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  • PCI compliance 101

    AH&LA SmartBrief
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    Credit card standards have changed, and if you don't change your policies, you could be putting your guests' private informat -More- 
  • Thousand Trails RV Resort a " Seaside, Oregon

    Hotel News
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 100 miles from Westport, Washington to Seaside, Oregon. We are now parked at the Thousand Trails RV Resort in Seaside, Oregon.
  • Check-Out Folio: Be Sure to Leave a Tip

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    juliana
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:50 pm
    It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! CREDITS · RADISSON HOTELS STAND UP TO THE VIKINGS · WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT TIPPING IN HOTELS · COOLEST TWIN-BEDDED HOTEL ROOMS ALSO: 5 New Hotels Coming to Miami This Winter CHARGES · RESORTS IN CABO GET HIT HARD BY HURRICANE ODILE · MOXY MILAN HAS NO PHONES IN THE GUESTROOMS FYI · SCOTLAND STAYS IN THE UK BUT THIS HOTEL IS OUT ALSO: TAJ
  • Taking Care of Guests, From A to Z

    Marriott on the Move
    Marriott on the Move
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Our core value at Marriott is to take good care of our associates, and they will take good care of our guests. Recently I had the privilege of presenting the 50-year of service pin and certificate to Miss Frances Holland. Ms. Frances, as everyone calls her, joined our company when...
  • DestinationQ

    Saturday Briefing
    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    BY NIEL MASON — DestinationQ is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the tourism industry with one of their main goals to make Queensland Australia’s number one tourist destination. To that end, Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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  • Thousand Trails RV Resort a " Seaside, Oregon

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 100 miles from Westport, Washington to Seaside, Oregon. We are now parked at the Thousand Trails RV Resort in Seaside, Oregon.
  • China's big gamblers lured from troubled Macau

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette.
  • After casino license victory, Wynn takes conciliatory tone

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Steve Wynn swears: His first reaction upon winning the Greater Boston casino license was a pang of sympathy for the company he had beaten, Mohegan Sun. "We're going to take their best customers," said Wynn, the billionaire developer and chairman of Wynn Resorts, which last Tuesday won the state's most coveted casino license over an entry from the Connecticut casino company.
  • Neighboring cities wary of Everett casino traffic

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The state's decision to award Wynn Resorts a license to build a $1.6 billion casino in Everett is drawing sharply different reactions from the leaders of nearby cities, with potential effects on traffic a key focus of discussion. The state Gaming Commission on Tuesday ended the high stakes tug-of-war for the one Greater Boston casino license by choosing Nevada-based Wynn Resorts over Mohegan Sun, which proposed a casino on the Revere side of the Suffolk Downs racetrack .
  • The getaway: Macdonald A Houstoun House, Uphall

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    They say divorce and moving house are the most stressful times in your life but I would add another thing to the list: They say divorce and moving house are the most stressful times in your life but I would add another thing to the list: planning a wedding. Macdonald Hotels has cottoned on to this and offers packages suitable for soon-to-wed couples, giving you time to kick back with your other half and remember why you decided to marry them in the first place.
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  • Check-Out Folio: Be Sure to Leave a Tip

    juliana
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:50 pm
    It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it! CREDITS · RADISSON HOTELS STAND UP TO THE VIKINGS · WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT TIPPING IN HOTELS · COOLEST TWIN-BEDDED HOTEL ROOMS ALSO: 5 New Hotels Coming to Miami This Winter CHARGES · RESORTS IN CABO GET HIT HARD BY HURRICANE ODILE · MOXY MILAN HAS NO PHONES IN THE GUESTROOMS FYI · SCOTLAND STAYS IN THE UK BUT THIS HOTEL IS OUT ALSO: TAJ
  • Las Vegas: Delano Las Vegas Put on a Magic! Show for Its Grand Opening

    juliana
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    South Beach meets the desert...Delano style.The Delano Las Vegas may have technically opened to guests over Labor Day Weekend but the desert outpost of the Delano South Beach made it official last night with a grand opening party that was hosted by model/actress Jaime King and included South Beach-inspired cocktails and appetizers, a Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show from designer Charlotte Ronson, and a small acoustic set from the Toronto-based reggae band, Magic! You've probably never heard of this band before but you haven't gone anywhere without hearing their hit song, "Rude." (Come on,…
  • 75004 Paris: Mind Your Head or Leave The Light On At Hotel Saint-Merry

    DesignMinder
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention. Now here’s a hotel room you can't miss, but should probably try to if spending the night. The Hotel Saint-Merry is a 12-room boutique located in the former presbytery…
  • 5 Hotels in the Scottish Borders That are Still a Part of the UK

    DesignMinder
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh displays both the Union Jack and Scotland flags and will continue to do so. It’s official-- the United Kingdom is still a family of four, now that Scotland's independence was voted down by the people. (The UK also includes Wales and Northern Ireland.) There are important arguments that could still be made in defense of Scotland and the situation is still quite tense, but for now, the Royals don’t lose a huge fan base, soccer matches between England and Scotland will sell out before they are scheduled, and hotels (hey, we needed a segue) will not have…
  • Double Bay: InterContinental Sydney Double Bay Unveils Their Fresh New Design

    jetflyboy
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    We already knew that InterContinental planned to take over the former Ritz-Carlton in Sydney and turn it into the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, but today, we've got a few snapshots of the renovated, InterContinentalized space and it looks very sleek. This bay-side sanctuary half-way between the city center and iconic Bondi Beach will feature restored rare white marble, Parisian-style balconies, a nautical-themed gin bar and an open rooftop retreat. The hotel's design, done by Aussie firm, Bates Smart Architects, will feature a neutral palette, metallic finishings and splashes of pale…
 
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Taking Care of Guests, From A to Z

    Marriott on the Move
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Our core value at Marriott is to take good care of our associates, and they will take good care of our guests. Recently I had the privilege of presenting the 50-year of service pin and certificate to Miss Frances Holland. Ms. Frances, as everyone calls her, joined our company when...
  • My Rules for Tipping

