really the best thing to happen especially considering the rush of checking out from the hotel and the frayed nerves. In this scenario what is the best option to kill the extra time. If the delay is for 30-60 minutes we could linger on the platform until the train arrives. If…
 
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    ReviewPro

  • 3 Guides for Better Hotel Service

    ReviewPro
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:39 am
    In the oldest industry in the world, the best hotels realise that true hospitality transforms a simple transaction (i.e guest pays for hotel bed, sleeps) into an unforgettable experience. Research has proven the link between guest review ratings and revenue, which is why maintaining a healthy level of guest satisfaction is vital to attracting future guests. We’ve put together three of our most popular white papers which analyse every element of service – from training staff to requesting reviews from happy guests and monitoring feedback – to actively improve service at your hotel.
  • Pestana Hotels & Resorts Selects ReviewPro to Provide Guest Intelligence Solutions to Hotels Worldwide

    ReviewPro
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:09 am
    Barcelona, Spain – February 23, 2015 – The largest hotel chain in Portugal, Pestana Hotels & Resorts, has selected ReviewPro, the leading provider of Guest Intelligence solutions to independent hotel brands worldwide, as their new technology provider. More than 70 Pestana properties around the world implemented ReviewPro’s Guest Intelligence solutions, including Online Reputation Management (ORM) and Guest Survey Solution (GSS). This partnership provides Pestana properties with the integrated tools necessary to better monitor guest feedback – both via online review sites and…
  • LIVE Webinar: Drive RevPAR at Your Hotel Using Guest-Centric Data

    ReviewPro
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Wondering how your property can stand out from the competition? Looking for a way to proactively increase bookings and revenue? We can help! On Thursday, February 26th, join ReviewPro’s live webinar: Date & Time: 45min webinar on Thursday February 26th 2015 | 5pm (CET – GMT+1) Click here to convert to your timezone In this informative session, RJ Friedlander, CEO of ReviewPro, Patrick Bosworth, CEO of Duetto, and Chris Anderson, Associate Professor of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, will discuss the evolving role of revenue management in the hospitality industry.
  • Weekly Hospitality News Digest: 9th – 13th February

    ReviewPro
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:35 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: The hotel concierge is on its way out, but luxury guests still expect personalised service How technology is changing the hotel concierge By Cheryl V. Jackson More hotels add reviews to their websites to increase direct…
  • ReviewPro is the Fastest Growing Hotel Reputation Management Company For the Second Consecutive Year

    ReviewPro
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:21 am
    An article published on HotelMarketing today highlighted ReviewPro’s impressive growth in 2014. Of all hotel reputation management providers, ReviewPro was the fastest growing for the second consecutive year (2013/2014). As such, the company is the leader for independent brands with more than 17,000 hotels/groups in 100+ countries worldwide – and an impressive client retention rate of more than 90%. Wondering how ReviewPro earned such a prestigious title two years in a row? ReviewPro impressive growth has come from signing new clients and the migration of key clients from industry…
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    New Hotel Travel

  • Perfect honeymoon destination in Hawaii

    hotel
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Perfect honeymoon destination in Hawaii is a post from: New Hotel Perfect honeymoon for you – Everyone knows that the best part of marriage is the honeymoon. When selecting a honeymoon destination, you must choose wisely. You can not go wrong with Hawaii. It has a perfect climate, varying only a few degrees in temperature from season to season. Even in winter, you can expect to have eighty degrees. You have five different options to choose from when deciding which island you choose to visit during your stay in Hawaii. They are each unique and beautiful in their own way. Hawaii honeymoon…
  • Finding discount air travel ticket

    hotel
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:14 am
    Finding discount air travel ticket is a post from: New Hotel Do you know type of factor like a discount air travel ticket? Cheap business class tickets or any other airline special offers, everybody really wants to book airfare tickets cheap, but make certain you don’t hurry in to the first good deal? air travel tickets Finding air travel ticket offers for any bargain can appear a mighty challenge and often impossible. But also for the discerning airfare ticket hunter you will find indeed some innovative ways in which clever consumers will find really fantastic deals on the cheap online…
  • Cheap travel in Latin America

    hotel
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Cheap travel in Latin America is a post from: New Hotel Low budget travel in Latin America – one of the biggest considerations when traveling is here to stay. Some vacation destinations are much cheaper than others, so those on a budget should carefully select their holidays location. One of the most exciting destinations, and is cheaper for budget travelers, the countries of Central and South America. Latin America Cheap budget travel to Latin America Go where your dollars go further is to be directed to one of the cardinal rules of travel budget, and the US dollar, and in several…
  • New hotel in California Pa

    hotel
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:27 pm
    New hotel in California Pa is a post from: New Hotel List hotel in California Pennsylvania – When we take a walk or go somewhere for work purposes, meetings and take time to rest course we would need a hotel for the night and put our supplies that we have prepared. Doing business in the field of property like the hotel very profitable and promising because the hotel is now very important role and in need apart for us a break after a long day of work, hotel for some people who have a business and should be around from one city to another of his need for a place to stay because hotel for…
  • Hostelling for you

    hotel
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:16 am
    Hostelling for you is a post from: New Hotel Hostelling is just for you? Hostelling was once considered the domain of university leading across Europe for the first time. However hostel grown, all ages and types of people. If your travel budget, in a shelter can be a great experience for the traveler with a sense of adventure. hostel Hostelling International Of course, this hostel is not traveling around the world, and some travelers prefer to spend more money for hosting alone. In general, Travel Inn is for individuals or international groups of young people traveling together. Hostel rooms…
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    Jamaica villa rental by Jamaica Ocean View Villa

