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Once stalled by recession, The Modern condominium project pushes forward
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Workers in hardhats and fluorescent-colored vests hustle about under the warm Nevada sun, lining pools and installing landscaping at a soon-to-be opened condominium project in the southwest valley. The sight of busy construction workers has been exceedingly rare throughout Las Vegas in the years after the Great Recession, which sent many condominium projects into bankruptcy and stalled the completion of others. But with The Modern's grand opening coming soon, workers are busy putting finishing touches on a project its owners hope will be a success in the new era of Las Vegas real estate. More

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U.S. Travel Association urges Congress to prepare for travel boom
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Will Congress get the message that the travel industry can help economic recovery? With air passenger travel predicted to double during the next 20 years and international tourist arrivals projected to grow 36 percent between 2010 and 2020 worldwide, Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, urged Congress to take steps to reduce unnecessary hassles and barriers to travel — moves that will help spark economic growth. More

Turning historic buildings into fine hotels
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If your next hotel stay has you dreaming of movie stars or mail carriers, it may not be your imagination. From Los Angeles to Tampa, Fla., to the nation's capital, hotel developers are embarking on projects that promise to breathe new life into theaters, post offices and other historic buildings. "The allure of a historic building is its grandeur, its location and its architecture," said Bruce Ford, senior vice president of Lodging Econometrics, which tracks hospitality-industry transactions. "To integrate that into a modern development can be a home run if it's done right." More

Getting in the game
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When real estate developers speak of challenges in getting the local community to approve a project, they often refer to the term "Nimby," an acronym for "not in my backyard." When it comes to states and gambling legislation, though, it might be more of a case of "Imby." Increasingly, gambling is being embraced with open arms by politicians and residents alike. More

Airline to charge passengers for using bin space
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Allegiant Air will charge passengers $35 to carry their own bag on board the plane and stow it in an overhead bin. Spokesman Brian Davis said, "Passengers who pay online when they book travel will pay less, but the price hasn't been set." Each passenger will be allowed to carry one smaller bag — such as a purse or briefcase that fits under a seat — for free. More

High-tech Vegas designs bring arcade game experiences to casinos
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Bill Wadleigh, head of design for Bally Technologies in Las Vegas, remembered how much he loved playing Skee-Ball as a boy in the arcades of New Hamphire and how disappointed he was with the cheap sunglasses he received in return for the tickets he won. Now, Wadleigh has turned those cut-rate prizes into casino cash. Using touch screens and leader boards, Wadleigh's new wave of gaming systems play like arcade games and pay like slot machines. More

Just say no: 5 ways to turn more down to get more done    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Next generation time management is more about deciding what not to do than what to do. Whether we like it or not that means we are going to have to develop the skill of saying "no." For many, no is something we are scared of. We don't want to upset anyone, and so we routinely say yes and find ourselves stressed, stretched and strenuously working to try to keep up. More

Embarking upon the customer journey    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How often do you put yourself in your customers' shoes? Taking the customer journey is something every business should do so staff can understand the guest experience, helping you glean insights on what your hotel can do better. Your customer journey covers all the touch points of the guest, customer and client experience. More

NHLA is pleased to announce a specially negotiated offer in partnership with Avvio
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The Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association is pleased to announce a specially negotiated offer in partnership with Avvio, a NHLA premier member and partner. NHLA members can take advantage of a comprehensive audit by Avvio of your hotel's website and online marketing strategy, comprising an evaluation of your current online presence, website design, usability and effectiveness, rate strategy and parity across online channels, and TripAdvisor positioning.

Following the audit, Avvio will review your hotel's performance and present you with a customized strategy to help you introduce channel shift into your business and enable you to drive more revenue through your lowest cost channel — your own branded website. This service, valued at $1,500, is available free to NHLA member hotels and the offer is valid through April 15. For more information and to take advantage of this offer, please contact Diane Gandy, director of business development at Avvio, at 702-433-7719 or email:

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