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**Top 25 Read Articles - March 2013**
  1. InterContinental Hotels Group Becomes First in Industry to Commit to Free Internet for All Loyalty Members Worldwide; Move prompted by research indicating free internet is more important than room service to travellers
  2. Marriott Loses Appeal in Eden Roc Case; Why all long-term hotel management agreements are now terminable / Jim Butler
  3. The Coming Bubble Could be Ugly / Joel Ross
  4. How Much Does it Cost to Build a Las Vegas Strip Resort? Here's a look at the cost, size and scope of some of Las Vegas' most iconic properties
  5. Congress Misses Sequestration Deadline; Across-the-Board Cuts Will Directly Impact Travel and Tourism Industry Reports AH&LA
  6. The Concierge Gave Me the Finger and I Loved it / Roberta Nedry
  7. Wedding Trends for 2013 - What's Hot - What's Not; Destination Hotels & Resorts Reveals 2013 Wedding Trends as Observed by its Properties
  8. Evolution of Hotel Survey: From Pushing Paper to Post Stay Emails, Online Reviews Now Trumping It All
  9. Hotel Sales: It's Easy To Stand Out From The Competition These Days / Doug Kennedy
  10. Hotel Management Contracts: Historical Trends / Hans Detlefsen, MPP, MAI & Matt Glodz
  11. Genting Group Acquires Stalled Echelon Las Vegas Site; Plans to Develop $7 billion Resorts World Las Vegas
  12. Face-to-Face Will Never Become Obsolete / David Brudney
  13. Today's Foodie Generation - Millennials are Three Times the Gastronauts Their Parents are and Their Appetites are Changing the Culinary Landscape
  14. Preparing for its Bankruptcy Filing, Revel Discloses the $2.4 billion Megaresort Now Worth $450 million
  15. Top New Hotel Booking Sites You Need to Know and Their Impact on Your Revenue Management Strategy / Jean Francois Mourier
  16. U.S. District Judge Enters Final Judgement on Lawsuit Dating Back to 2006 Against Eleven Online Travel Firms; 173 Cities to Divide $55 million in Damages, Further, OTA's Will Have to Remit Taxes on Retail Room Rates Going Forward
  17. Donald Trump Gutting Florida's Doral Golf Resort and Spa to Rebuild and Rebrand Property as Trump National Doral; $250 million Renovation to be Staged Over a Two Period
  18. The Global Hotel Industry: Big, Beautiful and Branded? Part One; An analysis of over 2,100 hotel groups representing over 60,000 hotels in over 180 countries globally / Warwick Clifton
  19. New Report Identifies the Trends Set to Shape Next Ten Years of Travel; Predicts Strong Growth in Outbound Asian Travel and Emergence of Relatively Unknown Cities in Developing Markets as New Travel Destinations
  20. The 10 Biggest Mistakes Shopping Centers Make When Adding a Hotel / Jim Butler
  21. Michael Leven, President and COO of Las Vegas Sands and a Self Proclaimed "Hotel Sales Guy" Donates $1 million to the HSMAI Foundation
  22. Kempinski Hotels Dare To Do Things Differently / John Hendrie
  23. TripAdvisor Names 2013 Travelers' Choice Awards for Hotels for Families Across the Globe; Number One in the U.S., Floridays Resort in Orlando, Florida
  24. Fee Frenzy: The South Point Hotel is the Latest Las Vegas Property to Start Charging Resort Fees; Here's the list of those that do, and how much, and those that do not
  25. Wyndham Hotel Group Takes Over Management of Eight U.S. Hotels Reflagging them Under the Wyndham Brand; The Hotels are Owned by FelCor Lodging Trust

