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Hospitality industry hiring again

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Hotels and others in the tourism business are hiring again, the latest sign of a recovering economy. That’s good news for anyone looking for work. The bad news is that a stubbornly high unemployment rate has put hospitality-industry employers firmly in the driver’s seat. In 2006 and ‘07, jobs would go unfilled. Today, applications are… Continue Reading Hospitality industry hiring again

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We’re intrigued by local businessman Perry Sanders’ plans to renovate three historic downtown buildings and transform them into an upscale boutique hotel.  The structures, which include the Independence Building, the Freeman Telegraph Building and the once-magnificent Mining Exchange Building, are now vacant and gutted, awaiting either spectacular rebirth or, if the fates are particularly unkind,… Continue Reading Perhaps third time’s a charm for a new downtown hotel

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Space Symposium sets attendance records

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The Space Foundation’s 25th National Space Symposium in April broke all previous records for attendance, international involvement, exhibitor participation and educational involvement. Almost 8,000 people, including speakers, attendees, exhibitors, teachers, students, volunteers, and journalists attended the four-day event, exceeding the Space Foundation’s estimates and surpassing previous years’ attendance of 7,500. Supporters say this year’s showing… Continue Reading Space Symposium sets attendance records

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Not all hotels are taking a chainsaw to their room rates to lure or hang on to customers. Choice Hotels International, hardly a marquee name in the hospitality world, and one that caters to frugal business travelers and vacationers who can live without afternoon high tea and 900-thread-count linens, claims it isn’t cutting prices to… Continue Reading Choice Hotels claims it isn’t discounting, but check for deals

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A study conducted by Ernst & Young LLP reflects some interesting developments in the hotel industry. Throughout 2009, contracting economies and reduced leisure/business travel across much of the world will continue to put pressure on global hotel markets. Operating performance in the global hotel industry remained profitable, because most hoteliers focused on controlling costs and… Continue Reading Global hospitality’s near-term future focused on cost reduction

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