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    This guide from Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(R)) covers safeguards that can be implemented in hospitality businesses today, tips on how to continuously improve security and data regulation compliance.

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RLH Corporation Announces Long-Term Consulting Agreement With Key Executives

Hotel Interactive ·23 May 2018
RLH Corporation (NYSE:RLH) today announced it has entered into consulting agreements with key executives Roger Bloss, President of Global Development, and Bernard (Bernie) Moyle, Chief Operating Officer, which will continue through 2020. Bloss and Moyle have agreed to end their employment with the Company effective May 31, 2018, and start their consulting work on June 1, 2018.
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Red Roof Names Ted Hutchins as New Chief Information Officer

Hotel Interactive ·23 May 2018
Leading Upscale Economy® hotel brand Red Roof announces Ted Hutchins will join the brand as Chief Information Officer. Hutchins brings a stellar track record in Information Technology (IT) strategy, management and development, with an extensive resume that includes significant experience in the hospitality sector.
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Staffing Solution

Hotel Interactive ·23 May 2018
At its core the hospitality business is about people so consequently a hotel’s staff is among the leading factors in determining the ultimate success or failure of a property. It’s that fact that makes a recent initiative by two Anaheim hotels to employ individuals facing barriers that much more noteworthy.
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Hyatt Announces Plans For A Grand Hyatt Hotel In Athens

Hotel Interactive ·23 May 2018
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with both Henderson Park and Hines for the first Grand Hyatt hotel in Greece, Grand Hyatt Athens. The opening is expected in Q3 2018. The hotel will be managed by Kokari Limited and will deliver bold and vibrant luxury for guests in this iconic destination.
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Finding The Right Frequency

Hotel Interactive ·22 May 2018
While operating casino resorts may be more complex than traditional hotels, many of the factors driving success are very much the same, not the least of which is the ability to attract repeat guests. The good news for many casino resorts is that casino guests inherently tend to visit their properties more often looking to cash in.
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Tips For Independent Branding

Hotel Interactive ·21 May 2018
TAs mergers and acquisitions continue to deeply affect our industry, soft brands and associations are also gaining steam. In this era of consolidations, there’s a lot for independent hotels to consider in terms of how they brand and market their products.
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Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Adds Five New Members To Portfolio

Hotel Interactive ·21 May 2018
Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), a subsidiary of Associated Luxury Hotels, which serves as the global sales force for 250 luxury independent hotels, has increased its domestic and international footprint with the addition of three hotels in the U.S. and two in Shanghai, China. New properties in the brand’s portfolio include the newly renovated Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown, the Loews Kansas City Hotel in Kansas City, MO, the Live! By Loews Arlington in Arlington, TX, the Hongqiao Jin Jiang Hotel and Kunlun Jing An, both located in Shanghai, China.
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Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. Announces The Sale Of The Hilton Berlin And Declaration Of Special Dividend

Hotel Interactive ·21 May 2018
Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. (“Park”) (NYSE:PK) today announced that it has closed on the sale of the 601-room Hilton Berlin (the “Hotel”) located in Berlin, Germany, for gross proceeds to the joint venture owners of the entities that own the Hotel of €297 million, before customary closing adjustments. The gross proceeds equate to approximately $350 million, or $583,000 per key. Park’s pro rata share of gross proceeds was approximately $140 million. The sale price represents an EBITDA multiple of approximately 20x the Hotel’s 2017 EBITDA.
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Dodging A Bullet

Hotel Interactive ·18 May 2018
A scary scene unfolded at the Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami last night as an anti-Trump activist decided to demonstrate his disapproval for the President by opening fire in the hotel’s lobby. Fortunately, police were able to subdue the lone gunman without any hotel staff or law enforcement officials sustaining serious injury.
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The Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association Announces New Chairman, Board Members

Hotel Interactive ·17 May 2018
The Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA) is proud to welcome Alex Tonarelli, Managing Director of Loews Miami Beach Hotel, as its 2018-2019 Chairman of the Board.
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PMZ Realty Capital Arranges $13 Million Permanent Loan For Hilton Garden Inn Bettendorf

Hotel Interactive ·17 May 2018
PMZ Realty Capital LLC, a national boutique real estate investment banking firm focused on creating advantageous capital structures for its clients, has arranged a $13,000,000 permanent loan for the Hilton Garden Inn Bettendorf/Quad Cities located in Bettendorf, Iowa.
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RLH Corporation Closes Sale Of Red Lion Hotel Templin's On The River For $9.25 Million

Hotel Interactive ·17 May 2018
RLH Corporation (NYSE:RLH) announced today the sale of Red Lion Hotel Templin’s on the River in Post Falls, Idaho for $9.25 million. The hotel marks the seventh of 11 hotels being marketed for sale previously disclosed in October 2017. Red Lion Hotel Templin’s on the River, along with all other sold hotels, has signed a franchise license agreement to retain their Red Lion brand.
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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts To Debut In Las Vegas

Hotel Interactive ·16 May 2018
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) iconic luxury hotel brand, today announced plans to convert the Mandarin Oriental on the Las Vegas Strip to the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas in August 2018. Waldorf Astoria will assume full operation of the property with plans to re-imagine and renovate the hotel with brand touches and improvements.
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Saving Costs Through Dispensers

