Hotel Strikes Widen to San Francisco

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Nearly 2,500 Marriott hotel workers at seven downtown San Francisco properties walked off their jobs Thursday morning, threatening to disrupt the city’s busy fall convention season. In Chicago , workers at nine downtown hotels representing several major hotel brands remain on strike.

How to Negotiate Hotel Blocks

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Arranging a hotel block and finalizing the contract is one of the most important parts of planning an event. There’s hotel jargon, legal terms, and the idea of facing off against someone over the negotiating table. We’re here to walk you through the basics of negotiating hotel blocks.

New & Renovated: Getting Out of the Hotel

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For a taste of something uniquely different, sometimes you need to leave the hotel behind. The post New & Renovated: Getting Out of the Hotel appeared first on Smart Meetings.

5 Reasons Eventprofs Want a Global Hotel Experience

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This is a sponsored post from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Global chain hotels meet the needs and requirements of #eventprofs and their delegates in ways that local, independent properties never can. Local, independent hotels have really come on trend over the past 5 […].

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41 Best Hotel Amenities for Conference Attendees

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Something often overlooked when booking hotel blocks for conferences are hotel amenities for conference attendees. We have gathered a variety of the best hotel amenities for conference attendees to look for when finding the right hotel for your next conference. Hotel App.

Chicago Hotel Employees Walk Out

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Thousands of downtown Chicago hotel workers went on strike Friday morning after contracts expired at 25 downtown convention and boutique hotels. More: Hospitality Strike Votes Could Increase with Arrival of High-Tech Hotels, Minimum Wage Increases.

Hotel Hugo: 3 Unique Event Spaces

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Tucked between SoHo and the Hudson, Hotel Hugo is a stylish and sophisticated newcomer in Manhattan’s emerging West SoHo neighborhood

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7 Sweet and Savory Late-Night Hotel Snacks

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The sun set hours ago, the clock keeps ticking and you’re still tapping away on the keyboard in your hotel room until the wee hours. Some hotels have your late-night cravings handled with these creative—and sometimes nostalgic—offerings.

New York Hotel Aims to Give Big Lift to Meetings Industry

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Photo credit: Chautauqua Harbor Hotel. Chautauqua Harbor Hotel will feature an arts and crafts-style facade that is highlighted by rustic stone accents, stunning grounds and large outdoor areas with patios and fire pits.

Hyatt Hotels Buys Two Roads, Adds 85 Properties

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has agreed to buy Two Roads Hospitality, a lifestyle hotel management company with 85 properties in eight countries, for a base price of $480 million, with the potential for Hyatt to invest an additional $120 million.

7 Smart Moves at Hotel Crescent Court and More

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Denise Mope Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas’s Uptown neighborhood added Mope as director of sales and marketing. He previously held sales positions at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel and Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel.

How to Save on Hotel WIFI – Whiteboard Wednesday Episode 4

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We are seeing a common and alarming trend that hotels are charging exorbitant amounts to use their WIFI for your events. WIFI fees just much like all hotel restrictions are negotiable and there are ways to cut costs! Video Transcription – How to Save on Hotel WIFI .

Third-Party Planner Group Leverages $350 Million in Room Revenue to Attract Hotel Partners

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Meeting Planners Unite , the group that started in May as a reaction to Marriott International and other hotel properties cutting commissions for third-party planners , announced today that its membership has grown to the point that members collectively manage $350 million in revenue. “If

Gladstone Hotel: How Art Benefits Business

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We love to learn about the hotels and venues in our industry! We spoke with the team at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto recently to gain insight into their history and events, as well as how art benefits their business. Find the Gladstone Hotel on Facebook and Instagram!

Unique Boutique Hotels in Detroit

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It’s no wonder Detroit and its surrounding suburbs are experiencing a boom in boutique hotelshotels that represent the unique architecture and history of the city while immersing travelers into the local culture. The hotel provides complimentary bikes that guests can use to explore.

3 Hotels Using AI To Improve Guest Experience

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The age of AI is here and it’s coming to a hotel near you soon. The post 3 Hotels Using AI To Improve Guest Experience by EventMB Team appeared first on [link]. Venues hotels hospitality hotel concierge app AI concierge artificial intelligence AI guest experience

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Hotels Think Pink

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Hotels throughout the United States—and elsewhere—are also thinking pink—and raising money for the cure. Admirable as these efforts are, they have a long way to go to top Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay in the Persian Gulf. The post Hotels Think Pink appeared first on Smart Meetings.

Event Planning In The Hotel Of The Future

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A report on the Hotels of the Future […]. The post Event Planning In The Hotel Of The Future by EventMB Team appeared first on [link]. Event Technology #eventtech event planning event technology hotels technology #eventprof tech accommodation

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10 Best Historic Hotels in the U.S.

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In fact, it’s inspired groups to meet at historic hotels, including the 10 Best Historic Hotels of 2017, selected as part of USA Today ’s Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. Credit: Grand Hotel. Grand Hotel — Mackinac Island, Michigan. Credit: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.

Introducing Your Hotel Robo-Assistant

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This is especially true in hotels, where robots are assisting some hotel employees by taking on tasks that could be considered a time-suck. To add whimsy to the efficient improvement and make technology seem friendlier, many hotels name their robots.

What do Attendees Want, and Actually Need, From a Hotel?

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Services hotel guests think they will need don’t always line up with what they end up using, according to a new study from Cornell University. Generally, guests overpredicted what they would use in hotels, but there were also a handful of cases where they underpredicted.

