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The ACME Hotel Will Begin Offering Guests Google Glass on March 10th

Billed as a "lifestyle boutique hotel alternative," the ACME Hotel in River North has a hip, young—dare we say "alternative"—way of doing things. First, there are blueberry-lavender "doughssants" in its coffee shop and a bar made out of leather belts in its lobby. Then, there's the technology. If you thought the Smart TVs and loads of iPod docking stations were cool, wait till you hear what the hotel is doling out now as a guest amenity:Google Glass.

Recipe for success: Hospitality career questions answered

One of the world's high growth sectors, the hospitality industry will add a new job every 2.5 seconds in days to come, says Johan Stromsater, Vice President, Laureate Hospitality and Culinary Education, in a chat with Patricia Mascarenhas

FHRAI Indian Hotel Industry Survey 2012-13

Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) with the support of HVS India presented the 16th edition of Indian Hotel Industry Survey 2012-13. The Survey results highlight the key trends in terms of occupancies, demand and supply across key cities, performance in terms of costs and revenues, etc.TravelBiz Monitor puts together the highlights of the survey. The data for the FHRAI Indian Hotel Survey 2012-13 was contributed by the member hotels of FHRAI.  Out of the 2,505 member hotels, more than 1,450 hotels responded to the questionnaire sent out as part of data collection.  HVS India presented the survey after culling the responses of the hotels.

Demand-Supply change
An interesting trend is the correlation between the supply and demand growth, with the supply growing at 17.8% CAGR and demand at 17.3% from 2008-09 to 2012-13.  The occupancy levels remained generally stable during this period despite strong increases in supply is indicative of the healthy growth i…

Malaysian tourist stabbed in robbery attempt at hotel

CHENNAI: Police arrested a 19-year-old ITI student for attempting to rob a 64-year-old Malaysian tourist after stabbing him at a hotel in Arumbakkam on Tuesday. 

V Manohar, a businessman from Selangor in Malaysia, cried for help and hotel employees came to his rescue. They saw a robber trying to escape with the stolen valuables and nabbed him. Arumbakkam police identified the accused as S Santhosh of Katpadi near Vellore. 

He was taken to the Arumbakkam police station and questioned. Police returned Manohar's belongings and sent him to a private hospital for treatment. Manohar suffered injuries on his head, neck and hands.

How India's Hotel Industry Is Beating The Downturn

The economic slowdown has had little impact on growth in India's hotel industry. Here's how players will handle this dichotomy
Hoteliers are now focusing on the meetings-incentives-conferences-exhibitions sector, particularly in  the metros E veryone in the hotel world has an India strategy; they’re either already here or en route, drawn by a market under-served for decades.

This despite the fact that luxury hotel rooms that cost an average of Rs 10,429 a night at peak in 2008, were selling for Rs 6,850 in 2013, almost half that. Occupancy rates have also reduced to barely above break-even.

Hotel prices rise by 3% in 2013: Hotels.com report

The average price of a hotel room worldwide rose 3 per cent during 2013, according to a report issued by an Hotels.com stated a report in The Times  of India. 

"This means there have now been four years of steady rises in hotel prices since the substantial falls during the financial collapse of 2008-09," said the report. 

During 2013, travellers from India paid more for their hotel rooms as the drop in value of the Rupee made travel abroad more expensive. 

Marriott opens first property in Cali, Columbia

Marriott Hotels celebrated the grand opening of Cali Marriott Hotel, its first property in Cali, Colombia, and the company's third in the country. Surrounded by the high-tech features the The 170-room all-new hotel was developed under an agreement with Real Hotels and Resorts, S.A. and Grupo Poma. It includes a modern room design equipped with black-out windows, luxury bedding, high-quality personal care amenities and high-speed internet. Cali Marriott Hotelis the third hotel under the Marriott International portfolio in Colombia following the success of its predecessors, Marriott Hotel Bogota (2009) and JW Marriott Bogota (2010).

VI Hotels & Resorts takes over Arcadia Hotel Schloss Goldschmieding

The 4-star Arcadia Hotel Schloss Goldschmieding in Castrop-Rauxel was sold to VI Hotels & Resorts with effect from 1 March 2014. This is now the seventh Arcadia Hotel being managed by the Austrian hotel group. The hotel's location is in Castrop-Rauxel, a city of 75,000 inhabitants situated between Bochum, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen and Essen. The 4-star hotel offers 84 rooms and suites, a conference and event area for up to 120 people, two restaurants and a wellness area. The historical castle with its restaurant is well suited for events such as weddings and had been chosen frequently in the past by renowned soccer-teams like the German national team or FC Bayern Munich.

Interstate expands UK portfolio to 49 with contracts for ibis hotels in Derby and Leicester

Interstate Hotels & Resorts has announced new UK management contracts for ibis budget Hotel Derby and ibis budget Hotel Leicester. The new hotels increase Interstate's expanding UK portfolio by 154 guestrooms, raising its collection to 49 hotels managed and signed. The 81-room ibis budget Hotel Derby, and 73-room ibis budget Hotel Leicester, are mid-tier hotels situated close to the city centers of Derby and Leicester. Both hotels offer contemporary guestrooms with en-suite showers, air cooling, flat screen TVs and a continental breakfast served daily.

DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport North now open

Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton have announced the opening of the new DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport North. Situated just 2.5 miles from San Francisco International Airport and four miles from downtown San Francisco, the contemporary 210-room hotel boasts views of the San Francisco Bay and Marina, as well as access to the area's most popular attractions, including Alcatraz, Chinatown and the Moscone Convention Center. DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport North is owned by Summit Hotel Trs 114, LLC and managed by Stonebridge Companies

IHG signs Holiday Inn Express Moscow - Sheremetyevo Airport

InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the signing of Holiday Inn Express Moscow - Sheremetyevo Airport.  The hotel will operate under a management agreement with Palmira LLC. Holiday Inn Express Moscow - Sheremetyevo Airport will be a new build property with 192 rooms and will open in 2017. The hotel is adjacent to terminals D, E and F at Sheremetyevo Airport, Russia's second largest airport serving the capital and surrounding regions. The hotel is set to attract demand from domestic and international travelers as well as airline crew. The signing comes only months before Russia's first Holiday Inn Express hotel is due to open - Holiday Inn Express Voronezh. There are currently 215 Holiday Inn Express hotels in Europe and 43 in the pipeline.

Exclusive Interview | Gautam Babbar, Human Resource Head, Narayani Heights (I) Pvt.Ltd.

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Is Your Hotel¹s Revenue Management Strategy ³Mobile-Compatible²? By Jean Francois Mourier, CEO of REVPAR GURU

If you have read any hotel trade publications, listened to the news or watched the average consumer book a vacation in the past year, you may already know about mobile commerce (or mCommerce). Just like the name implies, mCommerce is any purchase made via mobile device, including smartphones or tablets.
While m-commerce used to be used primarily by tech-savvy Millenials, it has now gone mainstream across all industries: ³mCommerce constitutes $41.68 billion of the total $262.3 billion of [retail] ecommerce sales for 2013 (an increase of 68.2% from 2012) and accounts for 16% of total ecommerce sales.²[i]
Just like every other retail industry, mobile travel bookings are becoming more and more popular with all age groups and demographics. In fact, Booking.com recently reported: ³mobile transactions at Booking.com surged by 260% in 2013². And based on the statistics, the percentage of travelers who choose to use mobile channels to book will only increase exponentially over the coming years.…