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Inside Hotel-Online Today         February 19, 2018
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Women in Leadership: A Rallying Cry / Dr. Sowon Kim
While noticeable advances have been made regarding women in the workplace, the industry has not been immune to the slow progress of women into senior positions.
The Value of Social Media in the Hospitality Industry / Jordan Jones
Most hotels are dependent on word of mouth and good reviews from loyal guests, which is what makes social media a natural marketing and branding tool.

Hotel Websites: The Lights Are on but Nobody’s Home / Sudheer Thakur
In an industry reputed for service excellence, it's ironic that most hotel websites today remain impersonal, unhelpful and unresponsive.

Essential Capabilities for Future-Facing Hotels / Tim Davis
As incumbent hospitality businesses compete with "born-digital" enterprises they shouldn't look to replicate these ventures. Instead, hotel companies should focus on their core strengths, on adapting for the digital economy, and on exemplary execution.

Hospitality Financial Leadership - Is Your Hotel Culture Blame or Appreciation? / David Lund
Blame is the easy one to master. Management by embarrassment as I like to refer to it. One of my past hotels was a classic blame game hotel.

HICSA in a New Avatar; Presenting HICSA 2018: Hosted by Hotelivate
A two-day event, HICSA is widely viewed by global industry leaders as the premier hospitality event in South Asia, valued for its networking opportunities and high-level contacts as much as for its content-rich sessions.

Hotel Sales in San Diego Surpassed $611M in 2017 With Few Signs of a Slowdown
While San Diego County's $611.8 million in sales was not a record, it represented a healthy 29 percent increase compared to a year earlier.

The Ayre Group and the Government of Antigua to Develop New Luxury Resort on Valley Church Beach Funded in Whole with Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Profits
The construction, set to commence summer of 2018, will be entirely funded by profits made through the appreciation of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and is expected to be in excess of USD $100 million.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts Converts the Duke Hotel Newport Beach to Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel
All 444 guest rooms along with the lobby, restaurant and banquet space will be fully renovated for the conversion, expected to be completed in spring 2018.

Mukti Group Relaunches India's Park Plaza Kolkata Ballygunge as Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge
Radisson Kolkata Ballygunge features 92 rooms led by General Manager Suvo Mitra.
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley Concludes $9 Million Renovation Led by General Manager Justin Gammon
The expansive renovation includes upgraded event space, meeting space, lobby and public areas.

MCR Completes Renovation of 101-Room Hampton Inn by Hilton Concord/Kannapolis in North Carolina
The Hampton Inn Concord/Kannapolis is conveniently located near Charlotte Motor Speedway.
La Residence Completes Phase One of Two-Phase Refurbishment Led by General Manager Phan Trong Minh
Located in Hue, Vietnam, the renovation will encompass all 122 guestrooms, lobby, exterior, and all public spaces.

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Lexington Makes Its Debut in Kentucky
The 104-room hotel is owned by Dan Patel.
Stacy Cox Elected President of Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives for Next Two Years
Cox, who unexpectedly took the top job early last year following an unscheduled leadership change, received a full two-year mandate at the association's annual general meeting.

Wyndham Hotel Group Appoints Dimitris Manikis to Lead Growth Across Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa
The 27-year veteran of RCI recently served as Vice President of Business Development for RCI EMEA, where he steered a team spanning three regions.
Hotel Equities Promotes Becky Aleman to Regional Director of Operations
Aleman joined Hotel Equities in 2015 as General Manager of Fairfield Inn & Suites Lynchburg receiving General Manager Rookie of the Year that year and the prestigious Chairman's Award in 2016.

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