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News for April 20, 2018

Tru By Hilton Opens Five New Hotels Including First College Town Properties

http://news.trubyhilton.com/index.cfm/news/tru-by-hilton-opens-five-new-hotels-including-first-college-town-properties

The Significant Gap Between Data Privacy And Consumer Trust – A New Online Survey, Conducted By The Harris Poll On Behalf Of IBM, Found Deepening Consumer Anxiety Over Data Privacy And Security

http://newsroom.ibm.com/IBM-security?item=30435

Expanding Their Asian Footprint, Melia Hotels International Signs Melia Phuket Mai Khao – Hotel Will Be The Group's Fifth Property In Thailand

https://www.meliahotelsinternational.com/en/press-room/04192018/expanding-their-asian-footprint-melia-hotels-international-signs-melia-phuket

Ctrip Signs MOU With AccorHotels

http://press.accorhotels.group/ctrip-signs-mou-with-accorhotels/

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Announces Construction Of First-Of-Its-Kind Undersea Residence - Debuting Q4 2018

http://news.conradhotels.com/index.cfm/news/conrad-maldives-rangali-island-announces-construction-of-firstofitskind-undersea-residence

American Express Reports First-Quarter EPS Of $1.86

http://about.americanexpress.com/news/pr/2018/amex-reports-first-quarter-eps-and-revenue-increase.aspx

News for April 19, 2018

Visa Appoints Mike Milotich As Head Of Investor Relations

https://investor.visa.com/news/news-details/2018/Visa-Appoints-Mike-Milotich-as-Head-of-Investor-Relations/default.aspx

Pension Benefits Are Critical Factor For Workers – Regardless Of Age – In Deciding Whether To Accept A Job, Accenture Survey Finds - Public- And Private-Sector Workers In North America Demanding Greater Access To Retirement-Planning Tools Through Digital Channels

https://newsroom.accenture.com/news/pension-benefits-are-critical-factor-for-workers-regardless-of-age-in-deciding-whether-to-accept-a-job-accenture-survey-finds.htm

IHG Strengthens Partnership With Al-Futtaim With The Opening Of TheHoliday Inn Dubai Festival City – Partners Also Announced The Signing Of A Management Agreement For Staybridge Suites Dubai Festival City

https://www.ihgplc.com/en/news-and-media/news-releases/2018/ihg-strengthens-partnership-with-al-futtaim

Dolce Hotels And Resorts By Wyndham Debuts Its First Cincinnati Hotel, The Summit, A Dolce Hotel By Wyndham, In Cincinnati’s Vibrant Madisonville Neighborhood.

http://www.wyndhamworldwide.com/news-media/press-releases/dolce-hotels-and-resorts-wyndham-debuts-its-first-cincinnati-hotel-1

RLH Corporation Closes Sale Of Red Lion Inn & Suites Bend For $5.5 Million - Company Sells Sixth Hotel In 2018 Boosting Asset Light Strategy, And Have Signed Franchise License Agreements To Retain Their RLH Corporation Brand In Each Case

http://ir.redlion.com/news-releases/news-release-details/rlh-corporation-closes-sale-red-lion-inn-suites-bend-55-million

AccorHotels Reports Strong Growth In First-Quarter 2018 Revenue: Like-For-Like Increase Of 9.5%

http://press.accorhotels.group/strong-growth-in-first-quarter-2018-revenue-like%E2%80%91for%E2%80%91like-increase-of-9-5/

Blackstone Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

https://www.blackstone.com/docs/default-source/earnings/Blackstone1Q18EarningsPressRelease.pdf?sfvrsn=f25f1bad_3

News for April 18, 2018

IHG® Signs Master Development Agreement With Saudi Arabian Business Conglomerate, Al Hokair Group, Which Will See The Debut Of Holiday Inn Express® Brand In Saudia Arabia, With A Roll-Out Of At Least 10 Holiday Inn Express® Hotels Over Next 15 Years

https://www.ihgplc.com/en/news-and-media/news-releases/2018/ihg-signs-agreement-with-al-hokair-hospitality-for-holiday-inn-express-in-saudi-arabia

RCI Adds Five New Resorts In Prime Holiday Locations In Japan

http://www.wyndhamworldwide.com/news-media/press-releases/rci-adds-five-new-resorts-prime-holiday-locations-japan

Business Travel Responsible For $40.1 Billion In Canadian GDP, Creates Over 573,000 Jobs, In 2016, According To Report By GBTA In Partnership With BCD Travel And Air Canada

https://www.gbta.org/news-and-advocacy/newsroom/business-travel-responsible-for-401-billion-in-canadian-gdp-creates-over-573000-jobs

