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Inside Hotel-Online Today         September 21, 2017
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Benchmark's Wanderlust Lifestyle Travel Guide Takes Top Honors in "Best Digital Marketing Campaign" Category at the 2017 INDIE Awards
Independent Lodging Congress Award Recognizes Innovation, Sense of Place, Spirit to Serve

Hotel Lawyer: Tax Alert for Partnerships and LLCs / Jim Butler
JMBM Tax Attorney Jamie Ogden briefly describes the new audit regime, who it affects, and what you need to do to protect yourself from uncertainties.

Are Hotels Coveting only Half of the Millennial Market? Part Two / David M. Brudney
Faced with the very real impact of Airbnb and other alternative-lodging providers, I ended Part I with a question: what hotels can do/are doing to compete?

Accor: What Will be the Hotel Room of the Future?
Accorhotels has made an interactive hotel room timeline inspired by the last century’s evolutions
Travel through time with a hotel room and immerse yourself in the Roaring Twenties or in the modern style the future may bring.
 
How to Select the Right Hotel Direct Distribution Solutions / Mihaela Lica-Butler
Hospitality is a highly competitive business, with all kinds of players bidding for the first spots in Google search results and hoteliers pouring fortunes into advertising and marketing. 

Hotel Market Update on Taiwan / Christy Tung and Daniel J Voellm
With increasing strained relations between Beijing and Taipei, Taiwan has been reducing its dependency on mainland China by improving its tourism relationships with other countries.

Loss of Productivity: When CAPEX and Management Make No Sense... / Georges Panayotis
Productivity is not just the quantity of work done. It also means quality, as Kenneth Hartley Blanchard pointed out.
 
StayNTouch Delivers Cloud-Based PMS Solution and Mobile Check-In to SoBro Guest House
StayNTouch offers hotels the opportunity to integrate multiple cloud-solutions on one platform including Rover PMS™ and Zest™.

GuestTek Expands Into Russia
GuestTek to provide broadband technology and interactive solutions to hotels throughout Russia.

HEBS Digital Wins 5 WebAwards for Industry-Leading Technology and Design
The firm that provides best-of-class hotel technology and solutions fundamental to engaging and acquiring hotel guests, increasing direct bookings, and lowering acquisition and distribution costs is proud to be included on the list of 2017 WebAward winners.

Tambourine Shares Why We Need to Talk About Hotel Marketing Metrics
From “look-to-book,” to unique visitors, to sentiment scores, to clicks…the list of stats goes on and on. With so much to measure, it’s easy to get caught up in the wrong metrics.

HFTP Announces 2017 Paragon Award Recipient
Mary Gerdts will be honored at HFTP’s Annual Convention this October






International Visitors Spent More Than $21B in July
Year-to-date spending totals more than $146.3B, on pace for record-setting 2017
 
South Florida Hotel Sector Posts Strong August Performance, but Irma Could Erode Summer Gains
South Florida's hotel industry gains in occupancy and room rates this summer, which continued into August, will likely be eroded this month as many beachfront hotels had to evacuate guests to prepare for Hurricane Irma.

Chatham Lodging Acquires Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown in New Hampshire for $43.5 Million
Opened in June 2006, the 131-room Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown was fully renovated within the past two years.
 
Fortuna Realty Group Bringing 176-Room Hotel Hendricks to Midtown Manhattan in Spring 2019
Upon completion, the newly built, 25-story property will bring another luxury boutique option to Midtown Manhattan just steps from world-famous landmarks.
 
Two Roads Hospitality Converting Historic Baltimore Building to Joie de Vivre's Hotel Revival at Mount Vernon Place
The 107-room, 14-story hotel, developed by Denver-based real estate company nuovoRE, is set to open in early 2018.

Atrium Hospitality Completes Multi-Million-Dollar Renovation of 255-Room Hilton Fort Collins in Colorado
The renovation was completed under Kevin F. Smith, recently appointed as Hilton Fort Collins general manager.
 
Two Roads Hospitality Completes Final Phase of Multi-Million Dollar Renovation and Rebranding of Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa in California
Led by General Manager Matthew La Vine, the property's renovation project spanned several phases beginning with the guest rooms, suites and outdoor social spaces and most recently the lobby, bar, restaurant, meeting spaces and spa.
 
Amy Mierzwinski Receives Third Annual Lori Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting
“Amy’s many accomplishments, achieved within her own career and on behalf of the clients she represents, are a testament to her deep knowledge of hospitality marketing strategies, leadership, professionalism, creativity and continual pursuit of growth,” said Kristie Dickinson, ISHC award committee chair.
 
New Executive Appointments at Mexico’s Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Nayarit, Cabo
Andreas Schmidt Named Managing Director in Los Cabos; Pilar Perciavalle Now Helms Riviera Nayarit
 
East West Destination Hospitality Promotes Gaye Steinke to Vice President of Spa& Wellness
Steinke has been part of the East West family since 1998, including her most recent position as General Manager of Allegria, Spa Anjali and the Athletic Club at The Westin.
 
Tucson's Canyon Ranch Appoints Jill Clark as Director of Operations
Jill was most recently General Manager at Mii amo, a Destination Spa located at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona.
 
AC Hotel San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront Appoints Jenay Peters as Director of Sales
Jenay comes to the AC Hotel team from the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway in San Francisco, where she was Senior Sales Manager and Interim Director of Sales and Marketing, respectively.

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