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How can hospitality brands undergo digital transformation?

Digital transformation in the hospitality industry is a very human-focused effort, with leading brands leveraging technology to cater to the whims and wants of their guests.

120 firefighters tackle blaze at luxury London hotel

London - A fire broke out at London's luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel on Wednesday, with dozens of firefighters deployed to tackle the blaze that pumped thick smoke high into the air.

Global hotel room doors were vulnerable to hacking

The majority of electronic hotel door locks worldwide were vulnerable to hacking, according to a new assessment. This raised several security concerns. The vulnerability now appears to have been resolved.

Panama won't back Trump Organization in luxury hotel spat

Panama - Panama will not intercede on behalf of the Trump Organization in a bitter dispute with the new owners of a luxury hotel in Panama City, the country's foreign minister said Monday.

North Korean flag lights up Pyongyang's 'Hotel of Doom'

Pyongyang - The towering hulk of the Ryugyong Hotel, a vast and unfinished edifice that has loomed over Pyongyang for decades, was lit up on Monday night.

Kabul hotel reopens after deadly attack but guests stay away

Kabul - The piano notes of Richard Clayderman's "Romeo and Juliet" accompanied Taliban gunmen as they rode gold mirrored elevators to the upper floors of a luxury Kabul hotel in search of guests to kill.

Trump name stripped from Panama hotel in property dispute

Panama - Workers pried the name "Trump" off a luxury hotel in Panama City on Monday as its owner said he had succeeded in expelling the American president's family from managing the building.

Trump name stripped from Panama hotel in property dispute

Panama - The owner of the Trump Hotel in Panama City said Monday he had succeeded in expelling the management company of the US president's family from the building.

Kabul hotel gunmen 'waved through without checks' before assault

Kabul - The deputy head of security at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel says guards were ordered to wave through a car later revealed to be carrying militants and explosives ahead of a deadly assault one month ago.

18 killed in massive explosion at Indian wedding: official

Ajmer - Rescuers discovered nine more bodies Sunday beneath the ruins of a Indian hotel, bringing the known death toll from an explosion which tore through a wedding party to 18, an official said.

A night at the Ritz: Riyadh '5-star prison' back in business

Riyadh - Leaping bronze stallions adorn the lobby, Western consultants hobnob over tea and scones and a sumptuous buffet is laid out —- Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton appears exactly as it was before it became a gilded prison.

US fatalities in Kabul hotel attack

Washington - Americans were among the dead and wounded in the weekend attack by Taliban gunmen on a Kabul luxury hotel, a State Department official said Tuesday.

Kabul hotel guests describe lax security before deadly attack

Kabul - Visitors to an upmarket Kabul hotel attacked by Taliban gunmen have described glaring security breaches before the assailants went on a bloody rampage targeting guests, in a city constantly under threat.

Kam Air left reeling by deadly Kabul hotel attack

Kabul - Afghanistan's Kam Air has been left reeling after nine personnel including five pilots were killed in the Taliban attack on a Kabul luxury hotel where the airline housed its foreign staff.

Taliban militants 'searched for foreigners' in Kabul hotel attack

Kabul - Taliban militants who killed at least 22 people at a luxury Kabul hotel went from room to room searching for foreigners, survivors and a security source said Monday as more details of the victims emerged.

Kabul hotel attack toll at least 22: officials

Kabul - At least 22 people are now known to have died when Taliban militants slaughtered guests at a luxury Kabul hotel, Afghan officials said Monday, as fears grew that the attackers may have had inside help.

'Shithole' projected on Trump's hotel in Washington

Washington - The word "shithole" -- which President Donald Trump allegedly used to describe countries from which he does not want immigrants coming to the US -- has been projected along with other messages onto his Washington hotel.

Royal purge: Saudi Arabia's '5-star prison'

Riyadh - Its chandelier-studded ballrooms hosted global business titans just weeks ago. Now Riyadh's palatial Ritz-Carlton is reported to have morphed into a makeshift prison after the kingdom's unprecedented crackdown on the coddled elite.

Outrage as Swiss hotel orders 'Jewish guests' to shower before swimming

Geneva - A Swiss hotel that posted signs telling Jewish clients to shower before using the pool and restricting their access to the facility's freezer has unleashed outrage and official complaints from Israel.

