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Proxce launches an upgraded version of its platform to offer guest identity management, facilitate mobile check-Ins and keyless access to hotel rooms

Hospitality Net - 4 hours 30 min ago
Proxce announced the launch of its upgraded Proximity Identity Manager System that takes the world one step closer to the future. The newest version of its innovative SDK offers enhanced integration with all the major providers of hospitality technology and facilitates easy operations with multiple vendors.
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The Problems With Trump’s D.C. Hotel Deal Aren’t Going Away |

Hospitality Net - 9 hours 31 min ago
As the prospect of a Trump Presidency became real last year, a number of leading experts on ethics and corruption called on the U.S. General Services Administration, which oversees federal contracts, to cancel the Trump Organization’s lease to operate the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., which is located in a building owned by the federal government. The President, they said, shouldn’t make money from a federal contract. Last week, the G.S.A. issued its ruling on the matter. In a hundred-and-sixty-six-page letter addressed to Donald Trump, Jr., a G.S.A. contracting officer named Kevin M. Terry declared that President Trump was “in full compliance” with the contract, and that anybody who disagreed was reaching “simplistic ‘black and white’ conclusions.”
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Agilysys Executive Ravi Angadi to Moderate Session Panel at Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention in San Diego

Hospitality Net - 10 hours 7 min ago
Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS), a global provider of next-generation hospitality software solutions and services, today announced that Ravi Angadi, the company's vice president of product management, will moderate a panel discussion at the 2017 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, which will be held April 10-13 at the San Diego Convention Center. The annual event is produced by the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA).
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Top tweets from our Public Affairs Conference

NRA News - March 29, 2017 - 1:19pm

See what restaurateurs from around the country are saying about our Public Affairs Conference.

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Athena Inn Chattanooga, Tennessee, Joins Magnuson Independents

Hospitality Net - March 29, 2017 - 11:34am
At Magnuson Hotels, America's largest independent hotel group, we are proud to announce today the latest addition to the Magnuson Hotels family, the Athena Inn, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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Home2 Suites by Hilton McAllen Opens

Hospitality Net - March 29, 2017 - 8:35am
Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton McAllen. Designed for travelers who want to maintain their normal routine, the hotel features 99 suites and a range of value, tech-focused and eco-conscious amenities. Home2 Suites by Hilton McAllen complements the city's rapid growth as the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metropolitan area was recently named one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities expected to see a 51 percent population increase within the next 25 years.*
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Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Appoints Distinguished Alumna as the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council; Welcomes New Members

Hospitality Net - March 29, 2017 - 7:18am
MIAMI -- Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has appointed Lizabeth Kane-Hanan '87 MS '04 as the Chair of the Dean's Advisory Council, effective February 23, 2017.
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Hotel Staff Technology Introduced at a Hollywood Icon

Hospitality Net - March 29, 2017 - 6:19am
Hollywood's iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is using ALICE to optimize staff communication and increase guest satisfaction. The Hollywood Roosevelt, rated number 14 out of 300+ hotels in Los Angeles county, continues to prioritize guest experience, implementing ALICE Staff, ALICE's software module for guest request management in November 2016.
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Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition Highlights Student Entrepreneurs

