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New California Aloft installs e7 thermostats with voice controls

Hotel F&B Observer 18 September 2018
Zenique Hotels installed Honeywell’s Inncom e7 Thermostats at its new 127-room Aloft Dublin-Pleasanton hotel in California. The hotel picked Honeywell for its robust integration capabilities.

Small & Midsize Enterprise Travel Buyer Strategies in a Newly Flexible Market

Hotel F&B Observer 13 September 2018
Suppliers have doubled down on pursuing small and midsize enterprises. Here's the perception on the ground from three midmarket travel buyers from diverse firms and backgrounds. BTN editor-in-chief Elizabeth West talked to Hogan Lovells International's David McDonald, formerly with large market names like Bank of America and PwC; Medidata's Daniel Honig, the company's first dedicated travel manager; and Evercore's Jason Ring who manages travel as only part of his larger corporate services role.

Facial recognition check-in rolled out at 50 hotels in China

Hotel F&B Observer 13 September 2018
Alibaba’s Fliggy online travel agency and Shiji, a hotel information systems manufacturer, have rolled out a facial-recognition system for hotel check-ins at about 50 hotels in Hainan Province, China. With the new system, guests can book hotels on Fliggy and then check in and have credit authorized by having their faces and ID cards scanned at a kiosk at the hotel.

HP Hotels adopts PurpleCloud task software

Hotel F&B Observer 13 September 2018
HP Hotels, a third-party hotel-management company with a portfolio of more than 40 hotels in 17 states, is implementing PurpleCloud Technologies’ hotel task software across its entire management portfolio.

North American Hoteliers See Positive Third Quarter

Hotel F&B Observer 10 September 2018
The third quarter for North American hoteliers is, once again, stable growth across all travel segments, up 2.2% in average daily rates (ADR), 2.4% in bookings and 4.7% in RevPAR, according to TravelClick’s North American Hospitality Review (NAHR). This data continues the positive trend across the industry from the first half of the year.

HFTP, HTNG Sign Partnership Agreement

Hotel F&B Observer 7 September 2018
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) have established a partnership geared toward strengthening the progression of technology in the hospitality industry. The agreement is based on both organizations’ desire to use each group’s complementary strengths and resources to advance technology in the hospitality and travel industries.
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Sprint Launches All-Wireless Solution for Hotels

Hotel F&B Observer 7 September 2018
Do you believe in magic? Sprint’s Magic Box for Hospitality enables guests to have a better streaming, app and download experience on their Sprint-enabled devices while on site, without connecting to the venue’s WiFi.

How Curated Music Can Help Hoteliers' Bottom Line

Hotel F&B Observer 7 September 2018
Hoteliers: It’s time for a sound check. It’s paramount to understand how sound in a hotel psychologically and physically affects guests and how it may benefit your bottom line.

Hertz Invests in a Turnaround

Hotel F&B Observer 6 September 2018
After a few financially challenging years, Hertz Global Holdings, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary, has begun to turn its fortune around, as revenue and results beat analyst expectations in the company's most recent earnings call. Chief marketing officer and EVP Jodi Allen, who joined the company last year from a role managing P&G's hair care division, spoke to BTN transportation editor Michael Baker about the investment strategy behind that turnaround, as well as the company's new focus on female business travelers.

Grande Lakes Orlando: Remote Hotel Event Logistics

Hotel F&B Observer 4 September 2018
Grande Lakes Orlando figured that if events on the grounds and packages involving on-property gardens are a good idea, then giving them an even more remote feel—without ever leaving the property—is an even better plan. After all, they had the space.

5 questions with Hampton by Hilton's Shruti Gandhi Buckley

Hotel F&B Observer 4 September 2018
Hampton by Hilton continues to be a development driver across the United States, and even across the globe. The brand has more than 2,380 hotels open in 22 countries and territories with an additional 620 properties in the pipeline.

IAG Increases Global Distribution System Surcharge

Hotel F&B Observer 31 August 2018
International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia will increase their global distribution system surcharge on Sept. 18, the airlines disclosed in an agency alert. When their surcharge took hold last November, the airlines levied on GDS bookings 8 British pounds or $10 per "fare component," generally defined as a one-way ticket or half a round-trip.

Lightstone installs Aptech's cloud-based business-intelligence system

Hotel F&B Observer 30 August 2018
Lightstone, a real estate investor/developer with 28 hospitality properties nationwide, has implemented Execuvue from Aptech Computer Systems. Execuvue is an IBM Cognos-based ASP enterprise hospitality business-intelligence application hosted at Aptech’s secure data operations center.

What Will Happen to Travel Prices in 2019?

Hotel F&B Observer 28 August 2018
Data sources are a factor in the differences between Carlson Wagonlit Travel and American Express Global Business Travel’s projections for hotel rate changes in U.S. cities. Each travel management company bases its forecast on its own clients’ booking data; that explains some of the variance.

July 2018: RevPAR Rises, But Profit Falls At U.S. Hotels

Hotel F&B Observer 28 August 2018
Top-line growth continues for U.S. hotels, but flow through isn’t keeping up, according to the latest data tracking full-service hotels from HotStats. Despite a 1.1 percent year-on-year increase in RevPAR, profit per room at hotels in the U.S. dropped 2.2 percent this month due to declining non-rooms revenues and rising costs.
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Six Food Safety and Food Waste Reduction Measures for Hotel Buffets

Hotel F&B Observer 6 August 2018
Hotel buffets are an effective offering because they’re quick and convenient and encourage guests to choose from an extensive selection of foods. They’re also popular among hotel F&B directors interested in reducing waitstaff—especially in the morning.

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