The city of Indianapolis and 21c Museum Hotels are abandoning plans to turn the city's old City Hall into a hotel. The city will search for a new project for the 112-year-old building.
W Hotels Worldwide is bringing its brand to Marbella, Spain, with the W Marbella and The Residences at W Marbella slated to open in 2021. Twenty-six suites are included among the hotel's 200 guest rooms, and the property also will have a spa, signature restaurant and two pool decks.
Minor Hotels will manage the planned the Avani Al Marjan Island Ras Al Khaimah Resort in the United Arab Emirates. The property will have 255 guest rooms.
Organizations need to proactively discuss and improve diversity policy before crises occur, writes Heather Huhman. Some of the easiest ways to encourage this discussion are to maintain diverse leadership, include diversity in recruitment efforts and bring in younger workers who are engaging with these topics, she says.
Hiring a diverse workforce can often be easier than ensuring that everyone feels included, making inclusion a paramount concern in business, says Mary Rezek, founder of Saatori. Foster a safe, open-door environment and consider alternate approaches before simply doing things the way they've always been done to keep inclusion at top of mind, she writes.
Software firm Atlassian is working to change the focus of diversity from corporate-level numbers to individual team composition, says Aubrey Blanche, Atlassian's global head of diversity and inclusion. This team-based scrutiny aims to allow for more accurate comparisons of diversity and more targeted attempts at improving the numbers.
High-tech license plate recognition systems that allow quick passage for prepaid guests are among ways one company is helping hoteliers ease the pain of parking. In business in more than 100 countries, Sentry Control Systems is developing a cloud-based approach to parking analytics.
The Westin hotel anchoring a $231 million mixed-use development in Staten Island, N.Y. is just one example of developers seeking out hotels as a crucial part of large projects. "When part of a mixed-use project, a hotel can bring the power of its brand to the larger development, lending credibility, consistency and in many cases a dash of urban cool to the complex. It can also have a positive impact on profits, too," writes Brendan Manley.
With sustained demand meeting the nation's thickest pipeline of new supply, New York hoteliers are expected to see modest rate growth, but not until next year. Foreign visitor falloff is already underway due to the strong dollar and White House travel policy reverberations.
The Ritz, Hotel Cafe Royal and other high-end properties in the London area are seeing an influx of guests from abroad, thanks in part to favorable currency exchange rates. Luxury retailers are also seeing a sales bump due to the weak British pound.