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Inside Hotel-Online Today         October 19, 2017
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Resort Fee Litigation Advisory Group: How to Avoid Litigation on Resort Fees and Other Mandatory Hotel Charges / Jim Butler
In evaluating what you should do about the new furor over mandatory hotel charges, it would be helpful to have a clearer understanding of what the FTC seems to be saying on the issue.

Rainmaker and StayNTouch Partner to Help Hotels Increase Bookings, Optimize Revenue and Boost Profitability
Rainmaker's groundbreaking guestrev® solution now integrates with StayNTouch's Rover™ PMS

Q3 2017 U.S. Lodging Market Update / Daniel Lesser
As the world’s economy strengthens, the outlook for America is bright, evidenced by heightened business and consumer confidence. 

Business Travelers Are Still Going Rogue With Hotel Bookings
The 4th edition Egencia Business Travel and Technology Survey reveals what leads business travelers astray

How Paris Takes Luxury Hotels to a New Level / Neasa MacErlean
When the rich and famous head to Paris, there are a select few addresses that their chauffeur-driven cars whisk them to.

Innovation … Who’s Really Doing It? / Katharine Le Quesne
Certain industries are synonymous with innovation, trailblazing, game-changing. Hospitality is not one of them; a business built on bricks and mortar is not easily – or cheaply – transformed.

Premier Capital Associates Secures Refinance for Quality Inn and Suites in Sequim, WA
“Giving our clients the financial agility that comes from making use of available equity is the most rewarding part of our relationships," said Greg Morris, Managing Director of Premier Capital Associates.

How Much Should I Spend on Paid Search for My Hotel? / Lisa McCreary
We get this question all the time from prospective clients and new clients and it’s also something we revisit at least once (or more) every year for current clients.

Barnhill to Lead Think Tank at The Lodging Conference Highlighting the Advantages of Going Independent
Panel experts from Grace Hospitality Group, Hersha Hospitality Management, Trust Hospitality and Westroc Hospitality will discuss the opportunities and challenges of operating independent

Tambourine Shares Hotel Digital Talent: Why Is It so Hard to Find?
Hotel digital marketing requires an increasingly hard-to-find skillset.

International Visitors Spent Nearly $21.3 Billion in August
Year-to-date tourism exports total $168 billion, on pace for record-setting 2017

Wind Creek Hospitality Acquires Aruba Renaissance Resort & Casino and the Curacao Renaissance Resort & Casino
The upscale resorts will continue to operate under the Renaissance brand and all team members are expected to remain in place.

The Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Waterfront Hotel Sold to Apple Hospitality REIT
The seller was New Hampshire- and Florida-based Norwich Partners. Apple Hospitality has retained the hotel's existing management team and does not plan any changes to its branding or operation

Four Seasons and JODC Plan Four Seasons Hotel in Holy City of Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Ideally located adjacent to Al-Masjid Al-Haram (the Grand Mosque) and with direct access and unobstructed views of the Haram, Four Seasons Hotel Makkah will offer 375 guest rooms.

Halekulani Corporation Set to Expand in Japan with New Luxury Hotel, Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani's newest property will be a 360-room resort on a roughly 420-acre stretch of beach in Onna Village, Kunigami District, on the west coast of Okinawa with plans to open in the summer of 2019.
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas to Develop Resort and Spa in the Austrian Alps
The 80-room Six Senses Kitzbühel Alps is set to open in 2020.
Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay Opens in Southeast Asia
The first international luxury hotel brand at The Quayside, Robertson Quay, offers 225 rooms close to the Central Business District.
Casin Group Set for November Opening 202-Room Regent Chongqing in China's Southwest Mega-City
Regent Chongqing is situated in the financial district of Jiangbeizui, set between the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers.
Owned and Managed by SS Hoteis Eireli-ME, 209-Room Holiday Inn Goiânia Opens in Brazil
The new hotel is centrally situated near the city’s main thoroughfares and is in walking distance to the 'Feira do Sol' and 'Feira da Lua', banks, the Bougainville Shopping mall and local parks.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Set to Open in Munster, Indiana with General Manager Jessica Morse at the Helm
The 99-suite hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by CV Hotels and managed by Good Hospitality Services of Valparaiso, Indiana.
Aimbridge Hospitality Opens New 109-Key TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Chandler, Arizona
The TownePlace Suites Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center is owned by HCW Development and led by General Manager Doug Rosepapa.

Owned by Kamba Hospitality and Managed by Witness Hospitality, New Home2 Suites Opens in Lafayette, Indiana
Shannon Lowry is the General Manager of the 93-key Home2 Suites by Hilton Lafayette close to Purdue University.
Dynamic Group Opens New 88-Suite TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Cleveland, Tennessee
The TownePlace Suites by Marriott Cleveland is led by General Manager Olivia O'Brien.
BENCHMARK Adds High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers, North Carolina to Benchmark Resorts & Hotels Portfolio
A historic 115-guestroom property originally opened in 1932, High Hampton was one of the first resorts in Cashiers.
Address Hotels + Resorts Appoints David Simon General Manager of Palace Downtown
Formerly the Hotel Manager, David will play a key role in driving the hotel's ongoing growth strategy as well as staff leadership, recruitment, and management.
W South Beach Appoints Dean Peters as Director of Sales and Marketing
Most recently, Peters served as area sales leader for 15 Marriott managed properties in Miami and Marco Island.

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