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Inside Hotel-Online Today         April 23, 2018
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Rainmaker Expands Business Operations in the Middle East and Africa by Adding Hicham Diab to Dubai Office
Rainmaker currently provides solutions and services to several international hotel organizations in the region, including Kerzner International and Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

Mindful Tourism: How to Attract Eco-Conscious Guests to Your Hotel / Nina Simons
Environmental awareness is really what sets hotels apart from each other today, and with a growing number of people prioritizing a green lifestyle, it’s becoming a key determinant in the success of your business.

Hospitality Requires Stepping Into “Character” Like an Actor on a Stage / Cathy Cook
The lobby is the stage, the uniform is the costume, and the hospitality communications essentials are the “script” that we must make sound as if it is genuine dialogue being delivered for the first time each time we perform it.

Hospitality Financial Leadership: Fixed/Variable Costs and Room Revenue Management / David Lund
Lately, I have spoken to several revenue managers who have told me how much their cost is to take a room—to make that last sale of the day. What I heard concerns me because it tells me some people do not understand the fixed vs. variable components of payroll and expenses in their hotels.

After Tropicana Deal, One Real Estate Firm Could Own Every St. Louis Area Casino; Potential Regulatory Issues?
If the deal with Tropicana is approved and GLPI acquires Lumire's real estate, GLPI would own every casino property in the St. Louis market.  State and federal regulators have yet to encounter a case where a single landlord controls all of the real estate in a given market with at least three casinos. It's an interesting case study on the future of the REIT concept within the gaming industry and how this could be addressed in other markets.
Why Hospitality is the UAE's Tour De Force Industry
Figures released by BNC Network showed that out of 1,156 projects underway in the GCC by the end of March 2018, 524 were in progress in the UAE alone. While the value of hotels under construction in the GCC totalled $34.87 billion, $18 billion were being executed in the UAE.
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Calls for Nominations for CHIEF Awards
The awards honor the best practices in Environmental Sustainability, Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Social Responsibility.

The Top 5 Things You Need to Know Now in Hotel Digital Marketing: April Edition / Margaret Mastrogiacomo
This month, the latest digital innovations include new publishing features on Google My Business listings, the new Google Outstream Video Ad format, and new Instagram profile bio features. The industry is also abuzz with the fast-approaching launch of the GDPR.

Why You Should Mobile-Enable Your Hotel Staff
The digital revolution is here. And, as a hotelier, you certainly cannot ignore the shift of guest preferences towards hotel mobile apps. Many studies indicate a sharp rise in the adoption of mobile technology in hotels.

Avison Young Hospitality Group Releases Timely Video Discussing Q2 Hospitality Trends
In the video, Keith Thompson, principal, Avison Young, discusses current trends, whether public or private hotel owners should hold, sell or refinance their asset and why the opportunity to make a move is now.

Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort Wins the Coveted Hotel of The Year Award at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2018
Hotels, B&Bs, Guesthouses, service apartments and Lodges from all regions of Scotland have been recognised for their excellence by Scotland’s leading and longest established hotel awards.

Ashford Hospitality Prime Rebranding to Braemar Hotels & Resorts
Rebranding further enhances the Company's strategy to focus exclusively on the luxury segment
In Partnership with Arabia Hotels, IHG Signs for Two New Build Hotels in Giza, Egypt
Scheduled to open in 2023, and with rooms directly overlooking the Pyramids, the 200-room Holiday Inn Giza Sun Capital and 150-rooms Staybridge Suites Giza Sun Capital will be the first IHG hotels to open in the area.
Rockbridge and HRI Properties Open The Eliza Jane Hotel in New Orleans as a Part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
The new 196-room boutique hotel joins The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand and pays homage to the buildings storied past

Former Capella Ixtapa Rebrands to Independent Boutique Hotel, the Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa
Newly rebranded property is led by general manager Javier Aluni
General Manager Jason Sandoval Welcomes Guests to New 120-Room SpringHill Suites by Marriott Open in Middle River, Maryland
The SpringHill Suites Baltimore White Marsh/Middle River is owned by Middle River Hotel Partners and managed by USA Management II, Inc.

Owned and Managed by Champion Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott Austin Northwest/Lakeline Opens in Texas
The 118-room hotel is led by General Manager Robert Trevino.

Hotel Equities Selected to Operate New Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott® Edmonton International Airport
Owned by K5 Investment Group, LLC of Edmonton, AB. The 135-room property is currently under construction and scheduled to be completed first quarter 2019.
Ohio’s Renaissance Westerville Names Executive Leadership Team in Preparation for May Opening
The team includes: Scott Starek, General Manager; Kevin Ball, Assistant General Manager; Heather Turkay, Director of Sales and Marketing; and Tyler Tremaine, Executive Chef.
New Castle Hotels & Resorts Names Didier Dolivet as General Manager of Westin Prince Toronto
A career hotelier, Dolivet most recently was the hotel manager for the Westin Harbour Castle, also in Toronto.

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