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Inside Hotel-Online Today         February 13, 2018
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Marketing Trends in Hospitality: From Technology to Niches / Dr. Meng-Mei Maggie Chen
Over the past year, Google made major inroads into the travel and tourism sector, changing the layouts of Google Flights and Hotels and, as a result, it’s hard to differentiate these from online travel agencies and metasearch sites. 
 
Rainmaker's revcaster® Powers Newly Enhanced Market Intelligence for Omni Hotels & Resorts
revcaster's next-generation platform recently implemented across the Omni brand

Digital Signage Expo 2018 to Offer Educational Opportunities in Digital Signage for Hotel Operators, System Administrators, Marketers and Technologists
The seminar programs are part of DSE’s Educational Conference designed to help attendees learn about the newest technologies available, how successful digital signage strategies are being implemented, and how to best take advantage of them.

Two Roads Hospitality Publishes Results Of 'State of the Meetings Industry' Survey With 2018 Trend Forecast
With more than 300 corporate, association, government and independent planners contributing to its sixth-annual survey - 66 percent of whom control more than $100,000 per year in guest room, meeting space and food and beverage spend for their organizations - Two Roads Hospitality has garnered key learnings around meeting planning, execution, and participation.
 
Rights Need a Helping Hand / Georges Panayotis
The tourism industry reports an impressive bill of health with 20 years of steady growth that can be expected to continue for years to come.
 
The Best Western River North Hotel Sees 300% Increase in Revenue with New Progressive Web App
A Case Study on Delivering the Best Mobile User Experience on the Web.

Aparium Hotel Group Expands with StayNTouch and Deployment of Rover Mobile PMS at The Inn at Cherry Creek
The StayNTouch PMS platform has been previously deployed at four Aparium properties, Pontchartrain Hotel (106 rooms), Hewing Hotel (124 rooms), Hotel Covington (114 rooms) and Detroit Foundation Hotel (100 rooms). 

2018 HEDNA Distribution Conference Exceeds Expectations
Conference held in Austin closes with record attendance, sets stage for upcoming European June event in Lisbon

Projects in Canada's Construction Pipeline Up 17% YOY
The top hotel companies in Canada’s Construction Pipeline by projects are: Marriott with 54 Projects/7,764 Rooms, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 43 Projects/4,436 Rooms, and Hilton with 37 Projects/4,218 Rooms.
 
KDG Capital Acquires Oregon's 100-Room Eagle Crest Resort from Northview Hotel Group and Oaktree
Originally built in 1985, the hotel has undergone upgrades and renovations as recently as 2014.
 
NewcrestImage Begins Construction of Adaptive Reuse Property in Downtown Houston to Become AC Hotel by Marriott
Expected to open in summer of 2019, the hotel will offer 195-guestrooms in the heart of the city's business district.




 
Hyatt Enters Agreement with Promotora Comercial Abadan for 144-Key Hyatt Place Aguascalientes in Mexico
The hotel will be managed by Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe and is expected to open in 2019.
 
Hilton and Zagreb City Hotels Developing Canopy by Hilton Zagreb Opening in Croatia Late 2018
Once the site of Croatia's first confectionary factory - Union, which opened in 1911 -  the hotel's design will draw on the heritage of the neighbourhood.
 
Siddhi Hotel Group Plans TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Fort Mill, South Carolina
Construction on the 120-room hotel to begin this fall.

Grupo Cappuccino Enters Hotel Business with Debut of HOTEL MAMÁ in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
The company's first hotel is located in a 19th century building with 32 guestrooms.
 
Playa del Carmen's Playacar Palace Reopens Following $14 Million Transformation
Renovation details include upgrades to guest rooms, lobby, front desk, restaurants, and lounge areas.
 
The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association's President and CEO, Marc Gordon, to Retire After 21 Years
A ‘Search Committee’ comprised of IHLA Officers and past Chairs has been established. This committee has the dubious task of selecting a President over the coming months,” says Thomas Robertson, 2018 IHLA Chairman of the Board and General Manager of Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Taras Ettl Named Managing Director and Vice President of Middle East and Asia Operations at Steigenberger DMCC in Dubai
Originally from Austria, Mr. Ettl has just completed a six-year stint as Vice President of Development for Middle East and Africa at the InterContinental Hotels Group in Dubai.

Ricardo Contreras Named General Manager for HotelRed in Madison, Wisconsin
Contreras previously served as the general manager at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wisconsin Dells.

Atrium Hospitality Appoints Hector M. Jeyakaran General Manager of Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston, WV
Jeyakaran brings more than two decades of hospitality management experience to his new role, including 16 years at Hilton-branded hotels in North Carolina.
 
Strand Hospitality Services Names Brenda Ford as Regional Director of Sales
Ford's previous positions include Area Director of Sales for AURO Hotels and Area Director of Sales for Noble Investment Group/IHR Management.

The Gates Hotel South Beach Appoints Nicolas Bour as Executive Chef
Before taking the helm at The Gates, Bour was the Executive Chef of Ocean House Management, a boutique luxury hotel based in Rhode Island.

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