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A Returning Talent to Guest-tek Good News for CALA Hotels

Guest-tek | June 7, 2013

CALGARY, June 10, 2013 - Guest-tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd., welcomes back Jorge Orozco as their new Manager of Sales Engineers. He is based in Guadalajara, Mexico where he will now be serving client hotels in the CALA region for the technology solutions provider. In his new role Mr. Orozco will not only oversee sales but also securing agreements with contractors for equipment installations and property surveys. He returns to Guest-tek from DOCOMO interTouch where he worked as their Business Development Manager for the past three years. "With his technical expertise and excellent client care, Jorge is a natural choice for this rol...

Hidrock Realty Opens New Courtyard by Marriott in Herald Square, Midtown Manhattan

Courtyard by Marriott | June 7, 2013

Courtyard by Marriott is rolling out its innovative lobby and room design in the heart of Herald Square in midtown Manhattan. This is the latest Courtyard in the area featuring the Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and flexible space. Along with media pods, Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones, the redefined space is ideal for everything from pop-up meetings to social gatherings. Opened on Thursday, June 6, 2013, the 167-room Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square also offers a refreshing and stylish room design that helps guests stay connected, productive and comfortable. Thoughtfully planned, ea...

Vision Hospitality Group Opens Hampton Inn Near Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain

Vision Hospitality Group | June 7, 2013

Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. announced the opening of the Hampton Inn Chattanooga West/Lookout Mountain. The 94-room property is one of seven hotels projected to open this year by the Chattanooga-based company which has 18 projects in its current development pipeline. The Hampton Inn was designed with both today's business and leisure traveler in mind and is easily accessible from I-24. The hotel features meeting space, an indoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and business center. Most notable is the inclusion of an outdoor pool complete with water features and a slide. The pool also offers panoramic views of Lookout Mounta...

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Bayside Opens in Oakland

Best Western International | June 7, 2013

San Francisco's East Bay has a new entry into the ever growing hospitality market place with the addition of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Bayside Hotel. Located conveniently off the 880 freeway in the Embarcadero District of Oakland and only minutes from Jack London Square the Bayside Hotel offers the traveler all the trappings of both San Francisco and Oakland, with the convenience of BART and the travel easy of the Oakland International Airport. This intimate eighty one room property features amenities such as complimentary breakfast, city shuttle service, free wireless internet and free parking. Each room is over-sized, some as large as 635...

Glamorous Melrose Georgetown Unveils Chic Reinvention and Renovation

Melrose Georgetown Hotel | June 7, 2013

Melrose Georgetown Hotel – a glamorously chic, art deco inspired Washington, D.C. boutique hotel – has completed a much-buzzed-about multi-million dollar renovation. First opened in 1980, the one-time hangout of D.C. society has rebounded onto the Capital's social scene, bringing in Leo A Daly Dallas design firm for a tour-de-force redesign that includes a renaming, a bold public space, a newly concepted restaurant and lounge – Jardenea, sleek guest rooms and a luxury library boasting more than 1,000 classic titles. "A subtle way to add luxury is tactile and textural variety, whether by blending traditional and modern elements or ...

The Home2 Suites Pittsburgh/McCandless Opens as the First Home2 Hotel in Pennsylvania

Home2 Suites | June 7, 2013

Home2 Suites by Hilton, the award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended-stay guests, today announced the opening of its 18th U.S. hotel in Pittsburgh/McCandless, Pa. The first guest to check-in received a Pittsburgh themed gift basket featuring a Pirate mug, as well as a variety of Home2 items including a free night stay at the hotel. "Pittsburgh's strong development growth in emerging communities, such as McCandless make this an ideal location to debut our first Home2 Suites hotel in Pennsylvania," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites by Hilton. "With its location near Fortun...

Nikko Bali Resort & Spa Renamed Grand Nikko Bali After Major Expansion

JAL Hotels | June 7, 2013

JAL Hotels Co., Ltd. announced that Nikko Bali Resort & Spa will be renamed Grand Nikko Bali effective July 15th reflecting upgraded facilities: 19 new luxury villas, a multi-purpose event space and a wedding ceremony gazebo. The new luxury villas include 17 one-bedroom 3,229 square-foot villas, one two-bedroom 5,382 square-foot villa, and one three-bedroom 7,535 square-foot villa, all with private swimming pools, outdoor-indoor living rooms, extra-spacious bathrooms and butler service for the ultimate resort experience. Villa guests can enjoy breakfast or afternoon tea at the new Villa Lounge, centrally-located among the villas, where...

