Survey Shows Complimentary Wireless Connectivity at Meetings & Events Becoming the Norm

EastoPompan Hospitality Global, Incn, PA, April 15, 2014 – PHG Research, a division of Pompan Hospitality Global, Inc, just released a survey that found that 87.5 percent of respondents make WiFi available in all public spaces of their properties, while 70.8 percent make WiFi available in all guest rooms. Additionally, the survey indicates 70.8 percent of these now provide the service for free in meeting and public spaces, while 60.9 percent provide free WiFi in guest rooms. As time goes on, all of these numbers are expected to rise.

The survey reveals that technology advances at an aggressive pace, and businesses must keep up by adapting to those advances in ways that satisfy not just customers’ immediate needs but also their broader expectations. And based on a survey completed by executives at 26 dedicated conference facilities in the United States and Canada, this segment is rapidly adapting how it provides and charges for wireless connectivity during meetings and events. (Properties were defined as conference centers because at least two-thirds of their total business comes from meeting and conference groups).

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Judge to Appoint Receiver for Myrtle Beach, SC’s Sportsman Motor Inn at Heart of Fraud Allegations

A side view of The Sportsman Motor Inn's oceanfront building. Two brothers from China want to take control of the property after alleging their Myrtle Beach business partner has misspent company funds DAVID WREN — David Wren
A side view of The Sportsman Motor Inn’s oceanfront building. Two brothers from China want to take control of the property after alleging their Myrtle Beach business partner has misspent company funds
DAVID WREN — David Wren

MYRTLE BEACH, SC., Oct. 7, 2013 – A state judge said Thursday he will appoint a receiver to oversee the operations of an oceanfront hotel here that is at the heart of international fraud allegations and a bitter dispute over its ownership.

Judge Larry Hyman told lawyers for the hotel’s business partners to choose an impartial third-party to take over operations at The Sportsman Motor Inn by Monday or he will choose someone for them. Hyman decided to appoint a receiver over the objection of Gengmin Qiu, one of the business partners who sought to be given control of the property.

James Hills, a lawyer representing Qiu, said his client wanted to run the property because it would cost less than hiring a receiver.

Qiu and his brother — Gengwu Qiu, who lives in China — accuse Tang of taking money that should have gone to The Sportsman and using it to fix up her other hotel, the Casa del Oro on 14th Avenue South. Tang says she has not taken any money or supplies that were earmarked for repairs at The Sportsman. Tang has filed a counterclaim against the brothers, saying they owe her more than $250,000 in salary and expenses for the work she’s already done.

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It’s a “three-peat”: Another award on display at the front desk of Days Inn Chicago

Days Inn ChicagoChicago, IL, October 2, 2013 -Thinking of breezing through the Windy City? It’s a great time of year to visit and linger a while, says Stefanie Hrejsa, General Manager at the multi-award winning Days Inn Chicago, which has just scored another big win at the 2013 Wyndham Hotel Group Global Conference in Las Vegas. Chicago always offers a good time, but right now the summer heat is finally dissipating, and winter’s icy blasts haven’t yet overtaken the area. And the calendar is jam-packed with fall festivals, parades, and events for the whole family, in addition to Chicago’s year-round lineup of cultural attractions, sporting events, and superb restaurants.

Days Inn Chicago offers visitors a way to make the most of their Chicago stay without breaking the bank, explains Ms. Hrejsa. Continue reading “It’s a “three-peat”: Another award on display at the front desk of Days Inn Chicago”

Benchmark Hospitality International Shares The Top Dining Trends for 2013

Benchmark Hospitality International Shares The Top Dining Trends for 2013Houston, Texas, Sept. 14, 2013 – The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company with two distinctive portfolios of properties, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®, has just released its Top Dining Trends for 2013. The trends were observed by Benchmark’s executive chefs and culinary experts at the company’s 39 luxury hotels, resorts and restaurants coast to coast and off shore. These range from the luxurious Bardessono in Napa Valley to the landmark Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore to the extraordinary ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa in Miami and the exotic Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao.

“There is nothing more personal than food,” says Executive Chef Victor Scargle of Bardessono Hotel and its acclaimed restaurant, Lucy. “Consumers today have an amazing personal connection with what they put into their bodies. Fresh, local, in season – it’s what every informed consumer looks for.” Chef Scargle continued, Continue reading “Benchmark Hospitality International Shares The Top Dining Trends for 2013”

The Rubicon Companies Acquires the 640-room Hacienda Hotel in Los Angeles, California

The Rubicon Companies Acquires the 640-room Hacienda Hotel in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLOS ANGELES, CA–(Sep 13, 2013) – The Rubicon Companies announced today that its affiliate acquired the Hacienda Hotel in El Segundo in the Los Angeles basin for an undisclosed amount from a private family that had owned it for approximately 40 years. With 640 guest rooms, the Hacienda is the 10th largest hotel in Los Angeles County.

“The Hacienda represents the kind of special situation that Rubicon focuses on, where we can bring both capital and our skill sets to create value for our investors,” said Marc Gordon, founder and Principal of the Rubicon Companies. “Previously, the management team operated only this hotel, so initially we will focus on updating management standards and systems to improve our overall guest experience. In the future, we will renovate and reposition the hotel to create an even better experience for our guests while delivering attractive returns for our investors.”

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