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Hotels finding new and profitable ways to connect guests with local experiences

Excerpt from NBCNews.com

Jan 25, 2013 8:23 am

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As hotels look for new sources of revenue they will find that moving beyond the traditional concierge services and into more unique, local offerings can help set their product apart from the competition.

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Hotel guests need not head out with an unknown entity for adventure when they book a room. Properties around the globe are tempting travelers with one-of-a-kind experiences on the grounds or directly through the hotel.

Whether you fancy a Muay Thai lesson with a fighter in Bangkok or an exclusive cooking class in Costa Rica, if you choose well, your hotel can arrange a day you’ll remember long after check-out.

“Hotels are just now recognizing that they have resources that other travel-related industries have been tapping for years,” said Ted Mandigo, director of hotel consulting firm TR Mandigo & Company.

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