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  • Seven tips to score travel deals on social media Feed
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Find out how to earn loyalty points and discounted rates with check-ins, tweets and selfies.
  • 10 Haunted Hotels You Should Brave This Halloween

    HotelContractBeds: Blog
    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…
  • Column: Look beyond numbers when analyzing guest ratings

    AH&LA SmartBrief
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Hoteliers should keep in mind that guest ratings are not the same as those given by professional agencies and are often color -More- 
  • Wynn Redesigning Planned Boston-Area Casino Hotel

    Hotel News
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Wynn Resorts is redesigning its proposed $1.6 billion resort casino in Everett and has scheduled a public meeting to discuss its cleanup plan for the heavily polluted former chemical plant site. The Las Vegas gambling giant said Thursday that the environmental cleanup meeting will take place Tuesday at Tufts University in Medford.
  • 'Jane The Virgin' Actually Takes Place at This Hotel

    HotelChatter -
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The new TV show, "Jane The Virgin" is not just the answer to the prayers of "Ugly Betty" fans, who have been in mourning since the show went off the air a few years ago. "Jane The Virgin" is also extremely clever and funny, yet unabashedly apologetic about its soapy premise. That premise involves Jane, a virgin who's about to get engaged, getting accidentally inseminated by a distracted gynecologist, who just happened to use her brother's last surviving sperm which he had frozen before his chemotherapy treatment. (It's the brother of the gynecologist, not Jane's. No one is ready to see a show…
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    AH&LA SmartBrief

  • Column: Look beyond numbers when analyzing guest ratings

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Hoteliers should keep in mind that guest ratings are not the same as those given by professional agencies and are often color -More- 
  • Pebblebrook Hotel's Q3 revenue beats estimates

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Pebblebrook Hotel Trust reported net income of $23.7 million in the third quarter on revenue of $169.7 million, which surpass -More- 
  • La Quinta posts Q3 earnings growth, plans expansion

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    La Quinta Inns & Suites said pro forma total adjusted pretax income reached $109.3 million in the third quarter, up 13.6% fro -More- Webinar: Top Trends to look for in 2015 2 PM ET | 11 AM PT on November 6 2014 has been a strong year for the hospitality industry. Hotels are poised to invest in their properties with amenities, services, and designs that will attract and retain guests. Staying on top or ahead of these trends will give hoteliers the edge over the competition. Attend this webinar to hear industry experts give their insights on the top trends to watch in 2015. Register…
  • Montage Hotels & Resorts unveils lifestyle brand

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Montage Hotels & Resorts has launched Pendry Hotels, a new brand that targets the upper-end lifestyle segment.  -More- 
  • STR reports 29,572 rooms in development in Mexico, Caribbean

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
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    Hotel News

  • Wynn Redesigning Planned Boston-Area Casino Hotel

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Wynn Resorts is redesigning its proposed $1.6 billion resort casino in Everett and has scheduled a public meeting to discuss its cleanup plan for the heavily polluted former chemical plant site. The Las Vegas gambling giant said Thursday that the environmental cleanup meeting will take place Tuesday at Tufts University in Medford.
  • Best Western Plus undergoes $2 million renovation Posted at

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    Draper is the sales manager at the new hotel in East Peoria, 300 Eastlight Court. Best Western International announced the opening of the Best Western Plus, which took over the former Holiday Inn Express last fall.
  • Unirac Awarded Contract for 6.4 MW DC Roof Mount (RM) Installation on ...

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The completion of the project was announced today, and the rooftop installation will produce 20% of Mandalay Bay's power demand at peak production. "When designing one of the largest contiguous rooftop solar installations in the world, racking performance, site logistics and project planning are extremely important," said , CEO at Sunora Energy Solutions , the firm responsible for installation.
  • New York: After Miami Beach, The New York Edition Will Open in April

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    We've hardly gotten over the exciting news that the Ian Schrager's latest hotel, Miami Beach Edition , is opening on November 10 but now we're absolutely freaking out that the New York Edition will open on April 1, 2015. And no, that's not a cruel April Fools Joke.
  • Marriott's #PictureYourselfHere Campaign Takes Job Seekers Behind-the-Scenes

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Marriott International announced today innovations to its careers sites and job search process as it aims to engage jobseekers worldwide through its new #PictureYourselfHere campaign. The campaign includes enhanced job search functionality, featuring behind-the-scenes photos submitted by current associates all around the world, in an effort to reach the best talent in the industry.
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    HotelChatter -

  • 'Jane The Virgin' Actually Takes Place at This Hotel

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The new TV show, "Jane The Virgin" is not just the answer to the prayers of "Ugly Betty" fans, who have been in mourning since the show went off the air a few years ago. "Jane The Virgin" is also extremely clever and funny, yet unabashedly apologetic about its soapy premise. That premise involves Jane, a virgin who's about to get engaged, getting accidentally inseminated by a distracted gynecologist, who just happened to use her brother's last surviving sperm which he had frozen before his chemotherapy treatment. (It's the brother of the gynecologist, not Jane's. No one is ready to see a show…
  • The Next Big Hit From Marcel Wanders Is Coming To Zurich In 2015

