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STOP Selling to the Masses. Start by Creating Guest Personas

STOP Selling to the Masses. Start by Creating Guest Personas

May 2, 2016

by Donna Lewis Essentially hotels offer a place to stay in a given location, and everyone needs that right? Which means a hotel’s target audience is...

Hotelskanner.com Partners with DHISCO to Power New Booking Site

Hotelskanner.com Partners with DHISCO to Power New Booking Site

May 2, 2016

DALLAS (May 2, 2016) – Hotelskanner.com, a new website offering travelers in-depth tools and content for making better-informed booking decisions, has...

Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 160: Hotel History: The Harbor View Hotel (1891), Edgartown, Massachusetts (114 rooms)*

Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 160: Hotel History: The Harbor View Hotel (1891), Edgartown, Massachusetts (114 rooms)*

May 2, 2016

My New Book “Great American Hoteliers Volume 2: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry” Is Available Now By Stanley Turkel, CMHS 1. Hotel History: The...

Content Marketing for Hotels: How to Get Started Telling Your Hotel’s Story

Content Marketing for Hotels: How to Get Started Telling Your Hotel’s Story

May 2, 2016

Content marketing is more than a buzzword. It’s an important part of your hotel’s marketing strategy. Simply put, it’s the creation and...

Mandatory Resort Fees – An Opinion by Steve Shur

Mandatory Resort Fees – An Opinion by Steve Shur

May 2, 2016

By Steve Shur What if you went to a retailer and purchased a TV, were told how much the extended warranty costs and then were informed that you MUST purchase...

Hersha Hospitality Trust Closes Manhattan 7-Hotel Joint-Venture with Cindat for $571.4 million, or $526,000 per key

Hersha Hospitality Trust Closes Manhattan 7-Hotel Joint-Venture with Cindat for $571.4 million, or $526,000 per key

May 2, 2016

PHILADELPHIA -- May 2, 2016 -- Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT) (“Hersha” or the “Company”), owner of upscale hotels in urban...

SiteMinder Named Among Top 20 Technology Pioneers in Australia and New Zealand

SiteMinder Named Among Top 20 Technology Pioneers in Australia and New Zealand

May 2, 2016

Sydney, Australia – The global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, has ranked 17th in the inaugural Tech Pioneers Report by...

Couples Resorts Chooses Intelity to Develop Brand-Wide Enterprise Mobile Guest Service Hotel App

Couples Resorts Chooses Intelity to Develop Brand-Wide Enterprise Mobile Guest Service Hotel App

May 2, 2016

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – May 2, 2016 – Couples Resorts has selected leading hospitality technology provider Intelity to develop a brand mobile app...

Chicago’s Navy Pier to Soon Include Hotel?

Chicago’s Navy Pier to Soon Include Hotel?

William Lee | Chicago Tribune | May 2, 2016

May 01--City officials have unveiled plans for a hotel with more than 200 rooms on the east end of Navy Pier, an idea that was part of a long-term vision put...

Has Hotel Expansion Gone too Far in Stark County, Ohio?

Has Hotel Expansion Gone too Far in Stark County, Ohio?

Robert Wang | The Repository, Canton, Ohio | May 2, 2016

May 01--Despite the region's slumping oil and gas industry, tourism and hotel industry officials say Stark County does not have a glut of hotel rooms....

Pacific Hospitality Group Breaks Ground on New Build 145-room Meritage Commons in Napa, CA

Pacific Hospitality Group Breaks Ground on New Build 145-room Meritage Commons in Napa, CA

Hannah Madans | The Orange County Register | May 2, 2016

April 29--Irvine-based Pacific Hospitality Group broke ground on a hotel in Napa on Friday. Meritage Commons will be a four-story, 145-room resort, including...

Ayres Hotels Acquires the Country Inn and Suites in Lenwood, CA, Rebrands to Ayres Hotels

Ayres Hotels Acquires the Country Inn and Suites in Lenwood, CA, Rebrands to Ayres Hotels

Jose Quintero | Desert Dispatch, Barstow, Calif. | May 2, 2016

April 29--LENWOOD -- Ayres Hotels is expected to formally announce the acquisition of Country Inn and Suites in Lenwood on Tuesday, despite already changing...

Choice Hotels in Partnership with Fillmore Capital Partners, Fillmore Hospitality and Murphy Asset Management to Develop Two Cambria hotels & suites in Chicago

Choice Hotels in Partnership with Fillmore Capital Partners, Fillmore Hospitality and Murphy Asset Management to Develop Two Cambria hotels & suites in Chicago

May 2, 2016

ROCKVILLE, Md. , April 29, 2016 -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, joined developers...

Meliá Hotels International Signs Three New Hotels in Africa, Indian Ocean and Central Asia

Meliá Hotels International Signs Three New Hotels in Africa, Indian Ocean and Central Asia

May 2, 2016

London, May 2, 2016 – Meliá Hotels International has announced the signing of three new hotels during the Arab Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC)...

Mexico’s Velas Resorts to Debut New $150 million Grand Velas Los Cabos, November 2016

Mexico’s Velas Resorts to Debut New $150 million Grand Velas Los Cabos, November 2016

May 2, 2016

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (May 2, 2016) – The “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Velas Resorts announces the opening of Grand Velas Los...

The First Group Opens the 486-room Wyndham Dubai Marina

The First Group Opens the 486-room Wyndham Dubai Marina

May 2, 2016

Leading Dubai-based property developer's first hotel property, managed by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, has marked its official opening DUBAI, UAE, May 2,...

The Bricton Group Set to Open the Jaslin Hotel in Chicago’s Chinatown with Mark Lewis as Opening General Manager

The Bricton Group Set to Open the Jaslin Hotel in Chicago’s Chinatown with Mark Lewis as Opening General Manager

May 2, 2016

CHICAGO (May 2, 2016) – The Bricton Group announced today that the brand-new Chinatown-based Jaslin Hotel (jaslinhotel.com) will open on Wed., May 4,...

