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Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 134; Hotel History: The Knickerbocker Hotel (1906)

Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 134; Hotel History: The Knickerbocker Hotel (1906)

December 22, 2014

My New Book: “Hotel Mavens: Lucius M. Boomer, George C. Boldt and Oscar of the Waldorf”; 2014 Historian of the Year By Stanley Turkel, CMHS 1....

Agilysys Inspire User Conference & Executive Summit 2015 Announced

Agilysys Inspire User Conference & Executive Summit 2015 Announced

December 22, 2014

Conference to Feature Educational Sessions, Networking Events, Partner Pavilion; New Track Added for Senior-Level ExecutivesALPHARETTA, GA. - Dec. 22, 2014 -...

Which Champagne Fits You Best? Find One to Match Your Style

Which Champagne Fits You Best? Find One to Match Your Style

Jon Bonn? | San Francisco Chronicle | December 22, 2014

Dec. 20--Are you what you drink? Champagne, more than any other wine, is drunk for the label, and if you're trying to make a statement, many of the best-known...

Plans for 7500-room Mega Hotel, Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort in Australia will be Worlds Largest

Plans for 7500-room Mega Hotel, Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort in Australia will be Worlds Largest

Simone A. Mayer | dpa, Berlin | December 22, 2014

Dec. 22--CAIRNS, Australia -- A mega hotel to be built in Cairns, Australia is to offer 7,500 rooms to gamblers from round the globe. The Aquis Great...

Caesars Entertainment to File Bankruptcy, Restructure Finances

Caesars Entertainment to File Bankruptcy, Restructure Finances

J.D. Morris | Las Vegas Sun | December 22, 2014

Dec. 19--Casino giant Caesars Entertainment, which for years has struggled with massive debt, announced today that its largest subsidiary reached an agreement...

Hyatt to Launch Free Wi-Fi Access in All Lobbies and Guest Rooms Worldwide

Hyatt to Launch Free Wi-Fi Access in All Lobbies and Guest Rooms Worldwide

December 22, 2014

CHICAGO (December 22, 2014) – As part of the company’s continued efforts to evolve the guest experience by listening and responding to guest needs, Hyatt...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Offer Free Wi-Fi - However - There are Strings Attached

Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Offer Free Wi-Fi - However - There are Strings Attached

Hugo Martin | Los Angeles Times | December 22, 2014

Dec. 21--Another major hotel chain is planning to eliminate wireless Internet charges, but only for guests who join its loyalty rewards program. Starwood...

Closing Lanai: Hawaai’s Two Four Seasons Hotels to Close Simultaneously for Upgrades

Closing Lanai: Hawaai’s Two Four Seasons Hotels to Close Simultaneously for Upgrades

Kristen Consillio | The Honolulu Star-Advertiser | December 22, 2014

Dec. 21--Lanai will turn into more of a deserted island when its two Four Seasons hotels  to guests for the second half of next year as billionaire owner...

Las Vegas Sands Receives Approval in Macao to Build its $2.7B 3,000-key The Parisian Macao

Las Vegas Sands Receives Approval in Macao to Build its $2.7B 3,000-key The Parisian Macao

December 22, 2014

MACAO, Dec. 22, 2014 -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) today announced that the company's majority-owned subsidiary, Sands China Ltd., has received the...

Starwood Hotels Sells Three Hotel Philadelphia Airport Complex to The Lightstone Group

Starwood Hotels Sells Three Hotel Philadelphia Airport Complex to The Lightstone Group

December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014 - STAMFORD, Conn. - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it has completed the sale of the Philadelphia...

Hotel Building Boom Sweeps Pittsburgh, PA Region with Pipeline of 55 Projects Totaling 6,012 Rooms

Hotel Building Boom Sweeps Pittsburgh, PA Region with Pipeline of 55 Projects Totaling 6,012 Rooms

Natasha Lindstrom | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | December 22, 2014

Dec. 20--The hotel construction industry is booming, and the greater Pittsburgh area has one of the fastest-growing hotel markets in the nation, data show....

