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UNWTO expects tourism to reach 1 billion arrivals in 2012
Travel Pulse    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
International arrivals grew by 4.4 percent in 2011 to 980 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With growth expected to continue in 2012, but at a slower rate, arrivals are on track to reach the 1 billion mark later in 2012. The 2011 arrivals rose from 939 million in 2010 in a year characterized by a stalled global economic recovery, major political changes in the Middle East and North Africa, and natural disasters in Japan. More


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New trends in hotels set to roll on in 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In between some of the major trends like the boutique hotel and the expansion into hotels by luxury brands are some quite interesting small hotel sector trends which seem to be taking off — which while they won't change the world are nonetheless quite significant to observe. Here is a list of some of these "micro trends." More

Lodging Interactive offers 5 tips to making Web strategies fresh
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If visitors to your website are receiving stale information from random search engines, Google's new "Freshness Update" (which effects how the popular search engine brings up results for searches) may be your hotel's new best friend. Lodging Interactive, an award winning interactive and social media marketing agency exclusively servicing the hospitality industry, is offering five simple strategies that hotels can incorporate into their online marketing plan that will make it easier to obtain or maintain a high Google status. More

Spa hotels are going to the next level with private spa suites for all guests' needs
Hotel Interactive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Spa business brings in big money, some $12.8 billion with 150 million spa visits in 2010, according to the International Spa Association 2011 U.S. Spa Industry Study. Remarkably, in an economy where people are watching their dimes and nickels, these numbers are up by 4.3 and 4.7 percent respectively. But for hotels and resorts, the question is how can they stand out among the close to 20,000 day and resort/hotel spas in the U.S.? More

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Report shows tourism ads bring return
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A report proves conclusively there's huge return possible for destinations that invest in advertising. The study, performed by an international tourism research group, documents results achieved by the state of Michigan and city of Philadelphia in marketing pushes. More

Is this the year hotels become more autism-friendly?
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It isn't easy traveling with a child with autism. In every piece of literature about autism and sensory disorders autism is driven by routine. Travel is anything but routine. The fact that so many facets of travel are left up to chance makes many parents of autistic kids, as well as many adults living with autism, uneasy about leaving the comforts of home to explore new cities, countries or cultures.

Are older workers getting in the way of the young?
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Young Americans are having a much tougher time finding work than older workers. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate for workers over age 55 stood at 6.2 percent recently, compared with 9.4 percent for workers age 25-34. And the overall workforce is getting more gray. Labor force participation by workers over age 55 has risen 11 percent since December 2007 and is projected to go higher as baby boomers try to restore retirement security by staying on the job longer. More

6 ways to keep your hotel team off autopilot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In an industry where personal, hospitable guest experiences are the keys to success, you must ensure your staff doesn't fall into autopilot. Here are six ways to stay attuned to the needs of guests. More

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How to get your business involved in a charity
Wise Bread via American Express Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You feel a nudge to have your business make a difference, leave a legacy or change the world. You've dismissed the idea of giving away your possessions and moving to a faraway place to serve the destitute. Your idea now is to connect with a charity in your hometown. If you're not sure where to begin, here's a road map for getting involved in a charity. More

Las Vegas aims to benefit from surge in foreign tourism
Las Vegas Review-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In 2010, 18 percent of the 37.3 million tourists who came to play in Las Vegas, or about 6.7 million people, experienced Las Vegas — a significant increase in international tourist numbers from previous years. In 2007, it was 12 percent. In 2008, 15 percent, and in 2009, 14 percent. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority wants more and has set a goal of making international travelers 30 percent of the Las Vegas total. More

Gambling makes up smallest chunk ever of casino revenue
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Money won from gamblers comprised a record low share of the Nevada casino industry's total revenue generated during 2011. But spending on food, beverages and related offerings produced an all-time high share of the overall revenue picture, according to figures released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The board's numbers support a much-stated contention in recent months: The state’s gaming industry is recovering from the depths of the recession but has yet to fully rebound. More

November gaming revenues rise 7.1 percent statewide, 9 percent on the Strip
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November was a good month for the Nevada's casino industry, but many analysts told investors not to take too much away from the second straight monthly gaming revenue increase for the state and the Strip. A gradual recovery for the Strip seems to be taking place, where gaming revenues have grown 5.2 percent over the past 11 months compared with the same time period in 2010. More

Las Vegas ribbon-cutting event Feb. 29
Clean the World Foundation, Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Clean the World is opening its Las Vegas Recycling Operations Center in style, and you are invited. Hotel partners in the Western region are encouraged to join us on "leap day" — Feb. 29 in Las Vegas for a ribbon-cutting event to "officially" open Clean the World's Las Vegas ROC. More

2012 Hotel Marketing Strategies: Tools to Develop Direct Online Business
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In partnership with online marketing and global technology leader, Avvio, Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association is pleased to invite you to our dynamic one-day conference 2012 Hotel Marketing Strategies: Tools to Develop Direct Online Business being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Expect to meet industry experts, discover cutting edge hotel technology and learn innovative ways to keep your hotel in an online leadership position. Mark your calendar for Feb. 28 and watch for more information to follow. For more information please contact or call 702-878-9272 ext. 1174.

Mizpah Hotel
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If you were living in Tonopah, Nev., in 1908, 1980, 1996 or August 2011, you likely share this in common — you took part in a grand-opening celebration of the Mizpah Hotel. But how can a hotel open four different times? To understand the topsy-turvy history of the hotel, which very much mirrors the boom-and-bust nature of the town itself, is to gain insight into how "the finest stone hotel on the desert" (as it was promoted in its early days) has gone through 10 ownerships in its 105-year history. In fact, even its age is up for debate — was it built in 1907 or 1908? More
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