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Grand Hall Experience at St. Louis Union Station Hotel
Recently renovated, restored and re-opened with lounge seating and a bar, The Grand Hall continues to awe visitors as the Union Station Hotel's lobby and lounge area, located at 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.

Grand Hall Experience at St. Louis Union Station Hotel
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 11, 2014 - Recently renovated, restored and re-opened with lounge seating and a bar, The Grand Hall continues to awe visitors as the St. Louis Union Station Hotel's lobby and lounge area, located at 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.

Beyond the history and the food, the Grand Hall Experience at Union Station is complete with the first of its kind high-definition projection mapping experience in the United States.

Projected on the Grand Hall's 65-foot tall ceilings and across the entire space, the 3D entertainment is made up of 30 vignettes, all stretching the barrier of creative design, innovation and story-telling. The Grand Hall Experience begins on the hour every evening between 5pm and 10pm. For more information, call 314-621-5262 or visit
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Marriott International Receives Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Award
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 7, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc. has received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award from the National Business Group on Health. Marriott is one of only two hospitality companies recognized this year; a total of 63 U.S. employers received the award.

"The health and wellbeing of our associates are top priorities and we are committed to providing the appropriate tools to help them adopt a healthy lifestyle," said Jill Berger, vice president of health and welfare at Marriott International. "This award is a testament to not only our hard work establishing a sustainable wellness culture at Marriott, but also our passion to make choosing health every day both easy and fun."

Marriott International created its TakeCare program in 2010 to empower employees to take personal responsibility for managing their health. From worksite wellness challenges and monthly webinars, to free health coaches, assessments, maternity support and a smoking cessation program, TakeCare is helping its associates both improve and maintain their health. Furthermore, the company is piloting a new certification program to recognize its hotels that are going above and beyond to create a healthy work environment for associates.

Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, stated: "We are very pleased to honor Marriott International for its dedication to providing programs that encourage wellness and healthy lifestyles for their employees and families. Marriott is among an elite group of organizations that are leading the way to promote healthy workplaces and lifestyles. Marriott and its management team should be proud of their efforts and we congratulate them on receiving this award."


Choice Hotels Survey Reveals Top Ten Summer Travel Trend
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 7, 2014 - Choice Hotels International, Inc. has unveiled the top ten summer travel trends from its 2014 Summer Travel Survey.

1. More Trips, But Fewer Nights Away
There will be a 17.2 percent increase in the number of leisure trips taken this summer, but travelers will spend fewer nights away, with a decrease of 9.4 percent.

2. The Beach in August
August will be the busiest month for leisure travel this summer. When asked about their preferred leisure travel destination, 43.1 percent of respondents said they would most enjoy a beach, followed by mountains at 12.3 percent and a city at 10.4 percent.

3. Travelers Prefer Driving
The survey found that 75.3 percent of summer travelers are planning to drive to their leisure travel destination this summer, driving an average of 689 miles round-trip. Fifty percent of respondents also said that they would prefer a two-hour drive compared to a flight, bus or train ride to get to their summer vacation.

4. Free High-Speed Internet Most Important
Free high-speed Internet was selected by 65.5 percent of respondents as the "must-have" amenity when selecting a hotel or resort for summer travel. Following free high-speed internet, free continental breakfast and an in-room refrigerator polled highest for needed amenities at 54.5 and 49.6 percent, respectively.

5. Loyalty Programs Influence Travelers' Booking Decisions
The survey also showed that 34.6 percent of travelers say that loyalty and incentive programs influence where, how and when they travel, and over 53 percent of respondents are enrolled in travel rewards programs.

6. Travelers Would Rather Lose Their Luggage than Their Phone
In this increasingly digital world, survey results showed that Millennials and parents with children under 12 years of age would rather lose their luggage than their mobile phone when travelling.

7. Camping is the Least Favorite Vacation
Nearly 40 percent of travelers (38.2 percent) said that camping was the least desirable type of summer vacation.

8. New Locations Trump Old Favorites
Almost 70 percent of respondents (66.8 percent) would prefer to visit somewhere new over returning to a favorite vacation destination this summer.

9. Travelers Want to Explore Cuisines, Unless They Have Kids
When on summer vacation, 28.9 percent of respondents choose to dine at restaurants they can't find at home, unless they are traveling with children. If travelers have children under 12 years of age, 24.5 percent most often visit casual dining restaurants, like TGI Friday's and Applebee's.

10. Millennials are Travelling with Pets
The survey found that Millennials are 21.7 percent more likely than older generations to be traveling with a pet this summer. Correlatively, 34.2 percent said locating a place to stay was the greatest inconvenience when travelling with a pet.

"The Choice Hotels 2014 Summer Travel Survey indicates that almost 90 percent of Americans plan to take an overnight leisure trip this summer," said Patrick Pacious, executive vice president, and Chief Operating Officer at Choice Hotels. "It's critical that hotels stay abreast of the shifting trends in American travel and Choice Hotels wants to ensure that important demographics like Millennials are catered to during their travels."


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Archived St. Louis Hotel News:
- Magnolia Hotel Brings Hollywood Glamour to Downtown St. Louis
- Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch to Host Over the Edge, October 4, 2014, for Special Olympics
- The Broadway Columbia - a DoubleTree by Hilton Opens in Vibrant North Arts District of Columbia, Missouri
- Drury Hotels Is J.D. Power 2014 Customer Champion
- Saint Louis Union Station Welcomes Guests for National Train Day
- Special Olympics Missouri and Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch Take Partnerships to New Heights with Fundraiser
- GoodSports Hotel and Fieldhouse Planned for Chesterfield Blue Valley
- Hyatt Place St. Louis Opens Adjacent to Chesterfield Mall

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