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    We recently shared the news, and our excitement, about the upcoming Kahema Bay Portals resort in Majorca, opening in early 2015. With this new hotel well underway, we have another new hotel to look forward to, the Kahema Grand Zurich, opening in Spring, 2015. This is the latest hotel to be delivered by the team of Lifestyle Hospitality & Entertainment Group, tecArchitecure as architect, and Marcel Wanders, as interior designer. Having just received renderings of the Kahema Grand Zurich, we think this 'Mod Squad' of talent and vision may have another hit on their list.
  • 6 Quirky Hotel Courtesy Cars

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Getting picked-up from the airport or dropped off for your dinner reservation by your hotel is a luxury that many hotels offer for either an extra charge or as part of the room rate. More often than not, hotels will whisk you away in some sort of luxury sedan like a BMW, Mercedes or Porsche but occasionally, you just have to hide your face when they pull up in an 8-person van or mini-bus. However, there are a few hotels that totally nail the idea of cool wheels for a courtesy cars. This is a smart move for a few good reasons. One, it shows the hotel has some personality by choosing an…
  • Miami Beach: An All-Suite Extension of Miami's Hot Spot, The Gale, Will Open in December

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    We've already given you 5 hotels to put on your radar when planning a trip to Miami Beach this winter but we don't call it Miami Hotel Mambo for nothing. Hotels be opening left and right in this loca caliente city. And here's another one.The Gale Suites at Kaskades is an extension of the extremely popular Gale Hotel South Beach on Collins Avenue. The Gale Suites won't actually be adjacent to The Gale but they will be close by, located in a building behind The Gale on 17th Street. (The hotel says its only 10 steps away.)
  • Amsterdam: This Old Amsterdam Building Is About To Generate A Load Of Hype

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Generator Amsterdam: the 1950 look Don’t you just love it when people keep a secret? No, us neither, but luckily the folks at Generator Hostels aren't too good at it, because we have news just in time for the weekend – Generator is opening in Amsterdam next year. “Why, aren’t they already opening elsewhere in 2015?” you might say. Congrats – yes, they’re opening Paris and Rome. But as any young American who’s crossed the pond will know, no grand tour of Europe is complete without a pitstop (just enough time to inhale) in Amsterdam. Boiler Room Bar…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Thanks for Thank-You Notes

    Marriott on the Move
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Listen to blog Dear Thank-You Note, Reports of your death have been greatly exaggerated. I wrote over 700 hundred thank-you notes last year, but we octogenarians can’t keep carrying the torch of proper etiquette. (Maybe torch is the wrong word when referring to notepaper.) I worry most about the Millennials....
  • Into the Details

    Marriott on the Move
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    When my father asked our Board of Directors to elect me president of our company in 1964, he wrote me a very thoughtful letter describing how I should develop my management style to be an effective executive. In a recent interview, I was asked, which item on my father’s list...
  • Why Ask Why

    Marriott on the Move
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    In their book Double Down, Mark Halperin & John Heilemann briefly mentioned President George W. Bush’s lack of curiosity as one reason why the last half of his second term was not as successful as it could have been. As I ponder why some people are successful in business and...
  • The End of an Era

    Marriott on the Move
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    My father, who founded our company with a nine-stool root beer stand in 1927, came from a family of eight children. Dad had four sisters and three brothers. Woodrow was the youngest member of the family and he died in 2005. His widow, Judy Cannon Marriott, passed away on August...
  • 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...
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    Saturday Briefing

  • Your Vote Is Vital!

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — As I write this article, Election Day in the United States is just over a week away. Polling has actually already started, with more people than ever taking advantage of the mail-in ballots and early … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Budding Chefs Cook Up a Storm at Chef Challenge

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — It’s no secret that Outrigger on the Lagoon · Fiji loves a community project. Now in its fourth year, the Nadroga/Navosa Schools Chef Challenge, driven by the resort’s executive chef and kitchen team, is gaining momentum … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • TLR and TLP Participate in Cherngtalay Tourism Sports Day

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY ATTHAPHON SAE-TAN AND PATCHAREE CHANANTHO (PAEW) — Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort (TLR) and Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas (TLP) participated in the fifth annual Cherngtalay Tourism Sports tournament that ran from 3 – 17 October 2014. This … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • OMH Celebrates Paddle 2 – Where We Come From

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY AMANTE CASTRO — We come from many different places with unique histories, cultures and stories. Here at the OHANA Waikiki Malia (OMH), we all love to celebrate with food, so in celebration of where we come from, a food … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Commemorates Princess Kaiulani’s 139th Birthday

