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Oct. 23, 2009
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Amgen Tour of California to Include Much of Central Valley
from Central Valley Business Times
The host cities for the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling road race announced include many in the Central Valley. Cyclists expected to be in the eight-day race, considered to be America's most important and prestigious cycling race, include Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Dave Zabriskie and George Hincapie. More

The Market for Green
from Hotel Interactive
For hoteliers who may be overwhelmed by the concept of creating a sustainable property, the basics are fairly simple. Reduce waste, conserve energy and conserve water. Buy things that come with less packaging. Look for products that are biodegradable. It's just that easy, said Ray Burger, a consultant on green lodging and president of Pineapple Hospitality. More

Your Website Versus Online Travel Agencies
from Hotel News Resource
You may recall the recent USA Today article comparing hotel website prices with online travel agency prices. In two of the five hotels sampled, you could buy rooms cheaper through Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity than you could directly from the hotel. More

It is Always Nice to be Nominated
from CH&LA
Hoteliers, do you have any Stars of the Industry? Enter your top employees into the California Hotel & Lodging Association's Stars of the Industry Awards. CH&LA & the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns member properties are eligible to nominate one employee from their staff for Outstanding Lodging Employee, Manager of the Year, and General Manager of the Year. In addition, properties may enter their lodging property programs in five categories of CH&LA's Achievement Awards - guest services, community service, special events, good earthkeeping and Steven Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year Award. You may submit one entry per category. All entrants must be from CH&LA/CABBI/AH&LA member properties in good standing. Click here to enter or for the application.

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Get a Third Night for Free at 35 California Hotels
from The Los Angeles Times
Buy two, get one free. That's the idea behind the Third Night Free offer at 35 California hotels run by Joie de Vivre, a boutique chain based in San Francisco. Launched to promote the company's new "Joie of Life" micro-site that focuses on social networking, the deal isn't being advertised on the chain's main website. But you can book it there anyway if you know the code. More

Palm Desert Hotel Earns AAA's Top Rating
from The Desert Sun
One hotel in Palm Desert was among the nine hotels and six restaurants in Riverside County that received the AAA Four Diamond Award for 2009, the Automobile Club of Southern California has announced. Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Palm Desert recently received the coveted four-diamond rating. More

Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Francisco Hotels See Slight Improvement in Bookings
from The Los Angeles Times
The slump in the U.S. hotel industry has yet to end, but industry data show some improvement in several regions, including Southern California. Overall, the news continues to be bad: The hotel occupancy rate nationwide dropped 5.4 percent to 59.8 percent in the first week of October compared with the same period last year, while revenue generated by available rooms fell 12 percent to an average $59.28, according to Smith Travel Research Global. More

California State Parks Foundation to Celebrate 40th Birthday
from SF Nature Travel Examiner
California state parks supporters will gather on Treasure Island to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the California State Parks Foundation. The CSPF Birthday Bash will feature food, music, games and activities for children in celebration of the Foundation's four decades of protecting, enhancing, and advocating for California's State Parks. More

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