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    To celebrate International Housekeeping Week, we are placing tip envelopes in 160,000+ rooms. Most people are not sure who to tip and who not to tip when they receive good service. I try to tip everyone from the pizza deliveryman to the parking attendant to the waiter and bellman. I...
  • Smiles are Better Than Smiley Faces

    Marriott on the Move
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    I had lunch the other day with our terrific general managers from select service and extended stay brands known as CFRST – Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and Towneplace Suites. We talked about social media and how it’s changing customer service. As I listened to our...
  • Teaching "Hospitality 101" in China

    Marriott on the Move
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    My father was given many opportunities because a college professor saw his potential. This professor helped my father get an education and gain the knowledge and skills he needed to start a company. That’s what great teachers do—they help students build the foundation for a rewarding future career. Last year,...
  • Family Summer Camp in New Hampshire

    Marriott on the Move
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    (I'm currently on vacation at the lake. Enjoy this blog from last year.) Donna and I cherish the time we spend with our grandchildren and great-grandchildren We’ve been very blessed to spend our summers on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire for many years. It all started back in 1942 when...
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    Saturday Briefing

  • DestinationQ

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    BY NIEL MASON — DestinationQ is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the tourism industry with one of their main goals to make Queensland Australia’s number one tourist destination. To that end, Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Thank Heaven for Our Housekeepers!

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    BY BARRY WALLACE — Each September we set aside one week, this year from the 14th through the 20th, to focus our attention and recognition on the professional housekeepers working at Outrigger properties worldwide who maintain a clean, safe, and … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Hosts a Sports-Filled Weekend with UH Football and Wahine Volleyball

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY KATHY HANSBERRY — On Sept. 11, 12 and 14, a sensational crowd of nearly 20,000 fans combined turned out for the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge at the Stan Sheriff Center, as the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team hosted a three-night … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • New Orchid Garden Sets the Scene for Blooming Romance

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — With almost 265 weddings staged at Outrigger on the Lagoon · Fiji over the past year, the resort has become a South Pacific wedding destination of choice.  General Manager Peter Hopgood said that the introduction of … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • O Ke Kai Series with Friends of Hōkūle‘a and Hawai‘iloa

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY LUANA MAITLAND — Celebrating Hawai‘i’s Great Voyaging Canoes is the theme this year for the O Ke Kai Series held at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort.  As part of the Series, a program was recently held that included … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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    HOTELMARKETING.COM

  • Mobile now an established start-to-finish travel shopping channel

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    While the emergence of mobile as a major ecommerce platform is not new, the rapidly rising popularity of mobile for travel shopping speaks to both the increased quality of the user experience and the huge opportunity now available to marketers.
  • TripAdvisor launches restaurant reservation service in Europa

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    Booking restaurants via TripAdvisor has gone live following the acquisition of specialist site Lafourchette in May. The company has introduced an ‘Instant Reservation’ feature covering more than 13,000 restaurants in the Lafourchette network in France, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium.
  • Expedia increases HomeAway rental listings tenfold

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    Expedia, which last October started a trial program listing 10,000 HomeAway vacation rentals, expanded that number to more than 115,000 listings. Property owners will be able to advertise on Expedia, paying the same 10% commission on bookings through Expedia as they would through bookings through HomeAway.
  • Airbnb to begin collecting San Fran hotel tax

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    Starting October 1, Airbnb will collect San Francisco’s 14-percent hotel tax from visitors who book apartments or rooms in the city - a move that could add more than $11 million a year to city coffers, reports SF Gate.
  • Marriott offers virtual travel experience

    markus.busch@hotelmarketing.com
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    In its journey to explore the future of travel, Marriott Hotels is taking an unprecedented leap into virtual reality by teleporting travelers to the beaches of Hawaii and downtown London.
 
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    Hotel F&B Observer

  • Making Sandwiches Without Bread – No Joke

    Meg McDonough
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Creative chefs have learned that in order to appeal to the masses, oftentimes by incorporating a new recipe, or just reviving an older one with slight modifications and visual appeal, it has become de rigueur to present appetizers and tapas with a touch of S.A.L.T.
  • Once We Have An Image, Is It Ever Possible to Shake It?

    Geoffrey Sagrans
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Last week I came across an article in the Associated Press titled McDonald’s Campaigns Against Its Junk Food Image. In this article the author talks about an event that McDonald’s held in the Tribeca district of New York City where they took every day McDonald’s menu items to create more upscale meals. [...]
  • We Were Willing to Build a Business Back Then

    Steve DiGioia
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    I remember the local hardware store when I was a kid. It was owned by a wonderful man that would go out of his way to assist you with finding anything in the store as well as provide general fix-it knowledge. Apparently he was a jack of all trades and was more than happy to [...]
  • Having it All – Classics Return and Nouvelle Tastings

    Meg McDonough
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I envision a sampling from these varying levels of cuisine, prepared in conjunction with the style of your hotel patronage, to present itself as a popular dining choice to your hotel guests and local patrons vying to order "a little of everything".
  • The Wonderful World of The U.S. Supply Chain

    Geoffrey Sagrans
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Paul Greenberg posted an article recently in the New York Times title “Why Are We Importing Our Own Fish?” The article is a global look at how native species of seafood are being exported while the United States is importing most of its seafood. One of the points of this article discusses the [...]
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    Happy Hotelier

  • 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

    GJE
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew One way , the one with the shoe, I’ve shared already with you, but now I’ve a few more for you: Nails Screw hook and more. Always handy to know. Especially the blow torch one intrigues me so much I’ll have to try it out once. 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, September 5, 201410 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my…
  • Pardon for Chelsea Manning?

