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Major Hartford employers cut office space as hybrid working takes hold


HARTFORD – Two large employers in downtown Hartford are significantly reducing the amount of office space they will rent in the city over the next year, another sign of the impact of the increased option of working from home caused by the pandemic.

The companies — healthcare giant UnitedHealthcare and financial services provider Prudential Financial — plan to cut their leases by hundreds of thousands of feet, moves that will ripple through a downtown area where restaurants and other businesses have long depended on office workers as an important part of their clientele.

UnitedHealthcare did not return multiple calls for comment on Friday, but sources familiar with the downsizing said the company plans to reduce its lease at CityPlace I to about a tenth of its current 350,000 square feet.

CityPlace I is downtown Hartford’s landmark office tower and the city’s tallest. The owner of the 38-story skyscraper, Paradigm Properties of Boston, did not respond to calls for comment on Friday.

Prudential Financial confirmed on Friday that it would make a significant reduction at 280 Trumbull St., One Commercial Plaza, from 250,000 square feet to around 25,000.

A spokesperson said the decision to lease significantly less office space was a result of both adopting a hybrid work schedule, but also the sale of his retirement business, which had a large operation in downtown Hartford. As a result, Prudential needed much less space in the city.

The problems in the office market come after the city’s hospitality industry was hit hard at the start of the pandemic, as business and leisure travel plummeted. One hotel, the Hilton on Trumbull Street, nearly closed, but a plan to convert upper floors into apartments keeps the hotel open but under a different name.

The city’s convention sector has also taken a hit and is only now beginning to pick up.

The dramatic reduction in large leases comes as the city progresses building up its downtown residential population and manages to lease long empty storefronts.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said the dramatic reductions in office leases are “powerful pandemic aftershocks, and they’re hitting the city hard.”

But Bronin said office rental rates in the city’s downtown area are much more affordable than in other cities and could represent an opportunity for Hartford.

“But there is no doubt that we face massive disruption in the office market, and that means we need to be all the more aggressive in accelerating residential development and supporting retail, restaurants, sports, downtown entertainment and culture,” Bronin said in a post.

David Griggs, president of the MetroHartford Alliance, the region’s chamber of commerce, said office downsizing is happening across the country, but not all of it has been hit as hard as Hartford.

“We have to find solutions for Hartford as to what we do with this excess space, because [UnitedHealthcare and Prudential] are just the last,” Griggs said. “There will be more, and I don’t want to say it, but there will be more.”

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Griggs, Bronin and other city leaders have previously spoken of the need to find different ways to attract people to a downtown that has long relied on office workers. One way, they say, is through entertainment, highlighting the gains that will make areas such as Pratt Street a destination.

Another is to build the downtown residential base where 2,800 rentals have been added in and around the city center since 2014. Some said on Friday that converting former offices into these apartments will help soften the blow from the cuts of staff but certainly not to erase it completely.

There have also been pushes for the vision of making the city a hub of innovation and a place to foster high-tech start-ups in a variety of industries.

But the reality of increasing vacant office space is discouraging. The effects of businesses needing less space as a result of the pandemic with the emergence of the hybrid work schedule had already begun to show in downtown Hartford.

Last month, law firm Robinson + Cole announced plans to shrink from 120,000 square feet at 280 Trumbull St. to less than 75,000 square feet at One State Street, the Hartford Steam Boiler Building.

The owners of 20 Church St., the “stilt building,” are facing foreclosure on this office tower, amid tenant downsizing. But Shelbourne Global Solutions LLC, of ​​Brooklyn, NY, said this week it was confident it would avoid the foreclosure, having prospects of new tenants.

Kenneth R. Gosselin can be reached at [email protected]

Prospera Financial Services Inc makes new investment in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WH)


Prospera Financial Services Inc bought a new position in shares of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WHGet a rating) during the first quarter, according to the company in its latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund bought 302 shares of the company, valued at around $26,000.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. CIBC Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts by 3.5% during the fourth quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc. now owns 4,696 shares of the company worth $421,000 after purchasing an additional 157 shares in the last quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts by 0.8% during the fourth quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. now owns 21,543 shares of the company worth $1,931,000 after buying an additional 180 shares last quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. increased its stake in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts by 2.7% during the fourth quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 7,474 shares of the company worth $670,000 after buying 199 additional shares in the last quarter. Glassman Wealth Services increased its stake in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts by 123.9% during the fourth quarter. Glassman Wealth Services now owns 365 shares of the company worth $33,000 after buying 202 more shares in the last quarter. Finally, Signaturefd LLC increased its equity stake in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts by 50.3% during the first quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 735 shares of the company valued at $62,000 after acquiring an additional 246 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds hold 92.63% of the company’s shares.

Changes to analyst ratings

WH has been the subject of several analyst reports. StockNews.com upgraded Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a Wednesday, June 29 report. Barclays launched coverage on Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in a Tuesday, June 28 report. They set an “equal weight” rating and a price target of $77.00 for the company. Robert W. Baird cut his price target on Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from $96.00 to $88.00 in a Friday, July 29 report. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus cut his price target on Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from $99.00 to $85.50 in a Wednesday, July 6 report. Two analysts gave the stock a hold rating and five gave the company a buy rating. According to data from MarketBeat, the stock currently has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus target price of $87.75.

Insider Activity at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

In related news, the Advocate General Paul F Cash sold 30,331 shares of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in a trade dated Wednesday, June 1. The stock was sold at an average price of $79.94, for a total value of $2,424,660.14. Following the completion of the transaction, the General Counsel now directly owns 11,680 shares of the company, valued at $933,699.20. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, accessible via this link. 1.91% of the shares are currently held by insiders of the company.

Performance of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts shares

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Shares opened at $71.08 on Friday. The stock has a 50-day simple moving average of $68.87 and a 200-day simple moving average of $78.52. The company has a quick ratio of 1.95, a current ratio of 1.95 and a leverage ratio of 1.89. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. has a 12 month minimum of $62.89 and a 12 month maximum of $93.86. The stock has a market capitalization of $6.42 billion, a price/earnings ratio of 18.95, a P/E/G ratio of 1.84 and a beta of 1.48.

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Check-in: Fairmont Vancouver Hotel


Multimillion-dollar renovation polishes the golden shine of Georgia Street’s grand dame

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During what was supposed to be the summer of the road trip, global forces have caused many British Columbians to rethink those weekend getaways. Call it a painful break at the pump.

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Instead, they stay close to home and discover, perhaps rediscover, why so many tourists from around the world have a summer vacation in Vancouver on their to-do list. That’s why so many downtown hotels are rolling out the red carpet for locals with stay-at-home deals and alliances with nearby attractions and exhibitions.

All of this is perfect timing for the iconic Vancouver hotel, which has wrapped up the bow of a massive and somewhat lengthy $75 million renovation that has returned the Grand Dame of Georgia Street to its former glory. In particular, the 50 rooms and private lounge on the ninth floor Gold Level have undergone major upgrades in keeping with the hotel’s luxurious history and splendid architecture.

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I had stayed here a few years ago, before the renovation, and left with the same impression I had of so many of those classic Fairmont hotels, such as Victoria’s Empress, Toronto’s Royal York, and Seattle’s Olympic. They all have incredible architecture dripping with history and an undeniable sense of stately permanence, but the rooms themselves were fairly ordinary, and in some cases dated in terms of bathroom fixtures and fittings, audio technologies /video and even though small, but increasingly vital, thing like USB sockets. It seems Fairmont executives felt the same way, as all of these properties mentioned have all undergone major multimillion-dollar renovations in recent years that have brought their rooms into the 21st century. That’s certainly what I discovered during a recent one night stay at the Gold level of the Vancouver hotel.

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Golden Rooms, which include three-bedroom suites sleeping up to 10 people, now feature a warm, nostalgic palette of deep navy blues, heather grays, gold metals and marbles, along with custom Axminster wool carpets with large-scale patterns. . Much of the renovation involved craftsmen who restored and, if necessary, repaired or replicated all of the original plaster crown molding, trim, decorative fireplace inserts and shelving. Likewise, the lounge has been completely redone, as has the elevator hall and the Gold Level check-in station. Fairmont hotels pride themselves on service, and this Gold level on the ninth floor increases with a dedicated concierge service that provides itinerary planning, dinner and theater reservations, morning coffee delivery to your room and free shoe shine and clothes ironing. Kind of old fashioned service, which seems fair given the rich and romantic history of Hotel Van.

With the lounge offering free daytime service starting with a full buffet breakfast, scones and pastries mid-afternoon, hors d’oeuvres from 5-7pm and finally sweets from 7-9pm, I was almost tempted to stay within the comfortable confines of the Gold level for my entire stay. I say almost, because another free treat for Gold-level guests is a two-hour bike rental at nearby Cycle City that promised me and my mate not only a good workout, but revived my deep appreciation for the city that has lured me away from home for three decades since.

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We arrived early and left our luggage with the concierge staff and then headed to the walking block of Cycle City on Hornby Street, where we often had the pleasure of being outfitted by the founder and, according to his business card, chief crankman Josh Bloomfield. The store’s rental fleet is quite varied, but as we found out, if you want one of their very popular e-bikes, a reservation is in order. Instead, we were set up with some really nice commuter-style bikes with locks, helmets, maps, and suggested routes. We were off and I almost immediately enjoyed all those downtown bike lanes that sometimes make me swear behind the wheel. To paraphrase that age-old saying, walk a mile in their clip-on shoes.

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Luckily Josh had kindly extended our ride time from two hours to three, and we covered some ground in that time, a testament to the established cycling network in the city center and beyond. First it was up to Coal Harbor and around Stanley Park, then along False Creek to the Olympic Village, then onto Granville Island where we left the bikes with the free valet for a ride around the island. It was my first time since before the pandemic, and it was heartwarming to see the market buzzing, the restaurants bustling with the sound of people, and the streets bustling with the sound of children.

On the way back to the hotel, aside from thinking about dinner at Hotel Van’s Notch8 restaurant, which has a new chef and respective new menu, I found myself looking at sites I come across almost daily – Science World, False Creek, the downtown skyline, the North Shore mountains — and see them with fresh eyes. Maybe it was the oxygen I had taken in during the ride or the unique perspective – for me at least – afforded by cycling past familiar places. Either way, it was a bit of an eye opener and underscored just how special and unexpected a stay experience can be.


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Cape Town’s Best Hotels for a Truly Local Stay


In recent years, Cape Town’s hotel scene has been thriving. A series of new design-driven boutique stays take full advantage of the city’s natural beauty and thriving dining scenes. Meanwhile, some of the city’s old favourites, such as Tintswalo and the Belmond Mount Nelson, have been refreshed or rebuilt. Read on for some of the best places to stay in Cape Town.


What to expect: A city escape to an unexpected place

Neighbourhood: BoKaap

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Unless you are a Cape Town local, chances are you have never ventured past Dorp, located at the top of a steep road at the foot of Signal Hill and above the residential part of BoKaap, known for its colorful houses. Translating to “town” in Afrikaans, Dorp feels like its own little village in Cape Town. Bordered by a wild garden and centered around a main courtyard and café, the rooms are distributed in various buildings that climb the hill and open onto garden paths. Instead of a lobby, there’s a check-in desk next to a large dining room and living room filled with fringe sofas and inviting wingback chairs. Each room is entirely different and ranges from cozy spaces to giant self-contained suites with kitchenettes; some have soaking pools, while others have terraces and steam rooms. One bedroom even overlooks the roof garden, offering the best views of all of the City Bowl and Table Mountain in Dorp.


What to expect: A chic stay in Cape Town’s revitalized city center

Neighborhood: Central Business District

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A few years ago, Labotessa’s location on Church Square in downtown Cape Town, long a nondescript business district, would have been less than desirable. But recently creative investment has turned it into a bustling and more leisure-oriented center, invigorating the area’s attractive heritage buildings with internationally acclaimed restaurants (including the Japanese and South African-inspired restaurant). Funen) and local stores. When it opened in 2019, Labotessa was the area’s first boutique hotel, and the property’s six beautiful suites are outfitted with heavy draped curtains and artwork by artists like Emma Aspeling. On-site, there’s also a perfume shop and a restaurant serving uplifting meals like bobotie (a Cape Malay curry dish).

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The Grenadine

What to expect: A slice of France in the middle of one of the city’s liveliest neighborhoods

Neighbourhood: Tamboerskloof

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Step into La Grenadine’s courtyard, shaded by pomegranate, guava, avocado and olive trees, and it’s as if you’ve been transported to a farmhouse in Provence. This is particularly surprising as the hotel is close to one of Cape Town’s busiest strips, Kloof Street, allowing guests to walk to local creative businesses such as Ashanti design. Owned by a French couple who fell in love with Cape Town, La Grenadine is set in a 19th-century farmhouse building with five bedrooms and a two-bedroom cottage, all centered around the main courtyard. Homey, simple rooms are adorned with hand-embroidered white linens, vintage furniture, and clawfoot tubs. Even the breakfast of fresh croissants, pain au chocolat, baguette and homemade jams will transport you to a French country house.

Ellerman House

What to expect: A low-key hideaway with world-class artwork and stunning views

Neighbourhood: Bantry Bay

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Lucky guests staying at Ellerman House between July and September may spot southern right whales swimming off the sparkling coastline from Ellerman House’s pink and white terrace. Inside this Edwardian mansion, tucked away behind an unassuming wall on a busy road along the city’s Atlantic coast, lies another wonderful surprise: the property is home to one of the world’s largest art collections. private homes in the country with works by South African artists such as William Kentridge and Sam Nhlengethwa. There is also a wine cellar with over 9,500 South African wines to try. The 13 rooms and suites all have wingback chairs and chandeliers; both modern villas have private pools. Although every space is different, there is one thing they all have in common: a great vantage point from which to watch the sun go down.

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Location: Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. Client: Belmond Hotels. Marketing Director: Louise Pheiffer. Stylist: Julie Kenney. Photographer: Mark Williams. 9-11/04/14.

Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel

What to expect: Old-school charmer near downtown

Neighbourhood: Oranjezicht

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Known to many as ‘The Pink Lady’ for its blush colored exterior, Mount Nelson is a Cape Town institution. Affluent locals have frequented its terrace and manicured lawns for high tea and fancy picnics for decades, and the Librisa Spa has long been a favorite spot for massages or manicures. Those lucky enough to stay at this grand palace can spend time in the long pool lined with daybeds and the 198 rooms and suites lined with patterned curtains and windows opening onto the garden. Some of the best rooms are the Victorian Garden Cottages, along a rose-lined path in the garden. (Be sure to have breakfast on your private terrace.) At the hotel’s doorstep is the Jardin de la Compagnie, the green space and heritage site that houses cultural institutions like the Iziko Museums from South Africa.


The Silo Hotel

What to expect: Bright, lively interiors in a brutalist building

Neighbourhood: V&A Waterfront

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Positioned above the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Zeitz MOCAA Museum in a former V&A Waterfront grain silo, the silo might have Cape Town’s most spectacular location. The hotel offers 360 degree views of the city, with Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Naturally, the place to have a drink at sunset is on the open roof. The 28 bright rooms, designed by Liz Biden of the Royal Portfolio, showcase those stellar views through multi-faceted geometric windows and feature sofas printed with colorful fabrics, glass chandeliers, and stand-alone bathtubs. The hotel also serves as a mini art gallery; Scattered throughout the property are standout pieces by regional artists like South African-born Zanele Muholi and Jody Paulsen, and Swazi artist Nandipha Mntambo. Continue the artistic immersion at the Zeitz MOCAA Museum – its groundbreaking collection of contemporary works from Africa and its diaspora can be found a few flights below.


What to expect: An ocean-view getaway a short drive from town

Neighborhood: Table Mountain National Park

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Tintswalo, which opened 15 years ago, finally reopened following damage from a massive fire in 2019. While it’s always been a low-key hideaway that attracts high-end travelers, it is arguably better than ever. Given the hotel’s secluded and scenic oceanfront location, wedged between Table Mountain National Park and Chapman’s Peak, this spot is a must-see. Spacious suites have private ocean-facing terraces, fireplaces, and chandeliers hanging from exposed wood ceilings. This retreat is a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, but guests need not travel far for a fine dining experience. The hotel is home to a Chef’s Warehouse restaurant run by culinary king Liam Tomlin. Even if you don’t stay here, be sure to book a tapas tasting menu and enjoy ocean treasures such as fresh oysters and seared tuna.

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What to expect: A restored 19th-century residence in a residential neighborhood

Neighbourhood: Tamboerskloof

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Set in a house dating back to 1860 – typical of many Victorian homes around the residential neighborhood of Tamboerskloof – a stay at Noah House immerses guests in the daily rhythms of the charming neighborhood. The 10 beige and white rooms offer old black marble fireplaces, Malawi-style wicker chairs, and intricately railed terraces. On weekends, locals drop by the cafe for homemade granola and avocado toast served on the terrace overlooking the street. One of the hotel’s best perks is that it’s a short walk to Kloof Street, lined with some of the city’s most exciting restaurants and shops.

Magnificent George

What to expect: a designer destination in downtown Cape Town

Neighbourhood: City Bowl

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From local designer Tristan du Plessis, a superbly chic downtown hotel filled with pieces from some of the country’s top designers, including a swing set by Porky Hefer and steel tables by Gregor Jenkin. Set between two restored buildings (one Edwardian, one Art Deco) near St. Georges Shopping Center where a weekly market comes to life, the hotel has a warm, contemporary feel, with oak floors, quilted leather sofas and plant-filled corners in public spaces. All 32 rooms have exposed cement ceilings and murals painted by Cape Town artist David Brits. At Gigi, the indoor-outdoor rooftop restaurant with a light-filled veranda, guests can take a dip in the small pool or munch on platters of burrata and fish tartare.


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Arthouse collection

What to expect: A curated group of unique, art-filled homes

Neighborhood: All over town

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From creative powerhouse Elana Brundyn, former director of Zeitz MOCCA and CEO of contemporary art-focused Cape Town Norval Foundation, comes a collection of elegant homes filled with the work of notable artists and designers, all available for rent. The portfolio of properties is like an exclusive version of Airbnb for serious aesthetes, with different house styles: six-room mansions, farmhouses in nearby Cape Town vineyards, studios in the city center. A retreat on the Eastern Cape is filled with works by artists such as Nelson Makamo and Marie Sibandewhile an apartment in Cape Town features the acclaimed photography of guy tillim. Capitalizing on Cape Town’s outsized reputation as a center for the arts, the Art House collection team can arrange private tours of museums or galleries and even give presentations to artists.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WH) Shares acquired by Advisor Group Holdings Inc.


Advisor Group Holdings Inc. increased its stake in the shares of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WHGet a rating) by 1.4% in Q1, according to the company in its latest 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company held 12,323 shares of the company after acquiring an additional 167 shares during the period. Advisor Group Holdings Inc.’s holdings in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts were worth $3,414,000 at the end of the last quarter.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds also bought and sold shares of the company. Prospera Financial Services Inc acquired a new position in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts stock in Q1 worth $26,000. Lloyd Advisory Services LLC. acquired a new position in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts stock in Q1 worth $27,000. Glassman Wealth Services increased its stake in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts shares by 123.9% in the fourth quarter. Glassman Wealth Services now owns 365 shares of the company valued at $33,000 after purchasing an additional 202 shares during the period. Allegheny Financial Group LTD acquired a new position in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts shares in Q4 worth $33,000. Finally, Sageworth Trust Co of South Dakota acquired a new position in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts stock in Q4 worth $35,000. 92.63% of the shares are currently held by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Wyndham Hotel and Resort Price Performance

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Stocks opened at $68.89 on Friday. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. has a 52-week minimum of $62.89 and a 52-week maximum of $93.86. The company has a market capitalization of $6.22 billion, a price/earnings ratio of 18.37, a PEG ratio of 1.83 and a beta of 1.48. The company has a fifty-day simple moving average of $69.06 and a 200-day simple moving average of $78.60. The company has a quick ratio of 1.95, a current ratio of 1.95 and a leverage ratio of 1.89.

Insider Trading at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

In other news, the General Counsel Paul F Cash sold 30,331 shares of the company in a trade on Wednesday, June 1. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.94, for a total transaction of $2,424,660.14. Following the completion of the sale, the General Counsel now owns 11,680 shares of the company, valued at $933,699.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available via this link. Insiders own 1.91% of the shares of the company.

Changes to analyst ratings

Several research companies have recently published reports on WH. Stifel Nicolaus lowered his price target on Wyndham Hotels & Resorts shares from $99.00 to $85.50 in a Wednesday, July 6 research note. StockNews.com cut Wyndham Hotels & Resorts shares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a Wednesday, June 29 research report. Barclays launched a hedge on Wyndham Hotels & Resorts shares in a research report on Tuesday, June 28. They set an “equal weight” rating and a price target of $77.00 for the company. Finally, Robert W. Baird cut his price target on Wyndham Hotels & Resorts stock from $96.00 to $88.00 in a Friday, July 29 research report. Two research analysts gave the stock a hold rating and five gave the company a buy rating. Based on MarketBeat data, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts currently has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus target price of $87.75.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Company Profile

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc operates as a franchisor of hotels worldwide. It operates through the hotel franchise and hotel management segments. The Hotel Franchise segment licenses its lodging brands and provides related services to third-party hotel owners and others. The Hotel Management segment provides hotel management services for full-service and limited-service hotels.

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Recovery gap between extended stay hotels, others closer

All extended stay segments are back to second quarter 2019 levels, according to a report by The Highland Group. Room revenue is 25% higher than the same period in 2019, and the mid-priced extended-stay segment saw record occupancy, according to the report.

AT THE END OF THE FIRST HALF OF 2022, U.S. hotels were broadly catching up with extended-stay hotels in terms of recovery, according to a report by the Highland Group. RevPAR recovery, for example, was nearly the same for hotels as a whole and for extended stays.

Additionally, the report revealed that new construction fell to an 8-year low in the first two quarters of the year, according to the report.

For the first time in 18 months, the hotel industry‘s overall second-quarter RevPAR recovery index exceeded 100%, matching the extended-stay hotel index of 109%. Budget and mid-range extended-stay hotels are still ahead of the global recovery, as well as high-end extended-stay hotels. The gap between the segments should narrow in the short term.

All extended-stay segments returned to second-quarter 2019 levels, according to the report. Room revenue is 25% higher than the same period in 2019, and the mid-priced extended stay segment saw record occupancy. The occupancy premium of extended-stay hotels over all hotels increased by more than 11 percentage points.

“Upscale extended-stay hospitality, which has hampered the pace of recovery across the entire extended-stay segment, recorded its first full quarter with RevPAR above its corresponding face value in 2019. The full recovery of upscale hotels for extended stays is expected to occur over the next several years,” the report states. “The upward recovery of extended-stay hotels is reflected in rooms under construction. The budget segment, which is attracting more and more investors, has seen no change in rooms under construction over the past year. The mid-price segment, which is one of the best performers in the hospitality industry, is also seeing growing investor interest.

The number of rooms under construction at upscale extended-stay hotels has more than halved. The exit of hotels from the brands because the properties no longer met the brand’s standards contributed to the net change in the number of new rooms opened being less than that of rooms under construction compared to existing supply, according to the report. Some of the abandoned hotels will remain as extended-stay hotels, but others will be converted into apartments or demolished.

“The foreseeable outlook for extended stay hotels is very good as the last time extended stay hotel supply growth fell below 3%, it stayed there for four years and RevPAR increased. by 47% over the same period,” said Mark Skinner, a partner at The Highlands Group.

The mid-year report comes shortly after the release of the Highland Group’s June report which found that all U.S. extended-stay hotel recovery indices were up from 2019. However, demand for budget extended stay hotels fell 1.6% for the third consecutive month. in June compared to the same period last year due to a strong increase in ADR over several months.

The Wharf’s Luxe New Pendry Hotel Unveils Incoming Chef and Restaurants


Pendry Washington DC – The Wharf is finally ready to release details on the planned opening of its food and beverage outlets at the upscale Southwest Waterfront hotel this fall.

The new executive chef at the 131-room property perched on the Potomac River is Barry Koslow, a DC hospitality veterinarian who previously oversaw culinary operations at DC’s W and Watergate hotels.

Laguna Beach, Calif. full-service luxury brand Montage International tapped Koslow to lead the three stylish dining destinations at its first DC hotel (655 Water Street Southwest). This includes Flora Flora, an indoor and outdoor restaurant overlooking a pool deck; Moonraker, a rooftop lounge serving sushi and Japanese spirits; and Bar Pendry, a lobby-level cocktail bar decked out in gold and navy decor.

Pendry is part of the new glassy phase of the Wharf which will be delivered this fall.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

The second phase of the $3.6 billion Hoffman-Madison Waterfront wharf development will also add a dozen new restaurants to the scenic mile-long stretch of the Southwest neighborhood, including hit celebrity chef arrivals Gordon Ramsay and Philip Chow.

Here’s a first look at each new food and beverage outlet spread across the 144,000 square foot Pendry, complete with a lavish top-to-bottom look put together by Design Agency.


Located on the 14th floor, the glamorous rooftop Moonraker Lounge is Pendry’s biggest dining attraction with a capacity of 150 people. Moonraker will focus on a Japanese-leaning menu full of Tokyo-fried chicken, yellowtail sashimi, and specialty rolls. A chic circular bar anchors the scenic site with a curated library of Japanese whiskey and custom cocktails. Look for live music and DJs to cater to a late night crowd. Moonraker is a nautical term that refers to a sail used on a clipper sailboat – and the title of a 70s James Bond film. (It will also be Wharf’s second food destination with “Moon” in its name; the Chef Kevin Tien’s modern Vietnamese restaurant, Moon Rabbit, sits at the foot of the InterContinental.)

Flora Flora

Bright and airy, Flora Flora is Pendry’s all-day dining option.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

This 80-seat Latin-influenced restaurant combines the cuisines of Mexico, Peru and Argentina. The all-day affair on the second floor of the hotel will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a South Beach-style poolside setup. Flora Flora honors its identity with lush vegetation and a vegetarian menu showcasing local farmers and suppliers. Look for a selection of small plates and a tasting menu option with global wine pairings.

Flora Flora will also offer seasonal poolside service to hotel guests.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

Bar Pendry

Pendry’s lobby level cocktail den.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

Tucked away in the lobby, this intimate, dimly lit tavern will be staffed by “expert bartenders who have mastered the art of the perfect cocktail,” according to a statement, along with a selection of light bites. The 60-seat space invokes a sense of modern grandeur, splashed with sleek gold and navy decor and polished finishes.

Executive Chef Barry Koslow will oversee all aspects of food and beverage at Pendry, including banquets, in-room dining, menu development and culinary partnerships.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

Koslow, who trained in classic French cuisine, honed his culinary skills at DC-area venues like Mendocino Grille, 2941, Citronnelle by Michel Richard, Equinox and Tallula. DGS Delicatessen’s opening chef left in 2014 to roll out Italian restaurant Pinea at DC’s W and continued to oversee the entire hotel adjacent to the White House until last summer, when he Popped into the Watergate hotel for a brief stay of 10 months in charge. He joined Pendry in June.

The fast-growing brand debuted in 2017 with openings in San Diego and Baltimore (Sagamore Pendry). There are also Pendry hotels in West Hollywood, Chicago, New York and Park City, with more on the way (Natirar, Tampa, Newport Beach). Hotel rooms in DC start in the mid-$400s for stays beginning in November, though the hotel’s opening date is expected closer to opening.

Pendry will be the Wharf’s third hotel, joining the InterContinental and the dual brand Canopy by Hilton and Hyatt House.

Pendry’s perks include a dazzling spa and fitness center.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

Rooms at the chic new hotel in Pendry offer views of the Potomac River.
Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

A measure aimed at capping hotel units sparks debate | News, Sports, Jobs


Community members and hotel workers gathered in Wailuku on Tuesday ahead of a Maui Planning Commission hearing on a proposed cap on visitor accommodations. About sixty people took part. Hawaii Hotel Alliance picture

Officials from visitor and labor industry as well as labor unions showed up at a rally and meeting of the Maui Planning Commission on Tuesday to oppose a bill that would cap the number of visitors. accommodation units, including hotel units, at current levels in apartment and hotel districts.

The bill is the result of actions related to the current temporary moratorium on new transient accommodations on Maui, one of the Maui County Council’s attempts to better manage tourism on the Valley Island. The temporary moratorium will be in place for two years from its effective date, January 7, 2024, or until council passes tourism management orders, such as the one proposed, whichever comes first. .

Along with the cap, the bill would also remove transient accommodations as permitted uses in various zoning districts, prohibit transient accommodations with more than 20 rooms in the B-2 Community Business District, limit timeshare plans to hotels and B-2 districts only and would prohibit the temporary parking of RVs and recreational vehicles used for transient lodging unless permitted by zoning and permit.

According to the Maui County Planning Department, there were a total of 24,425 visitor accommodation units in 2021 on Maui, including 13,029 residential condos used for transient lodging, 8,336 rooms in 41 hotels, 2,475 units timeshare condominiums, 420 single-family dwellings authorized or benefiting from acquired rights, 165 single-family bed and breakfast operations and 134 condos in the hotel zone not used for transient accommodation.

Nearly 30 people testified Tuesday with about 20 opponents of the bill, about six in favor and others who remained neutral.

Wayne Hedani, president of the Kaanapali Operations Association, called the bill a “illegal taking of acquired rights”, especially when it comes to capping units in hotel districts.

“This makes the moratorium permanent without a legal basis”, Hedani said. “Moratoria must be limited, with a beginning and an end. It has no end and in my opinion it is not legal from this point of view.

He said hotels are already capped by existing zoning and cannot exceed existing height and floor space requirements as well as building codes.

“Hotels have paid for zoned land for 60 years, with 12-story zoning in H-2 properties,” Hedani said. “You are now saying that you cannot make the most of this existing zoning. You will be capped regardless of your building envelope. It penalizes those who have not built to the maximum density. This adds to Hawaii’s reputation as a business purgatory.

David Clements, a 26-year Maui resident and bartender at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, said that “Any moratorium on construction in the future combined with the same number of tourists coming to the islands is just going to lead to increased use of our non-hotel areas in a way that doesn’t satisfy residents.”

He said that in his direct experience working with visitors, people staying at hotels aren’t the ones who fill up Target, Costco and the beach parks.

“When they stay at our hotels and resorts, they tend to congregate and stay at the hotel and resort. They have a beach right in front of them. They don’t tend to drive to say, Baby Beach in Spreckelsville and take up all those parking spaces. To me, it’s the people who come in from these STRHS and illegal rentals, it’s not the hotel guests doing that,” said Clement.

Supporters of the bill said it would not eliminate current jobs or current housing, as rally attendees and witnesses alluded to.

Albert Perez, executive director of Maui Tomorrow, said the bill will not reduce existing housing or affect existing jobs.