Avis Returns To Japan With Presence At Gateway Airports

http://ir.avisbudgetgroup.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1064199

IBM: Cybersecurity’s Next Major Challenge: Connecting Human and Machine Intelligence

http://newsroom.ibm.com/IBM-security?item=30433

Guests Get Groomed In Style, At The Mayflower Hotel - DC’s Grooming Lounge Launches Its First Line Of In-Room Hotel Amenities At This Iconic Hotel

http://news.marriott.com/2018/04/guests-get-groomed-in-style-at-the-mayflower-hotel/

News for April 17, 2018

The Indian Hotels Company Limited Announces Its First TAJ In Saudia Arabia With A Partnership With Umm Al Qura Development And Construction Company In The Prestigious King Abdul Aziz Road Project In The City Of Makkah

https://www.tajhotels.com/en-in/about-taj-group/press-and-media/press-releases/press-releases/2018/the-indian-hotels-company-limited-ihcl-announces-its-first-taj-in-saudi-arabia/

IHG® Signs First Hotel Indigo® In Gibraltar Under A Franchise Agreement With Property Developers, Roquebrook

https://www.ihgplc.com/en/news-and-media/news-releases/2018/ihg-signs-first-hotel-indigo-in-gibraltar

Another Boost To Transformation In Magaluf: Melia Announces The Opening Of The Calvia Beach Plaza Hotel And Momentum Plaza, A 5,000M2 Shopping Centre That Will Open All Year Round

https://www.meliahotelsinternational.com/en/press-room/04172018/another-boost-transformation-magaluf-melia-announces-opening-calvia-beach-plaza

Tax Day: Hoteliers Call For More Transparency And Oversight In Taxing Airbnb

https://www.ahla.com/press-release/tax-day-hoteliers-call-more-transparency-and-oversight-taxing-airbnb

NRA: 3 Tips To Engage Millennial Guests

http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/3-tips-on-how-to-engage-millennial-customers

Marriott International Unveils Unified Loyalty Programs With One Set Of Benefits

http://news.marriott.com/2018/04/marriott-international-unveils-unified-loyalty-programs-with-one-set-of-benefits/

News for April 16, 2018

Ambassador Michael Froman Joins Mastercard As Vice Chairman And President, Strategic Growth - Former U.S. Trade Representative to Integrate Strategic Growth Initiatives

https://newsroom.mastercard.com/press-releases/ambassador-michael-froman-joins-mastercard-as-vice-chairman-and-president-strategic-growth/

New Accenture Study Finds 87 Percent Of Focused Cyberattacks Are Prevented - Yet, Organizations Still Experience 30 Cyber Breaches Per Year, Signaling Need For More Investment In Innovative Technologies To Further Improve Cyber Resilience

https://newsroom.accenture.com/news/new-accenture-study-finds-87-percent-of-focused-cyberattacks-are-prevented.htm

Emaar Hospitality Group And ARADA Join Hands To Launch Three Distinctive Hotels In Aljada, Sharjah’s New Lifestyle Hub - Emaar Hospitality Group To Operate Address, Vida And Rove Hotels In ARADA’s Flagship Destination Aljada In Sharjah

https://www.emaar.com/en/media-centre/detail.aspx?itemId=tcm:223-121936

Avis Budget Group Enters Into New Cooperation Agreement With SRS Investment Management - Jagdeep Pahwa And Carl Sparks Appointed To Board - SRS Agrees To Support All Company Nominees At The 2018 Annual Meeting - Company To Terminate Shareholder Rights Plan

http://ir.avisbudgetgroup.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1063873

Hampton By Hilton Adds Nine Properties; Expands International Presence In China And Germany

http://news.hampton.com/index.cfm/news/hampton-by-hilton-adds-nine-properties-expands-international-presence-in-china-and-germany

Coop To Buy Swisscom’s Shares In Siroop

https://www.swisscom.ch/en/about/medien/press-releases/2018/04/20180412-siroop.html

News for April 13, 2018

Accenture Appoints Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala, Executive Officer At Intel, To Board Of Directors

https://newsroom.accenture.com/news/accenture-appoints-venkata-murthy-renduchintala-executive-officer-at-intel-to-board-of-directors.htm

Cisco Appoints Mark Garrett, Former Adobe Systems Incorporated EVP And CFO, To Board Of Directors

