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January 23, 2017

Here are the latest hospitality news headlines from Hotel-Online! To get the complete stories and more, visit our website:


Why Cities Should Care About Developers' Cost of Capital / Hans Detlefsen
This article will focus on one key metric to determine which potential developers are likely to require the smallest and largest subsidies.

Guestware Partners with Agilysys LMS® to Create a Seamless Integration for Their Customers
Guestware CRM Software has teamed up with Agilysys to create an interface with the LMS® property management system (PMS) for their shared hotel customers. This integration leverages complementary technology and allows for complete integration between the two systems.
The Consumer Review Fairness Act: How Does It Impact Hotels? / Joseph Sullivan
The CRFA, which was recently signed into law, essentially makes it illegal for companies to prohibit their consumers from leaving honest negative reviews and/or criticisms about their goods or services online.

Hotels Send Mixed Signals for 2017 / Daniel Lesser
To the surprise of many, the US lodging industry closed out 2016 with operating metrics still at record setting levels; however, its growth trajectory was notably lower when compared to years past.
Six Tips for a Data-Driven 2017 / Kelly McGuire
With all of the buzz and hype around data and data science, it’s easy to resolve to “get more of it”.  It’s harder to actually do it.

Hilton Launches Its 14th Brand: Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Tapestry Collection by Hilton was curated due to customer and owner demand for original upscale hotels that cater to guests seeking reliability and value in their independent hotel choices.

Travel Industry Will Be ‘Eager Partner’ to Trump Administration According to Roger Dow
"The president clearly understands the economic centrality of a modern and thriving infrastructure."

Five Trends in 2017 Luxury Hospitality to Watch From the Experts at Forbes Travel Guide
The organization’s meticulous team of anonymous inspectors constantly travel the globe gathering firsthand knowledge of the latest innovations and service enhancements at the world’s finest properties.

Hotel Zeppelin Reveals Their Secret to Back of House Staff Operations with ALICE
Viceroy Hotel Group Partners With ALICE in San Francisco
Fifth Annual Revenue Strategy Summit (RSS) Slated for July 26, 2017 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel
Innovators Will Gather to Discuss Profitability, Loyalty, Disruption in the Hotel Industry

Cornell Study on Labor Law: When Rules Are Made to Be Broken: The Case of Sexual Harassment Law
The report presents a theoretical assessment and empirical analysis of judicial rule breaking with regard to two rules relating to sexual harassment.

Outlook 2017: South Florida Tourism Industry Shows Resilience Despite Headwinds
In 2017, the tri-county region will add thousands of new hotel rooms as it did in 2016, which again is expected to put pressure on occupancy and room rates. And a still-strong U.S. dollar could deter some international travelers from visiting because exchange rates are less favorable.
Vesta Hospitality Acquires Embassy Suites in Brunswick, Georgia; Renovation Planned
Vesta will manage the property as well and will complete a multimillion dollar renovation of the property that will include all 130 rooms, meeting space and all common areas.

Riviera Point Development Group Breaks Ground on Radisson RED Hotel in Miami, Florida
At completion in fall 2018, the 155-room hotel will be managed by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Corferias and Hilton Sign Agreement for New Build Hilton Bogota Corferias
Scheduled to open in 2018, the new 414-room will be located in the convention and exhibition center of Bogota, Colombia.

Golden Wave Sdn Bhd and IHG Partner for New 367-room Crowne Plaza Kota Kinabalu Waterfront
The opening of Crowne Plaza Kota Kinabalu Waterfront in 2021 will mark the entry of the brand into East Malaysia.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Signs with Next Century Associates for Revitalization and Management of L.A.'s Historic Century Plaza Hotel
Slated to re-open as Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles in 2018
, the $2.5 billion mixed-use redevelopment project includes approximately 394 guestrooms and 63 branded residences within the original iconic building.

Union Investment and Hilton Agree on Contract Renewal and Major Renovation for Hilton Munich City
All 480 rooms, the public areas and building services will be fully upgraded over the next three years.

Manhattan's 600-Room Holiday Inn Midtown Goes Independent as The Watson Hotel
Rebrand by BD Hotels Slated for February 2017

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in Downtown San Antonio Undergoing $10 Million Renovation
It's the first makeover the boutique hotel at 150 E. Houston St. has had since it opened its doors in 2003.
Aimbridge Hospitality Awarded Management of the Sheraton Suites Dallas Market Center
The owner of the hotel, a joint venture between SV Hospitality, LLC and private funds managed by Iron Point Partners, LLC, purchased the hotel in late 2015.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Names Aaron Weegar as New Director of Sales
Weegar returns to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin having previously served as the resort's account director for the Northeast market where he and his team consistently exceeded sales goals.

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In other news:

North Carolina's Wake County anticipates hotel boom of more than 1,000 rooms in 2017 as projects near completion
Cavalier developers in Virginia Beach want more public financing, this time for another hotel
Continued answers on Marriott Pere Marquette benefit Peoria taxpayers
Macro Hospitality buys West Milwaukee site for development of WoodSpring Suites hotel
The Bradenton Area Convention Center Sheraton hotel to open by November 2019
Longtime Akron City Center hotel closes

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On Obama’s Pardon List: A Hotel Magnate Who Owned Studio 54
Expected Lawsuit Will Claim Foreign Payments to Trump Firms Violate Constitution
Coming to Element Hotels: Communal living rooms

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