Making Wine and Chocolate Pairings Work for You | By Larry Mogelonsky

Chocolate is a highly romantic food for the fast-approaching Valentine's Day and, of course, wine goes with just about any meal, so why not bring the two together? While you might not have any many options as a wine and cheese tasting, pairing chocolate with these grape-based liquors may be just the ticket to winning the hearts and minds of incoming guests. You can apply this concept as a small-plate amuse bouche, an appetizer, a dessert or as part of some other cocoa-infused main.
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Plateno Group expected to strengthen its 5th position among the top world hotel companies

In 2017 Plateno Group is expected to strengthen its 5th position among the top world hotel companies via technology integration of Plateno, Jin Jiang, Louvre and Vienna Hotels systems. Furthermore Plateno will showcase new distribution platforms, and expand the implementation of Plateno Connect.
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Jumeirah Group’s portfolio set to double in size in the coming years

Dubai-based hotel group Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, in many ways, embodies the spirit and grandeur of the Middle East. Headquartered in one of the region's, and indeed the world's, most prosperous, glamorous and modern cities, Jumeirah asserts its mission with a confidence that inspires, stating on their website that they "are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world." Founded in 1997, the company's goal was clear – "to become a hospitality industry leader through establishing a world class portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts", and they seem to have succeeded in doing just that, now boasting a total of 25 5-star hotels and resorts worldwide, with that number set to double over the next 3 years.
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Evolution Hospitality Awarded Management Contract for Los Angeles’ Hotel Angeleno

Evolution Hospitality, a California-based hospitality management company, announces it has been chosen to manage Hotel Angeleno in Los Angeles.
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Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Launches All-New Website With Many New Features

. . . ALHIs Enhanced Website features their Unique, Distinctive & Authentic Portfolio of 250+ Luxury-Level Hotels & Resorts Designed for Meetings, Conventions & Incentive Travel Programs Around the WorldORLANDO, FL (February 2017) Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, has just launched an all-new website, with enhanced Search abilities and many new features. According to ALHI CEO David Gabri, the new website is designed as a one-stop online resource to assist meeting professionals, convention specialists , association executives, incentive travel specialists and business executives in identifying luxury-level and upper-upscale hotels and resorts around the world which are specifically designed and operated for meetings, incentive/recognition programs, conventions, and exhibitions. ALHIs portfolio features more than 250 AAA Four- and Five-Diamond quality, mostly independent, member hotels and resorts worldwide, which offer a total of 138,5000 rooms and more than 10 million square feet of meeting space.Featuring the same alhi.com address, this new site was designed with valuable input from ALHIs Industry Advisory Council members; association executives and incentive specialists via focus groups; and with input from many of the ALHI Member hotels and resorts, valued accounts, and knowledgeable ALHI Global Sales professionals. The attractive new website is very mobile-friendly, and offers many more search functions and features that will be of great assistance in planning meetings, conventions and incentive travel programs. Among the many new features is an interactive world map showing all of ALHIs 250+ hotels and resorts in 45 countries. The search function includes the ability to search by: destination (city, state or country); the type of property (i.e. Big Box, Level 5, City Solutions, Beach and Island, Golf, Ocean Line, Resorts or Passport Collection); the number of guest rooms; and/or the amount of meeting space. Or, you can simply enter the name of a specific hotel or resort, and go directly to complete at-your-fingertips information on that property. In addition, the new website enables you to search the type of property or destination, and then filter the results down by the number of guest rooms, the number of meeting rooms, the size of the largest meeting room, and/or the total square feet of meeting space.Another function enables planners to compare properties being considered with an Add to Compare button. There also is a page for each of ALHIs 250+ distinguished member hotels and resorts. This includes a colorful printable Fact Sheet PDF, a printable Floor Plans PDF, a printable Capacity Chart PDF, and the Google Map location. Each hotels or resorts page also features useful Fast Facts information presented in a concise manner, which includes: the number of guest rooms; largest meeting room; 2nd largest meeting room; total meeting space; the number of meeting rooms; closest airport; meeting facilities description; a capacity chart (which can be viewed in feet or meters); accommodations overview; dining and recreational information; and a beautiful photo gallery. The new website features larger images and a cleaner home page, with the ability to scroll down on the home page for current news and ALHI Member Updates (such as renovation details or new offerings) at ALHIs distinguished hotels and resorts. The new website also features additional information on the ALHI Global Luxury Alliance members, which includes 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in 100-plus locations worldwide. This new, user-friendly website is a very valuable resource for meeting and incentive professionals to do research online, but also is terrific for planners when talking and working with their ALHI Global Sales professional as they provide personal guidance and insight on why one or more ALHI member hotels or resorts might be the precise solution for a particular meeting or program, said Gabri. Added Gabri, So, for quick and easy access to luxury-level and upper-upscale hotels and resorts around the world which are specifically designed and operated for M.I.C.E. programs, planners should save as a Favorite this wonderful newly enhanced resource.The combination of the new website, our 2017 ALHI Global Meeting Guide, and the insight of our skilled ALHI Global Sales professionals has proven to be a very popular GSO combination with planners, said Gabri. This then leads to site visits to the specific hotels and resorts of interest, which ALHI coordinates. So whether your group is seeking city, resort, global, and/or incentive solutions, ALHI has the solution to suit your needs. ALHI (alhi.com) is a membership-based, dues-funded Global Sales Organization, providing extensive GSO sales services throughout the United States and Canada at no cost to the Accounts, while providing valuable services, expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy. Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts in the U.S. and Canada with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 90 other countries worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced, proven and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs. For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of the ALHI 2017 Global Meeting Guide or the ALHI app, contact your nearest of the 20 ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to- coast in the United States and in Canada, or call the ALHI Group Desk toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com . ALHI Global Sales offices are located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Hartford (CT), Houston, Kansas City (MO), Los Angeles, Louisville, New York City, Orange County (CA), Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, San Diego, Spokane (WA), Toronto, and Washington, D.C. For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest ALHI GSO Team sales professionals in your state/area.
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Two DoubleTree by Hilton Annapolis Employees Recognized as Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association Stars of the Industry

