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NEWS| Starwood sues Hilton Hotels over alleged corporate espionage

Hotel giant Starwood Hotels late tonight filed suit against rival Hilton Hotels, accusing it of stealing trade secrets to help it launch a rival luxury chain quickly and cheaply.

Filed in federal court in New York, Starwood's suit alleges that Hilton stole more than 100,000 electronic and hard copy files containing trade secrets to help it expand its luxury hotel offerings. "The large volume of confidential information taken is extraordinary," the filing says.

Hilton last month announced the launch of Denizen, a chic, upscale chain that would rival Starwood's offerings. The brains behind Denizen include two executives who until last year ran Starwood's luxury hotels unit.

Among other things, Starwood asks the court to prevent Hilton from launching Denizen.

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Dubai's Oct Hotel Room Rates Top World List

The average rate for a single night in a Dubai hotel was $226, a figure only matched by hotels in New York, the Hotel Price Barometer said.

Dubai was also one of only two holiday destinations out of 30 surveyed which showed a month-on-month increase in room rates.

The emirate's hotels showed a 10 percent rise compared to September while Rio de Janeiro room rates rose by three percent.

However, compared to room rates in October 2008, Dubai hotels were still 30 percent cheaper, the index, cited by the UK's Independent, added.

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KNOW BRANDS | All Seasons by Accor

All Seasons by Accor is a new economy brand by industry leader Accor.
Currently launching in UK expect it around the world soon.

all seasons - our commitments

all seasons is a new international chain of economy hotels. By the year 2010, the network will include at least 150 hotels, with distinctive personalities, friendly service-minded managers, and flawless attention to detail.

Book a stay and out what makes us different from the others.

An all-service offer

all seasons reinvents the economy hotel to offer you more to enjoy the way you like it.

Quality: first-rate service

To ensure that your stay is enjoyable, all seasons promises to provide quality service, which is regularly reviewed and evaluated.

Interactivity: an ongoing exchange

all seasons provides you with an interactive communication system so you can tell us freely and openly about your stay. In this way, brand evolution is guest driven.

Conviviality: enjoyment guaranteed

Public areas in all seasons hotels have been specially designed to be warm and welcoming where guests can relax and have a drink, read a book, listen to music, or chat with friends or colleagues.

all seasons is all that plus a genuine commitment to being eco-responsible

Learn about our sustainable development approach.

PEOPLE| Vikas Sharma nominated among Top Twelve Hoteliers

Editor | Vikas is a good friend and this is what I wrote for him a while back.

“I would think Vikas' greatest asses is his camaraderie with his team. He is fantastic in his humane approach to work and I havent known anybody working for him who does not talk of him fondly. A man with an ability to look beyond numbers and inspire those around him to excellence.” June 30, 2008

He has been recently nominated as one of the Top Twelve Hoteliers.
I take this opportunity to congratulate him on his success!

Top Twelve Hoteliers - Safari India National Tourism Award 2009

JOBS| Event Management - Sr Events Project Manager (based in Singapore)

Role Overview:

• Management position, report to MD in London
• Manage the start-up office in Singapore


• Responsible for servicing of a portfolio of assigned corporate client accounts
• Conceptualize and prepare turn-key proposals customized to individual event based on in-depth understanding of client’s requirements
• Liaison between client and other external parties leading up to the event, ensuring client and event requirements are met
• To take on project administration and assist in managing the workflow and timely completion of projects undertaken
• Onsite execution and ensure the smooth delivery of event
• Look out for new business opportunities and work with regional offices to convert potential leads.


• Degree qualified with min. 8 years regional experience in Event Project Management in the medical, healthcare and/or pharmaceutical industries
• A good track record in managing events in these industries (reference checks will be conducted)
• Experienced in budget management.
• An independent, resourceful individual with exceptional leadership skills and client servicing experience.
• An ability to multi-task and work in a fast pace environment.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and client relationship skills
• An ability to think strategically and work independently
• Fluency in the English language is a must
• Able to travel

Please email an updated resume to or call +65-6323 8530 for more information. Short-listed candidates will be notified by phone or email

JOBS| Vice President – Operations India

We seek a VP Op’s for a new start up in India – if you have a background as GM or above in a quality boutique brand/hotel this may be for you…

For details go to ref no TJ0036
email CV to me directly –

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TECH | Virtual events Won’t Replace Face-to-Face

According to Eventia and the Institute of Travel and Meetings, Virtual events Won’t Replace Face-to-Face meetings.

I do not agree.

The following are the key findings:
>registration and joining instructions scored 11% higher for the live event than for the virtual.

>Speaker feedback was also consistently better, with scores averaging 9% higher for the real life event.

>However, ease of interaction with delegates and speakers was scored higher in the virtual conference, by 2% and 10% respectively.

I think the registration & joining will become a snap in the days to come and I can virtually guarantee the speaker feedback will improve with better virtual experience.

Here is how I see it playing out.

Virtual events that are meant for learning and need to capture a larger audience will become virtual. face-to-face will become a more expensive and exclusive affair and will be essentially for business networking and cracking deals.

What do you think?

Also how ready are you to take advantage of this as hoteliers? What if you could hold a smaller group event at the exact time the international event is taking place. Assist everyone in the registration process (the one parameter that scores low), encourage face-to-face interaction among the local group!

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