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Affinia Hotels Selects Groupize GBE to Attract More Group Business and Increase Efficiency

Affinia Hotels Selects Groupize GBE to Attract More Group Business and Increase Efficiency

July 22, 2014

Leading Hotel Company Denihan Hospitality Group Among the First Independents to Launch New Groupize Group Booking Engine Solution for Six HotelsBoston, MA, -...

Gay Wedding Institute Now Offering Company-Wide Certification

Gay Wedding Institute Now Offering Company-Wide Certification

July 22, 2014

The Gay Wedding Institute, which for years has trained thousands of wedding and hospitality professionals around the world on best practices related to LGBT...

Sonnenblick-Eichner Company Arranges $265,000,000 of Financing for the JW Marriott Chicago

Sonnenblick-Eichner Company Arranges $265,000,000 of Financing for the JW Marriott Chicago

July 22, 2014

Beverly Hills, California - July 22, 2014 - Sonnenblick-Eichner Company announced today that it has arranged $265,000,000 of first mortgage financing for the...

If Four Atlantic City Casinos Close in September, Then What?

If Four Atlantic City Casinos Close in September, Then What?

Suzette Parmley | The Philadelphia Inquirer | July 22, 2014

July 22--ATLANTIC CITY -- This resort faces the prospect of having four major vacancies on its famed Boardwalk come mid-September. The grim reality sank in...

Fitch Ratings Reports Casino Industry not Likely to Rebound Any Time Soon

Fitch Ratings Reports Casino Industry not Likely to Rebound Any Time Soon

Brian Hallenbeck | The Day, New London, Conn. | July 22, 2014

July 22--Another credit-rating agency paints a grim picture of much of the casino industry's future, finding that "long-term, robust same-store growth in U.S....

Maryland’s Nearly $1B 300-room MGM National Harbor Casino Project Gets Go-Ahead to Start Contruction

Maryland’s Nearly $1B 300-room MGM National Harbor Casino Project Gets Go-Ahead to Start Contruction

Michael Bodley | The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014

July 22--The Prince George's County Council approved construction Monday of MGM Resorts' nearly $1 billion casino complex at National Harbor. In an 8-1...

Extended Stay America CFO, Peter Crage, Resigns; Jonathan Halkyard Named Interim CFO

Extended Stay America CFO, Peter Crage, Resigns; Jonathan Halkyard Named Interim CFO

July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Extended Stay America, Inc. (NYSE:STAY) (the “Company”) today announced that Peter Crage, Chief Financial Officer since...

Hyatt Makes Organizational Changes Naming Chuck Floyd as Global President of Operations

Hyatt Makes Organizational Changes Naming Chuck Floyd as Global President of Operations

July 22, 2014

Appoints Pete Sears as Group President – Americas and Steve Haggerty as Global Head of Capital Strategy, Franchising and Select Service July 22, 2014 -...

InnLink Central Reservation Services Introduce Solution to Eliminate Overbooking

InnLink Central Reservation Services Introduce Solution to Eliminate Overbooking

July 22, 2014

New Collaboration with Infor to Deliver Two-Way Connectivity on Rates, Inventory and Sales HENDERSONVILLE, TN - July 22, 2014 - InnLink Central Reservation...

ZDirect Solutions Stirring Excitement

ZDirect Solutions Stirring Excitement

July 22, 2014

Customers, prospects and business partners attending HITEC rave about ZDirect's extensive product launch and its ongoing proactive customer...

The Woodlands Resort Opens 1,005 Lazy River

The Woodlands Resort Opens 1,005 Lazy River

July 22, 2014

THE WOODLANDS, TX (July, 2014) - One of the top ten pool destinations for families in North America according to 10Best.com, a division of USA Today Travel, is...

Industry Vets Ed Watkins, Jerry Daly & Randy Smith to be Honored at 20th Annual Lodging Conference

Industry Vets Ed Watkins, Jerry Daly & Randy Smith to be Honored at 20th Annual Lodging Conference

July 22, 2014

PHOENIX, Ariz., July 22, 2014 - Officials of the Lodging Conference, a national hospitality conference targeting hotel owners, operators, developers and...

City of Henderson, Nevada Seeks Interested Developers

City of Henderson, Nevada Seeks Interested Developers

July 22, 2014

The City of Henderson, Nevada is considering the possibility of the development of a hotel, convention center, and mixed-use retail or public...