“Furthermore, the fear that this bill will push tourists into residential areas does not justify the construction of more hotels,” Perez said. “We already have caps on short-term rentals and bed and breakfasts in residential areas, so what we need to do is crack down on these illegal operations, not say we can’t do anything about it.”

As for the assertion that the bill will be a “illegal catch” Perez said state law allows the county to phase out certain uses over a reasonable period of time, but that cannot be done for single-family, duplex or farm uses.

“Just to be clear, the purpose of the moratorium was to give us time to consider more permanent measures and that is exactly what we are doing,” he said. “Overtourism continues to grow and we have already greatly exceeded the 33% ratio adopted in the law. The first step to solving a problem is to stop making it worse.

Kai Nishiki, an environmental and coastal access activist, testified in support of the bill.

“Our children don’t leave because they can’t find work, it’s because they don’t want to be servants to tourists for the rest of their lives. They want jobs they can progress to, use the degrees they went to school for, and homes they can really afford. There are no affordable rentals, no really accessible homes to buy, which is why they are leaving,” she says. “Unions and the construction industry, we have work to do for you. Have you seen our crumbling infrastructure, our roads, our sewers, our water pipes, our sewage systems? Have you seen all the buildings and hotels built in the 70s fall into the ocean? There is a huge opportunity for a long-term construction boom, with rising sea levels, coastal erosion and aging buildings.

The bill was scheduled for review by the Maui Planning Commission on Tuesday, but due to a procedural issue with the South Maui Advisory Committee, the commission did not receive a formal recommendation from the committee, as required. The planning commission intends to meet again on the bill at the end of September. He can make recommendations on the bill, but the Maui County Council will have the final say.

* Melissa Tanji can be reached at [email protected]

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Gretchen Reynolds joins The Post as wellness columnist



Announcement from Tara Parker-Pope, Wellness Editor:

I’m thrilled to announce that Gretchen Reynolds will be joining The Washington Post as a columnist covering exercise science for our expanded Wellness Office.

Gretchen comes to the Post after 16 years of writing for The New York Times, where she redefined fitness coverage by going beyond traditional exercise advice and focusing on the science of movement, the dangers of inactivity and the research behind short, intense workouts. His columns took readers out of the gym, explaining why the hustle and bustle can be good for you, how exercise can heighten the effects of coronavirus or flu shots, the best time of day to workout exercise, how movement can improve an aging brain, and how an ‘Awe’ walk can do wonders for your well-being.

His popular “Phys Ed” column began as a magazine feature in The Times in 2006 and later moved to the paper’s Well section, where it gained millions of subscribers and regularly topped the world’s most popular lists. Times. One of Gretchen’s best-known stories involved a workout in a hotel room created by two exercise scientists. She dubbed it “the 7-Minute Science Workout”, and it quickly became a global sensation, spurring a number of new applications and ushering in an era of scientific study of high-intensity training and short periods of exercise. ‘exercise.

Gretchen is the author of “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer,” which became a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into nearly a dozen books. languages. In addition to Times Sunday Magazine, Gretchen’s work has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Popular Science, and many other publications. She is a frequent guest on radio shows and podcasts, including “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” “The Brian Lehrer Show” in New York, and WHYY’s “Radio Times” in Philadelphia.

Prior to writing for The Times, Gretchen was an editor at Outside Magazine, where she oversaw the magazine’s health and fitness services sections. She was also an editor and writer for Chicago Magazine, where she covered crime, politics and travel as well as cancer research, genomics and longevity.

Gretchen is a three-time National Magazine Award finalist, and in 2001 shared the National Magazine Award for Service Journalism for a National Geographic dossier on how to survive in the wild. She was recognized by the Chicago Bar Association for co-writing a story that led to the release from prison of three Mexican immigrants wrongfully convicted of murder.

Gretchen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she majored in English and political science.

Gretchen lives in Santa Fe, NM, with her husband, a handsome artist, and her three dogs, Archie, Finn, and Flicka (a mini Australian Shepherd, a Golden Retriever, and an Aussie-Border Collie mix). Their son is finishing his doctorate in biomechanics in Helsinki. When she has time, she enjoys trail running, mountain biking, hiking, and running 5Ks and half marathons with her dogs, who are much faster than her.

Gretchen’s first day is today.

Kaldewei’s Nueva washbasin debuts at Hotel Seegarten • Hotel Designs


The Seegarten Hotel Sundern is an ideal location for an exclusive holiday in Sauerland, Germany. The hotel is owned and managed by TV chef Olaf Baumeister, who together with his team have selected the best partners to create an ambience of handpicked contemporary furnishings and luxurious interiors. Baumeister chose to use Kaldewei throughout the hotel, giving the bathroom design a high-quality profile, and in addition to the 14 Centro Duo baths, the Seegarten hotel also installed the first Nueva sinks designed by Werner Aisslinger in its 49 guest bathrooms.

“The special thing about the Hotel Seegarten is that we traditionally select the entire interior from the area: from clay plaster on the walls, to small items like switches and cables, to steel bathroom items glazed,” said hotelier Olaf Baumeister. “It’s not only extremely well received by our suppliers, but of course also by our customers, who love the stories behind the products.”

Image credit: Kaldewei

Designer Werner Aisslinger succeeded in giving Kaldewei enamel steel bowls a unique accent. The Nueva captivates with its clear and authentic design, the way the outline is offset adds a calm precision that means it is destined to become a classic. The sinks are made of recyclable enamelled steel and are suitable for luxury hotel bathrooms and wellness areas as well as exclusive private spas and public areas. The model is available in all Kaldewei sanitary colors as well as colors from the Coordinated Colors Collection. The design received the Red Dot Award, end of June 2022.

Kaldewei is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you would like to become one of our recommended vendors, please email Katy Phillips.

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Meet the MBA class of 2023: Ati Alok Kumar, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad


“A leader in an MBA class. Likes to write poems and essays. A passionate animal lover.

Hometown: Samastipur, Bihar

fun fact about yourself: I know the names of all the dogs and cats on campus, which earned me the nickname “Mowgli” from my friends!

Undergraduate School and Major: Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, New Delhi; B.Sc. in Hospitality and Hotel Administration

Most recent employer and job title: Taj Palace, an IHCL hotel, party leader

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of IIM Ahmedabad’s MBA programming that made you choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Nurturing influential leaders for the various organizations in the Indian ecosystem is the credo of IIMA. From civil servants to CEOs of giant conglomerates, the institution has been a driving force in developing leaders who not only look at profits on a balance sheet but also contribute to marginalized sections of society. Also, it is a community that provides a safe space for respectful dissent no matter who the person is and something that sets IIMA apart from many other business schools. I have always believed in expressing my opinions with consideration and this freedom to express even uncomfortable opinions is what has made the institute so important to me.

What was your favorite class or extracurricular activity at IIM Ahmedabad? What was the most important lesson you learned from it? My favorite extracurricular activity at school is the engagement with Soul Curry Club. It is a student club and promotes dialogues about everything in the universe and beyond our routine lives. As secretary of the club, it gives me great pleasure to bring together my otherwise geeky comrades for philosophical debates. The importance of turning off the screens for an hour every week to nurture the soul with good old human connections is by far my most important learning at the club.

Describe your biggest achievement in your career so far: I was leading part of the Taj Palace team caring for the visiting President of the United States in February 2020. The pressure to handle even the smallest task to achieve culinary perfection is by far the most remarkable achievement of my career. Expectations were high and the image of the brand and the image of the nation were at stake. Being able to successfully lead the team to achieve the same was indeed something I achieved. The Taj Palace team was applauded by the President’s office and the Prime Minister of India for the flawless experience.

Describe your greatest achievement as an MBA student so far: As an MBA student, my influence on my peers in the hospitality industry and subsequent realization of new arenas for them is my most notable achievement. An otherwise underpaid and overworked workforce, hospitality professionals bring an unparalleled sense of customer focus to an organization. Since people heard about my journey to IIMA, many aspirants have connected with me on various platforms seeking more information about career prospects beyond their comfort zones. Being that inspiration is humbling for me as an MBA student.

What is your class’s favorite place outside of school? Why are you meeting there? Outside of class, the class hangs out at Campus Café, a catering restaurant run by a nice gentleman named Bhavesh Bhai. Its name gave the food joint a nickname – BB’s. People gather there to escape the sweltering heat of Ahmedabad and brace themselves for the readings the next day. The place is surrounded by tall trees, creepers, and cute dogs that provide the much-needed dose of serotonin. Bhavesh Bhai is another thing that binds people to Campus Café. He’s that absentee bartender that stressed and anxious adults need after a hard day of webinars, quizzes, and study group meetings.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? The idea of ​​pursuing an MBA came when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and I was thinking about my career. Hospitality had been the hardest hit and I was strategizing on the way forward to stay relevant not just in hospitality but in sectors beyond. Unlearning, perfecting and relearning were the answers that presented themselves to me. An MBA provided the most optimal solution to achieve these goals. With regard to post-graduation plans, I am keen to look at general management and policy-based roles in the public or private sector. However, the most important thing is that I keep my options open because coming here has shown me that there are still many worlds waiting to be explored.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into IIM Ahmedabad? To potential candidates, I would like to say that due diligence is an underrated skill and they need to do it thoroughly to be absolutely sure that an MBA is what will help them achieve the goals they have set for themselves. It is also imperative that candidates retain their originality and essence throughout this journey. Every story is unique and the world wants to know it, so go out there and tell it!





Indian consumers pack their bags for Goa and Bali

  • Goa is where everyone heads for the August long weekends.
  • For short-haul international destinations, bali experienced an increase in demand for flight reservations and queries.
  • The travel and hospitality industry is expected to grow nearly 90% this year.

With Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan around the corner August has three long weekends. Indian travelers, after staying home for nearly two years, want to make the most of it by planning short getaways in advance.

“The joy of the long weekend has returned, and many are eagerly waiting to get away to make the most of this upcoming weekend,” said Vipul Prakash, COO, MakeMyTrip.

Businesses are seeing an increase in leisure travel, staycations and people traveling to their hometowns for the long break from August 11-15. CEO and co-founder of Ixigo.

Goa remains the strongest contender, however, ranking alongside the edgy suburbs – with a more than 100% increase in flight search queries – as the perfect beach destination to unwind.

According to data recorded on Goibibo, there is a steady week-over-week increase in bookings at hotels and alternative accommodation properties in some of the preferred leisure hotspots.

“Currently, across both segments, we are seeing impressive higher-digit growth, and we expect this momentum to continue over the coming days. We are seeing an increase in bookings for home travel. The data further indicate that 49% of flight bookings are for travel to Tier II and III sectors, suggesting that many are planning to return home to spend the long weekend and Rakhi festival with friends and family. said Vipul Prakash, COO, Goibibo to Business Insider India.

Among the cities, Bangalore tops the list. Ooty is also a favorite destination after Pondicherry.

Delhiites and Mumbaikars head for the hills of Shimla, Mahabaleshwar and Lonavala. Udaipur and Rishikesh have made it onto the list.

Travel bugs also fly abroad for short-distance vacations.

Vipul Prakash, COO, MakeMyTrip said, “On the international front, people are opting for short-haul trips to Singapore, Thailand and Dubai. In the process, Bali, Istanbul and London are experiencing an increase in bookings for the period in question.

While consumer sentiments remain strong towards travel, the hospitality industry is optimistic about the future of travel and the return of leisure as international borders reopen. “The industry is expected to grow by around 80% to 90% this year,” says Aditya Gupta, senior vice president of Yatra.com.

“2022 so far has been promising for the travel and hospitality industry due to increased consumer confidence in travel, especially this season,” said Shreerang Godbole, SVP – Product & Chief Service Officer of Oyo told Business Insider India.

Indians are also shelling out more money for the long weekend as 4-star hotels see an increase in enquiries.

Aditya Gupta, senior vice president of Yatra.com, observed an “increase in demand and queries for high-end accommodation options, primarily 4 and 5 star properties in hotels and resorts. There was a subsequent increase in the price of hotels with the average hotel price being ₹7,000-8,000.

Travel is more flexible today than it has ever been due to changing trends. For pocket travelers, weekends often become compact. For this, hostels have also seen a spike in their bookings almost to 100% in destinations like Goa, Udaipur and co-org.

Experts said that more and more consumers today are opting for experiential and unexplored travel destinations. Even during the generally lean monsoon season, Indian travelers expressed a strong intention to travel for intercity road journeys for around 1-3 days.

“The desire to travel is still strong across the country,” Godbole said.


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Hotel guests receive free coffees and cocktails in exchange for fewer room cleanings as hospitality battles staff shortages

Incentives such as additional loyalty points and in-house spending vouchers help hoteliers manage room service.

Incentives such as additional loyalty points and in-house spending vouchers help hoteliers manage room service.

Guests are getting free coffees, cocktails and other discounts in exchange for less frequent room cleaning as desperate hoteliers grapple with staff shortages.

Hosts are finding inventive ways to circumvent the lack of housekeepers, and contactless check-in systems are also increasingly being adopted to replace receptionists.

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside general manager Jim Moore said around 20% of guests take up the offer of $20 vouchers to spend internally, extra loyalty points or a $10 donation to charity Cure Kids for every day they forego room cleaning.

“Some hotels say ‘we don’t clean your room,’ but we didn’t want to go that route, we wanted it to be up to guests to choose whether or not that’s what they want.”

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The reduction program helped deal with sudden staff absences.

“With the winter flu and the odd case of Covid, when it happens you don’t get much notice so those extra rooms helped us through those times.”

According to Moore, since the start of the ski season, the 273-room hotel has also booked around 20 rooms to accommodate staff unable to find accommodation in Queenstown.

“If we hadn’t done that, we would have had 20 fewer employees.”

Jucy Snooze now has a policy of hiring versatile staff ready to do everything from clean toilets to serving drinks at the bar, and general manager Tim Alpe says this allows them to fill gaps in rosters if people get sick or have to self-isolate.

“Our managers clean the toilets, especially in places like Queenstown which has been so busy during the ski season.”

The Novotel Queenstown Lakeside <a class=Hotel offers vouchers for guests who decide they can do less room cleaning. “Ils peuvent les utiliser contre leur parking, pour boire un verre au bar ou pour le petit-déjeuner”, explique le directeur général Jim Moore.” style=”width:100%;display:inline-block”/>

Novotel Queenstown

The Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel offers vouchers for guests who decide they can do less room cleaning. “They can use them against their parking lot, for a drink at the bar or for breakfast,” says general manager Jim Moore.

Since the border reopened in March, only 3,320 Working Holiday visa holders have entered the country, and for June the total number in New Zealand was down 86% from the same period in 2019 .

A recent tourism industry Aotearoa survey of 360 businesses showed that almost a third thought they would need to limit guest occupancy due to labor issues, and that is already happening.

Alpe says that sometimes between 10% and 20% of sleeping Snooze “pods” are unavailable because there aren’t enough staff to maintain them. “It’s common in the industry.”

Snooze Hotels in Queenstown and Christchurch have always had self-check-in technology and it will be a feature of Auckland’s new hotel due to open in October.

Jucy Snooze Queenstown is among the hotels and accommodations using self-check-in technology, which is faster and also reduces the need for reception staff.


Jucy Snooze Queenstown is among the hotels and accommodations using self-check-in technology, which is faster and also reduces the need for reception staff.

Scenic Hotel Group chief executive Karl Luxon said the company learned the hard way that moving staff from one hotel to fill gaps in another risked spreading Covid-19 infections on their return . “Moving people doesn’t necessarily work.”

However, high-tech solutions are helping to make better use of manpower, and Scenic Group’s Dunedin hotel now has a system that allows guests to check in remotely via an app.

Liverton Technology Group sells automatic check-in systems and chief executive Justin De Lille said the business has grown significantly over the past year, in part thanks to the labor savings they provide.

A few hundred Australian hotels have installed Smart Check units and at some properties between 50-70% of guests check in this way.

Self-registration is growing and Liverton managing director Justin de Lille says part of the appeal is that it frees up staff for other jobs, such as being lobby 'ambassadors'.


Self-registration is growing and Liverton managing director Justin de Lille says part of the appeal is that it frees up staff for other jobs, such as being lobby ‘ambassadors’.

The technology is also taking off in New Zealand, with 30 hotels using it and more on the way.

“You can check in in less than a minute and check out in less than 30 seconds.”

“One machine replaces two people because it works 24/7, and you can usually only do an eight- to 12-hour shift for one person,” says De Lille.

While coping with fewer staff is helpful in today’s environment, hotels are also using self-check-in to free up staff for other tasks, such as working as lobby “ambassadors” who help customers.

De Lille says many new hotels are installing locks with a blue tooth feature, so they can use Liverton’s mobile app which effectively allows a cell phone to be used as a key.

“Some have already deployed the digital key, others will in the future, but all the technology is there.”

55 Lakhs per year offered in 2022 for APIHM students


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A moment of pride: 55 Lakhs per year offered in 2022 for APIHM students

The Asia-Pacific Institute of Hotel Management (APIHM) is an AICTE-accredited institute affiliated with Gujarat Technological University (GTU). It is the oldest institute in Gujarat which has been in operation for 26 years and offers great opportunities for students who want to pursue a career in the field of hotel management. The institute also boasts of a very successful placement record. The college has an active placement cell that helps students identify their career goals and gives them an edge in today’s competitive job market. APIHM sites to meet the needs of every college student. The cell works hard to retrieve the best profiles for each department of the hotel, so that there is a pool of opportunities from which each student can choose. It offers national and international internships to students.

In fact, almost all of the qualified students in the current batch of fainting have been placed with the highest package for the year 2022 which is Rs 55 lakhs per annum. Even during the pandemic period when companies were going through difficult times, APIHM students passed the difficult test and were placed with the highest package of Rs 30 Lakhs per year in 2021 and Rs 18 lakhs per year in 2020. Many big hotel brands visit the institute every year including Taj, Radisson, ITC’s Hotel Group to name a few that offer great student packages.

The vision of the Training and Placement Cell is to act as a liaison between the corporate sector and students to bridge the existing gap and ensure an effective, efficient and hassle-free process that ensures mutual benefits in terms of the ability of students to find the best of the propositions for themselves and for companies capable of acquiring the skills and talents that they are looking for in first-year students.

APIHM students are top performers in universities. For the past seven consecutive years, GTU Gold Medalists have come from this institute. The institute has well-equipped technical assistance in the form of laboratories, libraries and clubs. The institute shapes the future of its students in the right direction through their insight and foresight. APIHM offers a range of extracurricular activities, as well as guest speakers from industry. Various events throughout the year provide a vibrant atmosphere.

The institute is promoted by the Educational Charitable Trust RMT Group which has a heritage of over 25 years in education and offers various UG and PG programs. It has a nature campus on the outskirts of Ahmedabad and two city campuses in the center of Ahmedabad. Till date, more than 21409 students have successfully studied in institutes under the trust. Asia Pacific Group of Institutions offers UG programs in Commerce, Business Administration, Computer Applications, Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, and Airline Management.

The trust offers a PG program under the name of Ahmedabad Institute of Hospitality Management (AIHM). It offers an AICTE-approved Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) program in Financial Management, Marketing and Sales Management, and Hospitality Management. This PG institution offers many benefits to its students, including 100% internship and job placement assistance. AIHM also offers scholarships for PG students to take certification courses through Coursera, Microsoft, Harvard Business School Online, etc. to improve their knowledge. All institutions have highly qualified and competent teachers as well as non-teaching staff with rich experience in their field.

With such benchmarks and brilliant training, the institute is ready to reach new horizons.

GOP selects Milwaukee for 2024 Republican convention


On Friday, the Republican National Committee officially named Milwaukee as the host city for its 2024 convention.

“I look forward to working with members of the Republican National Committee, Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, the Milwaukee Host Committee and Visit Milwaukee to put together an incredible convention for our party and name the next President of the United States,” said continued RNC President Ronna. Mc Daniel.

Milwaukee was also selected by the Democratic Party for its 2020 convention, although that event was mostly held online due to the pandemic.

Specific dates for the convention have not been announced.

“At VISIT Milwaukee, we promote tourism to generate economic growth that ultimately creates a better and stronger Milwaukee. It is our job to pursue conventions that not only bring us money, but those that will bring prestige and exposure that will ultimately enhance our reputation as an incredible place to visit, work and live,” said Peggy, President and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. Williams-Smith in a statement Friday.

“Holding this convention in Milwaukee is the result of a sustained collaboration by a statewide, bipartisan coalition that deeply loves our community and believes in the results this convention will produce. We are excited to work with our community and hotel partners to help RNC organizers deliver their best convention yet.

VISIT Milwaukee also shared statements from a number of other Milwaukee residents:

Marty Brooks, President and CEO, Wisconsin Center District:

“Large-scale events are day-to-day business for Wisconsin Center, Miller High Life Theater and UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, but having the newly expanded Wisconsin Center showcased on the world stage during RNC 2024 is an opportunity that won’t be missed. can be underestimated.The chance to offer our “Bold, Proud, Experience-Obsessed” level of service to tens of thousands of attendees and millions of media impressions is a unique chance to win future business for our venues and our city. I can’t wait to show the world what we all already know: Milwaukee is an amazing city with world-class hospitality, and we’re ready to provide RNC guests and attendees with an incredible experience.”

Peter Feigin, President, Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum:

“We are proud that Fiserv Forum is hosting the Republican National Convention, which will significantly raise the arena’s profile as a world-class venue. The RNC will be a great symbol of Milwaukee’s future growth and will continue to make a strong case that our city and our arena can expertly and successfully host premier events. »

Tim Sheehy, President, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce:

“We are proud to host the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee in 2024. This represents another step forward for our region as an internationally recognized destination with the people, vibrant entertainment venues, infrastructure and expertise needed. to successfully organize large-scale events. We commend the VISIT Milwaukee team for their leadership in securing this opportunity. It’s remarkable for an American city to get two major party nominating conventions in a row—a resounding endorsement for all that Milwaukee has to offer. This agreement will directly benefit Milwaukee businesses and their employees. And it’s another chance for Milwaukee to shine in the international spotlight.

Michael Evans, President, Marcus Hotels & Resorts:

“It’s no surprise that Milwaukee is the Republican National Convention (RNC) Nominating Committee’s top choice because there’s a lot to love here – amazing people, a beautiful lake, restaurants for every palate, a inspiring cultural and arts scene and some of the best hotels in the country. As a business and community with the expertise, spaces and people to deliver truly memorable experiences, we are excited to roll out the red carpet for our visitors. Our three Milwaukee hotels – The Pfister, Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel – along with our restaurants, bars and surrounding properties in southern Wisconsin, will be ready to host the RNC in 2024. Congratulations Mayor Johnson, The Wisconsin Delegation, VISIT Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Center District for their continued success in marketing Milwaukee as a destination of choice.

Mark Flaherty, Managing Partner, Jackson Street Holdings:

“Jackson Street Holdings and Marriott Collection Hotels are thrilled that Milwaukee has been chosen for the RNC. Good news!”

Rose Murack, General Manager, Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West:

“We are thrilled to have Milwaukee host RNC 2024! As a city, we are prepared for this, ready to welcome visitors and provide everyone with the best possible experience. This event will bring together thousands of people, staying in our hotels, shopping, visiting our museums, eating in our restaurants and of course drinking in our bars. A definite breadwinner for all of us, not only Milwaukee but all of the surrounding suburbs will also benefit from Milwaukee hosting the RNC. The long-term positive impact on our community will also be significant. Welcome to Milwaukee, RNC! Excellent choice for the 2024 convention!

Himanshu Parikh, Owner, Country Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn & Suites at Milwaukee Airport

“RNC 2024 will give us the opportunity to showcase the development and transformation of Milwaukee over the past two decades. This conference will put Milwaukee on the map for future development and world travel. Confidence in Milwaukee’s ability to host a conference of this magnitude demonstrates the confidence and support needed to kick-start hotel investment in Milwaukee and rewards the hard work and effort of the service industry team.

Shari Black, CEO, Wisconsin State Fair

“People in Milwaukee and Wisconsin are humbled about our great city and our state because it’s in our nature, but we have world-class restaurants, amazing entertainment venues and, of course, the best country fairs and festivals! This city knows how to entertain and given the recent resurgence of the hospitality industry, now is the perfect time to host an event like the RNC. Participants will add even more fuel to this resurgence, which in turn will create more opportunities within the industry. The economic footprint created by this event will have a lasting impact for many years to come and we look forward to being a part of it.

Don Smiley, General Manager, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.

“For many in our hospitality, service and entertainment industries, hosting a monumental event like the 2024 Republican National Convention will have an unequivocal positive impact on our community. Milwaukee has a tradition of hosting large-scale events, bringing the community together and showcasing our reputation as a festival city. We look forward to working with the RNC, VISIT Milwaukee and others as we welcome thousands of attendees to our great city.

Paul Bartolotta, two-time James Beard award-winning chef and owner/co-founder of Bartolotta Restaurants

“With the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, we have a unique opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to excellence in hospitality and our first-rate service to the thousands of visitors who will experience our city for the first time. I look forward to working with our amazing partners and the businesses that make up the fabric of our community as we once again show why Milwaukee is the perfect destination for events taking place on the world stage.

Kurt Fogle, Partner, Dairyland Old-Fashioned Hamburgers & Frozen Custard

“We need to showcase Milwaukee’s potential in every way possible and at every opportunity. The RNC, like the DNC, or an all-star game, the Super Bowl, or any other national championship brings us all kinds of people who otherwise might not think of visiting Milwaukee. I believe that if the world sees what we see, it will ensure Milwaukee’s inclusion among world-class cities.

Omar Shaikh, owner of Carnevor and co-owner/founder of 3rd Street Market Hall

“While the 2024 Republican National Convention will provide an immediate economic boost to the hospitality industry, the visibility this convention brings will benefit our city for years to come. This convention will spur growth in Milwaukee, which in turn will create a stronger metropolitan area. I couldn’t be more proud to host this convention in our beautiful city.

Bobby Wiltgen, Owner/Co-Founder, Cream City Concepts

“We are thrilled to be able to help show how amazing Milwaukee is on the international stage! As a company, we have built three restaurants and five Airbnb units one block from the Fiserv Forum. We are locally owned , which injects money back into our local economy. Our entire team, from property, management and frontline staff, is grateful to be a part of Milwaukee’s big story. It’s an ongoing story of hard work, humility, dedication to our craft, and supporting our city with our hearts and souls. Speaking from my heart personally, it’s all part of an American dream that continually unfolds for me. And I am grateful to have the chance to experience it Having this caliber of convention Milwaukee is not about politics, it’s about how no secret Milwaukee is anymore when it comes to events, entertainment , d e restaurants and tourism. I believe the team at Cream City Concepts truly embodies the heart, soul and values ​​of Milwaukee, and we’re ready to show it to the world.

David Caruso, Owner, Dynamic Events by David Caruso

“This is a game-changer for our city! The positive impact on our neighborhoods, people and our businesses will be immeasurable. This is an opportunity for all of us to work together and welcome the RNC with open arms. Get ready, Milwaukee – our time has come!

Theresa Nemetz, Owner, Milwaukee Food & City Tours

“The opportunity for Milwaukee to shine during RNC is not only a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our city, but will have a ripple effect for years to come. Visitors as well as viewers at home will have the chance to explore Milwaukee and to return for more in-depth vacations with their families and corporate meetings with their clients in the future.Whether our role with RNC is to provide transportation, tours or logistical support, we look forward to welcoming delegates and RNC attendees in Milwaukee in 2024.”

Jalan-Kalrock Consortium Selects IBS Software to Power Passenger Service, Reservation and Loyalty Systems for Jet Airways


DUBAIWATER, August 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Jalan-Kalrock consortium has selected IBS Software to relaunch Jet Airways. This selection will provide a range of technology platforms to support Jet Airways’ relaunch as a people-focused airline in the digital age. As a technology partner, IBS Software will provide industry-leading capabilities in Passenger Service Systems (PSS) encompassing reservations, inventory and revenue management, departure control system, loyalty management, as well as ‘a next-generation website and mobile app, designed to optimize the overall passenger and retail experience.

Jet Airways set to restart commercial operations in September 2022.

“Jet Airways returns determined to take technology, services and the customer experience to a new level. Technology with a human touch is at the heart of everything we want to achieve, starting with getting the basics down by tackling the recurring issues in the customer journey, both online and at airports, while addressing common issues faced by airline staff,” said Sanjiv KapoorCEO of Jet Airways. “In IBS Software, we have found an ideal partner with the experience and expertise required to provide the technology platforms and collaboration that will help us deliver on our promise to bring an even better Jet Airways back to those who eagerly await. its relaunch, as we enter an exciting new era for the airline.”

“Jet Airways is one of india beloved airlines and it is an absolute privilege to play a part in its much anticipated relaunch. Air passengers in India not only will they reunite with a hugely popular brand, but they will also benefit from Jet Airways’ vision to use cutting-edge technology to become a people-centric, customer-focused airline updated for the digital age,” said Anand KrishnanCEO, IBS software. “Jet Airways is committed to putting technology at the heart of all its operations, and we are delighted to partner with their visionary team to continue changing the face of the airline experience by India and beyond.”

For more information on IBS Software’s suite of cloud-based SaaS technology platforms designed to help airlines digitally transform, visit www.ibsplc.com.

About IBS Software

IBS Software is a leading provider of SaaS solutions for the travel industry globally, managing mission-critical operations for customers in the aviation, travel and cruise, and hospitality industries. IBS Software’s solutions for the aviation industry cover fleet and crew operations, aircraft maintenance, passenger services, loyalty programs, staff travel and air cargo management. IBS Software also operates a real-time B2B and B2C distribution platform providing hotel room inventory, rates and availability to a global network of hospitality businesses and channels. For the travel and cruise industry, IBS provides a complete customer-centric digital platform that covers online and onboard onshore solutions, and IBS provides logistics solutions for the energy and resources industry. . IBS Software is a Blackstone portfolio company and operates from 15 offices around the world. Further information is available at https://www.ibsplc.com/.

About Jet Airways

Launched in 1993, Jet Airways has become synonymous with premium air travel for discerning travelers in India. Before suspending its operations in April 2019Jet Airways has flown to over 65 destinations in India and around the world with 124 narrow-body and wide-body aircraft.

Jet Airways is being relaunched under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, in accordance with the resolution plan approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) of the Jalan-Kalrock Consortium. In a first in Indian aviation history, an airline is being relaunched under its own name after being grounded for a long period.

Well capitalized and led by seasoned industry professionals, Jet Airways in its new avatar will be india the most people-focused and user-friendly airline, updated for the digital age. It will be a “smart” full-service carrier with a two-class cabin configuration, including a business class cabin designed to global standards and an advanced next-generation economy class that offers today’s customers today what they appreciate the most.

