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Global Hospitality Report (July 28, 2014)

In Focus - Fort Wayne, Indiana 
By Jeff Pennington

Fort Wayne, Indiana’s second-largest city, has realized consistent economic growth over the past several years, including the addition of new hotels. This article looks at the market’s recent history and prospects for further growth.

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In Focus - Yangon, Myanmar 
By Christian Pucher and Setthawat Hetrakul

Yangon hotels have experienced a significant growth in demand since 2011, resulting in growth in Average Rate. In the medium term, we expect to see a decline in the average rate of hotels and serviced apartments as a result of increasing supply.

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In Focus - Istanbul, Turkey 
By Louise Fury and Arlett Hoff

Spanning two continents, Istanbul is a unique destination. This article provides an overview of the supply and demand factors currently affecting the city and a review of the hotel market performance.

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Fact or Folly: A Review of Convention Center Follies 
By Thomas Hazinski and John Hazinski

This article responds to Heywood Sanders’ book Convention Center Follies. It argues for a more moderate picture of the state of supply and demand in the convention industry, and it critiques Sanders’ narrative of convention center development.

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‘The Sun, Beach and Sand’ & A Stellar Panel at the Upcoming THINC Conference in Bali  

The Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC) Indonesia, to be held this September, will see an expert panel discuss what sets Bali apart from other leisure hot spots in Asia Pacific during a session titled ‘The Sun, Beach and Sand: Bali vs. Other Resort Destinations in the Region’. Adopting an exploratory case study methodology live on-stage, the distinguished speakers will draw comparisons and parallels between Bali and other established and emerging tourist destinations such as Phuket, Chiang Mai, Lombok and Sri Lanka. This DAY 2 session will be moderated by Rio Kondo, VP Development - Indonesia and Malaysia, Accor, and will feature Kevin Chen, SVP Development – APAC, Marriott International; Nevius Glussi, Corporate Director Development – APAC, Rosewood Hotel Group; Norbert Vas, VP Sales and Marketing, Archipelago International; Riyanto Sofyan, Chairman, PT Sofyan Hotels Tbk; and Shirley Tan, CEO, Rajawali Property Group as panelists.

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Conrad Coming Back to London 

Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise agreement with Supreme Hotels that will see its luxury Conrad brand make its return to London. The 256-room InterContinental London Westminster is to be rebranded this September as the Conrad London Westminster, becoming the fourth Conrad-branded property in Europe alongside the Conrad Dublin (Ireland), the Conrad Algarve (Portugal) and the Conrad Istanbul (Turkey).

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