Hotel Interactive ·16 May 2018
Most hotels have an amenity kit that, at a minimum, includes shampoo, hair conditioner and a bar of soap or another liquid body wash equivalent. These amenities are typically provided in a tiny, 30ml allotments, or perhaps a bit larger for a luxury property.
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Red Roof Welcomes Gregory Fox To Franchise Development Team

Hotel Interactive ·16 May 2018
Red Roof has announced the addition of Gregory Fox to its Franchise Development team as Vice President of Development. Fox will primarily focus on the growth of Red Roof’s first soft brand, The Red Collection™. An industry veteran, Fox brings more than 30 years of experience in hospitality to the company, including a background in sales, marketing, operations and franchise development.
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New TRYP By Wyndham Hotel Makes Waves Along Fort Lauderdale's Marina

Hotel Interactive ·16 May 2018
TRYP by Wyndham, Wyndham Hotel Group’s urban lifestyle brand, opened its newest hotel in Fort Lauderdale, the TRYP by Wyndham Maritime Fort Lauderdale, anchoring the city’s four-star Marina Bay, a premier luxury yacht marina in the celebrated ‘Yachting Capital of the World.’
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Tru by Hilton Unveils Updated Prototype

Hotel Interactive ·15 May 2018
The fastest brand to launch in industry history, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) midscale hotel brand, Tru by Hilton, is demonstrating a continued commitment to innovation, guest satisfaction and owner returns with the rollout of an enhanced prototype. Guided by strategic partnerships with key stakeholders including owners, guests, property team members, general contractors and architects, Tru by Hilton is elevating the guest experience through several design refinements to guestrooms and public spaces, and the addition of hot breakfast offerings. Tru by Hilton continues to change the game in the midscale hotel category by constantly looking for opportunities to evolve to meet and exceed traveler expectations and deliver a consistent, quality stay at an affordable price.
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The Next Generation

Hotel Interactive ·15 May 2018
Under a Carolina blue sky and seated in a wooden chair on a veranda just outside the Donald Ross Grill, Tom Pashley had a good view of Pinehurst Resort’s history and present.
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The First Full-Service Hotel Opens In Westerville, Polaris Area

Hotel Interactive ·15 May 2018
Renaissance Hotels announced today its newest concept is now open for business in central Ohio, bringing the first full-service hotel to Westerville. The Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel (Renaissance Westerville) opened its doors to guests Tuesday along with the Two-One restaurant, named after the 21st Amendment in honor of the community’s rich history in prohibition.
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B On Canal Hotel In New Orleans Is Now Open

Hotel Interactive ·15 May 2018
B on Canal, a boutique hotel in New Orleans, La., is now open following an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation. Located at 1300 Canal Street, this 1930s building is situated in the bustling central business and theater district, near Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Tulane Medical Center, the Bio District, and within walking distance to the French Quarter. Guests can enjoy the close proximity to the many restaurants, festivals, Mardi Gras celebrations, parades, and museums the Big Easy is renowned for.
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Gavin Philipp Promoted To Vice President Of Operations At Charlestowne Hotels

Hotel Interactive ·15 May 2018
Charlestowne Hotels, a full-service hospitality management company, proudly announces the promotion of Gavin Philipp as vice president of operations. Philipp originally joined the Charlestowne team in 2013 as a regional director of operations, overseeing various flagship properties in the company’s hometown of Charleston, SC. It was under his leadership that The Spectator Hotel was awarded the coveted title of number one hotel in the U.S. by Travel Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.
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Broughton Hotels Appoints Key Executives For Park James hotel And Oak+Violet Restaurant

Hotel Interactive ·15 May 2018
Broughton Hotels, a leading Anaheim, California based hospitality management company, announced today the appointment of new members of the executive team for the Park James, a luxury boutique hotel, and Oak Violet, a California craft kitchen, opening this summer in Menlo Park, California. Weston Spiegl has been appointed the hotel's General Manager, Steven Maybeno as Executive Chef, and Daniel Romero the Assistant General Manager.
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Cultural Revolution

Hotel Interactive ·14 May 2018
Jane McCaul and Chris Green of Chesapeake Hospitality. A strong corporate culture has long been a point of emphasis at Chesapeake Hospitality, but the third-party management company is looking to take it to the next level with the creation of a new position dedicated specifically to just that. The Greenbelt, MD-based company last month promoted Jane McCaul to the position of director of corporate culture & communication. In her new role, McCaul has been charged with driving key internal communications related initiatives, including the company’s charitable efforts, as well as creating and executing programs focused on the culture.
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Hilton Grand Vacations Invests $41 Million In Hilton Los Cabos Beach And Golf Resort In Mexico

Hotel Interactive ·10 May 2018
Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) announces it has made a $41 million deposit to purchase 87 of the 375 hotel rooms within the Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, from a joint venture of partners including Trinity Real Estate Investments, LLC.
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Alternate Lodging Platforms As Another OTA

Hotel Interactive · 9 May 2018
In this era of disruption, we are currently in the throes of the shift away from a traditional, corporate-based model of capitalism to a crowd-based one. We’re seeing this with the rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and we’re seeing this in the travel industry with global, billion-dollar entities like Airbnb
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Mandelbaum Properties Announces Plan To Bring 21c Museum Hotel To Des Moines

Hotel Interactive · 9 May 2018
-Mandelbaum Properties announced a partnership with 21c Museum Hotels that will bring the award-winning boutique hotel and contemporary art museum to downtown Des Moines – a focal point for their mixed-use project, The Fifth, slated for completion in 2021.

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