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Hotels Targeted by Cybercriminals – ChannelE2E: Technology News for MSPs and Partners ChannelE2E: Technology News for MSPs and Channel Partners


The hospitality industry, with a turnover of several billion dollars, stores an enormous amount of highly sensitive and compromising data. This is why the hospitality industry is a very rich target for attackers.

It has become a prime target for organized gangs of cybercriminals with malware specifically designed to steal card information used on POS terminals.

These represent no less than 13% of all cyberattacks against organizations and the costs in some cases are very high. The type of threats that hotels face are varied, but the most common are:

  • Data breaches: Two years ago, the Marriott Group was fined £18.4 million by UK authorities for failing to comply with data protection regulations, leading to an exfiltration of data breaches. personal data of its customers, including names, passport numbers and telephone numbers.
  • Ransomware: As in other industries, this malware has shut down hotel systems, sometimes compromising business operations and guest welfare. During a cyberattack earlier this year, the Nordic Choice Hotels chain had to manually open room doors because swipe cards weren’t working due to ransomware in the room management system.
  • Phishing: A luxury hotel chain in Macau has received a very sophisticated spear phishing attack from the North Korean group APT DarkHotel. Members of the management of several stations received emails impersonating other members of the organization with malicious Excel files attached.
  • Vulnerable Wi-Fi networks: A few weeks ago, we reported on the unexpected discovery of a cybersecurity analyst in a hotel in Qatar while using the Wi-Fi network. He was able to access an FTP server containing information sensitive about the customers not only of the resort where he was staying, but of the entire group made up of 629 hotels in 40 countries.

It is clear that the attacks suffered by this sector are not anecdotal or temporary, but that there is a real economic interest behind them.

As these threats are increasingly frequent and sophisticated, it is essential that hotels seek partners to advise them on how to implement the best security measures in their organization:

  • Training in good cybersecurity practices for all hotel staff, as this will reduce the risk of phishing and other cyberattacks using social engineering.
  • Frequent and permanent backups of systems and sensitive data that are not linked to the main servers, in order to prevent the exfiltration of guest data and to restore systems as soon as possible in the event of a ransomware blockage.
  • Update all third-party systems and software, with the aim of minimizing the possibility of malicious cyber actors exploiting vulnerabilities.
  • Use of comprehensive cybersecurity platforms with tools that provide the following:

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Digital Spending in Hospitality Market Will See Huge Growth by 2027: Capgemini, Zendesk, Accenture


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Edison, NJ – (SBWIRE) – 08/03/2022 – The latest published study of the global digital spending in hospitality market by AMA Research assesses the market size, trend and forecast to 2027. Digital Spending in Hospitality Market research covers significant research data and evidence to be a handy resource document for managers, analysts, industry experts and other key people to have a study ready to access and self-analyzed to help understand market trends, growth drivers, upcoming opportunities and challenges and about competitors.

Key players in this report include:
Accenture PLC (Ireland), Capgemini (France), IBM Corporation (United States), Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (India), Zendesk, Inc. (US), Cognizant (US), SAS Institute Inc. (US)

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The global digital outsourcing opportunity for service providers in the travel and hospitality industry will be pegged at USD 1.6 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach USD 4 billion at a CAGR of 20% by 2022 The industry continues to see significant investment in connected travel experiences. for customers through initiatives such as next-age design and data-driven personalization supported by AI and ML. Leading global travel and hotel companies are creating multi-faceted partner ecosystems to deliver, design and deliver wonderful experiences for their customers. Digital spending in the hospitality industry includes business spending to improve user experience. Digitization is achieved through various channels such as web, social media, digital marketing, gamification and mobility. The introduction of various technological solutions helps to improve the user’s digital experience according to the expectations and requirements. Digital editions in the hospitality industry play a crucial role in retaining old customers and attracting new customers to expand the customer base of the hospitality industry. Digital spending in the hospitality industry covers different phases of the customer lifecycle, from awareness, engagement, purchase and relationship to support services. These phases require different solutions, depending on the requirements of that particular phase and specific to the hospitality industry.

Market opportunities:
– An increase in the implementation of the omnichannel approach
– Advances in technology
– Adoption of various technological solutions to improve the digital experience of users

Market trend:
– Increased customer expectations in terms of user experience
– The trend of using cloud-based software is popular and preferred by most
– Quick response to queries and faster support installations demanded by customers

Market factors:
– Growing need for a consistent customer experience
– Growing digital awareness and high spending on luxury goods
– Increase the participation of people in social media globally

The Global Hospitality Digital Spending Market Segments and Market Data Breakdown are illustrated below:
by application (small and medium enterprises, large enterprises), components (software, services), nature of the activity (business to business (B2B), business to customer (B2C), business to business to customer (B2B2C)), functionalities (Social Media, Gamification, Digital Marketing, Mobility), Device Used (Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, Others)

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Geographically, the detailed analysis of consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate of the following regions:
– The Middle East and Africa (South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Egypt, etc.)
– North America (United States, Mexico and Canada)
– South America (Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, etc.)
– Europe (Turkey, Spain, Turkey, Netherlands Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Russia UK, Italy, France, etc.)
– Asia-Pacific (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Australia).

Report objectives
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– -Estimate the market shares of the main segments of digital spending in the hotel industry
– To present the Digital Spending in Hospitality market development across different parts of the world.
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– -Offer accurate and useful details on the factors affecting the growth of digital spending in hospitality
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Digital Spending in Hospitality Market Research Coverage:
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– Executive Summary of Digital Spending in Hospitality Market: It provides a summary of the overall studies, growth rate, available market, competitive landscape, market drivers, trends, and issues, together with macroscopic indicators.
– Digital Spending in Hospitality Market Production by Region The Digital Spending in Hospitality Market profile of manufacturers-players is studied on the basis of SWOT, their products, production, value, their finances and other vital factors.
– Key points covered in the Digital Spending in Hospitality Market report:
– Overview, Definition and Classification of Digital Spend in Hospitality Market Drivers and Barriers
– Digital Spending in Hotel Market Competition by Manufacturers
– Impact Analysis of COVID-19 on Digital Spending in Hospitality Market
– Digital Hotel Capacity Spending, Production, Revenue (Value) by Region (2021-2027)
– Hotel Supply Digital Spending (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Region (2021-2027)
– Digital spend in hotel production, revenue (value), price trend by type {payment gateway, merchant account, subscription management,}
– Digital Spending in Hospitality Manufacturer Profiles/Analysis Digital Spending in Hospitality Manufacturing Cost Analysis, Supply Chain/Industry Analysis, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers, Marketing
– Strategy by major manufacturers/players, standardization of connected distributors/traders, regulatory and collaborative initiatives, industry roadmap and analysis of value chain market effect factors.

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Damp room, dirty towels: Woman complains about ‘worst hotel’ she’s had in Orchard, Singapore


Staying in a hotel along Orchard Road for a ‘reasonable price’ may seem like a pretty good deal, but not for a woman who may have gotten more than she bargained for.

A TikTok user, who went by the name Rachel Tristan, posted a video documenting her stay at what she described as the “worst” hotel last Sunday (July 31).

Tristan explained in the video that she chose the hotel in question because it was “pretty affordable” for the location and had “pretty decent” reviews.

Although Tristan concealed the name of the hotel, netizens quickly identified it as the [email protected] Hotel, a hotel along Cavenagh Road.


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A few days before arriving in Singapore, Tristan said he checked the hotel listings online again and realized some guests had left negative reviews, saying their room “smelled weird” and “the pillows are a disaster.”

Almost as a foreshadowing, another guest said it was the “worst hotel stay [he’s] never had in [his] life”.

“At that time, we thought it was pretty dramatic, and it can’t be that bad, right?” said Tristan, an Indonesian currently based in Taiwan.

Tristan’s nightmare began almost immediately as she claimed to have been greeted by “the most unfriendly staff” who told her that one of the two rooms she had booked was not ready.

“When we entered the room, [it] smelled damp, like wet, damp and a little sour,” she recalled.

Attributing the smell to Singapore’s humid climate, she thought the problem would be solved if she turned on the air conditioner in the room.

However, when she returned to the room that evening, she said the floor had flooded due to the leaking air conditioner.

Even though the hotel offered to change the first room, the towels and curtains in the replacement room were “misplaced” – a clear sign that the room had not been tidied, she claimed.

When she told the front desk that the room “reeked of smoke”, she said the hotel had sent a member of staff to spray the room to get rid of the smell.

“I told him it wouldn’t work, and he even agreed with me after he smelled the room.”

The woman also showed photos of strands of hair she found on hotel sheets and towels.

“Do not stay at this hotel, do not book it.”

An audit by AsiaOne showed that the Chancellor Hotel had received the National Environment Agency’s clean SG certification, dated January this year.

Some netizens said the woman got what she paid for, considering the price she paid.

“Orchard is supposed to be a prime area and nothing is supposed to be cheap there,” one netizen said.


According to Booking.com, a double room at the Chancellor Hotel costs around $187 per night.

Making a disclaimer in the comments, the woman clarified that she did not expect five-star service, but at least a “room cleaned and prepared for the stay”.

When contacted, a spokesperson for the Chancellor Hotel told AsiaOne that they “accept full responsibility for the lack of service” and were in the process of trying to identify and contact the guest to ensure the resumption of service.

They said they hoped the guest could contact management directly.

The spokesperson told AsiaOne that the entire hospitality industry is facing an acute and severe shortage of labor across all departments.

“The difficulty of getting maintenance staff in the first place is further exacerbated by registered staff suddenly falling ill,” the spokesperson added.

“We will continue to train our housekeeping staff to meet the required standards of cleanliness.”

The hotel said it was resolving the air conditioning issue with its service contractor, adding that it was “equally shocked” by the water leaking from the air conditioning vent after the service.

In June, two Malaysian tourists had their holidays ruined when they were bitten by bed bugs in their hotel room in Singapore.

Phia Boo posted a message on Facebook showing the red welts that appeared on their bodies after their first night at ST Signature in Jalan Besar.

Even though the hotel offered them an upgraded room for their second night, there were still bedbugs on the linens in the new room.

Upon returning to Johor Bahru, the couple had to immediately go to a laundromat to wash their clothes and backpacks.

Boo’s friend also had to see a doctor for her rashes.

ALSO READ: Littered with cigarette butts and used Q-tips: Singaporean family complain about Genting’s apartment and are threatened by staff

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Kite plans to secure funding for Pan Am Plaza project by year end – Indianapolis Business Journal


A rendering of the restaurant at the new Signia by Hilton hotel in Pan Am Plaza. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

Indianapolis-based developer Kite Realty Group Trust said this week that it plans to consolidate financing for its proposed $550 million hotel and convention center expansion on Pan Am Plaza by end of this year.

The company, which largely specializes in shopping malls, said through a spokesperson it remains committed to the project, which it has been involved with since 2018. The development requires a $120 million expansion from the Indiana Convention Center, as well as an upscale 40-. story, 800-room hotel with the Signia by Hilton flag, both slated for completion in early 2026.

See the gallery of new images for the project below.

Marion County Kite and Capital Improvement Board officials said that while current market conditions for major real estate projects have been difficult, they are on track to meet a deadline to complete all pre-construction work. construction and financing by the end of 2022. This requirement is within the framework of a project agreement signed in early 2021 specifying the responsibilities of each.

There are no plans to change the scope of the development from current plans last updated in 2020, which include a later phase that would add a 600-room hotel adjacent to the Signia.

“The project is moving forward, and while rising construction costs have posed a challenge, the team is on track to secure funding by the end of the year,” said Bryan McCarthy, senior vice president. of Kite’s marketing and communications, in written remarks. . “The expansion plans for the Indiana Convention Center and the Signia by Hilton branded hotel have not deviated from the shared designs. We look forward to helping create a historic development for the city of ‘Indianapolis’.

Tom McGowan, Kite’s chief operating officer, also told IBJ that elements of the project should be in place by the end of the year.

Andy Mallon, CIB’s chief executive, said the hotel and convention center addition is expected to open in early 2026, “assuming we maintain our current pace.” Several major conventions have committed to the city with the possibility of the project being completed in time for their events. These conventions include the American Dental Association and Gen Con.

Some underground construction could begin as soon as this fall following the completion of the NBA 2K League’s season-long stay at the Pan Am Pavilion, which will be demolished as part of the convention center’s expansion plan. However, no date has been set for a groundbreaking ceremony.

Mallon said design documents for the project are being finalized. CIB and Kite provided several new and updated renderings of the project to IBJ. Ratio Architects is the design office for the project.

Renderings include a first look at the convention center’s main ballroom and hotel suites, as well as updated designs for the hotel’s lounges, bars and dining areas.

Another rendering shows the full extent of the development, including the second-phase hotel and a third tower on the northeast corner of Capitol Avenue and West Louisiana Street. Kite’s McCarthy said the tower was a “potential opportunity for future development”, but declined to elaborate.

  • A rendering of the Pan Am Plaza redevelopment project in downtown Indianapolis. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of the main ballroom planned for the new Indiana Convention Center expansion. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of the main ballroom planned for the new Indiana Convention Center expansion. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of the lobby bar of the new Signia by Hilton hotel at the Pan Am Plaza. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of the restaurant at the new Signia by Hilton hotel in Pan Am Plaza. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of the meeting room at the new Signia by Hilton hotel at Pan Am Plaza. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of the elevator bay of the new Signia by Hilton hotel at Pan Am Plaza. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of a hotel room at the new Signia by Hilton hotel in Pan Am Plaza. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of the lobby bar of the new Signia by Hilton hotel at the Pan Am Plaza. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of a meeting room at the new Signia by Hilton hotel at Pan Am Plaza. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of a meeting room at the new Signia by Hilton hotel at Pan Am Plaza. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of the Sky Bar Lounge at the new Signia by Hilton hotel at Pan Am Plaza. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of the Sky Bar Lounge at the new Signia by Hilton hotel at Pan Am Plaza. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

  • A rendering of the Sky Bar Lounge at the new Signia by Hilton hotel at Pan Am Plaza. (Courtesy of Kite Realty Group Trust and Ratio Architects)

Efforts to mitigate any cost overruns for the project are also underway, Mallon said, especially as inflation continues to hamper development projects in Indianapolis and beyond.

“Cost volatility is a challenge for all construction projects right now,” he said in email responses to questions from IBJ. “We are working in real time with designers, contractors, Kite and the Signia by Hilton design team to address these challenges and more. Optimizing the program, design details and constructability of the project to mitigate cost escalation is a high priority.

In a statement, a city spokesperson said work was continuing behind the scenes to ensure the project progressed efficiently.

“Despite all the challenges with construction costs and supply chain issues as we emerge from the pandemic, the schedule for project closure, construction and completion remains on track,” said Mark Bode. , communications director for Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Over the past year, City, CIB and Kite have worked diligently on the build and operate agreements, as well as financing matters and have made tremendous progress on the hotel design and ballrooms. They also worked closely with Hilton on the design elements and operations of Signia.”

Wyndham reaches 10 Super 8 by Wyndham Hotel in Germany with new hotel in Koblenz

Super 8 by Wyndham Koblenz — Photo by Wyndham

Super 8 by Wyndham Koblenz — Photo by Wyndham

Super 8 by Wyndham Koblenz — Photo by Wyndham

Super 8 by Wyndham Koblenz — Photo by Wyndham

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchise company with more than 9,000 hotels in more than 95 countries, announces the opening of the 112-room Super 8 by Wyndham Koblenz in partnership with leading hotel management company GS Star GmbH, Grünwald. The newly constructed hotel marks a significant milestone in the growth of the design-driven budget brand, Super 8 by Wyndham, and is the tenth property under the Super 8 by Wyndham brand to open in Germany.

Super 8 by Wyndham Koblenz joins one of the world’s largest budget hotel brands with nearly 2,700 properties offering affordable and innovative accommodations in central locations. Since its debut in Germany in 2016 with GS Star, Super 8 by Wyndham has expanded its presence in notable destinations such as Munich, Hamburg, Dresden, Augsburg, Mainz, Oberhausen, Freiburg and Chemnitz. Super 8 by Wyndham Koblenz adds to Wyndham Hotels & Resorts an already strong presence of more than 100 hotels and 10 established brands in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Located near the city center of Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful cities, this elegant hotel is within walking distance of Koblenz Stadtmitte train station, making it an ideal base for visiting popular sights such as St. Kastor’s Basilica, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and the Deutsches Eck, where the Moselle and Rein rivers meet. The Super 8 by Wyndham Koblenz offers bright and bright rooms, an on-site breakfast restaurant and cafe serving light snacks and refreshments for travelers on the go, and bicycle rentals for sightseeing.

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Six themes that will shape travel in the summer of 2022


The outlook is strong, although some headwinds remain

Two years into the global pandemic, the outlook for the US hospitality industry is decidedly positive. STR, a CoStar Group company and a global leader in hotel analytics, continues to report steadily improving metrics in the United States. The outlook for the sector is embodied in the following six themes.

Jan Freitag is National Director of Hotel Analytics for the US CoStar Group and a member of the ULI Hotel Development Product Council.

1. Leisure demand has been strong, with little price resistance. When international travel ceased in early 2020, travelers stayed closer to home in what has been dubbed the Great American Road Trip. Equally interesting was the immense purchasing power that leisure travelers brought. While the onset of the pandemic was characterized by spending, there was a rapid shift towards buying experiences, and high-end vacations topped the list.

2. Groups return sooner than expected. Another positive signal for the hotel industry is the continued increase in demand from groups. Consumption of group rooms, sold in increments of 10 or more, reached 7.2 million in April 2022, just 1 million rooms below the April 2019 level and a clear indicator of recovery in business spending on trips. After two years of virtual absence of travel, it is likely that the return to associative and collective events will serve two purposes: certainly, there are deals to be concluded and customers to see, but perhaps just as important, the social interactions that have been missing Zoom or Teams meetings can be revived.

3. Lack of clarity on a return to the office is hampering transitional demand from businesses. Over the past two years, workers have been extremely productive — without going to the office — and now business leaders are rethinking what office work and back-to-office patterns look like. Hybrid work schedules with two or three days in the office seem to be the new norm. But if fewer workers are in the office, that means fewer workers can be visited by other business travelers. This, in turn, leads to fewer business trips. So back-to-office plans have a direct impact on individual demand – and while those plans are evolving, so are the outlook for temporary travel.

4. The hotel development pipeline is slowing down. The number of rooms under construction continues to decline, down to 150,000 in April, from more than 210,000 rooms at the start of 2020. Projects that have been launched will continue to open, but projects in the final planning stages could be delayed. There are myriad reasons for delays: interest rates have risen and may require the developer to go back to the drawing board to reorganize the capital stack, and it may be difficult to find construction crews in a creeping single-family and multi-family development. In addition, the supply chain for items such as doors, refrigerators and televisions is still disrupted, delaying the start of work.

5. Transactional activity intensifies. Hotel real estate is considered a hedge against inflation because room leases can be reset overnight. In an environment of high inflation, interest in hotel assets is high. 2021 marked the strongest year on record for deals, with over $50 billion worth of hotel properties sold. Many of these trades were at the higher end of the markets, whether hotel-casinos or leisure centres, and the deals often reached record prices per room. Continued robust investment activity can be expected for the foreseeable future.

6. Lack of workers and higher labor costs keep operators up at night. The main challenge that makes operators nervous is the lack of access to personnel. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the industry is operating with about 300,000 fewer workers than at the start of 2020, and wages for line-level employees are growing at a double-digit pace. In addition, existing staff members are often asked to work longer hours, leading to an increasing number of employees leaving their jobs. There is no single, simple solution to address the labor shortage, but two outcomes are clear: services will have to be reduced or adjusted, and wages will rise, putting pressure on company profits. owners.

After the worst downturn in history, headwinds remain and will keep owners, investors and operators on their toes. But for now, impressive operating results continue to attract capital to the US hospitality industry.

JAN FREITAG is National Director of Hotel Analytics for the US CoStar Group and a member of the ULI Hotel Development Product Council.

Navajo council approves $11.4 million for restaurant at Shiprock Hotel


WINDOW ROCK, AZ – The 24th Council of the Navajo Nation has approved Law No. 0258-22 allocating $11,400,000 of Síhasin funds to the Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise (NNHE) for the construction of a hotel and restaurant in Shiprock, NM.

The bill also amends resolution CAP-19-16 to transfer responsibility and allocate $8.3 million in permanent trust funds from the Navajo Gaming Enterprise to the NNHE for the project. Sponsored by Law and Order Committee Chair Eugenia Charles-Newton, Law No. 0258-22 passed with a vote of 21 in favor, zero against. A directive was also approved asking the NNHE to explore options for securing adequate flood insurance.

“A Navajo-inspired hotel and restaurant for the Shiprock community is one step closer to reality,” said President Seth Damon. “The Navajo Nation welcomes thousands of tourists to the Four Corners area each year and will make this new hotel a business hub. We congratulate Madame President Eugenia Charles-Newton for her unwavering leadership and all the stakeholders involved in moving this project forward. The Navajo Nation Council is urging President Nez to sign this economic development venture into law.

According to NNHE Managing Director, Mr. Stanley Saap, the planned hotel will be a AAA Three Diamond property, have 80 rooms, a full-service restaurant, an indoor swimming pool and meeting facilities. From groundbreaking to grand opening day, the property will take two years to build and will cost the Navajo Nation approximately $22.5 million.

“The Shiprock Hotel and Restaurant is changing the economic landscape of the Northern Agency,” said President Eugenia Charles-Newton. “This hotel project will boost our local economy and provide much needed income to the Navajo people. The hotel will also create hundreds of new jobs and provide a place to stay for the thousands of tourists who visit the parks and landmarks of the Four Corners area each year. We thank Navajo Gaming Enterprise for what they have tried to do but have been limited in completing the project during this pandemic. We are grateful that Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise is now our project partner.

Due to rising construction and procurement costs since 2016, the funding gap was closed when Law No. 0258-22 appropriated the $11.4 million. According to the NNHE, $970,000 will be used for architecture and design, $700,000 for site improvements, $800,000 for required NTUA utility upgrades, $17.9 million for construction of buildings and $2,050,000 for furniture and equipment for hotels and restaurants.

President Nez has 10 days to approve or veto the bill once it is certified by President Damon. If the President takes no action, the resolution automatically becomes law.

Book a once-in-a-lifetime dinner at the Pyramids with the Four Seasons Cairo


Most travel enthusiasts have the Giza pyramids at the top of their list. After all, seeing photos of the last remaining example of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is no substitute for the awe-inspiring beauty and scale of the pyramids in person. And now the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza offers hotel guests an even more spectacular way to view the Giza pyramid complex, befitting of the ancient kings and queens of Egypt.

For their unforgettableDine at one of the Seven Wonders” experience, the luxury hotel obtains special permits to build a private camp at the legendary pyramids of Giza. The romantic tent is erected on the Giza plateau, which offers a spectacular and rare vantage point to admire the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx as they are illuminated at night.

The luxury tent is built exclusively for your use. It’s decorated in Mamluk style, with vibrant overlapping rugs, gilt dining chairs and tables, and decorative lanterns and torches lit by candlelight. The romantic dreamscape is an incredible place to admire the spectacular panoramic views during dinner and shows under a starry canopy.

While live musicians lull you to some of the greatest melodies of the Eastern world, a private chef and Four Seasons culinary team will prepare a decadent menu of global delights and authentic Egyptian beverages tailored to your preferences.

You will also be treated to a private traditional performance of lively Egyptian folk dancing. “The evening continues with a private Tanoura show to end your extravagant evening in a truly Egyptian way,” explains the Four Seasons. “It’s an evening worthy of – and inspired by – Egypt’s greatest kings and queens, which is sure to leave you speechless.”

Because the Dine at one of the Seven Wonders the experiment requires prior authorizations, contact the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza at least three months in advance for the reservation. This exclusive experience is subject to availability.

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Home Office entrepreneur gives children hotel food containing worms | Immigration and asylum


Children at a Home Office hotel unwittingly ate worms that were in food supplied to them by government contractors, the Guardian has learned.

A four-year-old boy, not realizing his meal of fish and chips contained worms, started vomiting shortly after he started eating it. Paramedics were called and the boy was taken to hospital.

His father said he suffered from the disease with a fever for three days and other family members who ate the same meal experienced similar symptoms. The family asked not to be identified.

They were staying at a hotel in the Midlands when the incident happened last month and were later relocated by the Home Office.

Environmental health officers determined that the food contained parasitic roundworms. A council environmental health officer who was alerted to the problem said cooking usually kills these worms. “However, I appreciate it being an unpleasant experience to encounter one in your meal,” he added.

He said he would come to the hotel to do spot checks.

The family have made a formal complaint to Home Office contractor Serco. In response, a Serco official wrote: ‘I can confirm there was some bug in the food and the hotel was notified at the time. An apology was made at the time and housing officers will check food quality before service.

The father of the family said the incident was very distressing. “The food at the hotel was very bad and we had to call the paramedics after my four-year-old son ate the meal and started vomiting,” he said.

This is one of the many problems identified in the accommodation of asylum seekers in the hotels of the Ministry of the Interior. A recent report by the Refugee Council found that the Home Office’s use of hotels for asylum seekers tripled in the past year and many occupants have expressed concerns about poor conditions.

The asylum seekers have raised concerns with the Guardian about their family members being housed separately in different hotels. In one case, an asylum seeker was separated from her husband and two children aged 5 and 12.

The father of this family told the Guardian: “Our children really need their mother. We applied to Migrant Help [a Home Office helpline for asylum seekers] for our family to be housed together in the same hotel but there was no response.

Home Office sources said: ‘Now that this matter has come to our attention, we will work to house them together.’

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A third family of asylum seekers, who are being housed in a hotel on the south coast of England by Home Office contractors Clearsprings, have complained that hotel staff entered their rooms and filmed some of their belongings without their permission.

“They are abusing our rights,” the father said. Home Office sources disputed that they entered the family’s bedroom without permission and said the visit was part of ‘standard welfare checks’.

Regarding the worm incident, Jenni Halliday, Serco’s Contract Manager for Asylum Seeker Accommodation, said: “It is clear that this food is unacceptable and should never have been served to claimants. asylum at the hotel. We have apologized to the family concerned and are working with hotel management to ensure that all food meets the required standard.

A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘Asylum seekers are provided with safe and secure accommodation funded by the UK taxpayer. We expect high standards from all of our suppliers and will review this specific case. »

A look inside the newly opened Ned NoMad Club and Hotel by famed curator Richie Akiva


For member clubs and fine hotels, style is everything. This is especially true at the Ned NoMad, which is the newest club and hotel in New York. Located at 1170 Broadway, the space previously housed the NoMad Hotel. After the hotel closed in 2021, Membership Collective Group (MCG) took over the 117,000 square foot space. MCG, which is owned by Ron Burkle, is best known for its other clubs and properties, including the Soho House. Burkle and Soho House founder Nick Jones tapped global hospitality powerhouse Richie Akiva to be their New York counterpart and take over as hotel curator. Akiva, who has led New York’s most coveted nightlife and society galas for the past twenty years with intricately designed venues such as The Darby Social Club and Butter NY, as well as 1OAK around the world, is known to host the most exclusive global events from St. Tropez to Capri as well as its annual Met Gala event.

After the first The Ned opened in London in 2017, it was only a matter of time before an outpost was established in New York. This hybrid hotel and private club offers a truly unique experience. Housed in a Beaux-Arts style building also known as The Johnston Building, it was built in 1903 as a store and office. Like many New York City buildings erected during this era, it features unprecedented architectural detail, including multiple rotundas and a limestone facade.

Unlike a typical hotel, even most luxury hotels, the Ned NoMad has been renovated to honor the original details and charm of the building. It almost feels like stepping back in time, while exceeding the standards of the modern hospitality industry. The design is really paramount to the experience.

Akiva tells me, “The smallest details are the most important things. Although not everyone notices them, the people who notice them, that small percentage of people are the people you want to impress. That’s why we do it.

The guest rooms

There’s nothing about the Ned’s 167 rooms that looks like a regular hotel. There’s no standard furnishings or generic landscaping art from room to room. MCG’s design team created 1920s-style spaces with vintage pieces, original artwork, and even hand-knotted rugs (no commercial-grade rugs here). There are even custom-made lights.

While bathrooms feature new tiles and fixtures, the timeless style of these spaces is visually in tune with the aesthetic of the room as a whole. In addition to generous showers, suites even feature classic clawfoot tubs, for the ultimate throwback experience.

While rooms can be reserved by the public, they don’t have access to all of the members-only areas, which makes The Ned even more exclusive. However, they have access to the first floor of Little Ned and Cecconi’s, which are also open to the public.


One thing that makes The Ned special is the incredible selection of artwork throughout the space. Called A different century, The Ned’s collection was curated by Kate Bryan and Anakena Paddon. Their selections were inspired by the fact that the building was once owned by Caroline A. Johnston, at a time when it was incredibly rare for women to own buildings. The curators explain: “This collection requires what A different century could have looked like and what the representation means, from time to time.

The nearly 300-piece collection spans public and members-only spaces throughout the building and features a roster of prominent names from the New York art scene with a mix of museum-level talent as well as new voices such as Patricia Cronin , Rashid Johnson, Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas, Glenn Ligon, Kevin Beasley, Cassi Namoda and Ariel Mitchell.

Cronin who has several pieces in the collection including Zenobia in chains and Beatrice Cence says, “The beautiful Beaux-Arts building at the Ned NoMad is the perfect setting for my watercolors of neo-classical marble sculptures by the first professional female sculptor, Harriet Hosmer. Ghosts of the past updated for today as women continue to step forward to occupy public space.

Ned’s Club

Just off the lobby is Ned’s Club level, which is a members-only area. This area consists of several rooms including a breathtaking atrium. The atrium is covered in glass and has an indoor/outdoor vibe that feels like a garden during the day. At night, the space transforms into a lounge with nightly stage shows. Akiva tells me, “We had a weekly lineup of live jazz bands to New York’s top DJs as well as pop-ups from Miguel, Badius and Robin Thicke. There are major acts in the works for future performances and we will continue to surprise guests with exciting musical programming. »

There is also a Club bar, The Little Ned (a two-story pub-like bar), The Magic Room on the second floor, The Rooftop bar and lounge, as well as The Library which can be used as a workspace while on vacation. day with Wifi for laptops. Akiva tells me “It was one of the few spaces that hasn’t changed too much from when it was the NoMad Hotel, but we wanted to bring it into the members club and update it to really impress. members and guests. It had so much character and charm and was a natural feature. We changed it but kept it as a library to preserve its New York history and architecture.

Located off the living room is The Ned’s dining room. It has the same cuisine as Cecconi but has a more upscale menu. With its mahogany paneled walls, original stained glass windows and parquet floor, it has a refined old-fashioned charm. Yet even with racing green fluted leather dining chairs, floral banquettes, burl wood tables, and Murano glass pendants, it feels equally cozy and exclusive.