Ft. Lauderdale’s W Hotel & Residences Sold to Related Cos., Headed by Stephen Ross

Ft. Lauderdale’s W Hotel & Residences Sold to Related Cos., Headed by Stephen Ross

Kerry Close | Sun Sentinel | July 22, 2014

July 22--The W Hotel & Residences in Fort Lauderdale has been sold to a company headed by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. It will remain a W Hotel. Ross...

Downtown Fort Worth’s Historic Ashton Hotel Sold to Ashford Hospitality Trust

Downtown Fort Worth’s Historic Ashton Hotel Sold to Ashford Hospitality Trust

Sandra Baker | Fort Worth Star-Telegram | July 22, 2014

July 21--The Ashton Hotel, a 39-room boutique hotel at the corner of Sixth and Main streets in downtown Fort Worth, has been sold to Dallas-based Ashford...

Urban Commons Acquires the 243-room Crowne Plaza Danbury Hotel, Danbury, CT

Urban Commons Acquires the 243-room Crowne Plaza Danbury Hotel, Danbury, CT

July 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES, July 22, 2014 -- Urban Commons, LLC announces today the purchase of the 243-room Crowne Plaza Danbury Hotel located in Danbury,...

Deserving Attention: Development of Cruise Tourism in the Philippine’s

Deserving Attention: Development of Cruise Tourism in the Philippine’s

| Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila / Asia News Network | July 22, 2014

July 22--MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) -- Among the economic priorities of the Aquino administration, tourism is often cited as a low-hanging fruit...

Occupancy for Orlando Hotels Flat in June but See Growth in Both ADR & RevPAR of 5%

Occupancy for Orlando Hotels Flat in June but See Growth in Both ADR & RevPAR of 5%

Jim Stratton | Orlando Sentinel | July 22, 2014

July 21--Central Florida's hotel occupancy rates were almost flat in June, rising from 75 percent last year to 75.4 percent this year. The industry posted...

Thailand’s Koh Samui Hotels Set for Rebound Due to Improved Tourism Sentiment

Thailand’s Koh Samui Hotels Set for Rebound Due to Improved Tourism Sentiment

Chadamas Chinmaneevong | Bangkok Post, Thailand | July 22, 2014

July 22--Hotels on Koh Samui expect a good July-September high season thanks to improving tourism sentiment. Tanongsak Somwong, president of the Tourism...

Antigua-Barbuda Signs Joint Venture with UAE’s Al Caribi Development for $120 M Morris Bay Resort

Antigua-Barbuda Signs Joint Venture with UAE’s Al Caribi Development for $120 M Morris Bay Resort

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

July 22--ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- On Sunday, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Sheikh Tariq bin Faisal...

Young Developer and New Owner, Alena Hospitality, Renovating the Closed Orlando Marriott in Florida

Young Developer and New Owner, Alena Hospitality, Renovating the Closed Orlando Marriott in Florida

Jim Stratton | Orlando Sentinel | July 22, 2014

July 22--Inside one of Orlando's most iconic, but aging, hotels, crews in orange hard hats are gutting the building. They're ripping up carpet, tearing down...

Georgia’s 130-key Unicoi Lodge Undergoing Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Georgia’s 130-key Unicoi Lodge Undergoing Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 - Unicoi, GA — Since its inception in 1973, the Lodge at Unicoi State Park in the North Georgia Mountains has welcomed more than four million...

The 71-key Lodge at Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville, Georgia Launches Extensive Renovation

The 71-key Lodge at Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville, Georgia Launches Extensive Renovation

July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 - Dawsonville, GA — A major renovation of the Lodge at Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville, GA is now underway. Opened in 1991, the 57 guestroom...

The 237-key Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is Set to Open in November 2014

The 237-key Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is Set to Open in November 2014

July 22, 2014

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 22, 2014 -- Sweeping into the palm-lined drive after a remarkably brief ride from Dubai International Airport, the first...

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Breaks Ground for 73-key Hotel in Slidell, LA; Opening Early in ‘15

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Breaks Ground for 73-key Hotel in Slidell, LA; Opening Early in ‘15

July 22, 2014

SLIDELL, LA (July 22, 2014) - Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Slidell, LA located at 1645 Gause Boulevard is now under construction and will join the...

The 102-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Regina East Gate Opens in Saskatchewan, Canada

The 102-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Regina East Gate Opens in Saskatchewan, Canada

July 22, 2014

Owned and Managed by Western Star Group of Hotels REGINA, Saskatchewan, and MCLEAN, Va. - Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide's global brand of more than 1,900...

