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Industry Execs Address Issues at AAHOA Convention

Industry Execs Address Issues at AAHOA Convention

Speaking as part of the opening panel at the Asian American Hotel Owners Association annual convention last week in Long Beach, Calif., Raj Trivedi, EVP and chief development officer, La Quinta Inns & Suites, offered a pragmatic take on the ...

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Starwood Hotels Announces Tribute Soft Brand

Starwood Hotels Announces Tribute Soft Brand

Today, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced Tribute Portfolio, a soft brand of four-star, upper upscale properties. It’s the company’s 10th brand and the first new launch in nine years. It’s also the biggest move the company has taken since CEO ...

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SkyTouch Grows Up

SkyTouch Grows Up

The SkyTouch Hotel OS started in 2003 as a web-based PMS platform that Choice Hotels developed for franchisees of its economy brands. By going the web-based route the development team, headed by Senior Director Larry Gorman, knew that property owners ...

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Despite Good Times, Industry Concerns Loom

Despite Good Times, Industry Concerns Loom

Bob Hunter set the tone the moment he stepped on stage to kick off the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference in Atlanta yesterday. “Now is a great time to buy, sell, or renovate,” he said. “Pull the trigger. Lenders are active ...

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Hotels Are Getting Ready for Apple Watch

Hotels Are Getting Ready for Apple Watch

At an event in San Francisco earlier this week, Apple released more details on its new watch and showed off a few apps. Along with displaying the weather, making calls (as long as your phone is nearby), and tracking your ...

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