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Choice to Debut Quality and Clarion Brands in China

Choice Hotels will debut its Quality Hotel and Clarion Hotel brands in China, it has been announced. The company has signed a development deal with Boli Hotel Management and will open the first property in Hangzhou, with plans to expand across the region. Mark Pearce, senior vice president of Choice Hotels’ international division, said: “With…

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Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Opening March 31

Universal Orlando’s newest resort will welcome its first guests on March 31. The 1,800-room Cabana Bay Beach Resort is Universal’s fourth on-site hotel and offers moderate and value-priced family suites and guestrooms that sleep up to six people. The resort is designed with a retro theme reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s. The resort amenities include a…

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Shangri-La Hotels Offering PressReader Service

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will replace approximately two million complimentary print newspapers distributed annually to guests with environmentally-friendly digital versions beginning 29 March. The Hong Kong-based luxury hotel group has partnered with PressReader, a digital newspaper and magazine service, to make connecting to Shangri-La and Kerry hotels and resorts’ free Wi-Fi even more edifying. Guests…

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8 Irresistible Indoor Hotel Pools

(CNN) — When it comes to hotel pools, the indoor variety has long played second fiddle to their outdoor — often rooftop — counterparts. But these days, striking décor, luxury amenities and stunning settings mean many indoor swimming holes can now challenge even the most glamorous of outdoor pools… CNN

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World’s Most Extraordinary Hotels

They’re not always the most popular or conventional hotels. And that’s exactly what Lonely Planet is going for with its inaugural picks for the world’s best accommodations. The travel publisher’s panel of experts chose their top 10 in each of three categories: “most extraordinary places to stay,” “best-value accommodations” and “top eco retreats” for its…

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Upper Tier Hotels Get in The Fee Game

While a lot of attention has been focused on fees the airlines are piling on to basic fares, the hotel business has also been steadily gaining revenue from adding charges to the basic room rate. Fee revenue has more than doubled in the last 10 years, as many hotels, especially convention, resort and luxury ones,…

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Holiday Inn Attempts to Reintroduce Brand to Travelers

Holiday Inn, the iconic hotel chain that introduced the concept of the roadside inn to America, is trying to reinvent itself for a new generation of travelers.  The hotel company, owned by InterContinental Hotels Group, once the dominant player in the midpriced market, faces stiff competition from chains such as Courtyard by Marriott. In 2007, IHG…

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Simon to open Aloft Hotel in Buckhead

The first new hotel to rise on Peachtree Road in Atlanta since the Great Recession is being planned next to Phipps Plaza. Retail giant Simon Property Group Inc. is looking to build an Aloft hotel on roughly 1.7 acres that it owns at Peachtree and Wieuca roads in Buckhead, near the Nordstrom department store. The…

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Marriott Hotels Offers Mobile Users Convenient, Easier, Faster Check-in

In recognition of its increasingly connected mobile guests, Marriott Hotels is announcing plans to roll-out mobile check-in at 325 hotels in the U.S. and Canada. Now launched at 31 Marriott-brand hotels, mobile check-in will expand to all 325 Marriott-brand hotels later this summer. This will represent the broadest mobile offering of its kind in the…

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World’s First Airport IHOP to Open in Atlanta

The International House of Pancakes, a brand that seems ideally suited to hungry travelers is taking its first step toward domination of the nation’s airports. Atlanta will be the test site, with a 3,000 sq foot IHOP Express, specially re-calibrated to deliver stacks of pancakes at a speed required by airline passengers. If successful the…

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