Ed Watkins

Ed
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New Website Helps Hotel Guests Find the Right Room
Room77.com is a newly launched website that enables hotel guests to get detailed glimpses of their hotel rooms before they check in.
Holiday Inn’s Relaunch Drives Revenues, Satisfaction
Costing $1 billion and involving nearly 3,400 hotels and 430,000 rooms, the recently completed relaunch of the Holiday Inn brand family was the most ambitious, wide-ranging hotel industry initiative ever undertaken.
Hotel Lenders Invade Hunter Conference
If you were at this week’s Hunter Hotel Investment Conference in Atlanta, you would think plenty of lenders are providing lots of money to finance hotel industry deals
Carlson Revamps Loyalty Program, Eyes New Brands
This week at its annual conference, Carlson launched a rebranded and revamped loyalty program and outlined broad plans to add new brands in the economy and luxury lodging segments.
Home2 Suites Debuts Brand in North Carolina
It takes a special kind of hotel company to develop a new brand’s first property, like the Home2 Suites by Hilton that just opened in Fayetteville, NC.
Marriott Vice Chairman Shaw to Retire
Bill Shaw has seen a lot in his 37 years in the hospitality industry. When he joined Marriott in 1974, the company was a mid-size conglomerate.
ALIS Live: Not Quite Heaven in ‘11
It may not be, as ALIS organizer Jim Burba suggests, “finally heaven in 2011,” but the lodging industry’s operational performance and financial health are finally back on track.
First Staybridge Suites With Student Designs Opens
A unique partnership between the Savannah College of Art and Design and IHG’s Staybridge Suites brand has born fruit.
Cautious Optimism for 2011
Members of the Lodging Hospitality roundtable believe 2011 will be better than ’10 and certainly ’09, but they’re not completely sold.
Savvy Management Is Key to Success at Distressed Hotels
Lodging is the most management-intensive segment of the commercial real estate industry. And while location and financial structure are critical, operating performance may be the primary driver of value in a hotel investment.
John Russell Launches New Hotel Venture
John Russell is writing a new chapter in his long career in the hotel industry.
Extended-Stay Segment Leads Lodging Recovery
The extended-stay segment is leading the lodging industry back to prosperity.
Financing Loosens for Boutique Hotels
Boutique and lifestyle hotels have come of age in the eyes of an increasing number of lenders.
Small Business Jobs Bill Helps Lodging, But It’s No Panacea
Despite opposition from Republicans, Congress recently passed and President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010. The legislation could prove to be a boon for some hotel real estate entrepreneurs
LEED-Certified Courtyard Debuts in Pittsburgh
A first-of-its-kind Courtyard by Marriott has opened near Pittsburgh.
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