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**Top 25 Read Articles - February 2013**
  1. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts CEO, Kathleen Taylor, to Step Down
  2. Conversational Relevance: Hilton, Marriott and Four Seasons are the Most 'Relevant' Hotel Brands; New Study by Brodeur Partners measures brand resonance across thousands of online conversations, not just guest reviews
  3. Jonathan Propp, COO of Molinaro-Koger, Pleads Guilty to Illegal Hotel Flipping Scheme; He and Others Accused of Conspiring to Steal More than $20 million from Host Hotels & Resorts
  4. How to Buy a Hotel: Hotel Acquisition Checklist / Jim Butler
  5. A Fascinating Story of Institutional Failure and Systemic Problems in How the City of New York Does Business; A Response to the Audit of  the Times Square Marriott Marquis / Paul Hanson
  6. How to Boost Your Ratings & Rankings on TripAdvisor and other Hotel Sites / Rob Fuggetta
  7. Stranger than Fiction? A Closer Look at the Molinaro Koger Criminal Convictions Regarding Deals with Host / Jim Butler
  8. A LinkedIn Prospecting Guide For Hotel Sales Managers / Tom Costello
  9. Two of the Most Important Phrases in Service Excellence / Bryan K. Williams, D.M.
  10. Federal Trade Commission Warns Hotels About Drip Pricing, or Resort Fees, but is it Enough?
  11. In a Letter Sent to Strategic Hotels & Resorts Board of Directors, Orange Capital, LLC, Owner of 6.25 million Shares of Common Stock, Urges Immediate Sale of Company Claiming Action Would Maximize Shareholder Value
  12. HVS's Annual Hotel Development Cost Survey Results 2012-2013 / Elaine Sahlins
  13. Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Responds to Public Letter from Orange Capital Urging Sale of Company
  14. Hotel Capitalization Rates Stabilize as Market Forces Create State of Equilibrium / Suzanne R Mellen
  15. 10 Vital Success Trends All Hoteliers Should Know / Robert A. Rauch
  16. Starwood Capital Group to Launch Two New Hotel Brands: Baccarat Hotels & Resorts and 1 Hotels & Resorts
  17. Meeting Planners Are Positive For 2013 / Robert Mandelbaum
  18. Clarifying Misunderstandings About Intangible Assets of Hotels / Anwar Elgonemy
  19. Forbes Travel Guide Announces its Annual Star Awards for 2013; 18 New Hotels, 5 New Restaurants and 4 New Spas Earn Five-Star Honors, including Big Winners in Southern California, and First-Time Five-Star Hotel Award Winners in Beijing and Rhode Island
  20. Encrypted Search on the Rise and the Demise of SEO: Is Google Removing Keywords to Push Paid Traffic? Pedro Colaco
  21. Alex Alt Appointed President of Sabre Hospitality Solutions; Chief operating officer takes on leadership role
  22. The Posh Brazilian Court in Palm Beach, Florida Latest of the Schlesinger Family's Hotels Facing Foreclosure
  23. HSMAI Names 2013 Americas Executive Committee and Board Of Directors; Leadership Represented by 35 Hotel and Partner Companies; Chaired by Barb Bowden, General Manager, Peabody Hotel Orlando
  24. So You Think You Want to Buy a Hotel? Well, NOW is probably the time to do it! / Jim Butler
  25. Garbage in – Garbage out...Five Tips to Improve Your Hiring Practices / Jim Hartigan

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**Top 25 Read Articles - January 2013**
  1. HSMAI Names the Top 25 Minds in Hospitality Sales and Marketing for 2012
  2. 2013 Best Hotels Rankings Released by U.S. News & World Report; Expanded Rankings Include Best Hotels in the Caribbean and Best Hotels by Brand
  3. Bed Bugs are Out of Control: Preventing Greater Risks and Protecting Your Property / Christian Buckhout
  4. TripAdvisor Names America's Top 10 Hotel Spas; Survey Reveals 30% of U.S. Travelers Planning a Start the New Year with a "Rejuvenation Trip"
  5. AAA Adds Nine Hotels and Four Restaurants to Five Diamond List for 2013; A Total of 125 Luxurious Hotels and 53 World-Class Restaurants Across North America Attain the Travel Authority's Highest Property Rating
  6. 5 Stars vs. 4 Stars: Focus on Five Star Service in 2013! / Bryan K. Williams, D.M.
  7. Revenue Management Challenges for 2013: A Top-Five List / Dr. Gabor Forgacs
  8. TripAdvisor Names Winners of 2013 Travelers' Choice Hotel Awards Recognizing World's Top Properties
  9. Aimbridge Hospitality Adds 103 Hotels, Formerly Known as Jameson Inns, to its Management Portfolio; Properties Located in 12 U.S. Southeastern States
  10. The 1,500-room Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton Opens; Completing the Two-Month Conversion Period Launched by the Strategic Partnership between the Two Entities
  11. Forty -Two Years Ago George Kalogridis was Hired to Clear Tables at a Disney Restaurant; Today, He's About to Become President of Disney World
  12. Following Three Years of Development and $1 billion in Spending, Walt Disney Co. Reveals NextGen Details with MyMagic+; An Immersive, More Seamless and More Personal Experience for Each Guest
  13. Host Hotels & Resorts Sells the 1,663-room Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia for $293 Million
  14. Former Head and Current Treasurer of Tribe that Runs Foxwoods Resort Casino Indicted by Federal Authorities on Charges of Embezzlement
  15. Statement Attributed to Kevin Gallagher, Assistant General Counsel, Host Hotels, Regarding Settlement Between Molinaro Koger and Host Hotels
  16. LaSalle Hotel Properties Acquires Majority Interest in the 298-room Liberty Hotel in Boston for $170 Million; Acquired Through a Joint Venture with Dick Friedman
  17. Department of Justice Sues Three of NYC's Top Zagat-Rated Restaurants for ADA Violations / Jim Butler
  18. Golden Nugget Atlantic City Owner, Tilman Fertitta, Fined for Gambling at Casinos, of All Things
  19. How My Two Favorite Hotel School Classes Have Remained Relevant Throughout My Hospitality Career; Learning to Positively Interact with the Law is Essential / Dr. John Hogan
  20. Three Hotelier's New Year’s Resolutions / Jim Hartigan
  21. Marriott Honors Leading Select-Service and Extended-Stay Owners and Franchisees; Eight Companies Recognized with Marriott's Most Prestigious Award, the Partnership Circle; Five Companies Honored with the Horizon Award
  22. What Will Capture the Food World's Fancy in 2013? Food Market Researchers Provide 10 Food Trend Predictions
  23. Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group Acquires the 145-room Mulberry Inn in Savannah, Georgia
  24. Two New Tweaks That Make Facebook Marketing Critical for Hotels / Trey Sheneman
  25. Due Diligence Tips for Your Next Hotel Acquisition / Jim Butler

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