    Happy Hotelier
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Pardon for Chelsea Manning? No mention of private Manning in the news anymore. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison because he leaked to the (in)famous Wikileaks. A Year ago a request was lodged for a presidential pardon. I believe it’s time President Obama takes a decision. In the meantime Bradley has publicly announced he wants to change gender and be renamed as Chelsey. Part of the plea for presidential pardon. The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been…
  • Hotel Frontdoor

    GJE
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Hotel Frontdoor Your guests come and go via the frontdoor. The Frontdoor of this hotel has etched in its glass that its telephone number is 1. The door must be from somewhere around 1900. Many guests must have passed this door. This was a hotel long before there were hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton or Starwoord…. The hotel is stil in operation and located in a small village in The Netherlands, not far, only a busride, from Amsterdam. Are you able to guess its location? Actually it was rebuilt in 1905 and the telephone was installed as late as 1920… Hotel Frontdoor is a post…
  • Google tests Project Wing

    GJE
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 am
    Google tests Project Wing A drone delivery system being tested in Australia as their drone regulations are less steep than those in the US. Google tests Project Wing is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, August 29, 2014Google tests Project Wing is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade – Hotel Reviews by HH (1)

    GJE
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    The front of Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade Introduction to numbered “Hotel Reviews by HH” – cooperation with Hotel Designs My wife and I became hoteliers in 2000 after having fulfilled creative and caring professions unrelated to hospitality. In 2000 we started to convert a dilapidated terraced house next to our own house into a luxury 3 suites “Hotel” or Luxury B & B and operated it under the name Haagsche Suites (i.e. Suites of The Hague) until we’d closed it in December, 2013. Currently I am an almost full-time blogger on several blogs, Happy Hotelier…
 
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • H2 Hotel, Healdsburg: hotel of the week

    Laura House
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    The ink-black Sangiovese, regal purple pinot noir and the plump pearl of a chardonnay… we’re all about the mighty grape this time of year. So we’re off to the California wine country for a stay at H2 Hotel in happening Healdsburg.  Style Green, by nature Setting Heart of Healdsburg Why this week? Customarily chilled-out Sonoma County buzzes with energy during the gathering, pressing and sipping season. In the generous spirit of the harvest, our friends at H2 have come up with a two-night stay exclusive with wine tasting passes, a dining credit at the hotel’s…
  • Great Global Chefs app preview party with chefs Lee Westcott and Sophie Michell at Town Hall Hotel

    Rachel Juarez-Carr
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    We threw a great little gourmet gathering last night in buzzing Bethnal Green at Town Hall Hotel & Apartment‘s new Typing Room restaurant with super chefs Lee Westcott (below) and Sophie Michell. As if dining on delicious canapés from Chef Westcott and his gang weren’t excuse enough to celebrate, we were also hailing the upcoming launch of the new Great Global Chefs iPad app we’ve cooked up in partnership with Great British Chefs (get it from the App Store on 8 October). The app’s packed with step-by-step recipes and profiles of chefs and restaurants, many of…
  • Mia Resort, Nha Trang: hotel of the week

    Sarah Jappy
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mojitos on the beach and breakfast in bed, or bustling local markets and fresh seafood; Nha Trang’s Mia Resort in Central Vietnam has something for everyone. Style Beach peach Setting Green, serene Cam Lam bay Why this week? Vietnam’s summer monsoon is coming to an end, making September the ideal time to visit the idyllic Mia Resort in Nha Trang, the country’s most beautiful beachside town. Stay six nights to take full advantage of the resort’s private beach and enjoy a room discount, a massage, cocktails and a cookery class on us. This special offer is available for stays until the…
  • Be Manos, Brussels: hotel of the week

    Richard MacKichan
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    There’s more to Europe’s capital than MEPs and triple-cooked chips – set foot inside Be Manos hotel in Brussels and you could be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived in Carnaby Street’s hippest hangout during peak Sixties swing… Why this week? For culture, baby. If Be Manos’ interiors have you coming over all Austin Powers, then the return of Nocturnes (18 September to 18 December, pictured below) can help you live out your Night at the Museum fantasies. Each Thursday, Brussels’ best cultural institutions are opening late to lay on special guided tours, one-off events,…
  • What to wear where: Fashion Week edition

    Madevi Dailly
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    The September issues are thick on the shelves, street photographers are out in packs  and a palpable frisson is sweeping from New York to Paris via London and Milan. Do you feel that cool in the air? Fashion Week is upon us. Whether you’ve long nabbed a front row seat or just want to soak up the buzz, our capsule guide to the fashion capitals tells you where to sleep and be seen. And, because we wouldn’t want to leave you wondering what to wear, we’ve roped in the expert stylists at Baukjen to help you pack an effortless, easy-to-wear wardrobe. NEW YORK Wear Crisp,…
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    Hotel Law Blog

  • Hotel Lawyer: How will the new 11th edition of the Uniform System affect your hotel management agreement or franchise agreement?

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 18 September 2014 Hotel Lawyer: New Uniform System of Accounts will affect your hotel management and franchise agreements. Are you ready? Commencing January 1, 2015, the hotel industry will have a new, significantly revised set of guidelines governing accounting for hotels. That is the effective date for the recently published Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry, 11th Edition (2014) (“11th Edition”). This is just one of the many things that distinguishes hotels and the hotel industry from every other class of real estate. And…
  • ADA Compliance & Defense Lawyer: FAQs on “service animal” requirements of the ADA. What every hotelier needs to know. Why Uber was sued over service animals.

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 16 September 2014 Click here for the latest articles on ADA Defense and Compliance.   The recent Uber lawsuit On September 9, 2014, Uber Technologies was sued in Federal Court in San Francisco for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Unruh Act. The suit arose from the claim that UberX drivers refused to allow blind riders to bring their guide dogs. For a copy of the complaint, click here to see Natl Federation of the Blind v. Uber Technologies. This is just the latest in an long history of complaints or…
  • Hotel Lawyer to Developers: Looking for EB-5 Financing? The China “Retrogression” means you should act sooner than later!

