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Hilton, Marriott developing connected room concept
posted on Nov 22 17

Hilton and Marriott are each advancing connected room concepts, controllable by devices like smartphones. “Imagine a world where you walk in, the TV says, ‘How are you doing, John? Nice to see you,’ and all of your stuff is preloaded and not only preloaded, but the only thing you ever need to touch to control in the room is in the palm of your hand.” Read the Skift story here

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Sodexo to acquire stadium hospitality firm Centerplate
posted on Nov 22 17

France-based catering services company Sodexo will pay $675 million to acquire Centerplate, the U.S.-based food provider for stadiums and other event venues. Centerplate’s high-profile hospitality contracts include the Super Bowl and presidential inaugural balls. Read the Reuters story here

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Rosewood to launch Asaya spa brand in Thailand
posted on Nov 22 17

Rosemont Hotel and Residences has announced plans to debut its Asaya spa at Rosewood Phuket in Thailand. The company will open a second Asaya spa in Hong Kong next year. Read the Spa Opportunities story here

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Masonic Temple Sold By Hilliker Corporation
posted on Nov 21 17

Hilliker Corporation has sold the 386,000-square-foot Masonic Temple at 3681 Lindell Blvd. Ben Hilliker and Scott Martin of Hilliker Corporation represented Masonic Temple Association of St. Louis and sold the property to Brandonview LLC, represented by Realty Exchange. The Masons will continue to occupy the Temple Building for a brief period of time before moving to a new location, and in the near future, the buyer will announce its plans for the Temple Building.  (more…)

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Build-A-Bear seeks a bigger audience in tourist areas
posted on Nov 21 17

Build-A-Bear Workshop is building a bigger presence in tourist spots from the St. Louis Science Center to Walt Disney World to next to the Empire State Building. In a push to combat falling mall traffic, the retailer has also launched shops on 25 Carnival cruise ships and it will also open holiday shops in five Bass Pro stores. Read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch story here

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