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY GLAIZA DE GRACIA AND ALAN NAITO — On October 16, Outrigger Enterprises Group and the OHANA Waikiki East (OEH) hotel joined to honor and celebrate the 139th birthday of Princess Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn with a lei-draping ceremony and brief … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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    FeedBlitz News

  • The One Easy Gmail Tip for Tracking and Testing

    Phil Hollows
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We recently sponsored the slightly-awkwardly-named-but-totally-worthwhile Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and so naturally the topic of email came up (surprise!), especially in relation to testing email forms with different email accounts. It can be a real pain to create yet another email address for your site, and so we all have only a few addresses to go around. Right? Wrong! If you have a gmail account – and who doesn’t? – you effectively have an infinite number of email addresses. And I was surprised how few of the experienced bloggers and content marketers I met…
  • Feeds, Clicks and DNS Problems

    Phil Hollows
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you or your subscribers have been frustrated trying to get to a FeedBlitz feed (or click through to a link in a FeedBlitz feed) in the last 24 hours or so, the reason is because some third party DNS servers have been returning the wrong results for The net effect is that although FeedBlitz is up and your feeds are being served, some subscribers are being sent to the wrong servers, and getting errors as a result. Update: We’ve routed traffic from the “wrong” server to one of the “right” ones, so even folks affected by this should now get…
  • Today I Learned: How to Enable Flash Developers

    Phil Hollows
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Not having Flash development experience in-house, we were puzzled recently when we received a support request from a Flash guy wondering why a file we’d never heard of (crossdomain.xml) was giving a 404 file not found error when he requested it. Because it wasn’t there, obviously. Thankfully, the developer in question was kind enough to throw us a link about why that file was needed for Flash, and a few minutes later we had everything we needed to know. Thanks, Chad! So if you’re a Flash developer, crossdomain.xml is now available on our servers to permit you to use…
  • New: RSS Image Enclosures Now Visible

    Phil Hollows
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    A funny (peculiar, not haha) thing about major media site RSS feeds is that not only are the feeds often little more than a plain text (and so kinda boring) sentence, but also that their RSS feeds tend to include thumbnail images as enclosures. Enclosures are the part of a feed typically used for podcast media files, and the problem with stashing an image as an enclosure is that most people won’t see it, since the picture isn’t part of the main content. As a result, the feed and downstream feed usage (e.g. email subscriptions) are much less engaging for us carbon based life…
  • The FeedBlitz API: Workflow for Building a Plugin

    Phil Hollows
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The goal of this example is to show you what API calls to make so you can programmatically add a subscriber’s email (and other information) to a list at FeedBlitz. Let’s assume you’re developing a plugin for WordPress; any WP plugin developer should be able to integrate with FeedBlitz! The example below isn’t limited to plugins, of course; it can work with any web site, product or service you can extend programmatically.  You use simple Web requests, so it’s pretty easy for a web developer to do. Prerequisites The user of your plugin will need: A FeedBlitz premium account At…
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    Hospitality Marketing Blog

  • The Case for Hotel Videos

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

    Madigan Pratt
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Every so often it’s a good idea to step back and review the real definition of the U.S.P.  While the Unique Selling Proposition is one of the most basic and important components of a hotel’s marketing program it is also one of the least understood. Consultants and advertising agencies are developing varying definitions of the U.S.P., some of which are quite far from the original. So, following is an updated article on the subject and several new examples of hotels that have developed and benefitted from having a strong U.S.P.’s. Enjoy, Madigan “Today, the U.S.P. is…
  • The Most Effective Yet Underutilized Hotel Marketing Discipline

    Madigan Pratt
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Public relations, online advertising, websites, SEO, sales, social media and email are all common forms of marketing used by small luxury hotels today. They are assembled in various mixes to form a hotel’s marketing and communications plan. These plans get the word out and hopefully generate the revenue that management and owners budgeted. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. Over the course of the past few years far too many have proven they don’t. So why are so many small luxury hotels missing the mark when hotel chains, casinos and even cruise lines are meeting goals? You…
  • Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos Named the Caribbean’s Most Popular Beach

    Madigan Pratt
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    The people have spoken. Yahoo Travel just announced its most-searched international beaches and Grace Bay beach in gorgeous Turks and Caicos was named the most popular Caribbean beach and the second most popular in the world outside the United States. This wasn’t a contest or a fancy campaign.  No one was even asked to cast a vote.  Nope.  Instead, people revealed their interests with clicks of a mouse.  Each month, more than 1.2 billion people search using Yahoo. Boulders Beach in South Africa with its resident colony of 3,000 penguins earned the top spot. Click here to read the story…
  • Success Secrets From The Best Caribbean Boutique Hotels

