Hospitality
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1/16/2018

Milliken Creek Inn & Spa in Napa Valley, Calif., has adopted Alice software to help support its guest services team. "Our concierge program is an important part of this, and our ability to cater to our guests the way we do would not be possible for a four-person team without the help of a very capable and reliable piece of software like Alice," General Manager David Jessup said.

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1/16/2018

A developer is proposing a 110-key hotel and convention space near Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington, Ill.

1/16/2018

Nobu Hotel Marbella is on track to open this spring in Spain. The hotel chain, owned by Nobu Matsuhisa, Meir Teper and Robert De Niro, has five new properties coming in 2018.

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1/16/2018

The AC Hotel Riga will open next year with 239 rooms following the closure and renovation of the Albert Hotel in Riga, Latvia.

1/16/2018

After American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault steps down from his position Feb. 1, there will be only three black CEOs in Fortune 500 companies, according to data from the Huffington Post. Currently, black men and women hold less than 7% of the 16.2 million management positions in the US.

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1/16/2018

H&M, a Swedish multinational clothing-retail company, received backlash in response to a recent ad featuring a black boy wearing a hoodie with the words "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle" on the front. Twitter users called the company out for racial insensitivity, and although H&M has taken the ad down and apologized, the retailer is still feeling the effects, with brand collaborator The Weeknd cutting ties as a result.

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1/16/2018

Companies that fulfill certain diversity characteristics tend to release more products and be more resilient than their peers, according to university research. Diverse companies have a broader range of viewpoints to draw from, and they can recruit from a larger pool of talent, researchers say.

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Fast Company online
1/15/2018

A collection of Olympic memorabilia that may have no rival in the world sets South Korea's Kensington Flora Hotel apart. The luxury property's displays include Olympic torches, medals, programs, autographed shoes from sprinter Usain Bolt and a pair of skates autographed by South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim.

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1/15/2018

The Wallhouse Hotel in Walnut Creek, Ohio, will become part of The Ascend Hotel Collection by Choice Hotels International. Offerings at the award-winning hotel will remain unchanged except for the addition of the Choice Rewards program, a spokeswoman said.

1/15/2018

Southeast Asia hostels are taking on a new, hip look and upping the amenities for a new generation of backpackers seeking a bit of luxury with their modest spending. Thailand-based Lub d's "poshtels" range from $9-per-night dorms to private rooms with bathrooms for $29 per night.