Hospitality Net - March 29, 2017 - 5:41am
A concept that delivers shelf-stable vegetables to food-service operations has taken first place in the annualCornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition. Natural Cuts, developed by Vipul Prakash Saran and Harrison Willis, was awarded the competition's $25,000 first prize. Saran is an MPS student at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), and Willis is studying for an MPS in the Baker Program in Real Estate. The competition is held annually during the student-led Hotel Ezra Cornell weekend. This year's final presentations were given on Saturday, March 18.Two other food-service concepts earned second and third place. Bill's, a bar-concept which focuses on customer-driven beer selections, was awarded $7,500 for its second-place finish, while third place (and a $5,000 award) went to Doña Nata, which envisions a food hall that hosts a number of vendors in the style of a Mexican fonda. Bill's proprietors are Will Mangan (MMH '17) and Lydia Xu (MMH '17), and Team Doña Nata is composed of Angela Lindsay (SHA '17), Antonio Miceli (MMH '17), and Natalia Ruiz (MMH '17).Two other teams placed as finalists: CHOMP, a full-service sandwich restaurant tailored for university cities, developed by Ben Guzick (MMH '17), Varun Vesuvala (MMH '17), and Alex Szwyd (MMH '17); and Latitude, a geo-location-based mobile application which reveals a city's hidden gems and connects people with other tourists, which was proposed by Gauri Khanna (SHA '17) and Sonali Tolani (CALS-Dyson '17).This year's sponsors are Greg Dollarhyde'80 (MBA'81), Marriott International, Sandy Solmon (P'15), Elizabeth Shingleton Glomsrud '00 and Barbara Foote Shingleton '75, and The Sun Family: Stanley '00 and his parents Dennis and Betty, together with supporter Karim Abouelnaga '13.Faculty sponsor of the competition is Dr. Susan Fleming, a senior lecturer at the School of Hotel Administration and interim director of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, which conducts the competition. "I view this as a culmination of the Hotel School's entrepreneurial curriculum," she said. "The competition allows students to use all the skills they have learned in the classroom and apply them to an actual business plan and pitch."Fleming pointed to the contribution of the Pillsbury Institute's Entrepreneurs in Residence and the SHA faculty for their work with the student teams during the year-long process of developing the business plans, as well as the competition's judges, all of whom provided useful feedback to the teams as they progressed through the rounds of the competition. This year's final judges were Karim Abouelnaga, Greg Dollarhyde, Sandy Solmon, and Warren Leeds '84.Natural Cuts team members Harrison Willis and Vipul Saran appreciated Fleming's assistance and the Pillsbury Institute's support throughout the process. "Whatever work you've done over the past months, you have ten minutes to summarize that," said Saran. "Dr. Fleming helped with this, and the competition changed my perspective on this process." Willis added: "Entrepreneurship is the greatest undertaking a person can do, and having this institute that is encouraging entrepreneurs is really helpful."Several competition participants highlighted the competition as a transformative event. "We started with the concept of a Mexican restaurant," said Doña Nata's Natalia Ruiz. "But during our development process, we learned of more needs to be filled, and our concept changed radically." Added Antonio Miceli: "In the food halls of Mexico, we saw an opportunity based on giving people a shot at becoming a successful vendor."Will Mangan also pointed to changes in the Bill's concept. "We started out with a beer-cheese-bread concept, and now we have a flavor-forward bar concept that lowers the initial investment and can scale," he explained. Lydia Wu credited the contribution of numerous coaches: "We evolved through several stages as we worked with mentors who helped us change and improve the concept," she said.The team aspect of the competition was also important to the students. Chomp's Ben Guzick said: "The most exciting part of this competition was working with a team that makes your concept better than it could be if you did it on your own." Varun Vesuvala added: "This is the culmination of a year's worth of learning. This is life. This is what Cornell trains and mentors you to do."About the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality EntrepreneurshipThe Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship engages leading industry experts and faculty to educate students and provide them with experiential opportunities to learn all aspects of entrepreneurship. To support these critical goals, the Pillsbury Institute offers students, entrepreneurs, and faculty an expanding range of courses, programs, and activities focused on advancing students' entrepreneurship knowledge and mastery.Institute Members: BCV • CPG Real Estate • Dartcor Management Services • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts • HarborStone Hospitality • • InterContinental Hotels Group • Interstate Hotels & Resorts • The Leading Hotels of the World • Loews Hotels and Resorts • Montage Hotels and Resorts • Newport Hospitality • The Original Agency • Phipps & Co. • Praxis Summit • RoomKnights • Seaview Investors • Spencer Stuart • Sushi Maki • Sweet Street Desserts • Thayer Lodging, Brookfield Hotel Properties • Trillium Services Group • Turano Baking Company • Valley Forge Fabrics • The Venetian • Waterford Hotel Group, Inc. • Yotel • Yui Designs
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Public Affairs Conference tackles top industry issues

NRA News - March 28, 2017 - 8:45pm

More than 600 operators are in Washington, D.C., for our Public Affairs Conference.

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Public Affairs Conference opens today

NRA News - March 28, 2017 - 10:46am

Our Public Affairs Conference opens today in Washington, D.C, where hundreds of restaurateurs will lobby lawmakers about issues that affect their businesses.

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Two Des Moines Area My Place Hotels Coming Soon To Altoona And Ankeny!

Hospitality Net - March 28, 2017 - 5:21am
My Place Hotels of America is extremely thrilled to welcome Matthew Eller of Eller Enterprises as its newest franchisee! Eller will kick off his new venture with My Place by bringing two brand new My Place hotels to the greater Des Moines Metropolitan area by Fall 2017! My Place Hotel-Ankeny, IA, a 3-story, 46- unit hotel, will be located on 2506 Tones Drive. Its sister location in Altoona, a 3-story, 64-unit hotel, will be located at 2315 Adventureland Drive. Both hotels are anticipated to open in August, 2017.
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New AC Hotel Raleigh North Hills Officially Begins Welcoming Guests

Hospitality Net - March 28, 2017 - 4:08am
Concord Hospitality announced today the opening of AC Raleigh North Hills, the first AC Hotels by Marriott property to open its doors in the state. Concord and Kane Realty partnered together on the new 135-room hotel, one of 30 AC Hotels opening nationwide in the next 18 months.
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Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter Debuts

Hospitality Net - March 27, 2017 - 12:30pm
Homewood Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) All Suites portfolio, announced today the official opening of its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter. The four-story, 207-suite hotel, located at 317 N Rampart, is the first Homewood Suites property based in the iconic French Quarter. The hotel's premier location provides easy access to New Orleans' BioDistrict and Central Business District, as well as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Bourbon Street, Jackson Square and Saenger Theatre.
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Kinseth Breaks Ground On Tru By Hilton, In St. Charles, Missouri.

