US-based hotel chains, especially the luxury sector, will feel the brunt of Europe's temporary ban on leisure travel by Americans, enacted because of the coronavirus surge here. Nearly 18 million Americans sojourned to Europe in 2018, the most recent year measured, while Marriott International says Americans booked more than 20% of its European room nights in 2019.
California has moved an estimated 14,200 homeless people into hotels and motels as protection against the coronavirus since April, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom. The 293 properties secured by the state are 85% filled with people identified as those not diagnosed with the coronavirus but susceptible to it.
Overnight trips are in the 2020 plans of 44% of Americans, with 68% of those expecting to stay in hotels, a new survey finds. "Travel is by no means back yet, but we are encouraged to see people begin to travel as their communities reopen, and we all learn to navigate this new normal," says Chip Rogers of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, for which the study was conducted.
The Eastwind Hotel in New York and Little Palm Island resort in Florida are among hotels that may be suitable for guests that want to rent entire properties as a way to maintain social distancing and privacy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Even the 116-key Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado is offering sectional and full buyouts.
Hilton's new "Dream Away" offer means discounts for those booking stays in India and a liberal cancellation policy. "As we tide over the current Covid pandemic, flexibility in planning, savings, and enhanced cleanliness processes are parameters that are more likely to influence the decision-making process of travelers," said Manish Tolani of Hilton India.
Pastry chef Klancy Miller is seeking funding for a biannual magazine called "For the Culture" that will share stories of black women in the food and wine industry. "Indigenous people were here first, but after indigenous people, Black people shaped this country -- and Black women are absolutely the architects of cuisine in this country and throughout the world," she says.
Attorneys and appraisers say a court victory in June by Walt Disney World over local tax assessment methods could yield millions of dollars in savings to the state's hotel industry. Multiple challenges are expected to the Orange County process, which an appellate judge found illegal but many localities use.
Hotel owners such as Ashford Hospitality Trust, Braemar Hotels & Resorts, Colony Capital and Hospitality Investors Trust stand to benefit the most from any government initiative that would offer debt relief to hotel owners, according to analysis by hotel union Unite Here International. After being hammered by the pandemic in its early days, occupancy levels nationwide have are now back above 40%.
Revelations Day Spa in Mechanicsburg, Pa., held its grand opening just weeks before the coronavirus pandemic hit the US. After closing due to statewide mandate, the spa has reopened and is looking to regain its momentum.
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