The first-quarter global hotel pipeline volume was up 6% from the same period last year, totaling 11,904 projects and 1,974,439 rooms, Lodging Econometrics reported. The US and China together accounted for 57% of the rooms.
The Murray, a 336-key property in Hong Kong, is on track to open by year's end. Developers engaged the services of famed architect Norman Foster with input from Ron Philips, the building's original designer, who is now 90.
Mandarin Oriental is coming to Australia in 2023 with a 196-key property, the brand's first in the country. The hotel will be part of a 50-story tower going up in Melbourne.
The Congressional Black Caucus is putting pressure on Uber to diversify its top leadership and make inclusion a priority as it looks to fill a number of top vacancies. Despite recent exposure of troublesome business practices, Uber responded that it was fully committed to diversity, according to a statement from an Uber spokesman.
Organizations that allow LGBT staff to bring their true selves to work see a boost in innovation and productivity, writes Nikki Gibson. Dell has shown exceeding initiative in creating safe spaces and resource groups for staff members to foster that acceptance and inclusion, she adds.
A mobile app called Recharge, created by a California entrepreneur, allows travelers and locals alike to rent hotel rooms by the minute for an unscheduled rest, shower or time to regroup. CEO Manny Bamfo has drawn investment from JetBlue Technology Ventures and plans to take the venture to all major US cities, and perhaps abroad.
Stickman Tribe's Marcos Cain says creating spaces for "Instagram moments" is important to each project. He cites the area around the swimming pool at the Fairmont Fujairah.
The Staybridge Suites hotel in the Texas Medical Center in Houston has been sold for an undisclosed amount. The 120-room hotel will be the first in Texas for St. Louis-based Midas Hospitality.
All hotel employees in Connecticut are to receive training in detection of human trafficking under a new state law, the first of its kind in the US. A coalition of groups including Marriott International developed the curriculum for the free training, which 165 workers have completed so far.
Hotel developers are starting to look outside of the top core markets for opportunities, especially as occupancy rates in these markets start to rise. In some cases investors are buying existing hotels in these markets to avoid construction risk.