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LaSalle Agrees to Merge With Pebblebrook in a $5.2 Billion Deal

LaSalle Agrees to Merge With Pebblebrook in a $5.2 Billion Deal

BETHESDA, Md.—After months of negotiations, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and LaSalle Hotel Properties today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Pebblebrook will acquire 100 percent of LaSalle’s outstanding common shares. LaSalle has terminated its ...

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AHLA President and CEO Katherine Lugar Announces Departure

AHLA President and CEO Katherine Lugar Announces Departure

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) announced today that its president and chief executive officer Katherine Lugar will be departing the organization later this year. Lugar has accepted a new position as president and CEO of the American ...

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How Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Could Impact Hotels

How Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Could Impact Hotels

When it was launched in March 2010, the cryptocurrency Bitcoin was worth just $0.008—less than a penny. By February 2011, it had reached parity with the U.S. dollar. In December 2017, Bitcoin made global news when its value skyrocketed to ...

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Are Robots and Chatbots Ready for the Lodging Industry?

Are Robots and Chatbots Ready for the Lodging Industry?

Physical robots remain relatively uncommon in the hotel industry. Nevertheless, some hotels are experimenting with robots who cook, clean, and greet guests. At the front desk of the Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan—described as the world’s first fully-robotic hotel—multi-lingual robots ...

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