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  • The Changing Field in Bathroom Amenities - By Wen-D Kersten
    Bathroom amenities are no longer just a nice little treat left for the guest’s benefit and use. Those small, individual bottles of shampoo and soap have come under attack in recent years as one of the biggest perpetrators of excess waste in our landfills. In fact, according to Pat Maher, green consultant for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, half a million of these small bottles wind up in landfills every day! Some hotels rise to the occasion with biodegradable plastic bottles.

  • Positive Results for US Hotel Industry for Week Ending April 12th - 2014
    In year-over-year measurements, the industry’s occupancy increased 7.1 percent to 68.5 percent. Average daily rate rose 5.3 percent to finish the week at US$116.85. Revenue per available room for the week was up 12.8 percent to finish at US$80.09.

  • Top Ten Travel Trends for 2014 As Seen Through the Eyes of Travel Professionals
    Benchmark Hospitality International announces the "Top Ten Travel Trends for 2014" as observed through a survey of the company’s extensive database of professional travel agents. In a Benchmark-commissioned study, over 20,000 travel professionals were provided a comprehensive survey on consumer and business travel in 2014, for review and submission to an independent market research firm for compilation and analysis.

  • Wahlburgers Announces Expansion Plans Including Franchise Agreement in Philadelphia
    Wahlburgers has signed a franchise agreement with Hingham Associates, LLC that will bring five Wahlburgers to the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. The franchise group is actively looking at sites and is targeting a late 2014-early 2015 opening for its first restaurant.

  • Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Pearl District Opens
    While being an extended stay Portland hotel, the Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Pearl District also features 4,100 square feet of meeting space, inclusive of 2,010-square-foot and 425-square-foot ballrooms and 1,600 square feet of pre-function space.

  • Fairmont Residences Nanjing Now Open
    The announcement of Fairmont Residences Nanjing follows the recent opening of Fairmont Nanjing, a new luxury hotel located on the upper floors of the 62-storey Jin Ao Tower.

  • Totally Transformed Carnival Sunshine To Inaugurate Year-Round Service From Port Canaveral April 17
    Following Inaugural Two-Day Cruise Departing This Afternoon, Space Coast's Newest Ship To Sail Five- to Eight-day Cruises from Central Florida Seaport

  • South African Airways Launches Airbus A330-200 Aircraft on Washington, DC - Dakar - Johannesburg Route
    South African Airways (SAA) will introduce the modern, state-of-the-art Airbus A330-200 aircraft on its daily flights between Washington, DC-Dulles Airport and Johannesburg, South Africa via Dakar, Senegal, effective September 1, 2014.

  • Holiday Inn Queretaro Zona Krystal Opens in Mexico
    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG] recently announced the opening of the 214-room, 14-story Queretaro Zona Krystal hotel, located on the San Luis Potosi Highway.

  • The Raleigh Hotel Miami Beach Sold to Tommy Hilfiger
    The Raleigh Group, the luxury hospitality group founded by designer and entrepreneur Mr. Tommy Hilfiger, iannounced the purchase of The Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach.

  • China Is New Home for Royal Caribbean International's Quantum of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean International today announced that its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China, bringing the company's most innovative ship to the world's fastest-growing cruise market.

  • Hawaiian Non-Stop Service to Beijing Launches
    Hawaiian Airlines has reached a new milestone today as it launched three-times weekly non-stop service to Beijing, the latest addition to its expanded international network and first mainland China destination.

  • The TravelClick Perspective – March 2014: 2014 Outlook
    The hotel industry outlook for the top 25 North American Markets is showing an increase of 4.3% in committed occupancy for March 2014 - February 2015, based on group commitments and individual reservations on the books as of February 23, 2014 compared to the same time last year.

  • February 2014 Passenger Airline Employment Up 0.4 Percent from February 2013
    U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 381,985 workers in February 2014, 0.4 percent more than in February 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today. February was the third consecutive month that full-time equivalent (FTE) employment for U.S. scheduled passenger carriers was higher than the same month of the previous year.

  • Travelzoo Reports First Quarter 2014 Revenue Down 5%
    Travelzoo Inc. today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, with revenue of $40.2 million, a decrease of 5% year-over-year. Operating profit was $7.0 million, down 13% year-over-year. Net income was $4.6 million, with diluted earnings per share of $0.31, down from $0.36 in the prior-year period.

  • Westin Wilmington Riverfront District Opens
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of The Westin Wilmington, a newly constructed hotel at the heart of the city’s revitalized Riverfront district.

  • Carlson Rezidor Holds Largest Hotel Pipeline in Africa
    Group has 30 hotels and 6,300 rooms under development

  • Marcus Hotels & Resorts Names Area Vice Presidents
    Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), announced that Jim Waldvogel, general manager of the Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington and Tom Mason, general manager of the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, will assume additional responsibilities as area vice presidents for the company.

  • Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel Freetown Opens in Sierra Leone
    Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has opened the 172 room Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, Freetown - the very first 5-star hotel in Sierra Leone, Africa.

  • Gerard Kiladjian Named General Manager The Cliff House Resort and Spa
    Officials of New Castle Hotels & Resorts named Gerard Kiladjian general manager of Maine's historic 166-room resort, The Cliff House Resort and Spa, which reopened today for its 142nd season. Earlier this month, New Castle assumed management under an agreement with Rockbridge which recently acquired the landmark.