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Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:31:52

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Rainmaker Group Takes Gold in 16th Annual GGB Gaming & Technology AwardsRainmaker Group Takes Gold in 16th Annual GGB Gaming & Technology Awards

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:31:20

(image) The Rainmaker Group, the premier provider of revenue and profit optimization solutions to the gaming & hospitality and multifamily housing industries, today announces that it has been awarded the gold medal for Best Productivity – Enhancement Technology for its guestrev® (guestrev) platform in the 16th Annual GGB Gaming & Technology Awards. The competition, sponsored by Global Gaming Business Magazine, is the industry's premier award program, recognizing top performing companies for showing excellence in innovation and practical application in all gaming disciplines.


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AHTIC Will Scrutinise Tourism Investment in Sri LankaAHTIC Will Scrutinise Tourism Investment in Sri Lanka

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:25:38

(image) After years of civil war, a new stability has returned to the island. It is now officially one of the fastest growing tourist markets in the world. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) forecasts Sri Lanka's Travel & Tourism GDP will grow 6.3% /yr over the coming decade and by 2026 the industry will be worth LKR130 bn to the country's economy. In the words of one senior travel executive: "It's pretty much a blank canvas to create a new and fresh product." New developments face challenges, but the Sri Lankan government is increasingly sympathetic to the right kind of projects. One of the keys to achieving success is securing an efficient investment model. The inaugural Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC), organised by Bench Events in Colombo, will discuss the best way forward, not only in Sri Lanka, but in developing markets across the region. The gathering of international investors, business leaders, government ministers and officials will share information and intelligence during the three-day conference in November. It is being supported by Sri Lanka's president, Maithripala Sirisena, as patron. The official opening was held in the presidential residence. One of the hot topics on the agenda will be discussion of a recent tourism project, as a case study… Eight acres of pristine beach-front land, within ninety minutes of an international airport, is soon to become Sri Lanka's largest multi-purpose property development outside Colombo. But how was the project achieved and what lessons are there for the investors in the rest of the region? The island development is the first venture into Sri Lanka by the luxury Thai hotel and apartment operator, Dusit Thani. Work on the "Beachfront Balapitiya", an apartment and hotel complex, is due to get underway in January 2017. Just how crucial it has been to get the project right is highlighted by Sri Lanka's growing tourist numbers – a record two million expected this year, and the government anticipates a doubling of that figure by 2020. It is being marketed worldwide with a good response from investors eager to take advantage of Sri Lanka's recovery. They are being attracted by guaranteed six per cent net returns for five years, paid quarterly in US dollars; freehold titles for owners, as well as substantial capital gains potential of around 30 per cent. It is the only five-star beach-front property available to foreign investors, with 480 metres of private beach.


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SAHIC Welcomes Vice Minister of Tourism of Cuba; Announces SAHIC Cuba in Havana, Cuba May 15-16, 2017SAHIC Welcomes Vice Minister of Tourism of Cuba; Announces SAHIC Cuba in Havana, Cuba May 15-16, 2017

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:21:44

(image) In an eventful conclusion to SAHIC in Ecuador, Arturo Garcia Rosa, President of SAHIC and Luis Miguel Diaz Sanchez, Vice Minister of Tourism of Cuba, proudly announced yesterday that the very first hospitality investment conference will be held in Havana, with the inaugural SAHIC Cuba. Scheduled for May 15-16, 2017 at the Melia Cohiba Hotel in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, SAHIC Cuba is anticipated to draw great interest from among the international hospitality community.


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Agilysys Announces Latest Version of Its Industry-Leading Stratton Warren System for Inventory and ProcurementAgilysys Announces Latest Version of Its Industry-Leading Stratton Warren System for Inventory and Procurement

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:14:48

(image) ALPHARETTA, GA. — Sept. 29, 2016 — Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS), a leading global provider of next-generation hospitality software solutions and services, today announced the latest version of its award-winning Stratton Warren System (SWS) inventory and procurement solution. SWS v9.1 includes a number of innovative enhancements designed to boost efficiency, increase revenue and improve compliance.


