San Juan: Exploring an Argentinian Wine Trail

June 29, 2014
By Marla Cimini
San Juan: Exploring an Argentinian Wine Trail

On a recent visit to San Juan, Argentina’s second-biggest wine region, I came ready to taste. But before diving into the local Malbec and other varietals, I also knew some education was in order. I headed to the Santiago Graffigna wine museum, which is adjacent to the city’s oldest and largest winery dating to...

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Selling the Future

May 10, 2013
By Marla Cimini
Selling the Future

        In a sea of Facebook status updates, endless tweets, and widespread online customer reviews, every marketing department in the hospitality industry has experienced the impact of technology on their creative advertising strategies. With the digital market changing rapidly, hotels are becoming flexible, smart, and more tech-savvy than ever—all while simultaneously evaluating...

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Cooking up Success (cover story) featuring Celebrity Chef Jennifer Carroll

April 20, 2012
By Marla Cimini
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As more professional chefs are stepping out of the kitchen and into the spotlight, many have found themselves elevated into a lifestyle of celebrity status. Hotel chefs are major players in the restaurant world today, complete with admiring fans, packed schedules, and intense responsibilities to match their newly acquired fame. However, a chef who...

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Catching the Next Wave: Coffee is evolving and becoming more important to travelers

March 20, 2011
By Marla Cimini
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Similar to studying fine wine, the world of coffee is a blend of art and science. From bean (or rather, seed) selection to roasting, grinding, and brewing, coffee experts often spend yearsabsorbing the entire process, each developing complex philosophies and theories about how to procure, store, and serve this beloved brew. Travelers, too, apparently...

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Sustainable Style

March 11, 2011
By Marla Cimini
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The sustainable food movement is growing fast—literally. Today, more hotels are introducing fresh farm-to-table elements into their restaurants and incorporating organic foods into their everyday business practice. Enthusiastic chefs and knowledgeable hotel staff are spreading the word about the importance of food sustainability. Naturally, that extends to food and beverage enhancements. Food sustainability encompasses...

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Illumination Creation

January 5, 2011
By Marla Cimini
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The art of lighting today combines cutting-edge technology with sophisticated design, allowing for unlimited possibilities that can achieve just about any desired ambiance within a hotel. With the recent advent of the mixed-use lobby, along with enhanced guestroom configuration, cosmic-inspired meeting spaces, and state-of-the-art entertainment facilities, lighting has become a vital, yet complex, component...

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Personalize, Economize, Socialize

July 11, 2010
By Marla Cimini
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Hotel spas today are providing a big dose of creativity along with their traditional services. In the current economic downturn, spas are implementing fresh concepts to attract new clients and retain existing customers. While introducing innovative treatments and specials, spas are simultaneously promoting trends such as socializing and wellness, along with personalized service and...

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