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 7 September 2014   EB-5 Visas and China “Retrogression” – What’s it all about? by Jim Butler and Jonathan Bloch Partners, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP In the past, when China exceeded its 7% allocation of US Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5 visas), Chinese applicants were permitted to take advantage of unused EB-5 visas allotted to other countries. But as of the last week of August 2014, the US State Department decided that the issuance of new EB-5 visas to Chinese applicants will be frozen or…
  • Hospitality Lawyer: Why this may be the time to buy or sell a hotel management company

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 25 August 2014 Lately, it seems like everyone wants to buy — or sell — an independent hotel management company. And this may be one of the best times to do so in a long while. Here are some thoughts on this timely subject by two of our hotel lawyers who have just completed a successful sale of an independent operator. Why this may be the time to buy or sell a hotel management company A hot trend and five key issues by Guy Maisnik and Joyce Men | Hotel Lawyers One of the hottest trends right now is buying (or selling) independent…
  • Asians want to live, buy homes and invest in Orange County

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com 19 August 2014 Asians love California, particularly Southern California! They love it as a place to live, buy homes, invest, go to school, and run their businesses. In June, we talked about the close affinity between China and Los Angeles County as revealed by a new report. Now there is yet another report documenting how Asians love Orange County. Why? The report does not tell us that, but certainly Asians are attracted to California for the same reasons they been settling here for more than a century: proximity, climate, opportunity, and the…
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    National Real Estate Investor

  • Southeast to See $2B in New MOB Construction over a Two-Year Period

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    There’s more than $2 billion in new health care projects set for completion in the Southeast in the next two years, according to data provided by Revista, an Annapolis, Md.-based health care consulting firm. Atlanta and Miami will receive the bulk of the new construction. read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 18, 2014)

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    California's huge pension fund has turned to a trusted insider to take over the daunting job of directing almost $300 billion in investments. Nicholas Schorsch's vast web of businesses is untangled in this ‘simple’ visual of all entities under his purview. Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc., which is in the process of spinning off its hotel business, said today it is selling 52 hotels to a joint venture for about $1.1 billion. Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo aims to turn a profit at its small but expanding U.S. network of stores within the next couple of years, the company's top U.S.
  • Washington/Glimcher Deal Raises Questions about Further Industry Consolidation

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:11 am
    Larger players swallowing smaller competitors may become a theme over the next year as mall REITs fight for growth on home soil. read more
  • Industry Insights with IPA's Kevin Hogan

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Kevin Hogan, President & CEO of the Investment Program Association, talks to National Real Estate Investor Group Publisher Rich Santos about what's driving the direct investment industry. read more
  • Where Does the Inaction of Congress Leave the CRE Industry?

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    With just a handful of days remaining before Congress recesses to go back out on the campaign trail, progress has woefully collapsed on commercial real estate’s issues. read more
 
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    Chefforfeng's Weblog

  • Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Twitter

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

    Heather Turner
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This is the second in a series covering social media pros and cons for innkeepers, following will be Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram. Please check out the first one in the series: Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Blogs Photo credit Dreamstime  Youtube https://www.youtube.com (a Google product) -Youtube Pages have subscribers and individual videos on the page/account have “likes”. -If you’ve claimed your Google+ Business Page, your Youtube channel can be connected as a tab on your G+ profile Pros of Youtube -SEO (Search Engine Optimization)…
  • Pros and Cons of Social Media for Innkeepers-Blogs

    Heather Turner
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    This will be the first of a series covering social media pros and cons for innkeepers, following will be Youtube, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram. Blogging http://wordpress.com (or .org if you want to pay for it) http://www.blogger.com  (a Google product) Plus there are dozens more out there that one can use, wordpress and blogger being the most popular. Blogs Can be personal or business or a combination of both. Posts can be set to automatically go to Twitter and Facebook through the blogging platform. Twitterfeed: feed your blog into twitter and Facebook…
  • Waste Lists and Why Bed and Breakfasts Should be Using Them

    Heather Turner
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    What is a waste list? A waste list is generally a clipboard of paper, or a log book stored in the kitchen that tracks what food products are thrown away on a daily and weekly basis. This list should include any food that is returned from a guest’s plate. not just food product overages and expired products, it should include anything noted at all that’s extra on a plate when it’s returned to the kitchen, extra sauce, extra butter, etc. I know some Bed and Breakfasts who utilize waste lists, but not many that actually carry it one step further and analyse them on a monthly and yearly…
  • Innkeepers, Are you losing your identity?

    Heather Turner
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    As innkeepers, your lives are public, they need to be. Guests do like to know who they are staying with generally, it’s an integral part of the B&B brand. And while not every innkeeper has their names and photos on their websites, the vast majority do. Realistically, it’s not much different then most businesses online, you can find out who owns a business, how long they have been in business, etc. just by trolling through the information found easily on Google. This post though is not about brand and brand identity, but about identity theft. As innkeepers, once your own information…
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    London Hotels Insight

  • Treat the kids to a London stay this half term.

    Laura
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    The kids have been back at school for a couple of weeks now and it may be a strange mixture of a dream come true and a terrible nightmare. It’s great to have them out of your hair, but on the other hand there’s now all sorts of school-related things to worry about. Plus, you secretly miss having fun with them whenever you wanted. But no sooner have they gone back to school than it’s time to start thinking about the October half term. It’s your chance to have fun with the family and there’s lots to do, as well as plenty of hotels to choose from. You’ll still…
  • Pop-up theatre to be launched at The May Fair.

    Laura
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    Among the London hotels that like to maintain links to the cultural and artistic scene in London is The May Fair. This week they announced a partnership with the Almeida Theatre to create a pop-up theatre experience at the hotel. The theatre’s pop-up play, ‘The Fever’, will be performed in the hotel’s Amber Suite during January and February of 2015. The single-man play will star ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Tobias Menzies, who will perform the piece to an audience of just 28 people. Directed by Robert Icke, Almeida Associate Director, the play is a confessional…
  • Are London hotel cleaners getting a dirty deal?

