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** Top 25 Read Articles -  June 2010 **

  1. EZYield.com Delivers Rate Parity Overnight to Postcard Inn; Florida beach resort achieves competitive rates across all OTA’s in just one day using EZYield.com’s channel management technology
  2. Hotel Wars: Drama and Intrigue Behind the Starwood Lawsuit Filed Against Hilton
  3. Steve Wynn Sets the Bar for Pool Clubbing; Opens the Over-the-top-Decadent $70 million Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub
  4. The Miami International Hotel Housekeeper Who Turned in $6,000 in Cash Receives Ourpouring of Phone Calls and Donations for Her Good Deed
  5. The Peabody Orlando Launches National Search For New Duck Master; Do You Have What it Takes?
  6. Police Order the Hilton Chongqing Hotel to Suspend Operations Because of Gang Involvement and Prostitution; Hotel Opened in 2002, Managed by Hilton Worldwide and Owned by Kingrun Real Estate
  7. Biggest Changes to Disney Theme Parks Dress Code in a Decade: Women No Longer Have to Wear Pantyhose, Men Now Allowed to Wear Untucked, Casual Shirts
  8. Ensuring the Perfect Sell Out: When All You Have Left Is All You Have Left, Don’t Say “All I Have Left Is…” / Doug Kennedy
  9. About that Item You Left in Your Hotel Room … / Daniel Edward Craig
  10. Barry Sternlicht's Starwood Capital and Hersha Hospitality Partner to Build Premier Hotel Management Company; Starwood Capital Will Contribute Capital, Deal Flow and Enterprise-building Resources
  11. Train Your Hospitality Team To Say “YES!” To Guest Complaints / Doug Kennedy
  12. The Plaza, New York City, Now Offers iPads in All Guest Rooms with Virtual Concierge
  13. It's Official: The Ritz-Carlton Dearborn to be Rebranded as The Henry, Joining Marriott International's Autograph Collection
  14. John Pritzker's Geolo Capital Taking a Majority Stake in Joie de Vivre's Business, Exptects to Fund the Brand's Expansion Outside of California; Chip Conley Remains Actively Involved as CEO
  15. BentleyForbes Loses The Las Colinas Four Seasons; the Lenders Themselves Buy Property at Auction for $122 million
  16. Jimmy Buffett Won't Let a Little Oil Stop Him from Opening his Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola, Florida
  17. The Swarovski Crystal Empire Celebrates Grand Opening of Sparkling Hill Resort and Wellness Center Hotel with Dancers, Symphony, Celebrities, VIP’s; Fairy Tale Festivities and Dazzling Hospitality Highlight History Making Debut of Brilliant European-Inspired Luxury Wellness Destination
  18. Four Tampa Bay Area Hotels Seek Bankruptcy Protection
  19. Four Seasons is Now the Park Hyatt Aviara; Changeover Follows a Months-long, Acrimonious Dispute Between the Hotel Owner, Broadreach Capital Partners, and the Hotel's Longtime Operator, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  20. A Hotel Checklist for the Leisure Market /Jil Larson
  21. Destination Hotels & Resorts Reacts Swiftly to Credit Card Interception
  22. Sam Nazarian's Company, SBE, to Take Over and Finish Stalled Hotel in Hollywood, California; SBE Will Operate the Hotel for CIM Group Which Bought the Unfinished Hotel for $15.8 million in February, 2010
  23. San Diego Hotel Operator, 5th Avenue Partners, Files for Bankruptcy
  24. Benchmark Hospitality's Top Five U.S. Dining Trends for 2010
  25. Simple Fixes to Increase Direct Bookings