The Trump family brothel being given a new lease on life

Toward the end of the 19th century, an enterprising German-American opened The Arctic Restaurant and Bar in Bennett, British Columbia, a thriving transit point for prospectors during the Klondike gold rush, serving good food, booze, and ready women.

Berlin backpackers in a bind: To fund Pyongyang or not?

Berlin - It's an unusual dilemma that tourists in Berlin have to grapple with -- will getting into a hostel bunk bed help finance North Korea's nuclear ambitions?

Banksy West Bank hotel to receive first guests

Bethlehem - Secretive British street artist Banksy's hotel next to Israel's controversial separation wall was due to welcome its first customers Monday, two weeks after its surprise launch.

Hotel gives advice on what to do if their guests are kidnapped

Rostov - A Manchester United fan was surprised when he found paperwork in his hotel room. The paperwork included advice on what to do if you are kidnapped.

Op-Ed: The Wings of Change: One of NY's hottest New Year's Eve parties

New York - The "Wings of Change" New Year's Eve Gala in New York City is one of the hottest New Year's Eve parties in the Big Apple.

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown: Hotel fit for the Big Apple

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is bringing elegance and quality to Lower Manhattan with a newly opened New York Downtown location.

11 dead, 75 injured in Pakistan hotel fire

Karachi - A pre-dawn inferno at a four-star hotel in Pakistan's Karachi killed 11 people on Monday and wounded 75, police said, with desperate guests jumping from windows and scrambling down knotted bedsheets to escape.

Restaurateur, ex-commando, paparazzo charged in Nice kidnap plot

Nice - France on Sunday charged an Italian restaurateur, a homeless former British special forces soldier and a one-time paparazzi photographer over the kidnapping of a French hotel magnate, a prosecutor said.

Restaurant boss suspected of kidnapping Nice hotelier

Nice - The former manager of a gourmet restaurant in the French resort city of Nice is suspected of ordering the kidnapping of a hotel magnate, who was found bound in the back of a van, investigators said Friday.

Paris Ritz hotel to open after four-year makeover

Paris - The landmark Paris Ritz hotel will re-open its palatial doors to guests Monday after nearly four years of renovations and a major fire.

Celebrated hotel in Haiti gutted by fire

P - A fire early Monday ravaged one of the oldest hotel-restaurants in the upscale hilltop suburb of Petionville overlooking Port-au-Prince.
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Hotel Los Castanos, Cartajima, Spain
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Chef Concierge Liloo Alim of new Four Seasons Toronto
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The main entrance to London's The Savoy hotel.
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Strand Palace Hotel, located on The Strand in London.
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A luscious green area of garden, taken within The Grove hotel, Watford.
Inside the new Four Seasons Toronto
Inside the new Four Seasons Toronto
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Regional Vice President and Four Seasons Toronto GM, Dimitrios Zarikos, takes the stage at the opening of the new hotel
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Construction of a new hotel in Fuengirola  Spain
Construction of a new hotel in Fuengirola, Spain
Hotel Los Castanos  Cartajima  Spain
Hotel Los Castanos, Cartajima, Spain
Hotel Los Castanos
Hotel Los Castanos  Cartajima  Spain
Hotel Los Castanos, Cartajima, Spain
Hotel Los Castanos
The ribbon has been cut at Four Seasons Toronto in Yorkville
The ribbon has been cut at Four Seasons Toronto in Yorkville
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One of the many seating areas at The Savoy. Each area is similarly decorated with a range of objet d...
One of the many seating areas at The Savoy. Each area is similarly decorated with a range of objet d'art.
Crowne Plaza Paris République (screenshot from YouTube video)
Crowne Plaza Paris République (screenshot from YouTube video)
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Construction of a new hotel in Fuengirola, Spain - rear view
Connectivity lounge
Connectivity lounge
The dining room of the hotel  overlooking the golf course.
The dining room of the hotel, overlooking the golf course.
Part of the original 1720 building and the later 1780 update are visible on entering The Grove.
Part of the original 1720 building and the later 1780 update are visible on entering The Grove.
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Dam square in Amsterdam, a popular tourist hot spot. Many hotels surround the square.
The front of the hotel  with the union flag fluttering alongside golf related flags.
The front of the hotel, with the union flag fluttering alongside golf related flags.
Lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  Kansas City  MO
Lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Kansas City, MO