    Madigan Pratt
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Another season of discovering which hotels will be ranked among the world’s best is upon us. Travel+Leisure Magazine has just announced their picks and Condé Nast Traveler won’t be far behind. Seeing these annual rankings raised two questions. Which Caribbean boutique hotels are really the world’s best? More importantly what are their secrets of success? To find out, we started with an analysis of Caribbean boutique hotels that have received the Travel+Leisure World’s Best Award in each of the past five years. We then interviewed the general managers for two of the…
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  • OTAs dominate search for travel deals
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    When it comes to offering consumer savings opportunities, travel sites like Expedia and Tripadvisor have mastered the right content, whereas airlines and hotels haven’t performed as well historically in this category, according to new data by BrightEdge. In fact, nine of the top ten players are OTAs - only Hilton made it into the list.
  • Accor reveals guests’ social media behaviour
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    The findings from Accor Asia Pacific's second Social Media Monitor suggests that travellers are spending as much time researching, planning, boasting about and reporting on their travels as they do enjoying the actual holiday.
  • Expedia launches image library
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    Empowering the travel community with incredible access to free high-quality travel visuals, Expedia launched Expedia Viewfinder Image Library - a free online resource containing more than 40,000 images for media outlets, journalists, bloggers and other content creators.
  • Splendia launches crowdsourced travel guides
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Luxury travel site Splendia has launched Instagramers City Guides that crowdsource photos to create information on popular travel destinations. Built in conjunction with Paris agency Kindai, the website features photos from cities such as New York, Rome and Barcelona.
  • Online travel reviews raise question of ethics
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    Most consumers realize online reviews are not always trustworthy. But a recent magazine column raised new ethical questions about reviews when a traveler said he deleted a complaint after a hotel gave him a 50 percent refund. Did the hotel buy the reviewer’s silence?
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    Hotel F&B Observer

  • The Power and Prize of Evoking Emotion

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

  • Happy

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Off course I’ve been under the rocks not noticing the variations in the Happy Song by Pharrell Williams doing the rounds. First the Dutch version which starts in my city, The Hague: and then the Dutch Moslim version: Happy is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Monday, October 20, 2014Happy is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Nothing Zen – Just Crop the Swimming Pool Photo

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Nothing Zen – Just Crop the Swimming Pool Photo Recently I was on a short city trip to Madrid. When I prepared for the trip I was looking for a hotel with a swimming pool, as Madrid can be hot in September. I choose the hotel on the basis of a photo like the first photo. I took this photo myself. The first photo is a crop of the second photo. I used a booking portal (OTA) to search and book the hotel. When you look at the first photo, like me, you are likely to book the hotel if it features prominently on the booking site….When you look at the second photo, like me, You are…
  • Herring Eater at Sunset

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Herring Eater at Sunset This herring eater statue is located at the Scheveningen beach. It portraits perfectly how the Dutch like to eat their herring: Raw and after the grates have been taken out the tail is left on and then they grab the herring by the tail and let it glide into their mouths. Just to remember summer seems over. Herring Eater at Sunset is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, October 7, 2014Herring Eater at Sunset is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my…
  • 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

    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…
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    Smith Travel Blog

  • Top 10 hotel bars: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Kate Weir
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    We asked you discerning hotel-bar hoppers to vote for the best spots to toast and tipple in; suggestions for the Hottest Hotel Bar at the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 poured in and we distilled them into a top 10 shortlist of the world’s best hotel bars. While the Smith Awards judging panel drink in the results, before the winner is announced on 7 November, here are the mixologists that wowed you with their sleight of hand, the bar crowds that turned your heads and the far-flung, home-from-home hotspots you’d love to make your local – read on to find your next best night…
  • Hotel of the week: Aava Resort & Spa, Khanom

    Sarah Jappy
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    This week, we’re dreaming of pink dolphins and azure waters – better make the fantasy a reality with a trip to Aava Resort & Spa in beachy Khanom, whose powder-soft shores and looming limestone mountains guarantee holiday snaps worth bragging about. Just a ferry ride away from party-cool Koh Samui, Khanom’s waters are dotted with long-tail boats and the local fisherfolk, whose ancestors have traded here for around 800 years. Now it’s your turn. Style Perfect Finnish Setting Nine-kilometre Nadan Beach Why this week? The local, but extremely rare pink dolphins are…
  • Top 10 eco hotels: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Richard MacKichan
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    They’re a good start, but you’ll need more than energy-saving lightbulbs and some garden-grown greens to be truly considered ‘eco-friendly’ these days. The hotels battling for the Eco Award in the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 display a commitment to conservation, a drive for sustainability and an all-encompassing ethical approach – without compromising on comfort. From off-grid jungle lodges to community-spirited castle retreats, these are the 10 best eco-friendly hotels shortlisted by your public votes – the places where five-star treatment is extended to the environment…
  • Top 10 hotel restaurants: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Anthony Leyton
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    The people have eaten, the public has spoken and the 10 most amazing hotel dining experiences in the world have been shortlisted and passed over to the Smith Hotel Awards judging panel. We’ll reveal the final winner here on 7 November, but while the judges chew over the contenders, cast a hungry eye over 2014’s official ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ top 10. We asked you where gourmands should gather for great food and good times. This is what you said… LA BASTIDE DE MOUSTIERS, PROVENCE, FRANCE Gourmet highlights  Winner of the 2013 Smith award for Best Hotel Restaurant • Garden-fresh…
  • Top 10 best spa hotels: the Smith Awards shortlist

