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Aug. 5, 2009
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Hotel Bel-Air to Close for Major Renovation
from The Wrap
Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts are not the only ones likely to be upset at the news that one of Hollywood's most iconic and beloved hideaways will disappear, at least temporarily, with the closure of the Hotel Bel-Air at the end of September. More

California Hotel & Lodging Conference Announced
from CHLA
The California Hotel & Lodging Association announced its Northern California Hotel & Lodging Conference is being held on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the Doubletree San Jose in conjunction with their partner the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA). This one-day conference and trade show mirrors its highly successful Southern California event filled with high-quality education with top industry speakers, a free lunch during an industry leaders panel discussion and discounts on products and services in the trade show. This event is free for hoteliers to attend! More

California Commercial Loan Delinquency Rising
from San Francisco Business Times
The delinquency rate on commercial loans has more than doubled since the first quarter to 0.26 percent on $60 billion worth of loans in the second quarter, according to the California Mortgage Bankers Association in a report. More

Many Hotel Owners are Now Working for the Bank; Are You One of Them?
from CHLA
With many hotels in default and more on the brink, CH&LA is hosting a series of seminars presented by Alan X. Reay, President of Atlas Hospitality. On Tuesday, Aug. 18 in San Francisco, the following Tuesday, Aug. 25th in San Diego, and on Thursday, Aug. 27 in Fresno. Reay will be presenting a workshop on how to deal with your lender during these difficult times. More

CH&LA Launches Online, On-Demand Training Powered by emTRAiN
from CHLA
The California Hotel & Lodging Association is pleased to announced a new member benefit, online, on-demand HR compliance training. Now employees can take the required Sexual Harassment Preventing Training course right at their desk, on their own schedule. This course along with six others is a great tool for hotel human resource managers to get their staff trained easily and cost effectively. More

Harley Hotel Havens: Best Western Extends Partnership with Harley-Davidson
from The Phoenix Travel Examiner
Phoenix-based Best Western International announced a three-year extension of their exclusive partnership with Harley-Davidson Motor Company. The extension means Harley riders who are also Best Western Ride Rewards members will receive enhanced travel benefits when they stay at one of the more than 1,200 Best Western properties in North America. More

Becks to Team Up with Arnie for California Tourism Ads
from HELLO! Magazine
British fans may have been hoping for David Beckham to eventually return home from his glitzy LA life. It seems for now the footie ace is perfectly happy where he is, however, and is keen to speak out about the high points of living in California. More

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Tough Times in Tijuana
from The Orange County Register
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel alert back in April recommending U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico, but even before that, the U.S. State Department, for more than a year, had a travel alert in place because of Mexico's drug-cartel violence. More

Baby Boomers Head to Vacation Spots
from eTurboNews
"Autumn in southern California is one of the best kept secrets in the travel industry," said Sherri Weeks, general manager of "Gone are the joyous shrieks of five year olds on the water slide and parent's cautioning kids to 'walk' not 'run' around the pool area. The weather is near perfect, the beaches open for strolling, and the restaurants quiet and relaxing. Fall is definitely the time to be in southern California." More

Santa Clarita Launches Travel, Tourism Portal
from The Signal Santa Clarita
The city of Santa Clarita's Tourism Office announced that visitors can easily book their stay in the city online at, the official travel and tourism portal for the City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Tourism Bureau. The enhancements give Santa Clarita visitors the ability to make and confirm reservations for hotels, attractions, and services throughout the city and surrounding region. More

Next Generation Holiday Inn
from Hospitality Design
A new Holiday Inn has debuted in Memphis, Tenn., 57 years to the day after the brand's first hotel opened in the city. Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Memphis-Wolfchase features the brand's "next generation" prototype design, which offers an upgraded and decluttered lobby area, signature scent and sound, new bedding available in soft and firm options, and upgraded showers. More

The Struggle to Stay Wired, in a Hotel Room or a Crisis
from The New York Times
The first thing the author does when he checks into a hotel room on a business trip is head directly to the desk to make sure the Internet connection works. If the Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection does not snap to life, he is ready to march down to the lobby and threaten to check out if the hotel cant fix it. More

Anaheim California Hotel Located Near Disneyland Resort
from Red Lion Inn
Like they say in Hollywood, we've had a little work done. The new Red Lion Hotel Anaheim has under gone a multi-million dollar transformation and reinvented itself as the premier place to stay when visiting Anaheim, Calif. More

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