Little Ned

Little Ned is a small bar located on the first floor accessible to members as well as hotel guests. However, there is a mezzanine open to members only. This space features 1920s-style banquettes, with upholstery inspired by The Ned London. There are also comfortable club chairs to sit on surrounded by burl wood tables. Even better, there are views of the Empire State Building.

The magic room

One of the most notable spaces in the Ned NoMad is the Magic Room. The interior design was influenced by the Art Deco of 1930s cabaret clubs. There is a stage with a beautiful glossy black painted ceiling and a lavish ambience. This intimate space will feature live performances as well as a lineup of events. Akiva notes that small details like the lanterns on the chic wooden bar are properly toned down, the placement of the DJ to be a focal point of the room, vintage rugs to create a dance floor space, and other design elements. all contribute to the customer experience.

There is also an outdoor terrace decorated with Muran glass lanterns above and a classic checkerboard floor below. This design was inspired by the roof of the Ned London.


The first floor houses Manhattan’s first Cecconi location. It has a beautiful hand-cut mosaic and stripped terrazzo flooring, which is a unique take on the brand’s signature stripe. With navy velvet banquets, golden yellow leather chairs, and a polished wood bar, the design takes inspiration from classic Italian mid-century trattorias. This space is open to the public without an appointment, although members and guests are allowed to make reservations in advance.

What’s next for the Ned?

Akviva revealed that the hotel is working on a signature fragrance in collaboration with a supermodel, which is expected to launch by the holiday season. There will also be a lineup of New York Fashion Week lineup. A spa and additional concierge services will soon be available.

The gym, although open, is still being upgraded to have state-of-the-art equipment that members and guests can access. MCG is also working on an additional location at the American Stock Exchange in the Financial District. Its opening is scheduled for 2024.

Qatar seeks Nepalese to fill vacancies in service sector during FIFA World Cup


Qatar is looking to Nepal to recruit service workers during the 2022 FIFA World Cup as it prepares to host the world’s biggest sporting event.

The oil-rich Gulf country has massively upgraded and built new infrastructure for football championships scheduled for November, and needs hordes of workers to keep it running.

Nepal has allowed Qatar to hire Nepali workers for a temporary period covering the World Cup, officials said.

“We have been informed by the Nepalese Embassy in Doha of the interest expressed by Qatari companies to hire Nepali workers for service sector jobs during the World Cup,” said Thaneshwar Bhusal, deputy secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. the post office.

“A ministerial-level decision last Friday gave the green light to move the process forward,” Bhusal said.

The World Cup is due to take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18. This is the first World Cup ever held in the Arab world.

In a bid to cope with the expected influx of players, fans and media, Qatar’s hospitality industry has added 26,000 hotel rooms, according to a report.

“We demanded a free visa and free ticket system for Nepalese workers. The employer has to bear all the costs,” Bhusal said.

Nepali manpower has made a significant contribution during the construction of infrastructure in Qatar for its biggest football event. “Therefore, Nepalis should be given priority in service sector jobs.”

The number of workers to be hired has not been decided.

The decision to hire Nepali workers in the service sector comes as Qatar is increasingly criticized for firing its workers early and putting them on unpaid leave for five months so they are not visible during the tournament.

According to reports, the Gulf nation adopted a policy last year to send back thousands of migrant workers who built the stadiums and other infrastructure for the World Cup.

Labor experts say such a measure will not only increase the financial burden on migrant workers, but also deprive them of the recognition they deserve for their efforts.

“Although a country is free to make policies according to its needs, the workers who have given their blood and sweat to develop massive properties deserve honor and recognition,” said Rameshwar Nepal, a migration expert from workforce.

“Those who have the legal right to stay there and watch the football championship should not be denied this opportunity,” Nepal added.

Experts say the most important aspect to focus on is the rights of migrants.

Migrant outflows from Nepal had briefly halted due to Covid-19, but the outflow has now returned to pre-pandemic levels. More than 1,700 young Nepalese leave the country daily to work abroad, according to official figures.

In the last fiscal year ending July 16, more than 628,503 people received work permits, the second highest number on record, according to government statistics. The figure excludes young people leaving the country for higher education and neighboring India.

The money sent home by migrant workers has over the years become the backbone of Nepal’s economy. Remittances amounted to 986.2 billion rupees in the last fiscal year ending mid-July, according to the Ministry of Foreign Employment.

The Gulf countries and Malaysia are the main work destinations for Nepalese. Hundreds of Nepalese have died, been injured or been victims of labor exploitation over the years in these countries.

Families of 7,467 migrant workers who died and 1,513 others injured or ill received compensation between 2008-09 and 2018-19 from the Foreign Employment Board, the agency responsible for the welfare of Nepalese migrant workers, according to a report. of the government.

“Our government’s inability to strongly raise security issues in bilateral meetings is one of the reasons affecting the safety and security of Nepalese migrant workers,” said Jeevan Baniya, deputy director of the Center for the Study of Labor and Mobility, Social Science Baha, a non-profit organization involved in social science research in Nepal.

Even though government officials say worker safety has always been their top priority, labor experts say Nepal’s concerns are barely raised.

“We have constantly raised the issue of the safety of Nepalese workers abroad. Talks have been held with stakeholders in Qatar as well as other work destinations,” Bhusal said.

Nepal has been unable to intervene effectively when issues of labor rights violations have arisen.

“Our labor diplomacy has been weak,” said the labor expert from Nepal. “Although the labor agreements that Nepal signed recently are a little better, they still lack detail regarding workers’ rights and protection schemes.”

A recently released report based on a two-year investigation by Equidem Research and Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum found widespread labor and human rights abuses at 13 of FIFA’s 17 partner hotel groups in Qatar.

“In interviewing 80 workers from 10 countries, including Nepal, working in the hotels that will host players and visitors during the World Cup, it was revealed that migrant workers face discrimination based on nationality and race” , said Nepal, director of South Asia. to Equidem Research, a UK-based human rights research organisation.

“They were underpaid and faced pay cuts, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. They were charged with illegal recruitment fees and forced to work overtime without pay,” he said.

“My salary does not reflect my skill level, it reflects my nationality,” said the report quoting a Nepali employee at the Westin hotel in Doha. “While Filipinos are paid 1,600 Qatari riyals for the same work, we are paid 1,000.”

Some female workers said they were harassed by their colleagues, supervisor as well as guests, Nepal added.

For years, the exploitation of Nepalese workers abroad has not ceased.

“Our embassies and diplomatic missions in labor destinations have been limited to performing administrative tasks,” said Ganesh Gurung, a senior labor migration expert.

“We have a lot of weaknesses. We couldn’t send workers by making them skilled. The government is responsible for it. Moreover, we carry out weak social negotiations.

In collaboration with the International Labor Organization since 2018, Qatar has established a non-discriminatory minimum wage, developed an electronic payment system to promote the full and timely payment of wages, and put in place procedures to identify and remedy violations of workers’ rights.

Equidem Research says the new laws have blunted some of the harsher features of the kafala system, allowing migrant workers more freedom to change jobs without the employer’s permission.

Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have taken similar steps to limit employer control over workers. Despite recent reforms, significant implementation and enforcement challenges remain in Qatar and elsewhere, the report says.

Nepalese migrant workers are mostly unskilled as they belong to a lower economic stratum. They are forced to leave the country without basic information about their work destinations and work environment.

The government has not been able to implement the improved program of pre-departure orientation training, according to experts. The program provides useful information on rules and regulations, traffic rules, labor laws and local culture and traditions.

A new program has been introduced to provide country-specific information for outgoing workers through audio-visual support, but it has still not been implemented. Organizations responsible for providing such training say they cannot implement the new program by following the existing work procedure.

“The new curriculum has already become obsolete with the ever-changing dynamics of the labor sector,” Baniya said.

“A revised curriculum was put into effect on February 13 last year,” said Maiya Kadel, Undersecretary and Director of the Training and Research Section of the Overseas Employment Board.

“However, institutions registered to provide such training have not implemented it. They demanded a revision of the working procedure as well as the program.

Raja Ram Gautam, chairman of the Federation of Nepal Associations for Overseas Employment Orientation, said they have been providing the same orientation training for the past decade.

“The main problem hindering its implementation is the existing working procedure. We have been urging the authorities to change it for four years, but they are not listening,” Gautam said.

“Although the council did not provide us with audio-visual training materials, it is unclear whether an institution should provide country-specific training for all countries or for just one country,” Gautam added.

The government has formed a committee to resolve issues regarding the pre-departure orientation training program.

A large number of Nepalese workers have died in traffic accidents.

“It could have been reduced if the pre-departure orientation training program had been properly implemented,” Nepal said.

The best room in … Santo Mauro, Madrid


A few months ago, Madrid, the sparkling capital of Spain, was even busier than usual. President Biden was in town for an official state visit during which he met with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and local royals King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia. Elsewhere, actor Diego Luna was performing in a one man show entitled “Every Time We Say Goodbye Better” which recalled the early work of his Y Tu Mama Tambien director Alfonso Cuarón and artists Tom Jones and Wilco performed at the annual public performances of the Real Jardin Botanico. At the Prado, a major exhibition on the little-known contemporary Paret of Goya had been opened and a career retrospective of the work of the American Alex Katz was presented at the Thyssen Museum (until September; Paret closes on August 12). In the midst of all this hubbub, a new hotel of royal provenance took to the sea in the chic district of Chamberí, not far from the American embassy once run by James Costos (husband of interior designer Michael Smith) and now in the hands of Julissa Reynoso. Here, Philipp Weghmann, vice president and global brand leader of Marriott’s The Luxury Collection, tells us about the the newest addition to the family.

Tell me about the signature suite at Santo Mauro. What makes it special?

Santo Mauro is housed in the former residence of the Duke of Santo Mauro. Located in the Main Palace, guests can check into the Duke’s Royal Suite, which once served as the original Duke’s bedroom. The walls are covered in a green velvet and the space features bold flowers as well as the original light fixtures, which hang from the high ceilings. Designed by Lorenzo Castillo, the suite features two king bedrooms, a separate living room and a marble bathroom. The bedroom also benefits from an incredible view of the garden overlooking the terrace below. Staying there feels like you’re tucked away in your own special corner in the heart of Madrid.

A suite at Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection hotel.


What is the suite starting price and what kind of guest packages can you create based on that?

The starting price of the Duke’s Royal Suite is 4,500 euros excluding VAT. Guests can work closely with the concierge team to set up private experiences both onsite and at some of Madrid’s most famous cultural attractions. The hotel can even organize a private carving experience with Cinco Jotas to discover the gastronomic pleasure of the best Iberian ham in the world.

Although this suite is the best in the hotel, it is quite a small property with only 49 rooms. Tell me what distinguishes each of them.

One of the most unexpected parts of this hotel is that no two rooms are the same, from interior design to layout. Walking into a room you might find bold green patterned wall coverings and a matching headboard, while next door you might encounter a brush of blue with a dramatic four poster bed or a more subtle plaid with accents. velvet green curtains. Not only does this reinforce the feeling that you are a guest of the Duke’s household, but it allows for a sense of surprise and delight as you turn the key and unlock your stay.

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The interiors of Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection hotel.


What feature of the hotel do you think new visitors will find surprising?

Castillo has ensured that this next chapter in the building’s journey honors its Spanish heritage with decor that reflects the hotel’s remarkable history and location in the heart of Madrid. I think guests will be struck by the opulent design details and the masterful layering of patterns and textures. The lobby has a dramatic staircase and I always find guests looking over the hallway balconies to the lower floors. Additionally, Santo Mauro is also the only hotel in Madrid to have a soundtrack composer. The property has worked with Lucas Vidal, winner of the Goya Prize [best-known for his collaboration with the Spanish auteur Isabel Coixet] as in-house musical director.

Are there any special experiences guests should ask her upon arrival?

The hotel’s Casilda cocktail is not to be missed! Served daily at the hotel’s Gresca Wine Bar, the cocktail is named after the Duchess of Santo Mauro and is made with vodka, Campari and a chestnut syrup made from the hotel’s century-old chestnut trees. which can still be found in the garden. They were a favorite of the Duchess and that’s how the inspiration for the cocktail came about.

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The garden terrace of Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection hotel.


Santo Mauro is the former home of the Duke of Santo Mauro. Tell me a bit about the history of the property.

With its French-influenced design and architecture, the hotel is made up of three buildings set in Madrid’s most sophisticated private garden, with fountains and terraces shaded by age-old chestnut trees. Many public spaces pay homage to the building’s past. For example, the Red Room reflects pure French classicism. The main restaurant, housed in the Duke’s former library, features walls filled with books from his original collection. The building has had several lives, even serving briefly as the Canadian Embassy before finally being turned into a hotel.

What makes the nearby neighborhood so special?

The traditionally aristocratic neighborhood of Chamberí is tucked away from the busier parts of town while still being very central. The neighborhood’s more residential feel allows guests to feel like they’ve stepped out of their own palace as they wander the quiet nearby streets. Chamberí has ​​some of the most exceptional architecture in the city and is home to excellent tapas restaurants and small traditional shops where you can often find more locals than tourists.

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Another view of a suite at Santo Mauro, a Luxury Collection hotel.


What sights, shops and restaurants near Santo Mauro should visitors visit this year?

Be sure to visit the Sorolla Museum, catch a flamenco show at Teatros del Canal, and stop at Andén 0 Metro Station, an exhibition space in a restored metro station. A morning stroll through Parque de El Retiro is always a great way to start the day in Madrid.

Which is planned for 2022 and 2023. Heard a spa and gym is on the way.

The final phase of the hotel’s renovation will include additional bedrooms as well as a spa and gym on the lower level of the main palace. The hotel has also recently opened an outdoor terrace and garden for dining.

US hotel construction declines for 7 straight months


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Fewer hotels are being built in the United States this year due to rising costs and supply chain issues. Plus, talk about a Star Wars concept hotel and other deals and development news.

Sean O’Neill

Here are some excerpts from Daily Lodging Report of the past week. If you’re not a subscriber, you should be. Get updates on hotel deals, development, inventory and career changes. Register here, now.

Sunday July 24

W Hotels Worldwide announced the opening of West of Toronto. The 11-story property has 254 rooms, including 30 suites; five event spaces covering 4,679 square feet; a reception desk and lounges on the 6th floor, a 5,000 square foot space featuring a communal foyer, circular bar, and access to The Yard and FIT gym.

According STR, The construction of hotels in the United States has decreased for seven consecutive months. Rooms under construction in New York and Nashville represent a significant percentage of the existing supply in these markets. In addition, planning activity continues to increase nationallyalbeit at a slower pace, with markets such as Miami, Nashville, and Phoenix showing increased interest from developers.

Skift Rating: On the positive side, current hotel owners will not face new competition from new US hotels for the rest of the year. Experts said headwinds include rising debt costs due to interest rate hikes combined with supply chain issues.

Monday July 25

Selina announced the opening of Selina Serenity Rawai Phuket in Thailand. This is the first Selina property to be fully operational in Southeast Asia. They currently have a global portfolio of 155 open and secure properties designed for digital nomads and modern travelers.

Virgin Hotels advertised bookings are live for Virgin Hotels in Glasgow for reservations from December 1st. Located on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow, UK, the hotel will feature 240 rooms spread over 15 floors. It will house four restaurants and bars. The hotel was developed and owned by Silk Real Estate Group and managed by Virgin Hotels.

With the first half of the year now on the books, 2022 has provided an unexpected and tumultuous ride. The LWHA Q2 2022 US Hotel Top Sales Survey includes 133 unique asset sale transactions over $10 million, which totaled approximately $5.3 billion and included approximately 21,000 hotel rooms with an average selling price of $248,000 per room.

STR RevPAR for hotels in China fell -18.3% year over year for the week ending July 16. Compared to the same week in 2019, the hotel’s RevPAR is down -22%. China has around a fifth of its population under full or partial lockdown, according to one tally, as another rise in coronavirus cases prolongs uncertainty hanging over country’s economyNikkei reported.

Skift Rating: Selina’s expansion into Asia Pacific is notable given its strong ties to Gen Z and Millennial travelers and remote workers. He may be able to tap into the “gringo trail” of expats and gap-year students once international travel resumes.

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Singapore hotel room rates have jumped last month to the highest level in nearly six years. The Singapore Tourism Board said the average fare in June was S$238.32, the highest since September 2016 and up 63% from a year earlier. Singapore expects between 4 and 6 million visitors in 2022.

Marriott International, Inc.announced the opening of The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad in the heart of Manhattan. The newly built 50-story hotel and residences were developed by Flag Luxury Group. The project offers 250 rooms, including 19 suites, with 16 additional one- and two-bedroom penthouse residences. The property offers four dining and beverage concepts, the Ritz-Carlton Sap and Fitness Center, the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, and 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including an expansive private outdoor terrace.

Skift Rating: It’s a surprise to see Singapore’s rebound given the lack of outbound Chinese travellers.

Wednesday July 27

Hotel shares has been chosen as the new management company for seven selected full-service hotels owned by Sejwad’s hospitality. The properties, which expand Hotel Equities’ reach in the South Carolina market, include the 180-room Delta Columbia Northeast; 134-room Sheraton Columbia Downtown; 129-room Moxy-Columbia, under construction; 104-room SpringHill Suites-Columbia, under construction; 100-room Holiday Inn Express-Garners Ferry; 83-room Holiday Inn Express-Two Notch; and the 83-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbia Downtown.

The team behind the Two Bit Circus micro amusement park in downtown Los Angeles, California, plans to take the Star Wars hotel concept launched by Wall Disney Parks adds a touch of virtual reality video arcade with a pair of new interactive storytelling hotels, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Two Bit Entertainment has acquired two former conference hotels in Denver, CO and New York areawhere they plan to open the first Revelers Resorts Interactive Gameplay Hotels. The new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida is a model for the immersive hotel experience planned for Revelers Resort. The company does not have the Star Wars brand, but will create its own brand. The hotel’s immersive playgrounds are expected to take a year to complete once construction begins. Opening dates have yet to be set for Revelers Resorts in Denver and Stamford, CT, outside of New York.

Skift Rating: On the Star Wars hotel concept, it’s unclear if they can actually get the license to do it, and if not, what exactly would they create instead.

Thursday July 28

American Hotel & Lodging Association 2022 State of the Hospitality Industry Semi-Annual Report expects nominal room revenues in 2022 and state and local taxes will exceed 2019 levels. Hotel room revenue is expected to top $188 billion by the end of 2022, eclipsing 2019 numbers on a nominal basis. Hotels are expected to generate nearly $43.9 billion in state and local tax revenue this year, up nearly 7% from 2019 levels. Additional key findings from the semi-annual State of the Industry report AHLA’s 2022 figures are as follows: Hotel occupancy is expected to average 63.4% in 2022, approaching pre-pandemic levels. By the end of 2022, hotels are expected to employ 1.97 billion people, or 84% of the pre-pandemic workforce.

Capital of Arriba closed a $63.9 million syndicated construction loan for the development of a AC Hotel by Marriott in downtown Seattle, WA. The 200 Key Hotel is developed by RevPAR Companies.

Skift Rating: Being a hotelier has been miserable for two years. But 2022 looks profitable, despite some lingering headaches.

East of England Tourism Awards: Grand Hotel of the Year


08:30 July 28, 2022

Entries are now open for the East of England Tourism Awards 2022-2023, and the Grand Hotel of the Year award, sponsored by Ensors, recognizes full-service hotels that provide memorable guest experiences in our area.

The winner will demonstrate excellence in all aspects of the business, from reception to facilities and food. Chris Barrett, partner at Ensors and judge for this category, explained that this is essential for companies that want to stand out, as every element of a hotel contributes to delivering a great experience.

“We work closely with a number of independent hotels across East Anglia and therefore understand the challenges and opportunities they face in these economically uncertain times,” said Chris. “There are some great success stories locally and we hope to highlight them and perhaps, in the process, inspire others in their future development.”

Chris Barrett, Partner at Ensors
Credit: Ensors

Chris said the past few years have undoubtedly been very difficult for the tourism industry and that makes awards like the East of England Tourism Awards more important than ever because “we should all be cheered where the cheer is due – celebrating success and positive experiences.”

As a judge of this category, what kind of business will Chris be looking for as the winner?

“One who can demonstrate success financially, creative strategic thinking, innovative development, and perhaps most importantly – because without this the other three are not possible – a great team of staff who are loyal, hardworking and dedicated .”

He added that Grand Hotel of the Year is an accolade you “can’t buy” and that it “really recognizes the greatness of the industry”.

So whether you’re a hotel manager with a great team behind you or a member of the public who’s recently enjoyed a hotel-worthy stay, be sure to take the time to walk in and shout at the fantastic experiences offered in the region. .

Meet the godfather

Accustomed to working with all kinds and sizes of leisure and tourism businesses, Ensors takes a proactive approach to driving business transformation.

In addition to preparing accounts and the year-end audit, he also provides many other services, including tax planning, maximizing depreciation for fixtures and renovations, refinancing supply and preparing forecasting, fraud analysis and accounting assistance.

Working from regional offices, their team is there when you need them. They understand the challenges from a local, national and global perspective, including the financial pressures that can arise due to the seasonal nature of many business models.

Whether you are looking to launch a start-up, grow or plan your exit strategy, you can count on expert advice and support from Ensors.

Archant organizes and hosts the annual East of England Tourism Awards to recognize and celebrate businesses and individuals who contribute to the regional tourism economy. The prizes are open for entries until Sunday, October 2. To enter, please visit www.tourismawards.co.uk

New Deer District hotel aims to bring tourists to Milwaukee


MILWAUKEE – A new hotel being built in the Deer District aims to be a big draw for the city of Milwaukee.

Peggy Williams-Smith saw an orange beam soar to the top of the Trade Hotel during Wednesday’s awards ceremony.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the development of hospitality in this city with COVID, so it was really exciting to see,” said Williams-Smith, president and CEO of Visit Milwaukee.

Williams-Smith joined several others on a tour of the future hotel, which houses more than 200 rooms. The Trade Hotel is expected to open in early 2023.

The hotel is focused on showcasing Milwaukee, which Williams-Smith says will go a long way.

The Trade Hotel gives pride of place to local products in its guest rooms, in an attempt to tell the story of the city.

“I don’t think they’ve taken a leap into what this hotel is going to be in this market,” Williams-Smith said.

She said hotel guests will have access to explore the heart of the “beautiful” city.

The Trade Hotel is part of a list of new developments that have come to the Deer District in recent years.

Peter Feigin, president of the Milwaukee Bucks, said the hotel is just another part of redefining downtown.

“I mean, whether we invite NBA teams, MLB teams or tourists or business travelers, that’s what we have to continue to do in the city of Milwaukee to really create a destination,” Feign said. “The Trade has helped us pursue our goal of creating the destination where we can live, work and play in downtown Milwaukee.”

Williams-Smith said she thinks the hotel could also play an important role in attracting more conventions to the city.

“I think if the last two and a half years have taught us [anything], with COVID, is that hospitality is extremely important to the success of the city,” she said. “What I like to say [about] tourism is that sometimes it’s the first time someone sees our city – which could lead them to fall in love with our city and then move to our city.

Certares and HHM Partner to Acquire Historic California Hotel | New


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Certares Management LLC (together with its affiliates, “Certares”), a leading investment specialist dedicated to the travel, tourism and hospitality industries, has acquired Courtyard San Diego Downtown. The hotel is a newly renovated Marriott property, located in downtown San Diego on Broadway, close to the Gaslamp Quarter, the local entertainment and nightlife district. The historic 245-room hotel was originally built as the headquarters of the San Diego Trust & Savings Bank in 1927 and includes historic features throughout the building, such as an original safe that now serves as a differentiated meeting space. It is located adjacent to the soon to be redeveloped Horton Plaza, and the San Diego Convention Center is within walking distance for easy access to conferences and events.

“We are pleased to announce the purchase of Courtyard San Diego and continue our growth as a leading owner of differentiated hotel real estate with the acquisition of our ninth hotel asset. Additionally, we are very pleased to partner with HHM on our first hotel acquisition together,” said Nolan Hecht, Senior Managing Director of Certares. “We look forward to the Courtyard’s accelerated growth following the completion of a major renovation as the San Diego market continues to strengthen its presence as an international entertainment, convention and life science center,” said added Mike Kusy, Vice President of Certares.

The property, which has historic status, remains an important commercial structure associated with the history of San Diego’s banking industry. It is an outstanding example of commercial historic preservation that has transformed one of San Diego’s premier banking institutions into a vibrant hotel in San Diego’s remarkable Gaslamp Quarter.

HHM has operated the hotel for over a decade. “We are delighted to expand our investment platform with such an established partner,” said HHM President and CEO Naveen Kakarla. “We look forward to working closely with the Certares leadership team as we continue to drive market share growth and provide travelers with an authentic San Diego experience.”


About Certares

Founded in 2012, Certares focuses on direct investment in proprietary transactions, leveraging deep industry experience in the travel and hospitality industries, and a constant focus on partnering with teams direction to stimulate growth. With over $10 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2022, Certares brings together a team with decades of operational and investment experience in private equity, travel, tourism, hospitality and services travel-related businesses and consumers. Since the launch of its real estate platform in early 2021, Certares has acquired nine hotels comprising more than 1,850 keys across the country. For more information, please visit www.certares.com.

About HHM

HHM is an award-winning hotel management and investment firm that operates more than 185 full-service and select-service hotels in 30 states and virtually every major hotel market coast-to-coast. HHM is a leading manager of Marriott and Hilton hotels, while operating more than 30 independent luxury and lifestyle hotels, ranging from the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia to the Joule Hotel in Dallas to the Whitney Hotel in Boston . HHM’s highly experienced and stable operating team is known for being nimble, accountable and entrepreneurial in the way it drives industry-leading results for owners, including publicly traded companies, private equity firms and family office investors. Additional information about HHM can be found at hhmhospitality.com and independentcollection.com

Investor Relations Certares Management LLC (212) 624-2940 [email protected] HHM Investments HHM (215) 238-1046 [email protected]

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Welcoming arms, shaped to make moments memorable | Nagpur News


With more and more people looking to elevate their travel, leisure, adventure and grand event experiences, the demand for skilled hospitality management professionals continues to grow.


The world of hospitality continues to grow in India. The demand for the field of hospitality as well as tourism has increased over the years, due to which the hospitality industry has become one of the fastest growing fields in the country.
Hotel management is a study of leadership, flexibility, communication, team building and many other similar aspects. Every team needs to analyze industry trends and stay up to date.
As people travel around the world for various reasons, the travel and hospitality industry has blossomed. The reach of the stream in India is huge. There are many good reasons to choose a career in hotel management.
Due to globalization, the hotel management industry is booming. Every year, many hospitality-related jobs are created, offered not only by Indian companies but also by international hotel chains.
Hospitality management can open up many opportunities in the industry, including restaurants, catering, airlines, and guesthouses.

Reporting by Pankaj Kamane and Ananya Gandhi


Accommodation Manager, Retail Manager, Event Planner, Catering Manager, Restaurant Management, Airline Catering Services and Guest House Management


After the setback caused by the pandemic, the hotel management industry is flourishing again. With various job opportunities coming up, ranging from hotel associations to various airlines and cabin crew, the field opens up excellent career prospects in multiple industries.
Vinod Madra | hotel consultant
The responsibility, grace and etiquettes that come with the job are what drew me in and moved me. Being able to interact and work with people from all walks of the world is a beautiful thing. The pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone and the hospitality industry is still dealing with the consequences. This industry has taught me patience and empathy and I look forward to what it can teach me next.
Rathi | Trident, Mumbai
It’s an intriguing area. Each new day brings a different challenge, and overcoming these challenges and solving problems is very satisfying. Professionals in the hospitality industry must motivate themselves every day to shine. Ultimately, it’s rewarding and forward-looking work for those who enjoy working in a stimulating environment.
Sanjay Pendse | F&B Manager, Tuli Imperial Hotel


| Urvashi Yashroy

Continually learn the path to success

When I finished my hotel management course in 1989, long hours in the industry were not common for a woman, but now all industries operate the same. I started my career as a visiting professor at two colleges in 1994 and realized at that time that there was a lot to give in the field of education, especially in the hospitality field.
At the time, no one was up to the challenge of teaching continental and baking skills and imparting specific skills to students. Nagpur lacked basic knowledge about continental food and there was no appreciation or idea to experiment even in this regard.
The trip was not only a learning experience, but also very rewarding. I have led and contributed to many state-level committees and have also represented the Hotel Management Association as secretary since 2011.
Holding a PhD in Hospitality Marketing from Nagpur University, I contribute to the balanced and healthy growth of professionals in our industry and guide industry professionals on their journey.
It is essential to be an ardent learner and to keep immersing yourself in the latest industry trends. Being fearless in my approach is what keeps me going.

The author is Principal, Tuli College of Hotel Management

Sneaky shrinking drives people crazy



Shrinkflation does not deceive consumers for long. People notice when their stuff is running out faster.

When a 22-pound bag of dog food replaces a 30-pound bag, Buddy’s appetite does not decrease as a result. If the 12-pack of K-cups becomes a 10-pack, coffee drinkers need to refill more often to keep the caffeine coming. When the cans of tomatoes go from 32 ounces to 28 ounces, the sauces no longer match the one pound cans of pasta. Even inattentive buyers quickly notice that they are getting less for their money.

The small packages also don’t fool the people who compile the inflation statistics.

If a 16 ounce box contracts to 14 ounces and the price stays the same, I asked Bureau of Labor Statistics economist Jonathan Church, how is that recorded? “Rise in prices,” he said quickly. You simply divide the price by 14 instead of 16 and get the price per ounce. Correcting the contraction is simple.

New service charges for things that were previously included in the price, from rice at a Thai restaurant to delivery of topsoil, rarely override inflation figures, nor do they mislead consumers.

But a stealthier contraction is plaguing today’s economy: declining quality rather than quantity. Often intangible, lost value is difficult to capture in price indices.

Faced with labor shortages, for example, many hotels have eliminated daily housekeeping. For the same room price, customers benefit from fewer services. It’s not conceptually different from shrinking a bag of chips. But would the consumer price index absorb the change?

Probably not, says Church.

Measuring inflation is difficult. The goal is to capture changes in the overall price level – the numbers on each price tag – not fluctuations in relative prices. You want to see how much the cost of living, represented by the price of a consistent basket of goods and services, has changed.

It is different from the number of hamburgers equivalent to a gallon of gasoline or the number of apples equivalent to a movie ticket. Relative prices can and do change all the time without constituting inflation. But for today’s cost-of-living basket to measure the same as yesterday’s, the goods and services themselves must remain the same. And they too tend to change, especially when technology is involved.

BLS economists have many ways to fix these changes, but they err on the side of conservatism. They look for specific, quantifiable differences that customers can reasonably notice and care about, and which can be incorporated into statistical models. A larger television screen with a higher definition picture is likely more valuable to consumers. But what about a hotel room with nicer linens? It’s more delicate. The less measurable the change, the more difficult it is to correct it.

