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Bringing natural light into hotel bathrooms Many hotel bathrooms are poorly lit in part because they are in the interior of the room. Herbert Mascha, CEO of MRP Hotels, offers advice on designing a bathroom that will appeal to the vast majority of travelers. "A decision towards transparency or opening of bathrooms should only be made based on a clear understanding of the focus group of the future guests and their demands," he writes. Fri, Sep 18, 2015

JetBlue partners to build a hotel at JFK JetBlue Airways and partner MCR Development were chosen as the winning bidders to build a hotel in an empty terminal at John F. Kennedy airport in New York. The hotel will feature 505 rooms in the former TWA terminal, built in the 1960s by noted architect Eero Saarinen. Fri, Sep 18, 2015

Home2 Suites by Hilton expands into West Houston Mac Haik Realty has acquired 5.2 acres in Houston off of Interstate 10 and has begun work on 2.3 acres of the site to build a Home2 Suites by Hilton. The hotel, the second of its kind in Houston, will target business travelers and extended-stay guests and is expected to open by August 2016. Thu, Sep 17, 2015

Hotels ring in flexible checkout times A number of leading hotels are changing the way guests check in and out. Partina Hotels & Resorts and Copenhagen's The Absalon are working on a 24-hour-stay concept, allowing guests to stay for a full day. The Peninsula Beverly Hills' flexible checkout program allows guest to check in and out whenever they want. Thu, Sep 17, 2015

Startup MyRoomIn offers 125 search criteria Startup MyRoomIn has created a luxury hotel booking platform that presents only a few rooms in each featured hotel. Users have 125 search criteria to choose from. "We are a team of frequent travelers and think that, in 2015, itas unacceptable to be unable to select the exact hotel room you desire during the booking process," said the company. Wed, Sep 16, 2015

Luxury hotels showcase specialty services A fashion butler at Mandarin Oriental in Miami, in-room hair service at Baccarat Hotel New York and mixology lessons for guests of Four Seasons George V in Paris are highlights of specialty services that luxury hotels are rolling out for guests. Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Go back to basics for successful hospitality business Leadership skills and clear goals are fundamentals to developing and implementing a business success plan, Robert Rauch writes. A strong commitment to your vision and managing your staff in a proactive way are integral to success. "Our greatest assets are our team members and our customers. If we treat them both honestly, care about them and work hard to preserve the quality and attention to detail that they require, we will have helped to create a team that offers a unique selling proposition that sets us apart from the competition," Rauch writes. Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Tourism project in Hyde Park, N.Y., moves forward T-Rex Capital Group LLC wants to build two hotels, retail and housing on a vacant property in Hyde Park, N.Y., a move designed to encourage tourism in the area. The proposed development, Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park, would see a total investment of $500 million after a second phase is added. Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Trump Collection reveals plans for golf resort in Indonesia Trump Hotel Collection announced that it plans to open a new resort in West Java on the Indonesian island of Java. The property will be located approximately 49 miles (65 kilometers) south of Jakarta, also located on the island. The resort will be part of a 1,729-acre (700-hectare) development that will also include an 18-hole golf course, country club, and spa. Residential units including luxury villas and condominiums will also be part of the development. The property will be the second Trump Collection hotel in Asia, after the Trump International Hotel and Tower Bali. Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Hotel growth in Lake Charles, La. With economic growth in southwest Louisiana, demand for hotel rooms is also growing. Five new hotels are planned for the region, and further investment is a possibility, given increased tourism and the need for temporary-worker housing. Mon, Sep 14, 2015

New properties join 3 hotel groups Marriott's Autograph Collection nears its 100th hotel with the addition of Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston in Charleston, S.C. L.E. Hotels is maintaining a global presence by renovating four of its properties and adding one in Spain and one in Australia. Design Hotels has added eight new properties across the globe. Mon, Sep 14, 2015

How to use art to differentiate your hotel Anne-Juliette Maurice of New York City's Hotel Plaza Athenee uses art to foster positive experiences for her patrons. "This quality of art is expected by our guests and certainly adds to the overall guest experience," she said. Mon, Sep 14, 2015

Encouraging travel clients to try something new When booking a trip or vacation, travelers are most comfortable with what they know and will lean toward famous brands or previously visited destinations, advises Richard Earls. The job of a travel agent is to help clients spread their wings and leave their comfort zone by recommending new places to visit and different travel providers to use. Mon, Sep 14, 2015 CruiseGuide ISSN 1935-6501

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