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It's All About the Music: Checking In With Hard Rock's Todd Hricko

Hotel Online· 7 February 2019
odd Hricko, Hard Rock International’s senior vice president and head of global hotel development, oversees the development of hotels for the entire brand, which began as a London restaurant opened in 1971 by two Americans who despaired of finding a decent cheeseburger in the city. Hricko shared that and other stories with LODGING at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) last month while discussing what’s ahead for this now international enterprise with hotels, casinos, and, of course, that iconic Hard Rock Café t-shirt.

Patricia Davis' Advice for Advancing Hospitality Careers

Hotel Online· 7 February 2019
Patricia Davis, who is senior vice president of marketing and communications at Pivot Hotels & Resorts, propelled her career largely by her expertise in revenue management and her own desire to advance. Although she did, in fact, advance through a series of offers she couldn’t refuse, she says her advice to others in hospitality, as well as her younger self, would be to take it down a notch.

The recruitment dilemma: talent from within or from outside

Hotel Online· 6 February 2019
It is a well-known fact that thoughtful hiring is critically important for the wellbeing of an organization. Of the myriad factors considered before a final selection is made, the most controversial, perhaps, is to do with origin – should the employee be hired from within the company or from outside?

Domestic business travel projected to surge in the US

Hotel Online· 6 February 2019
Travel to and within the U.S. grew 3.6 percent year-over-year in December, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s latest Travel Trends Index (TTI)—marking the industry’s 108th straight month of overall expansion.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts Adds Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Joins Crescent's Latitudes Collection

Hotel Online· 6 February 2019
The AAA 4 Diamond Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa will join Crescent Hotels & Resorts“Latitudes” collection of lifestyle resorts. Crescent & Latitudes, based in Fairfax, Virginia is a nationally recognized operator of major hotels, resorts and conference centers throughout the United States and Canada.

JLL Projects 2019 Global Hotel Investment Volume Will Total $67 Billion

Hotel Online· 6 February 2019
Cautious yet confident may best describe the global hotel market’s investor sentiment according to JLL Hotels & Hospitality’s annual Hotel Investment Outlook. The newly issued report projects global hotel investment volume will reach $67.2 billion, nearly equal to 2018’s total of $67.7 billion. While there is anticipated moderating economic growth and geopolitical uncertainty, hotel property performance remains strong, travel and tourism is anticipated to reach another record year and investors seeking more yield are increasingly turning their sights toward hotels.

Sawyer Realty Holdings Acquires 130-Room Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Tewksbury/Andover in Massachusetts

Hotel Online· 6 February 2019
Sawyer Realty Holdings has announced the acquisition of the 130-room Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Tewksbury/Andover located at 1775 Andover Street in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

AAHOA, AHLA Respond to State of the Union Address

Hotel Online· 6 February 2019
AAHOA and AHLA have responded to President Trump’s State of the Union address last night.

NeoCon to explore human-centred design

Hotel Online· 6 February 2019
NeoCon will return to the Mart in Chicago from 10-12 June with a focus on experiences, shining a stoplight on human-centred design with a keynote lineup featuring Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, Ilse Crawford, and Liz Ogbu.

AccorHotels Unveils New Wellbeing Strategy for MGallery

Hotel Online· 6 February 2019
MGallery recently unveiled its new wellbeing strategy for the brand’s boutique properties located across 26 countries. The brand will approach wellbeing as a holistic experience aimed at “igniting each guests’ inner spark.”

Hotels: the new social hubs of urban spaces

Hotel Online· 6 February 2019
Many hotels are adopting a fresh approach to the ways in which they merge seamlessly with their neighbourhoods by making themselves hosts to local events and experiences.

Second Annual Shatterproof Hospitality Heroes Reception at ALIS Raises $635,000 To End Stigma of Addiction

Hotel Online· 5 February 2019
Senior executives across the hotel industry united last month during ALIS to end the stigma of addiction with Shatterproof.

GCommerce Honored With Two Adrian Awards for Outstanding Travel Marketing

Hotel Online· 5 February 2019
The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) honored GCommerce with two Silver Adrian Awards for digital marketing excellence for its winning entries in the 62nd annual Adrian Awards, the largest and most prestigious global travel marketing competition.

