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  • US business travel spending expected to rise Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    U.S. business travel spending is expected to increase this year, led by more investment in trips to Western Europe.

  • Pricey cocktails gaining traction at hotel bars Saturday, 11 Jan 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    Hotel operators are optimistic this will be a very good year for their bars, now stocked with fancy cocktails and experienced bartenders.

  • Thousands stranded by series of storms Monday, 6 Jan 2014 | 2:45 PM ET
    Thousands of people with delayed or canceled flights waiting in the customer service line at O'Hare.

    A "rat-a-tat, one after another" series of storms has left stranded travelers with few options unless they rebook early.

  • A secret Santa picks up others' hotel tabs Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 12:31 PM ET
    Hilton Garden Inn in Redding, Calif.

    The hotel Santa is the latest in a line of do-gooders whose anonymous actions have come to light.

  • Online gaming in NJ not a threat to Borgata: COO Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 10:38 AM ET
    Visitors enter the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

    In fact, users of gaming sites operated by the Borgata have created more than 20,000 accounts to bet real money online in New Jersey, the casino's COO told CNBC.

  • Pot tourism ready to light up in Colorado in 2014 Wednesday, 1 Jan 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    A man cleans jars that will hold recreational marijuana at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver on Monday.

    Pot-friendly guides, activities and tours in Colorado are expected to expand as recreational marijuana sales become legal as of Jan. 1.

  • Gingerbread village lands hotel on holiday map Wednesday, 25 Dec 2013 | 8:00 AM ET
    A rendition of Coney Island's famous roller coaster from Rolling Pin Productions

    From edible pirate ships to elaborate villages, hotels are cooking up ways to entice travelers indoors for the holidays.

  • How diseased shrimp are hitting Red Lobster profit Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 1:25 PM ET
    Shrimp and lobster meal at Red Lobster.

    Decreasing sales and fewer visitors aren't the only problems Red Lobster is facing: Expensive shrimp are crimping the company's bottom line.

  • US hotel names face headwinds in Asia     Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 5:55 PM ET

    Patrick Scholes, Managing Director for Gaming & Lodging Equity Research at SunTrust Equity Research, says the landscape for U.S. hotel companies in Asia is challenging as the region is beset by so much new supply.

  • Should Hilton have a room in your portfolio? Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 1:17 PM ET
    Tyler Henritze, senior managing director of real estate for Blackstone, attends the initial price offering (IPO) of Hilton Worldwide (HLT) on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell on December 12, 2013 in New York City.

    Hilton's large asset holdings and better valued competitors could undermine its long term potential, two hotel industry analysts told CNBC on Thursday.

  • Christopher Nassetta, Hilton Hotels president & CEO, discusses Hilton's IPO, global growth and what differentiates Hilton economically from other hotels. "There is a huge amount of value and growth with the real estate we own," Nassetta says.

  • Hilton Worldwide raises $2.3 billion in IPO Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 5:14 PM ET
    The Hilton Hotel in New York.

    Hilton raised roughly $2.34 billion in its IPO on Wednesday after pricing shares toward the high end of its range.

  • Hilton on par with Marriott: Pro     Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 4:04 PM ET

    CNBC contributor Andrew Busch says Hilton has "dramatically cleaned itself up."

  • Hilton to price IPO at $20 per share     Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 4:01 PM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports Hilton will price its IPO at $20 per share, and is looking at a "modest" increase in number of shares it sells.

  • Hilton to be largest hotel IPO     Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 12:15 PM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs provides insight into Hilton's IPO, and how the hotel held up since the industry crash in 2008. The FMHR traders "want in" on the stock.

  • America's tallest hotel     Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 1:29 PM ET

    Marriott is opening the tallest hotel in America, in New York, CNBC's Sue Herera reports. Janis Milham, Marriott Courtyard vice president and global brand manager, provides insight.

  • Marriott International CEO and President Arne Sorenson discusses the minimum wage and whether raising it would affect the company's bottom line.

  • Marriott's exchange move     Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 3:10 PM ET

    Marriott International is switching over from trading at the NYSE to the NASDAQ. Arne Sorenson, Marriott International CEO & president, discusses what's behind the hotel's move and what it means to shareholders. "The world has changed and the physical location of an exchange floor is much less important," Sorenson says.

  • McFail: McDonald's out-of-touch tipping advice Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 2:21 PM ET

    McDonald's has committed yet another employee advice blunder, listing on its worker resource website pricey suggestions for holiday tipping.

  • Kirk Kinsell, president of IHG Americas, tells CNBC's Simon Hobbs Even Hotels are a total wellness offer; they give the opportunity to maintain dietary needs as well as get a great night's sleep.