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News for March 30, 2018

Consumers Would Pay Up To 16% More For Better Customer Experience, Say Companies Have Lost The Human Touch, According To PwC Survey - 75% Of Consumers Around The World Desire More Human Interaction

IHG To Give Sydney’s Colorful Central Neighborhood A Splash Of Indigo With The Signing Of Hotel Indigo Sydney Central By IHG® And Watson Elite

Distraction Tops Drivers’ List Of Growing Dangers On The Road - According To A New Survey From The AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety Index Shows That 88 Percent Of Drivers Believe Distracted Driving Is On The Rise

Accenture To Acquire MXM, A Content-Powered Digital Marketing Agency

Cambria Hotels Celebrates Grand Opening In Nashville, Tenn. With Representatives From Fillmore Capital Partners, Fillmore Property Group And Fillmore Hospitality

IBM To Recruit 400 AI Experts In France – They Will Be Based At The Paris-Saclay Scientific And Technology Center

United Airlines And Gap See Digital Transformation Success With PwC And Salesforce

On The Road Again: Super 8 Rolls Into The 2018 New York International Auto Show With ROADM8, First-Ever Concept Car Inspired By A Hotel Brand

News for March 29, 2018

Richard Petrino Appointed Executive Vice President, Corporate Controller And Principal Accounting Officer Of American Express

TravelClick Acquires Hospitality CRM Solutions Provider Digital Alchemy

Choice Hotels Expands Upscale Brands Development Teams: David Hale Newly Appointed Director Of Franchise Sales For The Ascend Hotel Collection, Midwest, And Chris Leiser, Director Of Development For Cambria Hotels, Midwest

Corinthia Hotels To Open Historic Grand Hotel Du Boulevard In Bucharest, Romania – After Refurbishment Hotel Expected To Open December, 2019

Embassy Suites By Hilton Opens In South Jordan, Utah – Hotel Is Owned And Managed By Western States Lodging, LLC

Autograph Collection Hotels Debuts In Manhattan Beach With The Opening Of westdrift Manhattan Beach

RLH Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter 2017 Results

News for March 26, 2018

Cisco Announces That Gerri Elliott Has Been Named Executive VP And Chief Sales And Marketing Officer, And Maria Martinez Will Serve As The Company's Executive VP And Chief Customer Experience Officer

Compliance Spending Is Shifting To New Technologies As Threat Landscape Expands, According To Accenture Report - Top Spending Priority For Compliance Officers Is Technology Transformation, With Half Planning To Deploy New Surveillance Tools

Cambria Hotels, In Collaboration With Pearl Properties And Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, Announce The Opening Of The Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown – Center City

WoodSpring Suites In Collaboration With Holladay Properties, LLC And Nationwide Hotel Management Company LLC, Announce The Opening Of The WoodSpring Suites Chicago Tinley Park

News for March 26, 2018

Accenture Appoints Office Managing Directors: Paul Huizinga For Calgary And Andrew Marchant For Vancouver

Hilton Arrives In Mandalay With Picturesque Hillside Hotel

PAG, A Leading Asia-Focused Alternative Investment Firm, To Receive Strategic Minority Investment From Blackstone Fund

News for March 22, 2018

Moxy Hotels Set To Bring More Opportunities For Play To New York City With Two New Hotels By End Of 2018: The Moxy Downtown And The Moxy Chelsea

Infographic: HospitalityUnited.Club Highlights Key Travel Trends In Europe

Investment In Insurtech Industry Surged In 2017, With Europe Emerging As Key Insurtech Hub, Accenture Analysis Finds – But Consumers Wont Experience Benefits Of Technology Until Insurers Rethink Their Innovation Strategy

Accenture Q2 FY18 Performance

News for March 21, 2018

Organization Announcement: Anna Marrs Joining American Express As President, Global Commercial Services

Hilton Des Moines Downtown Opens For Business - City's First Convention Center-Connected Hotel

IHG® And Epelboim Development Group Announce Groundbreaking For New EVEN®Hotel Coming To Metro Atlanta