    Madevi Dailly
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Pavilions teetering above the Indian Ocean? Forest views from your treatment room? Hand-picked oils, seductive steam rooms, the best four-hand massage this side of Thailand? Whatever your spa style, our indulgent boutique retreats know a thing or two about delivering tension-busting, limb-smoothing, complexion-lifting afternoons of bliss. The public’s vote has helped us draw up a shortlist for the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 – here are the top 10 spa hotels we’ve fallen for this year. DORMY HOUSE – Cotswolds, UK Favourite facilities Outdoor hydrotherapy pool • Mood-lit…
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    Hotel Law Blog

  • Los Angeles is the new magnet for real estate investment

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of 4 October 2014 After so many years of being off everyone’s screen, Los Angeles has suddenly become one of the hottest markets for real estate investment. Roger Vincent’s article of October 4, 2014, in the Los Angeles Times provides some of the latest and most exciting detail about how the “smart money” in New York now sees Los Angeles is a great place to buy real estate. See “Downtown L.A. real estate is drawing N.Y. investors’ interest.” The transformation of Los Angeles to a “real city”…
  • Marriott signs FCC Consent Decree and agrees to pay $600,000 civil penalty for Wi-Fi blocking

    Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group®
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Hotel Lawyers | Authors of 4 October 2014 Have you ever wondered why your cell phone or personal Wi-Fi hot spot does not seem to work in some hotels? As more business and leisure travelers equip themselves to stay in constant communication with their work place and families, they have accelerated the tendency to shun high-priced hotel room telephones and internet connections. But sometimes, even when you are in the middle of New York City (or other major urban gateway) on a high floor, your cell service or Mi-Fi just does not seem to work, and you wonder if it is being…
  • 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 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 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 7 September 2014 Click here for the latest articles on EB-5 Financing.    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…
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    National Real Estate Investor

  • Will Amazon Be The Future of Brick-and-Mortar Retail?

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Amazon’s announcement of opening up a store on 34th Street in New York City will be one of the most carefully watched stories in retail. No word yet on the size of the store, or more importantly, its purpose. What will happen in an Amazon store? read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 23, 2014)

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Houston and Austin have displaced San Francisco as the most attractive markets for real estate investment, reports Bloomberg. Asian buyers are picking up U.S. multifamily properties at a record-breaking pace, according to World Property Channel. Larry Silverstein plans to sell $1.6 in tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction of 3 World Trade Center, reveals The Real Deal. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry. Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Green from Green: Public Parks Increase CRE Value

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Open spaces in urban areas not only improve communities but can add billions of dollars to adjacent commercial real estate properties, agreed panelists at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Fall Meeting, being held this week at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Two recent examples are New York’s Bryant Park and Dallas’s Klyde Warren Park. read more
  • Law Firms Cut Back on Existing Space as They Lag Professional Services in Recovery

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    U.S. law firms are just not following the recovery trend experienced by the rest of the professional services industry, and are giving up occupancy in many major markets. read more
  • 10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (October 22, 2014)

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Epoch Times discusses current investment trends with Growth Equity Group co-founder Brett Immel. FDIC to require lenders to keep stakes in CLO products, reports Bloomberg. The Street looks at how property IPOs mimic traditional REITs. These are among today’s must reads for the commercial real estate industry. Content Classification:  Curated read more
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    London Hotels Insight

  • Top 3 London hotels for a frightfully good time this Halloween.

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
    Halloween is fast approaching, but there’s still time to find something fun to do for this spooktacular event. London is the perfect place for a screamingly good time, with its dark history and plethora of ghost stories. So if you’re still looking for a scary weekend, check out these top Halloween events from some of London’s top hotels. Scary Screenings at Firmdale Hotels If your idea of a fun Halloween night is popcorn and some scary movies, Firmdale Hotels has just the thing for you. Check rates at the Charlotte Street Hotel On October 31st and over the weekend…
  • Top 5 best uses of social media by London hotels.

    Elizabeth Hands
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    Social media has pretty much changed the world. It’s changed the way we receive our news, it’s changed the way we interact with our friends and it’s changed the way we do business. For hotels, it’s changed the way they interact with guests and potential customers. But some have embraced the trend more than others. Here are just some of the London hotels with great social media campaigns aiming to raise the stakes in customer service: Shining example The Milestone’s Facebook site is a lesson in how hotels should be using social media to keep their guests and potential guest engaged.
  • Hipster hotels: Shoreditch prepares for a boom.