Anish Hotel Group Opens New Home2 Suites by Hilton Tulsa Hills, Oklahoma

Anish Hotel Group Opens New Home2 Suites by Hilton Tulsa Hills, Oklahoma

May 2, 2016

TULSA, Okla. - Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) industry-first All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest...

Owned and Managed by SSN Hotels, New TownePlace Suites to Open in Swedesboro, New Jersey

Owned and Managed by SSN Hotels, New TownePlace Suites to Open in Swedesboro, New Jersey

May 2, 2016

Swedesboro, NJ – May 2, 2016 – The 100-suite TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Swedesboro, New Jersey is scheduled to open this Wednesday, May 4,...

Orlando World Center Marriott Welcomes Ralph Scatena as New General Manager

Orlando World Center Marriott Welcomes Ralph Scatena as New General Manager

May 2, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla., May 2, 2016 -- As a leader in the global hospitality industry, Orlando World Center Marriott proudly announces the appointment of Ralph...

StayNTouch Achieves Gold Membership in the Oracle Partner Network

StayNTouch Achieves Gold Membership in the Oracle Partner Network

May 3, 2016

Bethesda, MD – May 3, 2016. StayNTouch, an innovator in mobile technology for hotel operations, today announced that it has achieved Gold Membership...

La Quinta Continues Strong Domestic and International Franchise Development in First Quarter 2016

La Quinta Continues Strong Domestic and International Franchise Development in First Quarter 2016

May 3, 2016

Opened five new franchise hotels, representing approximately 650 rooms, including key markets Atlanta Airport and Downtown Monterrey, Mexico Signed 12 new...

Odawa Casino Resort Boosts Efficiency and Guest Service With Comprehensive Agilysys Suite

Odawa Casino Resort Boosts Efficiency and Guest Service With Comprehensive Agilysys Suite

May 3, 2016

Agilysys Technology Strengthens Operations Across the Entire Property ALPHARETTA, GA. — May 3, 2016 — Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS), a leading...

Tourism Tidbits: Tourism and Migrations

Tourism Tidbits: Tourism and Migrations

May 3, 2016

by Dr. Peter Tarlow Around the world, immigration and refugees are a hot topic. Europe is locked in a debate as to how to handle the millions of people who...

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Announces Opening of Newly Constructed Hotel Near Downtown Asheville, NC

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Announces Opening of Newly Constructed Hotel Near Downtown Asheville, NC

May 3, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (May 3, 2016) – Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, a leading upper-midscale hotel brand, today announced the opening of Country Inn...

Federal Judge Takes Decisive Action to Protect Hotels from ADA Abuse by a High Frequency Litigant: ADA Compliance and Defense Lawyer

Federal Judge Takes Decisive Action to Protect Hotels from ADA Abuse by a High Frequency Litigant: ADA Compliance and Defense Lawyer

May 3, 2016

By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group® Author of www.HotelLawBlog.com 3 May, 2016 Federal Judge Takes Decisive Action to Protect Hotels from...

The Chargers, Convention Center and Taxes: A Primer

The Chargers, Convention Center and Taxes: A Primer

May 3, 2016

By Robert A. Rauch This is one man's opinion. I am an Independent, so Democrats and Republicans alike will disagree with me. I am not a member of the...

Vimana Franchise Systems Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Free Entry Offer

Vimana Franchise Systems Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Free Entry Offer

May 3, 2016

Windermere, FL – May 3, 2016 –Vimana Franchise Systems, home of Centerstone Inns, Hotels & Plaza Hotels and Key West Inns, Hotels &...

Hotel Technology 2020: What Will the Hotel of the Future Look Like?

Hotel Technology 2020: What Will the Hotel of the Future Look Like?

May 3, 2016

By David Chestler, EVP, Global Enterprise Sales & Business Development, SiteMinder After a long flight, a weary traveller strolls off the plane. The...

Refinancing Best Practices: Preparing for the Upcoming $200 billion of CMBS Loan Maturities

Refinancing Best Practices: Preparing for the Upcoming $200 billion of CMBS Loan Maturities

May 3, 2016

by Steven Fischler With $200 Billion of upcoming CMBS loan maturities in 2016 and 2017, borrowers with maturing loans should be preparing to get the best...

Travel Trends Index: Domestic Biz Travel Reels, Int’l Set to Rebound

Travel Trends Index: Domestic Biz Travel Reels, Int’l Set to Rebound

May 3, 2016

WASHINGTON (May 3, 2016)—Despite further decline in domestic business travel, the U.S. Travel Association's latest Travel Trends Index (TTI)...

New Big Sky, Montana, “On The Go” App Tells Users What’s Happening

New Big Sky, Montana, “On The Go” App Tells Users What’s Happening

May 3, 2016

Visit Big Sky Launches FREE On The Go App for Android And iOS Smartphones Big Sky, Montana | May 2016 - Visit Big Sky has launched a new app called...

Golf Entertainment Complexes Offer a New Spin on an Old Game

Golf Entertainment Complexes Offer a New Spin on an Old Game

May 3, 2016

By John Burke With almost 1,500 18-hole equivalent golf course closures over the last 10 years and six million fewer golfers according to the National Golf...

Starwood Reports Q1 2016 Net Income of $90 million Compared to $99 million in Q1 2015; Adjusted EBITDA was $281 million

Starwood Reports Q1 2016 Net Income of $90 million Compared to $99 million in Q1 2015; Adjusted EBITDA was $281 million

May 3, 2016

STAMFORD, Conn--Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today reported first quarter 2016 financial results.  First Quarter 2016...

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