Royal Sonesta Houston to Embark on a $25 million Renovation

Sonesta Collection | June 7, 2013

Just days before the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston celebrates its one-year anniversary, the property will embark on an extensive, $25-million renovation that will position the Galleria/Uptown-area landmark as one of the premier hotels in the city and the state. The endeavor will focus on interior spaces, spanning the lobby, all 485 guestrooms, food & beverage outlets, 50,000 square feet of meeting & event venues, plus a substantial enhancement of existing amenities, such as the rooftop swimming pool. "We are excited to announce one of the largest and most impactful hotel renovations in the city, creating a luxury property that wil...

The Pearl, The New Luxury Property on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Appoints Executive Team

The Pearl | June 7, 2013

The Pearl is pleased to announce the selection of a distinctive team to lead the new boutique, luxury resort opening on Florida's Emerald Coast July 2013. Appointments include Michael Votta to General Manager, Shelby Schuler to Director of Sales, Michael Guerra to Executive Chef and Sara Reese to Director of Restaurants. General Manager, Michael Votta Joining The Pearl as General Manager, Michael Votta brings over forty years of experience in hospitality management to the team. Votta's passion for the industry is evident throughout his impressive career and his well-rounded years of experience, including Associate Vice President of the ...

Service Excellence: How to be Cool at the Pool

Hospitality Excellence | June 7, 2013

By Roberta Nedry, President, Hospitality Excellence, Inc. As the summer season kicks into gear in many places in the world, hotel pools will become magnets of opportunity for memorable guest experiences. And while the aqua blue colors, refreshing water temperatures and lushly landscaped environments are appealing; moments of service excellence in the pool environment will make the most splash of all. Understanding how to be "Cool at the Pool" at every touchpoint and being able to recognize those touchpoints will make them even more relaxing. What can hoteliers and their teams do to make any pool environment more special and mo...

Meghann Hussey Joins Monte-Carlo SBM Hotels & Casinos As Group Sales Manager, North America

Monte-Carlo SBM | June 7, 2013

Monte Carlo SBM Hotels & Casinos is pleased to announce the appointment of Meghann Hussey as Group Sales Manager, North America. Based in the New York City Sales Office, Ms. Hussey will be responsible for new business development and expanding market share. She will focus on exclusive MICE & Corporate group programs for Monte-Carlo SBM's four luxury hotels, five casinos, and more than 30 restaurants and bars. "Meghann is a welcome addition to the Monte-Carlo SBM team. She brings a great track record of delivering outstanding sales results and has an in-depth knowledge of the North American outbound travel market and the internation...

Milestone Internet Marketing Announces User Conference

Milestone Internet Marketing | June 5, 2013

A Marketing Forum Providing Insights into the latest trends and changes in Digital Marketing and its relevance to hospitality industry Santa Clara, CA - June 5, 2013 - Milestone Internet Marketing, a leading provider of digital marketing software and services for hospitality is organizing a User Conference that will showcase the latest trends and innovations in digital marketing and social media and how these trends impact the hospitality industry. Milestone User Conference, an open marketing forum, brings togethe ecommerce professionals, hotel executives, managers, and owners for a full day conference discussing the ins and outs of dig...

U.S. Travel Urges Caution in Response to Inspector General Report

U.S. Travel Association | June 4, 2013

Says Travel and Meetings Are Critical Tools for Efficient and Effective Government Washington, D.C. – June, 4, 2013 - Following today's release of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration's report on travel to a 2010 IRS conference, Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, released the following statement:"The IG report describes instances of inappropriate and wasteful spending on the part of IRS employees, who clearly went too far beyond the rules put in place to protect taxpayer dollars. Make no mistake – this behavior is both appalling and damaging. Yet it is incumbent on our leaders to not ...

Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte Announces New General Manager

Sonesta ES Suites | May 31, 2013

Shingi Rukuni was recently introduced as General Manager at Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte. Her leadership will help to guide the hotel through the ongoing repositioning process and oversee the hotel's renovation work planned for later this year. With almost 10 years of experience in hospitality, most recently as task force general manager for The Generation Companies, Rukuni began her career as an operations manager with Candlewood Suites. Her hospitality management experience includes time as an opening manager, general manager and operations manager for Candlewood Suites in Rocky Mount, NC, Augusta, GA, Lake Mary and Ft. Myers, FL. "Shi...

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