Spire Hospitality, one of the nation's leading and most respected hotel management companies, proudly announces two DoubleTree by Hilton Annapolis leadership employees as award recipients in the Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) annual 'Stars of the Industry' program. Area General Manager Dhaval Brahmbhatt and Banquet Houseman Francisco "Chico" Ramirez were recognized with top honors in the local industry awards program, as the General Manager of the Year and Outstanding Food & Beverage Employee of the Year, respectively.
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Mapletree Acquires Oakwood Worldwide To Accelerate Its Corporate Housing And Serviced Apartment Expansion Globally

Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd ("Mapletree" or "the Group"), a leading real estate development, investment and capital management company, is pleased to announce that it has acquiredOakwood Worldwide ("Oakwood"), a premier global provider of corporate housing and serviced apartment solutions. The acquisition covers all of Oakwood's global operations.
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Ethiopia’s tourism potential yet to be fully exploited | By Josephine Wawira

In 2016, over 800,000 tourists visited Ethiopia, bringing over ETB 128 billion (USD 5.6 billion) to the country. This is a decrease of approximately 11% from 2015's over 900,000 visitors. This is according to a new report by Jumia Travel Ethiopia, which further states that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism hopes to increase the number of tourists to one million, and the revenue to well over ETB 675 billion (USD 29.8 billion) in 2017. On the other hand, a remarkable growth has been achieved in terms of investment on the sector, rising by 3.7% end of 2016.
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Cultural sensitivity core to business success | By Mark Satterfield

A changing world means changing travel patterns, and the hospitality industry has to adapt – or face the risk of not connecting with the travellers of tomorrow. For the past 20 to 30 years, a growing middle class and improved airlift has resulted in a host of new outbound travel markets: including young people from countries that previously restricted their citizens from travel who now have the freedom of movement their parents could only dream of. In many cases today, they are taking full advantage of it. China is a prime example of this.
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Hotels Give To Get: An Analysis of Complimentary Services and Rooms | By Robert Mandelbaum and Viet Vo

The offering of complimentary services and amenities by U.S. hotels is on the rise. From 2007 to 2015, hotel expenditures on complimentary food, beverages, in-room media, services, and gifts just within the rooms department increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.6 percent. For comparison purposes, all hotel operating expenses rose at a 1.1 percent CAGR during the same time period.
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Deloitte 2017 Technology Industry Outlook

What trends could affect tech marketers as they seek to connect with customers this year? Enterprise digital transformations, interindustry collaboration, and a global war for talent could play a significant role.
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Cambridge’s Newest Independent Hotel: Freepoint

