Hospitality
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2/22/2018

Four bars, including a rooftop pool watering hole, will be featured at the Austin Marriott Downtown, due to open in 2020. White Lodging will operate this addition to the Texas capital's hotel boom.

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2/22/2018

Buyers and banks demonstrated strong interest in independent hotels in 2017, with 125 being sold in the US, according to STR. Independent properties fetched an average per-room price of $202,000, compared to $190,000 for branded upper-upscale properties and $423,000 for luxury branded hotels.

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Hotel News Now
2/22/2018

Small is beautiful and personal at the 68-room boutique-style Equus hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii, which is home to an array of larger rivals. "[I]t allows us to set ourselves apart as a very individual and eclectic and iconic little property," owner Michael Dailey said.

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KHON-TV (Honolulu)
2/22/2018

The first phase of a $35 million renovation at the Hilton Miami Downtown is finished. Guest rooms, meeting and event spaces, the lobby and restaurant were given an ultracontemporary look for the property's reopening.

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Travel Weekly
2/22/2018

The Modern Honolulu has joined a Hawaii hotel movement by ending distribution of plastic drink straws. A bill pending in the Hawaii Senate would ban plastic straws altogether in the environmentally conscious state.

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TravelPulse
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Hawaii Senate
2/22/2018

The Krauma geothermal spa recently opened in the Iceland's Borgarfjordur region. The spa relies on the nearby Deildartunguhver hot spring.

2/22/2018

Aromatic Floral Bliss treatments at Melo Spa at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong promise to "nourish the skin and melt away stress."

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Hong Kong
2/22/2018

New York's Erase Spa has introduced the jet peel facial, a treatment that uses a device so powerful it opens pores without touching the skin. The treatment uses a vacuuming tool to pull away blackheads.

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PopSugar
2/22/2018

The HelloAva beauty app helps match people to the right skin care products. Creator Siqi Mou describes it as "Match.com for products."

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Allure
2/21/2018

Smoking will join the gaming and drinking at an outdoor patio set to open in April at Live Casino & Hotel in Baltimore. The space, called Orchid, will be open on one side to allow patrons to light up, respecting a state law forbidding smoking inside casinos.

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The Baltimore Sun