10 Things Hotel Marketers Want For Christmas

10 Things Hotel Marketers Want For Christmas

December 22, 2014

30 years of holiday decorating. 30 Christmas trees in the Tambourine offices. 30 years of clinking eggnog-filled glasses. After all these years,...

How a Tissue Box and a Pepper Shaker Rocked My World

How a Tissue Box and a Pepper Shaker Rocked My World

December 22, 2014

By Roberta Nedry Greetings!   Chilled champagne in a silver bucket, chocolate -covered strawberries, spectacular floral displays, elegant upgrades and...

Swedish National Tourism Board “WeChats” with Chinese Travel Agents

Swedish National Tourism Board “WeChats” with Chinese Travel Agents

December 22, 2014

WeChat goes educational as VisitSweden (the Swedish National Tourism board) leads the way in connecting with travel industry Beijing, China. - Dec. 22, 2014...

Hostar International, Inc.‘s ProHost® System Selected for The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, FL

Hostar International, Inc.‘s ProHost® System Selected for The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, FL

December 22, 2014

We are pleased to announce that The Breakers Hotel has partnered with Hostar International Inc. to install the ProHost® Housekeeping System.   The...

Improved US-Cuba Relations Will Have Positive Implications and Challenges, says USVI Tourism Chief

Improved US-Cuba Relations Will Have Positive Implications and Challenges, says USVI Tourism Chief

| Caribbean News Now, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | December 22, 2014

Dec. 22--ST THOMAS, Usvi -- US President Barack Obama's announcement of plans to normalize relations with Cuba has a number of positive implications but this...

Q&A: Understanding the New U.S. - Cuba Rules

Q&A: Understanding the New U.S. - Cuba Rules

Amy Sherman | The Miami Herald | December 22, 2014

Dec. 20--President Barack Obama announced this week a reset in the United States' relations with Cuba, including establishing full diplomatic relations and...

Tips for Training your Reservationist

Tips for Training your Reservationist

December 22, 2014

Here at Orlandovacation.com we work very hard to train our call center reps to be the best that they can possibly be on the phone. After all these...

Union Indicates Cosmopolitan Workers will Remain Employed through $1.73 B Sale to Blackstone Group

Union Indicates Cosmopolitan Workers will Remain Employed through $1.73 B Sale to Blackstone Group

J.D. Morris | Las Vegas Sun | December 22, 2014

Dec. 20--The new ownership of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will undoubtedly institute changes to the resort. But the resort's workforce, apparently, will...

SBE Entertainment says Sam Nazarian’s Exit Won’t Hinder Global Growth Plans

SBE Entertainment says Sam Nazarian’s Exit Won’t Hinder Global Growth Plans

Hugo Martin and Charles Fleming | Los Angeles Times | December 22, 2014

Dec. 20--The hospitality and nightclub empire founded by Sam Nazarian said it would move ahead with its global expansion plans without its leader after...

HSL Properties Acquires Tucson’s Hilton El Conquistador Resort for $15M; Plans $16M in Improvements

HSL Properties Acquires Tucson’s Hilton El Conquistador Resort for $15M; Plans $16M in Improvements

Emily Bregel | The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson | December 22, 2014

Dec. 20--Tucson-based HSL Properties has purchased the Hilton El Conquistador Resort for $15 million, an executive says. HSL is planning to spend $16...

Miami Voters to Decide Whether City Should Have an 800-room Convention Center Hotel

Miami Voters to Decide Whether City Should Have an 800-room Convention Center Hotel

Joey Flechas | The Miami Herald | December 22, 2014

Dec. 20--Miami Beach voters will decide the fate of a proposed hotel next to the soon-to-be-renovated convention center despite objections from one...

Minor Hotel Group to Transform Resort on Zanzibar into a Per AQUUM Resort by Q4 2015

Minor Hotel Group to Transform Resort on Zanzibar into a Per AQUUM Resort by Q4 2015

December 22, 2014

Bangkok, 22 December 2014: Minor Hotel Group (MHG), the Thailand-based hotel owner, operator and investor, announces the addition of a resort on the Indian...