Hospitality Net - March 27, 2017 - 12:25pm
Kinseth Hospitality Company (KHC) is pleased to announce the breaking of ground at the construction site of the Tru by Hilton in St. Charles, Missouri. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Tru by Hilton, located at 333 Camelback Road, took place on March 23, 2017. To kick-off the event Kathleen Brill, Sr. Vice President and Director of Leasing at Cullinan Properties, Ltd.; Ben Kinseth, Director of Operations at Kinseth Hospitality Companies; City of St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith; St. Charles Councilwoman Laurie Feldmanand; and Scott Tate, President and CEO, of Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce each shared their excitement for the project. Following, a group of investors broke ground on the coming Tru by Hilton hotel which will offer guest rooms and amenities for both leisure and business guests. "We picked the Streets of St. Charles because of it's high energy enviornment. It has a vibrancy with all of the nearby restaurants and attractions creating endless amounts of excitement that will draw many travelers. Tru by Hilton is a fresh new product grounded in value, with the perfect mix of a high energy developement, great value rooms, and a new efficient design. We're excited to be a part of the Streets of St. Charles and the greater St. Louis community." The 87 room, 5 story hotel is owned by St. Charles Hotel Associates, LLC., and will be managed by Kinseth Hospitality Companies. It is expected to be completed in first quarter 2018."Tru is a disruptive brand, as evidenced by its statement-making entrance to the midscale category and now the St. Charles market," said Alexandra Jaritz, Global Head for Tru by Hilton. "We know the brand will have broad appeal to by St. Charles area travelers who span generations but share a similar 'zest for life' mindset. At its core, Tru is value-engineered to provide guests with a contemporary, consistent and fresh experience in an affordable way, while at the same time being operationally efficient to our owners."About Tru by HiltonTru by Hilton is a revolutionary midscale hotel brand providing a simplified and spirited approach that is grounded in value for business and leisure travelers. Disrupting the midscale hotel space, Tru by Hilton will offer modern and functional guest rooms and social connectivity with reimagined public spaces, including an open lobby comprised of four zones where guests can work, play, lounge and eat. Designed to appeal cross-generationally, guests will enjoy complimentary amenities including breakfast, coffee and tea; optional mobile check-in and Digital Key; a multifunctional fitness center; and high-speed Wi-Fi. Single-serve wine and beer, fun snacks and light meal options will be available for purchase at a 24/7 retail market. Tru by Hilton is the newest addition to Hilton Worldwide's portfolio of market-leading brands. Learn more at Kinseth HospitalityKinseth Hospitality is a leading hotel management, development and ownership company. KHC has a proven track record of developing and operating award-winning hotels, restaurant and meeting facilities. Kinseth Hospitality is based in North Liberty, Iowa, and currently operates over 65 hotels and 5 branded restaurants in 12 states.
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Say ‘Ciao’ to new foods, ideas at Bellavita Expo

NRA News - March 24, 2017 - 6:03pm

During NRA Show 2017, visit the Expo for a quick primer in purchasing and cooking the best Italian foods. Also, explore the intricacies of Italian cuisine.

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An Art Deco Gem, Seattle’s Hotel Deca Joins Benchmark’s

Hospitality Net - March 24, 2017 - 9:43am
Seattle's iconic Art Deco gem, the Hotel Deca, is the newest member of the Gemstone Collection, a dynamically expanding portfolio that is part ofBENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company. The historic 158-guestroom property, featuring three Penthouse Suites, is situated in Seattle's spirited University District, close to the campus of the University of Washington and just minutes from the attractions of downtown Seattle. BENCHMARK includes 70 domestic and international properties under two distinctive and unique brands, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and the Gemstone Collection.
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Four Seasons Hotel At The Surf Club In Surfside, Florida Is Now Open

Hospitality Net - March 24, 2017 - 8:47am
From the moment it first opened its doors on New Year's Eve 1930, The Surf Club in Miami has hosted history. It is an institution whose reputation looms large in the imagination of so many more people than can ever have visited it, let alone been members. When tire tycoon Harvey Firestone first had the idea of a new type of social club, on board his yacht the Marybelle, he could never have imagined how enduring the appeal would be of what he would soon create.
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My Place Hotel-Marquette, MI Is Now Open!

Hospitality Net - March 24, 2017 - 8:46am
My Place Hotels of America is thrilled to announce the opening of Michigan's first My Place location in Marquette! Area travelers now have a fresh economy option in the brand new four-story, 63-room My Place Hotel, conveniently located at 2383 US 41 West. Central to the Upper Peninsula's premier retail, dining and entertainment corridor, the hotel's location also offers easy access to Northern Michigan University, the Superior Dome and the Berry Events Center.
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STR: US hotel results for week ending 18 March

Hospitality Net - March 24, 2017 - 7:23am
The U.S. hotel industry reported mixed results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 12-18 March 2017, according to data from STR.In a year-over-year comparison with the week of 13-19 March 2016:
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