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Hotel Pools Are Cesspools of Diarrhea and Bacteria, Says CDC

“The majority of disease outbreaks took place at hotels, including their pools, spas and hot tubs, but water parks ware risky, too” writes Melissa Matthews for popularmechanics.com. Thousands of people have gotten sick from water contaminated with bacteria or parasites from other people’s diarrhea, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.The CDC also found two bacteria in public waters: Legionella, responsible for Legionnaires’ disease, and Pseudomonas, which causes ear infections and rashes. Source: popularmechanics.com Share This:

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AccorHotels to decide on Huazhu board seat after Huazhu buys stake in company

“Ties between AccorHotels and Huazhu go back to 2014, when they sealed an alliance to expand AccorHotels’ presence in the fast-growing Chinese hotel and tourism market” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Huazhu has become the second Chinese company to invest in AccorHotels, Europe’s largest hotel group, joining top shareholder Shanghai Jin Jiang International , which has a 12.4 percent stake.The Chinese group has the master franchise for the Mercure and Ibis hotel brands in mainland China, Taiwan and Mongolia. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Vietnam hotel’s ‘infinity pool’ turns out to be a tiny hot tub

“Jenny Kershaw was expecting a beautiful infinity pool with city skyline views at the Vietnam hotel she had booked through Booking.com” writes Jo Caird for independent.co.uk. Hotel booking site Oyster.com, which sends inspectors to the hotels it lists, has compiled a rogues’ gallery comparing the photos they take on hotel visits with those appearing on other listings sites.It’s easy to get sucked in by the tempting photos on hotel and third-party booking sites, but the reality isn’t always as attractive as the pictures might suggest, as one British tourist found on…

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LaSalle Hotel Properties’ stock surges after $4.8 billion buyout deal with Blackstone

“Shares of LaSalle Hotel Properties LHO, +5.61% ran up 5.2% in premarket trade Monday, after the real estate investment trust agreed to be acquired by Blackstone Group LP BX, +1.76% in a deal valued at $4.8 billion” writes Reporter Editor for marketwatch.com. Under terms of the deal, Blackstone will pay $33.50 in cash for each LaSalle share outstanding, which is 7.1% above Friday’s closing price of $31.29. LaSalle’s stock had rallied 13.6% year to date through Friday, while Blackstone shares had slipped 2.3%, the SPDR Real Estate Select Sector ETF…

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How Our Hotel Chain Uses Data to Find Problems and Humans to Fix Them

“Our tool, Metis, analyzes data from online reviews and social media to uncover problems and opportunities” reports hbr.org. Their tool, Metis,  analyzes data from online reviews and social media  to uncover problems and opportunities.Metis discovered that guests had little loyalty to ours — Le Meurice and Hotel Plaza Athénée — or to our competitors’ hotels.At Dorchester Collection of ultra-luxury hotels, we use big data and analytics to help us improve our guest offerings and marketing.Dorchester Collection of ultra-luxury hotels used big data and analytics to help improve guest offerings and…

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Five Hotel Staff Arrested On Suspicion Of Gang-Raping British Woman In Italy

“ANSA news agency said the investigation was helped when the woman recalled the tattoo that one of her attackers had on his neck” writes unknown author for huffingtonpost.com. Investigators seized the mobile phones of the men at the hotel and discovered that the suspects had chatted about the attack and exchanged photos, the Associated Press reports. Source: huffingtonpost.com Share This:

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Southampton leave cheeky Trip Advisor review of Swansea ‘virus’ hotel after last-minute cancellation

“Southampton have left a cheeky Trip Advisor review for a hotel whose last-minute cancellation threatened to derail their Premier League survival mission” writes Callum Davis for telegraph.co.uk. The club’s booking at the Marriott hotel, Swansea, was cancelled after the discovery of what Public Health Wales called a “potential infectious disease incident.”. Southampton were forced to spend the night at the Vale of Glamorgan hotel, near Cardiff, but fortunately the change in sleeping arrangements did not affect their players as Mark Hughes’ men secured a 1-0 to secure their Premier League…

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Are Concerts Any Safer Since the Las Vegas Attack?

“Aziz said that hotels on the Las Vegas strip were well aware that they were a soft target for an attack” writes Rhana Natour for pbs.org. Police say Stephen Paddock planned his attack in Las Vegas at least a year in advance.Still, some security experts have criticized the hotel industry’s response to the Las Vegas shooting, arguing that hotels haven’t focused on the core problems.The Las Vegas attack was, however, the first mass shooting at a hotel in the U.S., and it served as a reminder that attacks on entertainment…

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