Starwood Capital strikes joint venture with China’s Shimao Property Holdings

Shimao Property Holdings, a Shanghai-based property developer, is establishing a new hotel joint venture in China with Starwood Capital. Under the terms of the agreement, Shimao will hold a 51-percent stake in the joint venture, while Starwood will own the remaining 49 per cent. 

Marriott to open seven new hotels in Scotland by 2021

Marriott International has announced plans to open seven new hotels in Scotland. The US firm intends to expand its footprint north of the border by almost 75 per cent over the next four years.

Hotel industry leverages power of data

Before its acquisition by Marriott was completed last September, hospitality company Starwood Resorts and Hotels Worldwide changed its approach to a problem that many chain hotels face — how to maximize the value of its spending on translation services for its property websites worldwide.

Graduate Hotels installs Bluetooth shower speakers

Graduate Hotels has partnered with iFox Creations to offer Bluetooth shower speakers across all of the brand’s guestrooms. Waterproof and featuring Bluetooth capability, the shower speaker allows for guests to listen to their own personal playlists from their mobile device and enjoy superior sound while showering in any Graduate hotel.

South Korea’s hotels compete to rebrand themselves to attract customers

High-class hotel chains in South Korea are scrambling to reshape their brand image by changing their names and through remodeling efforts, as they compete to attract customers in an increasingly tough market, industry sources said Wednesday.

FCS launches cloud-based CosmoPMS property management system 

FCS Computer Systems (FCS), a leading provider of comprehensive hospitality technology solutions and services, has announced the launch of FCS CosmoPMS, its newly developed SaaS-based property management platform. Designed specifically to meet the needs of smaller properties, inns and even alternative accommodations, CosmoPMS offers a radically new approach to how properties oversee and manage their operations.

AccorHotels lets travelers search for a property by mood

AccorHotels is working with a startup called Travelsify to enable guests to search according to their mood. Travelsify analyses reviews to find the attributes that travelers are looking for when booking an hotel. The ‘MoodMatch’ search, which is being launched this week, will allow guests in France and the UK to search about 1,000 Accor branded properties as well as independent hotels on its platform.

Mexico’s Brisas Group adopts open pricing

The Brisas Group, an owner of luxury properties in Mexico, has implemented Duetto’s cloud-based revenue strategy application, GameChanger. GameChanger is already in place at the company's 274-room NIZUC Resort and Spa, Cancun, and the 434-room Galeria Plaza Reforma, Mexico City.

Mobile app service rides trend of late hotel searches

If you are planning a last-minute trip this weekend, you’re not alone. Half of all hotel bookings in the US are made three days or less before arrival. Tapping into those travelers is the mobile booking app Hotel Tonight. It helps people find deals on rooms the day of or up to a week in advance. Launched in 2011, the app has 25,000 hotel partners in more than 35 countries.

Hotels missing out on fast-casual dining trend

Hotels throughout the US—properties large and small, boutique and branded—are catering to travelers’ appetites for "local experiences" with food-and-beverage venues that celebrate local ingredients in unique ways. But little attention is paid to the growing popularity of fast-casual dining, the hybrid concept that blends fast-food or quick-service restaurants with casual dining.

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