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NEWS| NY's iconic Essex House (Jumeirah) hotel to become flagship JW Marriott

NY's iconic Essex House (Jumeirah) hotel to become flagship JW MarriottStrategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: BEE) announced today that it has signed an agreement to purchase New York City's Essex House Hotel from the Dubai Investment Group for a gross purchase price of approximately $362.3 million. The purchase price includes 509 hotel rooms, nine condominium units and significant hotel-level cash reserves.

NEWS| Hyatt Announces Plans for Hyatt Place Manatí in Puerto Rico



Hyatt Announces Plans for Hyatt Place Manatí in Puerto RicoHyatt Announces Plans for Hyatt Place Manatí in Puerto RicoHyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into an agreement for a Hyatt Place hotel in Manatí, Puerto Rico with Island Hospitality Partners, LLC, a joint venture of PRISA Group and McConnell Valdes Consulting. Island Hospitality is also the owner of Hyatt Place Bayamón Hotel & El Tropical Casino, which is currently under construction and is expected to open in 2014.

NEWS| Lawsuit claims travel websites, hotels involved in price fixing

Some of the largest hotel companies have conspired with online travel agencies to fix hotel prices, a lawsuit filed Monday alleges. The suit, filed in a U.S. District Court in San Francisco, alleges that Hilton Hotels, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts,

NEWS | Airlines go low cost, hotels go luxury – will the twain meet? | By Yeoh Siew Hoon

Airlines go low cost, hotels go luxury – will the twain meet? | By Yeoh Siew HoonAccording to the Centre for Aviation, Sydney, half of all air seats in Asia will be low cost in 10 years time. At Singapore Changi, low cost is now 26% of all air traffic. Japan's gone from zero low cost to nine registered entities and that looks ready to shake up the market. As AirAsia proved a decade ago, low fares allow everyone to fly.

NEWS | Caribbean Hotel Profits See Largest Increase Since 2008 | PKF Reports

Caribbean Hotels 2011 Percent of RevenuePKF Hospitality Research, LLC (PKF-HR), the research affiliate of PKF Consulting USA, LLC (PKFC), announced today that, according to its newly released 2012 edition of Caribbean Trends® in the Hotel Industry, the average Caribbean hotel that participated in the survey experienced a 10 percent increase in Net Operating Income (NOI) in 2011. This is the greatest annual increase in profits since 2008. "2011 was the first year since the recession where the Caribbean's hotel industry posted positive growth in all three major top-line performance indicators,"

NEWS | 4 Email Fails That Hotel Sales Managers Must Avoid | By Tom Costello

4 Email Fails That Hotel Sales Managers Must Avoid | By Tom CostelloEmail is arguably the number one tool used for prospecting yet many hotel sales managers remain in the dark about how to harness this powerful tool's full potential that can turn a cold contact into a lead. Why? Because the key element,

NEWS| Christophe Chabaud has been appointed Resort Manager at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora in Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

Christophe Chabaud Chabaud, a 20-year industry veteran, has worked in management positions around the world, including the past 14 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He makes the move to French Polynesia from Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, where he most recently served as director of food and beverage. Prior to that,

NEWS | Jens Uwe Parkitny has been appointed Vice President of Digital Marketing & Distribution Asia Pacific at Accor Asia-Pacific in Sydney, Australia.

Jens Uwe ParkitnyJENS UWE PARKITNY
has been named as Accor’s new Vice President of Digital Marketing & Distribution for the Asia Pacific. A German national, Parkitny is a trained journalist with

NEWS | James Macadie has been appointed General Manager at Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong East in Shanghai , China.

James MacadieJAMES MACADIE has been appointed General Manager of Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong East, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2012.

NEWS| Kerala government approves 14 DTPC projects in Ernakulam

In order to give a boost to heritage conservation and tourism in the Ernakulam district, the Kerala government recently sanctioned 14 projects proposed by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC). Some of these projects include beautification of the Pratayshamata church in Fort Vypeen; protection of Chinese fishing nets;

NEWS | Pergo launches laminate flooring

new_product156.jpgPergo recently introduced its new range of laminate flooring developed through a new, creative design concept called TotalDesign. A series of eight artistic floors with motifs such as giant fingerprints in bronze and silver,

NEWS | Hotel Indigo Veracruz - Boca del Río opens in Mexico

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) recently opened its new Hotel Indigo property in Mexico – the 106-room Hotel Indigo Veracruz - Boca del Río. The new hotel, located in the Veracruz business district and just steps from the World Trade Center and America’s Plaza, offers guests the intimate service typically associated with boutique lodging.