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Construction of New Four Seasons Hotel & Condo Development At 30 Park Place In Tribeca.

Silverstein Properties today announced that its Metro Fund Joint Venture has successfully financed almost $1 billion to build a Four Seasons hotel, a restaurant and private residences at 30 Park Place in Tribeca. At 926 feet, the property will be the tallest residential tower in Downtown Manhattan – and one of the tallest in the city. The tower will offer residents unprecedented panoramic views of the Midtown skyline and New York Harbor, and will also include a public plaza. Construction on the 82-story tower will officially begin on Tuesday, December 3 at 11am, and it will open in mid-2016.

 Source: Hotel Interactive

Kessler adds to Autograph Collection

The Kessler Collection opened the Castle Hotel, an Autograph Collection property, in Orlando, Florida in October. 

Louvre deals to add 100 Tulip Inns in China

Louvre Hotels Group, Paris, on Thursday announced the official signing of a partnership agreement with Chengdu Mareka Hotel Property Management – a Chinese player in hotel services in Sichuan province – for the development of 100 Tulip Inn hotels in the region over the next five years.

Hong Kong's Dorsett starts building again in London

 Dorsett Hospitality International, Hong Kong, on Friday announced it has received re-development planning permission from The City of London Corp. to rebuild The Matrix building into a hotel to be known as Dorsett City, London, the group’s second hotel in London. 

British victim of Mumbai terror attacks sues Taj hotel owners

LONDON: The UK high court here began a three-day hearing of a compensation claim case by a British man paralysed during the Mumbai terror attacks five years ago.
Wheelchair-bound Will Pike is suing the owners of Mumbai's iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the scene of a three-day terrorist siege in November 2008, over alleged negligence in providing security despite several warnings that an attack was imminent.
"He did not choose to bring this claim lightly but only after long, anxious and careful thought,
the 33-year-old freelance filmmaker's counsel Philip Havers told Justice Stewart in the court.

Individual Business and Leisure Travelers Continue to Book More Hotels Online in Third Quarter 2013

 - The OTA channel experienced the largest jump in bookings, with a 13.6 percent increase in the third quarter compared to last year. Brand.com, increased year-over-year by 5.3 percent. The GDS (Global Distribution System, used by travel agents) grew 3.7 percent. Hotel Direct (calls right to the property and walk-in customers) remained flat (-0.2 percent) and calls to a hotel’s 800-number, the CRO channel, decreased -5.5 percent.

Five Travel Marketing Trends For 2014

I recently shared with you what I expected as five key social media marketing trends to look out for in 2014. Since I have been working in the travel & hospitality vertical for the past 20 years, I figure it would be equally interesting to try to figure out what we ought to look out for in 2014 from that industry perspective. So here it goes!