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News for February 28, 2017

Lyft’s John Zimmer To Receive Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award

Blockbuster Deals In China Make Asia-Pacific The Leader In Global Fintech Investments, Accenture Analysis Finds - Fintech Financing In Asia-Pacific More Than Doubled In 2016, To US$11.2 billion,With Large Deals In China Pushing Asia-Pacific Past North America And Europe

Hilton Expands Presence In Colombia With Signing Of Hilton Medellin - Hilton Currently Has A Portfolio Of 14 Properties In The Country And 9 Projects In The Pipeline

Historic Washington Marriott Georgetown Transformed - $28 Million Transformation, An Investment By Hotel Owner, Geller Capital Partners

KT And Cisco Jasper Launch Global IoT Services Platform For Businesses In Korea

eRevMax Facilitates Seamless Connectivity For GDS Distribution Through HotelREZ

The Priceline Group Reports Financial Results For 4th Quarter And Full-Year 2016

News for February 27, 2017

AccorHotels Appoints Maud Bailly As Chief Digital Officer

Preferred Hotels & Resorts Announces 26 New Luxury Properties Scheduled To Open Over The Course Of The Year Within Its Portfolio

NRA Educational Foundation, AH&LA And The U.S. Department Of Labor Kick-Off First-Ever Joint Apprenticeship Program

Crowne Plaza Hotel To Open in Downtown Kuala Lumpur

Spring Break For Every Budget: Reveals Top Mountain, Beach, And City Destinations For College Students, Up-And-Comers and Families In 2017

Accenture Helps Avianca Design And Launch A Travel-Experience Chatbot For Its 28 Million Customers

News for February 24, 2017

FelCor Lodging Trust Clarifies Background on Ashford Hospitality Trust Proposal

Seven Currencies, One Cash Passport - Mastercard And Canada Post Introduce Multi-Currency Prepaid Card

Tribute Portfolio Debuts In China With The Addition Of The Yuluxe Sheshan, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Shanghai

Meliá Hotels International Opens Sol House Bali Legian

RCI Welcomed More Than 170 New Resorts In 2016

Ashford Trust Reports Fourth Quarter And Year End 2016 Results

Amadeus Accelerates Profit Growth Thanks To Strength Of Core Businesses And Acquisitions

News for February 23, 2017

Forbes Travel Guide Announces 2017 Star Rating Awards

Retail Industry Leading The Charge In Board Refreshment, According To New PwC Report - Analysis Compares Board Demographics Of Nine Industries; Banking And Capital Markets Boards Have Highest Percentage Of Women Technology Skills For Directors Will Be Key Across Sectors

Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara Opens In Mexico

Accenture Opens Innovation Hub In Houston

Cisco To Automate NTT DOCOMO’s Network Device Provisioning

Chubb Taps IBM For IT Integration And Infrastructure Consolidation

FelCor Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Earnings

News for February 22, 2017

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC Announces Appointment Of Malina Ngai As An Independent Non-Executive Director Of IHG

Nicolas Sarkozy Joins AccorHotels’ Board Of Directors To Support Its International Vision

Mapletree Acquires Oakwood Worldwide® To Accelerate Its Corporate Housing And Serviced Apartment Expansion Globally - Former Oakwood Worldwide Executive Christopher Ahearn Named Chief Executive Officer

Mastercard And Boingo Wireless Join Forces To Bring Unlimited Wi-Fi Access Around The World – Announce That Service Is Now Live For Select HSBC Mastercard Cardholders On Four Continents

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Reports Solid Results For 2016, Announces Share Repurchase Program And The Acquisition Of The Don CeSar And Beach House Suites Complex In St. Pete Beach, Florida, Which Will Be Operated As An Independent Hotel And Managed By Davidson Hotels & Resorts

AccorHotels Reports Strong Growth In 2016 With Increased Market Share And International Reach

News for February 21, 2017

Douglas A. Kessler Appointed Chief Executive Officer Of Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.

Ashford Hospitality Trust Proposes To Acquire FelCor Lodging Trust At A Significant Premium Of 28% Per Share To Create Compelling Long-Term Shareholder Value

FelCor Lodging Trust Responds To Ashford Hospitality Trust’s Unsolicited Proposal

Best Western® Hotels & Resors Adds The Blake Hotel New Orleans To BW Premier Collection Portfolio

Ashford Hospitality Trust Nominates Seven Highly-Qualified, Independent Candidates For Election To The Board Of FelCor Lodging Trust

Koch Completes Investment Of More Than $2 Billion In Infor

IHG Reports Preliminary Results For The Year To December 2016

Sotherly Hotels Inc. Reports Financial Results For The Year Ended December 31, 2016

News for February 20, 2017

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Debuts In Changsha, Hunan’s Thriving Capital In Southern China

IBM And Ricoh Transform Corporate Meetings With Industry-First, Watson-Powered Interactive Whiteboards

The Hongkong And Shanghai Hotels And Yoma Strategic Celebrate A Groundbreaking Ceremony For The Peninsula Yangon