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1920915

W Hotels Touches Down In Jordan With Debut Of W Amman - W Amman Marks The First Hotel Collaboration Between Marriott International And Eagle Hills Jordan Which Will Be Followed By Three More Hotel Openings Across Jordan

http://news.marriott.com/2018/04/modern-marvel-w-hotels-touches-down-in-jordan-with-debut-of-w-amman/

AAA Hotel Inspectors Looking For Well Connected Properties In Its Updated Hotel Approval Requirements & Diamond Rating Guidelines

https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/04/aaa-hotel-inspectors-looking-well-connected-properties/

Comfort And Convenience At The New Holiday Inn Express® Paris - Charles De Gaulle Airport

https://www.ihgplc.com/en/news-and-media/news-releases/2018/comfort-and-convenience-at-the-new-holiday-inn-express-paris-charles-de-gaulle-airport

News for April 12, 2018

James Savina Named Executive Vice President And General Counsel For Wyndham Destinations

http://www.wyndhamworldwide.com/news-media/press-releases/james-savina-named-general-counsel-wyndham-destinations

Marriott International Expands Current Middle East & Africa Portfolio With Signing Of Over 30 Projects In Last 12 Months – In The Next Five Years, The Company Plans To Increase Its Portfolio In The Region By 50 Percent, Debut Additional Brands And Add 30,000 New Jobs

http://news.marriott.com/2018/04/marriott-international-expands-current-middle-east-africa-portfolio-with-signing-of-over-30-projects-in-last-12-months/

Hyatt Announces Plans For First Dual-Branded Hyatt Place And Hyatt House Hotels At Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport – An Affiliate Of Cycas Hospitality Has Entered Into A Franchise Agreement With A Hyatt Affiliate

http://newsroom.hyatt.com/news-releases?item=123661

Effectively Tackling Innovation Risk Helps Fuel Organizational Growth, Says PwC – Seventh Annual PwC Report Shows How Risk Leaders Are Effectively Addressing Challenges That Accompany Innovation

https://www.pwc.com/us/en/press-releases/2018/2018-risk-in-review-study.html

Premier Mountaintop Hotel And Conference Center, The McLemore Resort Lookout Mountain, To Join Curio Collection By Hilton In Georgia

http://news.curio.com/index.cfm/news/premier-mountaintop-hotel-and-conference-center-to-join-curio-collection-by-hilton-in-georgia

Tribute Portfolio™ Touches Down in Hamburg With The Opening Of Nordport Plaza, Hamburg-Airport

http://news.marriott.com/2018/04/tribute-portfolio-touches-down-in-hamburg/

American Express Will Open Eleventh Location Of The CENTURION® Lounge At Denver International Airport

http://about.americanexpress.com/news/pr/2018/amex-to-open-11th-centurion-lounge-at-denver-intl-airport.aspx

News for April 11, 2018

Choice Hotels Announces Alliance With Sercotel Hotels, A Leading Hotel Operator And Franchisor Based In Spain

http://media.choicehotels.com/2018-04-11-Choice-Hotels-Announces-Alliance-With-Sercotel-Hotels

eRevMax Strengthens Its Leadership Team For LiveOS: Diako Sali Appointed As Director Of Global Sales

http://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/apr2018-erevmax-strengthens-leadership-team-liveos.html

Wyndham Hotel Group Unites Its Family Of Hotel Brands Under One Powerful Name: Adds “by Wyndham” Label To 12 Signature Economy And Midscale Brands

http://www.wyndhamworldwide.com/news-media/press-releases/wyndham-hotel-group-unites-its-family-hotel-brands-under-one-powerful-name

Balancing Digital Investments Is Key To Driving Sustainable Growth In India’s Manufacturing Sector, Accenture Research Finds – Report Names Six Imperatives For Indian Companies To Gain Value From “Industry X.0”

https://newsroom.accenture.com/news/balancing-digital-investments-is-key-to-driving-sustainable-growth-in-indias-manufacturing-sector-accenture-research-finds.htm

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort In Puerto Rico Announces October Opening Following $60 Million Renovation

http://news.marriott.com/2018/04/the-st-regis-bahia-beach-resort-announces-october-opening-following-60-million-renovation/

Mastercard Announces Initial Contribution To $500 Million Inclusive Growth Fund - New Fund Will Help People, Businesses Prosper In The Digital Economy

https://newsroom.mastercard.com/press-releases/mastercard-announces-initial-contribution-to-500-million-inclusive-growth-fund/