    Chris Glithero
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    When guests check into a hotel their most basic expectation is that their room will be clean. Unfortunately it appears that this is not always the case in London at the moment. According to a recent survey by hotel.info, London’s hotels are the second dirtiest out of all the world’s capitals. Only Rio de Janeiro scored worse in the online survey filled out by six million people. Users of the hotel booking website were asked to give hotels in many different cities a score out of ten for cleanliness. Tokyo, Warsaw and Seoul stood out as the cities with the cleanest hotels, scoring averages…
  • Hilton’s Conrad brand arrives in London.

    Laura
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:54 am
    Conrad Hotels and Resorts have announced that they are coming to London with the opening of their hotel the Conrad London St James. The group’s first London hotel was formerly the InterContinental London Westminster and is located on Broadway between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The Conrad London St James has 256 rooms and suites over six floors, all with “the latest in-room technology“. This is another new hotel that’s offering complimentary WiFi from the get-go, but for a luxury hotel such as this it’s to be expected (although not all luxury hotels…
  • Artist Residence opens but no sign of Zetter’s Uncle Seymour.

    Laura
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    Tiny boutique hotel Artist Residence has now opened in Pimlico. The brand already has two other properties in Brighton and Penzance, but the new hotel is their first in London. The brand’s owners Justin Salisbury and Charlotte Newey aren’t strangers to scrutiny, having appeared on several Channel 4 reality programmes, so should be prepared to have their new property reviewed. These programmes include ‘Four in a Bed’, where B&B owners rate each other’s properties, and ‘The Hotel Inspector’, which helped to turn around the ailing Artist Residence…
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  • Stay in the Heart of Downtown San Francisco at the Historic Westin St. Francis Hotel

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

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

    Michael
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Hertz Car Rental takes the car rental experience to the next level with its fleet of Dream Cars and related Dream Car VIP rental experience. Enjoying Dream Car rental from Hertz is your opportunity to experience some of the finest vehicles ever manufactured. The cars and the VIP experience are now available in 35 cities, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Miami. Your Dream Car experience begins by calling the company’s dedicated toll-free telephone line or visiting the website established specifically for Dream Car reservations. Hertz offers two delivery options: A Hertz…
  • Experience Whistler in the Summer Like You Never Have: Riding ATV’s

    Michael
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:50 pm
    What do you do during the summer months when you live near a world-class skiing destination? If you are a savvy business owner, you figure out a way to take advantage of all the natural beauty of the surrounding area. That is just what has been done at Whistler ATV. The British Columbia company offers a variety of summer tours using ATVs to take guests up into the mountains. The 2 – 3 hour ATV tours are a great way to explore the beauty of the mountain, and also experience the thrill that ATV’s have to offer. On a recent tour the guide did a nice job of balancing both safety and enjoying…
  • Enjoy the Fresh & Local Flavors at MKT Restaurant in Four Seasons San Francisco

    Michael
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Four Seasons opened the brand-new MKT Restaurant at their San Francisco SoMa hotel last June. The restaurant, which was designed to be bar-centric, opened last year after an extensive renovation. It is the first restaurant renovation at the hotel since its 2001 opening. The MKT Restaurant is perfectly suited to a modern taste that prefers the small plate in a social atmosphere to more formal dining. The menu is decidedly California, thanks to Executive Chef Mark Richardson and Restaurant Chef Chris Aguirre. Between the two, they have developed a fine selection of steaks and small plates are…
 
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    Hospitality Law Check-In

  • Resigned Members: It’s the Same Category

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

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The key phrase seems to be “slow and steady.” Market indicators in the hospitality sector are mostly in growth mode with upward pointing arrows in most, but not all, areas of inquiry. There appears to be a significant degree of confidence in hotel performance, but some discomfort as to the risk-reward relationship of debt positions. Transaction volume remains below 2006-2007 levels, but yet is tracking to be better than any year since 2007. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we commend you to the U.S. Hotel Industry Performance created by Jan Freitag, Senior Vice President…
  • Claremont Club Case: It’s Not Just Dodgeball

    21 Mar 2014 | 9:13 am
    Lotz vs. Claremont Club, Court of Appeals, Division 2, California (August 15, 2013) This decision illustrates both the general risk of club liability when liability waivers are unclear and when a club does not follow its written management policies and the unique risk of club liability when a club offers child care. In this case, a member’s child was injured playing dodgeball in the club’s childcare program. The trial court ruled that (i) a release signed by his father barred the claims, (ii) there was no evidence showing the club’s conduct amounted to gross negligence, and…
  • Being Hospitable to Service Animals*

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The Equal Rights Center based in Washington, D.C. has recently published a short and helpful booklet for users of service animals and other types of assistive animals.  It is a “users” guide for persons seeking accommodations for their service animals, including advocacy tips and resources for reporting violations.  The hospitality industry is often at the forefront of accommodating guests, and this publication is a useful and simple tool to better understand how and when to accommodate guests. One important point for the hospitality industry is that under the ADA,…
  • Getting the Word Out – It’s all about Marketing – The Interplay between Owner’s and Brand’s Priorities

    26 Feb 2014 | 11:47 am
    At first blush one would think that a hotel marketing plan would equally benefit the owner of the specific hotel and the brand under which the owner’s hotel is operated.  Clearly, marketing the owner’s hotel and marketing the brand benefit both the owner and the brand.  However, upon closer investigation, the owner’s interests and the brand’s interests are quite different when it comes to “getting the word out” and marketing.  Our colleague Tara Gorman’s article in this week’s Hotel Business Review, “Getting the Word Out…
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    Are Morch - Hotel Blogger

