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Ellen Ruane New GM of Hilton Long Island - Huntington

June 28, 2011 - The Dow Hotel Company, LLC (DHC), a hotel ownership investment and management company, today announced that Ellen Ruane has been named general manager of the company’s 304-room Hilton Long Island/Huntington in suburban Long Island, owned by a joint venture between New Jersey-based Prudential Real Estate Investors and DHC.

“Ellen has a wide range of experience in the hospitality industry, which will be a great asset to the Hilton,” said Murray Dow, chief executive officer of The Dow Hotel Company. “The Hilton Long Island - Huntington has one of the area’s largest meeting facilities, which means we will attract groups from around the world. Her depth of experience will help the hotel to expand its leadership position in the market.” Ruane managed several properties, including the Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach, VA; the North Maple Inn, Basking Ridge, NJ; and The Forrestal at Princeton, Princeton, NJ.

Ruane earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Montclair State University in Monclair, NJ with a major in Political Science.

Located at 598 Broad Hollow Rd., in the heart of Melville’s business district on the Route 110 corridor, the property is just 45 minutes from JFK airport, with easy proximity to New York City and the Hamptons. The full-service hotel features several resort amenities, including both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center and tennis courts, as well as two restaurants and 26,000 square feet of meeting space.

Founded in 1997, Seattle-based The Dow Hotel Company is a hotel owner/investor and operator of 12 first-class, full-service hotels with properties throughout the United States. The company’s portfolio of owned and managed properties consists of institutional-grade hotels, under such brands as Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Sheraton, and Crowne Plaza. The company aggressively seeks to acquire, co-invest with joint venture partners and/or manage mid- to large-size, first-class, full-service hotels, especially those with extensive food and beverage capabilities.

The company currently operates food and beverage facilities around the nation, ranging from casual dining to upscale, bars/lounges with Starbuck and Tully’s coffee outlets. In addition to Basil’s Kitchen, the division’s proprietary restaurant concepts include SunSpot, BC Bistro, and Basil’s Bistro.

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Hotel Group Meetings for 2015
As the economy continues to improve, hotels are finally luring back business travelers, including those who are participating in group meetings and conventions. According to The Global Business Travel Association, group travel spending has grown 5.3% to $117.1 billion in 2014, a figure that well exceeds previous expectations. Given that group business accounts for as much as 30-40% of total revenues for a hotel operation, this is welcome news indeed. Still, this is no time for complacency. Savvy hoteliers are incorporating new creative ideas into their operations in order to satisfy their clientele and to differentiate themselves for their competition, with the ultimate goal of making meetings easier, more comfortable and even more fun. The emphasis seems to be on making group meetings “less institutional” and “more residential”. One hotel chain has created meeting spaces that are more like lounges than standard conference rooms. Another offers its guests unusual food options like make-your-own trail mix stations and smoothie bars. Still another provides its guests with mobile apps that will let them make requests — from ordering coffee and food to changing the room temperature — without ever leaving the meeting room. Technological innovations are also of paramount concern as meeting planners are demanding that the latest innovations be available to attendees including universal wireless Internet access, videoconferencing capabilities, charging stations, and a secure protected environment in which to conduct proprietary business. Finally, some hotels are offering more breakout rooms in order to encourage smaller and more intimate interchanges among attendees after long group sessions throughout the day. The September Hotel Business Review will examine what some hotels are doing to facilitate this segment of their business and to meet the expectations of their guests.