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Inside Hotel-Online Today         October 12, 2017
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Cendyn Nominated for Two World Travel Awards
Nominations include World's Leading Hotel CRM Technology Provider 2017 and World's Leading Data Driven Marketing Agency 2017.

M3 Unleashes New Mobile App to Increase Hoteliers’ Productivity
Budget and revenue data just a swipe away on both iOS and Android devices
Use Hotel Website Content to Increase Your Revenue / Vikram Singh
When we are planning travel, we want to read about where we are going. However, the volume of content on hotel websites is shrinking.

Global MICE Trends to Look For in 2018
Destination and Event Management Company, Pacific World, Highlights Top Destinations and Engagement Trends

Why Improved Benefit Engagement Is the Key to Improving Hospitality Retention Rates / Chris Whitlow
In addition to meeting their managers' high expectations, working long and sometimes non-traditional shifts, and the never-ending needs of new customers every day, hospitality employees are also expected to be helpful, pleasant and friendly to each customer they encounter.
5 Things the Hotel Industry Can Learn from Cruise Lines / Kacey Bradley
As an industry, finding useful lessons from other industries that seem completely different may feel impossible.
'This Affects All of Us': Tourism Industry Begins Looking to Post-Shooting Economy
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association said "This affects all of us. We have watched other communities deal with this, whether it was Boston or whether it was Orlando. You watched them come from a one-off incident like this and say we're not going to let this define us."
California Lodging Industry Association Shares Wildfire Crisis Communications
Visit California has activated its Crisis Communications Plan, and we are working closely with partners in affected destinations around the state to communicate accurate and up-to-date information to potential visitors around the world.

Puerto Rico’s Tourism is on a Path to Quick Recovery
Major hotels are at full capacity given relief efforts and taking on new reservations beginning this week.

Faster, Nimbler Performance: UniFocus Boosts Its Industry-Leading Workforce Management Solutions with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
The Dallas-based organization is deploying Dell EMC VxRail Appliances – a significant investment that will translate into faster, more agile performance for users of its industry-leading LMS.

CBRE Hotels Arranges Two Hotel Sales in San Diego
Comfort Suites San Diego-Miramar and Holiday Inn Express San Diego-Mira Mesa Sold

Beekeeper Poises for Global Growth with Prominent Staffing Changes
McCarthy, Slotosch and Frioli tasked with expanding the global reach of the company's digital-communications platform for geographically-displaced workforces and non-desk workers

Beekeeper Introduces Custom Integrations, Bringing Chat and Operations Under One Hub for 2 Billion Non-Desk Workers
New additions to the Beekeeper platform merge legacy systems with proprietary communications tech tailor-made for non-desk workers.

Marriott International Signs Seven New Hotels in Africa Marking a Debut in Ivory Coast
Targets over 200 hotels with more than 37,000 rooms by 2022 expecting to generate $8.5 billion of capital investment and 50,000 direct and indirect jobs

MCR Sells Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville Orange Park for $16.55 Million
The 115-room hotel was built in 2008

HRI Properties Breaks Ground on Dual-Branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Development Project in Downtown Indianapolis
The new construction consists of a 186-room Hyatt Place Hotel and a 130-room Hyatt House Hotel with a targeted opening date in second quarter 2019.
Hotel Equities and F&F Break Ground on Staybridge Suites in Davie, Florida
Construction is underway for the hotel with completion expected in late 2018. 
Dream Hotel Group and Ciel Capital Partner to Debut Unscripted Hotels Brand with 2020 Opening of Unscripted Birmingham Central Hall in England
The 135-room boutique hotel is part of a highly-anticipated restoration and redevelopment of the former Methodist Central Hall building originally opened in 1905.

NOVUM Hospitality Signs Joint Development Contract with Stonehill Group for niu Hotel in Nuremberg
The 130-room niu hotel plans to open near the city centre in the middle of 2020.
Meliá Hotels International Assumes Management of Meliá Iguazu in Argentina; Renovation Planned
In 2018 the 169-room property will undergo renovations to take on the characteristics and features of the Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand.

JW Marriott Essex House New York Completes $38 Million Guest Room and Suite Renovation
First opened in 1931 at this prestigious address, JW Marriott Essex House New York has 527 rooms and suites led by General Manager John Rieman.

Botswana's Avani Gaborone Resort & Casino Reopens Following Multi-Million Dollar Renovation
All 156 guest rooms and public spaces including the main entrance and porte cochere have been renovated with the aim of introducing AVANI’s signature design hallmarks.
Sheraton Warsaw Hotel in Poland Unveils Renovation
The renovation included 350 guestrooms and Sheraton Club Lounge.
Richard Hill Appointed General Manager at San Diego's Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa
Prior to joining Rancho Valencia, Hill served as President & COO of Amira Resorts where he was responsible for managing the growing collection of curated hotels.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa Welcomes Stephen D’Agostino as New General Manager
D’Agostino brings 34 years of experience including his most recent appointment as general manager of Hyatt Regency Orange County.
Soon-to-Open Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach Executive Team Takes Shape with General Manager Kevin Hines at the Helm
Appointments include Kathy Masterson as Director of Sales and Susan Keaveney as Director of Marketing.
The Nantucket Hotel + Resort Appoints Pedro Alaniz as New Executive Chef
With decades of diversified experience, Alaniz has elevated Mexican dishes at Boston’s Tacos Yucatecos, earned stripes at Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai and cooked at the White House.
Christian Ghisays Appointed Executive Chef of The Trident Hotel in Port Antonio, Jamaica
With over 25 years of experience, Ghisays most recently served as head chef at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Jamaica.

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