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Novotel Times Square: ‘Top-to-bottom’ revamp

NEW YORK CITY – USA TODAY has learned some exciting details about the massive makeover planned for the currently so-so Novotel Times Square. French hospitality giant Accor, which runs the Novotel brand, had in February said its only Novotel hotel in the USA will undergo a $115 million revamp. But now, we’ve learned that the […]

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London hotels let guests use luxury binoculars

Between the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee festivities and the Olympic Games, London visitors this summer will want to see everything. That’s why the Dorchester Collection set up a clever partnership with camera maker Leica that will let guests at its three local hotels borrow high-end binoculars. Of course, these aren’t just any binoculars. They retail in […]

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Sex trafficking in hotels addressed

The growing push to address sex trafficking in the USA – specifically in hotels – has hit Southeast Tennessee, the Chattanoogan.com reports. Students and professors from Lee University, a Christian university, and Southern Adventist University just took part in a “poster-blitz” to spread the anti-sex trafficking message in hotels and elsewhere, the paper says. “Trafficking […]

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NYC: Is it an office building

Two years ago in Manhattan, Hyatt opened its Andaz Wall Street boutique hotel in a former J.P. Morgan office tower, taking advantage of the building’s 21-foot-high ceilings to create its visually striking lobby. That hotel was on the forefront of a trend that continues today, the Wall Street Journal reports this morning. New York hotel […]

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Stranded in a hotel during coup in Mali

What’s it like to be standed in a hotel during a military coup? The San Jose Mercury News on Friday ran a story about Bay Area traveler Joe Conte’s experience last week, when he was in a hotel in Bamako, Mali, during a military coup. Conte, a former San Francisco web designer, had been living […]

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Increase in Chinese travelers drives hotel rates higher

Hotel rates in key European cities are rising in part due to an increase in Chinese visitors, Starwood Property Trust CEO Barry Sternlicht recently told Wall Street analysts. His comments – made during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call on Feb. 29 – are only the latest sign that China’s emerging middle class is going to […]

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New hotel bookings sites: Tingo, BackBid

Two new hotel booking sites – including TripAdvisor’s Tingo.com – think they can attract attention by making it easy to for consumers to make sure they truly booked the cheapest rate possible. As with all of these non-hotel-brand-affiliated sites, they cater to people who aren’t collecting loyalty points, whether from giant programs such as IHG’s […]

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Pittsburgh hotels have highest occupancy in decade

Pittsburgh filled more hotel rooms in 2011 than it had in a decade and the city’s prospects look even better this year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report. Citing figures from the city’s tourism agency, VisitPittsburgh, the Post-Gazette says the overall occupancy rate for Pittsburgh hotels was 68.2% – better than the U.S. average […]

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Pittsburgh hotels highest occupancy in decade, report says

Pittsburgh filled more hotel rooms in 2011 than it had in a decade and the city’s prospects look even better this year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report. Citing figures from the city’s tourism agency, VisitPittsburgh, the Post-Gazette says the overall occupancy rate for Pittsburgh hotels was 68.2% – better than the U.S. average […]

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Ex-Trump hotel in Fort Lauderdale could open

Will the never-opened condo-hotel in Fort Lauderdale once linked to Donald Trump finally open its doors soon? It’s possible. This morning, the Wall Street Journal reports that the 298-unit tower with ocean views that was once billed as the Trump International Hotel Tower, Fort Lauderdale, is getting closer to opening after some four years of […]

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