  • Top Family Friendly Activities in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

    cavel
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:46 am
    Many of Jamaica’s guests come to us for romantic getaways. Proposals, weddings and honeymoons all find a perfect stage here, set with the romance of watercolor sunrises and wide, sandy beaches for hand-in-hand strolls. But what about the handful of years after the honeymoon? When the house is full of little ones and you need
  • Ocho Rios Jamaica Hidden Treasure A Must See

    cavel
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    Ocho Rios (Spanish for “Eight Rivers”) is located in the parish of St Ann on the north coast of Jamaica. Ocho Rios is one of Jamaica’s main tourist destinations a port of call for many cruise lines, some of the most lux villas, condos resorts and spas in the Caribbean. The perfect place to melt
  • You haven’t seen These Jamaica Resort Areas on Buzzfeed.

    cavel
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:52 pm
    The Dummies Guide to Jamaica Resort Areas Negril ~ If Your friends told you to Jump Off a Cliff Would You? If you love scenery, Negril, Jamaica can provide it. All-inclusive resorts give way to a 7-mile beach where you can stroll the shore, swim, or snorkel in bliss. West End Road treats visitors to
  • Warning! You’re Loosing Money by Not Using a Jamaica villa with Staffs

    cavel
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    Staff  included in the villa rate? Most private villas in Jamaica are fully staffed, with cook, housekeeper and Gardner / house person.  However, some villa has additional staff such as personal laundress, butler, nanny and manager/concierge. What does the villa staff do for us? Your cook will handle grocery shopping and meal preparation. Your housekeeper,
  • The Unconventional Guide to Airport to Fly into Jamaica

    cavel
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Daily flights arrive from major cities worldwide at our two international airports: the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Airport or region closest to you with daily  flights to Jamaica.   Location on Map Official Airport Website State IATA-Code Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Georgia ATL Anchorage
 
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    Lodging Interactive

  • #AskDJV – Episode 14: Social Media Marketing & Social Customer Care Collide

    djvallauri
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In Episode 14 of the #AskDJV Show, I talk about why social media marketing and social customer care are colliding. 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! Thanks for watching! The post #AskDJV – Episode 14: Social Media Marketing & Social Customer Care Collide appeared first on Lodging Interactive.
  • Why We Love These Twitter Engagement Tips (and You Should, Too!)

    Kristine Gilbert
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hoteliers: Learn how to get more out of your social efforts with some of our top Twitter engagement tips. With over 288 million active users, it is imperative that hotels know that they can’t take a backseat approach to this ever-growing social channel. It isn’t enough to simply have a Twitter account anymore. We are in an era of instantaneous and immediate. Twitter users are frequently taking to their computers, tablets and smart phones to share ideas, reviews and learn more about the businesses they deal with. In the hotel industry, the difference in your Twitter engagement strategy…
  • #AskDJV – Episode 13: The Wide vs. Deep Approach in Social Media

    djvallauri
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Social media may be free to set-up but you still have to dedicate your time to reap its benefits. In this week’s episode, I discuss the “Wide” vs. “Deep” approach to gaining followers. Find out which one will work best 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! Thanks for watching! The post #AskDJV – Episode 13:…
  • SEO for Hotels: Not a “One Time” Thing

    Mary Jo Caruso
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    When Can I Stop My Hotel’s SEO Campaign? “SEO is dead.” “It’s all about link building.” “We’re ranking well in the Search Engines, let’s drop SEO.” Have you ever caught yourself saying those things? We hear it often. Every time you write a new piece of content, redesign your hotel website, talk about online reviews or reputation management, SEO is there in the background. As a decision maker in your hotel, it’s normal for you to think about the expense of SEO as it relates to your bottom line. It’s often the last piece brought on board in a hotel and usually the first…
  • #AskDJV Episode 12: Renting vs. Owning Your Hotel Website

    djvallauri
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this week’s episode of the #AskDJV Show, I explain why it’s better to buy, and not rent, your hotel’s website. Read my recent blog post on demystifying the concept of renting a property website. 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 12: Renting vs. Owning Your Hotel Website appeared first on Lodging…
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  • A Perfect Hotel View: Hotel Duquesa de Cardona - Barcelona, Spain

    Paulo Palha
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    An unique hotel view over Barcelona Port.Ms. Sandra Martinez, Hotel Duquesa de Cardona Marketing Director, explains why she finds this Barcelona hotel view so inspiring. What makes Hotel Duquesa de Cardona view so perfect?  It is a wide open panoramic view: you can see the two towers of Port Olimpic, the quarter of Barceloneta ( which is very different from the Port Olimpic, being able to compare different sides of the city), the old port full of yachts and boats and the business area from the port and cruise ships.When (season, month, day, night) is the view…
  • 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 Play2Travel.com, 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...
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  • How to Manage Your Hotel’s Online Presence in 2015

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

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