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    Where the capital’s hotels where once dominated by central and west London, the last few years have indicated a move east. This migration is demonstrated in the recent interest in Shoreditch, where seven new hotels are planned for the area in the next two years. According to, with the new hotels together with the Ace Hotel, which opened last year, the total number of new hotel rooms in Shoreditch is expected to be more than 1,500. Among the hotels set to open are debut properties from the Nobu Hospitality Group and the Gansevoort Hotel Group, and additional London hotels…
  • Little things: how hotels can focus on simple pleasures.

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    “Tis a gift to be simple,” the Shaker hymn says, and sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the biggest impact. Hotels should take note; you don’t have to be super-sophisticated to make a difference to your guests. More coffee! Look, it’s not rocket science. Some of us are caffeine fiends. I’ll typically have a quick cup of coffee when I get up, and then if I go for a jog, I’ll have another cup when I get back, before breakfast. I might have a cup of coffee in the afternoon, particularly if a good lunch has made me a bit dozy, and I’ll…
  • Top hotel groups eye further London expansion.

    Chris Glithero
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    Recent years have seen fresh names and brands move into London’s hotel scene, lured by the capital’s increasing popularity and profitability. This month however some of the better known names have been announcing plans to move onto the turf of the young pretenders. The Doyle Collection already has a number of boutique hotels in London, including The Kensington and The Marylebone. Now the Irish-based hotel group has announced that it is currently on the lookout for additional London properties to add to its portfolio. The group, which also owns hotels in Dublin, Bristol and Washington DC,…
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    Hospitality Law Check-In

  • Employee Characteristics and Effective Hotel Leadership

    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?

    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

    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…
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    Are Morch - Hotel Blogger

  • Employee Happiness a Key Driver for Social Media Success

    Are Morch
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Happy Employees is unconventional in ways that add new values to the Customer Experience. Unconventional employees don’t have limiting beliefs, and they will utilize Social Media to add value to all reference points of the Customer Experience. Empower your Hotels employees to engage with customers. Hospitality is a trait that is part of your Employees genes. You will find the X-factor when allow your employees to bloom. Customers today wants to take part of forming their experience. Utilize your employees as performers that becomes part of their story. It is the story that brings the…
  • Why Visualization Strategy is your Hotels new Digital Marketing Strategy

    Are Morch
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Why Visualization Strategy is your Hotels new Digital Marketing Strategy Drawing a Digital Marketing Strategy is not easy, and Social Media has added new complex elements to this challenge. Most Digital Marketing Strategies is crafted from an end goal perspective. This process has worked well for almost a decade now. It worked because customers did not have any control over the components that defined their customer experience. Often the Travel Journey was built around a given package or a bundle of various packages. From a Hotel marketing perspective often the customer behavior has been…
  • 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…
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  • Track Trends to Boost Your Restaurant Business

    Natasha Drewnicki
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Today, businesses and consumers have a closer relationship than ever. We are constantly plugged in, evolving into mobile/social natives by using smart-phones for everything from discovering local attractions to posting photos across social media and voicing opinions on review and social media sites. More importantly, maintaining a healthy level of guest satisfaction (both on- and off-line) is now an irrefutable measure of your company’s capacity to generate revenue. While the savviest restaurant managers see value in engaging with customers through social media, the new age of “social…
  • Webinar: Leverage Competitive Insights to Drive Hotel Rate & Market Position

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    IDeaS, the largest provider of Automated Revenue Management Solutions to the Hospitality Industry, will host a free webinar this month as part of our ongoing webinar series. Whether you’re in revenue management, sales & marketing, e-commerce, operations, a GM or at corporate office, executive management or corporate office, this webinar is for you! In this webinar, learn how to harness competitor insights to: Identify your hotel’s rate competitors Optimize pricing strategy according to online market position Measure revenue opportunities to drive Average Daily Rate (ADR) Leverage…
  • October Hospitality Events Summary

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Q4 is now in full swing and we have a busy agenda for October, with several team members attending hospitality events in Singapore, New York, Manchester and Barcelona. Use this blog as a guide to where ReviewPro will be in the world this month. 8-9 October IDeaS “Executive Leadership” Summit Singapore Michael Chin, Vice President of Asia At the third and final IDeaS Summit of 2014, Michael Chin, Vice President for Asia, will join hundreds of other global leaders in the hospitality industry, including Revenue Management Directors, Distribution Executives and Asset Managers. They will…
  • World Tourism Organization Suggests Integration of Online Reviews Into Hotel Classification Systems

    Josiah Mackenzie
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    In the UN World Tourism Organization’s latest report, prepared with Cornell University professor Chris Anderson, presents an in-depth review of the impact and benefits of integrating online reviews into traditional hotel classification systems. >> Download the report PDF (3.2 MB) “Reviews have revolutionized decision making” The emergence of user generated reviews has “completely revolutionized the travel decision-making process” as more and more people rely on these reviews to make purchasing decisions. Both reviews and hotel classification systems serve…
  • Hospitality Leaders Week Video Highlights