Accenture Announces Intent To Acquire Digital Agency SinnerSchrader AG To Drive Expansion Of Accenture Interactive In Germany

News for February 17, 2017

IBM And Visa Turn Automobiles, Appliances And All Other Connected Devices Into Potential Points Of Sale With Watson Internet Of Things - IBM Watson IoT To Provide Access To As Many As 20 Billion Devices For Visa In The Next Five Years

Meliá Hotels International Signs Meliá Cam Ranh Bay In Vietnam

U.S.-International Air Passenger Traffic A Record 220.8 Million In 2016 According To The The National Travel And Tourism Office

Accenture Is Accelerating Innovation Investment In The U.S. - By The End Of 2020, Accenture Will Open 10 New Innovation Hubs In Key Cities In The U.S. And Expand Its Regional Network Of Technology Delivery Centers

ResortQuest Becomes Exclusive Hospitality Company F 30A’s Newest Luxury Property, The Pointe In Inlet Beach, Florida

News for February 16, 2017

Disney Announces Latondra Newton Named Chief Diversity Officer

U.S. Small And Medium Enterprises Optimistic About Business Prospects In 2017 And Beyond, According To New Global Research From American Express - MEs Forecast Increased Revenues & Profits, Plan To Focus On Domestic Expansion And Sales Growth To Drive Financial Performance

Accenture Security Index: A Majority Of Global Organizations Struggle To Identify And Fully Protect Mission Critical Assets From Cyberattacks

Home2 Suites By Hilton Opens Newest Property In Portland, Texas – Hotel Is Managed By ZJZ Hospitality, Inc.,

Blackstone Acquires A Majority Stake In Leading Global Public Cloud Enabler Cloudreach

Hyatt Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Results - U.S. And Systemwide Comparable RevPAR Increased 2.4% And 2.0%, Respectively & Expects Systemwide RevPAR Growth Of 0% to 2% In 2017

Marriott International Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

Choice Hotels International Reports A 10 Percent Increase In Fourth Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share - Fourth Quarter Domestic RevPAR Increases 5 Percent

Cisco Reports Second Quarter Earnings

Avis Budget Group Reports Fourth Quarter And Full-Year 2016 Results

News for February 15, 2017

Young Millennials Top List Of Worst Behaved Drivers – New Study From The AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety Shows That 88 Percent Of Young Millennials Engage In Risky Behavior Behind The Wheel

Made In Manhattan: DoubleTree By Hilton Opens In Times Square West – Hotel Is Managed By Crescent Hotels And Resorts

A New ‘Virtual Reality’ Is Creating Profound Implications For Treasury Processes, Technology And The Profession Itself, According To PwC’s Latest Global Treasury Benchmarking Report

Hilton Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results; Achieves Record Pipeline And Net Unit Growth For The Year

Wyndham Worldwide Reports Fourth Quarter Fnd Full Year 2016 Results

Horwath HTL Parent Crowe Horwath International Grows Revenues 9% In 2016

News for February 14, 2017

You Can’t Put A Price On Love…Especially When It Comes To Valentine’s Day – The “Mastercard Valentine's Day Index” Revealed That Sentimental Spending Has Increased By 49 Percent

Organizations Wasting Billions On Customer Loyalty Programs That Don’t Work Like They Used To, Accenture Strategy Study Finds - Accenture Strategy Unveils The New ‘Languages Of Loyalty’ Driving Customer Relationships In The Digital Age

Cornell Report Highlights The Value Of Hotel Amenities

Mercure Launches Its First BOT And Share Its Local Stories With You

IBM And ServiceNow Announce Global Strategic Partnership - The New Partnership Will Accelerate The Adoption Of Intelligent Automation On A Single Cloud Platform For IT, HR, Customer Service, And Security

Emaar Properties Records 28% Growth In FY 2016 Net Profit To AED 5.233 Billion (US$ 1.425 Billion); Q4 2016 Profit Increased By 56%

News for February 13, 2017

FelCor Names Hospitality Industry Veteran Steven R. Goldman Chief Executive Officer

Accenture Appoints Former Mayo Clinic Design Director Lorna Ross To Lead New Fjord Studio In Dublin

Hyatt Centric Brand Expected To Nearly Double Portfolio By The End Of 2019

TAJ Presents TAJ Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris

RCI And The Registry Collection® Welcome Kembali Vacation Club In Gili Air, Indonesia

News for February 10, 2017

Accenture Further Strengthens Commitment To Ireland: Creates 300 Jobs In Tech And Design, And Launches The Dock, An Innovation, R&D And Incubation Hub - An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, Joins Accenture Chairman & CEO Pierre Nanterme For Official Opening Of The Dock

Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin Opens Its Doors – Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited Currently Operates Over 95 Hotels In 22 Countries And 73 Destinations Under The Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen And Traders Brands

Blackstone Announces Acquisition Of Aon’s Technology-Enabled Benefits & HR Platform

Czech It Out: W Hotels To Debut In Prague In 2020, W Prague Owned By PPH Evropa s.r.o.

