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AHLA’s “Search Smarter” Campaign Combats Booking Scams

AHLA’s “Search Smarter” Campaign Combats Booking Scams

Last week, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) launched the “Search Smarter” awareness campaign. Targeted directly at consumers, Search Smarter aims to help travelers avoid lost reservations, additional fees, and potentially ruined vacations caused by booking through a fraudulent ...

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The Tripling of Marriott’s Soft Brand Offerings

The Tripling of Marriott’s Soft Brand Offerings

When Marriott acquired Starwood last year, Marriott became the largest hotel company in the world. Post acquisition, Marriott now owns three soft brands, The Autograph Collection, The Luxury Collection, and The Tribute Portfolio. With the sudden tripling of the company’s soft ...

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First Tru by Hilton Opens in Oklahoma City

First Tru by Hilton Opens in Oklahoma City

Yesterday was the opening of the first Tru by Hilton property in Oklahoma City, Okla. Owned by Champ Patel at Champion Hotels, LLC, the 86-room Tru by Hilton Oklahoma City Airport represents the culmination of a whirlwind 16 months of ...

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Advancing the Rise of Women in Lodging

Advancing the Rise of Women in Lodging

Last week, Atlanta, Ga.-based non-profit the Castell Project—an organization dedicated to advancing diversity in hospitality industry leadership—hosted its inaugural conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown. The exclusive three-day event offered 28 high-potential female hospitality professionals an opportunity to ...

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