  • 3 Simple Question getting your Hotels Digital Marketing Strategy in place

    Are Morch
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    3 Simple Question getting your Hotels Digital Marketing Strategy in place Digital Marketing Strategies for Hotels is not a linear template anymore, it is a dynamic circular event that meet the customers of the moment’s needs and wants. This principle focus on three key components that will keep your Hotels dynamic circular events roll in the right direction. Even with this process we sometimes has to roll backwards to analyze processes that did not meet our goals. VISION With your Hotel dynamic circular event you need to keep the big picture in your mind. The two most common mistake done…
  • Why Hotels need a Community based Digital Marketing Strategy

    Are Morch
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Why Hotels need a Community based Digital Marketing Strategy Digital marketing is marketing that makes use of electronic devices (computers) such as personal computers, smartphones, cellphones, tablets and game consoles to engage with stakeholders. Digital marketing applies technologies or platforms such as websites, e-mail, apps (classic and mobile) and social networks. Social Media Marketing is a component of digital marketing. Many organizations use a combination of traditional and digital marketing channels. The Digital Customer Experience When you start develop a Digital Marketing…
  • Facebook News Feed Changes and How it affect Hotels

    Are Morch
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Facebook News Feed Changes and How it affect Hotels There is one thing that is consistent with Facebook; it is constantly changing. And they just recently announced some improvements to News Feed to help people find the posts and links from publishers that are most interesting and relevant, and to continue to weed out stories that people frequently tell are spammy and that they don’t want to see. Out with Click-Bating Headlines Facebook is really getting down on Click-Bating. People prefer headlines that adds value, and that help them decide if they want to read the full article. This is a…
 
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    Premier Hotels Blog: London Premier Hotels

  • Now experience the romantic nature of the train journey from London to Edinburgh

    Alex Demetrius
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    The rail network in London is modern and more efficient. It covers many regional areas and all the cities. There are many websites that can guide or help you to plan your journey across Britain. Travelling from London by train to Edinburgh, could help you enjoy your travelling by sight-seeing from your carriage, there are many offers on your train tickets and that offer you cheap rail fares. You can sign up for our ticket email services, to get an update of the latest and rail fares. You can update your tickets too, and reach your destination in good comfort with complimentary meal, free…
  • Why sightseeing London on Foot is better

    Alex Demetrius
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    Touring London by bus or a cab want help you enjoy the life of the city; the best way is to walk down the streets of London. There are many transport services which can connect to every of its main streets, but walking would help you get many charms of the city that you could surely miss, a gentle walk helps you connect between any two major attractions within an hour. Want to explore the city by foot, you can get started from the tower bridge to Trafalgar square, which would take an hour. Accommodation would not be a matter to search for, after a tiring walk through the city London Premier…
  • Ten words that you need to know in all languages

    Alex Demetrius
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Planning a trip to a foreign country, travelling for pleasure or business, learning the language of the country can make your trip more exciting. Communication and chats with local can have new experiences, So it’s better to have a good sense of the languages you’re going to encounter with. There are some basic phrases to know in any languages. 1. Hello If you are walking down the street, and having an eye contact with a person with a smile and you greet him their cultural customs, you feel you are truly getting a local experience. 2. Please/ Thank you Locals do guide you in…
  • Hotels scene in London

    Alex Demetrius
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    Lots of people travel all around the world for various purposes. Either they travel simply to visit and explore the place or many a times people travel for business purpose. Since the globalization has occurred, travel has become a very crucial part of the life of people. And the traveling around the globe is not such a difficult and painstaking thing these days. Due to the easy access of travel options, people keep travelling and exploring various places and cultures. Like every other thing, there are a few places in the world that are more visited than others, not just for business purpose,…
  • Witness The Best Of Design At The London Design Festival 2014

    Alex Demetrius
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    London is known to be one of the cities that maintain high standards in arts, sciences, urban management and creativity. It is one of the cities that have gained prominence in the world for its early sophistication and plannings. No wonder why this city gets the best of best when it comes to talent. It attracts a great share of talented designers who are an asset to this city and of course to the world. And now, this year, people are going to witness the talent and efforts of innovative designers from all over the world. This event is dynamic in nature with not only plain exhibitions to…
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    ReviewPro

  • Casa Gangotena, a World-Leading Hotel, Enters Strategic Partnership with ReviewPro

    ReviewPro
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Barcelona, September 19th 2014 – Casa Gangotena, a boutique hotel in the historical center of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, has signed a strategic partnership with ReviewPro, a leading provider of online reputation and social media analytics for the hotel industry. Situated in a restored mansion with 31 rooms, Casa Gangotena boasts the title ofworld’s sixth best hotel, Trip Advisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award, best hotel in Ecuador and best hotel in South America, and will leverage ReviewPro’s market-leading solution to maintain its already excellent online reputation,…
  • You’re In Great Company at ReviewPro

    ReviewPro
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    As the saying goes, you’re only as good as the company you keep. At ReviewPro we have the great fortune to rub shoulders with the best in the industry. Given that we’re in the reputation management business, that’s kind of important. Not only do we work with some of the most successful hotels and brands in the world, but leaders in education and technology choose to partner with us, too. Here are just a few ReviewPro collaborators that rave about the quality, scope and integrity of our data.   Cornell Center for Hospitality Research A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel…
  • Free Webinar: Revenue Strategy for the Modern Hotelier

    ReviewPro
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Channel proliferation, metasearch, review analytics and rate disparity—wow! Revenue management has become so complex for hotels that there’s little time left for the most important part: strategy. In the next installment of ReviewPro’s free webinar series, we look at the changing role of revenue management and how hotels can adapt and thrive. The one-hour webinar takes place on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Register now Whether you’re in revenue management, sales & marketing, e-commerce, operations, a GM or at corporate office, executive management or corporate office, this…
  • Employee Spotlight: Meet Direct Marketing Specialist, Miguel Borratxero

    ReviewPro
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Where are you from and how long have you been in BCN? I’m from Barcelona and have lived in the city for the majority of my life, with the exception of one year in Paris for work. From experience, I can confidently say that I live in the best – or most complete – city in the world, at least from my perspective! What did you do before joining ReviewPro? Before joining the ReviewPro team, I was working for three years in Luxury Marketing for four perfume companies within the Puig label (Nina Ricci, Prada, Paco Rabanne, Carolina Herrera). Then the opportunity arose to work in Paris at…
  • How Hotel Investors Are Using Online Guest Feedback to Identify Market Opportunities

