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11/22/2017

A Miami high-rise will become the home to Wyndham Grand and Tryp by Wyndham hotels. The properties, scheduled to open in 2019, will have a shared lobby and a total of 445 rooms.

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11/22/2017

The recently opened W Shanghai The Bund features 374 guest rooms, almost all with river views. It is also home to 35 suites, cultural artwork, several dining selections and the AWAY spa with an in-house spin studio.

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Forbes
11/22/2017

The tribal San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif., has traded its bingo operations for card tables, hundreds of new slot machines and a restaurant. The move comes during a time of increased competition, with another tribe planning to add a 568-room hotel and a spa to its Temecula casino and the Pala Casino in San Diego County recently cutting the ribbon on a $5.7 million renovation.

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11/22/2017

Skill-based game operators like GameCo are coming up against the difficult question of how to ensure their games pay the minimum percentage without allowing an especially skilled player to make over 100%. GameCo has worked around the issue by adding elements such as a random number generator for titles like "Deep Sea Saga" that essentially sets a maximum win amount for reach player.

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11/22/2017

Spanish gaming operator Cirsa Gaming is mulling options such as an initial public offering or sale of the business, according to industry insiders. A potential sale could value the company at $2.3 billion.

11/22/2017

Game supplier NetEnt launched a new offering called Live Mobile Standard Blackjack. The mobile experience lets players see the dealer and bets made by other players while allowing them to make side bets.

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11/22/2017

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act will allow a third tribal casino to break ground in Connecticut without federal approval. According to the law, a compact can be considered approved if no action has been taken by the Interior secretary within 45 days of submission.

11/21/2017

Amtrak has had a good year, with passenger numbers up 1.5% over 2016 at 31.7 million. "Amtrak offers a more comfortable and convenient travel experience with great amenities such as free Wi-Fi on most trains, plenty of leg room, and no middle seat," Wick Moorman, co-CEO, said of why travelers choose Amtrak.

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11/21/2017

Fall festivals and events that help increase hotel stays include the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls, Ontario, a recent report states. Hotels near the Macy's parade saw an occupancy rate of 94.2% in 2016, a 6.4% increase over 2015.

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Hotel News Now
11/21/2017

Smart questions are diluted when you keep talking, Dan Rockwell writes. Ignore your discomfort, and give the other person a chance to answer.

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Leadership Freak
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