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July 1, 2012
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Jul

Shape Up

The shape of things to come is already here, at least when it comes to what’s trending in guest bathrooms. Rounds, squares, rectangles, ovals and cones are popping up as strong design elements from sinks to toilets to vanities.
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Rooms with a view

When IHG acquired the former Regent Hong Kong 11 years ago, it knew it was adding a trophy property to its Asia-Pacific portfolio. Built on pilings overlooking Victoria Harbor, the 17-story contemporary hotel—now the InterContinental Hong Kong—offers panoramic views not only of the harbor, but of Hong Kong Island spread out behind it.
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Hands-On Approach

Hilton Worldwide’s flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand in May launched Hilton Design Studio, an online tool that allows owners, developers and design firms to implement the brand’s latest design guidelines. The two Hilton Worldwide executives behind the online initiative were Dave Horton, global head of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and Larry Traxler, SVP for…
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Working together, designed, purchasers and brands

LAS VEGAS—Over the last few years, there has been a big push for purchasing companies and designers to work together more cooperatively on new projects; however, the role of the brands can never be overlooked. And while the brands have long been thought of as inflexible when it comes to enforcing deadlines and standards, the…
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Jul

Talking Points

A shift in production of goods back to the U.S., the progress—or lack of significant progress—as it relates to sustainability and the evolving relationship between designers, purchasing companies and brands were among the topics covered during the most recent Hotel Business Design Executive Roundtable.
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Jul

Team Spirit

Indeed, it’s a combination of drivers that advances design change at midscale lodging brand La Quinta, from input by executive committee members who travel the globe and discover interesting schemes to the chain’s brand council, which is composed of executives as well as franchisees. The latter, in most cases, own and operate a variety of…
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Jul

Kellie Sirna & Stacy Elliston

For Studio 11 Design, it was “the ultimate compliment,” as principal Kellie Sirna put it, when Fairmont Heritage Place reached out to the design firm after contacting an existing client.
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Jul

Best Western heads to Haiti

HAITI—The first U.S.-branded/managed hotel in Haiti will debut this fall. The seven-story, 106-room Best Western Premier Petion-Ville Hotel, owned by Carabimmo, Inc. and managed by Aimbridge Hospitality, is being built near Port-au-Prince, in response to the need for a higher-end hotel to host business travelers to the area.
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Jul

Millennium UN Plaza launches major upgrades

NEW YORK—Given the spate of stylish new hotel openings in Manhattan and the continuing strength of the New York market in terms of ADR and RevPAR growth, it’s not surprising that the owners of existing Manhattan hotels are budgeting significant amounts of money this year for CapEx improvement programs.
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