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    The Hospitality Leaders Week (HLW) 2014 is a joint programme by TSI – Turismo Sant Ignasi (Barcelona, Spain) in association with the Hotel Management School Maastricht (Maastricht, The Netherlands) and Oxford School of Hospitality Management (Oxford, The United Kingdom). A new YouTube video shows the programme’s inaugural edition in Barcelona this July, when students were delighted to deepen their knowledge of the hospitality industry in the context of a hugely popular Mediterranean destination. In a conference titled “The Transformation of Barcelona through Leadership and…
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    New Hotel Travel

  • Unique hotel so dark and lonely at Grand Canyon

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Unique hotel so dark and lonely at Grand Canyon is a post from: New Hotel Spend the night at the hotel is a common thing to do when traveling to a place. However, what if your hotel does not have a light and luxurious facilities? Yes, in the United States there is a unique hotel, popular for his condition which is so dark and lonely. Grand Canyon Caverns Unique hotel so dark and lonely at Grand Canyon Located at a depth of 230 feet below sea level, this hotel is located on Route 66, Arizona 115 miles, Cave of the Grand Canyon. The cave is America’s largest dry cave filled with selenite…
  • Selection of Doors for Bathroom

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
    Selection of Doors for Bathroom is a post from: New Hotel There are various factors that need to be considered when designing bathroom. Not only the interior design is required, the selection of doors also important to get a comfortable bathroom. bathroom door Selection of Doors for Bathroom The bathroom is not only serves as a place to get cleaned up. Now, the bathroom began to shift into a place of relaxation functions. Not surprisingly, the bathroom is now designed optimally, the goal is to get comfort. Of course, the interior design greatly affects the comfort of this room. In addition,…
  • Best cities for career in the United States

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Best cities for career in the United States is a post from: New Hotel Best cities for career in the United States, for those who want to try their luck in a career outside of mother country and moved to the land of Uncle Sam, we hope you have found a suitable area or land to be conquered. If not, we will try to give some destination areas that you can make reference. San Jose A recent study showed that, the prospective foreign workers may consider the West Coast in the United States as a career option. Some cities on the West Coast of choice, because the area is quite friendly and the…
  • Girl buried ritual on California beach

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Girl buried ritual on California beach is a post from: New Hotel From stories about beach traveling, newhotelus friend said very delicious if a vacation to the Southern California beach, if lucky can see the girl life buried there. Huh ? It’s been crazy my friend want to see such things, I still can not imagine what happens at California beach, already difficult breath first. California beach Girl buried ritual on California beach My friend was happy holiday to a place that has ritual culture, but could not until the California coast are also times, especially just for a look at Luiseno…
  • Cheap Hotel in New York City

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Cheap Hotel in New York City is a post from: New Hotel Really, if you traveling there cowboy style, there are cheaper hotels. Not hundreds of dollars, but only tens of dollars. But enough to sleep, certainly not a hotel with a first class service, only to spend the night alone. Sense hotels in prison for a small office. Clarion Hotel Park Avenue Cheap Hotel in New York City Talk to the hotel at a cheap rate would have imagined. Beds, cockroaches, former like as. But sweat and just cleaned another hotel, and really cheap by comparison of life in American cities. Cheap Sun Bright Hotel in New…
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    Travel Update

  • My good-bye to BoardingArea, and hello to American Airlines!

    Barb Delollis
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Here I am photographing a room at the Homewood Suites in New York this past summer. Dear BoardingArea bloggers and readers and TravelUpdate readers, Thank you so much for reading my blog posts, sharing your thoughts and opinions, and sometimes keeping me on my toes! It has been a privilege tracking down news about the hotel and airline industries for you as a blogger at (thanks to frequent flier guru Randy Petersen) and previously as a journalist-turned-blogger for USA TODAY. I am truly grateful for the travel conversations we’ve had here as well as on Twitter…
  • Forgot my Ray Ban sunglasses at Tampa’s TSA checkpoint, but I’m getting them back!

    Barb Delollis
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    When I left Tampa last month, I hurried through the airport and rushed through the TSA checkpoint. Shoes off: check. Laptop out of bag: check. Sunglasses off: check. So, once through the checkpoint, I picked up my fairly organized group of belongings and quickly re-assembled myself. But I wasn’t so late that I was panicking. I was calm enough to take the time to place my license back into my wallet before proceeding to my gate and even exchanged pleasantries with the TSA agent. While I recall seeing an empty jewelry/wallet basket near my belongings, it just didn’t…
  • Nightmare hotel stories, great taco joints & other road stories from up-and-coming band Fire and the Romance