Ascend Hotel Collection Robust Growth Focuses On Major Markets

Joint Venture Announced Between Aldar Properties And Emaar Properties To Develop The World's Next Era Of Iconic Destinations That Will Shape The UAE's Ever-Evolving Skyline

News for March 20, 2018

IHG Signs Crowne Plaza Doha West Bay In Partnership With Tanmiyat Real Estate

Changing The Way The World Works: IBM Research’s “5 In 5” Technology Predictions

Element Hotels, Part Of Marriott International, And Ctwo Hotels, Announce The Opening Of Element Moline, Marking The Debut Of The First Element Hotel In Illinois

Philippine Airlines Chooses Amadeus Technology To Power 5-Star Ambitions

“Human + Machine,” Management Playbook For Success In Age Of Artificial Intelligence, Finds AI’s Real Power Is Helping Re-imagine Business By Augmenting, Not Replacing, Human Capabilities – New Book From Accenture AI Experts Shows How The Future Of Business Will Be Defined By “Collaborative Intelligence” Between People And Machines

Choice Hotels Focuses On Multi-Unit Development To Accelerate Cambria Growth

News for March 19, 2018

Omni Hotels & Resorts Promotes Brand Veteran Peter Strebel To President

Wyndham Worldwide Announces Filing Of Form 10 Registration Statement For Planned Spin-Off - Filing Represents Important Next Step In Wyndham Worldwide’s Separation Into Two Independent, Publicly Traded Companies Separation On Track For Completion In Second Quarter Of 2018

Choice Hotels Promotes Ralph Thiergart To Vice President And General Manager Of Extended Stay Brands

Blackstone Hires Michael McRaith, Former Director Of The U.S. Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office, As Managing Director In Blackstone Insurance Solutions

Comfort Brand Renaissance Results In Significant Growth - Brand Transformation Continues To Build Pipeline With 80 Percent New Construction

Gasoline Demand Sets New Record For March As Motorists Pay 25-Cents More At Pump Compared To Last March

News for March 16, 2018

The Walt Disney Company Announces Strategic Reorganization: Kevin Mayer Named Chairman Of Direct-To-Consumer And International Segment;Bob Chapek Named Chairman Of Parks, Experiences And Consumer Products Segment

Hyatt And Hui Xian REIT Announce Plans For A Hyatt Hotel In Chongqing

Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Announces Opening Of BW Signature Collection® By Best Western In Vermont, The Killington Mountain Lodge, BW Signature Collection

NRA Reports 2018 FABI Award Recipients

The Hongkong And Shanghai Hotels, Limited Annual Results For The Year Ended 31 December, 2017

News for March 15, 2018

Hyatt Appoints Stephen Ho As President – Greater China, Global Operations

January And February 2018: Hyatt Announces Five Newly Executed Management And Franchise Deals

IBM Study: Responding To Cybersecurity Incidents Still A Major Challenge For Businesses - 77 Percent Of Firms Surveyed Lack Proper Incident Response Plans; While 69 Percent Report Funding For Cyber Resiliency Is Insufficient

Wyndham Extra Holidays Celebrates Reopening Of Puerto Rico Resort, The Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham Rio Mar

AAA Adds Eight Restaurants To Prestigious Five Diamond List For 2018

Potential Benefits Of Artificial Intelligence Outweigh Citizen Concerns About Responsible Use By Government, Accenture Survey Shows –Public-Sector Employees Embrace Government Use Of AI At A Higher Rate Than Other Citizens

News for March 14, 2018

IHG Expands Luxury Footprint, Acquires 51% Stake In Regent Hotels & Resorts

American Express Company Elects Christopher D. Young To Board Of Directors

Choice Hotels Appoints Brent Bouldin As Vice President Of Marketing And Customer Acquisition