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Exa Ushers in the Next Generation of Guest Engagement Using Voice AutomationExa Ushers in the Next Generation of Guest Engagement Using Voice Automation

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:57:21

(image) New York City headquartered Exa today announced the official launch of its intelligent voice automation solution for the hospitality industry that drives new revenues and takes guest engagement to a whole new level.


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More than 50 hotel giants planned for USAMore than 50 hotel giants planned for USA

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:55:36

(image) The USA is unbeatable in terms of hotel development. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS, currently 1189 hotels projects with more than 230,000 rooms are currently in the pipeline in the United States. Especially the favored tourism states Florida (168 projects), California (134 projects) and New York (112 projects) are looking forward to the rising numbers of tourists. But also hot spots such as Las Vegas and Seattle will present some stunning hotel projects in the next few years.


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Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association’s Leadership Event Debuts at UCLA Luskin Conference Center in OctoberBoutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association’s Leadership Event Debuts at UCLA Luskin Conference Center in October

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:37:05

(image) UCLA Extension to teach a first-of-its-kind education day at the conference on the subject of "Turning an asset into a luxury boutique hotel"


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Say This, Not That: Customer Conversations | By Jana LoveSay This, Not That: Customer Conversations | By Jana Love

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:06

(image) Always strive to get the customer to talk, because that's where you will learn the most and learn how to respond the best. A good way of engaging with customers that keeps the conversation going is by making sure that you ask questions. Just remember—you're not here to shine your light of knowledge on him/her, but instead to teach him/her how to go through the issues they are encountering in the easiest way possible.


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Samali Hotels & Resorts Opens 3rd Allium Hotel In Cepu, IndonesiaSamali Hotels & Resorts Opens 3rd Allium Hotel In Cepu, Indonesia

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:40:51

(image) Samali Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce one of its most exciting recent openings, the Allium Cepu Hotel in Central Java. The Allium Hotel brand is part of the Upscale Hotel Collection (4 star). Allium Cepu Hotel officially becomes the 4th hotel owned and managed by Samali Hotels & Resorts. Other hotels now in operation includes Hotel Ammi Cepu, Allium Batam Hotel and Allium Tangerang Hotel.


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Plateno Group announces two new projects in GermanyPlateno Group announces two new projects in Germany

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:24:50

(image) Chinese company Plateno Group, through its European subsidiary based in Berlin, is opening its first hotel in Bavaria, in Munich. Located in Sendling, only twelve minutes from the city centre, within walking distance to Mittersendling Munich S-Bahn railway station, 7 Days Premium Hotel is scheduled to welcome its first guests in Q4 2017.


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Fontainebleau Miami Beach Raises Awareness For Breast Cancer Research With Eighth Annual Bleau Goes Pink® Campaign Fontainebleau Miami Beach Raises Awareness For Breast Cancer Research With Eighth Annual Bleau Goes Pink® Campaign

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:53:34

(image) In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,Fontainebleau Miami Beach has joined forces with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, South Florida's leader in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care, to host the eighth annual Bleau Goes Pink campaign. To raise both awareness and funds for the cause, the iconic Miami Beach property is offering a variety of month-long dining and spa promotions. The proceeds will benefit breast cancer research at Sylvester. The resort is also debuting an all-encompassing room package with 10 percent of the total package price being donated to the cancer center.


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Home2 Suites by Hilton Releases “Fresh New Way” Video on National Good Neighbor DayHome2 Suites by Hilton Releases “Fresh New Way” Video on National Good Neighbor Day

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:46:01

(image) Did you know that only 43 percent of Americans know most or all of their neighbors?* Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand, is celebrating National Good Neighbor Day on Sept. 28 by extending warm hospitality and showcasing that getting to know a stranger can be filled with the pleasantly unexpected. To commemorate this observance, the brand is releasing its latest "Fresh New Way" video and spreading surprise good fortune to those in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Dallas.


