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  • Success in the Sunshine State: Highlights from HFTP's 2018 Florida Regional Conference

    The beautiful Sarasota Westin Hotel — with its bright white facade, multitudinous windows and stunning rooftop pool area — made a very picturesque setting for the 2018 HFTP Florida Regional Conference, which took place July 25–27, 2018.

  • Annual Convention 2018: A True HFTP Experience in the Land of the Kentucky Derby

    On the bank of the Ohio River in the east south-central region of the United States looms Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville — home to the famed Kentucky Derby horse race, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Louisville Slugger baseball bats.

  • Countdown to Opportunity: The Club & Hotel Controllers Conference 2018

    Written By: Laura Resco, official event guest blogger for the HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conference 2018 - One of the most important jobs of a graduate student is to produce original research that furthers the existing knowledge within an industry.

  • Primary Club Metrics

    Survey results identify which metrics are most often used to determine performance. By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA; and Amanda Belarmino

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Return To Glory

Hotel Interactive ·13 August 2018
The history of modern Los Angeles goes back only around 150 years, meaning the City of Angels is still relatively young in terms of architectural history and design. As an example, the Warner Pacific Theater on Hollywood Blvd., built in 1928, is considered a relic.
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Hilton Grand Vacations Announces Departure Of Chief Financial Officer And Reaffirms Guidance

Hotel Interactive ·13 August 2018
Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE:HGV) announced that its Board of Directors terminated James E. Mikolaichik as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective today, for conduct and behavior not consistent with the Company’s policies. Mr. Mikolaichik’s termination was not related to any issues involving the Company’s business, strategy, operations, performance, financial reporting or internal controls.
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Feeling Good About The Future

Hotel Interactive ·10 August 2018
Some of the key factors that are tied to the success of economy hotels include quality, cleanliness and overall economic conditions within the U.S., according to a handful of brand executives.
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American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP Completes $5.2M Renovation At The Embassy Suites DFW South

Hotel Interactive ·10 August 2018
American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP ("AHIP", the "Company") (TSX: HOT.UN, TSX: HOT.U, TSX: HOT.DB.U) is pleased to announce that it has completed approximately US$5.2 million of renovations at its Embassy Suites DFW South, near the Dallas/Fort Worth airport in Irving, Texas.
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Cobblestone Hotels, LLC Acquires Key West Hotels & Centerstone Hotels

Hotel Interactive · 7 August 2018
Cobblestone Hotels, LLC announced the acquisition of the Key West Inns, Hotels, & Resorts and Centerstone Hotels that took place August 1.
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Hyatt Selects Senior Leader To Advance Global Well-being Strategy

Hotel Interactive · 7 August 2018
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that Hyatt has selected Mia Kyricos as senior vice president, global head of wellbeing, underscoring Hyatt’s commitment to care for people so they can be their best. Kyricos will report to Mark Vondrasek, Hyatt’s chief commercial officer.
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LaSalle Hotel Properties Files Investor Presentation In Connection With Blackstone Transaction

Hotel Interactive · 7 August 2018
LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) (“LaSalle” or the “Company”) today announced that it has filed an investor presentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in connection with the previously announced merger with affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII (“Blackstone”) and the other transactions contemplated by LaSalle’s merger agreement with Blackstone (the “Blackstone Merger Agreement”).
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IHG Releases FY18 Half-Year Results

Hotel Interactive · 7 August 2018
This morning, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) released its 2018 Half Year Results.
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Using Art To Boost Your Profile

Hotel Interactive · 6 August 2018
Using artwork to differentiate your property is hardly a task to put off for later as you can achieve tangible results in the very short-term. This is a topic worth exploring as there are several other angles at play besides just the direct impact on the guest experience.
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Preventing Hotel Fraud

Hotel Interactive · 3 August 2018
Digitally savvy consumers are looking to migrate many traditionally offline tasks to digital channels which offer more flexibility, control and convenience. These mobile-first customers are always seeking ways to digitize additional aspects of their lives and are the force behind many powerful market trends and innovations—such as buying online picking up in store, order-ahead restaurant apps and even allowing for remote access to their homes for deliveries.
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HREC Arranges Sale Of The Holiday Inn Ocotillo Chandler, AZ

Hotel Interactive · 3 August 2018
HREC Investment Advisors is pleased to announce, it has arranged the sale of the 106-guestroom Holiday Inn Ocotillo located in Chandler, Arizona. CH Ocotillo, LLC, acquired the property.
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Marigot Bay Resort & Marina Announces Strategic Move To Become An Independent Hotel

Hotel Interactive · 3 August 2018
Effective today, Marigot Bay Resort and Marina, a luxury getaway situated in Saint Lucia’s coveted Marigot Bay, is no longer associated with Capella Hotels & Resorts. Now a luxury, independent resort, the property has recently joined the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, which represents renowned independent properties that feature the finest accommodations coupled with attentive and exclusive personal service, and memorable experiences through exceptional dining, entertainment and spas.
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Hilton Grand Vacations Announces Its First Chicago Property

