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News for September 29, 2017

Marriott International’s AI-powered Chatbots On Facebook Messenger And Slack, And Aloft’s ChatBotlr, Simplify Travel For Guests Throughout Their Journey

The Párisi Udvar Hotel In Budapest To Join The Unbound Collection By Hyatt – Hyatt Enters Franchise Agreement With Párizs Property Kft For The Project To Be Managed By Mellow Mood Hotels, A Leading Hungarian Hotel Operator

Swisscom, Sunrise And Salt Are Moving To SIM Cards With Mobile ID

Companies That Harness Digital Technologies To Boost Efficiency And Grow Their Business Could Raise Their Market Capitalization By $6 Billion On Average, Accenture Finds – Lack Of Skills Threatens Companies' Ability To Create The ‘Industry X.0’ Action Plan Required To Realize These Benefits

American Express Expands Growing Global Lounge Collection With The Opening Of The CENTURION© Lounge In Hong Kong And Philadelphia

Hilton Gears Up To Enter Midscale Segment In Shiyan - First Hilton Garden Inn Opens In The Chinese City of Shiyan

News for September 28, 2017

September Outlook Provides Promising Signs For North American Hoteliers - Fourth Quarter Data Indicates Major Rebound Across All Travel Segments, Despite Slight Rate And Booking Declines Overall In Third Quarter Of 2017According To TravelClick’s September 2017 NAHR

Autograph Collection Hotels Debuts First Hotel In Israel With The Opening Of Publica Isrotel, In The Coastal City Of Herzliya

Choice Hotels Sign Agreement With York Investment Properties, LLC To Develop New Cambria Hotel In Fort Mill, S.C.

Growth At Stake As B2B Companies Lose Control Over Customer Experience, Accenture Study Finds

AHLA Applauds Release Of Tax Reform Proposal – Allows Hotel Industry To Grow, Create New Jobs, Drive Economy

Accenture Reports Strong Fourth-Quarter And Full-Year Fiscal 2017 Results

News for September 27, 2017

Hilton Announces New Leadership In Asia Pacific: Alan Watts To Oversee Hilton’s Asia Pacific Growth Strategy As New Area President

Defining What Makes A City A Destination - Mastercard Unveils Which Cities Benefit The Most From International Travel - In-Depth Analysis Also Provides A Forecast For Growth In 2017

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Adds Iconic Property To Growing Washington, D.C. Portfolio, The Madison Washington DC, A Hilton Hotel - Hilton’s Flagship Brand Partners With Affiliates Of Walton Street Capital And Waterton

Hyatt Announces Plans For Debut Of Park Hyatt Brand In Mexico With Two World-Class Luxury Hotels: The Park Hyatt Los Cabos And Park Hyatt Mexico City

Practicing Food Safety? Here Are 5 Things To Know As Reported By NRA

Blackstone Completes Acquisition Of International Market Centers, Inc.

News for September 26, 2017

Mastercard Names Fabrizio Burlando As President Of Prepaid Management Services

Accenture Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Roxanne Taylor To Retire Aug. 31, 2018 - Amy Fuller, Senior Managing Director Global Brand At Deloitte, To Succeed Taylor, Effective Jan. 1, 2018

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Opens Vietnam’s Highest Hotel In Hanoi, The InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72

Gas Prices Trending Cheaper, ‘Falling’ Trend Expected To Continue According To AAA

Accenture, Microsoft And Avanade Expand Strategic Alliance To Offer Advanced Cybersecurity Solutions

eRevMax Expands Metasearch Distribution Platform With My Hotel Shop

Cisco Completes Acquisition Of Springpath

News for September 25, 2017

The Honourable Sir Michael Kadoorie Bestowed SHTM Lifetime Achievement Award By Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hyatt Selects Mark Vondrasek As Executive VP, Global Head Of Loyalty & New Business Platforms

Mi-IDEA, The Place To Bee – Cisco And Manchester Science Partnerships Open A Hive Of Their Own In The Heart Of The City's Innovation District

Embassy Suites By Hilton Debuts In Kapolei, Oahu – Hotel Is Owned By Kapolei Hotel Partners, LLC And Managed By Management Western States Lodging, LLC

Accenture Completes Cloud-Based IT Transformation For Towergate, Helping Insurance Broker Improve Its Operations And Reduce Annual IT Costs By 30 Percent

News for September 22, 2017

AHLA Reports Hotel Business Article: A Progressive Nonprofit, American Family Voices, Puts Airbnb On Watch

