First Robotic Butler Reports for Duty at Aloft Cupertino

STAMFORD, Conn.—Aloft Hotels has appointed the brand’s first Botlr (robotic butler), A.L.O. The cyber associate makes his debut at Aloft Cupertino today, making Aloft...

Marriott Expands Mobile Check-in, Checkout Services

BETHESDA, Md.—As part of its global mobile strategy, Marriott International Inc. is announcing an expansion of the company’s mobile check-in and checkout feature. Now, 11 additional...

Online Channels Continue to Lead Hotel Bookings

NEW YORK—In the second quarter 2014, online channels—which include Online Travel Agents (OTAs), hotel websites (Brand.com), and global distribution systems (GDS) used by travel...

LeDomaine Offers Google Glass for Guests

Sardón de Duero, Spain—Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, the abbey hotel and winery dating from 1146 in Spain’s Duero wine region, is 900 years old but...

Radisson Blu Launches New Blog

MINNEAPOLIS AND BRUSSELS—Radisson Blu today announced the launch of its newly designed travel magazine-style blog and an innovative way for like-minded travelers to share...

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Hotel Equities Enters Into Strategic Alliance With The Witness Group

ATLANTA — Hotel ownership, management, and development firm Hotel Equities (HE) and its global private equity affiliate, Virtua Partners, announced they have entered into...
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Alternative Options: Higher Education Offers Hoteliers a New Revenue Stream

In August, STR reported that U.S. hotel occupancy topped 50 percent for the first time since March. That this was a benchmark to celebrate...
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U.S. Diversity Group Launches First Black-Owned Hotel Investment Fund

ATLANTA — A trio of business leaders has announced the formation of U.S. Diversity Group LLC, a real estate owner, development, and management firm...
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