Hotel Interactive · 3 August 2018
Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. announces it has entered into a purchase-sale agreement with Related Fund Management and The Chartres Lodging Group to acquire the top six floors of the 26-story DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago – Magnificent Mile, which will be HGV’s first property in this highly desirable market.
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Stahl Completes Hyatt House on Expanded Universal Resort Campus

Hotel Interactive · 2 August 2018
Stahl recently completed construction of the Hyatt House Across From Orlando Universal Resort™ for its client, Summit Hotel Properties.
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Getting Courted

Hotel Interactive · 2 August 2018
Valencia Group is reshaping the landscape of Texas hotels as its collection of independent and design-centric boutique hotels—all but one of which is located in the Lone Star State—will grow to a total of eight later this year when Texican Court opens in Irving, TX.
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Hyatt And Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Announce Strategic Loyalty Alliance

Hotel Interactive · 2 August 2018
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) today announced plans to bring World of Hyatt members opportunities to enjoy loyalty benefits in many more places. The launch is targeted for the end of the year.
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JW Marriott San Francisco Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Hotel Interactive · 2 August 2018
JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square has concluded a multi-million dollar renovation to complement the modern, sophisticated design of its recently updated guest rooms and suites.
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Radisson Rollout In EMEA Continues With A New Hotel In Gdansk, Poland

Hotel Interactive · 2 August 2018
Radisson Hospitality AB, publicly listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Sweden and part of the Radisson Hotel Group, is proud to announce the signing of the Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk in Poland. In March 2018, the group announced its plan to rollout Radisson, the upscale hotel brand, across EMEA - and this is the first hotel to open in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE). The new Radisson will bring the group's portfolio to 16 hotels (3,500 rooms) in operation or under development in Poland.
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InnSuites To Sell Yuma Hospitality Property For $16.25 Million

Hotel Interactive · 1 August 2018
Innsuites Hospitality Trust (NYSE American: IHT) has entered into an agreement to sell its Yuma Hospitality Property for $16,250,000 resulting in a significant gain.
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Hotel Equities Assumes Management Of Two Marriott Conference Center Hotels In Texas

Hotel Interactive · 1 August 2018
Hotel Equities (HE) just announced their selection as the management company for two conference center hotels near Dallas, the Courtyard by Marriott-Dallas Midlothian at the Midlothian Conference Center located at 3 Community Circle Drive in Midlothian, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott-Decatur at Decatur Conference Center located at 1910 West US Highway 380 in Decatur. The hotels are owned by Gatehouse Capital, LLC based in Dallas.
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Setting The Expectations

Hotel Interactive ·31 July 2018
From a hotel management and guest perspective one of the worst things that can happen is a hotel employee that reacts like a deer caught in the headlights when asked a question by a guest.
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Historic Hotels Of America And Historic Hotels Worldwide Honor 35 Hotels

Hotel Interactive ·31 July 2018
Eleven hotels have been inducted into Historic Hotels of America® and 24 hotels have been inducted into Historic Hotels Worldwide® in 2018. The hotels accepted into Historic Hotels of America date from the 1770’s to 1965 and include hotels located in eight states. Six of the 11 hotels are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and one has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Hotels approved for induction into the prestigious Historic Hotels Worldwide registry represent seven countries and date from the 11th century to the early 1930s.
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Charlestowne To Manage New Hotel At Elon University

Hotel Interactive ·31 July 2018
Charlestowne Hotels has been selected by Elon University to manage its new campus hotel, opening fall 2019. The Inn at Elon will feature 80 well-appointed guestrooms, ten of which will be suites. The three-story property will also feature a fitness center, as well as two dining venue options, including an upscale bar and restaurant. Event space will be available for conferences, weddings, corporate meetings, private dining, and university functions. Coupled with significant university and community outreach, Charlestowne will apply its marketing and profit expertise to ensure the property enjoys its full revenue potential.
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HFF Announces The Sale And Financing Of Hampton Inn NY-JFK In Queens

Hotel Interactive ·31 July 2018
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announces the sale of and acquisition financing for Hampton Inn NY-JFK, a 216-room, select-service hotel located near New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, the busiest international air passenger gateway into North America.
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Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Comments On LaSalle Hotel Properties' Rejection Of Merger Proposal

Hotel Interactive ·31 July 2018
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) (“Pebblebrook”) today commented on the decision by the Board of Trustees of LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) (“LaSalle”) to reject Pebblebrook’s revised merger offer, valued at $36.21 per share1 and their continued support of the LaSalle-Blackstone merger agreement at its take-under price of $33.50 per share.
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Unveiling The Upside

Hotel Interactive ·30 July 2018
Some of the key factors that are tied to the success of economy hotels include quality, cleanliness and overall economic conditions within the U.S., according to a handful of brand executives.

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