CHLA Industry Headlines
Jan. 15, 2010

Travel trends for 2010
It's all about the economy and its unpredictability. So any predictions about the year ahead in travel have to take into consideration the uncertainty factor. An exercise in futility? Not entirely. The tourism industry isn't going to just disappear, after all, especially with all the pent-up wanderlust that's accumulated in 2009. More

Couple works toward opening bed and breakfast in Calico
from The Desert Dispatch
For shop owner Henry Goodman, anything that brings people into Calico Ghost Town is a good thing. That includes a recent proposal for a bed and breakfast that Kirk and Sylvia Andrews want to open in a vacant three-story building better known as the Dome House. The house, owned by the county, has sat empty for years except for an area used as festival decoration storage. More

Survey: Convention bureaus' aggressive tactics attract even corporate planners
from Successful Meetings
Nearly four out of five meeting planners use convention and visitors bureaus for at least some assistance in organizing events, according to a MeetingNews survey of 200 planners, and the bureaus' role in corporate meeting planning in particular is on the rise as organizations look for ways to cut costs. The bureaus also are more aggressively courting corporate business as they seek to prove their value to members. More

Coming to Napa - InnSpire 2010 – A conference for B&B's and small property owners
from CABBI
California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns presents the 18th Annual InnSpire Conference & Trade Show at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. This award-winning conference and trade show provides innkeepers with the education to advance their businesses to the next level. True to our conference tradition of inspiring innkeepers, our keynote address "Hospitality, Humor and the Joys of Comfort" will feature Michael Pritchard, America's nationally acclaimed keynote speaker, wellness coach and motivator. More

Green hotels incorporate sustainability in food and beverage guest rooms and operations
As green meetings and environment concerns become more prevalent, it's important for meeting and event planners to increase their own knowledge on the topic of sustainability when selecting green hotels for their programs. After all, hotels account for a significant expense for business and social events because hotels are chosen for either their meeting and event function space or a combination of meetings and guest rooms. More

For good hotel rates, bring the school band
from The Wall Street Journal
If you want the VIP treatment at hotels these days, show up with an entourage. Hotel companies have long extended room-rate discounts and perks—such as free breakfast and Internet access—to big corporate and leisure groups who book dozens of rooms. But now, facing a decline in business travel, some hotels are extending similar deals and freebies to much smaller gatherings of family and friends traveling together. More

Holiday Inn at Ontario Airport honored at IHG Conference in Washington D.C.
The Holiday Inn Ontario Airport - an upscale, four-story property managed by San Diego-based Trigild and owned by Prime Hospitality, LLC - has received the 2009 InterContinental Hotels Group Newcomer Award, earning recognition as one of the best properties to join the system within the last year as either a new development or a conversion project. More

Can big trade shows survive Apple and Google?
from Betanews
How strange is it that perhaps the two biggest product announcements this month will come right before major trade shows, rather than during them? Google is expected to officially launch the Nexus One smartphone at an event in Northern California. The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer keynote. Apple is expected to unveil some new product, presumably a tablet PC, during another Northern California event on Jan. 27. Macworld Expo opens about two weeks later. More

Food and beverage - Three fast ways to increase menu profits
from The Hotel News Resource
Here's how to increase customer spending and profits as quickly as you can reprint the menu. It makes sense: New Year equals a new look to the menu and a better bottom line. More

Starwood Hotels to add more than 12,000 jobs in 2010
from the Associated Press via Bloomberg
At a time when many businesses are still cutting jobs and unemployment levels remain high, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. said that it plans to add more than 12,000 new jobs to its ranks this year. The hotel and leisure company said about half of the positions will be in U.S. markets ranging from New York to California, welcome news to those that have had difficulty finding work during the recession. More