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** Top 25 Read Articles -  May 2010 **
  1. Best Practices for Responding to Online Hotel Reviews - Part 1 / Daniel Edward Craig
  2. As Part of Sheraton Hotels & Resorts $6 Billion Revitalization Effort and Enhancement of Global Portfolio, Brand Will Remove Eight Additional Hotels that Don’t Meet New Brand Standards
  3. Bottoms Down: New PKF Survey Results Show Hotel Profits Declined a Record 35.4 Percent in 2009; Greatest Annual Decline Since Tracking Began in the 1930's
  4. Hotels Ratcheting Up Hidden Fees; Generating Piles of Cash at Little Extra Cost!
  5. Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort, Which Sits Adjacent to the Cumberland River, Suffers Severe Flood Damage; the 2,881 room Hotel Likely to be Closed for Several Months
  6. Few Luxury Hotels Take the Extreme Action of Closing, Like the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas; Owner Deutsche Bank's Plans Unclear for 349-room Resort
  7. LA Times Travel Writer, Christopher Reynolds, Spends a Night at the J.W. Marriott Hotel and a Night at the Ritz-Carlton - Two Hotels that Share a Downtown Los Angeles Building
  8. Landmark Decision by Arbitration Panel on Aviara Resort / David M. Brudney
  9. In Florida, 120 Hotels and Six Restaurants Have Filed Claims with BP Over Oil Spill
  10. Marriott Recognizes Eight Employees with its J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence
  11. Hotel Workouts, Hotel Bankruptcies, Hotel Receiverships -- Great New Resource for Troubled Hotel Assets / Jim Butler
  12. Consumer Reports Hotel Survey Ranks Ritz-Carlton, Homewood Suites, Renaissance, Drury Inn & Suites, and Microtel Inn & Suites Among the Top Chains for Their Price
  13. Felony Apartment Decorating: Hotel Security Guard Steals $50,000 Worth of Hotel Furniture, Rugs, Television Sets, Electronics, Paintings and Tools for His Apartment
  14. Director of Finance for the Valley Forge CVB Admits to Writing $775K in Checks to Self
  15. Greenbrier Resort Casino Construction Costs Quadruple to $80 million after Doubling Size of Facility; Casino Scheduled to Open Prior to July's PGA Tournament; Large Group Bookings at Resort Up 400%, Addtional 400 Staff Needed Prior to Opening
  16. Expedia's 2010 Insiders' Select® Rankings Reveal World's Best Hotels for Value and Quality; Includes Properties from 1,022 Cities Worldwide
  17. Worst Crisis Ever for Thai Tourism Industry; Bangkok's Top Hotels Including the Dusit Thani, Four Seasons and Grand Hyatt Erawan Closed
  18. TripAdvisor Names World's Best Travel Spots with 2010 Travelers' Choice Destination Awards; 576 Destinations Honored Based on Opinions of Millions of Travelers
  19. Best Practices for Responding to Online Hotel Reviews - Part 2 / Daniel Edward Craig
  20. Does My Hotel Really Need a Mobile Strategy?
  21. Hospitality Industry Targeted by Data Thieves - Protect Your System to Avoid the Malware Nightmare / Eduardo Perez
  22. What is really happening with the recovery and how will it affect the hotel industry? Insightful perspectives from the experts at Meet the Money / Jim Butler
  23. Distressed Hotels: Picking Up the Right Pieces / Jim Burr
  24. 24 Ziplines Open in USA in 2010; A New, Less Expensive Way to Add the WOW Factor to Resorts, Parks / Jeff Coy and Amanda McDaniel
  25. Loud Music (Noise Pollution?) at CityCenter's Aria Casino and Public Areas Gets an Editorial Rebuke

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** Top 25 Read Articles - April 2010 **
  1. Free Breakfasts Don't Cut it Anymore; Extreme Hotel Discounts Reflect the Desperation of an Industry
  2. Steve Wynn Shocks Philadelphia by Terminating Casino Project
  3. In California 79 Hotels Fall into Foreclosure During First Three Months of 2010; Lenders Seek to Keep Hotel Doors Open
  4. Hilton Cuts Debt by Almost $4 billion through a Restructuring
  5. Hotel Waterpark Construction Report: North America Eight Hotel Waterparks Coming in 2010 / Jeff Coy and Amanda McDaniel
  6. 7 Steps to Position Your Hotel in the New OTA Environment / Tim Coleman
  7. Hotel Pricing in a Convalescent Economy: Hitting the Reset Button / KristieWhite
  8. Broadreach Capital Partners and Maritz, Wolff & Co. Select Hyatt to Brand and Manage California's Four Seasons Aviara Resort; Soon to be Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
  9. Federal Jury Awards $200K to Guest of The Venetian for False Imprisonment by Secuity Officers
  10. Sage Hospitality Recognizes Top Properties and Employees from its 54 Hotels
  11. Dearborn, Michigan Hotel to Lose Ritz-Carlton Name in Sale; New Owners Planning Significant Renovation, Intend to Keep the 308-room Hotel a Leader in the Marketplace
  12. Schlitterbahn Development Group Has Eyes on Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a $110 million Water Park-Hotel-Sports Destination
  13. Zap the Gap! How to Manage, Train and Maintain Your Sanity With The New Millennium Generation / Meagan Johnson
  14. Sales Leadership Tips for Hotel Managers / Daniel Edward Craig
  15. An Open Letter to Hospitality Students in their Junior Year; Or Thoughts on how to prepare for Graduation / Dr. John Hogan
  16. Seven Starwood Hotels Under The St. Regis, W Hotels, and The Luxury Collection Brands Top 2010 Conde Nast Traveler Hot List
  17. Washington Holdings Takes Control of the St. Regis Monarch Beach in a Deal Estimated at $235 million; Starwood Hotels & Resorts Continues as Operator
  18. Grand Hyatt New York's New Grab-and-Go Restaurant Concept - Market - Meant to Reinvent Hotel Room Service
  19. Hollywood, Florida Commissioners Vote Unanimously to Approve Plans for a $100 million Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Resort; Planet Hollywood the Second-place Finisher
  20. The Developer of the W Hotel & Residences in Boston Files for Bankruptcy
  21. F & B as a Driver of Revenue and Guest Experience: A Roadmap to Luxury Hotel Success
  22. Arbitration Panel Issues Ruling in Dispute Between Broadreach Capital Partners and Four Seasons Hotels Limited Regarding Four Seasons Resort Aviara; Both Parties Contributed to Demise of Business Relationship, Management Agreement Should be Terminated
  23. Ask Me What I think of the iPad and I Would Say - Ay Caramba! / Terence Ronson
  24. Starwood Hotels Completes Sale of Two W Hotels in Manhattan - The Court and Tuscany for $78 Million to St. Giles Hotels, LLC
  25. Sale Prices and Brands; Historical Trends in Hotel Sale Prices / Scott Lewis & Hans Detlefsen

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