Accenture Appoints Vukani Mngxati Country Managing Director For South Africa

Blackstone To Make Strategic Minority Investment In Rockpoint

Hyatt Place Macae Officially Opens Its Doors In The State Of Rio De Janeiro – The Hotel Is Part Of A Larger Master Development Agreement Between Hyatt Affiliates And Elandis To Develop A Total Of Nine Hyatt Place Hotels Across Brazil

Budget Car Rental Expands Global Footprint With Launch Of Operations In Taiwan

News for March 13, 2018

Greg O'Stean Named Chief Development Officer-North America Of Interstate Hotels & Resorts

HNA In Talks To Sell Stake In Hilton Grand Vacations A Year After Investing - HNA Has Owned Stake In Hilton Grand, Hilton’s Timeshare Spinoff, For Roughly A Year

Fairmont Austin Opens Its Doors With Direct Access To The Austin Convention Center Via The Red River Canopy Walk

Autograph Collection Hotels Slated To Debut In Belize With The Opening Of Alaia - Following Multi-Million Dollar Conversion & Expansion, Alaia Will Emerge As A Boutique All-Villa Resort With Exquisite Residences In 2020

News for March 12, 2018

Choice Hotels Promotes Angelique Kelly-Lara To Vice President Of Global Talent Acquisition

Hilton Returns To Denmark With New Hotel In Copenhagen, The Hilton Copenhagen City Centre, Following A Franchise Agreement With BC Hospitality Group A/S – Will Open In Heart Of The City In 2020

DHL And Accenture Unlock The Power Of Blockchain In Logistics - Trend Reoport Explores The Technology's Potential For Improving Transparency And Traceability In Supply Chains And Automating Commercial Processes

Amadeus Invests In CrowdVision To Help Airports Manage Growing Passenger Volumes

All Suites Brands By Hilton Enter 2018 With 900 Hotels After Record Year

Avis Budget Group Moves Closer To A Fully Connected Fleet With New Toyota Partnership - 10,000 Connected Toyota Vehicles Bound For Locations Across The United States

News for March 9, 2018

American Express Names Sonia Cargan As Chief Diversity Officer

ACCC Clears AccorHotels Acquisition Of Mantra Group Ltd. - Acquisition Will Add 127 Properties And Over 20,000 Rooms And Is Expected To Materialize In The Second Quarter Of 2018

La Quinta Holdings Announces Record Date And Special Meeting Of Stockholders Related To Its Proposed Acquisition By Wyndham Worldwide

Cambria Hotels Celebrates Grand Opening In Phoenix, The Cambria Hotel North Scottsdale Desert Ridge – Hotel Will Be Managed By O'Reilly Hospitality Management

Shareholders Elect 10 Directors At The Walt Disney Company Annual Meeting

GBTA Launches Blue Ribbon Education Panel - Industry Leaders Developing New Education Strategy To Meet The Future Needs Of Travel Professionals

The Coca-Cola Company Announces Letter Of Intent For Refranchising Of Canadian Bottling Operations

News for March 8, 2018

Rate And Booking Growth Continue Positive Trend For Hoteliers In Early 2018 - Both Group And Transient Travel Segments Experience Boost During First Quarter According To TravelClick's February 2018 NAHR

OMNI Louisville Hotel Celebrates Ribbon Cutting And Opens Doors To First Guests

Digital Focus Aligns Mastercard Organization And Investments – Gary Lyons To Lead New Venture Providing Services To Mastercard, Its Customers And Partners

RLH Corporation Closes Sale Of Three Additional Hotels For $29.9 Million – All Buyers Signed Franchise License Agreements To Retain The Red Lion Hotels Brand

Southerly Hotels, Inc. Announces Plans For Tampa Hotel; To Join Hilton's Tapestry Collection

travel audience, An Amadeus Company, Enters Into Agreement With Dubai Tourism – Will Help The City Develop Insights Into Visitor Arrivals By Widening Its Global Reach And Through Advanced Data Analytics

News for March 7, 2018

Marriott International Appoints Publicis Groupe’s SapientRazorfish And Spark Foundry For Global Media Duties

