CHLA Industry Headlines
July 29, 2011

Global Hotel performance in June up in most markets, says STR Report
World Property Channel
According to STR and STR Global, the Americas region recorded positive results in the three key performance metrics when reported in U.S. dollars for June 2011. The Americas region ended June with a 4 percent increase in occupancy to 67.4 percent, average daily rate was up 3.8 percent to $104.44, and revenue per available room rose 8 percent for the month to $70.42.More

How to use social media to tap into the burgeoning market of Chinese travelers
Hospitality Net
As the American and European economies continue to struggle, Western hotels and travel companies have been turning to emerging countries for expansion and growth. And nowhere are there greater opportunities than in China, the biggest growth market in global tourism, according to the BBC.More

Portola Hotel & Spa achieves AAA Four Diamond Rating
Breaking Travel News
Over the past two years, Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey has reinvested over $8 million in renovations, staff training, and more. Through this bold move, Monterey's most innovative hotel has been able to finally achieve Silver Level LEED EB Certification (making it only one of three hotels in all of California). Portola received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating in April 2011, and is reaping the benefits.More

Haute Hotels: Auberge du Soleil
Haute Living Magazine
What began as a fine California-French restaurant created by Claude Rouas, a leading San Francisco restaurateur, has evolved into one of America's most sought-after small luxury hotels and a perennial recipient of the hospitality industry's highest honors.More

Broughton Hotels awarded management contract of Acqua Hotel in Mill Valley
Travel Daily News
Broughton Hotels, based in Newport Beach, who operates a collection of 13 hip to historic boutique hotels throughout California and the Mid West, with the philosophy that "there is no higher calling than serving others," has been awarded the management contract for Acqua Hotel in Mill Valley, on May 16. Broughton Hotels will manage and undertake the sales and marketing as part of their contract.More

A La Jolla area hotel sells for nearly $71 million
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The 360-room La Jolla Marriott, under the same ownership for nearly two decades, has been sold for just under $71 million to a Connecticut-based private equity firm. The sale, which translates to $197,000 a room, is one in a string of recent high-profile hotel transactions in San Diego County. Many of them, however, have involved hotels in the downtown San Diego area.More

Lenders foreclose on Ritz-Carlton at Northstar-at-Tahoe
The Sacramento Bee
The foreclosure at the Ritz-Carlton luxury hotel is the latest sign of economic distress in the Sierra resort industry. A group of banks took ownership of the hotel after the developer of the Ritz defaulted on a $165 million loan last year. The property will continue to operate as the Ritz under a 25-year management contract.More

How the travel industry utilizes social networking
Airlines have been using Twitter since 2007, but they're not the only branch of the travel industry that has adopted social media platforms. Social networking has influenced just about every part of travel — from hotels and air travel to the people who are doing the traveling.More

How applications are changing guest behavior
Hotelier Middle East
Today's consumer is an impatient one, wanting information and responses faster than ever before. Not only do they want information at their fingertips, they want it on their terms, which today is mobile. Mobile technology is changing shopping behavior. We now consume much of our information, sharing photos with friends, social networking, connecting to the internet etc, through apps — and the consumer is hungry for more.More