Major mid-price hotel operator Extended Stay America has reduced its owned-room portfolio more than 10% in pursuit of an "asset-lite" model it hopes will foster stability. Most of the sold-off properties become franchised as the chain aims for a mix of 70% owned and 30% franchised.
A review covering the past three years shows that hotels can expect a boost over several metrics on the Memorial Day weekend, but with lags beforehand and especially on Monday. The STR analysis showed travelers filling about 1.3 million rooms above normal on Saturday and Sunday.
A spate of hotel and travel tools launched by Google over the past year helps meet consumers' demands for customization, says Dustin Bomar, the company's head of industry and travel. He credits his former role as Hilton Hotels vice president of digital acquisition and brand marketing with giving him insight into hospitality industry needs.
Local entrepreneur Christian Lawrence plans to bring modular construction, a popular technique on both coasts for hotel and other commercial projects, to Minneapolis. The founder of Rise Modular notes that cost savings for materials and labor have raised the profile for prefabrication.
The Whitley hotel in Atlanta is preparing to unveil an extensive renovation that includes all 507 guest rooms. The properties spa and restaurant are also part of the update.
Many people fail to realize that their professional image is suffering, writes Rebecca Koenig, who lists nine indications an employee lacks self-awareness. Consult with someone you trust to give you honest feedback about how others perceive your competency and social skills.
Groupe Nordik has announced a thermal spa project in Alberta, Canada. "This spa will draw its inspiration from the roots of wellness traditions from all cultures, adapted by and for Canadians," said Martin Paquette, CEO of Groupe Nordik.
Spa Voyage has created the Specialist Cancer Massage Course in partnership with The Amethyst Trust cancer nonprofit. The one-day course's goal is to prepare massage therapists to provide appropriate services to cancer patients.
When a NextDoor accusation called on Brooklyn's Ode to Babel to not have its liquor license renewed, there came an outpouring of support from the black community to save the bar. The victory is being lauded as an example of how minority-owned businesses can protect themselves in gentrifying neighborhoods and keep spaces open for people of color.
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