During the 2000s and 2010s, inflation was likely underestimated due to unmeasured increases in quality. Now, it’s the opposite phenomenon. Quality cuts have become so pervasive that even today’s scary inflation numbers are almost certainly understated.

Paper towels from a local smoothie shop, a friend points out, have become so thin and small that they are “almost useless”. But price followers would only look at the smoothie itself disregarding the lousy napkins.

A Starbucks latte may cost the same, but if the store now closes at 4 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. — or varies its hours unpredictably based on availability for work — customers get less for their money. Shorter and less predictable schedules have become common in many service businesses.

Take my recent trip to Bank of America. Arrived around 3:15 to do a survey for my condo association to find the metal security gate down and only the ATMs in the lobby were available. A sign said the branch was open until 4:00 p.m. – already a reduction in hours from the old schedule – but that was not the case. At a second branch, where I was turned away because closing time was approaching, I met a mother and her adult daughter who were on their third unsuccessful branch visit. Coming back another day, they said, meant getting more time off from work. This cost would not be included in official measures of inflation.

Similarly, airline ticket prices fell slightly in June, but that does not mean that the cost of air travel is falling. Bags are five times more likely to get misplaced than a year ago, and security lines are incredibly long. On July 2, I spent four hours waiting with thousands of other passengers to go through security at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Whether or not the ticket price was higher than a year earlier, the intangible cost certainly was. While this example is extreme, longer waits for any type of service, from doctor’s appointments to sandwich orders, are becoming common.

Even if income follows inflation, declines in quality are aggravating and depressing. They make consumers feel helpless and taken for granted, which can lead to angry confrontations. They create a pervasive feeling that the world is getting worse. They demand a toll that economic statistics cannot capture.

More other writers at Bloomberg Opinion:

• Shrinkflation is an economic monster worth watching: Stephen Mihm

• Inflation is even worse if you measure it correctly: Justin Fox

• Inflation ate your free lunch, but you’re still better off: Allison Schrager

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Virginia Postrel is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. She is a visiting scholar at the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy at Chapman University and author, most recently, of “The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World”.

More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com/opinion

Congratulations to Minister of Tourism Mitchell | Letters to the Editor


Mighty, shrewd and illustrious exemplify this government’s care and commitment to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

Recent developments allow us to delve into another dazzling endeavor where the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Nationals, now adding value to employment benefits through the seas.

Having these dialogues helps us appreciate what is seen as an economically viable solution.

Royal Caribbean International is one of the largest cruise lines in the world. They set out to absorb the talent found on our shores. For this reason, measuring impact starts with seeing efforts to promote our tourism product.

The investment made for nationals to be paid in US dollars would generate revenue in various sectors.

Cruise operations offer consumer products that leave room for a lot of creativity. Needless to say, the hospitality industry includes hotel management, culinary arts, entertainment, and several great career opportunities.

To date, 602 applicants have been confirmed, 822 interviews have been conducted out of 6,000 and what’s even more exciting is the exposure to the wider tourism database.

In addition, virtual interviews would be conducted for more accommodation.

Such progress is remarkable and very deserving for the development of sustainable tourism. This administration’s initiatives have a penchant for focusing on good governance and forward-thinking approaches.

We should consider what lies ahead and commend Randall Mitchell, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, for showing tremendous dedication, integrity, readiness and ingenuity to a service that fits very well.

How to Convert Meeting Planners to Your Hotel Website


With the return of in-person events and the resurgence of business travel, the importance of converting meeting planners to your hotel website takes on a whole new meaning.

This emerging scenario presents a golden opportunity for hoteliers whose properties have space dedicated to meetings and events. So, if your hotel has meeting and event spaces, your website should definitely meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers. And this is where hotel website personalization comes in.

After identifying the meeting planner on your hotel’s website, delivering the right message, to the right person, at the right time is critical. By using targeting and personalization tools, you will be able to provide additional information to what is available on your Meetings & Events page. Following such an approach ensures that you deliver relevant messaging at specific points in the booking funnel, which helps convert meeting planner watchers into people who book.

Today, we bring you some hotel website personalization tips from our latest MICE guide to boost meeting sales and inspire you on how to secure those higher yielding bookings.

1. Offer a warm welcomeWhen a visitor first arrives on your Meetings & Events page, you should send them a warm and personal greeting from your events team. Provide your contact details, along with a CTA to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) – it’s a great way to get the process started!

Source: The hotel network
Source: The hotel network

2. Highlight what makes your spaces uniqueWhen a meeting organizer scrolls through your Meetings & Events page, you can use personalized Smart Notes to highlight the unique features of your properties. But don’t limit your messaging. Make your notes clickable so users are redirected to other relevant pages – perhaps you want to encourage them to browse images or videos associated with your meeting spaces, rooms, or associated food and drink menus.

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Source: The hotel network

3. A win-win for planners and your databaseIf the meeting planner decides to visit the rooms page, restaurant page, or gallery page, you can use a form builder feature. A custom form makes it easy for meeting planners to request more information from your property, while simultaneously boosting your marketing database. A key moment is presented, as the intention to learn more is already demonstrated by advancing to this stage, and allows you to capitalize on the moment by gathering their contact information for future opportunities.

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Source: The hotel network

4. Seal the deal with a limited time offerFinally, if a meeting planner visits your Special Offers page, you can present them with a unique message that offers an exclusive discount and additional perks based on their profile. Going further, setting a time frame for the website visitor to receive these benefits will create an added sense of urgency. Be sure to include meeting and event-specific perks, such as Wi-Fi, food and beverage credits, or other perks guaranteed to attract!

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Source: The hotel network

So there you have it, four powerful strategies for engaging with meeting planners on your hotel website. By leveraging targeting and personalization techniques, you can successfully convert meeting planners landing on your hotel website and propel your direct channel to new heights by capturing your fair share of this industry segment. hotel industry in full recovery.

We at THN have carefully curated a guide on how to interact with meeting planners on your hotel website. By deeply analyzing their booking behavior, we provide actionable tips on how to entice meeting planners to book direct. Download the full guide here.

About the hotel network

The Hotels Network is an innovative technology company that works with over 14,000 hotels worldwide. Boasting an international team of specialists with deep expertise in hospitality, product design and consumer marketing, the company offers its customers a comprehensive growth platform to power their direct channel. By leveraging a suite of built-in tools and analytics, hospitality brands can attract, engage and convert guests throughout the user journey.

In addition to price comparison, review summary and a full suite of personalization options, THN’s Oraculo product leverages machine learning techniques to predict user behavior and then automatically personalizes the message and content. offer for each user. The company’s latest innovation, BenchDirect, is the first benchmarking product for the direct channel, providing hotels with unprecedented competitive data that is a complete game-changer.

THN’s mission is to improve the online booking experience, increase direct bookings and strengthen the relationship between hotel brands and their customers.

For more information on BenchDirect destinations, visit https://info.thehotelsnetwork.com/en/benchdirect-dmos

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5 Steps to Making Money Renting a Guest Room: Airbnb Super Host Offers These Tips


The World Championships in Athletics wrapped up Sunday in Eugene, but the 10-day competition isn’t the end of tourists heading to TrackTown USA.

Lodging is needed year-round as the city and other parts of Lane County attract visitors to experience art and nature, craft beer and covered bridges, and high-profile sporting events.

In addition to promoting traditional hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites, Travel Lane County the tourism board is encouraging residents to list short-term rentals, from one bedroom to an entire home, on peer-hosted sites like Airbnb and Vrbo.

To help new hosts rent their spot during the Oregon22 track and field meet and beyond, Andy Vobora of Travel Lane County contacted Mike Grudzien of Eugene. The retired telecommunications salesman is so good at renting out his second home to vacationers that he’s earned Airbnb superhost rankings.

He also mentors new hosts, helping them set up their rental space and create an online listing page, all the way through their first checkout and checkout.

“Most people often ask, ‘What should I provide?’ says Grudzien. “Simple answer: everything.”

A short-term rental space should be fully furnished and stocked for comfort day or night.

“You are in the hospitality industry; you’re running a hotel with new customers and constant turnover,” says Grudzien.

Responding to questions and resolving issues quickly builds your reputation and increases referrals and repeat customers.

The reward? “Our guests are interesting and great people to meet,” he says.

Grudzien could sign a long-term lease to rent his two-bedroom home, an eight-minute drive from the University of Oregon campus, for around $2,300 a month, he says.

However, after building his vacation rental business for nine years, he says his property generates more than $4,000 a month.

To make a profit, income must exceed expenses for rental supplies and amenities. Some hosts use the extra income to pay their mortgage, property taxes, home insurance, and utilities.

The per-night rate for Grudzien’s 1,400-square-foot rental home starts at $199. The total cost of the two-night minimum stay, plus cleaning fees and hotel taxes, could add up to $600 or more.

For this, people expect to find everything promised in the list.

Hosting isn’t for everyone, says Grudzien. Owners managing the process must be responsive to the customer, comfortable maintaining the listing online, adept at handling reservations, and efficient at communicating via email and text.

Grudzien also reaches out to customers with a phone call shortly after booking a stay.

Short-term vacation rentals in Oregon range from one bedroom to a houseboat or even an architect treehouse.Airbnb

Here are five tips Airbnb Ambassador Mike Grudzien has for people considering short-term rental:

It’s a business built on good customer service and your reputation. Your customers’ experience and their published reviews will make or break your business. “These are not people ordering something from a website,” says Grudzien. “It’s a 24/7 business and very personal.”

He takes arriving guests to visit the house and lets them know that the place is their home during the holidays, but when they leave, it’s like a hotel and they should leave the cleaning to him. He collects discarded recyclable food and drink containers to donate to homeless people.

Test your new rental: Stay in the rental space for a day or two to find out what’s missing. Put yourself in the shoes of someone who has just arrived: what does he need to be comfortable?

Exceed expectations: The quality of each element builds or detracts from the overall aesthetic, vibe and experience, says Grudzien. Rental should be staged and stored to inspire an experience. He leaves two bottles of wine with glasses and a bottle opener on a tray for incoming guests. In the morning, they receive a basket of fresh fruit.

Customers want to relax: The living room should have a flat screen television with cable or multi-channel video programming like DirecTV, a DVD player, a small selection of DVDs, high-speed Internet, and comfortable furniture. The bedroom needs an above average mattress, bedding, blankets and sheets. There should be a TV in the master bedroom.

Have help. A handyman and the people who maintain the pool or hot tub should be available at short notice to resolve functional issues and provide your guests with a five-star experience as soon as possible.

You also need a reliable cleaning crew ready to sanitize and rearrange the place to look like the booking photos.

“Turnover cleaning is different from a regular cleaning service,” says Grudzien. Paper items and amenities need to be replenished. Everything should be cleaned, streak-free, every time. Dust can’t get under the dresser or bed.

Grudzien has advantages: his wife, Terry Lee Sears, runs a residential cleaning service, and he’s a United States Marine Corps veteran who knows how to conduct a white glove inspection.

If the on-call and hands-on work of managing a vacation rental is beyond your ability, you can pay a management company that specializes in short-term rentals. The commission is approximately 20% of booking revenue plus expenses. Based in Portland Vacasa manages premium vacation rentals around the world. And Airbnb can connect you with a co-host to manage the property when you travel.

— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

[email protected] | @janeteastman

Nisa Investment Advisors LLC reduces its position in Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE:INN)


Nisa Investment Advisors LLC reduced its position in shares of Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE:INNGet a rating) by 4.6% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor held 87,398 shares of the real estate investment trust after selling 4,252 shares during the quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in Summit Hotel Properties were worth $870,000 at the end of the last reporting period.

Other institutional investors have also increased or reduced their stake in the company. EverSource Wealth Advisors LLC bought a new stock position in Summit Hotel Properties in Q4 for a value of approximately $47,000. Van ECK Associates Corp increased its holdings of Summit Hotel Properties shares by 66.9% in the fourth quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp now owns 8,074 shares of the real estate investment trust worth $79,000 after buying 3,237 additional shares during the period. Schroder Investment Management Group increased its equity stake in Summit Hotel Properties by 33.6% in the fourth quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 8,934 shares of the real estate investment trust worth $87,000 after buying 2,248 additional shares during the period. Journey Strategic Wealth LLC purchased a new stock position in Summit Hotel Properties in Q4 for a value of approximately $106,000. Finally, Sumitomo Mitsui DS Asset Management Company Ltd bought a new stock position in Summit Hotel Properties in Q1 for a value of approximately $140,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 99.19% of the company’s shares.

Summit hotel properties are trading down 2.7%

Shares of NYSE INN opened at $7.43 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.77, a current ratio of 1.77 and a debt ratio of 1.01. The company has a fifty-day simple moving average of $7.91 and a two-hundred-day simple moving average of $9.09. The company has a market capitalization of $793.67 million, a PE ratio of -12.81 and a beta of 2.03. Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. has a 12-month low of $6.70 and a 12-month high of $10.94.

Summit Hotel Properties (NYSE:INNGet a rating) last reported results on Tuesday, May 3. The real estate investment trust reported ($0.12) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analyst consensus estimates of $0.16 per ($0.28). Summit Hotel Properties recorded a negative net margin of 9.56% and a negative return on equity of 3.59%. During the same period of the previous year, the company achieved EPS of ($0.07). Analysts expect Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. to post earnings per share of 0.95 for the current fiscal year.

Changes to analyst ratings

Separately, TheStreet downgraded Summit Hotel Properties from a “c-” rating to a “d+” rating in a Wednesday, July 13 research note. Two equity research analysts gave the stock a sell rating and three gave the stock a buy rating. Based on data from MarketBeat, the company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $11.30.

About Summit Hotel Properties

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Summit Hotel Properties, Inc is a publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on owning premium branded hotels with efficient operating models primarily in the upscale segment of the lodging industry . As of November 3, 2020, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 72 hotels, 67 of which are wholly owned, with a total of 11,288 rooms located in 23 states.

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Lake Como’s new Hotel Passalacqua rewrites the rules of luxury hospitality – WWD


Call them cliches or basic desires, but when it comes to envisioning a dream gateway to Italy, there are must-haves on any traveler’s bucket list: sunny panoramic views, majestic natural scenery, great food, historic sites and all-around style (not to mention a little shopping time).

The new Passalacqua luxury hotel on Lake Como tops it all off with the warmth of a family that embodies the quintessence of Italian hospitality.

A private villa since 1787 nestled among centuries-old cypresses and olive trees and overlooking the village of Moltrasio, the historic estate has been restored and transformed into a sumptuous 24-suite retreat by the De Santis family. They have been an institution in the luxury hotel world since the 70s, when the family bought the Grand Hotel Tremezzo and transformed it into one of the most sought-after destinations in the region.

View from Passalacqua of the fountains, pool deck and lake.

Stefan Giftthaler / Courtesy of Passalacqua

Opened last month, the sister of Tremezzo aims to offer a completely different experience, intimate and even more tailor-made. Despite its rooms decorated with breathtaking frescoes, its magnificent gardens, its clay tennis court and its superb swimming pool overlooking the lake, rediscovering the beauty of simple pleasures is the mantra of the owners.

“People tend to think that luxury means something extravagant and very elaborate, but that’s not the case,” says Valentina De Santis, who represents the third generation of Como-based entrepreneurs. She highlighted the “return to simplicity and authenticity” as the main secret to the success of luxury hospitality today.

“Of course, mine is the point of view of an independent hotel industry, which is very different from that of hotel chains, but I think that, especially for hotels located in Italy, one of the keys is to be promoters of authenticity and ‘Italianness'” she says. “Customers come here because they want a truly Italian experience, so the idea is to try to be authentic above all else, offering the best you have in the territory and on your own property.”

Sala Oval in Passalacqua.

Sala Oval in Passalacqua.

Stefan Giftthaler / Courtesy of Passalacqua

De Santis argues that guests want to “feel at home”, which is easier if the hotel is family owned. The location in this case reflects the character of the family and it has “a soul, it’s not just beautiful”.

Valentina De Santis with her mother Antonella and her father Paolo.

Valentina De Santis with her mother Antonella and her father Paolo.

Stefan Giftthaler / Courtesy of Passalacqua

De Santis differentiates between Tremezzo and Passalacqua, as the former “is a grand Belle Époque hotel in all its facets, from structure to services”, as she lists the establishment’s five restaurants, three swimming pools and huge spa. , among other amenities. “Passalacqua is our home: there is a varied gastronomic offer but it’s really up to the guests to decide, because they can tell the chef directly what they want to eat and even where, because very often customers ask us to set a table at a particular corner of the garden, for example. It’s their house, so they can do whatever they want.

View of the restaurant terrace and the giardino all'italiana in Passalacqua.

View of the restaurant terrace and the giardino all’italiana in Passalacqua.

Stefan Giftthaler / Courtesy of Passalacqua

“So you live the villa life. Every day there is a small program also inviting guests to participate in tasks such as collecting eggs from the chicken coop, cooking with the chef, learning how to make bread or ice cream with the pastry baker or walking around the city of Moltrasio to discover its hidden waterfalls. says De Santis, reiterating that these are all experiences reflecting a desire for simplicity. “For example, for me, it’s priceless to get your own tomato from the vegetable garden and have a chef make you a fresh bruschetta right away.”

The Passalacqua kitchen.

The Passalacqua kitchen.

Ricky Monti/Courtesy of Passalacqua

To that end, strolling through Passalacqua’s charming tangerine-colored kitchen is encouraged as much as spending time in the hotel’s lavish rooms, and engaging in conversation with executive chef Mauro Verza, who doesn’t hail from hotels or restaurants. upscale but has served as a private chef for many prominent Milanese families for over 25 years.

Executive chef Mauro Verza at work.

Executive chef Mauro Verza at work.

Stefan Giftthaler / Courtesy of Passalacqua

The restyle process was an all-Italian affair, with De Santis partnering with local craftsmen and historic companies, including 13th century glassworks Barovier & Toso for the majestic Murano chandeliers in the villa and the brass specialist based in Florence Il Bronzetto for lamps and furniture throughout the mansion and gardens. The assortment of over 200 textiles featured on the site are by Fortuny, Dedar and Rubelli – who also created the exclusive “Voile de Como” pattern – while the linens are by Beltrami, who developed exclusive linens for Passalacqua in a fiber derived from birch and claimed to be softer than silk.

The Bellini Suite at Passalacqua.

The Bellini Suite at Passalacqua.

Stefan Giftthaler / Courtesy of Passalacqua

Other highlights include unique handcrafted mirrors by 1927 Venetian firm Barbini; bespoke leather and fabric trunks by Bottega Conticelli di Orvieto used to hide televisions in bedrooms; bathrooms furnished with marble from the caves of Carrara and Verona, and furniture, rugs and works of art scattered throughout the property handpicked and acquired by the De Santis family at fairs and sales at international auctions.

A junior suite in Passalacqua.

A junior suite in Passalacqua.

Stefan Giftthaler / Courtesy of Passalacqua

After all, De Santis defines the acquisition of Passalacqua as a “love at first sight” situation. After the Grand Hotel Tremezzo was completed, the family decided to double down on their presence on the lake and stumbled across the historic villa. Built by Count Andrea Lucini Passalacqua with the support of architect Felice Soave and designer Giocondo Albertolli, they acquired it at the end of 2018 at a private auction.

“When we walked through the doors of the villa, we felt that it was truly a unique and magical place, with its vast spaces, gardens and halls, and that it had the potential for a hospitality project” , recalls De Santis. The family has managed to turn “a dream into reality”, beating competing foreign investors who are increasingly targeting the region for real estate projects.

Sala delle Dame in Passalacqua.

Sala delle Dame in Passalacqua.

Stefan Giftthaler / Courtesy of Passalacqua

Over the years, the property has hosted eminent personalities from the worlds of music, literature, art and politics, ranging from Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill to Vincenzo Bellini, who lived in the mansion and has composed two of his most famous operas, “La Norma” and “La Sonnambula”, there.

Details of the Bellini Suite in Passalacqua.

Details of the Bellini Suite in Passalacqua.

Ricky Monti/Courtesy of Passalacqua

The property spans three buildings and only the main villa was in pristine condition, while the family made structural changes to the other two.

The main building now houses 12 suites, all different from each other, including a 2,700 square foot cinema room billed as the largest suite on Lake Como. The old stables of the Palazz and the Casa al Lago, located directly on the lake, have eight and four suites respectively. The first also houses the spa, offering Barbara Sturm treatments in two cabins, a sauna and hammam and a relaxation area with oriental accents.

The relaxation area of ​​the Passalacqua spa.

The relaxation area of ​​the Passalacqua spa.

Enrico Costantini/Courtesy of Passalacqua

Exterior renovations included a redesign of the lush gardens – designed as separate little terraces, each dedicated to olives, roses and fruit and vegetables, and the construction of the lakeside and poolside tennis and bocce courts, to which De Santis collaborated with JJ Martin’s La Double J.

The brand’s first interior design project, this part of the property has been brightened up with vibrant prints and colorful patterns splashed across bamboo and rattan furniture, cushions, aprons, tableware as well as umbrellas and retro lounge chairs evoking La Dolce Vita. .

Acquisition of Passalacqua by La DoubleJ.

Acquisition of Passalacqua by La DoubleJ.

Courtesy of La DoubleJ

“The project with JJ was a bit off the beaten path,” admits De Santis, which fits with his goal of creating a sense of wonder in every corner to “surprise guests” with unique spaces.

Also in the field of fashion, the Roman clothing brand Giuliva Heritage was asked to develop the uniforms of Passalacqua staff.

Details of a junior suite in Passalacqua.

Details of a junior suite in Passalacqua.

Stefan Giftthaler / Courtesy of Passalacqua

The same clientele likes to hang out at Grand Hotel Tremezzo and Passalacqua, De Santis says, because the experience is different at each location.

“That was the initial goal: we wanted to do something different, also compared to the rest of the hotel scene in the region,” she adds. Still, when asked about the growing competition in high-end hotels on Lake Como, the entrepreneur sounded positive. “Very nice facilities have opened in recent years, but this increase in supply has simply generated an increase in demand. Each guest can find their favorite place. It’s healthy competition,” she said.

While whimsical experiences such as helicopter tours are increasingly in demand in the region, boat tours remain the top demand and Passalacqua has this need covered with its private dock featuring vintage Giumello and Didi boats – refurbished in Loro Piana fabrics.

The Didi boat.

The Didi boat.

Giada Mariani / Courtesy of Passalacqua

However, unique client requests include replicating the hotel pool in their Miami home, for example. “It’s the height of a trend: when customers fall in love with a place, they want to take home a piece of it,” says De Santis, also mentioning the demand for umbrellas, linens, tableware and even from the hotel playlist. , among others.

To that end, in 2020, when the hotel industry as a whole was hit by travel bans, De Santis launched the Sense of Lake e-commerce site featuring a selection of Grand Hotel Tremezzo items and memorabilia, ranging from books to capsule collections developed with the likes FRS for restless sleepers. One of the most popular categories is the exclusive Aqua Como range of beauty equipment, which has now been expanded to offer a signature scent for each hotel.

Aqua Como amenities.

Aqua Como amenities.

Stefan Giftthaler / Courtesy of Passalacqua

Air hostess: hotel room trick to create blackout blinds – “solid gold tip” | Travel News | Travel


Victoria Leigh is a flight attendant based in California. She posts her travel tips and insights into cabin crew life to her 81,400 followers on her TikTok account @thevictorialeighproject.

One wrote: “I just had this problem at a hotel, I used your tip and my husband thought I was awesome.”

One reviewer struggled with tipping and said: “Tried this but it didn’t work, the curtains were too heavy. They keep them open so you don’t sleep in them.”

Victoria replied, “Oh no! Maybe try a few? They sure don’t mess with tee times.”

Flight attendants have spent decades traveling, in some cases. They are therefore particularly well placed to provide advice to travellers.

Here are a number of tips from flight attendants.

Do not drink hot drinks

A number of online flight attendant hacks have urged travelers not to drink hot water on flights.

One such stewardess, named Cierra Mist, said: “Unless we’re really desperate, we won’t drink the coffee or tea provided on the plane.

“The water we use for coffee and tea comes from the same place, and guess what, it’s never cleaned.”

Always be able to find your luggage

Flight attendant Cici posts her travel expertise on her TikTok account cici_inthesky.

She suggested using an AirTag to keep track of where your luggage is.

Cici said: “AirTag is a really simple way to keep track of your stuff. Attach one to your keys and slip another into your backpack.

“And just like that, they’re on your radar in the Find My app, where you can also find your Apple devices and stay in touch with friends and family.”

The best honeymoon hotels in Las Vegas


Best overall classification: Bellagio

bellagio las vegas

Why we chose it

This resort has everything under one roof – shopping, entertainment, fine dining and spa – plus newly redesigned rooms at a reasonable price.

Notable amenities

On-site spa and salon, private cabanas (by reservation) by the pool, Italian marble bathrooms, cashmere pillow-top mattresses


  • Excellent luxury shopping
  • Several romantic gourmet restaurants
  • Bellagio fountains offer free nighttime entertainment
  • Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Cirque du Soleil’s “O” and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, all on site

The inconvenients

  • Not all rooms overlook the famous fountains
  • Only four couples treatment rooms at the spa
  • Restaurant reservations are made well in advance

Inspired by a Mediterranean village, with an 8.5-acre central lake and dancing fountains, you could say the Bellagio is the Vegas version of Lake Como, with exquisite European fine dining. The 2,568 rooms in the main tower have just been revamped in a more contemporary style, and the resort has over 500 suites if you want to upgrade your stay.

Dine al fresco at spago, picasso Where LAGO by Julian Serrano for front-row seats to the iconic Bellagio fountain show, or dress up for the eight-course tasting menu at The circus, where there is also a thoughtful vegetarian option. Between the fountains and the over-the-top 14,000 square foot botanical garden that completely changes with each season, there are plenty of photo opportunities.

Fatal Changhua fire due to county negligence: report

  • By Wu Shu-wei and Jason Pan / Staff Reporters

Changhua County government officials were found primarily responsible for the deadly fire at a commercial building last year, with penalties to be announced later, a Control Yuan report said on Wednesday.

Control members Yuan Yeh Ta-hua (葉大華) and Pasuya Poiconu released the report after completing an investigation into the Chiaoyu Building fire in Changhua that occurred on June 30 last year, which killed four and injured 22.

Those who died were three guests of an upstairs hotel and a firefighter.

Photo: Liu Hsiao-hsin, Taipei Times

The 30-year-old building has undergone numerous internal renovations, added structures and other modifications, which have not been inspected by government agencies for fire code and safety compliance, Yeh said, adding that the fire was the fourth in its history.

The fire burned for nearly nine hours after it was likely ignited either by a failed electrical outlet or a lit cigarette on a second-floor staircase. The flames spread rapidly through the ventilation ducts, primarily affecting the Passion Fruit Hotel on the sixth through ninth floors.

The business was then operating as a COVID-19 quarantine hotel.

The fire was caused by a series of mistakes and a lack of government oversight, and hotel management failed to adopt fire prevention measures or follow safety rules, Poiconu said.

Government officials and fire inspectors also failed to inspect the facility, he added.

“It is unfortunate that it took a deadly fire to reveal the shortcomings, negligence and dereliction of duty,” Poiconu said.

Firefighters should receive enhanced training and follow best practices from safety agencies in Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom, he said, adding that this would include new equipment and training.

The investigation consisted of on-site inspections, interviews, and reviews of data and reports.

“We found the numerous security code violations and illegal registry changes for the upper floors, which were officially for residential use,” Yeh said, adding that a business license was not applied for.

The building also had no escape routes, which county government officials should have identified, Yeh said.

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TAA celebrates big names in the industry at NSW awards


More than 600 industry and political leaders from NSW’s tourist accommodation sector came together for a long-awaited night of celebration on Wednesday to recognize the leading performers at the 2022 Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) NSW Awards for Excellence .

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley won the grand prize of the evening, Luxury Hotel of the Year, while Crown Towers Sydney took the Highly Commended award. The Star Sydney has been named Metropolitan Superior Hotel of the Year, while team members at Four Seasons, Sydney have won a number of coveted awards, including Concierge of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Sales and Marketing Talent of the Year and Highly Congratulations for the rising star in the hospitality industry.

The Langham, Sydney was again recognized for its outstanding community contribution, while Rydges Newcastle won Midscale Hotel of the Year and Crystalbrook Byron was named Redeveloped/Renovated Hotel of the Year.

Apartment/Suite Hotel of the Year went to Skye Suites, Sydney.

“We were incredibly honored to have been nominated not once, but three times at our Sydney hotels for this category,” said Skye Suites, Australasia, Hotel Manager, David Bowen.

“Our Property General Manager, Melaine Robinson, has created the perfect combination of a commercial function with a resort feel. With her dedicated team and attention to detail, Melaine has continued to meet all industry standards and to stand out in a city full of 5-star properties, which is no small feat on top of tackling over two years of COVID.

The event’s top Hotel Manager of the Year award went to Shaun O’Bryan of Oaks Cyrpress Lakes Resort and Elysia Wellness Retreat,

Minor Hotels Australia and New Zealand. Chief Operating Officer Craig Hooley congratulated O’Bryan and praised his “outstanding leadership, determination and innovation throughout the past year.”

This year’s Hall of Fame inductee was industry icon Peter Tudehope of the Radisson Hotel Group.

TAA NSW and National CEO Michael Johnson said Tudehope brings both a level of compassion and humility to his role and is known for looking after his team.

“During the pandemic, we have seen thousands of people abandon our hotels to work in other industries, but our inductee has only lost a handful. Their loyalty is the greatest honor a leader can ever hope to receive,” Johnson said.

The gala at Sydney’s Fullerton Hotel saw the TAA and the Accommodation Association (AA) come together for the first time in a formal awards ceremony, as key industry bodies close in on the merger with Accommodation Australia.

TAA NSW President Richard Doyle welcomed Accommodation Association members to the awards for the first time, saying it was “another step in the successful merger of our two great associations. “.

