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Offer you can't refuse: Coppola opens Italian hotel
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Oscar-winning director and cinematic legend Francis Ford Coppola has rolled out hit after hit since Patton in 1970, but will always be best known for his epic Godfather saga. In recent years he has parlayed his directorial success into a large and very well respected wine business, a pasta and sauce company, and a burgeoning boutique hotel empire, Coppola Resorts, with four small South American properties in Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Argentina and a fifth in New Orleans' French Quarter. More

BLLA Provides Expertise to its Members
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In its continuing effort to provide its hotel members with the Benefits of the leading hospitality related resources in areas such as — development, financing, design, operations, marketing and other services, hotel members are encouraged to reach out to BLLA supplier members for advice, assistance or referrals.

As an example, one of our newest members is R.W. Smith & Co., a food, beverage & laundry consultancy (in design & equipment specifications). Bernie Otis, an independent adviser and consultant to R.W. Smith, has great expertise in this area and is happy to speak to BLLA member properties.

In making this announcement, BLLA says that this is just one of the examples of the value-add that BLLA offers members. If you would like to learn how you can obtain a no-cost, one-hour telephone consultation from R.W. Smith & Co. or other supplier members, contact BLLA at +1-818-883-4363, ext. 3.

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BLLA Reporting from Berlin @IHIF (International Hotel Investment Forum)
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In a panel discussion today at IHIF, titled "Boutique vs. Lifestyle — Getting in on the Act," panelists including Janis Canon, IHG Upscale Brands/Hotel Indigo, Homi Vazifdar, Canyon Equity (Auberge and other luxury independents), Phillippe Bijaoui, Rezidor Hotel Group and Phillip Mengel, Orient-Express Hotels, unanimously agreed that the "boutique/lifestyle" category is "not a fad and is a phenomenon — here to stay." The panel bandied around the definitions of this segment and discussed BLLA's recent distribution of its White Paper research (which was also reviewed on the front cover of last week's HOTEL BUSINESS magazine).

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 Industry News

Gay hotel open for business in New York City
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On a recent afternoon, construction was brisk and the excitement was palpable at 510 West 42nd Street in Manhattan, the site of THE OUT NYC, a sleek, three-story structure with a glass façade that its creators say will be the first gay hotel in New York City. The 105-room boutique hotel in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood opened its doors.

Related story: New hotel caters to guests who are out of the closet (New York Daily News)

Selman Marrakech: Not only for hot-blooded Arabian horses
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The hotel construction boom in Dubai or Shanghai is exciting. The luxury resort Selman Marrakech is outstanding with 56 rooms and suites. With the touch from French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, the boutique hotel is affected by Arabian thoroughbred's beauty savagery. Sixteen of the hot-blooded horses are housed in the resort's stables. More

Small Luxury Hotels of the World now mobile
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Small Luxury Hotels of the World has gone mobile with optimized versions of its website for iPad and mobile devices. The group says it currently receives 2,000 visits a week from iPad visitors with 63 reservations made from the tablet for the first week of February. More

Today's hotel dining caters to special diets
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It's no longer enough for hotels to offer vegetarian food options. Now their menus are going gluten-free, dairy-free and macrobiotic. Kimpton's Hotel Palomar San Francisco, for example, began offering gluten-free items, such as Glutino pretzel twists, in its mini-bars. Kimpton's Hotel Monaco in Portland, Ore., also has gluten-free items. More

Cavalli not a fan of Armani's hotel
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The fashion world is notorious for its snarky attitude, so it is no great surprise that even in the aftermath of Milan fashion week, one its biggest names is still sniping. Roberto Cavalli, known for his over-the-top esthetic and love of all things animal, voiced his disgust recently for Giorgio Armani's new hotel The Armani Hotel Milano. More

JD Carlisle buys New York condo-hotel site, plots new rental
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J.D. Carlisle Development, the boutique firm behind the Beatrice rental project, told The Real Deal that it acquired a stalled condo-hotel site in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan, and will construct a new rental building on the property in 2013. More

 Industry Insight

Hotels try harder to woo business customers
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"The customer is always" right may be a cliché, but it has never been truer than it is now, especially when it comes to frequent travelers. Hotels in the world's business cities are so keen to attract the corporate pound, euro or dollar they are prepared to do almost anything corporate globetrotters demand. And if that means items that were once seen as extras are now included in the room rate, that's what they will provide.

