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US hotel market performing well in early February
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According to STR, the U.S. hotel industry experienced increases in all three key performance metrics during the week ending Feb. 11. In year-over-year comparisons for the week, occupancy was up 2.6 percent to 55.9 percent, average daily rate increased 3.8 percent to $102.01 and revenue per available room was up 6.5 percent to $57. More

US Travel Association criticizes tax hikes targeting travelers
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The U.S. Travel Association is criticizing what it calls a sweeping tax hike proposed by the San Mateo County, Calif., board of supervisors. The travel group says the tax hike punishes travelers and should be dropped. The county board announced plans for a 2.5 percent rental car tax increase, a 2 percent hotel occupancy tax hike and a new 8 percent parking tax; the fees would be charged to all travelers renting vehicles from San Francisco International Airport, staying in area hotels or parking at the airport or local hotels. More

Luxury is back — 2012 top 10 meeting trends
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Benchmark Hospitality International announces its Top 10 Meeting Trends for 2012 as observed by its properties. More

Event planners, hospitality industry big on social media marketing
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Event planners and other organizations hosting and running events have aggressively adopted social media marketing, with 77 percent saying they use the channel to garner interest in their events, according to a report from Constant Contact. More

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Meeting holders willing to spend more in 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is reason for guarded optimism in the meetings and conventions market in 2012, according to research from RRC Associates' DestinationMAP. During the height of the economic downturn, DestinationMAP indicated that meeting holders were becoming much more cost-conscious. Specifically, they had become more concerned with travel, food and lodging costs as well as getting "good value" from a destination. The most recent study indicates cost concerns are falling off somewhat, and meeting holders are starting to place renewed importance on travel convenience and recreational opportunities at sites. More

Airports get into the fitness craze for stressed travelers
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Jennifer Purdie recently had to figure out what to do during a layover at San Francisco International Airport. She could have gone to a bar and had a cocktail, but she wanted to try something healthier. So she pulled workout pants and a T-shirt out of her carry-on bag and stopped by the airport's new yoga room. More

Reviews site Qype removes thousands of misleading posts
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The consumer reviews website Qype has removed over 2,000 "fake" posts recently, after an Advertising Standards Authority ban on TripAdvisor from suggesting its reviews were "honest, real or trusted." More

Top 10 leadership tips for 1st-time managers
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Profiles International offers advice for first-time managers, because employees usually cannot succeed without good management. Common management mistakes are communication, personal development, recognition, decision-making and guidance. The most important advice for first-time managers is to set a good example for employees. More

Hotel CEO: Wall Street not curbing luxury hotel spending
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Despite falling profits, slashed bonuses and layoffs, Wall Street banks don't appear to be curbing spending at luxury hotels, according to a key hotel industry CEO who said that financial services companies — known for extravagant wining and dining of clients — aren't shying away from posh hotels. More

Managing below the line: Hospitality property    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Local taxes and specialty assets: two things that do not necessarily go together very well in the property tax world. Managing property taxes is perceived by most institutional owners as something that is best left to the experts. But who are the experts? How should they be compensated? And should they be evaluated? More

Do's and don'ts for travel campaigns on Facebook
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There's nothing that a platform can do to make a company trustworthy — it's all in the content and how they communicate with customers. The best thing about Twitter and Facebook is that they enable companies to communicate directly using their own voice, and instead of direct communications, communications with individuals are open for all to see, says Tom Kuhr, senior vice president of Marketing at Luxury Link Travel Group. More

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