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Inside Hotel-Online Today         January 23, 2018
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Skyline Hotel and Casino Chooses Agilysys Hospitality Solutions to Deliver a Superior Guest Experience at Newly Opened Hotel
Nevada Casino and Hotel Property Implements Agilysys POS and PMS Solutions

IBC Launches 'ILES: A Year of Learning Webinar Series' for Independent Hoteliers
Online education forum to provide more value in less time without big cost or time commitment

Digital Signage Expo 2018 to Offer Educational Opportunities in Digital Signage for Hotel Operators, System Administrators, Marketers and Technologists
The seminar programs are 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 to strengthen guest relationships through proactive engagement in a variety of applications.

New Study Finds U.S. Millennial Travelers Still Prefer Hotels Over Airbnb
Full-service hotels are preferred to short-term apartment rentals by margin of more than 2-to-1 Millennial travelers.
PwC's Lodging Outlook for U.S.: Hospitality Directions for 2018
Our lodging forecast for 2018 anticipates a stable economy and tax stimulus to help support the highest occupancy level in the hospitality industry since 1981.

TripAdvisor Reveals the World's Best Hotels With 2018 Travelers' Choice Awards
Viroth's Hotel in Cambodia Named Top Hotel in the World; Massachusetts' Nantucket Hotel & Resort is #1 in America for Second Consecutive Year
Innovation in Hospitality: Change is Good / Georges Panayotis
Each upheaval in the hotel industry offers an efficient response to the problems of the moment and these answers make it possible to reset the counters to zero and start over on sound foundations.
Opening Doors and So Much More / Magnus Friberg
In today's modern landscape, constantly evolving with increased technological innovation and demand, we all have a world of choice at our fingertips.

StayNTouch Brings PMS Mobility to Hotel Van Belle and Hotel Queen Anne in Belgium
"The StayNTouch platform was very attractive as it not only provided the most up-to-date rooms, transactions and housekeeping management features, but also included the mobile features that few other systems in the market are able to do well,” said André Hermans, owner & GM of both properties.

Hospitality Innovators to Converge at Sixth Annual RSS This July
Hotel Industry Leaders Meet to Confront Challenges of Evolving Consumer Trends and Increasing Complexity in Distribution and Technology

The Carnegie Hotel Modernizes its Business Center Solution with Microsoft Surface Pro Tablets
TTI provides systems that allow guests to quickly access Boarding Passes, Social Networks, Email, Concierge Services and other functions.

HSMAI Recognizes Lifetime Achievements of Ed Fuller and Terry Gallagher
Edwin “Ed” Fuller, President, Laguna Strategic Advisors, will be honored with the 2017 Albert E. Koehl Award and Terence “Terry” Gallagher, President, Lou Hammond Group, will be recognized with the 2017 Winthrop W. Grice Award for Public Relations.

Lodging Interactive Announces Rosella Virdo as Its Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Virdo joined Lodging Interactive in 2009 and most recently served as Managing Director of CoMMingle, the company's Social Media and Reputation Management Division.

San Diego in Midst of Hotel Building Boom Doubling Rooms Under Construction Outpacing All Other Counties in Southern California
New year-end figures released by Orange County-based Atlas Hospitality Group document a continued building boom up and down the state, with a record 10,793 hotel rooms that opened in California in 2017 and 125,749 more still in the planning stage.
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Presents the 6th Annual Pebby Award Nominations
The Pebby Award nominees were chosen for their outstanding accomplishments in 2017, as determined by the Company and winners will be announced on Friday, February 23, 2018.

Choice Hotels Introduces Lodging Industry's First Major Central Reservation System in 30 Years
The platform manages all distribution for Choice Hotels, optimizing rate, inventory, availability, shopping, booking and reservations for its website, mobile apps and third-party distribution partners.
HNA Group Plans to Sell Spain's NH Hotel Group Amid Liquidity Concerns
HNA holds a 29.5 per cent share of NH, which is valued at about 630 million euros ($770 million), based on the closing price of NH last Friday. Currently, NH Hotel operates about 400 hotels in more than 30 countries. It earlier said that by 2020, it plans to open 120 to 150 hotels in China.
Strategic Property Partners, LLC Announces JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Brand as Flag for New Hotel in Downtown Tampa Set to Open in 2020
The 519-room, 26-story hotel will rise steps from the Tampa Convention Center and Amalie Arena, where the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning play. Construction on the hotel will start in early 2018.
Dubai Holding's Jumeirah Group Launches New Brand Zabeel House by Jumeirah
With five management agreements already signed in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and UK, and a number under discussion, Jumeirah Group is creating a collection of hotels with a focus on locations at the heart of interesting and exciting neighborhoods.

Riant Capital Unveils Details of Development of Taipei Sky Tower to Include Dual-Branded Park Hyatt Taipei and Andaz Taipei
The tower is scheduled for completion in 2020 with the dual-branded properties offering approximately 500 rooms.

Hospitality Lodging Systems Signs Master Licensee for International Expansion of Budgetel and Haven Brands
The 15-year agreement covers Turkey and Russia plus countries in central Asia as well as east, central, and west Africa.

Area Vice-President and General Manager Gottfried Bogensperger Welcomes Guests to New Grand Hyatt Manila
The 461-room luxury hotel tops the tallest skyscraper in the Philippines and is first Grand Hyatt hotel in the Philippines.
Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo Opens Marking Asia-Pacific Debut of the Hyatt Centric Brand
The 164-room full-service lifestyle hotel is led by General Manager Tadanori Uchiyama
C/N Group, Owners of Doubletree Club on Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to Rebrand Property as Wyndham Garden Hotel
Originally opened in 1998 as the independent Pillars Hotel, the 70,784-square-foot hotel has been a Doubletree Club since 2003, but no longer fits the mold of what that hotel chain wants to be.
Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Selected to Manage the Newly-Opened Murieta Inn and Spa in Rancho Murieta, California
The newly constructed 83-room hotel is located southeast of Sacramento among the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Range in what is known as Gold Country.
Water Street Tampa Developers, Strategic Property Partners, Outline $40 Million Vision for Renovation of the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina
Strategic Property Partners is the joint venture between Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates' Cascade Investment.  SPP bought the 719-room Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina for $150 million in 2014.
Florida's Sirata Beach Resort to Undergo $15 Million Renovation Under New Ownership of Crescent Real Estate
A year ago, the longtime owners of the Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center acknowledged they couldn't afford the improvements it needed. They sold the 382-room hotel to a Texas company.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach Appoints Mary Rogers as Vice President and General Manager
Touting nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Rogers joined Fontainebleau in 2009 and is now the first female general manager at the property.

Northwood Hospitality Appoints Raj Radke as General Manager of The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte
Radke most recently served as Interim General Manager and Hotel Manager at The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. 

HVMG Names Jason Kern General Manager for Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort
With two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Kern comes to the Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort with a distinguished background in hotel operations and management.

The Adelphi Hotel Appoints Helen Watson to General Manager
Watson was recently the Director of Rooms at The Adelphi Hotel where she gained valuable insight in the beautiful city of Saratoga Springs and was integral in helping to shape the brand and re-open the hotel.

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