Pinterest in the hospitality industry
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Pinterest is a new platform that's grown faster in its first months than any other stand-alone site before it, writes Burns Patterson. The final proof came for me recently when, among all my hotel clients, the marketing director with the least interest in social media emailed to ask whether the hotel ought to be on Pinterest. More

Related story: From cities to resorts, travel marketers flock to Pinterest (ClickZ)

What women want from hotels
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As more and more women travel solo for business, hoteliers are continuing to rack their brains to meet their specific needs. Admittedly, business-oriented hotels have traditionally been very masculine places. Even the decor often showed such hotels were designed primarily for men — sporting prints and a "gentleman's library" style design — with the only pastels in the entire joint often found in the ladies' toilets. More

New luxury hotels opening in Miami
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While Miami's housing market limps through the downturn, its hotel inventory continues to expand, with several new luxury projects slated to open this year and the announcement of The Trump Organization's acquisition of the iconic Doral Hotel & Country Club. Long a favorite tropical location for quick getaways, Miami is poised to host increased numbers of business travelers and visitors who want more than sandy beaches and splashy nightclubs. More

Creating the right hotel ambiance: Luxury brand management
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It doesn't necessarily take an expert in the hospitality domain to ascertain what constitutes the right feel of an attractive hotel — one that exploits the five senses to attract and retain guests. One needs to be discerning in his or her tastes, and expectations, as well as have stayed in various hotels over time to truly appreciate what matters. More

Retail pop-ups generating global creativity
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With retail in a static mode for several years and the Internet changing the mantra of location-location-location, this retail newbie was literally at the right place and definitely at the right time. Some of the biggest brands have developed pop-up as part of their sales strategies, and some of today's most popular restaurants are on wheels. More

 Beyond the Edge

Virgin Atlantic appoints 'whispering coach'
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If you have trouble sleeping on a plane, Virgin Atlantic may be the airline for you. The British-based carrier announced it has appointed its first ever "whispering coach" to teach crews on long-haul flights to speak in tones between 20 and 30 decibels to ensure that snoozing passengers are not disturbed on nighttime flights.

Colorful cupcakes 24 hours a day
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The 24-Hour Sprinkles machine is something that one would see at the bank in Candy Land. This ATM-looking invention was recently launched by the Sprinkles Bakery in Los Angeles but has not officially become functional yet. This rainbow-colored machine dispenses fresh cupcakes any time you want. More

Bright lights, big city in color clash
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New York City has long had its bright lights, but these days it seems that bright doesn't go far enough. Manhattan buildings big and small have adopted eye-popping displays of multicolor lighting — a technicolored trend that's led to grumbling among professional aesthetes. More

Lungarno Collection offers guests 'Ferragamo Creations'
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Lungarno Collection, the Florence, Italy-based hospitality group owned by the Ferragamo family, is now offering suite guests an opportunity to purchase ready-to-wear "Ferragamo Creations." The limited-edition luxury line includes bespoke items originally designed for celebrities, such as the suede ballet shoes designed for Audrey Hepburn and the court shoes worn by Marilyn Monroe in "Some Like It Hot." More

At the restaurant of the future, this gadget takes your order
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A new tablet works well for customers and saves restaurants money, but could it mean the beginning of the end for the waitstaff? A device rests atop a restaurant table writer Alexis Madrigal has never seen. It sort of looks like a small iPad, maybe a thick Kindle Fire. More

Fashion industry puts sustainable couture under the spotlight
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Carbon-friendly couture will come under the spotlight at a green fashion event organized by the University of East Anglia with fashion students from London's Kingston University. The event has been organized to showcase new "bio-materials" that can be used for making environment-friendly luxury goods — from clothes, shoes and accessories to home and car interiors. More

 An Eye on the Big Brands

W Hotels debuts in France with W Paris-Opera
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announces the debut of W Hotels Worldwide in France with the highly anticipated opening of W Paris-Opéra. Owned by Barcelona-based Meridia Capital, the hotel is set inside a historic 1870s Haussman-era heritage building in the eclectic, historic 9th Arrondissement in Paris.

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