The full list of winners of the TAA NSW Awards for Excellence 2022:


WINNER: Rydges Sydney Central

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley


WINNER: The Langham, Sydney



WINNER: Hyatt Regency Sydney



WINNER: James Finn Rydges World Square


WINNER: Stephen Shao Mercury Sydney

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Teresa Rotondo Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbor


WINNER: Priscilla Nealon PARKROYAL Parramatta

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Amber Sarney Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley


WINNER: Julie-Ann Pooley The Star Sydney

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Adam Lau Four Seasons Sydney Hotel


WINNER: Maria Mellino Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

HIGHLY APPRECIATED: Sophie Meng The Langham, Sydney


WINNER: Josh Blake Four Seasons Hotel Sydney


WINNER: Lauren Carinci Crown Towers Sydney

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Annika Spaans Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney


WINNER: Jade Bradshaw Pier One Sydney Harbor

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Nathan Kengike West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton


WINNER: Sophie Bruneau Crown Towers Sydney

governess of the year

WINNER: Rochak Karki InterContinental Sydney

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Bijay Maharjan Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbor


WINNER: Michael Elfwing Spicers Guest House


WINNER: Quentin Zerr Four Seasons Hotel Sydney



Domenic Torrisi Pier 1 Sydney Harbor

Emma Lombard Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbor

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Akanksha Sanan Four Seasons Hotel Sydney


WINNER: Shaun O’Bryan Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort & Elysia Wellness Retreat

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Chris Kemlo Crown Towers Sydney


WINNER: Monsieur Percy The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Cucina Porto The Star Sydney


WINNER: Amara Spicers Sangoma Retreat

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Atelier by Sofitel Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbor


WINNER: Bistro Manly Manly Pacific


WINNER: Two Doctors Whiskey Tavern Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains – MGallery Collection

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Monsieur Percy The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo


WINNER: Cirq Crown Towers Sydney

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Rombergs Crystalbrook Kingsley


WINNER: Crown Spa Sydney Crown Towers Sydney

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Chi, The Spa Shangri-La Sydney


WINNER: Crystalbrook Byron



WINNER: SKYE Suites Sydney

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Fraser Suites Sydney


WINNER: Rydges Newcastle


WINNER: Sydney Star

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Hyatt Regency Sydney


WINNER: Spicers Sangoma Retreat

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley


Inductee: Peter Tudehope Radisson Hotel Group


WINNER: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Crown Towers Sydney

5 new Austin hotel restaurants are joining the city’s bustling food scene


It’s no secret that Austin’s food scene is full of unique and delicious offerings. From food truck parks to counter service shops and adventurous, upscale properties, the city has something for locals and tourists alike. Not to be overlooked are the restaurants in the town’s hotels. With a variety of cooking styles and abundant selections, these newcomers are a far cry from the continental breakfasts that once reigned supreme.

Dean of JW Marriott Austin

One of Austin’s newest hotel hotspots, Dean’s Italian Steakhouse held its grand opening on June 16, 2022. The steakhouse received high praise from critics and the general public.

A classic American steakhouse with an Italian accent, Dean’s offers premium steaks, market-fresh seafood and homemade pastas, with happy hour offerings that complement the downtown luxury hotel vibe .

The menu is designed to evoke the feel of vintage and classic steakhouses in a modern setting. Dean’s uses select cuts, including 100% Texas Wagyu from Rosewood Ranch in North Texas, as well as Japanese A5 Wagyu.

“Our Texas Wagyu Tomahawk Ribeye is the star of the show at Dean’s,” says Executive Chef Michael Eccles. “It comes as 36 or 50 ounces of well-marbled bone-in American Wagyu beef – presented whole, then expertly sliced ​​on behalf of our guest. Seasoned with a signature rub that seals in the flavor of every bite, the taste is unequaled and the presentation is quite spectacular.”

Expertly sourced cuts are paired with timeless accompaniments like the Billionaire’s Potato – a twice-cooked tradition, topped with grated truffles.

The raw bar, an eye-catching addition near the entrance, offers a rotating selection of East and West Coast oysters, a classic shrimp cocktail and Alaskan king crab. Kaluga and Osetra caviar are also on offer, as are seafood platters that you can build yourself, or opt for Dean’s Signature, which includes 12 oysters, eight jumbo gulf prawns and 16 ounces of king crab.

The Hot Stone Wagyu is a fan favourite, with guests enjoying the fun experience of cooking their thinly sliced ​​A5 Wagyu on the hot stone to their desired tenderness, topping it with their favorite assortment of sauces, rosemary and dried cucumber.

The bar offers a well-chosen wine list and cocktails, from classics to house creations. Dean’s Manhattan adds a twist to the classic, combining Brush Creek Distillery’s straight rye whiskey with vermouth and Transatlantic Aromatic Bitters, served with Steer-brand artisan ice cream and topped with a custom wood tray. A filter is filled with wood chips and then heated, sending smoke into the glass. The top is removed in front of the guest, allowing smoke to escape and creating a pleasant smoky flavor and appealing presentation.

Maie Day at the South Congress Hotel

Maie Day, a “community chophouse” of New Waterloo and MaieB Hospitality, opened May 1, 2022 at the South Congress Hotel. Much like the ancient tradition itself, Maie Day is a celebration of food and community.

The reimagined space, previously occupied by Central Standard, features bright pops of color and reflects the characteristics of a jubilant backyard gathering: a large marble-topped bar, ample outdoor space, and tables that can easily expand when friends pull a chair.

Michael Fojtasek, former chef of famed Olamaie and founder and executive chef of MaieB Hospitality, is the executive chef of this newcomer SoCo. He designed the menu to be a playful take on a classic steakhouse, featuring everything people love about steakhouses: juicy steaks, traditional sides and cocktails, but with his own South Congress flair – relaxed, lively and always festive.

Appetizers include smoked fish dip, peeled shrimp with Maie Day sauce, cold shaved prime rib, and Texas hash salad. Main courses include daily grilled whole fish, grass-fed ribeye, butcher steak and prime rib. A plethora of sides include scalloped potatoes, roasted green beans, creamed corn, and grilled tomatoes.

The dessert program features full-size cakes and, rumored to be, the tallest cookie tower the Southern Congress has ever seen.

Blue Lacy at the Origin Austin Hotel

The recently opened Origin Hotel Austin also brings a new dining destination to the heart of Mueller’s vibrant hub of activity. Named after the working dog breed native to Texas, Blue Lacy opened on Monday, June 27, 2022. The casual all-day dining restaurant features a modern restaurant-inspired 121-seat layout and an airy courtyard spilling out onto the Aldrich Street Paseo. .

With dishes and bites suitable for any time of the day, the menu offers a new version of yesterday’s greatest hits. Remixed favorites include entrees like chicken skewers and waffles and avocado toast bruschetta, with heartier entrees like a classic burger and a playful not-so-fried chicken rib eye.

Brunch lovers will enjoy twists like the Monte Cristo breakfast sandwich, a smoked salmon bagel or the hippy cowboy hash, made with duck fat confit potatoes, pork chorizo ​​from heritage breed, peppers, onions, avocado and a fried egg, topped with avocado cream.

Drinks at Blue Lacy are suitable for morning or evening, from Cuvee Coffee and a homemade Bloody Mary to signature drinks like the Easy Like an Austin Morning or an ice-cold Watermelon Sugar High. Sweets include Texas Pecan Pie and shakes round out the menu.

The dog-themed restaurant would be remiss to leave out our four-legged friends. Blue Lacy’s menu features a dedicated “For the Dogs” selection, with a choice of unseasoned chicken or ground beef served on a bed of white rice, Bowser beer and doggie ice cream so dogs can take advantage of it when not relaxing in their dog-friendly hotel room.

Wax Myrtle’s in Thompson Austin

The highly acclaimed Wax Myrtle’s opened in February 2022. Located on the fourth floor of the new Thompson Austin, Wax Myrtle’s is Austin’s hotspot for enjoying Tex-Med bites and creative cocktails in the downtown urban jungle from Austin.

The vast indoor and outdoor space is designed for locals and visitors to gather, relax and socialize. Named after the ubiquitous southern shrub, Wax Myrtle’s is covered in greenery throughout the pool and yard, with hundreds of plants populating the space and paying homage to Texas plant diversity.

The dining room, pool deck and bar at Wax Myrtle’s were designed to reflect the laid-back West Texas vibe, with warm woods, hand-waxed and blackened steel, walls tiled in undyed leather and a mezcal bar carved from a large Texas slab. pecan wood.

Led by Executive Chef Nick Erven, Wax Myrtle’s contemporary American menu is inspired by memories made over meals with friends, with regional twists on Mediterranean classics offering fresh and accessible dishes that highlight seasonal produce, local fish and high quality sustainable cuts of meat. .

Fan favorites include Boiled Peanut Hummus with Homemade Bread, Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese, Black-Eyed Pea Falafel, Gulf Shrimp Tostada, and Wagyu Hide-a-Beef Cheeseburger. way..

Lutie’s at the Commodore Perry Estate

Perhaps less new to the scene, but still exciting nonetheless, is Lutie’s Garden Restaurant, which opened last April in the historic Commodore Perry Estate. The restaurant blends warm hospitality with the friendly spirit of the property’s Jazz Age heritage, transporting guests to a contemporary garden overlooking lush grounds.

Lutie’s offers an ingredient-heavy menu influenced by husband-and-wife chef team Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu’s experiences cooking in acclaimed restaurants around the world. The ever-changing seasonal menus spotlight local farmers and ranchers and reflect the chefs’ celebration of ingredients through preparation rooted in understated simplicity.

“Deceptive simplicity in the kitchen has become the foundation of my creativity,” says Nicholson. “Lutie’s is the culmination of a personalized, artisanal approach and allows ingredients, sourced from local farms and suppliers, to be the guide.”

Seasonal menus are complemented by a robust beverage program including craft cocktails; a curated collection of rare and vintage liqueurs, digestives and spirits; craft beers from the state’s top brewers; an extensive wine list with an emphasis on natural wines; and coffee from local roaster Tiny House.

Stayland partners with Mews to power its innovative multi-brand operation


[PRAGUE / NEW YORK] – Mews, the cloud-based leader property management system (PMS)was selected by Stayland as a hotel cloud to power their operations and accelerate their already rapid growth.

This summer, Stayland will migrate its Alohause and Colocolo brands to the Mews platform. Alohause is a collection of coliving apartments located in top cities like New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona and Madrid, while Colo Colo is a new smart hostel concept based in scenic San Sebastian in Spain, where guests will enjoy a comfortable, immersive and completely contactless experience. .

“We’re not looking to buy software, we’re looking to build real relationships,” said Joseba Bermejo, founder and CEO of Stayland. “Our technical team interviewed over 15 PMS and from the first conversation with Mews I knew that they were not only the best solution technically, but also the best solution in terms of our vision of the “future of hospitality. With the open API and the way the software is built around the guest, you can see that Mews is already thinking long term.”

Stayland is unique because of the many types of accommodation it offers. As such, they needed a hotel cloud that could work across multiple stay types. Mews has been designed to accommodate different types of spaces within the same system, whether managing short stays in beds or long stays in apartments, the Stayland team is able to do this with ease .

“The variety and ambition of Stayland, coupled with their dedication to delivering modern guest experiences, is what makes them truly exciting,” said Richard Valtr, Founder of Mews. “Because Mews focuses on the customer rather than the booking, it makes us an ideal choice for any type of accommodation. I’m really impressed with how quickly Stayland is changing and I can’t wait to see what we we can accomplish together.

Another key factor in Stayland’s decision was Mews’ support and attention to detail. A selection of training and learning tools are available in the form of a comprehensive help site, video tutorials with several training paths offered by Mews University, and live role-based training sessions. All of this will help Stayland’s brands get onboarded quickly and bring their staff up to speed as quickly as possible.

About Mews

Founded by former hoteliers, Mews is a next-generation hospitality cloud for hotels, hostels, apartments and more. Mews empowers hoteliers to deliver a remarkable guest experience while improving their property operations and performance, through intelligent automation and a set of innovative, user-friendly products and features.

Mews serves more than 2,500 properties in over 70 countries across five continents and works with a host of hotel technology companies to provide hoteliers with an unbeatable platform – no other PMS offers so many integrations. At the 2020 HotelTechAwards, Mews was voted the best PMS by its industry peers, was a finalist in 2021 and 2022, and won Best Workplace in Hotel Technology in 2021 and 2022. Clients include Accor Group, Nordic Choice Hotels, The Student Hotel and Generator. -With raised hand.

For more information, please visit mews.com

George Barker
Communications Director

Travelers forgot the essentials during the pandemic



Shelley Hunter says she had a meltdown before a recent flight from Reno, Nevada, to San Diego. The reason? She had forgotten one of the basic travel requirements: photo ID.

“While I was in the security line, I couldn’t find my wallet,” she recalls. “I thought, ‘That’s it, I can’t go.’ ”

Hunter may be one of hundreds of thousands of travelers relearning the essentials of travel this summer. After enduring shutdowns and travel bans, Americans are on vacation again. Along the way, they discover that they have forgotten things they knew before and there are new things they need to know but don’t.

I understand. I’ve neglected so many basic travel practices over the past few months, it’s embarrassing. I forgot to check in for a flight, forgot to print my hotel confirmation, and returned a rental car without refueling.

So, did Hunter manage to fly away? She phoned her daughter, who remembered that the Transportation Security Administration accept multiple IDs. “I had my Costco card,” says Hunter, an innkeeper of Quincy, California. It worked. “I took the flight with my Costco card.”

She notes, however, that it was not a pleasant experience. A TSA agent searched her belongings and gave her a pat down before she could go through security. And she almost missed the flight.

She is not alone. Kimberly Davis says her clients’ travel skills have deteriorated significantly during the pandemic. “I had to walk customers through some of the most basic travel questions,” says Davis, the travel agency‘s founder and CEO. Find Travel International. “I now insist on seeing their passports before working on a trip with them. It is because of the number of lost, expired or about to expire passports that I have encountered.

Its customers have basic questions about money exchange, packing, immigration clearance and ticket booking. “And those are the experienced travelers,” she says. “It’s like everyone is starting over.”

One of the most common things travelers overlook: visa and passport requirements.

Christina Tunnah, Managing Director of the Americas for a travel insurance company world nomads, says people forget to check their passport renewal dates. “With many passports sitting unused for years due to border closures, travelers didn’t notice they had expired,” she says.

Even seasoned flight attendant Steffanie Rivers neglected to check the visa rules when she recently visited Dubai with her mother.

“Before takeoff, I received an SMS from a company whose name appeared to be from the government of Dubai saying that I needed a visa,” recalls Rivers, author of “Airplane Do’s and Don’ts: A Flight Attendant’s Guide to the Secrets of Air Travel.” “So I rushed to pay over $500 to get my mom and I the visas they told me I would need.”

Turns out she didn’t need a visa, which, a quick glance at the State Department website would have checked. Rivers attempted to dispute his credit card charges, but was unsuccessful.

Why do people become travel illiterate?

“We’ve been out of the travel stream for so long that it was easy to overlook some things that would ensure we were at the top of our travel game,” says Thomas Plante, professor of psychology at Santa Clara University. Working from home hasn’t helped either, says Plante. The Americans “lost the step with their daily preparation and their sense of timing”.

But it’s not enough to relearn the old rules of travel, experts say, because there are also some new ones.

“While travel is back, it hasn’t returned to normal,” says travel agency owner Helen Prochilo Prom Vacations. “This summer, we see cruises canceled at the last minute because there are not enough staff on board. We are seeing slow service at resorts and restaurants. And we are seeing massive airline cancellations.

Industry watchers such as Alan Fyall say people have a lot of new information to take in. “Travelers are overloaded with information, with evolving coronavirus testing requirements, local mask mandates, flight schedule changes,” says Fyall, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. “They have too much to think about.”

Consider what happened to one of Marissa Prejean’s clients, who recently attempted to enter the Dominican Republic. At the time, the country required a QR code as part of a traveler’s customs declaration.

“The authorities refused her entry into the Dominican Republic because she did not submit her documents on their online customs declaration portal which generates a QR code,” recalls Prejean, owner of Castles and Cruises Travel Company. “She had not read her travel documents carefully before leaving.”

Prejean sent her client a link and she filled out the form while she waited in the customs area of ​​Punta Cana International Airport.

How to get back into the groove? Make a packing list. Check your document requirements. Check again to make sure you have all your essentials, including documents, IDs, visas and chargers. Assume nothing. And don’t be overconfident in your travel skills.

Even the experts have lost some of their travel mojo during the pandemic.

“I lost training,” admits Harshvardhan Joshi, a mountaineer from Vasai, India. “Particularly in the packaging.” On a recent excursion, he left his iPhone charger at home. “Without the charger, my phone would be dead,” he recalls. “And without the phone, I wouldn’t have any money, since I only use digital currencies and also keep all my documents on the phone.”

The fix: He borrowed someone else’s charger. Then he ordered a new one online and had it overnight at his house.

Joshi shouldn’t feel bad. As I was finishing this story, I received an urgent text message from my cell phone company. My SIM card has expired, and now I’m in a foreign country with no phone connection.

Oops. I might be better off working my travel skills.

Prospective travelers should consider local and national public health guidelines regarding the pandemic before planning any travel. Information on travel health advice can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interactive map showing travel recommendations by destination and the CDCs travel health advice web page.

Third-party hotel booking sites could charge you hundreds more – NBC Los Angeles


If you’re booking a hotel for a summer getaway, the I-Team has learned that some travel websites can cost you hundreds of dollars more than others.

For a quick trip to Portland, Diane Herscovitch knew she wanted to stay at a hotel in Kimpton, so she went online and booked it.

But later, Herscovitch noticed that almost 25% of the cost of the stay – $490 – was due to taxes and fees. She thought it was excessive. So Herscovitch started digging around and learned that she hadn’t booked directly on the hotel’s website, like she thought. Instead, she booked through Reservations.com, a third-party booking site, with a URL that Herscovitch said made it look like she was using the hotel’s website.

“The website address that appeared started with the name Kimpton Riverplace Hotel, so I assumed I was on the hotel’s website,” she said.

Herscovitch says she paid $250 more in taxes and fees by booking through reservations.com than she would have by booking directly through the hotel’s website.

“I could go to the hotel website just as easily and do it in five minutes and make the same reservation. They didn’t do anything extra for that money,” she said.

Herscovitch isn’t alone, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association, a hospitality industry trade group. It also hears traveler complaints about third-party booking sites.

The group says that 23% of travelers surveyed say they have been misled by third-party travel sites. Nearly 50% say they were charged extra and 30% say their reservations were lost so they never got a room or a refund.

The I-Team contacted reservations.com. The business owner said she takes customer satisfaction seriously. In a statement, it said the fees it charges are “displayed in multiple places.” He also said his website was “clearly branded reservations.com, with no intentional resemblance to any of the hotels available for booking.”

The company issued Herscovitch a refund of $500. She said next time she will watch more carefully where she clicks.

“I was furious,” she said.

McNeill Hotel Company Forms Joint Venture Investment Partnership with Prospect Ridge; Will operate under the McNeill Investment Group (MIG) umbrella


The company establishes a new platform for the acquisition of selected service hotels, prime hotel management and related hotel investments.

GERMANTOWN, TN, July 19, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Germantown, TN-based McNeill Investment Group (MIG), formerly McNeill Hotel Investors, today announced a strategic partnership with Prospect Ridge, a leading national real estate private equity investor, and Fulcrum Hospitality, a hotel investment operating partner, advisor and asset manager. McNeill Investment Group Executive Chairman Phillip H. McNeill, Jr. made the announcement.

McNeill has brought to the new partnership 12 of its new vintage, upscale branded select-service and extended-stay, wholly-owned hotels focused on the dynamic college and medical center submarkets. McNeill retains property management responsibility for all hotels controlled by the new partnership and is expected to continue to develop its portfolio of third-party owned and managed hotels, including a current focus on select services and extended stay Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt brands. nationwide properties.

Property management assignments will continue to be organized under McNeill Hotel Company, with the Prospect Ridge joint venture and McNeill Hotel Company units of the new McNeill Investment Group (MIG). McNeill also announced that it has successfully entered into its real estate investment and management relationship with Almanac Realty Investors, a business unit of Neuberger Berman, a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager.

“This is a landmark day in the history of our company,” said Phillip H. McNeill, Jr. “I would first like to thank Almanac Realty Investors for an outstanding partnership during a period of robust growth. and significant positive performance for us, including through When Mark Ricketts and I started McNeill Hotel Company, one of our initial goals was to build a business that would be attractive to institutional investors Almanac was instrumental for us help achieve this goal.

“We are excited about our new venture with Prospect Ridge,” continued McNeill. “We know this will be a great fit in terms of investment philosophies and objectives, as well as how we view our other industry partners, our team members, our guests and our host communities. We look forward to continuing to drive success and grow our best-in-class hotel management and development platform.”

Justin Hakimian, Managing Director of Almanac Realty Investors, said, “We have enjoyed working with the McNeill team, which has generated exceptional returns for our investors as together we have grown their portfolio from 14 to 21 hotels. . We respect them very much and wish them much success. .”

About McNeill Investment Group

Founded in 2014 and based in Germantown, Tennessee, McNeill Investment Group (MIG) is built on a foundation of trust, the pursuit of excellence, and a “people serving people” philosophy. The Company is focused on select service hotels and extended stay hotels with a growth strategy based on a mix of new hotel development, significant acquisitions and third party management agreements conducted through its McNeill Hotel Company unit.

The company is an authorized franchisee for Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt. Phillip McNeill, Jr. and Mark Ricketts, the company’s founders, are 2nd generation hoteliers with over 60 years of combined institutional experience in the hospitality industry, encompassing nearly every discipline of business. For more information, visit www.mcneillhotels.com.

About Prospect Ridge

Prospect Ridge is a leading investment manager specializing in US real estate private equity investing and lending through multiple vehicles. Our highly experienced team of over 40 investment professionals has systematically developed and refined Prospect Ridge’s unique and disciplined approach to investing and lending across multiple asset classes and national geographies throughout real estate cycles. . Through Prospect Ridge and its predecessor entities, the team has invested in more than 300 assets totaling approximately $12 billion in gross cost.

About Fulcrum Hospitality

Fulcrum Hospitality is a hotel investment operating partner, advisor and asset manager founded by Steven Angel in 2011. Across its portfolio, Fulcrum Hospitality manages over $6 billion in assets, consisting of over 25,000 hotel rooms across different brands. With a deep understanding of asset management and an arsenal of proprietary investment analysis tools, Fulcrum Hospitality is one of the fastest growing asset management and hospitality real estate investment companies and the most innovative in the hospitality industry.

About Almanac Realty Investors and Neuberger Berman

Almanac Realty Investors, a business unit of Neuberger Berman, is a leading provider of growth capital to public and private real estate companies. Originally founded in 1981 as Rothschild Realty, Almanac Realty Investors partners with established owner-operators across all sectors of the real estate market to accelerate business growth and has committed over $7.0 billion dollars in capital in 50 real estate companies, public and private. , across North America. For more information, visit www.almanacrealty.com.

Neuberger Berman, founded in 1939, is a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager. The firm manages a range of strategies, including equities, fixed income, quantitative and multi-asset classes, private equity, real estate and hedge funds, on behalf of institutions, advisors and individual investors in the whole world. With offices in 25 countries, Neuberger Berman’s diverse team includes more than 2,500 professionals. For eight consecutive years, the company has been named first or second in the Pensions & Investments Best Places to Work in Money Management survey (among those with 1,000 or more employees). In 2020, the PRI named Neuberger Berman a Leader, a designation awarded to less than 1% of investment companies for excellence in environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. The PRI also gave Neuberger Berman an A+ in each qualifying category for our approach to ESG integration across all asset classes. The company manages $447 billion in client assets as of March 31, 2022. For more information, please visit our website at www.nb.com.

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How Far East Hospitality is keeping its workforce protected and engaged in the COVID-19 situation


At Employee Experience Awards 2022, Singaporehotel company Far East Hospitality (FEH) received the silver award for best response to COVID-19.

In this interview, the FEH team tells Online human resources how the organization is adapting to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, while ensuring the protection, engagement and productivity of its staff.

Q Congratulations on the achievement! Could you explain to us the highs and lows of your winning strategy? How important is it to the organization that the strategy be recognized this year?

We are honored to receive the best COVID-19 response (silver). It is a great recognition of the courage and resilience that each of our employees has shown during this pandemic.

Since 2020, FEH has offered our hotels to be converted into government facilities to support the country’s fight against COVID-19, providing over 2,600 rooms during the critical part of the pandemic. We were the first to support and today, as many are back in business, we are still joining the Department of Health for the potential next wave. We strive to liven up our role as Singapore Hotel Company, and therefore this award is a wonderful recognition that we are on the right path.

Over the past two years, frontliners in the hospitality industry have made great sacrifices, both in their professional and personal lives, in the performance of their duties as frontliners. This Employee Experience Award added a sweet note to our appreciation for our employees who supported and supported the company in its response to COVID-19.

Q Understanding and meeting the needs and expectations of your employees is never an easy task. How did the organization identify business and employee needs and craft the perfect solution?

Our main business priorities were:

  1. maintain the employment of all employees, and
  2. Protect employees working in facilities.

Furthermore, our top priority was to ensure that every employee was meaningfully engaged. As the media made headlines about employees losing their jobs, many worried about their livelihoods and mental well-being peaked. However, our FEH employees were reassured and fulfilled, among others, such as:

  • care kits including vitamins, mask, disinfectants
  • virtual mental wellness sessions
  • coping mechanisms to COVID-19 and its situation
  • annual increase and promotions
  • virtual training

On that note, with every announcement of COVID-19 in the news, our employees receive a clear picture of the situation through our internal communication channel. FEH has a daily post, a vehicle we use to share ever-changing government notices in a brief and contextual way for our employees. Messaging communications, media learning, role-playing and on-the-job training were the important factors that helped us engage and demonstrate to our employees that we care about their safety.

Q How did the strategy add to the overall employee experience in your organization, in terms of return on investment, when it came to fruition? Share with us the benefits of having such a strategy in place.

Employees have always been our number one priority.

Our corporate culture cultivates trust and excellence – where we work, play and excel together. Our employees are equipped with the right skills, the right tools and enhanced learning.

With this in mind, employees are guided by our culture, “Acts of Grace” – which includes 11 attributes – a common language that has enabled FEH to excel in crisis management. These attributes are ingrained in our people and guide how we interact and treat our internal and external customers. He has cultivated a positive work environment, which is essential in times of crisis. Additionally, our strategy to focus on employees was well grounded in the results of our employee engagement ratings. The positive results encouraged our management team, as it could be much worse, given the outcry of mental issues and the big resignation that is sweeping industries with frontliners.

Q Could you offer recommendations to your peers in all sectors? What advice or lessons would you have to guide them in implementing something similar for their own EX foundation?

“Learning transfer” is important. Even though we operate as a government institution, we have applied our “acts of grace” to personalize our service, despite the restrictions. We have learned all the safety protocols, applied at every touchpoint in the facility to make the stay of those in our care enjoyable, comfortable and safe.

Additionally, agility is important throughout the pandemic. Ever-changing opinions, alerts and measures often shared at the last minute by agencies, it is difficult to pass them on to operations. But with great teamwork, openness and agility in place, employees were able to adapt quickly and operate seamlessly.

Last but not least, “employees first”.

“Take care of your people and they will take care of the rest.” The saying is true, and trust has been built, bonds have strengthened. Genuine care and a hands-on approach had supported the psychological and emotional well-being of our employees, and they succeeded!

Q If you had to think about it, what is one thing you would do differently in executing this strategy?

We wouldn’t do anything different. However, we will continue to improve and focus on two key points: agility and anticipation.

For agility, we have seen how COVID-19 has caused many disruptions and introduced many changes to our lives. It’s no stranger and in fact, a reality that companies and their employees need to work faster and smarter to accomplish more in less time. This skill allows us to identify issues/problems and quickly resolve impediments in real time. True agility means being prepared with different solutions for each scenario, and we need to achieve that.

And being prepared leads to the other definite power skill in the workplace, which is anticipation. It is a competitive advantage because we would offer more value than our competitors. When we can anticipate and be ahead of industry trends and needs, we gain an edge, allowing us to thrive.

Q Going forward, how will the organization take this winning strategy higher and further in the years to come? Give us an overview of your upcoming plans to improve the overall employee experience.

We have seen from this experience that keeping FEH focused on people is an area that we will need to not only maintain, but improve. We are looking for more proactive ways to develop not only the physical well-being of our employees, but other aspects of well-being as well. It is essential that we focus more on organizational issues than on the experience of our employees as we prepare for a very different workforce.

Another aspect we’ll be exploring is integrating more technology and analytics into our employee experience. This will provide us with meaningful data that will allow us to perform organized and deliberate actions around well-being, inclusion, flexibility and what matters to an employee. We recognize the major change and therefore we would need plans that would guide with empathy, flexibility and employee perspectives towards what works best for each individual and for the organization.

Q In 10 years, where do you see the future of HR?

COVID-19 has accelerated all predictions of the future and we see them happening now rather than 10 years later. The work landscape has evolved tremendously over the past 30 months. We see blurred boundaries, functions and spaces. HR professionals can no longer simply stay on top of current HR trends and operate with the “now,” but they must reposition themselves to be strategic thinkers and think ahead faster than before.

The HR function must be agile enough to cope with an increasingly agile and restless workforce

It also means that it is essential to establish and promote an environment of continuous learning, which means that the acquisition of knowledge and transparency throughout the organization must be part of daily operations. With the speed at which things happen and changes happening more frequently than before, employees need to be able to constantly unlearn and relearn.

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Christian Jaquier is appointed General Manager of Long Beach Mauritius at Quatre Cocos


Sun Resorts is pleased to announce the appointment of Christian Jaquier as General Manager of Long Beach effective July 1, 2022.

He succeeds Jean-Marc Ma-Poon who now takes the reins of Sugar Beach.

This renowned 5* hotel on the west coast, completely renovated, has new rooms and new interior and exterior spaces, including the renovation of the mansion, the lobby and the main restaurant. Rich in international experience and endowed with an undeniable sense of service, Jean-Marc will put his expertise to the benefit of Sugar Beach in order to make this resort a reference in the Mauritian hotel industry.

Christian Jaquier has solid experience in the hotel and luxury hotel industry. Sino-Swiss, Christian, 44, began his career with the Ritz-Carlton group where he quickly rose through the ranks to occupy important positions in guest relations and accommodation. In 2010, he was promoted to “Executive Assistant Manager – Rooms Division” at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. After 11 years with the Ritz-Carlton group, Christian then moved to Bali in 2015 at the Ayana Resort and Spa where he was appointed “Hotel Manager” in 2019.

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Plan a trip? Be prepared to spend more as all hotel rooms will be taxed under GST


Plan a trip? Be prepared to spend more as all hotel rooms will be taxed under GST

Budget travelers will end up paying more now as hotel rooms below Rs 1,000 will now be taxed at 12% Goods and Services Tax (GST), a decision which was made by the Council of the GST at its two-day meeting last month. The decision will take effect from July 18.

Hotel rooms below Rs 1,000 were previously exempt from GST and those above the threshold were charged 12% tax. Rooms above Rs 7,500 fell under the 18% GST tax bracket.

According to a press release issued by the GST Board on June 29, 2022, “Hotel rooms priced up to Rs 1,000/day will be taxed at 12%.” (However, the government has yet to issue a notification in this regard.)

