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Marriott Opens Pop-up Innovation Lab

January 27, 2017 by douloff

BETHESDA, Md. — Marriott International launched its first pop-up hotel innovation lab, creating an interactive model hotel experience in downtown Los Angeles to crowdsource real-time feedback from the public, it was announced Jan. 23. The lab will let industry professionals,

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Aloft Unveils Voice-Activated Guestrooms

August 31, 2016 by douloff

STAMFORD, CT — Starwood Hotels & Resorts has debuted the voice-activated guestroom, giving guests new ways to interact using “Hey Siri,” it was announced Aug. 25. Each Aloft voice-activated hotel room is equipped with an iPad running a custom Aloft app used

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Dubai Adding to Hotel Inventory

April 9, 2015 by Lori Smith

Dubai plans to open 20,000 more hotel rooms by the end of 2016 with the focus shifting to mid-market properties, reports the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM). In 2014 Dubai welcomed 11.6 million guests—a 5.6 per cent

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Starwood Introduces First Mobile, Keyless Room Entry

November 3, 2014 by Lori Smith
SPG Keyless App, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is launching the hospitality industry’s first mobile, keyless entry system at 10 hotels around the world this week. Available to members of its loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), SPG Keyless is powered by

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Starwood Accelerates Canadian Expansion

May 8, 2014 by Lori Smith

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. will expand its Canadian portfolio to 70 hotels within the next 12 months. The company announced its plans at the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference, which was held May 5-6, 2014 at the Eaton Chelsea

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Aloft Brand Arrives in Western Canada

April 23, 2014 by Lori Smith

Aloft Calgary University, the first Aloft brand hotel in western Canada, has opened. The 143-guest room property has 4,000 square feet of meeting space, outfitted with the latest in A/V technology, including a 50′ flat screen with laptop connectivity.

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New Hotel Opening at Calgary University

March 5, 2014 by Lori Smith

 Starwood’s Aloft brand will make its Western Canada debut this April in Calgary. Aloft Calgary University, owned by University Hotels Ltd. will be the third Aloft in Canada and one of the brand’s first conversion projects. “The vibrant social energy

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Three new hotels planned for Tampa Bay, Florida

August 28, 2013 by meetingscanada

by @Anne Dimon Tampa Bay, known for its cigar history and sporting events as well as its attractions such as the historic Latin Quarter, will soon welcome three new hotels: Epicurean Hotel The 137-room culinary-centric Epicurean is scheduled to open

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Starwood Hotels Launches Aloft Brand in Tucson, Arizona

April 4, 2013 by Christine Otsuka

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has brought its Aloft brand to Tucson with the debut of Aloft Tucson University. Owned by Starwood Hotels, the former Four Points by Sheraton property underwent a significant renovation to reposition it as an

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Aloft Debuts in New York

January 7, 2011 by Don Douloff

Starwood has debuted its Aloft brand in New York, in Harlem, the first hotel from a major chain to open in that neighbourhood in a century.