    Josiah Mackenzie
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    In my last article, we explored the basics of how hotel investment analysts are using review analytics as part of their due diligence process. Yet as helpful as that is, review analytics also allow us to zoom out and provide macro-level insights from the perspective of real hotel guests – your future customers. Online review analytics can show the following at the neighborhood, city, or destination level: Market supply of existing hotels Overall guest satisfaction levels (the Global Review IndexTM) What’s hot and what’s not among these hotels The review sites and…
 
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    New Hotel Travel

  • Countries are categorized as safest in the world

    hotel
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Countries are categorized as safest in the world is a post from: New Hotel Sometimes when you want to walk out of the country, we are often constrained by the government’s travel warning, because the destination countries are in conflict. So, how do find out the destination countries are safe? Denmark Every year since 2007, the agency’s Global Peace Index released data on the safest countries in the world. A calculation based on the measured data of their external and internal. Although the present trend of rising crime, but there are 3 countries that are categorized as the safest…
  • Night markets must visit

    hotel
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:02 am
    Night markets must visit is a post from: New Hotel Experience of visiting the night market in other countries would be the main attraction in the tour. The night market in each country is unique, respectively, ranging from goods sold, the atmosphere, and the interaction between sellers and buyers. night market After read from HappyTrips, here the following five night markets in other states that you must visit. - The Summer Night Market, Richmond, Canada The night market is filled with visitors that the majority are immigrants and one of them came from Asia. Special on this night market you…
  • To make comfortable atmosphere on limited land

    hotel
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    To make comfortable atmosphere on limited land is a post from: New Hotel Having a house on limited land that is not a problem to realize a comfortable atmosphere. But it takes an adjustment to make it happen. console table What is meant here is the adjustment of the shape of home furnishings. Strive looking for slim and multipurpose furniture so that the atmosphere of the house seem lighter. What can be done to make comfortable atmosphere on limited land? - slim Sofa Appearances can support the efficiency room couch. Sofa with wooden forms or can make an impression that will slim lightweight…
  • Places that rent with expensive prices

    hotel
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Places that rent with expensive prices is a post from: New Hotel Places that rent with expensive prices, for some people who want to gain travel experience, with family or friends in large quantities, renting spot is right step. By renting the place in person, they will not be disturbed by the presence of others. Santa Barbara Many options that can be rented, ranging from cheap to expensive. For this time see places that rent with fantastic prices as quoted on Fox News. - Helicopter Facilities at Villa Sevilano This villa Sevillano is located in Santa Barbara, which is one of the most…
  • Amangiri resort in the middle of desert

    hotel
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    Amangiri resort in the middle of desert is a post from: New Hotel Hello newhotelus friends, are you ever fancied staying at the hotel was in the middle of the desert? It becomes an unforgettable experience pleasure. Is Amangiri, the peaceful resort located in 600 acres of land is located in Canyon Point, Southern Utah, bordering Arizona. This magnificent resort is tucked between the valley with a view of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Amangiri resort Amangiri resort in the middle of desert The hotel architecture is designed around a dramatic magnificent made ​​with…
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    Travel Update

  • Hello from 30,000 feet (Grand Canyon aerial photos)

    Barb Delollis
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    30,000 Feet Above the Grand Canyon National Park – I still get giddy about being to communicate while flying using Internet (in this case, by using Gogo - which so far is working perfectly - on my US Airways flight). So when shortly after taking off from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport our pilot mentioned that we were coming up on some eye candy – the Grand Canyon, I whipped out my iPhone 5 to snap photos for you. Why should you be left out of the fun? TWITTER: I hope you’ll join me on Twitter! MORE ONLINE: It’s time to plan that ski trip; how will you…
  • 9-seat turboprop to keep this California city on the aviation map

    Barb Delollis
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Talk about a sign of the times… As airports across the USA struggle to hang on to service from the likes of United, Delta, American and Frontier, this report by Fresno’s ABC 30 TV station tells us how one California’s agriculture-reliant San Joaquin Valley is staying on the aviation map.  It might surprise you! Central California’s Visalia was on the verge of losing all of its airline service, but now a new operator is poised to give locals an option beginning early next year, according to ABC 30′s story. The aircraft? A turboprop with nine (9) seats. ABC…
  • Time to start planning your 2014/2015 ski trips (And ode to Park City!)

    Barb Delollis
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    The Canyons in Park City, Utah. Travel Update photo by Barb DeLollis. Planning your 2014/2015 season ski trip? Well, besides hoping for great snow this year, you might want to refer to the just-published Ski Magazine Resort Guide 2015 for inspiration or just to see where your favorite resort is ranked. The pool at Hyatt Escala Lodge in Park City, Utah. Travel Update photo by Barb DeLollis. The site has photo galleries for both the top 30 resorts in western North America and the top 20 in the East. (Fun fact: I was a Ski Magazine intern many moons ago!) Ski ranks the resorts using reader…
  • Las Vegas cab rides give you a headache? How to cut the noise

    Barb Delollis
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Noisy TV screen in a Las Vegas cab. Travel Update photo by Barb DeLollis. LAS VEGAS –  I’ve been taking taxi cabs from one end of the Vegas Strip to the other the last couple of days visiting hotels (SLS Las Vegas, Mandarin Oriental and now, Mandalay Bay) and during most of those rides, I simply endured the loud ads that play incessantly here and other cities. They’re annoying, especially in a land that’s already over the top in terms of sensory overload. But when a friend hopped in with me we wanted to talk, we asked the driver to turn it down. TWITTER: Follow Barb…
  • Virgin Atlantic first airline to test Gogo’s new Wi-Fi service

