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Inside Hotel-Online Today         September 18, 2017
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Why Travel & Hospitality Brands Can’t Ignore the Power of LinkedIn Pulse for B2B Marketing / Alan Young
In April 2017, LinkedIn reached an impressive milestone, as it confirmed over 500 million people use its professional social network.

Modern Food Service Challenges are Driven by the Modern Guest / Larry Steinberg
This highly competitive landscape, combined with changing guest expectations, has created a handful of new challenges for many operations. And the answers all begin with the guest.

Are Hotels Coveting only Half of the Millennial Market? Part One / David M. Brudney
Like so many of you, I am smitten with reports on how hotels - - heavily coveting the critical millennial market - - are battling competitors such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and other short-term home-sharing lodging industry providers, for share of market in this new sharing economy age.
How to Keep the Heart of Your Hotel Beating / Margaret Ady
Where Your Technology Should Be Headed

Beyond TripAdvisor: The Online Review Sites Every Hotel Needs on Their Radar / Ben Hanley
In the digital age, online reviews have become an important digital currency for hotels—the more you have, the stronger your online position.

Boutique Hotels See Airbnb as Potential Distribution Channel / Nancy Huang
At first glance, hotels advertising on Airbnb might seem an unlikely relationship. After all, the company is frequently claimed to represent a growing threat to the hotel industry. But a strong contingent of hotels see the partnership as a potentially fruitful one.

Green Lodging News, Greenview Launch Green Lodging Trends Report 2017
The report is based on data from 2,093 hotels in 46 countries and provides industry trends on topics ranging from energy management to communication to-for the first time in its own category-Health & Wellness.

Local Measure Partners With Two of the World's Premier Luxury Hotel Brands, Expands Into More Than 600 Cities Worldwide
Local Measure's Social Guest Intelligence Platform 125% Year over Year in the Hotel Industry Growth

Direct Booking Summit 2017: The Countdown Is On!
We're just over a week away from hundreds of hoteliers descending on The Westin New York at Times Square for the Direct Booking Summit. Join us for two days of workshopping, strategising and good old networking at the industry's most exciting event.

Hotel Construction Pipeline in the Middle East Is Growing with Projects Up 13% YOY
The top hotel companies in the Middle East's Construction Pipeline are: Marriott International 94 Projects, Hilton Worldwide with 81 Projects, and AccorHotels with 79 Projects.

Viceroy Hotel Group Denies Allegations of Recent Lawsuit
The lawsuit cites a consultant report dated in August to justify the wrongful ouster of Viceroy as the manager of the Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Hotel two months earlier.  Viceroy explicitly denies the allegations in the lawsuit and the consultant report, and is confident the legal process will demonstrate the falsity of both.

IHG Reveals Name of its New Midscale Brand, avid hotels, with First Property Expected to Open in 2019
First introduced to owners at the IHG Americas Conference in June, avid hotels is franchise ready beginning today, officially marking the start of licensing in the U.S. for this much-anticipated new brand.
MGM Reveals Plans for $675 Million Casino, Hotel and Entertainment Complex in Bridgeport's Steelpointe Harbor
MGM Bridgeport would include 2,000 slot machines, 160 table games, a 700-seat theater, 300-room hotel, retail and dining options. The state legislature would need to approve such an expansion.

AJ Capital Partners Converting Ohio's Former Bollinger Tower Into Graduate Columbus Set for Spring 2019 Opening
The property will begin renovations in spring 2018 to be converted into a hotel with 171 guestrooms close to both Ohio State University and downtown Columbus.

Mama Shelter Plans Early 2018 Opening of Mama Shelter Belgrade in Serbia
The 125-room hotel will be located along Ulica Knez Mihailova - Prince Michael Street - the iconic pedestrian promenade in the Serbian capital.

Rockpoint Group and HEI Hotels & Resorts Set to Open Hotel Republic San Diego in October Joining Marriott's Autograph Collection
The 19-story, 258-room hotel stands on the historic site of the original San Diego Steam Laundry company building and has undergone a top-to-bottom renovation and transformation from former W Hotel to the Renaissance San Diego Hotel.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts Promotes Dawn Gallagher to Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
“Dawn has made a tremendous impact on the sales and revenue organization and the overall success of the company,” said Michael George, Founder, President and CEO of Crescent Resorts & Hotels.

Prism Hotels and Resorts Promotes Ghee Alexander to Vice President of Operations - Southwest
Alexander has been recognized with many honors including Tennessee Hotel and Lodging Association GM of the Year for Large Hotel in 2014, Prism GM of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and the Prism President's Award in 2015.

Dream Hotel Group Appoints Luisa Marciano as Vice President of Human Resources
Ms. Marciano brings over twenty years of human resources experience in various positions of tactical and strategic human resources in both the hotel and restaurant industries to Dream Hotel Group.

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Appoints Alexander Sheppard as Hotel Manager for Banyan Tree Bangkok
His latest assignment prior to joining the Banyan Tree Group was with Dusit Thani Lakeview Cairo, Egypt where he was Executive Assistant Manager.

The Bowery Hotel Introduces New Executive Chef Carlo Bigi
Chef Bigi will lead the culinary charge at Gemma, the hotel’s Italian Trattoria and will be responsible for overseeing the concept and design of the menu, hiring and overseeing restaurant staff, and managing all on-site catering for private events.

Owned by Crawford Hoying and Operated by Shaner Hotels, Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin Opens in Ohio
The 126-suite hotel is led by General Manager Jodie Hutchins.

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