Poonam Harjani, Head, Indirect Tax Research and Advisory, Taxmann.com was quoted as saying in an ET report, “So far, the services of a hotel, hostel, guesthouse , a club or a campsite for residential or accommodation purposes, having an offer value of an accommodation unit less than or equal to Rs 1,000 per day or the equivalent has been exempted from the GST Council has recommended to remove the said exemption and apply a GST rate of 12% on it With this rate change, all hotels having declared a rate of Rs 7,500 or less will be subject to GST at the rate of 12% That said, levying GST on budget hotels will make holidays more expensive for the common man.

After July 18, 2022, the GST that will be charged on the hotel room will be as follows: rooms costing up to Rs 7,500 will incur 12% GST and those above Rs 7,500 will be subject to an 18% tax.

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Abhishek Jain, Partner, Indirect Taxes, KPMG India said: “The government is seeking to remove the exemption for hotel accommodation which is priced up to Rs 1000 per day, and as such said accommodation will be taxable at 12%. This change was introduced by the government to broaden the tax base but will increase the cost to end customers in this segment.”

To explain how it will impact you. Suppose you book a hotel room for two nights at the price of Rs 900 per night. Prior to the announcement of the GST council, you had to pay a total amount of Rs 1,800 and no GST was levied on it. However, from July 18, 2022, GST at the rate of 12% will be levied. You will have to pay Rs 1,800 plus Rs 216 in GST. The total amount to be paid by you will be Rs 2,016 as hotel room charges.

However, small hoteliers may still qualify for GST payment relief. “As a relief, very small hotels will still not be covered by GST if their annual income is below the taxable limit of Rs 20 lakh,” Harjani said.

Hospitality business school expands campus – and prospects


The world’s oldest hospitality school, EHL Hospitality Business School in Lausanne, has unveiled a huge new campus at a cost of 250 million francs ($254 million). The move comes as the school seeks to bolster its international reputation.

This content was published on July 17, 2022 – 10:30

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The inauguration on July 8 took place in the presence of Swiss President Ignazio Cassis, who praised the role of ambassador of the hotel school.

“We are known around the world for our tourism industry, our hospitality and our mountains. Asian and African countries want to acquire this knowledge. So they ask us, ‘How can we start a tourism industry? How can we train people? as he explained in the Swiss public television RTS report above.

Covering 80,000 m2, the renovated and eco-friendly campus offers new swimming and sports facilities, as well as more accommodation and food outlets. It took five years to build and can accommodate over 3,000 students, an additional 600 people. The key to its development has been the contribution of students.

“Many are surprised to learn that the new infrastructure on campus is mainly focused on living spaces and not on classrooms as such. Yet, at EHL, our pedagogical approach is applicable to both the inside and outside the classroom.” saidExternal link Michel Rochat, CEO of the EHL Group, which manages the school, about the new facilities. The development of soft skills is very important, he added.

Name change

EHL was founded in 1893 as Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, but officially changed its name to EHL Hospitality Business School in January 2022. the school saidExternal link that the change underscored the managerial nature of various hospitality professions, as well as confirmed its “academic status and international footprint”.

EHL already attracts students from more than 120 nations. International students can expect payExternal link approximately CHF 170,000 in tuition and fees for a four-year Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management.

In April this year, EHL was named the best global institution for hospitality and leisure management in the 2022 QS RankingsExternal link, for the fourth consecutive time. Swiss institutions made up the majority of this ranking, reflecting the country’s strong tradition in the field.

Overall, the hospitality industry in Switzerland has had a difficult time lately due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of staff and trainees in certain sectors.

Hotel suppliers show returns in Cebu


THE hospitality industry’s most anticipated show returns to the Visayas alongside packaging, printing and plastics shows.

The Hotel Suppliers Show Visayas takes place July 21-23, 2022 at the Pacific Grand Ballroom at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino featuring Print and Label Visayas and Packaging and Plastics Visayas – all in a hybrid format.

Hotel Suppliers Show Visayas 2022 Hybrid Edition is set to provide the same unparalleled opportunities for suppliers through interaction with buyers and decision makers, this time on-site and online.

The fair will host a conference titled “Philippine Tourism Outlook 2022 – 2023: Where are the signs leading to and what you should be looking at” on July 22.

It will cover topics such as “Tourism Update (Hospitality Industry Focus)” by Joey Bondoc of Colliers; “Deep Dive into Philippine Tourism” by Hannah Pearson of Pear Anderson; “Smart Management of Your Core Cost Center” by Mike Dauden, Concepcion Carrier Business Unit Manager; “What Has Changed Now (Lessons and Considerations)” by Fraser Hickox, Former Managing Director of HK Shanghai Hotels (Peninsula Group), Managing Director, Conceptual Group; and “Brand Vision at Awards” by Hanky ​​Lee, Founder of Henry Hotels.

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This edition will showcase the best products from the most popular and trusted brands – linens, bedroom items, lighting and coffee machines, among others.

The industry’s most trusted vendors will be posting their offerings on-site and virtually.

Attendees can also expect a hotel seminar to be held during the three-day event.

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Ontario’s newest boutique hotel is hidden in an old church and just steps from the lake


Ontario has a new luxury hotel stay that’s sure to make you feel like the royalty that you are. If you are looking for staycation ideas, you can plan a road trip to Kingston where you can spend the night in a renovated 19th century church.

This boutique hotel is right downtown, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, photo stops and the waterfront. Choose from ten beautiful rooms with living areas, vaulted ceilings and exposed limestone bricks.

Rooms are suite-style lofts with kitchen and lounging areas. Although they differ in size, they offer the same amenities and atmosphere, with the option of a queen or king-size bed.

You can bask in the light from the original stained glass windows, bouncing off the original limestone around which each room is centered. The wooden features in each bedroom were created from locally sourced reclaimed barn wood, even the beds and vanities.

It’s an elevated experience with industrial decor with lots of exposed stone, steel, and ductwork elements. The historic and rustic features of the church are complemented by modern hotel features such as mobile check-in and virtual concierge service.

“Our guests receive all entry codes directly to their mobile device on the day of arrival. We used a keypad solution, as well as a digitized safe which provides guests with a personalized code to get their keys. C “is an idea that arose out of necessity during times of covid, but we have found it to be something our guests prefer due to the efficiency and flexibility of check-in,” the hotel said. to Narcity via email.

“One of our priorities when creating The Smith was to work with local and Canadian businesses aligned with us in terms of quality and sustainability,” they also said. Bedding and furniture accents to candles and toiletries are all sourced from Canadian partners.

You can also treat yourself to treats from Canadian companies, including wine, spirits and chocolate. There’s no on-site restaurant, but in addition to the drinks and snacks available, you can enjoy a charcuterie platter or a personalized grocery package from local business The Grocery Basket.

This new hotel is also an ideal place to stay for a business trip. The main area of ​​the old church is a coworking space for guests which they call The Sanctuary. The space is designed for all remote workers, from entrepreneurs to large corporations. They also have meeting rooms and event spaces.

The Smith Hotel



Address or neighborhood: 221 Queen Street, Kingston, ON

Why you need to go: You can immerse yourself in a piece of history while living the high life at this beautiful hotel created out of a 19th-century church.

Prices and occupancy conditions are confirmed at the time of publication, but may change at any time.

When will Red Jacket Mountain View Resort reopen? Fire investigation complete – NBC Boston


An investigation into a massive fire that destroyed much of the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire, and forced the popular hotel to cancel all reservations through Labor Day, has been completed, announced officials on Friday.

After a review of the fire-ravaged resort, as well as interviews with hotel guests and people who witnessed the blaze, New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Sean Toomey said said in a news release that the cause of the April 30 fire was listed as undetermined.

“An undetermined cause classification means that the cause of the fire could not be proven with an acceptable level of certainty,” Toomey said.

Fire investigators, however, have found no evidence or information to suggest the fire was started intentionally or that a crime was committed, Toomey added.

Flames engulfed the second and third floors of one wing of the hotel. Fire investigators say there were no sprinklers in the section where the fire started.

The Office of the Fire Marshal said it answered several questions about the hotel’s fire protection systems and wanted to answer what was in place when the flames broke out.

Investigators determined that the hotel rooms were equipped with wired local smoke detectors with battery backup, in addition to a heat detector from the fire alarm system.

According to Toomey, the smoke detectors were designed to sound only in individual rooms when activated, and the heat detector would trigger the building’s fire alarm system, also when activated.

The main hotel hallways were equipped with fire alarm system smoke detectors and alarm notification devices such as horns/strobes.

There was no full automatic sprinkler system in the south wing of the hotel, where the fire started, and this type of sprinkler system was not required in existing hotels which are not considered like skyscrapers.

“Automatic sprinkler systems in new hotels became a fire code requirement in 1991 for non-highrise buildings,” Toomey said.

Two firefighters and one other person were injured in the blaze, the state fire marshal’s office said. They are expected to be fine.

The powerful fire injured several people, including two firefighters and two civilians, and destroyed large parts of the station. Videos shared online showed smoke and flames rising from rooms on the hotel’s second and third floors, and people were also seen jumping from third-floor balconies to escape the flames.

Firefighters from more than 20 communities across the region helped battle the large blaze, which was made more difficult by. strong gusts of wind.

Some hotel rooms were completely charred and the damage was extensive as a result of the fire. A resort representative announced in late May that all reservations through September 5 were cancelled, apologizing for the inconvenience and saying hotel officials hoped to reopen as soon as possible. The resort remains closed more than 2.5 months after the fire that ravaged the hotel.

Photos: Massive fire at popular Red Jacket Resort in North Conway, NH

The resort is a family retreat in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and is home to Kahuna Lagunaa popular indoor water park.

No other information is published at this time. Anyone with information about this fire is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 603-223-4289.

Hotel Management Systems Market Analysis, Growth Forecast


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Marriott’s Moxy Hotels gamifies hospitality with the AR experience


Diving Brief:

  • Moxy Hotels launched an augmented reality (AR) experience this week that offers guests a chance to win prizes by exploring their hotel using a smartphone, according to an announcement from parent company Marriott. “moxy Universe, Play Beyond” focuses on the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Prior to check-in, visitors can customize a digital avatar with a selection of hairstyles, clothing and accessories. The avatars are viewable through a smartphone camera, allowing users to combine computer-generated overlays with the actual surroundings of their hotel in images.

  • The experience is accessible by scanning a QR code at check-in, unlocking challenges that push guests to explore different parts of their hotel. Moxy’s AR activation is available at 12 hotels through December 31 as Marriott tries to weave an element of gamification into travel.

Overview of the dive:

Moxy’s AR experience extends a “Play On” positioning that promotes its hotels as a fun destination for millennial and Gen Z consumers who are smartphone-enabled. Recent research suggests that these age groups enjoy trips that are inexpensive but provide a truly memorable moment or experience.

As the hospitality industry recovers from earlier pandemic restrictions, the Marriott-owned brand aims to provide travelers with more memorable stays that they can capture with their mobile devices and share on social media. The challenges include a social networking aspect, with one asking users to take a selfie with their avatar at Moxy’s Grab & Go stations using the hashtag #moxyuniverse.

Moxy’s target consumers are likely to be familiar with AR content, which is a key feature of photo messaging apps such as Snapchat and location-based mobile games such as Pokémon Go. video games, which are an important entry point to the metaverse and associated AR experiences.

Global Gen Z consumers spend an average of 17% of their free time gaming, which is more than Millennials (14%), Gen Xers (11%) and Baby Boomers (6%), according to the Newzoo researcher. By integrating mobile game-like experiences into its entertainment offerings, Moxy can better appeal to this younger cohort.

“Moxy Universe, Play Beyond” comes as Marriott makes more of an effort to combine entertainment with gaming. Its Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program began sponsoring a digital variety show this month that shines a light on Asia’s esports and gaming culture. The 15 “Gamer’s Paradise” episodes promote various Marriott hotels throughout the region. One Esports, a unit of sports promoter One Championship, streams the show on Facebook, Twitch, YouTube and AfreecaTV, a Korean peer-to-peer streaming service.

Marriott’s gaming-focused efforts come as the hospitality industry spends more on advertising for the summer season. Travel industry advertisers have increased their marketing spend increased 43% from last year to $623 million until aprilaccording to researcher MediaRadar. This year, Marriott also revamped its ad sales business. with the deployment in May of the Marriott Media Network, a cross-platform advertising solution powered by first-party data from Bonvoy’s 164 million members.

Global Smart Hospitality Market (2022 to 2027) – Emerging Concept of Hotel Workspaces Presents Opportunities – ResearchAndMarkets.com


DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Report “Global Smart Hospitality Market by Offering (Solutions, Services), Solution (Property Management System, Network Management System, Integrated Security Management System), Deployment Mode, End User and Region – Forecast to 2027″ has been added to the report from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

The publisher forecasts the size of the smart home market to grow from USD 13.6 billion in 2022 to USD 49.9 billion by 2027, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.8% in during the forecast period.

The solution segment to register the highest market share during the forecast period

In the smart hospitality market by offer, the solutions segment is expected to hold the largest market size. Today, hotels must adopt more reliable and scalable solutions to integrate information and operations technologies into a unified integrated solution. Additionally, the need to control costs and improve staff efficiency in the hospitality industry will drive the smart hospitality solutions market.

The cruise segment is expected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period

In the smart hospitality market by end user, the cruise segment is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Smart solutions such as remote check-in, digital waivers, smart dinner reservations, location-based mobile ordering and wearable technology are being adopted by cruise lines to turn these floating hotels into smart cities. Cruise lines are adopting smart hospitality solutions to improve the passenger experience. Cruise ships are adopting smart hospitality solutions and services to accelerate their service lines and streamline staff productivity. Additionally, the need to achieve operational efficiency and reduce labor costs will drive the market

The cloud segment to register the highest market share during the forecast period

In the smart hospitality market by mode of deployment, the cloud segment is expected to hold the largest market size. Hotels around the world are adopting cloud-based solutions adapted to changing market and business dynamics. The need for increased guest experience, better cost optimization and universal access to hoteliers from any remote location will drive the market.

Europe is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period

Europe is estimated to dominate the smart hotel market and is expected to register the largest market share during the forecast period. The region has been segmented into the UK, Germany and the rest of Europe. The hospitality sector in Europe is making great efforts to increase resource efficiency and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the government is adopting different initiatives promoting a collaborative and partnership approach to deliver a smart home system across the country.

Market dynamics


  • Tourism growth and increased investment in hotel projects

  • Growing demand for a personalized, hyperconnected and optimized real-time customer-centric experience

  • Reduced operational costs and high revenue growth opportunities

  • High adoption rate of advanced technologies such as IoT and energy management systems across the world


  • High cost of implementation, maintenance and training

  • Integration complexities on legacy systems and networks

  • Shortage of quality and technically sound labor after COVID-19


  • Using smart hospitality to ease operational load and promote employee safety and guest health

  • Evolving 5G to Transform the Smart Hospitality Industry

  • Emerging concept of hotel workspaces


  • Threats to data security and information sharing

  • Integration of real-time streaming analytics capabilities into smart solutions

  • Technology and data fragmentation

Companies cited

  • Buildingiq

  • Chris Lewis Group

  • Cisco Systems

  • cloud beds

  • Control4

  • Reception anywhere

  • Global Business Solutions Co.Ltd

  • guest line

  • Honeywell

  • Home network

  • Huawei

  • IBM

  • Information

  • Johnson Controls

  • Great

  • Leviton

  • Nec Corporation

  • Oracle

  • Qualsoft Systems Pvt Ltd

  • Saber Corporation

  • Samsung

  • Schneider-Electric

  • Siemens AG

  • Springer–Miller systems

  • Keep in touch

  • Suite

  • Xie Zhu

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‘Cowboy bling’: Calgary man turns silver trays into big belt buckles for the Stampede – Calgary


A Calgary man takes the tradition of dressing up in western attire during the Stampede to a whole new level this week.

Tim Sailer buckles his belts in a very big way, creating three massive belt buckles from silver memorial serving trays.

“That tray belonged to my wife’s parents,” Sailer said. “They got it as a wedding present.”

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‘It was crazy:’ People are gearing up for this year’s Calgary Stampede

Sailer customized the tray to act as a loop by attaching several western-themed objects to its surface.

“A life-size horseshoe, a sheriff’s badge, an obsidian arrowhead,” Sailer said.

Sailer also fashioned two bows from silver trays given to her parents on their 25th wedding anniversary, one of the trays being particularly large.

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“I had to put a leather strap on it because it would take your pants off right away — it’s 9 1/2 pounds,” Sailer said. “I wore it like a loop, but your neck hurts pretty quick.”

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On Wednesday, Sailer was showing off her platters to guests outside the Clarion Hotel in northeast Calgary.

“It’s so ingenious to commemorate your family like this,” said Bobby Okanee, who was from Saskatchewan. “Enjoy it, instead of gathering dust on the shelf.”

Sailer does landscaping work at the hotel, a place where he spent years as a waiter.

“I used to work in the restaurant wearing this (silver tray buckle),” Sailer said. “It’s not easy to work eight hours with that, believe me.”

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Hotel guest Gerald Okanee called Sailer’s work “cowboy bling”.

And Alberto Dalla Riva, an Italian traveler, was happy to have had the chance to discover Sailer’s big curls.

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“I came from Europe to feel the Stampede vibe,” said Dalla Riva. “And I didn’t expect to find this – I’m very impressed.”

Sailer says he still likes to wear his custom curls in Calgary.

“I think it helps promote the spirit of the Stampede,” he said.

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Monarch Alternative Capital Expands Orlando Hotel Portfolio Through Multiple Acquisitions


NEW YORK and LONDON, July 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Monarch Alternative Capital LP, a leading investment firm with approximately $9.4 billion of assets under management, announced the purchase of three hotels in Orlando Florida. Given the company’s established reputation in the market, Monarch was able to acquire the high quality newly constructed properties located at Orlando sub-markets adjacent to existing Monarch hotels at below replacement cost in off-market transactions. Through these acquisitions, Monarch’s hotel portfolio in Orlando now totals around 2,000 keys across seven properties. As the Orlando continues to show encouraging signs of economic recovery, these hotel purchases illustrate Monarch’s ability to identify and invest in high-end properties in an attractive and dynamic market that is poised to outperform as the economic cycle evolved.

Monarch has purchased Aloft Orlando (“Aloft”) and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando (“Holiday Inn Express”), both located in Lake Buena Vista sub-market near Disney World. In addition, the company acquired the TownePlace Suites Orlando (“TownePlace Suites”) located in the Universal Studios submarket. In total, the three properties represent more than 430 keys. Compared to other limited-service hotels, each asset offers an upscale room product, multiple food and beverage options, an outdoor pool, and an on-site fitness center. Additionally, the Aloft and Holiday Inn Express combined have over 2,700 square feet of meeting and banquet space, which can be used for additional events, special occasions, and business needs.

The three newly acquired properties are located near or along International Drive, providing guests with easy access to major nearby attractions including Disney World theme parks, the Orange County Convention Center, SeaWorld and Universal Studios. Both Aloft and Holiday Inn Express are affiliated with the Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel program, and TownePlace Suites is a Preferred Universal Partner hotel, which allows hotels to offer additional benefits to Disney World theme park guests. and Universal, respectively. Monarques believes that these acquisitions will further strengthen its Orlando portfolio given the location of the properties in desirable sub-markets and the high product offering.

Ian GlasteinManaging Principal and Co-Head of Real Estate at Monarch said, “We remain very excited about the opportunity Orlando market, and these recent hotel additions reflect our belief Orlando as a market well positioned for recovery and continued growth. Additionally, this combination of assets allows us to leverage our existing presence and generate incremental revenue and cost synergies while continuing to scale our portfolio in the market.”

Monarch has partnered with HHM, a leading hotel management, investment and development firm with more than 185 hotels in 30 states, to operate and manage the portfolio.

About Monarch Alternative Capital LP

Monarch Alternative Capital LP is a global investment firm founded in 2002 with approximately $9.4 billion in assets under management. Monarch primarily focuses on opportunistic and distressed situations in corporate debt, real estate, special situations and other market segments. Monarch relies on the skills and experience of its employees in its offices in New York and London. For more information, please visit www.monarchlp.com.

About Hersha Hospitality Management (HHM)

HHM is an award-winning hotel management and investment firm that operates more than 185 full-service and select-service hotels in 30 states and virtually every major hotel market coast-to-coast. HHM is a leading manager of Marriott and Hilton hotels, while operating more than 30 independent hotels ranging from the Rittenhouse Hotel to philadelphia cream at the Joule hotel in dallas at the Whitney Hotel in Boston. HHM’s highly experienced and stable operating team is known for being nimble, accountable and entrepreneurial in the way it drives industry-leading results for owners, including publicly traded companies, private equity firms and family office investors. Additional information about HHM can be found at www.hhmhospitality.com and www.independentcollection.com.

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Charge hotel room rate in US dollars to reduce price competition


KUALA LUMPUR: The proposal to charge hotel room rates in Malaysia in US currency will reduce price competition between budget hotels and four- and five-star hotels.

Malaysian Budget & Business Hotel Association (MyBHA) Chairman Dr. Sri Ganesh Michiel said the proposal would also indirectly improve the country’s hotel industry in the eyes of foreign tourists.

“As budget hotel operators, we agree with the Malaysian Hotel Association (MAH) statement as this will automatically reduce the ‘price war’ between budget hotels and four and five hotels. stars.

“Right now we have to compete with these hotels because the price is more or less the same. We cannot increase the price because if it increases, tourists will prefer to stay in these hotels,” he told Bernama.

Ganesh was commenting on the statement by MAH Secretary General Datuk Megat Shahrul Azman Abas on the association’s intention to charge room rates in USD like other countries in the region, as media reported yesterday.

To achieve this, Ganesh suggested the government implement a two-price system approach for hotel accommodation to differentiate the rate of payment between Malaysians and foreign tourists.

Ganesh said the mechanism, if implemented, would help the country’s hotel sector to remain competitive with countries in the region, as well as generate revenue for them.

“The government should take the lead in addressing threats to the hospitality industry, such as formulating legislation to regulate online travel agencies (OTAs) and enforcing short-term residential accommodation guidelines. term (STRA) to ensure the survival of the hospitality industry,” he said.

Among the things the government should do, he said, was to create a mechanism or system such as an online travel portal which is special for Malaysians only for matters such as hotel booking. at special rates.

“When we have our own portals regulated by government and law, we can get more accurate statistics than if we relied on foreign portals,” he added.

Ganesh said a similar mechanism has been used by foreign countries, such as China, which created two different travel portals for domestic tourists and foreign tourists.

“In China, there is the Ctrip which can only be used by their people. For foreign tourists, they must use Trip.com. The price between these two portals is very different,” he said.

Meanwhile, the executive director of the Malaysian Association of Hotel Owners (MAHO), Shaharuddin M. Saaid, said MAH’s proposal would increase foreign tourists’ confidence in the hotel industry in Malaysia, as well as the income from hoteliers.

“The price of hotel rooms in Malaysia for four and five star hotels in Ringgit Malaysia (RM) is too low if converted to USD. For hotel rooms of the same class in New York or Singapore, the price is at least 400 USD. In Malaysia, it is less than 100 USD. It does not reflect the status of a five star hotel.

“So we need to adjust the price so that it reflects the price of a five-star hotel and is on par with five-star hotels overseas,” he said.

Shaharuddin said that the increased income of hoteliers will also benefit hotel workers and this will indirectly help to improve the quality of their service.

“If we can get a higher income, we can offer better pay to employees and also provide the necessary training to improve the quality of services,” he said.

Homestay operator Mastura Malak, 32, shared a similar view of MAH’s proposal, saying it would attract more foreign tourists, but expressed hope that hoteliers would not profit by increasing the price, including for local tourists.

“With the uncertain economy, it would be better if the current price is maintained. There is no need to increase the price suddenly,” said the woman who manages homestays in Temerloh and Desaru.

— Bernama

C3 will add outlets in hotels and stadiums with the help of new investors


C3 owns Crispy Rice, Sam’s Krispy Chicken and over 40 other brands. / Photograph courtesy of C3

Digital restoration company C3 plans to expand its presence with the help of three new investors.

A trio of backers – Abu Dhabi Capital Group, Arden Digital Ventures and Clearlake Capital Group – will help build C3’s presence at home and abroad, and in places like hotels, stadiums and more real estate, the company said on Tuesday.

Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

C3 (short for Creating Culinary Communities), currently owns 45 limited-service restaurant brands, including Umami Burger, Krispy Rice and Sam’s Crispy Chicken, across a network of physical restaurants, food halls, ghost kitchens, hotels, of airports and Suite. In June, there were 800 locations in the United States

The investment from Abu Dhabi Capital Group will help the company expand its reach overseas in the United Arab Emirates. C3 already has a presence there through a partnership with ghost kitchen company Kitopi, and Abu Dhabi will support this venture as well as other joint ventures in the region, the company said.

C3 will use funding from Arden and Clearlake, meanwhile, to fuel its national growth, including in new towns and suburbs. Arden, which says it provides capital “at the intersection of real estate and technology,” will aim to place C3 locations in commercial real estate and hotels.

Clearlake, through its subsidiary Victory Live, will work to integrate C3 concepts into the sports stadiums it operates. It will also bring its expertise as a large investment firm, with more than $72 billion in assets and more than 300 investments to its name, C3 said. In May, Clearlake teamed up with investor Todd Boehly to buy English football club Chelsea.

“Because of our indisputable success and to keep pace with consumer demand, it is imperative that we continually and tactically expand our presence,” said Sam Nazarian, CEO and Founder of C3, in a statement. With the new investments, “we are able to not only maintain our rate of expansion and scale as needed, but also exceed expectations and continue to establish C3 as an industry leader in food technology. . ”

This is the latest round of capital injections for C3, which said it has 3,000 to 4,000 new locations in its pipeline for this year. Ghost kitchen operator Reef led an $80 million investment in the company last July, and in August TriArtisan Capital Partners, the parent company of TGI Fridays and Hooters, took an $10 million stake in the society.

Major property developer Simon Properties and hotel operator Accor also hold stakes in the company.

C3 is among the companies that have benefited from a delivery and takeout boom during the pandemic. But it remained committed to operating physical locations as well as digital locations as it grew.

“We’re not just a digital-only burger branding company like some competitors in our space,” Nazarian told Restaurant Business in April. “We really provide real brands that have a physical presence.”

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IHG to open HIE in Gujarat


IHG® Hotels & Resorts has signed a management agreement with Dahej Hotels & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd a subsidiary of Karmvir Group, for a new hotel – Holiday Inn Express Road Dahej Bharuch in Gujarat.

The new hotel with 120 keys is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2025. The hotel will not only strengthen IHG’s presence in the state of Gujarat, but will also enhance the company’s growth in secondary markets, in line with the growing demand for quality branded accommodation in the country.

Strategically located on the main road of Dahej Bharuch, the hotel will have easy access to all major businesses in the port city of Dahej. Dahej is an all-weather direct berth port with multiple cargo capacity located on international shipping routes. This makes it the preferred port for cargo hubs operating in the northern, western states and union territories of India. With the excellent accessibility, facilities and hospitality the brand is known for, the hotel will provide a convenient stay experience for business travelers and port crew.

Apart from offering modern and fully-equipped rooms, Holiday Inn Express Dahej Bharuch Road will offer a range of facilities including a ‘great room’, lounge, gym for relaxing and unwinding. The hotel will also include an equipped business center, meeting rooms as well as branded amenities reflecting the brand’s promise to provide a comfortable and efficient stay for business travelers.

Commenting on the ad, Sudeep Jain, Managing Director, Southwest Asia, IHG said, “We are delighted to partner with experienced developers like Dahej Hotels & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd to expand our presence in the state of Gujarat. In line with growing demand, we recognize the growing potential of secondary markets in India and are strategically introducing our brands to fill the need for quality branded accommodation. With the signing of Holiday Inn Express Dahej Bharuch Road, we have the advantage of first movers in the region to become a preferred international hotel brand for business guests visiting the city.

Parin Nadola, Director, Dahej Hotels & Hospitality Pvt Ltd, added, “We are thrilled to partner with a trusted international and local hotel brand like IHG to embark on our first hotel project. Holiday Inn Express is a well-established brand in India and perfectly suits the demands of guests visiting Dahej and Bharuch. We look forward to a strong partnership with IHG and are confident that the hotel will be a great success when it opens its doors to guests.

IHG® currently has 44 hotels operating under five brands in SWA, including Six Senses, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts®, Crowne Plaza®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Resort® and Holiday Inn Express®, and has a strong pipeline of 37 hotels will open in the next 2-3 years.

Figures as of March 31, 2022

Mast Ram, Former Himachal Congressman, Dies by Suicide : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Mandi, July 11

Former Congress MP Mast Ram (75), who represented Karsog in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh in 1993 and 2003, is believed to have died by suicide today at a hotel in Sundernagar. He is survived by his wife and five sons.

Body found in hotel

  • Mast Ram elected from Karsog in 1993 and 2003
  • Body found hanged in Sundernagar hotel
  • Suicide note cites personal reasons and financial crisis

We learn that a suicide note was found in which the former MP cited personal reasons for taking the plunge. The note mentioned the financial crisis and that all the money in his bank account should be given to his wife.

Police said Mast Ram arrived at the hotel on Sunday evening and booked a room for the night. After ordering morning tea, he would have locked the door from the inside. When he did not respond to the repeated knocks on the door until late noon, hotel management informed the police. The door was forced open and the ex-MP’s body was found hanging from the ceiling, police said. Police Commissioner Shalini Agnihotri said a case had been recorded and an investigation was underway.

Born in Nihri village in Mandi, Mast Ram had resigned from his government teaching post in 1982 to join politics. We learn that he was preparing to contest the National Assembly election scheduled for later this year.

BJP leader and Mandi MP Ram Swaroop Sharma had also died in the same way his body was found hanged at his New Delhi residence in March last year.


Tentative agreement between Hilton and workers reached


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — A tentative agreement has been reached between Hilton and the union representing hundreds of hospitality workers, Unite Here Local 5, union leaders said.

According to the union, the new two-year deal would include improved wages, benefits and the reinstatement of daily room cleaning and other services.

About 1,800 Hilton Hawaiian Village hospitality workers would benefit from the deal. The union says workers will vote to ratify the deal within the next week.

“We are proud to announce a breakthrough in our two-year campaign to defend Hawaii’s hotel service standards,” said Eric Gill, financial secretary-treasurer of Unite Here Local 5.

Since the start of the pandemic, hotels have reduced or even eliminated daily room cleaning and replaced it with a demand-based system. The move impacted the jobs of many housekeepers in the state’s hospitality industry, and they fought to reverse it and restore the industry’s previous position, the union said.

Related Report: Staff Shortages Key Driver of Labor Dispute at Hawaii’s Largest Hotel

Hawaii News Now is working to get a statement from Hilton regarding the tentative agreement.

The union says Hilton has also agreed to significantly increase dues to bolster health and welfare services to boost wages and pension contributions.

