The Flashpoint (April 7 Edition)

By Rejuvenate Staff, April 7, 2014

Houston First Corp. and the Greater Houston CVB is forming a strategic partnership. The definition of the partnership has not been detailed, and it is unclear whether such a partnership would require staff reorganization.

The Quad-Cities area could see as many as 1,100 additional hotel rooms coming soon as several hotel projects have been announced. In a mix of new hotel development and existing renovations, the area is a microcosm of the hotel industry as a whole, according to some. The Great Recession seems to have ended for the industry.

Louisiana is rapidly becoming a leader in public-private partnerships. The state provides either funding or rebates via tax incentives or the use of public land for private development. Hotels, malls and other developments are taking advantage of the state’s policies.

Marriott plans to build up to 30 new hotels across South Africa by 2020. After buying out Protea Hospitality, Marriott plans to build hotels across the continent as well as in Saudi Arabia and UAE.

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No one would argue that the diversity of Christian films has come a long way since the original “Ben-Hur” and “The Ten Commandments.” Planners

Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s arts community offers a chance to discover an artistic tradition full of skill, spirit and history.

Deion Sanders, the NFL Network analyst who will keynote Connect Faith this year, credits faith for saving his life.

“The Come Back Effect,” hospitality guru Jason Young’s new book on guest experience, became available on July 31.

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