Company Culture Is Key To Unlocking Gender Equality And Narrowing Pay Gap, New Accenture Research Finds - “Getting To Equal 2018” Report Identifies 40 Key Factors That Help All People Thrive

Boutique Urban Retreat Joins Curio Collection By Hilton As First Property In Iceland, The Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection By Hilton

IHG® Joins Forces With Conran And Partners To Shake Up Business Travel Across Europe

A Symbolic Milestone In AccorHotels’ Development: The Group Is Now Present In 100 Countries

The Hongkong And Shanghai Hotels Signs GBP650 Million (HK$7 BILLION) Five-Year Term Loan Facility

News for March 6, 2018

Marriott International Appoints Publicis Groupe’s SapientRazorfish And Spark Foundry For Global Media Duties

Company Culture Is Key To Unlocking Gender Equality And Narrowing Pay Gap, New Accenture Research Finds - “Getting To Equal 2018” Report Identifies 40 Key Factors That Help All People Thrive

Boutique Urban Retreat Joins Curio Collection By Hilton As First Property In Iceland, The Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection By Hilton

IHG® Joins Forces With Conran And Partners To Shake Up Business Travel Across Europe

A Symbolic Milestone In AccorHotels’ Development: The Group Is Now Present In 100 Countries

The Hongkong And Shanghai Hotels Signs GBP650 Million (HK$7 BILLION) Five-Year Term Loan Facility

News for March 5, 2018

The Unbound Collection By Hyatt Brand To Expand In Europe - New Hotels In London And Istanbul Expected To Join The Unbound Collection By Hyatt Brand

Interstate Hotels & Resorts Expands In Western Europe – Announces The Addition Of 12 New Hotels - Interstate Will Manage The Hotels Under Long-Term Agreements For Owner, Development And Lease Partner Borealis Hotel Group, With Continued Expansion Potential

IHG Announces EVEN® Hotels Bi-coastal Expansion With Openings In Sarasota And Eugene

Cambria Hotels Opens in Downtown Dallas – Owner Kirtland Realty Group, Developer Todd Interests, Management Company Fillmore Hospitality

DirectWithHotels Leverages The LiveOS Platform For RateTiger & Fornova Services

IBM Watson Health Announces 100 Top Hospitals

News for March 2, 2018

Preferred Hotels & Resorts Strengthens Female Leadership With Executive Appointments: Michelle Woodley Promoted To President; Kristie GoshowNamed Chief Marketing Officer; And Caroline Michaud Promoted To Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Relations

Interstate Hotels & Resorts Acquires Gateway Hospitality Group Management Platform Aggregating 2,544 Rooms In 20 Hotels

Panamania: W Debuts In Central America With Opening Of W Panama

Hotel Industry Partners With Pearson To Offer Debt-Free College Degrees To Employees - 10 Hotel Companies Launch Innovative Pilot Program To Offer Employees No-Cost Associate And Low-Cost Bachelor’s Degrees

Hyatt Announces Plans For Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur Which Is Expected To Be Tallest Skyscraper In Southeast Asia – Has Entered Into A Management Agreement With PNB Merdeka Ventures Sdn. Berthed, An Owned Subsidiary Of Permodalan Nasional Berhad

Ashford Trust Reports Fourth Quarter And Year-End 2017 Results

News for March 1, 2018

Hilton Appoints Noelle Eder As Chief Information And Digital Officer

RLH Corporation Signs Franchise Agreements With 10 Inner Circle Management Hotels, And Bringing The Company's Mid And Upscale Brands To Over 100 Hotels

The Ascend Hotel Collection Welcomes Villa Victor Hotel In St. Augustine

IHG Research Reveals The Misconceptions Turning Young Brits Away From Hospitality Careers

World Of Hyatt Loyalty Program Extends To Home Sharing – Through Oasis, World Of Hyatt Members Can Earn And Redeem Points At Hand-Picked Homes From Uruguay To Italy

Global Companies Are Saving Up To $1 Billion To Fund New Growth By Adopting A Zero-Based Mindset, According To Accenture

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