“We have reached this excellent two-year agreement with Hilton that addresses the most critical issues facing hospitality workers as tourism recovers from the pandemic. Local 5 was able to reach this agreement because of the activism and strong organizing of Hilton workers, and because Local 5 participated in coordinated bargaining efforts over the past two years with 15 other local unions and our international union,” added Gill.

Previous collective bargaining terms with the union and several other hotel companies expired on June 30. The union says it will continue to work with others in hopes of improving working conditions for employees.

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Is traveltech taking off? 10 traveltech companies that should be on your radar


The global travel technology industry has seen incredible growth and is currently estimated at $8 trillion. The past few years have delivered quite a few challenges as Covid-19 has had a huge impact following global travel restrictions. However, despite the pandemic, traveltech companies raised $363 million in 2020.

In Israel, more than 300 companies are participating in the Travel Innovation Space and the industry is booming. Below are 10 companies operating in traveltech, divided into relevant subcategories:

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  • Product: The Guesty platform provides end-to-end property management software for short-term rentals.

  • Year of foundation: 2013

  • Funding: $114 million (according to Crunchbase)

  • Founders: Amiad Soto, Koby Soto

Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, the company has nearly doubled in size, growing to over 500 employees across 13 global offices.

Guesty’s Open API technology enables third-party integrations with over 130 partners on Guesty Marketplace, covering everything from dynamic pricing tools and payment processing, to contactless check-in technology, digital concierge services and customer upsells.

  • Product: A flight booking platform for managing business travel and airline ticket booking. Through the platform, businesses can maximize savings on airfares by receiving notifications about price drops after tickets sell out.

  • Year of foundation: 2013

  • Funding: $2 million

  • Founders: Aviel Siman-Tov, Ami Goldenberg, Gili Lichtman, Uri Levine

Fairfly assists flight providers with the huge task of managing unused tickets, which is still a problem in 2022. Last October, Fairfly also added a hotel solution product to its airline ticket repurchase platform. existing. The company is backed by top VCs and investors, including Waze co-founder Uri Levine.

  • Product: TripActions, which has already achieved unicorn status, provides an end-to-end business card, expense management, and travel platform. TripActions leverages real-time data to help businesses keep employees safe on the go, reduce expenses, and boost productivity.

  • Year of foundation: 2015

  • Funding: Over a billion dollars.

  • Founders: Ariel Cohen, Ilan Twig

With more than 8,800 corporate clients, TripActions has raised $780 million during the pandemic, of which $250 million was used in May 2021 to acquire Reed & Mackay, a UK travel agency that runs meetings, events and conferences. VIP services. Notable corporate clients that have started using the TripActions platform include Heineken, Crate & Barrel, and Snowflake.

  • Product: BookAway is an online platform offering land travel booking services from local transportation providers around the world. The company helps travelers find the best services available and plan their trip. On the other hand, they also help partners expand their customer base.

  • Year of foundation: 2017

  • Funding: $81M

  • Founders: David Yitzhaki, Jonathan Bensaid, Noam Toister, Omer Chehmer

BookAway is active in over 90 countries and 13,000 cities. More than 1.5 million products from more than 7,000 operators are available in more than 100 markets. The company has made four acquisitions in the past year, with the group currently made up of Bookaway.com, 12Go, GetByBus and Plataforma 10 – digital consumer-facing brands that allow travelers to book buses, private transfers, ferries and trains in advance and online. The group has also invested in proprietary technology for bus and coach operators.

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David Yitzhaki, Noam Toister, Omer Chehmer of Bookaway.

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  • Product: A hotel re-booking solution that can take an existing hotel reservation and find the exact room at a lower price, allowing users to get a better deal even after their reservations have closed.

  • Year of foundation: 2016

  • Funding: $1.7M

  • Founders: Itai Marcipar, Regev Brody

Pruvo, a finalist in the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) startup competition, offers savings of 12% on average per booking. The company closed its $1.1 million seed round at the start of Covid-19 in March 2020.

  • Product: An end-to-end customer communication platform for businesses to communicate with customers with the goal of improving customer satisfaction, loyalty, engagement and sales.

  • Year of foundation: 2013

  • Funding: N / A

  • Founders: Shimi Azaria, Gilad Cohen, Roy Fisher

Serving 2,000 organizations in 24 countries, including airlines like Singapore Airlines and hotels like the Intercontinental hotel chain; Howazit is another company that reached the semi-finals of the UNWTO startup competition.

  • Product: A social app for travelers providing real-time travel information and advice by connecting nearby travelers. Meeba users can see those around them, find travel partners and get information from them.

  • Year of foundation: 2016

  • Funding: Started with an $8.5,000 grant

  • Founders: Hatzav Aviv, Cnaan Aviv

The user-generated data platform was inspired and designed by travelers, for travelers, says Meeba co-founder Hatzav Aviv. The app is free and offers opportunities to explore local areas, meet other travellers, ask questions and get advice, buy and sell travel gear, and attend events local.

  • Product: Air Doctor connects patients with specialist physicians on the go. The company’s platform helps ensure that international travelers have a plan in place to deal with health emergencies in a foreign country.

  • Year of foundation: 2016

  • Funding: $31M

  • Founders: Jenny Cohen Derfler, Efrat Sagi-Ofir, Egor Kurbachev, Yam Derfler

Backed by Israeli insurance company The Phoenix, Air Doctor and Phoenix Joint Service have helped it increase traveler health insurance revenue by more than 20% and reduce medical visit claim costs by 14% in the first half of 2019, according to The Phoenix.

  • Product: Roomer connects travelers who need to cancel a nonrefundable hotel room with people looking for last-minute, discounted accommodations.

  • Year of foundation: 2011

  • Funding: $17M

  • Founders: Adi Zellner, Ben Froumine, Gon Ben-David

Similar to StubHub.com for tickets, Roomer’s goal is to make travel tradable and negotiable. In addition, its automated validation system verifies the authenticity of each reservation.

  • Product: WishTrip is a travel experience management platform that includes a mobile app for visitors and a suite of tools that help attract visitors and create new revenue opportunities.

  • Year of foundation: 2013

  • Funding: N / A

  • Founders: Yakov Slushtz, Bezalel Lenzizky

WishTrip has gamified attractions by providing site managers with a template to quickly and easily create their own interactive on-site gaming experience based on their site’s geography and attractions. Additionally, at the height of Covid-19, the company understood the need for social distancing and created a safety solution that allows destinations to open without limiting their normal visitor capacity, while strictly adhering to standard regulations. of Covid-19.

How your building can benefit from small cell technology


Chances are you’ve been deep inside an office building, residential tower, or hotel and discovered that you have little to no cell phone service. As a result, you’ve probably run for the window, reaching out in hopes of grabbing an extra bar or two of service to make one more phone call, text, or (let’s be honest) watch one more video. Sometimes it seems like wherever we are in a building, we always end up in a dead zone. Due to the way building materials block the waves needed for cellular communication, this is unlikely to change in the near future, leaving you with very limited bandwidth unless the building owner n uses small cell technology.

Smart cells are small, fiber-connected antennas that are traditionally attached to existing public infrastructure, such as street lights and utility towers, and work by increasing wireless coverage and capacity. These cells are an essential part of smart city technology, as they are able to handle high-density data while delivering internet speeds up to 50 times faster than existing 4G LTE networks, which also makes them the perfect choice for newly deployed 5G. networks.

Back when offices had dedicated desks, we relied on Ethernet telecommunications, but now, with the more transient nature of workers in a building, occupants are thinking about increasing data transfers through individual mobile phones. As more and more cellular devices requiring high-speed connectivity come online in a building, the need for small cells will continue to increase. It is estimated that over the next three years, each smartphone in North America will use 45 GB of data per month. To support this consumption and the expansion of 5G networks, we will need to install almost a million new small cells in the next three years.

When understanding the importance of small cells, the need for additional data can be broken down into two concepts: coverage vs. capacity. Coverage is the area covered by a type of communication infrastructure or the distance a signal can reach. In dense areas with tall buildings, coverage may decrease and cause signals to drop. The capability describes having coverage, but for various reasons data is not being transmitted as quickly as expected.

Problems arise due to the same wireless density or the ability of existing towers in the coverage area to be able to transmit enough data to meet demands. The more data people use in a network, the slower everyone’s connections become. The solution is to add more data infrastructure, and for indoor spaces, that means small cells. A small cell system would consist of a network of small antennas and powered nodes that can provide as much coverage and capacity as a tower with a few technological caveats. The signals from the small cells communicate wirelessly through radio waves and then send signals to the internet and phone systems. Because they are connected with fiber optic cables, they are able to process immense amounts of data at super-fast speeds.

This has created a new opportunity for building owners and operators, as tenants expect to be “always connected” in an increasingly connected world. The promised strong data coverage, coupled with strong data capacity, is just another way for landlords to charge a premium per square foot for their building leases. But that’s no small feat as the data usage is designed for outdoor use and the signals only get weaker when forced to pass through facades and interior partitions. Further, more than 90% of cell phone calls originate indoors, creating a need for a solution that can support connectivity as users move and between spaces.

Although there are a range of solutions that have appeared on the market over the past decade, many landlords agree that this can be a major differentiator when a tenant is considering a 10-year commercial office lease or when hotel guest checks out and wondering if they will ever book another night. The range of solutions for buildings is based on total square footage due to the need for technology to be flexible to support the infrastructure that a building itself needs. Ideally, the small cell infrastructure should be a single backbone that can support multiple commercial cellular networks.

So what does it take to install a small cell on a property? First, building owners will need to obtain a permit to comply with federal, state and local ordinances that will allow the installation of the small cells. It is also important to consider the aesthetics of a building and how to maintain its design integrity when selecting a location to install small cells in a way that will allow them to blend into the surrounding environment. existing structure. Small cells should be located on the exterior of buildings and are most often placed around existing antennas and other building infrastructure found in mechanical areas of roofs. The average small cell is about the size of a pizza box, making it easy to locate them almost anywhere.

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The number of cells per building depends on the density of its location. Crown Castle Senior Vice President of Sales and Chief Commercial Officer Mike Kavanaugh recently said in an interview that while some areas, like Tier 2 markets, only require 2-4 small cells per mile, some more urban towns might need 7-12 cells per mile. . This number may even continue to grow as more advanced 5G networks come online in the coming years. Not only does the tenants of the building themselves benefit, but it also increases broadband in the general area, with the possibility of extending to a radius of around 100 meters or the length of a football field. . Most small cells operate on a trunked model, which means their network is designed so multiple carriers can use it, creating a highly accessible network.

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Building owners themselves are not responsible for installation, but can be installed by third-party vendors, such as Crown Castle, Corning, Nokia and Samsung, who will both supply the technology, identify ideal cell locations intelligent, will install them and also participate in maintenance and upkeep. The average cost to install a small cell is between $35,000 and $65,000, depending on the location and type of cell installed.

Small cell coverage is quickly becoming a standard requirement for tenants in high density areas. As we continue to increase our global connectivity, being online anytime and anywhere has become more important than ever. In the not-too-distant future, you may not need to lean your phone against the window in hopes of catching an extra bar of cell phone service, because your building’s smart cells can provide the fastest data speeds on the market. . Dead zones in buildings may soon be a thing of the past, all thanks to small cell technology.

Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank sells 578 shares of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:WH)

Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank reduced its position in shares of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WHGet a rating) by 2.5% in Q1, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company held 22,562 shares of the company after selling 578 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank’s holdings in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts were worth $1,911,000 when it was last filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently changed their positions in WH. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. increased its stake in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts by 75.2% during the fourth quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 2,165,018 shares of the company valued at $194,093,000 after purchasing an additional 929,501 shares during the period. William Blair Investment Management LLC increased its holdings in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts by 28.9% during the fourth quarter. William Blair Investment Management LLC now owns 3,940,506 shares of the company valued at $353,266,000 after purchasing an additional 884,079 shares during the period. Marshall Wace LLP bought a new stake in the shares of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts during the fourth quarter at a value of $36,246,000. Mackenzie Financial Corp bought a new stake in shares of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts during the fourth quarter for a value of $29,669,000. Finally, Glenmede Trust Co. NA increased its position in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts shares by 9,937.8% during the fourth quarter. Glenmede Trust Co. NA now owns 326,127 shares of the company worth $29,236,000 after acquiring an additional 322,878 shares in the last quarter. 92.63% of the shares are held by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other Wyndham Hotels & Resorts news, General Counsel Paul F Cash sold 30,331 shares of the company in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 1. The stock was sold at an average price of $79.94, for a total transaction of $2,424,660.14. Following the sale, the General Counsel now owns 11,680 shares of the company, valued at $933,699.20. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, available at the SEC website. Insiders of the company own 1.91% of the shares of the company.

Shares of Stock WH opened at $65.54 on Friday. The company has a debt ratio of 1.78, a quick ratio of 2.13 and a current ratio of 2.13. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. has a 52-week minimum of $62.89 and a 52-week maximum of $93.86. The company has a market capitalization of $6.04 billion, a PE ratio of 18.83, a growth price-earnings ratio of 1.37 and a beta of 1.52. The company’s 50-day moving average is $74.22 and its 200-day moving average is $81.70.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: WHGet a rating) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 26. The company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.95 for the quarter, beating analyst consensus estimates of $0.66 by $0.29. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts achieved a return on equity of 31.60% and a net margin of 19.91%. The company posted revenue of $371.00 million for the quarter, versus a consensus estimate of $339.16 million. In the same quarter last year, the company posted earnings per share of $0.36. On average, sell-side analysts expect Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. to post an EPS of 3.57 for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, June 29. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 15 received a dividend of $0.32 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, June 14. This represents a dividend of $1.28 on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.95%. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts payout ratio is 36.78%.

Several equity research analysts have published reports on WH shares. Barclays began covering Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in a research report on Tuesday June 28. They set an “equal weight” rating and a target price of $77.00 on the stock. StockNews.com downgraded Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from a “buy” to a “hold” rating in a Wednesday, June 29 research report. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus lowered his target price on Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from $99.00 to $85.50 in a research report Wednesday. Two equity research analysts gave the stock a hold rating and five gave the company a buy rating. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the stock has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average target price of $87.70.

About Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (Get a rating)

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc operates as a franchisor of hotels worldwide. It operates through the hotel franchise and hotel management segments. The Hotel Franchise segment licenses its lodging brands and provides related services to third-party hotel owners and others. The Hotel Management segment provides hotel management services for full-service and limited-service hotels.

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Department of Commerce grant supports academic space at UNL Scarlet Hotel – Nebraska City News Press


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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln received a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to complete an academic facility offering real-life education within the Scarlet Hotel.

The funds will help kick-start construction of a 100-seat classroom and office space within the hotel, providing new opportunities for Huskers seeking hospitality, restaurant and tourism management degrees through the College of Education and Human Sciences.

“This significant investment from the US Department of Commerce underscores that Nebraska’s HRTM program is an integral force in the future of the hospitality industry,” said Sherri Jones, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences. “Once completed, the academic space at the Scarlet Hotel will serve as a hands-on learning laboratory for our students to develop their professional skills.”

Located on the university’s Nebraska Innovation Campus, the Scarlet Hotel is a 154-room Marriott Tribute hotel. Opened in April, the facility was designed to serve as both a hotel for visitors to the University and the Lincoln community and a hands-on teaching space for students seeking careers in the hospitality industry.

“It will be a space where every day you will see our students, faculty and staff actively participate in, support and learn about the operations of a real-world working hotel,” said Chancellor Ronnie Green. “It will be convenient and an amazing experience opportunity for our students.”

The grant is funded through the Department of Economic Development Administrations’ American Rescue Plan Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Program. This federal support will fund state-of-the-art classroom and learning areas where students and other learners will deepen their engagement and practice of service excellence expected in the hospitality industry.

Additional fundraising will support a teaching and learning kitchen for students and hospitality professionals to improve their food service management skills. The facility will help grow the workforce in Nebraska and beyond for employment in the tourism, hospitality, events and entertainment industries. “The Economic Development Administration is committed to supporting community-led economic development strategies,” said Alejandra Y. Castillo, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “The new facility will provide classrooms, offices and learning spaces to train professionals in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries, leading to well-paying jobs in the regional economy.”

The hospitality industry is the third largest earner in Nebraska and one of the largest industries in the world. In the United States, the industry accounts for more than $1.6 trillion in economic output and one in 10 jobs.

Students in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Hospitality Management major choose from six areas of focus: Hospitality Management, Club Management, Event Management, Food and Beverage Management, Tourism, and Human Resources .

Exclusive spaces within the full-service Scarlet Hotel will offer unique classes for students. These spaces include The Good Life Coffee Shop; Well & Good, the hotel’s signature restaurant; and the Barred Owl, a rooftop bar with incredible views of Lincoln. The hotel’s restaurant, bar, and cafe are open to the public and offer Nebraska-inspired food and drink.

Before Covid and After Covid


The terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) define the numerical labels of the Gregorian calendar which is used throughout much of the western world. For hoteliers, this approach must be adapted to the world of the “Before Covid” which ended in 2019, and the “After Covid” which is taking place before our eyes at this very moment in 2022.

The effects of the pandemic have been of such magnitude that it is almost pointless to compare the results of AC activity with those of British Columbia. Since the effects of the coronavirus can be seen as a direct result of the world’s increasing globalization, travel, hotels, restaurants, cruises and airlines have all been disproportionately affected. In addition, changes in sectors including retail, office, housing, medical, telecommunications, transportation, shipping, technology and others have also had secondary influences on hospitality.

Covid has created a new order in which hoteliers operate. Here are the key areas where the change has been most noticeable and what you need to keep thinking about when pivoting your operations:

1. Labor

Before Covid: Labor was an expense. Hotel management was all about finding ways to reduce labor costs. Hourly labor was expendable.

After Covid: Labor is now a hard-to-obtain resource where executives must trade off the salaries offered by the compensation package with associated non-salary incentives.

2. Technology planning

Before Covid: Technology was something that GMs passed on to their IT manager. No rush, no worries, no matter.

After Covid: Technology is essential to all operations and interdepartmental productivity gains. GMs need to take a hands-on approach to building a complete technology stack.

3. Revenue Analysis

Before Covid: It was about RevPAR, analysis of compensation rates and working on the minutiae of those details.

After Covid: A strict head-to-bed approach cannot provide a solid headline. Now intelligent decisions are based on TRevPAR, optimizing revenue per guest across all operations.

4. Team Communication

Before Covid: Communications were in person and often untracked. Meetings were de rigueur, which meant lots of meetings and lost productivity.

After Covid: The use of videoconferencing is fully integrated and accepted as a substitute for face-to-face contact, while electronic documentation of service orders and tasks is mandatory.

5. Customer relations

Before Covid: Staff have been encouraged to connect with the customer, as indicated by brand standards, SOPs and the age-old maxim of “high touch” hospitality.

After Covid: Offering contactless options is key to customer relations. Indeed, the client often prefers to treat the property in this way.

Larry Mogelonski
Mogel Consulting Limited Hotel

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New chef Curry Up Now adds science to Indian Street Food franchise | Franchise News

Abhijit Kamath wants to help change the way consumers experience Indian food in the United States. “It’s food that brings back memories,” says Kamath, “food that brings back memories.

“Rana and Akash laid the groundwork for me, and they did a great job.”

They are Rana and Akash Kapoor, founders of Curry Up Now and until last fall leading the culinary development of the 20-unit brand. Kamath, director of cuisine and flavors at Curry Up Now since September 2021, and Akash Kapoor first connected on LinkedIn, with Kamath still living in New York and unaware of the concept of fast-casual Indian street food.

“Then I did my research,” says Kamath. “It was like I was living under a rock.” He met the Kapoors, visited restaurants in California and of course tried the food – the samosas, pastries stuffed with curried potatoes and chutneys, are always his favorites – “and I said, I have to have that. “

Abhijit Kamath joins Curry Up Now as Director of Food and Flavors.

“Their vision of food clearly aligns with mine,” continues Kamath, who since joining the company has drawn on his experience cooking at Michelin-starred restaurants and developing meals for the food giant. Compass Group catering. “Curry Up Now is a complete dining experience, not just a restaurant.”

Coming from a family of restaurateurs in his hometown of Mumbai, India, Kamath worked there at restaurants such as The Sassy Spoon before moving to New York, where he cooked at fine dining restaurants, Chef Daniel’s Restaurant Daniel Boulud and Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern. Kamath earned her degree in Culinary Science from the Culinary Institute of America and also has a degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management from the Institute of Hotel Management. He had worked in product development for Compass’ Restaurant Associates group for nearly five years before moving to Curry Up Now.

In his role as Culinary Director, Kamath creates new dishes such as skewer sizzler in addition to improving protocols, recipes and training across the system with an emphasis on consistency. Curry Up Now produces the majority of its food in two central kitchens, with produce being shipped to each restaurant where kitchen workers handle the final preparation.

“One thing that Michelin-starred restaurants have really instilled in me is that sense of urgency: to get it right every time,” he says. “It has to be fair no matter who does it.”

A recent project to streamline the cooking process was to switch to Rational combi ovens capable of replicating a traditional tandoor oven. Curry Up Now, Kamath explains, used a two-step cooking process for its chicken and the change reduces it to a single step, resulting in chicken that’s “juicy, it’s charred.” This is how a tandoor would work.

Kamath has also introduced proprietary spice blends such as tandoori, kadhai and tamarind chutney, which are supplied to restaurants, and is leading efforts to grow Curry Up Now through shadow kitchens such as Local Foods, All Day Kitchens and KitchenUnited.

Kapoor, he notes, is still heavily involved in the culinary side of the brand and endorses everything Kamath creates. “He has a marvelous palate; he knows what he is talking about,” Kamath says. “We argue, we fight. It’s like a father-son relationship. »

Curry Up Now has corporate and franchise units under development in California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Colorado, Utah, Georgia, Texas and Indiana.

Related: Dunkin’ Franchisees Expand Portfolio With Curry Up Now

Accommodation Association Wins $5.6 Million Investment in Victoria Jobs Program


A $5.6 million investment from the Government of Victoria will support the role of the Accommodation Association’s new jobs program in the state.

The injection of funds will cover the paid training and placement of up to 400 job seekers at members’ regional and metropolitan properties for at least 12 months of employment, which will help members cope with the severe shortage labor.

Accommodation Association chair Leanne Harwood said it was a win for job seekers, industry members and Victorian tourists.

“The Accommodation Association Victorian Jobs Program is an evolution of our existing and extensive industry employment pathway solutions, and this significant and welcome funding will support the training of up to 400 skilled workers at our properties. metropolitan and regional,” Harwood said.

“I thank the Government of Victoria for recognizing the value of the bespoke training that is an integral part of our programs, which are uniquely suited to bridge the gap between demand and supply of skilled personnel in our industry. Our Accommodation Association Victorian jobs program will maximize the return on state government investment by matching the right people to the right jobs at member properties, fostering long-term careers for candidates who can Not needed anymore.

The program will be accessible to all jobseekers in Victoria’s priority cohort, who are traditionally more vulnerable to unemployment or precarious work, and will provide practical training on hotel premises.

It has been designed to provide hands-on, hands-on learning that offers highly transferable skills and gives job seekers a foot in the door of industry.

Cassandra Champion, chief operating officer of the Accommodation Association, believes the program will bring great results for both industry and job seekers and will “change hundreds of lives”.

“The Accommodation Association’s employment pathways are designed to meet the needs of job seekers and our members because our industry is such an incredibly diverse nature,” she said.

“There are no two identical properties and no candidate either. What remains a constant is that thanks to our members, every job offers a mix of longevity, inclusivity, flexibility and fun.

With many Melbourne hotels opting to operate at 60 per cent due to staffing issues, it is essential that more qualified people are brought into the industry, says Accommodation Association Victorian advisory board member Stephen Moore.

“The main business challenge for members in Victoria is rebuilding our workforce,” Moore said.

“The hundreds of new staff being trained through the Accommodation Association Victorian jobs program means our members can capitalize on growing visitor demand and continue to rebuild our local hospitality industry.”

The Accommodation Association Victorian jobs program is supported by the $250 million Jobs Victoria fund.

Attorney General James provides resources to hotels to protect victims of human trafficking


AG James reminds hotels to display mandatory human trafficking
Signage with hotline number as summer travel increases

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James took action today to prevent human trafficking and protect New Yorkers as summer travel and cross-border movement increases. Attorney General James provided hotel and tourism associations with cards containing human trafficking information and hotline numbers and reminded accommodation establishments of their obligation to post the cards in visible places to help the victims. Traffickers rely on the hospitality industry to move, control and deliver victims of the sex trade or forced labor. In a letter to hotel and tourism associations, Attorney General James urges them to do their part to report, respond to and prevent human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is wrong and hurts communities in New York and across the country,” said Attorney General James. “Today, my office reminds hotels, motels, and lodging establishments across the state of their obligation to prevent and report human trafficking. As summer travel increases and more and more people move through the state, it is critical that hotels do their part to end human trafficking and support victims View the National Human Trafficking Hotline number and other essential information in visible places can help save lives.”

Attorney General James sent his letter to 10 statewide hotel and tourism associations that have hundreds of members, including some of the largest chains. New York law requires hotels and lodging establishments to display information cards containing only information regarding services for victims of human trafficking and which prominently include the telephone number of the hotline of national assistance against trafficking in human beings. Information cards must be made available in a conspicuous place and in a conspicuous manner in public toilets, individual rooms and near the public entrance or in another conspicuous place, in full view of the public and employees of the accommodation where similar information is usually displayed.

The information sheets below have been sent to hotel and tourism associations.

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Some victims of exploitation may be unusually anxious, fearful, submissive, work unusually long hours, be beholden to an employer, be paid below minimum wage or not at all, live and work in the same place, or engage in the sex for the benefit of another person.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline number is: 1-888-373-7888. People can also text HELP or INFO to 233733 for help.

According to the latest federal human trafficking report released last month, 57% of all human trafficking victims in 2021 were minors and 92% were sex trafficking cases. In addition, the number of forced labor cases increased by 22%. New York remains among the top five states with the highest number of new sex trafficking cases, active sex trafficking cases, and cases involving minors. The study shows that the victims were mainly recruited through fraudulent job offers and promises of visas and accommodation. Most of the tactics discussed in the report require going through hosting structures.

For more human trafficking resources, please visit the New York Interagency Human Trafficking Task Force.

“Human trafficking is a horrific form of slavery that affects thousands of people across this country and hundreds in New York. Partnerships at the federal and state level, as well as with the private sector, are imperative to help identify potential victims and hold traffickers accountable for their crimes,” said US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “I am proud to lead bipartisan legislation, such as the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act and the Put Trafficking Victims First Act, that would provide New York State and law enforcement with tools to help victims break free. and to be free in life after trafficking. I want to thank Attorney General Letitia James for her continued efforts to create these collaborative efforts as we combat human trafficking from every angle and work to end this scourge of modern slavery.

“Trafficking rings use hotels as prime locations to bring in their victims,” said Assembly Member Amy Paulin. “Information cards with hotline numbers can help victims access the help they need to escape their captors. I commend the Attorney General for bringing attention to this crisis as we enter the summer travel season. »

“We commend Attorney General James for taking this important step to educate New Yorkers about human trafficking and for mandating his hospitality industry to take this crime and human rights violation seriously. ‘man’, said Taina Bien Aime, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW). “As 92% of detected trafficking cases involve the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls, it is critical that New York City accommodations – sites where abuse often occurs – take action that can lead a victim of trafficking to safety and resources.”

“For survivors of human trafficking, access to reliable information can be a lifeline, especially for those living in extreme isolation,” said Hon. Judy Harris Kluger, Executive Director, Sanctuary for Families. “Too often, traffickers are the only source of information and connection to the outside world – a deliberate effort that reinforces their power and control over those they exploit. By reminding accommodation establishments of their obligation to post signs with safety information and hotline numbers, Attorney General James is helping to break down an invisible barrier that keeps trafficked persons linked to their exploiters. We commend the Attorney General for her actions and commitment to ending human trafficking in New York State.

“When I was trafficked and taken to a hotel, there was no information that could help me and I wish there had been,” said Shandra Woworuntu, founder of Mentar and survivor of trafficking. “It is very important that hotels and businesses step up and stop human trafficking from happening in their spaces. Human trafficking credentials and hotline number will give hope to the victims who read them I thank Attorney General James for leading this file.

“As an organization committed to the safety, well-being and general well-being of black girls, we support Attorney General James’ call to action to protect New Yorkers from human trafficking. “, said Toni Wilson, Director of Culture and Narrative Change, Girls for Gender Equity. “We know that 60% of black girls will experience sexual violence before the age of 18, and according to a recent study on sex trafficking by the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, 40% of victims of trafficking are women and black girls; the highest percentage of any race. Attorney General James taking action to protect New Yorkers from human trafficking is direct action that will protect black girls. Girls for Gender Equity thanks her for her diligent service, her commitment to the youth of this city, and her efforts to prevent harm.

“The Safe Horizon Anti-Trafficking Program applauds the diligent and sustained efforts of Attorney General James to raise awareness of all forms of human trafficking, including labor trafficking, and urges New York businesses to front line to identify human trafficking to do their part to prevent and mitigate this scourge,” said Anita S. Teekah, Senior Director of Anti-Trafficking Program, Safe Horizon.

Attorney General James has taken action in the past to combat human trafficking. In February, Attorney General James announced her support for two federal bills that would support victims of human trafficking. In May 2021, Attorney General James announced the indictment of a Bronx man for child sex trafficking.

Disney Tales | technology brings the magic of the Avengers to Paris


by Robin Redon, Walt Disney Imagineering

At Walt Disney Imagineering Paris, embracing technology to transport Guests to the new worlds we create is key to keeping the magic alive in theme parks.

When Disneyland Paris opened in 1992, it was the first of its kind in Europe. Today it remains Disney’s flagship brand in this region. It’s the home of princes and princesses, heroes and villains, Jedis and soon to be the Avengers. A day with Disney is to escape from everyday life and share magical moments with the people you love.

Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland Paris

In the 30 years since, the world has changed in ways even the best Disney Imagineer could not have foreseen. Storytelling is an integral part of human nature and the experiences we create. We use technology to tell our stories better and also to tell better stories.

New Layers of Disney Storytelling

Beyond any ride or attraction, the role of theme parks now is to continue to find new ways to make most beloved characters and awesome worlds a reality, with guests at the center.

So we’re always looking for new, innovative ways to unlock new layers of Disney storytelling for our guests. It’s a welcome challenge that drives every engineer and designer forward: our raison d’être.

I will always remember after working on the opening of Star Wars: At the Edge of the Galaxy at the Disneyland Resort, I visited as a guest with a friend and her seven year old son. Seeing him fully immersed in the story that was evolving across the land, told through the characters and actors that populated the world was priceless. And it was so much more than going to attractions: it was about being in the story.