Posts Tagged ‘ International Travel ’

Standing Tall: Women in the Lodging Industry

May 18, 2016
By Marla Cimini

Originally published as a feature story in Lodging Magazine. There is a particular art to finding your own balance and rhythm in the hotel business, and for many women who are helping to shape the industry, it can be a complex, intriguing career path offering countless choices, alluring opportunities, and unexpected twists and turns—and...

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La Notte Bianca: Italian White Nights

May 16, 2016
By Marla Cimini
La Notte Bianca: Italian White Nights

Originally Posted on USA Today Website May 2011 ~  Visiting Italy is always a thrill, no matter how many times you’ve strolled across the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, devoured a gelato in Sorrento, or tossed a coin into the magical Trevi fountain in Rome. But some of my recent trips have been even more memorable by...

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A Matter of Trust

April 13, 2016
By Marla Cimini
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There is no doubt about it. Trust is a major issue when it comes to booking a hotel reservation. Potential guests have faith that the hotel will provide the services and amenities promised, while properties work on the assumption that consumers will be fair and honest when writing online reviews.   Websites and review...

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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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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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L.A. Frugal: Hit the Town and Hang Out with the Locals!

July 9, 2010
By Marla Cimini
L.A. Frugal: Hit the Town and Hang Out with the Locals!

As a frequent traveler to Los Angeles, California, I have been fortunate enough to dine in some of the city’s premier hot spots, and lucky enough to be introduced to a lot of fun, and (nearly) free “must-see” places that are both inexpensive and guaranteed a really good time. The real “deals” are where...

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True Rome Revealed

October 27, 2008
By Marla Cimini
True Rome Revealed

Even if you don’t have Italian cousins eagerly awaiting your arrival, you can still tour Rome and feel like a local. Fantastic ancient sights are abundant, and the incredible architectural attractions of the Forum, Pantheon, Colosseum and Piazza Navona should be at the top of every visitor’s list. Gorgeous fountains appear at every turn,...

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Brussels: The Land of Beer, Mussels and Sweets

September 19, 2007
By Marla Cimini
Brussels: The Land of Beer, Mussels and Sweets

As if we need another excuse to visit the land of beer, mussels and chocolate, Belgium’s historic yet cosmopolitan capital is hosting the international Freedom Festival of World Cinema from Oct. 31 to Nov. 10. The annual event features screenings, concerts and debates at the cultural center, Le Botanique, focusing on individual liberty. After...

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Napa Valley Vacation

July 22, 2007
By Marla Cimini
Napa Valley Vacation

Catching the sunrise from a hot air balloon floating above the Napa Valley vineyards is one spectacular way to start the day, but there are plenty of other thrills in this picturesque California wine region. For a taste of Napa’s food and culture scene, a good first stop is the Copia center which hosts...

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Buenos Aires, The Real City that Never Sleeps

March 19, 2007
By Marla Cimini
Buenos Aires, The Real City that Never Sleeps

Hey, don’t cry for me, I just returned from the most cost-effective, fun-filled, and culturally stimulating vacation I’ve been on in a long time. In Argentina. With the U.S. dollar incredibly strong there, Buenos Aires is simply a treasure of delights, at unbeatable prices. For Argentine BBQ, La Cabrera (Cabrera 5099. Tel: 54-11-4831-7002), a...

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