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California hotel replaces people with iPads
Los Angeles Times via The Vancouver Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Welcome to the iHotel, where you can check in — but there's no check-in counter. At the Andaz West Hollywood, a host stands near the entrance to register guests on an iPad tablet. The 239-room boutique hotel — which also features free Wi-Fi and communal tables designed for laptop use in the lobby — is just one of many hotels that have adapted their reception areas to be a better fit for the digital-savvy guest. More

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If so, you may be a candidate for a California Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation Scholarship. While CH&LAEF does administer academic scholarships geared toward high school & college students in lodging management/ hospitality programs, it also offers scholarships for the working hospitality professional studying lodging industry education, and the hospitality engineer, enrolled in a two or four year program related to facility engineering and/or operating maintenance — people like you, already working in the industry! Don't think it's worth your time to apply? CH&LAEF has given away over $200,000 in scholarships. Awards range from $500 to $1500 — money that doesn't have to be paid back. Wouldn't you say it's worth your time? Deadline for applications is April 30. For more information on how to apply, click here.

San Francisco Taxes Airbnb: Online booking service now required to pay city
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Last week at the request of the San Francisco Hotel Council, CH&LA testified at the public hearing to support leveling the playing field between brick and mortar hotels and OTCs. While the media focused on the Airbnb issue, we were more interested in the redefinition of "hotel operator" which included OTCs collecting TOT on the retail rate of the room. More

Sader Hospitality takes over management of Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa
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Sader Hospitality Worldwide, LLC, a hospitality management company in Los Angeles, announced that the firm has been awarded the management contract for Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, the most celebrated natural hot mineral springs in Desert Hot Springs. The announcement was made by Ghassan Sader, founder and CEO of Sader Hospitality. More

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California hotel joins forces with Share Your Breakfast program
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Recently participating in Kellogg's National Breakfast Day and the Share Your Breakfast program, one of the premier extended stay hotels in Carlsbad is helping to bring the power of breakfast to kids in need. Joining forces with Kellogg's and Action for Healthy Kids, the TownePlace San Diego Carlsbad/Vista hotel gathered support during a five-day promotion centered around Kellogg's March 8, National Breakfast Day. More

New Aloft hotel planned for Cupertino
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Hoping to cater to a hip, young crowd in Silicon Valley — including employees at the nearby Apple headquarters — Starwood Hotels & Resorts is planning a new Aloft Hotel in Cupertino. The hotel, with a development cost of $10-20 million, is a fresh indicator of how the surge in Silicon Valley business and hiring has fueled other economic activity. More

Secret hotel data isn't really secret    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
San Diego's hoteliers are currently voting in an election that could raise visitor taxes by $1 billion to finance a Convention Center expansion. We've asked for the votes controlled by the city's largest company, Host Hotels & Resorts. But City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said the public isn't allowed to know how many votes Host has. Goldsmith argued disclosing Host's votes would be tantamount to revealing proprietary information about the company's room revenues and put it at a competitive disadvantage. So he decided that keeping Host's revenue secret took precedent over an open and transparent election. More

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Luxury hotels offering extraordinary services to families in 2012
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Luxury hotel brands are working hard to figure out how to best cater to families in 2012 as discerning travelers are seeking experiences that connect them to a destination. "Luxury travelers in families not only want to embark on incredible experiences such as family-friendly safaris or Amazon cruises, they want to get to know the local people and understand the culture," said Alison Gilmore, exhibition director of International Luxury Travel Market. More

California leisure, hospitality jobs still down from recession
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California might be a great place to visit, but the leisure and hospitality industry still hasn't recovered all the jobs lost since the beginning of the recession, according to a new analysis. The Golden State lost 1.93 percent of its jobs in the industry, going from 1,578,200 in January 2008,to 1,547,700 jobs in January of this year. More

1st lodging in San Francisco's Presidio National Park makes historic debut
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Inn at The Presidio — the first lodge in the Presidio of San Francisco, and the only new hotel to open in San Francisco since 2009 — celebrated its debut with a grand opening block party and ribbon cutting. After the brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, a bugler played the Army's "Mess Call" to invite guests to take a tour of the Inn, enjoy music and sample food served outside around the Inn's fire pit. More

Kia Classic draws world LPGA fans to Vista hotels
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World class golfers were welcomed to hotels in Vista as the LPGA Tour returned to the foothills of Carlsbad in March for the 2012 Kia Classic. As golf enthusiasts thronged into the area, prominent hotels in North County San Diego such as the TownePlace San Diego Carlsbad/Vista provided comfortable lodging as enthusiasts made their way to the nearby La Costa Resort for the four-day event. This year's Kia Classic saw some of the world's most talented women golfers compete for $1.7 million in prize money. More
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