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Inside Hotel-Online Today         July 17, 2017
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Kimpton Joins List of Companies Hit by Data Breach
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced that customer reservation information might have been accessed without authorization through a Sabre reservation system breach between 10 August 2016 and 9 March 2017. 

Red Lion Hotels Impacted by Sabre Data Security Incident
An unauthorized party accessed one of Sabre's systems, that permitted access to certain guest information for some hotel reservations present in the Sabre system between August 10, 2016 and March 9, 2017. 

How Hotels Can Embrace OTAs and Profit at the Same Time / Dori Stein
Everyone knows that OTAs are behemoths, with marketing budgets many times the size of even the largest hotel brands.

Travel Brands Falling Short in Chatbot Deployment
Chatbots are a potential route to billions of consumers but travel brands are failing to fully take advantage of their possibilities according to the new Are Bots Worth the Bother? Report for EyeforTravel and Travelaer.

ReviewPro Appoints Sales Director for North America as Part of Continued Expansion Plan
Deam Schmit’s appointment adds to the growing team in the US, and he will focus not only on increasing the number of clients but also developing strategic partnerships and providing new services to current customers.

INTEREL Appoints Jeff Johns as SVP Americas
Johns joins INTEREL with 18 years’ experience in hospitality technology and a strong background in product design and engineering, strategy and sales for integrated guest room technology.

INTEREL Appoints Helmut Frank as SVP Europe
Frank has worked with some of Europe’s leading building technology companies for the past 20 years, including Gira, with whom he served as the group’s Director of Hospitality in Europe for the past six years.

SiteMinder Brings GDS Representation In-House as Hotel Customers More Than Triple in One Year
Almost 900 hotels located in the world's top destinations are poised to receive personalized GDS sales and marketing representation from the global hotel industry's leading cloud platform.

Revenue Strategy Forum Hong Kong Prepares Hoteliers for the Next Wave of Challenges
Annual conference hosted by Hotel ICON and Duetto explores tactics hotels need to thrive in volatile competitive landscape

Dayan Family Buys Africa-Israel Hotels for NIS 413 Million (US $115M)
Africa-Israel Hotels is owned in equal shares by Africa-Israel Investments and Netz Group Ltd. (TASE:NETZ). The two group's partnership began five years ago, when Netz acquired 50% of Africa-Israel Hotels for NIS 180 million.

Phoenix American Hospitality Acquires Seven Select-Service Hotels in $109M Transaction
These acquisitions were purchased through a joint venture arrangement with Aspect Investment Partners Ltd.

Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) and Cycas Hospitality to Develop Dual-Branded Moxy and Residence Inn by Marriott in England
The 144-room Moxy and 92-room extended-stay Residence Inn will be located on the former Central Library site; both will be operated by Cycas Hospitality.

New 101-Room La Quinta Inn & Suites Plans December Opening in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Construction of the La Quinta Inn & Suites began construction in May on the former site of the Guest Lodge Hotel & Suites.

New 65-Room Sleep Inn & Suites Under Construction in South Jacksonville, Illinois
Owned by Bob Patel, the three-story hotel will have 65 guest rooms when completed; Patel's son, Bishap, will manage the hotel.

Pennsylvania's Yorktowne Hotel Undergoing Multi-Million Dollar Renovation
GF Management will operate the Yorktowne Hotel when it reopens in about 18 months.

IHG® Appoints David Todd as Senior Director, New Hotels-IMEA
David previously worked for IHG both at the corporate office and at the company’s hotels in the Middle East. Prior to rejoining IHG, he served as Vice President, Operations-MEA at Millennium Hotels & Resorts.

Four Seasons Appoints Ben Shank as General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center
Shank began his career with Four Seasons as a busboy at the popular Fountain Restaurant in Philadelphia before earning a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Penn State University.

Hilton Orlando Appoints Joe Cardone Hotel Manager and Justin Garner Food and Beverage Director
“Rejuvenating our leadership team, these two new faces will bring an air of strategic innovation to the hotel,” said General Manager Chris Mueller. “We are eager to watch them evolve our award-winning traditions.”

Bardessono Hotel & Spa Names Stephanie Leavitt as Director of Sales & Marketing
Beginning her career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC, Leavitt has held sales and marketing leadership positions within the company at hotel locations like Bachelor Gulch, Half Moon Bay, Laguna Niguel and in Dubai.

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