Hampton Inn & Suites to Debut in Hawaii with Development of 175-key Hotel as Part of Ka Makana Ali’i

Hampton Inn & Suites to Debut in Hawaii with Development of 175-key Hotel as Part of Ka Makana Ali’i

December 22, 2014

MCLEAN, Va. - December 22, 2014 - Following the successful opening of its 2000th hotel in Bellevue, Washington and the brand's 30th anniversary,  Hampton...

RLHC Signs Agreement with Durga, LLC for the 185-key Red Lion Hotel - Cincinnati Sharonville in Ohio

RLHC Signs Agreement with Durga, LLC for the 185-key Red Lion Hotel - Cincinnati Sharonville in Ohio

December 22, 2014

Spokane, Wash., Dec. 22, 2014 – RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation, NYSE: RLH) announced today the company will open its first location in Ohio following the...

Ocean Properties Completes Renovation of 115-key Delray Sands Resort on Highland Beach in Florida

Ocean Properties Completes Renovation of 115-key Delray Sands Resort on Highland Beach in Florida

December 22, 2014

DELRAY BEACH, Florida (December 22, 2014) - Ocean Properties Ltd. today announced the completion of a revitalization project at the 115-room oceanfront Delray...

Le Meridien Debuts in North Carolina with the Opening of Le Meridien Charlotte Completing Renovation

Le Meridien Debuts in North Carolina with the Opening of Le Meridien Charlotte Completing Renovation

December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014 - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of Le Méridien Charlotte, following a...

Pacifica Hotels Opens The Redondo Beach Hotel in California After $13 M Renovation and Rebranding

Pacifica Hotels Opens The Redondo Beach Hotel in California After $13 M Renovation and Rebranding

December 22, 2014

Irvine, CA (December 22, 2014) - Pacifica Hotels, the largest owner and operator of boutique hotels along the Pacific Coast, announced today the opening of The...

GA’s Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria Completes $16M Renovation, Appoints New GM Joel Darr

GA’s Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria Completes $16M Renovation, Appoints New GM Joel Darr

December 22, 2014

ATLANTA, Dec. 22, 2014 -- A new year. A $16 million remodel. A new general manager. Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria has a lot to celebrate in...

The 105-Room Hilton Garden Inn Gallup Opens in New Mexico

The 105-Room Hilton Garden Inn Gallup Opens in New Mexico

December 22, 2014

Owned by TMS Gallup I, LLC, and Managed by Total Management SystemsDecember 22, 2014 - GALLUP, N.M. and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide's...

Travel Weekly Honors Outrigger’s Richard Kelley with Lifetime Achievement Award

Travel Weekly Honors Outrigger’s Richard Kelley with Lifetime Achievement Award

Allison Schaefers | The Honolulu Star-Advertiser | December 22, 2014

Dec. 22--Travel has undergone dramatic changes since the 1940s when Richard "Doc" Kelley helped his parents kick off the small mom-and-pop hotel chain that...

DiamondRock Appoints Dustin Resnick as Vice President, Acquisitions & Investments

DiamondRock Appoints Dustin Resnick as Vice President, Acquisitions & Investments

December 22, 2014

BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 22, 2014 -- DiamondRock Hospitality Company (the "Company") (NYSE: DRH) announced today that Dustin Resnick has joined the Company as Vice...

Extended Stay America Appoints Andrea Delligatti as Vice President of Sales, Northeast Division

Extended Stay America Appoints Andrea Delligatti as Vice President of Sales, Northeast Division

December 22, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - DEC. 22, 2014 - ESA Management LLC, a subsidiary of Extended Stay America, Inc. (NYSE:STAY)  - the largest owner operated hotel chain in...

Benchmark Names Curtis Bova and Tom Walker as Senior Sales Executives at Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Benchmark Names Curtis Bova and Tom Walker as Senior Sales Executives at Cheyenne Mountain Resort

December 22, 2014

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, December 22, 2014 - Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has named Curtis...

Steve Tremewan Named Director of Sales & Marketing at Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa in California

Steve Tremewan Named Director of Sales & Marketing at Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa in California

December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014 (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.) - Crescent Hotels & Resorts, the management company for Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, has announced the appointment...

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