    Barb Delollis
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Members of the alt-pop band Fire and the Romance on the road. Photo courtesy of frontman Dion Roy. By Barbara DeLollis and Felix Contreras As the alt-pop band Fire and the Romance (current single, “She’s a Devil“) prepares the release of their new album and supporting tour through the US northeast, frontman Dion Roy checks his to-do list: strategic venues, radio station appearances, media interviews and reliable hotels. These days, musicians are forced to use the road to make money as the record business falters and bands count more on ticket sales than record sales. Fire…
  • Hilton’s Curio guests expected to stay longer and spend more, brand chief says

    Barb Delollis
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    LAS VEGAS – Ku Noodle is one of the trendy restaurants at the SLS Las Vegas on the northern end of the Vegas Strip. It features Asian cuisine by chef José Andrés. Photo by Barb DeLollis. McLEAN, VA. – By the end of 2015, Hilton Worldwide expects to be running 25 to 30 hotels in key metro areas under its newest brand, Curio so I recently sat down with Curio brand chief Dianna Vaughan to learn more. The brand is meant to be a collection of quirky, interesting hotels that keep their own identity. Perhaps the most interesting thing I learned is that the personality of the target…
  • What’s your flying routine? ‘Flying is for reading,’ BoardingArea’s Goddard says

    Barb Delollis
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    U.S. Army Brigadier General Glenn Goddard reads on a recent flight. Photo courtesy of Goddard. Do you have a routine when you’re 30,000 feet in the sky for work? I’m posing this question after my recent conversation with U.S. Army Brigadier General Glenn Goddard, one of the many bloggers who flies frequently for his or her demanding jobs. And Goddard has a very specific flying routine, which – during our conversation – I realized that it might just be the only travel topic that I have never written about! (Goddard, by the way, co-writes The…
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    Jamaica Ocean View Villa

  • How to get first class upgrade on your next vacation

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Cheap flights has a very interested infographic on how to score a free first class upgrade. “For most of us, turning left when you board a flight remains an elusive daydream with the comforts of first class just out of reach.” However, if you plan ahead and try these expert tips on how to get
  • 6 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationships

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Building and maintaining strong friendships does not come naturally to most people. Like anything worth having in your life it requires patience and effort. Not only that, but it also requires a deeper understanding of yourself, the other person, and both your similarities and differences. Despite how intimidating this sounds, fostering these relationships have an
  • How to Experience Jamaica on your next vacation

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    How to Experience Jamaica A vacation is much more than just the location that you choose. It’s about the entire experience, from when you walk out of the airport and see a completely unfamiliar landscape to where you lay your head every night. Immersing yourself completely into the experience of any situation is a practice
  • Jamaica villa offer the thrill of exploration combined with top notch service.

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Jamaican Villas The ideal way to experience a new culture involves three things. The first is having the freedom to explore the area. The second is to taste the cuisine—all different types of food and drink. And the third is to have people to share your experience. Your ideal vacation in a stunning and exotic
  • Jamaica Ocean View Villa the Perfect spot to Unwind & Relax

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Jamaica Ocean View Villa The  Working Women Resort to Jamaica Jamaica has an amazing allure to it. It has Caribbean Sea, sandy beaches, lush green mountains, waterfalls and just about everything. It has also been one of the most desirable places for American tourists. And just for a while imagine having a holiday with your
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    HotelContractBeds: Blog

  • 10 Haunted Hotels You Should Brave This Halloween

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

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

    5 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    Sure, everyone pulls an all-nighter every now and then. You’ve probably experienced for yourself those symptoms often associated with lack of sleep – tiredness, grumpiness, confusion and a general slowing-down of your reactions and concentration.  But then you make sure you have an early night and “catch up” on the missed sleep, and – voila! – you’re as good as new again (By the way, you can’t actually ‘catch up’ on missed sleep – our bodies don’t work that way – but usually a long sleep after an all-nighter helps to restore us back to a healthy state).  But what…
  • The Price of a Balanced Diet Around the World

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    Everyone is entitled to a balanced and healthy diet. Food is essential to our physical health and well-being - but prices across the world can vary dramatically. According to Numbeo, a daily shopping list for keeping a balanced diet of 2000 calories would look like this: Milk (0.25L) Bread (130g) Rice (0.13kg) Eggs (3.6) Cheese (0.15kg) Chicken Breasts (0.25kg) Apples (0.34kg) Oranges (0.34kg) Tomatoes (0.21kg) Potatoes (0.25kg) Lettuce (0.15 head) In London, the average minimum amount of money this shopping list would cost is currently £6.47 That's £200.57 per month (based on 31 days)! Who…
  • When to book: Cheapest travel deals across the world

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:46 am
    When is the best time to book your hotel room? It's that age-old question, you're planning your next vacation at what you know is a popular tourist destination - and you're desperately trying to find the 'sweet spot' where prices are lower. But where can you find that information? Numerous travel companies, friends and colleagues all have very different advice, leaving you more confused than ever before. Luckily, have saved the day by doing all the hard work for us and created a trip-planning calendar for the 25 most popular tourist destinations worldwide. analysed…
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