The Ritz-Carlton Unveils Tropical Paradise In Malaysia, The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts To Open Second London Hotel In Qatari Diar's Historical U.S. Embassy Building On Grosvenor Square

Urban Farming: The Harvest Has Begun At AccorHotels’ First Aeroponic Farm

Truck Safety Technology Can Prevent 63,000 Crashes Each Year - AAA Foundation Study Reveals Benefits Of Adding Safety Technology To Large Trucks

News for September 21, 2017

International Visitors Spent MoreThan $21B In July – Year-To-Date Spending Totals More Than $146.3B, On Pace For Record-Setting 2017 According To TI News

Accenture Plans Innovation Hub In Atlanta’s Technology Square, Adding 800 Technology Jobs

Swisscom Steps Up Blockchain Activities And Establishes New Subsidiary, Swisscom Blockchain Ltd. - CEO Of The Newly Founded Company Is Daniel Haudenschild, Who Came To Swisscom From EY

Wharf Hotels Appoints James Bevans As Group Director Of Rooms

China Construction Bank (Asia) And IBM Developing Hong Kong’s First Bancassurance Powered By Blockchain

News for September 20, 2017

New TravelClick Study And Data Project 2017 As A Record Year For GDS Hotel Bookings – Despite The Rise Of Airbnb Among Consumers, Travel Agents Still Predominantly Book Through GDS

Emaar Properties To Develop 10 Million Sq Ft Waterfront Residences And Hotel Project In Dubai Harbor – Hotel Project Will Stand Out For The Exceptional Service Standards Offered By Address Hotels + Resorts

Embassy Suites By Hilton Debuts At Destiny USA In Syracuse, The Embassy Suites By Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA – Hotel Is Owned By Pyramid Management

PwC Digital Services Launches New Experience Center In Chicago Market - Chicago Space Is The 3rd Experience Center In The U.S. And The 30th In The World

Financial Institutions Make Progress Applying Smart Technologies For Risk Management, But Most Struggle To Keep Skills Development On Pace With Technology Advances, According To Accenture Study

News for September 19, 2017

RLH Corporation Names Paul Sacco Chief Development Officer

Accenture Appoints Jodie Wallis As Managing Director, Artificial Intelligence For Canada

IHG's avid™ Hotels To Extend Company's Mid-Scale Leadership - New Hotel Brand Is Now Franchise Ready

Marriott International Debuts Le Meridien And AC Hotels By Marriott In Denver

AAA: Americans Are Falling For Autumn Travel - According To A New Survey From AAA, More Than 1 In 4 Americans, 28 Percentt, Expect To Take A Vacation This Year Between Labor Day And Thanksgiving

Amadeus And OACIS Launch World's First 'Pop-Up' Check-In Service So You Can Drop Your Bags Off Anywhere

Zipcar Extends International Footprint With Launch Of Car Sharing Service In Iceland

News for September 18, 2017

Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers Notifies Board Of Directors That He Will Not Stand For Re-Election - Board To Appoint Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins To Serve A Chairman

Shruti Gandhi Buckley Appointed As New Global Brand Head For Hampton By Hilton

Corporations Could Improve ROI From Business Travel Spend By Adopting IT-Enabled Best Practices, Says New LSE Study

Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Introduces Three New Properties In Country Of Georgia: The Best Western Kutaisi, Best Western Plus Bakuriani And Best Western Plus Batumi

News for September 15, 2017

Meliá Hotels International Signs Second Hotel In Shanghai

Viacom Optimizes Its Video Distribution Network In North America With Cisco

Home2 Suites By Hilton Columbus Dublin Opens – Hotel Is Owned By Crawford Hoying And Operated By Shaner Hotels

IBM And IBC Report: Increased Viewing Of Mobile Video Content Is Driving Consumer Demand For Better Content Experiences – More Than Half Of Consumers Watch Videos On Mobile Devices – Expected To Grow 45 Percent In Three Years

News for September 14, 2017

Accenture Digital Hub Launches In Singapore – Hub To Help Clients Accelerate Their Digital Transformation Journeys,; Houses More Than 200 Creative, Marketing, Data Science And Technology Experts

Bank Central Asia Selects Cisco ACI, Ignites IT Collaboration

The Ritz-Carlton Brings Its Legendary Luxury To Switzerland - Following A Multi-Million Dollar Renovation, The 152-Year-Old Hotel de la Paix Relaunches As The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva

Marie Claire And Mastercard Present The Next Big Thing Concept Shop - Marie Claire’s First-Ever Pop-Up Concept Shop In New York City Opens To The Public September 23 – October 12

