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Hospitality Pulse: Hotel and Resort Industry News for Dec. 21, 2015

Hotel & Resort | Patrick Clarke | December 21, 2015

Hospitality Pulse: Hotel and Resort Industry News for Dec. 21, 2015

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Ashford Prime Completes Acquisition of Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
The company announced it has acquired the 180-room hotel from Marriott International in exchange for $64 million. The resort recently underwent a $22 million renovation.

How Hotels are Embracing Toiletries
Hotels are working harder than ever to meet guests' needs and wants when it comes to bathroom and shower amenities, in an effort to keep them coming back.

Lafayette Hotels Offers Free Stays for the Holidays
Twenty-five hotels in Maine and New Hampshire will offer free rooms to guests experiencing hardship this holiday season. The program ends Dec. 31.

Hilton Achieves US Department of Energy's Superior Energy Performance Certification
Hilton Worldwide becomes the first hospitality company to receive the certification. The SEP certified hotels include the Washington Hilton, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and Hilton Union Square San Francisco.


The new Earth Hotel being constructed at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun resort will feature 400 rooms, a restaurant, pool, fitness center and an outdoor space. 

More than one million travelers will be spending New Year's Eve in an Airbnb property

California's Mountain High Resort hosted dozens of skiing and snowboarding Santas during a charity event over the weekend.

The 1,300th Motel 6 property opens in Bakersfield, California. 

The Carlyle Group and Montefiore Investment are in talks to sell B&B Hotels


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