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

Hotel & Resort | Patrick Clarke | October 21, 2015

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

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View the latest industry news and notes for Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Canopy by Hilton Hotel Coming to Downtown Columbus

Columbus, Ohio, officials approved plans for a new 12-story Canopy by Hilton hotel. Construction on the $36 to $40 million property will begin in June 2016. Upon completion, the hotel will feature 168 rooms along with a rooftop bar...Read more from the Columbus Dispatch.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Teams with DIRECTV

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced Wednesday that it will expand in-room entertainment options across its U.S. portfolio through an agreement with DIRECTV. Starwood's largest brand, Sheraton will begin implementing the new service immediately...Read more from Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Cayman Islands Announces 48-Hour Sale for "Back to the Future" Day

In celebration of "Back to the Future" Day Wednesday, the Cayman Islands has announced a 48-hour flash sale offering reduced 1985-style rates on accommodations as low as $85 per night. Travelers can score deals Wednesday and Thursday at several hotels and resorts, including the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; the Wyndham Reef Resort and the Grand Cayman Beach Suites, among others...Read more from the Cayman Islands.

Former Manchester United Stars Lend Boutique Hotel to Homeless

Former Red Devils Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have welcomed a group of squatters who occupied the boutique hotel they are developing over the weekend. The property is currently undergoing renovations, but Giggs and Neville are working with Manchester city officials to allow the homeless to reside there safely throughout the upcoming winter months...Read more from the Guardian.

ARC Hospitality Acquires 10 Hotels

American Realty Capital Hospitality Trust announced the acquisition of 10 hotels for $150.1 million from Summit Hotel Properties Tuesday. The Marriott and Hilton properties are located across the U.S...Read more from ARC Hospitality

Study Examines Value of Top Hotel Loyalty Programs

The Switchfly Hotel Reward Payback Survey conducted by IdeaWorks reveals the average payback of the top hotel chains' loyalty programs, with Marriott edging out the pack by a slim margin...Read more from the Wall Street Journal.

Aloft Hotels Unveils Emoji Room Service

The Starwood brand is rolling out TiGi (Text it, Get it) in Manhattan Wednesday. The new service will allow guests to text a string of emojis to order any one of six different packages (ie: The Hangover; The Munchies) that will be delivered directly to their room...Read more from Mashable


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