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Aug. 26, 2009
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2010 Federal Per Diem Rates Released
from CHLA
The U.S. General Services Administration recently announced the Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Per Diem Rates for California, which will take effect on Oct. 1, 2009 and run through Sept. 30, 2010. GSA establishes per diem rates providing the maximum reimbursement allowances up to which federal employees are reimbursed by their agencies for expenses incurred while on official travel. More

Hotel Guest Could be Helping Cities with Budget Issues
from Press Enterprise
Two Inland cities with budget deficits are seeking to boost the tax paid by hotel and motel guests, but that is making some hoteliers nervous. In Norco, Calif., the tax -- officially called a Transient Occupancy Tax, less formally known as a hotel and motel bed tax -- would go up from 8 to 11 percent. In Banning, the rate would double to twelve percent. Voters in both cities will decide in November whether to implement the higher taxes. More

Companies Become Their Own Travel Agencies to Save Money
from USA Today
Some companies are finding that it pays to be their own travel agents during the recession. "Every company is looking for the benefit of lowering expenses," says Teresa Asbery, senior manager for travel administration for Wal-Mart Stores. Wal-Mart is one of 129 companies and organizations, such as universities, that have established fully accredited in-house travel agencies to better manage their business travel and reduce costs. More

Wyndham Hotel Deal: Get Half Off a Second Night, or Second Room
from The Los Angeles Times
If you're looking for incentive to stretch your one-night getaway into two, here it is. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is offering a superb deal on more than fifty hotels in the U.S. and a handful abroad, and fortunately for those without the flexibility to take off midweek, this one's especially for weekend stays. More

Luxury Hotel Chains Dropping Five-Star Ratings to Conserve Cash
from Bloomberg
Luxury-hotel chains, the biggest losers in the lodging industry's decline, are giving up some of their hard-won stars to save money. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., the U.S. owner of luxury brands including St. Regis and W Hotels, will let some of its properties reduce their level of service -- and number of stars -- until the industry begins to recover, spokeswoman K.C. Kavanagh said. Hilton Hotels Corp. and InterContinental Hotels Group have already cut the ratings for some locations. More

Disneyland Hotel Workers Reject Contract Offer
from The Associated Press
Disneyland hotel workers have rejected a contract offer from Walt Disney Co. because of a dispute over health care premiums. Union Spokeswoman Paulina Gonzalez said that more than 90 percent of voting union members rejected the contract. She says the union has not ruled out a strike of its 2,100 members at the Paradise Piers, Disneyland and Grand California hotels. More

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John Smith Appointed GM of Embassy Suites San Diego Bay
from Hotelworld Network
John D. Smith has been appointed as General Manager for the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown. Smith will oversee operations for the centrally located hotel, which has close proximity to San Diego's world class attractions including the Gaslamp District, SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, Petco Park Baseball Field, San Diego Convention Center, and the newest addition to the area, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. More

Holiday Inn on Its Way Out
from The Daily Pilot
The Holiday Inn Costa Mesa, Calif., will no longer be a Holiday Inn, starting Dec. 1. The owner of the hotel, Newport Beach-based Hanford Hotels Inc., is breaking with the Holiday Inn franchise and renaming the 225-room hotel "The Hotel Hanford" in an effort to attract a higher class of customers. More

Online Exclusive! Outside the Box
from Hospitality Design
When InterContinental Hotels Group asked Sue Firestone to create a model room for the Hotel Indigo brand, she knew that the project would be anything but conventional. "IHG asked us to completely reinvent the wheel, so to speak," says Firestone, founder of SFA Design in Santa Barbara, Calif. "The only criteria they gave us, which is at the heart of the Indigo experience, is to have a sense of calm and have everything based on the Fibonacci sequence, which you find in nature and in everything organic. We tried to think outside the box." More

California Resort Offers Couple's Massage Aboard Private Gondola
from Hotels Magazine
Romance seekers do not have to travel far to experience one of Venice's most magical spa treatments. Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego announces the introduction of the Voga Voyage, a unique spa experience that is enjoyed while cruising in an authentic Venetian gondola. More

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