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Inside Hotel-Online Today         December 7, 2017
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BENCHMARK®, a Global Hospitality Company, Sweeps HSMAI Adrian Awards
Brand Positioning Initiatives, Marketing Platforms Win 15 Awards

Why Boston’s Best Hotel Decided to Give Its Staff an Upgrade
The iconic Boston hotel XV Beacon has selected ALICE to enhance their internal communication, concierge operations, and guest engagement. “With ALICE, there’s no miscommunication. Having digital confirmation of all staff exchanges and a permanent record of guest information is key for follow up, tracking and production reporting to management.”
Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 188: Hotel History: The Pierre Hotel, New York City
The 714-room hotel that stands 42 stories on the site of the Gerry mansion at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 61st Street once advertised "the highest and coolest hotel roof in Manhattan" to compete with the Starlight Roof at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Fitch's 2018 Outlook for U.S. Lodging: Fitch Predicts Uninspiring Growth, with Some Upside Risk from Brighter Corporate Outlook
Things we're watching in 2018: Signs that stronger corporate profile will boost business travel; US dollar and international travel; M&A event risk; AirBNB and alternative lodging.

Heal Your Hotel Sales Pipeline! The Secret to Relieving RFP Fatigue
Responding to RFPs can be a daunting, but necessary, task that requires time and resources to execute effectively. Question is, how do you separate the serious inquiries from the “lookie loos”?
How Africa’s Hotel Market is Entering a New Chapter / Natasha Stokes
Africa’s maturing hotel sector is no longer all about the luxury properties catering for high-end travelers.

CBRE Hotels Arranges Sale of the Hyatt Place San Diego/Vista-Carlsbad Hotel
CBRE Hotels is a specialized team within CBRE, providing advisory, capital markets, investment sales, research and valuation services to companies in the hotel sector.

Bradenton / Sarasota Area Selected to Host International Medical Tourism Conference on 2/23
Event to Focus on Emerging Trend: Bringing Best Practices from Hospitality to Healthcare

Orbitz, Expedia and Seven Other Travel Services Pay Denver $18.8 Million in Dispute Over Unpaid Taxes
Orbitz, Expedia and seven other online travel companies paid the city of Denver $18.8 million to settle a years-old case that claimed that the travel companies didn't charge adequate lodging taxes to customers who booked hotel rooms in the city.
HVS Market Pulse: Tampa, FL / Mallory B. Hall and Jeffrey D. Pennington
Tampa’s warm weather and relatively inexpensive cost of living are just a couple of the reasons people and companies are relocating to the Tampa Bay area from far and wide.

In Niagara Falls, Battle for New Hotels Pits U.S. Against Canada
Michael DiCienzo and Faisal Merani each own hotels on the U.S. and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls.
Both Canadian businessmen also navigated approval processes for development projects in Niagara Falls, N.Y. So which side is more inviting for a developer, Niagara Falls, N.Y., or Niagara Falls, Ont.?

Shanghai Leads China's Construction Pipeline Followed by Guangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing
The top hotel companies are Hilton, Marriott and IHG; top brands include Hilton's Hampton Inn & Suites, Marriott's full-service hotels and IHG's Holiday Inn Express.

Chatham Lodging Acquires 219-Room Embassy Suites by Hilton in Springfield, Virginia for $68 Million
Opened in August 2013, the hotel features 26 additional extended-stay suites with full kitchens and the company has the opportunity to convert more suites to this extended-stay-suite format.

Rosewood Hotel Group Introduces New Hotel Brand, KHOS, to Serve New Generation of Business Travelers
The brand will focus on a global footprint including capital cities and urban portals, up-and-coming business centres, and resort destinations as well, with the first KHOS hotels to be announced and opened in 2018.

RLJ Lodging Trust Expands Relationship with Interstate Hotels and Resorts
Once the transaction is completed, the Company will have 73 hotel management contracts with Interstate, including 62 hotel contracts acquired from White Lodging.

Cannes’ Iconic Hotel Martinez Set to Reopen Spring 2018 and Join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Brand
The 409-room Hotel Martinez originally opened in 1929 and has become a landmark in the French Riviera.

Curio Collection Debuts in Belize with Opening of Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club in Ambergris Caye
Founded and developed by Beth Clifford, the hotel features 205 cottage and villa-style rooms across 60 acres of waterfront property.

Dimension Development Assumes Management of the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites
Located in downtown Indianapolis, IN, the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites offers 332 guest rooms and suites led by General Manager Joe Melton.

Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Appoints Jim Cosgrove as New Board Chairman
Cosgrove brings deep industry knowledge and experience to his new position, as he is a second-generation Best Western-branded hotel owner and has served in several leadership roles throughout his time with the company.

INNSIDE New York Appoints Kristine Chiu as Director of Sales and Marketing
Chiu brings over 15 years of experience including her most recent position as Director of Sales at the Sheraton Tribeca.

Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel Appoints Lindsey Sears as Director of Sales
Sears, a veteran to the hospitality industry of over nine years, was most recently associate director of sales at Hotel 50 Bowery.

BENCHMARK Names Joseph L. Stamile Director of Food & Beverage for The Heldrich, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Stamile was most recently director of food and beverage for the DoubleTree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

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