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Weekly deals and highlights: Sept. 17, 2014

In this issue: @HiltonStCharles, @innewbraunfels, @kingandprince, @LaTorretta, @TrumpChicago and South Point More

AH&LA, TripAdvisor get greener together

For those of you keeping score, AH&LA has accepted the minimum eco-friendly requirements of the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program as part of its new green guidelines. That means accommodations meeting AH&LA guidelines will also qualify for the TripAdvisor program. To apply, lodging properties can visit To view AH&LA’s additional 65 guidelines, including ROI, best practices and [...] More

September 2014: Meeting industry hires & promotions

Baha Mar Casino & Resort in Nassau City, Bahamas, named Alex Pariente as executive vice president of international marketing. Shanghai-based Home Inns & Hotels Management named Cathy Xiangrong its chief financial officer. The St. Regis Resort on the island of Mauritius appointed Rocco Bova its resort manager. Preferred Hotel Group named Manuel Saracho Pena as group sales director for Mexico City. Hard [...] More

September 2014: Hotel renovations, expansions, destinations

INTERNATIONAL BALI The 290-room Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak opened with meeting and breakout space for up to 350 people. BURMA The new Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw opened in Myanmar with 141 rooms/suites and six meetings rooms. CHINA The 565-room Wyndham Grand Xi’an South opened in the Qujiang New District near the Xi’an International Conference Center with 53,820 square feet [...] More

And then there were 8: Atlantic City loses 4 casinos

Atlantic City’s casino industry continues to contract with two recent closings and another planned for mid-September. The 27-year-old Showboat, considered one of Atlantic City’s most family-friendly casinos, closed Sunday. The Revel checked its last guest out Monday, and Trump Plaza is scheduled to shutter Sept. 16. The Atlantic Club closed earlier this year. The closures mean that [...] More

Weekly deals and highlights: Sept. 3, 2014

In this issue: @kingandprince, Seaworld, @SilverLegacy, @VisitTelluride, @visitRaleigh and Peppermill Resorts More

What happens during conference calls? (It’s not work)

The Top 3 things employees do during mobile conference calls are completely unrelated to the call they’re listening in on, according to a study conducted by InterCall, one of the world’s largest conferencing providers. The results showed that 65 percent of employees do other work, 55 percent eat or make food, and 47 percent go to the restroom (thank goodness for the [...] More

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