News for April 10, 2018

RLH Corporation Appoints Kristin Thielking Senior Vice President To Lead Human Resources

http://ir.redlion.com/news-releases/news-release-details/rlh-corporation-appoints-kristin-thielking-lead-human-resources

Ashford Trust Completes Refinancing Of 22-Hotel Portfolio

http://www2.snl.com/IRW/file/4088185/Index?KeyFile=392952162

The Ascend Hotel Collection Welcomes The Hotel Morrison To Dania Beach, Fla.

http://media.choicehotels.com/2018-04-10-The-Ascend-Hotel-Collection-Welcomes-The-Hotel-Morrison-To-Dania-Beach-Fla

¿Qué Pasa Ibiza? W Hotels To Open Newest W Escape On The White Isle In 2019 – Hotel Is Owned By Inversions Hoteleres Ebza S.L

http://news.marriott.com/2018/04/que-pasa-ibiza-w-hotels-to-open-newest-w-escape-on-the-white-isle-in-2019/

News for April 9, 2018

Blackstone Hires Yan Yan To Join The Firm As A Managing Director In Its Real Estate Team In Asia

https://www.blackstone.com/media/press-releases/blackstone-hires-yan-yan-to-join-real-estate-team-in-asia

AccorHotels Acquires ResDiary, A Leading Platform For Restaurant Reservation & Table Management

http://press.accorhotels.group/accorhotels-acquires-resdiarya-leading-platform-for-restaurant-reservation-table-management/

The Ascend Hotel Collection Welcomes The Arbor Hotel And Conference Center In Lubbock, Texas

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-ascend-hotel-collection-welcomes-the-arbor-hotel-and-conference-center-in-texas-300625981.html

Brinker To Take On 250 Apprentices - Is Part Of Its Partnership With The NRAEducational Foundation

http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/Brinker-to-take-on-250-apprentices

News for April 6, 2018

AccorHotels Announces First SO/ Project In The Middle East Opening In 2020 With DMCC

http://press.accorhotels.group/accorhotels-announces-first-so-project-in-the-middle-east-opening-in-2020-with-dmcc/

Wyndham Strengthens Trademark’s U.S. Footprint With Latest Additions -Hotel Giant’s Soft-Branded Concept Expands To Nearly 70 Strong And Growing Globally

http://www.wyndhamworldwide.com/news-media/press-releases/wyndham-strengthens-trademark%E2%80%99s-us-footprint-latest-additions

eRevMax Completes 2-Way Integration With Brazilian PMS Provider Check-In - Interface To Facilitate Seamless Real-Time Rate, Availability And Reservation Data Transfer Between Hotels And Online Sales Channels

http://www.erevmax.com/ratetiger-news/ratetiger-news-archive/apr2018-erevmax-2way-integration-brazilian-pms.html

Short-Term Rental Debates Reach Fever Pitch In HI, MA And TN

https://www.ahla.com/hotel-lobby/short-term-rental-debates-reach-fever-pitch-hi-ma-and-tn

Cambria Hotels, Joined Developer Kirtland Realty Group And Management Company Fillmore Hospitality, To Celebrate The Grand Opening Of Cambria Hotel Downtown Dallas

http://media.choicehotels.com/2018-04-06-Cambria-Hotels-Celebrates-Grand-Opening-in-Downtown-Dallas

News for April 5, 2018

Mastercard Names Ann Cairns Vice Chairman - Gilberto Caldart Appointed President, International, Carlo Enrico To Lead Latin America And Caribbean Region

https://newsroom.mastercard.com/press-releases/mastercard-names-ann-cairns-vice-chairman/

U.S. Wireless Industry Contributes $475 Billion Annually To America’s Economy And Supports 4.7 Million Jobs, According To New ReportCommissioned By CTIA, Analysis Developed By Accenture – Study Reveals Powerful Economic Impact Of Wireless Across All 50 U.S. States

https://newsroom.accenture.com/news/us-wireless-industry-contributes-475-billion-annually-to-americas-economy-and-supports-4-7-million-jobs-according-to-new-report.htm

Marriott International Deepens Commitment To India With The Opening Of Its 100th Hotel, The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center, And A Pipeline Of More Than 50 Signed Projects

http://news.marriott.com/2018/04/marriott-international-deepens-commitment-to-india-with-the-opening-of-its-100th-hotel-and-a-pipeline-of-more-than-50-signed-projects/

BW'S Surestay Hotel Group® Expands To 52 Properties Worldwide And Another 45 In The Pipeline

https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/about/press-media/2018-press-release/surestay-hotel-group-expands-worldwide.html