Hotel Internet Services Showcases Latest Enhancements in In-Room Television Casting, Voice Control and Wi-Fi Network Solutions at Stay Boutique Live Trifecta

Hotel Online· 5 February 2019
Leading provider of in-room entertainment, voice-activated and secure hotel Wi-Fi guestroom technology to demonstrate newest industry trends at Los Angeles boutique hotel show.

Why increase your hotel's visibility on Google Hotel Ads - independent hotel distribution

Hotel Online· 5 February 2019
In today’s competitive hospitality business, as a hotelier, it is quite important for you to get more traffic from Google in order to generate more direct bookings. Apart from helping you decrease your OTA dependency, it also helps you save on commission amount. Yes, we are talking about the importance of Google Hotel Ads (GHA) here. And to achieve this, you must increase your hotel’s visibility on Google Ads.

Hospitality Financial Leadership: The 5 Hidden Costs of Being Branded

Hotel Online· 4 February 2019
Marriott. Hilton. IHG. Wyndham. Choice. For years these chains have publicized the advantages of working with them: advanced loyalty programs that promise to bring consistent customers, low fees, tough negotiations with OTAs, and preferred financing options. Not so fast.

Context Is Everything: Consumer Behavior [Video]

Hotel Online· 4 February 2019
Brands have two options: to anticipate a consumer's mood, or to change it. By placing content that appeals to consumers' current mood, we're able to take advantage of their purchase intent. In that regard, the context in which an advertising or marketing message is served in has a huge bearing on the way it is received.

Six Senses Zighy Bay's Approach to Healthy Eating

Hotel Online· 4 February 2019
Six Senses Zighy Bay is in the kitchen with its sleeves rolled up and intentions set—healthy guts inside and healthy land outside. What’s cooking is always mindfully sourced and deliciously prepared with nothing wasted. Out with the palm oil, processed food and plastic. In with the planet. Guests enjoy delicious menus during their stay and learn simple ways they can adopt healthier habits at home.

How to Choose the Most Appealing Images for Your Email and Content Marketing

Hotel Online· 4 February 2019
Email marketing delivers clickthrough rates that are up to six times higher than that of social and generates the highest ROI of any marketing channel.

Marriott fundraising initiative to support youth employability in Europe

Hotel Online· 3 February 2019
Marriott International has announced it raised €400,000 last year to support youth employability charities across Europe, taking the total amount raised since 2012 to €2.5 million.

Dimension Development Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation at Hyatt Regency Valencia

Hotel Online·31 January 2019
Hyatt Regency Valencia today announced the completion of a multi-million dollar hotel transformation project, which includes a new lobby and refreshed restaurant, as well as a refreshed meeting spaces and guestrooms.

RosenCare(r) Revolutionary Employee Healthcare Approach Could Boost Medical Travel to the USA

Hotel Online·31 January 2019
High medical costs and an ineffective healthcare system in the USA have encouraged outbound medical travel and dissuaded many foreign patients from considering it as a medical travel destination. An innovative, self-insured employee healthcare model developed by Harris Rosen, the founder of Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Florida, has the potential to revolutionize medical care. Professors Frederick J. DeMicco, Ph.D. and Abe Pizam, Ph.D. look at what RosenCare® offers.

2019 Travel and Hospitality Industry Outlook

Hotel Online·31 January 2019
A strong economy, rising global consumer purchasing power, and digital innovation have all fueled record growth in the travel and hospitality industry. But there are still several challenges that could throw the industry off course in 2019. What are the biggest trends likely to shape hospitality, airlines, cruises, and ground transportation in the year ahead?

Q&A with Akamai CTO after acquisition of Janrain

Hotel Online·31 January 2019
Content delivery network and cloud service provider Akamai will acquire Janrain, a leading CIAM platform. Q&A with Akamai VP and CTO John Summers on what's next.

Super Bowl Sunday and SEO: The importance of search during the Big Game

Hotel Online·31 January 2019
SEO is crucial during the Super Bowl, both for $5 million-dollar advertisers and companies hoping to appear in local search results.

PhocusWire Digest

Hotel Online·31 January 2019
Reading this useful condensed version of a paper exploring the current state of marketing automation in the hospitality industry is a good starting point as we enter 2019 in earnest. Speaking with 50 industry players, the findings were “not very comforting” but it surmises, that although “the root of education is bitter, the fruit is sweet”.

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