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Inside Hotel-Online Today         January 15, 2018
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Hospitality Industry Veteran Don DeMarinis to Join Agilysys as Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas
In his new role, DeMarinis’ primary responsibilities will be to lead the company’s Americas sales activities, designing innovative sales strategies, and accelerating revenue growth across Agilysys’ vertical industry markets.

2017 Year In Review: US Hotel Transactions
The U.S. hotel industry performed well last year with key metrics such as occupancy, ADR, and RevPAR reaching record heights, but performance was not spread equally among markets.
Hotels Step Up Their Online Game to Encourage Direct Bookings
Getting guests to book directly on a hotel’s website rather than through an online travel agent (OTA) is a key challenge that hoteliers are gearing up to tackle in 2018.

BENCHMARK®, a Global Hospitality Company, Announces the "Top Ten Meeting Trends for 2018"
Operating 70 award-winning hotels, resorts and conference centers, Benchmark shares top trends observed by its properties.

Hospitality Financial Leadership - Recording Average Length of Stay / David Lund
Financial statements almost always lack basic information that is readily available and is critical information for maximizing profitability: poor design and missing features.

Mariana Safer of HEBS Digital to Be Honored at HSMAI's 2018 Adrian Awards as a Top 25 Extraordinary Mind in Hospitality
Published each year, the ‘Top 25’ list recognizes outstanding thought leaders in the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries.

HFTP Now Accepting Applications for Entrepreneur 20X at HITEC Houston 2018
Innovative pitch competition for hospitality technology startups

Canadian Vacation Ownership Association (CVOA) Announces VO-Con 2018
VO-CON attendees will learn, network and participate in the future of the vacation ownership industry in Canada.
2017 International Tourism Results: the Highest in Seven Years
International tourist arrivals grew by a remarkable 7% in 2017 to reach a total of 1,322 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This strong momentum is expected to continue in 2018 at a rate of 4%-5%.

Chicago Tourism Numbers Hit Record High, Topping 55 Million in 2017
A record 55.2 million people traveled to Chicago in 2017. Hotel occupancy saw a 7.6 percent year-over-year surge during peak tourist season, June to September. Overall, Chicago hotels saw 3.3 percent growth in 2017.

Wheelock Street Capital Acquires Château Élan Winery & Resort; HEI Hotels & Resorts to Manage
The 394-room North Georgia resort will undergo $20 million comprehensive renovation.

Upland Capital Corporation Acquires Harbor View Hotel on Martha's Vineyard
Historic Edgartown hotel to undergo renovation to its classic Vineyard style in late 2018

AVANI Hotels & Resorts to Make March 2018 Debut in Northern Laos Following Rebranding of 53-Room Azeri Hotel
Mr. Andrew Jannson has been appointed as the new General Manager of the property, joining from Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort where he held the position of Hotel Manager.

Iconic Maui Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Unveils Multi-Million Dollar Transformation
Renovation includes refreshed guests rooms, enhanced pool and lobby experiences led by General Manager Mike Kass.

Plaza Hospitality Selects Hotel Equities to Manage Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Trinity, Florida
"We are proud to select Hotel Equities as our strategic partner to manage all of our acquisitions, development and joint ventures," said Mansoor Nabina, principal with Plaza Hospitality, LLC.

Claire Kallelis Began Career as a Banquet Server, Now More Than Three Decades Later, Named General Manager for Salem’s Historic Hawthorne Hotel
"The memories here are amazing," Claire Kallelis said. "I can walk around the corner and I can see myself at 19, see myself at 28, see myself at 35, see myself at 45. And now I'm like, oh my God, now I'm seeing myself at 51.

Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing Welcomes Till Martin as Opening General Manager
Mr. Martin began his career at Hyatt Regency Cologne, Germany, in 1996 and was most recently the hotel manager of Grand Hyatt Beijing.

Rajiv Kapoor Promoted to General Manger at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa and Langkawi International Convention Centre
Kapoor joined the resort in 2013 as Hotel Manager and made exceptional changes to improve the resort's operation, service, and facilities including the renovation of guestrooms 20 villas, and publick areas.

Hilton New Orleans Riverside Appoints David Piscola as New General Manager
Piscola joins Hilton New Orleans Riverside after serving as general manager at Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

Teneo Hospitality Group Names Rene McCoy Director of Sales Mid-Atlantic
Earlier serving as National Sales Manager with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Ms. McCoy was part of the executive pre-opening and opening teams for the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

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