New Melia Hotels In Cuba: Much More Than Just Spectacular Beaches - Meliá Will Operate 2,145 New Rooms In Cuba By The End Of 2018

https://www.meliahotelsinternational.com/en/press-room/04052018/new-melia-hotels-cuba-much-more-just-spectacular-beaches

News for April 4, 2018

RLH Corporation Enters Into Definitive Agreement To Acquire The Knights Inn Brand, With More Than 350 Economy Segment Hotels Across North America And A Pipeline Of An Additional Approximately 47 Hotels, From Wyndham Hotel Group

http://ir.redlion.com/news-releases/news-release-details/rlh-corporation-enters-definitive-agreement-acquire-knights-inn

Curio Collection By Hilton Introduces The Porter - Its 50th Hotel In Key U.S. Destination Of Portland

http://news.curio.com/index.cfm/news/curio-collection-by-hilton-introduces-the-porter-its-50th-hotel-in-key-us-destination

Tribute Portfolio, Part Of Marriott International, Inc., Together With Hickory Street Capital Announces Opening Of Hotel Zachary In The Heart Of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood

http://news.marriott.com/2018/04/tribute-portfolio-announces-opening-of-hotel-zachary/

2018 IBM X Force Report: Shellshock Fades, Gozi Rises And Insider Threats Soar

http://newsroom.ibm.com/IBM-security?item=30412

Autograph Collection Hotels Debuts In Georgia With The Opening Of Paragraph Resort & Spa Shekvetili

http://news.marriott.com/2018/04/autograph-collection-hotels-debuts-in-georgia-with-the-opening-of-paragraph-resort-spa-shekvetili/

News for April 3, 2018

Corporate Finance Leaders Worldwide Remain Optimistic And Will Face Risk Head-On Despite Economic And Political Uncertainty, According To New American Express Global Survey – North America's Finance Executives Most Likely To Say Robotics And Automation Will Have The Greatest Impact On Their Industries In The Next Five Years

http://about.americanexpress.com/news/pr/2018/corporate-finance-leaders-remain-optimistic-in-new-amex-global-survey.aspx

Hyatt Place Oklahoma City/Bricktown Celebrates Official Opening – Hotel Is Owned By NewcrestImage LLC

http://newsroom.hyatt.com/032918-Hyatt-Place-Oklahoma-City-Bricktown-Celebrates-Official-Opening

Accenture And Tomorrow Street, Vodafone’s Innovation Centre, Collaborate To Help Late-Stage Startups Scale Globally

https://newsroom.accenture.com/news/accenture-and-tomorrow-street-vodafones-innovation-centre-collaborate-to-help-late-stage-startups-scale-globally.htm

Sleep Inn Hotel Opens In Houston

http://media.choicehotels.com/2018-04-03-Sleep-Inn-Hotel-Opens-In-Houston

News for April 2, 2018

Ashford Mourns The Death Of Long-Time Executive David A. Brooks

http://www2.snl.com/IRW/file/4088185/Index?KeyFile=392845733

Mastercard Names Choon Phong Goh, CEO Of Singapore Airlines, To Board Of Directors

https://newsroom.mastercard.com/press-releases/mastercard-names-choon-phong-goh-to-board-of-directors/

Visa Inc. Announces Resignation Of Gary A. Hoffman From The Board Of Directors - Debbie Hewitt, An Independent Non-Executive Director, Will Become Chair Of The Visa Europe Board Upon Mr. Hoffman’s Departure In June

https://investor.visa.com/news/news-details/2018/Visa-Inc-Announces-Resignation-of-Gary-A-Hoffman-From-the-Board-of-Directors/default.aspx

Marriott Irvine Spectrum Grand Opening Signals Growth And New Energy In So-Cal – Hotel Designed By Newport Beach-Based R.D Olson Development

http://news.marriott.com/2018/03/marriott-irvine-spectrum-grand-opening-signals-growth-and-new-energy-in-so-cal/

Home2 Suites By Hilton Las Vegas Strip South Opens – Hotel Is Owned And Managed By National Hospitality Management, LLC.

http://news.home2suites.com/index.cfm/news/home2-suites-by-hilton-las-vegas-strip-south-opens

Hyatt Hotels Corporation And AC Ocean Walk Announed That A Hyatt Affiliate Has Entered A Franchise Agreement With AC Ocean Walk For The 1,399-Room Ocean Resort Casino In Atlantic City To Join The Unbound Collection By Hyatt Brand And Is Expected To Open In Summer 2018

http://newsroom.hyatt.com/news-releases?item=123660

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