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Inside Hotel-Online Today         March 13, 2018
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French Hotels & Restaurants: Fruit Bearing Trees Must Be Tended To! / Georges Panayotis
Why is it that all politicians rush to the agriculture fair while only a few of them make the trip to events organized by the tourism and hotel industry? France's granary brings in 32.1 billion euros per year, or 1.5% of the GDP, compared to 7.2% for tourism, which brings in 160 billion euros of domestic consumption.
Milestone Announces Milestone Pages: Schema-Powered Local Pages for Location-Based Businesses
Milestone's new solution is designed to help location based businesses with multiple locations highlight location information for consumers.

Aptech Computer Systems Announces Strategic Partnership With Inova Payroll
Partnership Brings New Level of Convenience and Expanded Service to Customers of Both Companies

Digital Signage Expo 2018 to Offer Education, Networking & the Most Extensive Collection of the Newest Cutting-Edge Technologies – All in One Place
In addition to Hospitality-specific curriculum, DSE 2018 will offer a General Educational Track designed for end users appropriate across industry sectors and a Fundamentals Track of five topics, plus pre- and post-show certification programs.

Sands Bethlehem Casino Acquisition a Part of Wind Creek Hospitality's Unfolding Expansion Strategy
Wind Creek figures it will face competition one day in Alabama, and it wants to put its growing pile of cash to work in the meantime.
Mobile-First Index Is Approaching – How Can You Prepare? / Max Starkov
Mobile devices dominate the travel planning journey: 40% - 50% of desktop bookings worldwide are preceded by a click on a mobile device, and 94% of leisure travelers use multiple devices (mobile, tablet, desktop) when planning and booking travel (Criteo).

Anna Geraty is ALICE’s New England Ambassador
Anna joins ALICE at a time of rapid growth for the company, following its $26M Series B funding in August, and the company’s acquisition of concierge technology rival GoConcierge the following month.
7 Reasons Hotels Choose StayNTouch Over Other PMS Solutions
Free guide reveals why Rover PMS has quickly become the preferred PMS solution for independent hotels, resorts and chains worldwide

Beekeeper Offering 31 Point GDPR Assessment Checklist to Hoteliers Preparing for Compliance
Already GDPR compliant, the Beekeeper digital workplace app protects employees and hotel guests against data threats

Del Lago Resort & Casino is Engaging Guests with Intelity
With nearly 10,000 engagements each month, guests of the Finger Lakes destination are interacting with Intelity's ICEapp and placing requests daily via ICEbedside tablets

HTNG Delivers GDPR for Hospitality White Paper
The executive-level white paper describes key considerations, use cases and impacts of these regulations for the hospitality industry. HTNG's GDPR for Hospitality Workgroup also produced a GDPR assessment tool to help professionals in the industry evaluate their company's ability to comply with the new regulation.

Australia Gives Go Ahead for AccorHotels Acquisition of Mantra Group
Mantra is one of Australia’s largest hotel and resort marketers and operators with 127 properties and over 20,000 rooms in hotels, resorts and serviced apartments across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii, under three key brands.
The Siegel Group Nevada Acquires Four Extended-Stay Properties for $14 Million to Operate Under Siegel Select Brand
Built between 1996-1998, the four property portfolio is comprised of 500 units located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tucson, Arizona, Memphis, Tennessee and Bossier City, Louisiana.

Tilman J. Fertitta Opens The 250-Room Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston in Texas
Led by General Manager Jorge Gonzalez, the hotel is located steps from The Galleria shopping mecca and a short drive to downtown Houston.

Gold Key | PHR Completes Four-Year $85 Million Renovation of Virginia Beach Icon, The Cavalier Hotel
Originally completed in 1927, The Cavalier Hotel offers 85 rooms and suites under Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

Hilton Debuts in Serbia With Opening of 242-Room Hilton Belgrade Located in the Capital City’s Old Town
The new hotel is led by General Manager Nicolaas Houwert.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts Selected to Manage 234-Room AC by Marriott Seattle Bellevue/Downtown
The recently opened lifestyle hotel in downtown Bellevue, WA is located near some of Seattle’s most popular attractions, including Pike Place Market and Wine Country. 

Greg O’Stean Named Chief Development Officer-North America of Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Most recently, Greg served as the chief investment officer at Loews Hotels, where he led the hotel acquisitions and development, asset management, and owner relations platforms.

Regent Porto Montenegro Appoints Kai Dieckmann as New General Manager
Recent posts include Resort Manager at Six Senses Yao Noi and Executive Assistant Manager at Soneva Kiri Resort, both in Thailand.

BENCHMARK® Names Tory Enriquez Director of Sales & Marketing for Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center
Enriquez returns to Benchmark following her most recent position as area director, sales & marketing for Howard Hughes Hospitality.

Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit Appoints Maria Sitanggang Director of Sales & Marketing and Wuthivet Vetchabutsakorn Director of Finance
Both Sitanggang and Vetchabutsakorn have more than 20 years of experience in their respective areas of expertise.

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