Hilton And IBM Pilot “Connie,” The World’s First Watson-Enabled Hotel Concierge

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration to pilot “Connie” – the first Watson-enabled robot concierge in the hospitality industry. Connie draws on domain knowledge from Watson and WayBlazer to inform guests on local tourist attractions, dining recommendations and hotel features and amenities. Connie, named for Hilton’s founder Conrad Hilton, marks the first…

Curio – A Collection by Hilton Expands Alabama Presence with Opening of Redmont Hotel Birmingham

Following a multimillion dollar renovation, Redmont Hotel Birmingham – a historic hotel with a storied past dating back more than 90 years – has joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton as the brand’s second hotel in Alabama following the recent opening of The Admiral Hotel Mobile. As Hilton Worldwide‘s (NYSE: HLT) rapidly-expanding global collection of distinctive upscale and luxury hotels,…

Hilton Worldwide’s DoubleTree by Hilton Brand Expands Presence in Colombia with the Opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Bogotá – Calle 100

DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton Worldwide‘s (NYSE: HLT) 13 market-leading brands, has broadened its presence in Colombia today with the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Bogotá – Calle 100. The hotel joins the recently-opened DoubleTree by Hilton Bogotá – Parque 93 as the brand’s first two properties in Colombia. Both hotels are managed by Hoteles Cosmos, and…

Chain hotel brands to descend upon Phuket

CHAIN hotel brands will be overshadowing independent establishments in Phuket in the near future, with 90 per cent of all developments in the pipeline belonging to an international brand, according to data by consultancy C9 Hotelworks. From a total of 32 projects slated to open within the next few years, only four will be operated…

Diamond Resorts International to Present at J.P. Morgan Gaming, Lodging, Restaurant & Leisure Forum

Diamond Resorts International, Inc., (NYSE:DRII) announced today that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Al Bentley, and Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Financial Planning, Frank Acito, are scheduled to present at the J.P. Morgan Gaming, Lodging, Restaurant & Leisure Forum at 11:20 AM PT on Friday, March 11, 2016 at Encore at Wynn…

Interval News

Three Ral-Managed Properties Recognized As Interval International Select Resorts

Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, announced that Surfrider Beach Club, Island Towers Resort, and Tropical Sands Resort have been designated as Interval International Select Resorts®. The three inviting properties are managed by RAL Resort Property Management, a family owned company with a long history of providing a full-range of management services…

Karma Resorts Are The Official Resort Partner For The Western Force Super Rugby Franchise In 2016

Karma Resorts, a part of the award-winning international travel and lifestyle brand Karma Group has been announced as the ‘Official Resort Partner’ of the Perth based Western Force Super Rugby franchise. “We are excited to once again support the Western Force in the southern hemisphere’s premier rugby championship,” said John Spence, Chairman and Founder of the…

Moxy Hotels Set to Open Five New Hotels Across Europe in 2016, Rebelling Against Traditional Hospitality

Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today that it plans to open an additional five Moxy Hotels in key European cities in 2016, including Munich, Eschborn and Berlin in Germany, Oslo in Norway and Aberdeen in the UK. The five properties will strengthen Moxy Hotels’ ongoing expansion plans since its successful debut of Moxy Milan, Italy in…

Resort Data Processing Selects LeisureLink As Preferred Connectivity Partner For Online Distribution

Leading property management system enhances product offering with LeisureLink interface, delivers direct connection to largest network of online travel agencies for RDP users to maximize exposure and reduce distribution costs. LeisureLink™, a global leader in vacation rental technology and distribution, announced today that Resort Data Processing (RDP) has chosen LeisureLink’s innovative distribution platform to provide RDP Property…