    Barb Delollis
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Hooked on using Wi-Fi at 30,000 feet? Then you’ll want to know about ZDnet.com report that says Gogo will soon start offering improved WI-Fi service. The new 2Ku package option will push Gogo’s speeds from approximately 3Mbps to 70Mbps, the story notes. The writer questions whether this will make us more productive, since he says that “at 70Mbps I can also see watching Netflix in the air as well.” For some of you, however, the bigger news is definitely this: The 2Ku service should make Wi-Fi available for overseas flights. MORE ONLINE: At 6’6,” this…
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    Jamaica Ocean View Villa

  • How You Can Book Flights For Your Vacation to Jamaica Cheaply

    cavel
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Below are some of the popular Airlines flying to( MBJ) Montego Bay Jamaica. UsAirways Amaerican Airlines Delta JetBlue South West   Jamaica is a favorite sunny location for your winter vacation. Each week we will research and provide you with a list of cheap airfares by airlines for your vacation to Jamaica . Now is the time to book your airline tickets for your winter vacation to Jamaica.   We have  found some incredible deals  just for you.  Now you can fly to Jamaica for Less:, Webiste http://www.cheapoair.com/flights   From Depart Return Afres Fort Lauderdale Miami Orlando…
  • Questions About Jamaica That You Are Afraid to Ask.

    cavel
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Who have Questions about vacationing in Jamaica and is Afraid to Ask? Jamaica is a land of dreams, a place for once-in-a-lifetime memories and unforgettable experiences. It shines as the star of the Caribbean, offering travelers a rich cultural experience along with luxury and relaxation. Along with its natural beauty, Jamaica has a laid-back feel and a rich cultural history that draws its guests back time and again. Jamaica lies to the south of Cuba, and is part of the group of islands known as the Greater Antilles. It is divided into fourteen parishes, with Kingston as its capital. The flag…
  • Top 5 Reasons Jamaica is a Great Destination for a Family Vacation

    cavel
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    Jamaica family vacation,Your  family vacation in Jamaica Jamaica is certainly a destination many consider when they are planning a romantic getaway, but often overlook it when traveling with a family. However, the great vacation rentals available, as well as the many fantastic activities that families can do, creating memories that will last a lifetime, make a family vacation in Jamaica a wonderful option. Dunn’s River Falls Ocho Rios is home to one of Jamaica’s most spectacular and loved natural attractions. This amazing waterfall cascades over various levels directly into the…
  • Insider Guide to the Relatively Unknown Water Falls in Jamaica

    cavel
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    When you think of a vacation in Ocho Rios or any Jamaica holiday, you likely picture the beautiful unspoiled beaches that line the coastal areas of our island paradise. But Jamaica has a wealth of natural beauty waiting to be discovered away from the white sand and crystal blue waters of the beach. Moving inland can allow you to discover the gorgeous waterfalls of Jamaica as well as the surrounding wildlands that make our island truly unique. To help you plan the perfect Jamaica vacation, here is a closer look at three of the most beautiful waterfalls in Jamaica. 1. Dunn’s River Falls…
  • 5 Off the Beaten Path Adventures for Your Ocho Rios Vacation

    cavel
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Many people who visit Jamaica choose to stay at all-inclusive resorts and never leave the property, and while this might make for a simple vacation, it does mean that there are many hidden spots on the island waiting to be discovered by adventurous vacationers. Skipping the resort experience can allow you to enjoy memorable off the beaten path experiences near Ocho Rios, and we’ve put together a list of the top five activities that you can enjoy while beating the tourist crowds. 1. Cave Valley – Situated in an area replete with limestone caves, the settlement of Cave Valley waits…
 
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    The Viewaholic Word - The Most Perfect View

  • Terrazza Brunelleschi - A 360º View over Florence

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

    Paulo Palha
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    The Views that inspired Monet.It is no secret that at The Most Perfect View we have a fascination for Paris. Not only one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris has always something to offer to its worldwide visitors. Today we won't be focusing on the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or the Champs-Elysées. Today we want to share with you one of the most romantic places we have ever seen: the Giverny Gardens, a source of inspiration to Claude Monet, one of the most exceptional painters of all time. It is told that Monet was admiring the view out of the train when he fell in love with…
  • An Ocean View Hotel or Sea View Hotel? Jaw-Dropping Hotel Views Around the World.

    Paulo Palha
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Call it as you wish, we show you some of the best.Over two thirds of our planet is covered by water - maybe this fact helps to explain why we have an enormous fascination for such large body of water. Some call it ocean, others call it sea. No matter what you may call it, we know from experience with hotel views that almost everyone loves an ocean view hotel (or sea view hotel, as you wish). In this post, we share with you some of our favorites around the world. Ocean View Hotel / Sea View Hotel - AmericasFrom Brazil, to the US or the Caribbean, you'll decide which is the most…
  • Buon Giorno Colosseum! The Best Hotel Views in Rome.

    Paulo Palha
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Start your day in Rome with spectacular Hotel Views.Once the capital city of the world, Rome is today one of the most vibrant and interesting cities to visit in the world.Visitors are enchanted by its beautiful structures such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi, the Spanish Steps and the extraordinary Basilicas.To help you start your day in Rome in the best way possible, we have selected the best hotels in Rome with views such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and Vatican.For Colosseum hotel views (if staying in a hotel near Colosseum isn't just good enough for you), we…
  • An Eiffel Tower View from your Hotel?

    Paulo Palha
    6 May 2014 | 3:45 am
    When in Paris, make sure you dream with an Eiffel Tower view.The fascination for the Eiffel Tower is undeniable. Every single soul that visits Paris for the first time is always anxious to find the world-famous iron structure in the horizon. When the moment finally happens, reactions vary. Some will point their fingers to the sky, while others will just simply stare at it. Passionate couples tend to kiss. Instagram fans will certainly take pictures right there and share them with the world.The irony is that the Eiffel Tower was meant to be a temporary structure, used as an entrance to the…
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