Meliá Hotels In Cuba Back To Normal – Melia Hotels Announces The Reopening Of Havana And Varadero Airports Allows Meliá Cuba Hotels In The Destinations To Resume Operations

News for September 13, 2017

Patrick Pacious Takes The Reins As Choice Hotels President And Chief Executive Officer

Hilton Announces Craig Dezern As New Head Of Brand Communications

US Workers Are Confident Despite Uncertainty Surrounding Workplace Automation - New PwC Survey Finds Workers Are Willing To Retrain In Order To Prepare For The Workforce Of The Future

Dell EMC And IBM To Offer VMware Solutions On The IBM Cloud – Dell To Resell VMware Solutions On IBM Cloud To Its Large Ecosystem Of Mid-Market Customers

IHG Opens Thailand's First Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel In Rayong

Many Businesses Still Fail To Report Financial Value From Strong Environmental Performance, According To New Research From Accenture, CDP And Hermes Investment Management – Despite Almost $500bn In Reported Opportunities From Climate

News for September 12, 2017

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Announces Retirement And Leadership Appointments: Gregory J. Larson To Retire From The Company, Michael D. Bluhm Appointed Executive Vice President And Chief Financial Officer Nathan S. Tyrrell Named Executive Vice President And Chief Investment Officer

Joost Schuring To Lead Amadeus’ EMEA Region

Home2 Suites By Hilton Tampa USF Near Busch Gardens Opens – Hotel Is Owned By Highgate And Managed By InnVentures, Inc.

Leading Restaurant And Hotel Companies Commit To 475 Apprentices, Exceed Goals For Hospitality Apprenticeship Program - Companies Express Strong Interest For Nation’s First-Ever Hospitality Apprenticeship According To AHLA

Vodafone And IBM Join Together To Offer Easy Route To Cloud For Enterprises

News for September 8, 2017

New Regional CEO Appointments Announced By IHG: Kenneth Macpherson CEO Of The New EMEAA Region And Jolyon Bulley CEO Of Greater China

New Report From Amadeus Explores What Drives Travelers To Click “Buy” At The Moment Of Truth

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Debuts In Kazakhstan’s Glittering Capital, The St. Regis Astana Offers Iconic Kazakh Elegance

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Opens As AccorHotels’ 800th Hotel In Asia Pacific

The Swisscom Cloud family Is growing: The Fully-Integrated Enterprise Service Cloud From Switzerland And The Enterprise Cloud For SAP Solutions

News for September 7, 2017

Blackstone Hires Kelley Morrell As Head Of Asset Management For Tactical Opportunities Business

Visa Inc. Appoints Charlotte Hogg As Chief Executive Officer Of The Company’s European Operations

Zipcar Expands To Latin America With Launch In Costa Rica - Milestone Expansion Provides Area Residents, Businesses And Visitors With On-Demand Access To Vehicles, By The Hour Or By The Day

Hyatt Regency Lucknow Opens In Northern India

Accenture To Acquire IBB Consulting To Expand Accenture Strategy Capabilities In Communications, Media & Technology Industry

IBM And MIT To Pursue Joint Research In Artificial Intelligence, Establish New MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab – IBM Plans To Make A 10-Year, $240 Million Investment In New Lab With MIT ToAdvance AI Hardware And Software And Algorithms

News for September 5, 2017

The Indian Hotels Company Limited Announces The Appointment Of Puneet Chhatwal As New Chief Executive Officer

Accenture Finds Only Four Percent Of China’s Manufacturing Companies Achieve Both Digital And Financial High Performance - Digital Performance Analysis Reveals How Digital High Performers Lead Industries By Successfully Rotating To The New

Curio Collection By Hilton Signs First Hotel In The Netherlands With Historic Monastery Conversion, The Monastery Hotel Koningsbosch, Curio Collection By Hilton

Peranakan-Themed Ramada Hotel For Phuket Town - Wyndham Hotel Group Has Licensed The Name Under A Franchise Deal With Bangkok’s Kosmopolitan Hospitality As The Operator

News for September 1, 2017

Brennan Family Spearheads Hurricane Fund For Hospitality Employees

Which Cities Are The Rising Giants Of The Hotel Industry? Article By Jeremy Kelly, Director Of Global Research JLL

Home2 Suites By Hilton Shenandoah The Woodlands Opens – Hotel Is Owned By AVKV LLC And Managed By Lodgic Hospitality LLC

HRI Properties, LLC And Hyatt Announce The Naming Of The Holston House Hotel To Debut In December In Downtown Nashville As Part Of The Unbound Collection By Hyatt

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