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Sept. 11, 2009
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Domain Name Scams Are Making the Rounds Again
from CH&LA
Please be aware that many members have recently received scam emails about registering their domain names with Asian suffixes (.hk, .cn, .asia, .tw, etc). One method of prevention from these scams is to make your domain register private, which is available from any registrar. For your safety and convenience, we've compiled a list of the most recent scams, with handy links to blog discussions about each of these scams. These are all scams: SK Holdings Company, Ltd., Asia Domain Name Registration Limited, Century Net Group Stocks Limited, and Karl Fischer. Please take the time to acquaint yourselves with these so your organization does not fall victim to them.

Who Says There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?
from CH&LA
On Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, Calif., the California Hotel & Lodging Association and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association are hosting a free one-day conference and trade show for hoteliers. There are many high-quality education sessions scheduled on topics such as; PCI Compliance, Employment Law, ADA, Google Analytics, Business Improvement Districts and using them effectively, and Hotel Contract Law and Risk Management. Industry leaders Liam Brown, Executive Vice President, of Extended Stay Development, Marriott International, Inc., Mark Burden, President & CEO of Rim Hospitality, Anupam Narayan, President & CEO of Red Lion Corp, Alan Reay, President of Atlas Hospitality and Rajiv Trivedi, Chief Development Officer of La Quinta Corp. will be having a panel discussion over a free lunch for attendees. They will discuss the economy and its effect on our industry, franchisee issues and if the real estate market is really at the bottom. Please plan on joining us by registering today. More

Business Strategies In A Recession: How to Create Loyal Clients & In Doing So Steal From Your Competition
from Hotel News Resource
You are on a city bus, train or a plane going somewhere and you strike up a conversation with the person next to you. You find out they plan a major meeting at least once a year that you would like to have at your hotel. You tell them this and you get the business. Is there anyone out there reading this that thinks this is highly unethical? Besides me? More

California's Largest Independent Boutique Hotelier To Give Away A Year Of Hotel Stays To The Best Shutterbug
from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
Joie de Vivre announced today a summer-long photo contest that will offer the grand prize winner stays for a year at Joie de Vivre Hotels throughout California. JdV's "Your California" Photo Contest in partnership with Southwest Airlines invites everyone from California natives to those who have traveled to the sunny state to pull out their cameras (or cell phones) and take pictures that portray "Your California." More

SFO Sheraton Changes Brand to Hilton
from San Francisco Business Times
The SFO Sheraton is now flying a Hilton flag. The Sheraton Gateway San Francisco Airport has been rebranded as Hilton San Francisco Airport. Stanford Hotels continues to own the property. The 400-room hotel was renovated in 2008, and has 11 meeting rooms. It is three miles south of San Francisco International Airport. More

Google Analytics Seminars Scheduled for Southern California
from CH&LA
Online marketing and web usability expert Vikram Singh of Evision Worldwide empowers hotels to start using analytics to boost hotel revenues. His presentation gives detailed instructions, from account setup to advanced analytics tracking and analysis. Some of the covered topics include: Why Google Analytics?, How to Read and Analyze Data, Improving your Website Performance, Making Smart, Fact-Based Marketing Decisions, and Boosting Hotel Revenues Through Analytics. These two hour seminars are being held in San Diego, on Sept. 28, Torrance on Sept. 29, and Santa Barbara on Sept. 30. A special one-hour version will also be presented at the Northern California Hotel & Lodging Conference on Oct. 1 at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose. More

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Coalition Sues Long Beach Over Downtown Hotel
from Contra Costa Times
A coalition is suing the city of Long Beach, Calif., alleging that it violated two laws when the City Council voted to approve a 125-room hotel downtown. The Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community says the city did not comply with the Brown Act when it did not accept public comment during the July 21 council meeting before deciding on the Hotel Sierra project at the Pike at Rainbow Harbor. More

How California Hoteliers Can Promote Their Hotels via Web Sites
from 123Triad
Websites are cost effective distribution channels for hospitality industry in informing prospective clients what a hotel offers. Understanding online marketing trends is critical so as to increase traffic. California Hoteliers can post attractive pictures in their websites showing exterior and interior features of hotel and tours attributes to attract potential clients. More

Hilton Names Disney Exec To Head Global Sales
from Hospitality Design
Hilton Hotels Corp. announced former Walt Disney Co. executive Kenneth Svendsen would head its global sales and reservations efforts, including its group and corporate sales team. Svendsen joined Hilton as senior vice president and global head of sales and reservations. More

Hotel Offers Full Kitchens for Extended Stays
from The Desert Sun
The color scheme in the rooms at the new Homewood Suites by Hilton in Palm Desert mixes muted greens, black and other low-key hues, all emanating a welcoming, serene vibe. But step out into the hall, and the carpet is riot of bright, geometric patterns blue, green and yellow. More

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