Sotherly Hotels Inc. Completes Sale Of Hampton, Virginia Hotel

News for February 9, 2017

Accenture Appoints Laura Gurski To Lead Customer And Channels Consulting Practice For The Automotive, Consumer Goods, Industrial, Life Sciences, Retail And Travel Industries

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Appoints Brad Hall As Chief Financial Officer

IBM Launches “Digital - Nation Africa”: Invests $70 Million To Bring Digital Skills To Africa With Free, Watson-Powered Skills Platform For 25 Million People

Home2 Suites By Hilton Expands Presence In The Dallas Area, The Home2 Suites By Hilton Dallas Addison, Managed By Magnolia Lodging

Accenture To Acquire iDefense Security Intelligence Services, A Cyber Threat Intelligence Business

The Coca-Cola Company Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2016 Results

News for February 8, 2017

The Priceline Group Agrees To Acquire Momondo Group - The Group's Existing Global Meta Brand KAYAK To Oversee Opertions Of Momondo And Cheapflights

RLHC Kicks Off 2017 With Eight Hotel Openings And Three Franchise License Agreements In January

Hilton Has Signed A Franchise Agreement With Demarsh To Bring The First Hampton By Hilton Hotel To Brest, Republic Of Belarus

Accenture Completes Acquisition Of InvestTech Systems Consulting, Expanding Its Asset Management Consulting Capabilities

Swisscom Holds Its Ground During A Challenging 2016

The Walt Disney Company Reports First Quarter Earnings For Fiscal 2017

News for February 7, 2017

Family Vacations Still A Popular Priority For Millions Of Americans - New AAA Survey Reveals That 35 Percent Of Americans Will Travel As A Family This Year

Cisco Mobile Visual Networking Index Forecast Projects 7-Fold Increase In Global Mobile Data Traffic From 2016-2021

The Rebirth Of An Icon: Curio – A Collection By Hilton Debuts El San Juan Hotel In Puerto Rico - Hotel Is Co-Managed By IMPRINT Hospitality And Aimbridge Hospitality

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens Newest Hotel In Orlando, The Homewood Suites By Hilton Orlando Theme Parks, Developed And Owned By Kalson's Hospitality

Accenture Finds Girls’ Take-Up Of STEM Subjects Is Held Back By Stereotypes, Negative Perceptions And Poor Understanding Of Career Options

News for February 6, 2017

AccorHotels To Acquire Travel Keys To Consolidate Leadership In The Luxury Private Rental Market - The Combination Of Travel Keys With onefinestay And Squarebreak Will Provide AccorHotels With A Unique Offering Of About 8,500 Addresses In The Luxury Private Rental Market

Australia’s Creative Capital To Welcome W Melbourne In 2020, Developed In Partnership With Daisho Development Melbourne Pty Ltd And Cbus Property

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Announces Rebranding Of A Luxury Villa Resort In Hua Hin, Thailand, The Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin

Rezidor Reports Record Year Of Organic Growth; Signing Of 45 Hotels With 8,200 Rooms

Callaway Golf Company Announces Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2016 Financial Results, Reflecting Continued Sales Growth, Brand Momentum, And Market Share Gains As Well As Increased Profitability And Cash Flows; And Provides 2017 Financial Guidance

IBM Closes Acquisition Of Agile 3 Solutions

News for February 3, 2017

Hyatt Announces Plans For First Hyatt Place Hotel In Aruba

IBM And United Airlines Collaborate On Enterprise iOS Apps To Transform Travel Experience – Will Help Digitally Transform The Mobile Landscape For United's Employees For The Benefit Of Their Customers And Harness The Power Of iPhone And iPad

Hampton By Hilton To Debut In The UK’s Most Visited Seaside Destination, The Hampton By Hilton Blackpool – Hotel Is Set To Open In 2018

Sotherly Hotels Inc. Announces Acquisition Of Condo Hotel Commercial Unit Of The Hyde Resort & Residences Located In Hollywood, Florida

Visa Inc. Reports Strong Fiscal First Quarter 2017 Results

News for February 2, 2017

Former U.S. Treasury Official Valerie Abend Joins Accenture Security - Appointed To Lead Financial Services Security Practice For North America

Hilton Honors Unveils More of What Matters Most: Benefits Including Amazon Shop With Points

Five-Star Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill Reveals Multi-Million Pound Refurbishment

Preferred Hotels & Resorts Announces 2016 Results

Best Western Makes Waves With First Hotel At Inle Lake, The Best Western Thousand Island Hotel, In Myanmar’s Shan State

IBM And United Airlines Collaborate On Enterprise iOS Apps To Transform Travel Experience

News for February 1, 2017

NRA Names 2017 Officers, Board Members

IHG Debuts In Laos With Opening Of Crowne Plaza Vientiane

India Is World’s Fastest Growing Major Business Travel Market In 2016 Despite Demonetization Fears - India Poised To Move Up From 10thLargest Global Business Travel Market To 6th By 2019 According To TheGBTA BTI™ Outlook – India Report

Accenture To Acquire InvestTech Systems Consulting, Further Expanding Its Asset-Management Consulting Capabilities

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