How Marriott Turned a Restaurant Into Three Different Hotels

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Following the 2016 merger between Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Marriott decided to reintroduce the press to

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‘Best of the Best’ Hotels Named for 2017

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Naming the “best of the best” in the hospitality world is no job for the meek, but international luxury travel network Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts did the deed—again. Norcia is the nexus of Italian black truffle country, and the hotel’s Ristorante Vespasia is Michelin starred.

Advanced Hotel Negotiations, From the Hotel Side

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Register for “Advanced Hotel Negotiations, From the Hotel Side” To be a more effective negotiator, meeting planners will learn how hotels evaluate their businesses and manage their inventory of space, rates and dates.

10 New and Noteworthy Hotel Openings

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Photo courtesy of The Maven Hotel in Denver. A hotel opening is always exciting news. This is especially true for meeting planners , who at times can feel like their entire lives are spent in hotel rooms (or on flights ). Photo courtesy of 21c Museum Hotel Nashville.

Philly Hotels on the Rise

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Philadelphia’s hotel scene is bursting at the seams like never before. After reaching a record 1 million room nights in 2016, development is at an all-time high, and by next year the city will also have more hotel rooms than ever.

Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel Goes Green

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After a long day of meetings and riding the rides , you and your guests can get a good night’s sleep in the newly remodeled rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. The Grand Californian Hotel also has 20,000 sq. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel includes 20,000 sq.

Hotel Tricks and Treats

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Believe it or not, most trips offer an opportunity for a room upgrade, late check out time or other bonus during a hotel stay. The post Hotel Tricks and Treats appeared first on Smart Meetings.

New York Hotel Aims to Give Big Lift to Meetings Industry

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A new world-class hotel that could dramatically lift the conference and meetings industry in New York’s Southern Tier recently opened in the village of Celoron on the southeastern shores of Chautauqua Lake, 74 miles southwest of Buffalo.

What 6 of the Largest Hotels Worldwide Can Offer Events

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What can 6 of the largest worldwide hotels offer event planners? We investigate the facilities and offering from 6 of the biggest international hotels. The post What 6 of the Largest Hotels Worldwide Can Offer Events by EventMB Team appeared first on [link].

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How W Hotels Plans to Reinvent Music Festivals With Its Wake Up Call Series

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Today, W Hotels announced the return and expansion of its music festival concept titled “Wake Up Call.” ” The hotel brand’s first

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9 Great Hotel Fitness Facilities to Break a Sweat

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So, when choosing your destination, consider a hotel with space for attendees’ daily workouts. Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas. Hilton Anatole Hotel’s Verandah Club provides 80,000 sq. Hotel Bellevue, Washington. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Hotels Celebrating International Women’s Day

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To honor the holiday, hotels around the world are offering services tailored specifically to women. W Hotel’s “What She Said” series revolves around powerful women starting conversations about femininity and gender equality.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort to Add Hotel Designed for Groups

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A new hotel catering to groups will be built at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, beginning this fall. The hotel, which will be the third at the resort, will provide more than 22,000 sq.

You Can Negotiate Away Annoying Hotel Fees

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The resort fee—a daily charge tacked onto a hotel or resort room rate for services guests may or may not want—began there about eight years ago. hotel market collected an estimated $2.7 Some hotels now charge for early check in and late check out.

5 Refreshed Hotels in 5 Getaway Spots

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Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel A $7 million refresh of this 296-room nautical gem in Florida along the Intracoastal Waterway—and adjacent to the International Swimming Hall of Fame—stars a $50,000 chandelier and 28,000 sq.

7 Hotels with Amenities That Will Elevate Your Experience

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When choosing from a variety of hotels, planners and attendees alike often look at the amenities first. Some hotels, however, go above and beyond, creating a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience for their guests. A post shared by Kimpton EPIC Hotel (@epichotel) on Oct 9, 2017 at 10:33am PDT. Your keycard is no longer entry to just your hotel room—you can use it at museums that are in partnership with Le Meridien. Hotel deLuxe, Portland, Oregon.

5 Most Infamous Hotel Ghosts

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And what’s more quintessentially creepy than a haunted hotel? Whether you’re planning a meeting or an event for next year’s scary season , or just looking for a place where your attendees will enjoy some thrills, kick things up a notch at these haunted hotels.

5 Tech-Focused Hotel Trends

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Implementing these cutting-edge features can also enhance guest comfort, support staff duties and advance the hotel brand. With more competition than ever, staying current is essential for hotels and resorts. Here are five major hotel tech trends we’re seeing in 2017.

Detroit Hotel Guide

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Whether you need to lay your head down after a night in the city or find a unique space for an upcoming event, our guide to Detroit hotels will help point you in the right direction. Boutique Downtown Hotels. Historic Hotels. Casino Hotels. Business or Conference Hotels.

Host Pays $1 Billion for Hotels in Growth Markets

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Host Hotels & Resorts is betting big on future meeting demand by acquiring three Hyatt-managed, signature meeting hotels for almost $1 billion. Hyatt will continue to operate the hotels. Host owns 93 luxury and upper-upscale hotels.

Ouch! It’s the Hotel Pain Index

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Guests at five-star hotels are four times more likely than guests at less expensive hotels to say they always overpay. More than one-third of them say they have had a hotel experience so bad they have cried, and one in five say their experience was so bad it ruined their vacation.

27 New Hotels Make 2018 Forbes Five Star List

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Forbes Five Star is rarefied territory, and 27 new hotels are now on it. The scoring system uses a proprietary algorithm that weighs service at 75 percent and the hotel itself at 25 percent, she says.

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