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Inside Hotel-Online Today         February 16, 2018
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Knowland Acquires Strategic Data Resources (SDR), Producers of the TAP Report
"By combining TAP reporting with Knowland’s market intelligence and lead generation capabilities, we will be able to offer our joint customers an even more powerful set of tools for generating and managing demand,” stated Tim Hart, CEO of Knowland.

A Hotelier's Guide to the Top Social Platforms in Asia-Pacific
Because of the level of mobile penetration, social media as a platform plays a critical role for engagement with both business and leisure travelers in Asia, and as such, are part of the complete travel journey.

What Is Social Proof, and How Can You Use It on Your Hotel Website? / Ben Hanley
Shop on the web for a short time and you’ll quickly realize how integral social proof is to the online shopping experience.

Twin Cities Hotels Score Big with Highest Increase in RevPAR for Super Bowl Since 2012
RevPAR increased 626 percent compared with the same weekend last year.

HVS Market Pulse: Palm Springs & Desert Cities / Luigi Major
With demand levels on the rise and several redevelopment and revitalization projects occurring in the area, the Coachella Valley is experiencing a renaissance.
Tambourine's Friday Freebie: The Simple Digital Skill That’s Changing Hotel Group Sales
This Week’s Freebie: Cold calling is dead… encourage your group sales team to master new digital business development skills.

Ashford Prime to Acquire Florida's Ritz-Carlton Sarasota for $171 Million or $643K per Room
The 266-room Ritz Sarasota was built in 2001 and received over $21 million in capital improvements during the past few years.

Arbor Lodging Partners Acquires 90-Room Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Northwest in Indiana
The hotel will be managed by Arbor Lodging Partners’ affiliate Arbor Lodging Management.
Hard Rock International in Partnership with Kailas Companies to Bring Brand to French Quarter with Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans Spring 2019
Located on a landmark corner in the heart of New Orleans, the 18-story building will offer 350 rooms along with residences.
NOVUM Hospitality Partners with LILIHILL Capital Group to Develop Select Hotel in Austria's Historic Hotel Moser Verdino
The hotel is to be rebuilt and completely refurbished over the next 1.5 years as part of the development and transformed into a 120-room, four-star NOVUM Hospitality Select Hotels brand superior hotel.
Marriott Partners with Owner/Developer Jinshan Investment Group to Debut Le Méridien Brand in Melbourne
Slated to open in 2020, the Le Méridien Melbourne will offer 235 guestrooms in converted lo-rise building.

Choice Hotels and HOS Management Break Ground on Cambria Hotel Savannah Historic District in Georgia
The 103-room, six-story property is slated to open in 2019.
Choice, PiNNacle Hospitality Group and The Wankawala Organization Celebrate Groundbreaking of Cambria Hotel Ocean City
The 133-room Maryland property is slated to open in summer of 2019.
Pyramid Hotel Group Opens New 288-Room Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel in California
Located in the international business hub of San Gabriel Valley,just east of downtown Los Angeles, the hotel is led by General Manager Wanda Chan.
Egypt's Legendary Mena House Rebrands as Marriott Mena House, Cairo Offering 331 Guestrooms Close to Great Pyramids of Giza
Mena House is a historic palace which has played host to Kings and Emperors, Heads of State and celebrities for over 130 years.
South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa Launches $40 Million Phased Renovation of 2,163 Guestrooms Led by General Manager Ryan Growney
The three-year project will refurbish one hotel tower each year and is scheduled to be completed by September 2020.
Managed by Provenance Hotels, Portland’s Historic Heathman Hotel Undergoing Renovation
Slated for completion in June 2018, the project encompasses the complete renovation all 151 guestrooms and public spaces.
Meridian Group Completes $37 Million Transformation of Maryland’s Iconic Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Managed by Highgate, the hotel close to our nation’s capital now features 390 new guest rooms along with updated façade, lobby, meeting and event spaces.
LBA Hospitality and Apple Hospitality Unveil Renovation of 84-Room Residence Inn Dothan in Alabama
Transformation includes upgrades to in all guest rooms and public spaces.
Prince Resorts Hawaii Appoints Kisan Jo as President to Succeed Donn J. Takahashi Retiring at the End of March
Takahashi’s retirement marks the end of a 25-year run with Prince Resorts Hawaii and an illustrious 46-year career.
Le Méridien Chiang Mai Appoints Rajat Chatterjee as General Manager
Mr. Chatterjee was awarded the General Manager of the Year for 2013 and his hotel the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites was recognized as the Hotel of the Year in 2013 for Marriott International Middle East and Africa Region.
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa Welcomes Justin Earle as New General Manager
During his tenure at Sunset Key Cottages, the property earned the #1 ranking on Travel + Leisure’s 2015 ‘World’s Best’ Awards list.    
PURE Rooms Welcomes Jill Dean Rigsbee as Vice-President, Business Development
Jill joins PURE Rooms from Avendra, a leading hospitality procurement and services company, where she spent 15 years as Director, Business Development.

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