Newly Built 121-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Airport Opens this Week in Ohio

Newly Built 121-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Airport Opens this Week in Ohio

July 22, 2014

Columbus, Ohio - July 22, 2014 -Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott announces the opening of the newest hotel at Port Columbus International Airport on...

Completing a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation, 292-key DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton Opens in CA

Completing a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation, 292-key DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton Opens in CA

July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 - PLEASANTON, Calif. and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton...

Pan Pacific Hotels Names Sharmini Moganasundram as General Manager of 534-key PARKROYAL in Singapore

Pan Pacific Hotels Names Sharmini Moganasundram as General Manager of 534-key PARKROYAL in Singapore

July 22, 2014

Handing Over Leadership at 287-unit PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur to Acting General Manager Goh Tee KaySingapore, 22 July 2014 - In line with its...

Ronald J. Hunter Named General Manager for the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Crabtree in North Carolina

Ronald J. Hunter Named General Manager for the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Crabtree in North Carolina

July 22, 2014

MCLEAN, Va. - July 22, 2014 - Hilton Worldwide announced the appointment of Ronald J. Hunter as general manager of Embassy Suites Raleigh-Crabtree North...

Delta Hotels and Resorts® Named Hotelier at Calgary International Airport Expansion in Canada

Delta Hotels and Resorts® Named Hotelier at Calgary International Airport Expansion in Canada

July 23, 2014

The 318-key Delta Calgary International Airport is Under Development within the New Terminal Complex July 23, 2014 (Calgary, AB) – Delta Hotels and Resorts...

The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta in Georgia Appoints Chef Michael Treanor as Chef De Cuisine

The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta in Georgia Appoints Chef Michael Treanor as Chef De Cuisine

July 23, 2014

ATLANTA, Ga.- July 23, 2014 -- The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta has announced the appointment of Michael Treanor as Chef de Cuisine. Treanor will oversee the culinary...

Richard Hays Joins Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Florida as Regional Sales Manager

Richard Hays Joins Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Florida as Regional Sales Manager

July 23, 2014

DESTIN, Fla. (July 23, 2014) - Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the largest full-service beachfront resort hotel on Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast,...

House Passes Bill Reauthorizing Brand USA Recognizing the Program’s Benefits for the Economy

House Passes Bill Reauthorizing Brand USA Recognizing the Program’s Benefits for the Economy

July 23, 2014

Washington, D.C. - July 23, 2014 - The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8...

Life After Free WIFI

Life After Free WIFI

July 23, 2014

By Jason Jefferys, CEO iRiS Software Systems Ltd. 64% of hotels now offer free wireless Internet (WIFI) to guests, which has become one of the, if not the,...

17 Things I Hate About Guestrooms

17 Things I Hate About Guestrooms

July 23, 2014

By Larry Mogelonsky, MBA, P. Eng. (www.lma.ca) The guestroom is the crux of the hotel experience, and there are many small things that can set a guest off but...

Four Uniquely Different Hotels Reach 48,000 Connections in Two Months with Flip.to

Four Uniquely Different Hotels Reach 48,000 Connections in Two Months with Flip.to

July 23, 2014

ORLANDO, FL - JULY 2014 - Menin Hospitality owns the Bentley South Beach on the famed Ocean Drive; Gale South Beach, a luxury boutique 87-room Art Deco hotel;...

Vista Capital Company Closes $9.7 Million of Financing for Two Hotels In Indiana

Vista Capital Company Closes $9.7 Million of Financing for Two Hotels In Indiana

July 23, 2014

Santa Monica, California -- Vista Capital Company announced that it recently arranged and closed $9,700,000 of financing for the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel...

Business Travelers Don’t Like Your Hotel. Here’s Why

Business Travelers Don’t Like Your Hotel. Here’s Why

July 23, 2014

​by Margaret Ady After flying all day (or night), the last thing a business traveler wants is to check in to a sub-par hotel. This vocal group is looking for...

U.K.‘s 256-room Conrad London Westminster to Welcome Guests in September 2014

U.K.‘s 256-room Conrad London Westminster to Welcome Guests in September 2014

July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014 - LONDON - The inspired luxury of Conrad Hotels & Resorts is due to arrive in Westminster, central London, following a franchise agreement with...

hotel SystemsPro Appoints Daphne Dickson Vice President of Customer Satisfaction

hotel SystemsPro Appoints Daphne Dickson Vice President of Customer Satisfaction

July 23, 2014

Dickson Builds on 10 Years of Operations Experience; Heads Professional Support Division for Leading Web-Based Hospitality Solutions Provider Atlanta - July...

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