Where to Sleep: LG Hotel & Lodging News 7.21.10

City Travel, Featured, Hotel News, New York City, Staying There — By on July 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

by Ashley Cheng
LG Hotel & Lodging Editor

Welcome to this week’s hospitality news roundup: top hotel, motel, hostel, inn and lodging stories from around the world (wide web). Catch up on your latest news, and then meet us at the hotel…motel…Holiday Inn.

InterContinental Times SquareWant Your Credit Card Hacked? Stay at a  Hotel…

You may be sleeping soundly, but apparently, thieves looking to steal your personal info don’t rest once you’re all tucked away in your Heavenly Bed. A recent study conducted by SpiderLabs (part of a data-security consulting company), found that 38 percent of the credit card hacking cases last year involved the hotel industry. That means you’re far likelier to get your numbers ganked at your home-away-from-home than you would at a retail location (14.2 percent), or restaurants and bars (13 percent). Hotels need to up their game as far as computer security is concerned, because most numbers are stolen directly from the computer system–rather than from your wallet.

Source: New York Times

Manhattan’s InterContinental New York Times Square Opens

The highly anticipated and largest hotel built in New York since 2002 opened its doors this month. Rooms,  which are going for around $300 per night, are already sold out. Check out the sneak peak images, courtesy of Hotel Chatter.

Source: Hospitality.net

Glamping Hotel RoomTop Hot Spots for “Glamping” in Europe

From super-luxe yurts to Dutch gypsy caravans, the latest trend in European travel promises to have you “roughing” it with style. The list of top 10 destinations includes  an eco-friendly bell tent complete with solar lighting on the Isle of Canna and a converted German fire truck with compost toilet in Portugal.

Source: The Observer

Obama Names Boston Hotelier to Support National Tourism Effort

Boston hotelier Richard Friedman has been tasked to recreate the success of his Charles and Liberty hotels on a national level. But, he’s not opening up new chains across the country. As the latest business leader to join the President’s Export Council, he’s one of 13 appointed to help reach Obama’s goal of doubling US exports and tourism in five years.

Source: Travel Weekly

Preview of Diane Von Furstenberg’s Specially Designed Rooms at London’s Claridge’s Hotel

Enjoy some eye candy with this sneak peak slideshow of the noted designer’s debut into dressing hotel suites instead of super models. A selection of the fabrics, wall coverings and upholstery will be available in September as part of DVF’s exclusive home line.

Source: Hotel Chatter

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