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Inside Hotel-Online Today         September 19, 2017
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Small Brands Are Defined by Big Stories / Michael Tall
Defining a fully-developed story behind the hotel’s unique brand identity can convey a greater sense of authenticity.

Sonnenblick-Eichner Company Arranges $135,780,000 of Financing for a Portfolio of Cooper Hotels
The transaction involved 11 of Memphis-based Cooper Hotels’ properties totaling 2,037 rooms.  The hotels include full service, select service, extended stay and limited service hotels located in Florida, Michigan, and Tennessee, all branded by Hilton.
Why Selling All Rooms by Feature Works / Pierre Boettner
Distribution has become the core focus for hotels, and I’m not crazy enough to think this will change anytime soon (but I‘ve been around long enough to know that change is needed).

Ranking Hotel Reits 2017: Dividends, Ebitda & Overhead / Hans Detlefsen and Matthew Glodz
Which Hotel REITs Generate the Highest EBITDA Margins and Pass Along the Most Money to Investors?

New Report Suggests U.S. Business Travelers Embrace Emerging Technology, but Fear its Impact on Mankind
Egencia Business Travel and Technology Survey reveals U.S. business travelers have opposing views on AI and VR compared to global counterparts
Millennials + Mobile: A Match Made in (Hotelier) Heaven / Mike Murray
People no longer have to be at home, sitting in front of a desktop computer, to be an online consumer; today, they’re online, on-the-go, 24/7, as the vast majority of people – or at least those in the Baby Boomer generation and younger - have a mobile phone or device of some sort.

Angie Hospitality Set to Present Latest Advances in Interactive Guest Room Technology at HTNG North American Insight Summit
Company invited to demonstrate how voice-activated Angie platform answers the growing demand for personalized, seamless and instantaneous guest service

Duetto Announces Revenue Strategy Partnership with Jamaica's Half Moon
Agreement to Deploy Multiple Applications Builds Momentum in Caribbean Luxury Market

HEDNA Opens Early Registration for 2018 North American Global Distribution Conference
HEDNA Event Ignites Dialogue on Global Distribution and Innovations in Technology January 29th - 31st in Austin, Texas

Intelity Mobile Messaging System FREE to Qualified Hotels
'Guest-to-Staff' communication tool is now available as a module of the Intelity Guest Service Platform or as stand-alone freemium offering; White-labeling the messaging app is also being offered

IBC Hospitality Technologies Launches Website Redesign
IBC Hospitality Technologies new responsive and simplified website offers independent hoteliers customized solutions to everyday challenges with easy-to-use navigation and stunning visuals

Meyer Jabara Hotels to Operate Cambria South Boston
Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019, this new construction hotel is the second property for MJH in Boston and the first Cambria to enter the South Boston market

Budget Season Has Arrived: Be Smart- Spend Wisely- And Choose Your Business Center Provider Carefully!
“Business centers are still a viable commodity. However, the needs of guests have and continue to change.  Make sure your provider has the capability to keep up with these changes.”

PolyU Establishes Kwok Hospitality Awards at School of Hotel and Tourism Management
With full support from the KSA, two awards per academic year will be set up for three years commencing 2017/2018 to facilitate SHTM students to pursue their studies at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in USA for one semester.

The Power of Integrated Back Office Solution for Hotels and Hotel Chains / Deepak Chauhan
Just how crucial is back office for a hotel or hotel chain? Every strategic decision that determines the very survival of the business is made within the back office.
Houston's Convention Business Survives First Post-Harvey Test
Two conventions -- the first major ones in Houston since Harvey's historic flooding -- show the city survived the initial threat to its growing convention business despite despairing national news coverage that lasted for days. In the end, not a single scheduled show canceled.
Irma Emptied Hotels Before it Arrived in Florida; A Week Later, Some are Still Closed
In the days before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, Miami-Dade's hotels emptied out and profits plummeted, signaling the first of a sting of hurricane-induced challenges for the region's tourism industry.
White Lodging to Bring New Hampton Inn & Suites to Downtown Fort Wayne
The Grand Wayne Convention Center has been hoping for more hotel rooms nearby. That wish was granted Monday. Construction should begin in late spring and the hotel likely will open in early summer of 2019.

Hersha Hospitality Trust and SharCon Management Set to Open New Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Alexandria, Virginia
The 116-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Alexandria is led by General Manager Ibrahim Salama.

White Lodging Opens Dual-Branded Le Méridien and AC Hotels by Marriott in Denver, Colorado
The 20-story development features a 272-room Le Méridien Hotel and a 223-room AC Hotel by Marriott, owned and managed by White Lodging Services Corporation.

Magnuson Hotels Rebrands Colorado Comfort Inn as Magnuson Grand Pikes Peak
The Magnuson Grand Pikes Peak is located 2 miles from Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs.

Shruti Gandhi Buckley Appointed as New Global Brand Head for Hampton by Hilton
Buckley joined Hilton in early 2017 as vice president, strategic initiatives focused service brands, leading special projects and initiatives across the company's Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn and Tru by Hilton brands.

RLH Corporation Names Paul Sacco Chief Development Officer
Sacco joins RLH Corporation from TPG Hotels & Resorts, where he was President & Chief Development Officer for the past four years.

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Appoints Michael Mestraud as General Manager
Prior to joining Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, Mestraud most recently served as General Manager of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole.

The St. Regis Princeville Resort Appoints Jim Pedone as Director of Sales & Marketing
Pedone joins The St. Regis Princeville Resort from The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he directed the sales and marketing teams.

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