Boston, MA -- This April, Freepoint Hotel will open as the newest independent, lifestyle hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As the only independent hotel in West Cambridge, Freepoint celebrates the vibrant intellectual and innovative spirit that defines both the past and present day Cambridge community.
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Sir Adam opens in Amsterdam

Hospitality Industry News - 21 min 21 sec ago
Amsterdam welcomes a new headliner as Sir Adam takes to the decks at the city's landmark A'DAM Toren for its official opening today. Drawing inspiration from its creative neighborhood, the hotel perfectly combines first-class musical credentials with its own inimitable brand of artful luxury. For Sir Adam's visual identity, renowned New York-based design studio ICRAVE was responsible for creating an environment that reflects the raw power and musicality of the space it inhabits. Embracing the original structure of the tower, exposed concrete pillars and ceilings frame the interiors, while floor-to-ceiling windows allow the city's iconic skyline to take center stage.
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St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Debuts in Changsha, Hunan’s Thriving Capital in Southern China

Hospitality Industry News - 40 min 56 sec ago
Changsha, China -- St. Regis Hotels & Resorts today announces the highly-anticipated opening of The St. Regis Changsha, the iconic luxury hotel brand's eighth hotel in Greater China. Featuring a timeless blend of innovation and tradition, the hotel is set to elevate Changsha's luxury hospitality landscape with its uncompromising experience, signature St. Regis Butler Service, exceptional culinary venues and remarkable design. The St. Regis brand also expects to debut The St. Regis Shanghai Jing'an later this year, as well as four additional hotels in Greater China's gateway cities and leisure destinations over the next five years, further solidifying St. Regis' position as the preeminent luxury hospitality brand in the region.
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ReviewPro propels growth in Asia Pacific with key new partnerships

Hospitality Industry News - 43 min 34 sec ago
ReviewPro, world leaders in Guest Intelligence solutions for the hotel industry, is expanding rapidly in Asia Pacific. Building on its already large client base, the company has signed a number of key new partnership agreements in the region. Also, it was recently announced that Chinese technology giant Shiji acquired a majority stake in the company.
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Stop kidding yourself. You’re not going to use the hotel gym | qz.com

Hospitality Industry News - 58 min 18 sec ago
Hotels are racing to build fancy gyms for their guests—but that may be an exercise in futility. Fewer than half of hotel guests who say they planned on using a hotel’s fitness center actually use property’s gym during their stay, according to a new survey on hotel amenities by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
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Crescent Hotels & Resorts Announces The Duke Hotel Newport Beach

Hospitality Industry News - 1 hour 2 min ago
The Duke Hotel Newport Beach joins the Newport Beach market as an upscale, lifestyle hotel. Formerly the Fairmont Newport Beach, the property will undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation and convert to the Renaissance Newport Beach in early 2018. The Duke Hotel Newport Beach will begin accepting reservations as a Marriott affiliated "White Label" hotel effective March 2017. Prior to March 2017 guests can enjoy all the benefits and royal amenities of The Duke Hotel Newport Beach by calling (949) 955-5632 for reservations.
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White Lodging Leads New Trends, Innovations in Hotel Management

Hospitality Industry News - 1 hour 6 min ago
White Lodging Services announced today that it has completed a corporate rebranding that reflects its evolution as a trendsetter and innovator in the hospitality management space — and a people-centric company driven by passion, excellence and engagement among its 12,000 associates. The new branding, punctuated by the tagline "Success Knows No Boundaries", includes a new company logo, website, multimedia content and overall messaging, all of which aim to tell the story of White Lodging's industry- leading results for owners, best of brand service to guests, and engagement of employees who are top 10% performers in their respective disciplines. The company is positioning to share its story as it enters into the fastest growth period in its history with 17 hotels opening in the next 18 months.
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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Opens, Sprouting A New Generation Of Nature-led Luxury Hotels

Hospitality Industry News - 1 hour 28 min ago
1 Hotels, the mission-driven luxury lifestyle hotel brand, today opens the doors of its third property and first ground-up development, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Remaining true to 1 Hotels founder, Barry Sternlicht, core philosophy, "The world around us is beautiful, and we want to keep it that way." The property cultivates the best of eco-conscious design, sustainable architecture, cause-oriented partnerships, and unrivaled service.
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