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NEWS | Travel, hospitality sectors hope biz to pick up in 2nd quarter

The economic slowdown and declining rupee have impacted the travel and hospitality sector but industry players are hopeful that the business will pick up from the second quarter of this fiscal. “Business travel has been impacted because of overall economic scenario, which has forced companies to cut down on travel and advertising. Even air travel has become very costly,”

NEWS | Current Challenges Facing Hospitality Today | By Kirsten Rhode

When looking at current challenges in the hospitality industry, there are several we need to keep an eye on but three we need to focus on. Either by collaboration or by competition we must be willing to change and adapt while still maintaining a focus on excellent customer service and staff retention. This is not as easy as it sounds, as it is a delicate balance,

NEWS | Does your mobile presence measure up to guest expectations? | By Andrew Sanders

Few technologies have influenced the hotel and travel markets to such an extent as mobility is doing today. PMS, GDS, CRS and the Internet have all played a significant role in shaping today's hospitality landscape. Mobile technology, however, is crossing the boundaries of systems and communications platforms and presents both a challenge and opportunity to provide what guests want at affordable levels of investment for the hotel. To be successful today,

NEWS| Italian brand luxury hotel opens in Suzhou

On June 3, the launch of Shanghai Join In hotel management company - a fashionable, luxurious, high-end international hotel (resort) management company, and the first Asian Tonino Lamborghini brand hotel - Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Suzhou was held near the Jinji Lake of Suzhou Industrial Park. More than 300 officials, foreign diplomats, entrepreneurs, celebrities attended the celebration including Chairman of Join-In Group Gao Jianrong, founder of the Tonino Lamborghini Group Tonino Lamborghini,

NEWS | Should You Build a Mobile App or Mobile Website? [Infographic]

There"s no doubt that mobile has gone mainstream with consumers increasingly on the move and companies seeking more ways to stay in front of their eyes and right at their fingertips. As a result, businesses are realizing the importance of maintaining a mobile presence, yet many are uncertain whether a mobile application or mobile website is the best way to go to reach consumers on the go. To outline the basics and benefits of a mobile website vs. mobile app,

NEWS | Kendall College | Global Hospitality Spotlight event

Join us Friday, June 15 for the Global Hospitality Spotlight event hosted by the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management in partnership with HOTELS Magazine and the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association. Featured Speaker: CHIP CONLEY, Author and Joie de Vivre Founder Shares excerpts from his latest book,

NEWS | Digital Marketing Webinar Series | Part 2: The Path to Location-Based Marketing Success

Whether it’s the iPad, the Kindle Fire, or the Nook, tablet ownership is growing by leaps and bounds. According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 51% of tablet owners are between the ages of 18- and 49-years old, with the majority (31%) having college degrees and making $75,000 or more a year (36%).

NEWS | AH&LA Summer Summit

AH&LA members converge for four fast-paced days of committee meetings, seminars, and networking. AH&LA recognizes notable industry professionals and properties with the annual Stars of the Industry Awards. Serving the hospitality industry for a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry,

NEWS | Ignite Business Event Expo

Ignite Business Event Expo is a FREE world-class tradeshow for business event planners...an experience you won't want to miss! Here’s just a taste of what you’ll find at our show: 450+ hotels, destinations, unique venues, transportation and related service companies are exhibiting at iBE – from all around the world! Enjoy FREE live,

NEWS | The Hotel School General Managers Program (GMP June) 2012

The General Managers Program (GMP) is a 10-day experience for hotel general managers and their immediate successors. In the past 25 years, the GMP has hosted more than 1,200 participants representing 78 countries. Participants gain an invaluable connection to an international network of elite hoteliers from within the program,

NEWS | MICROS Systems unveils mobile consumer solutions

MICROS Systems, global provider of information technology solution for the hospitality and retail industries, has launched its newest mobile consumer solutions and guest engagement offerings. The range includes MICROS mymenu, an interactive restaurant menu and marketing portal built for the Apple iPad and designed to enhance the restaurant dining experience.

NEWS | Jones Lang LaSalle expects more USA hotel deals in 2012

The value of USA hotel deals for the first five months of 2012 came to USD 5.1 billion, down from USD 6.4 billion a year earlier, research from Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels has indicated. The firm said the average price per room for single hotels that were bought so far this year topped USD 194,000, five per cent higher than the level for all of 2011.