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Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Oahu Kapolei First in Brand to Open in HawaiiHampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Oahu Kapolei First in Brand to Open in Hawaii

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:41:31

(image) Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) Hampton by Hilton brand, the global mid-priced hotel that serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers around the world, today announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Oahu Kapolei. It is the first Hampton by Hilton in Hawaii. The 175-room, six story hotel joins the Hampton by Hilton family of Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton hotels. Located at 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway, the hotel is owned by DeBartolo Development, LLC, and managed by Aqua-Aston Hospitality.


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Hampton Inn by Hilton Amesbury Opens in MassachusettsHampton Inn by Hilton Amesbury Opens in Massachusetts

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:39:05

(image) Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) Hampton by Hilton brand, the global mid-priced hotel that serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers around the world, today announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton Inn by Hilton Amesbury. The 92-room hotel joins the Hampton by Hilton family of Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton hotels. Located at 284 Elm Street, the hotel is managed by Amesbury Hospitality LLC.


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Homewood Suites by Hilton Moab DebutsHomewood Suites by Hilton Moab Debuts

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:34:10

(image) Homewood Suites by Hilton, part ofHilton's (NYSE: HLT) industry-first All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Moab. Offering 96 new suites, the hotel expands the brand's presence in Utah and continues its robust expansion after reaching its 400th property milestone.


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Hilton Worldwide Opens New Dual-Brand Property in MiamiHilton Worldwide Opens New Dual-Brand Property in Miami

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:31:45

(image) Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn Miami Dolphin Mall andHomewood Suites by Hilton Miami Dolphin Mall, bringing a total of 232 new rooms to the city. The opening further establishes Hilton's strong presence in Miami and continues the company's growth in dual- build properties.


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Entries invited for HOSPA Career Investment Development Scholarships 2016 at HOSPACE2016!Entries invited for HOSPA Career Investment Development Scholarships 2016 at HOSPACE2016!

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:17:42

(image) HOSPA – the Association that provides unparalleled support for hospitality's Finance, Revenue Management and IT professionals with career development, networking and keeping up-dated with industry trends and developments – is delighted to invite applications for its popular annual HOSPA Career, and Future Career, Investment Development Scholarships, sponsored by BT.


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5 Ways for Hotels to Counter Growing Pressure from Review Sites, the Sharing Economy and the Expanding Technology Stack | By Alex Shashou5 Ways for Hotels to Counter Growing Pressure from Review Sites, the Sharing Economy and the Expanding Technology Stack | By Alex Shashou

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:30:09

(image) With TripAdvisor's growing impact on bookings, hotels are under a microscope like never before. Guests are evaluating and sharing service observations publicly, divulging insights that previously lived anonymously in the hotel's review systems and on paper rating cards. Because some 80% of guests consult 6-12 TripAdvisor reviews before booking, these ratings now have a direct bearing on ADR.


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Welcome Chinese partnership announcementWelcome Chinese partnership announcement

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:55:03

(image) Welcome Chinese is the only certified program for international tourism providers that is authorised and developed by the Chinese Tourism Academy (CTA). The aim of this program is to guarantee that Chinese Free Independent Travellers (FITs) travelling in Europe and abroad find facilities such as hotels, restaurants, shops, attractions, etc. which offer the standardised services they require.


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Scandic launches fifth signature hotel – nature makes an entrance in Stockholm at Downtown CamperScandic launches fifth signature hotel – nature makes an entrance in Stockholm at Downtown Camper

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:46:38

(image) Scandic is now presenting its fifth unique signature hotel – Downtown Camper by Scandic. The hotel will open in the former Scandic Sergel Plaza at Brunkeberg square in the heart of Stockholm. The building is currently undergoing a complete rejuvenation to reopen after the summer of 2017 and offer a new hotel experience that brings nature into the big city. Guests will be invited to share in a "base camp" experience that centers on wellness and community.


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