Saturday, 28 March 2020

Marcus Hotels & Resorts is temporarily closing a select number of properties

Marcus Hotels & Resorts is temporarily closing a select number of properties across its portfolio. This decision includes the Hilton Milwaukee City Center; Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee; Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Wisconsin; The Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma and The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in Nebraska. 

"The safety and well-being of our guests and associates is our number one priority. The lodging industry is facing unprecedented challenges due to the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic. In light of these challenges and our current business levels, we have made the difficult decision to close a select number of properties across our portfolio,” said Michael R. Evans, President of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “During these difficult times, our leadership team is meeting daily to monitor the situation, and we will continue to explore every option to help our associates, our guests and our properties. Our sincere hope is that these closures will not be for an extended period of time and that our dedicated teams will all be back together again very soon and welcoming guests to our hotels."

During these temporary closures, most of our associates at the affected hotels will be temporarily laid-off and the company will provide temporary compensation to affected associates based on their length of service, as well as the continuation during the period of the temporary lay-off of health insurance coverage for those associates currently enrolled.

LA hotels coming together to support the COVID-19 response

More than 115 hotels throughout Los Angeles County have volunteered their hotels to the County Public Health Department, providing access to more than 10,000 rooms as a temporary shelter to support the COVID-19 response, the Hotel Association of Los Angeles announced this week.

The Hotel Association of Los Angeles has advocated for the Los Angeles lodging industry for more than 70 years through legislative support, coalition building, lobbying and public advocacy. Its members represent a cross-section of the lodging industry, including owners, managers, suppliers and vendors.

The unprecedented response by the Los Angeles hotel industry represents approximately 15 percent of all Los Angeles hotel rooms, which are available to protect and isolate population segments vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Hilton's coronavirus update

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has created unprecedented challenges for our industry, our hotels and our Team Members. Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. is taking decisive action to protect the core of its business and support affected Team Members until this crisis passes and travel resumes.

With travel at a virtual standstill, operations have been suspended across many managed and franchised hotels, and those hotels that remain open have reduced services for guests because of decreased occupancy levels. At the corporate level, Hilton is taking the following actions to significantly reduce expenses and preserve liquidity:

Park Hotels & Resorts to close 60 properties in response to coronavirus COVID-19

Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. has announced to mitigate the effect on its business from the national emergency that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 virus, have suspended or commenced the suspension of operations at nearly half of Park’s 60 hotels.  Park’s remaining hotels are currently expected to remain open under reduced operations so long as incremental savings are achieved.

Park is also proactively pursuing alternative sources of revenue from applicable government authorities and hospitals such as providing temporary lodging for first responders, other medical personnel, military personnel, displaced guests and residents of communities where Park’s hotels are located.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Quirk Hotel opens in Charlottesville

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has opened the Quirk Hotel Charlottesville in Charlottesville, Virginia as the first boutique hotel with a focus on curated art to be imagined in the city’s historic downtown. Charming and distinctive by nature, Quirk Hotel Charlottesville delivers a warm sense of approachability and playfulness that appeals to curious travellers of all ages seeking a sense of belonging, and is the second rendition of the Quirk Hotel concept within the Destination Hotels collection, with its original location in Richmond, Virginia.

“After opening Quirk Hotel Richmond in September 2015, we are excited to bring to life our gallery concept and beautiful hotel amenities into a new, charming Virginia city,” said Kate Ukrop, co-owner of Quirk Hotel Charlottesville alongside her husband, Ted. “Alongside the Quirk Gallery in Richmond, I am looking forward to also being the director of Quirk Gallery in Charlottesville, continuing to make art more accessible for guests across the Destination Hotels brand.”

Hyatt all set to open new Grand Hyatt Miami Beach hotel in 2023.

Grand Hyatt Miami Beach set to open in 2023 and enhance Miami Beach’s Convention Center District with new public spaces, improved connectivity, and privately funded infrastructure and resiliency upgrades

Hyatt Hotels along with Terra Group and Turnberry have announced plans for a new 800-room Grand Hyatt hotel in Miami Beach, Florida that will be managed by Hyatt and is expected to open in 2023. 

The new Grand Hyatt Miami Beach will offer top-class service to leisure and business travellers alike in a prime location adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, following a $600 million renovation completed last year.

The 17-story hotel will be situated at the intersection of 17th Street and Convention Centre Drive, within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean beachfront, Lincoln Road Mall, New World Symphony, The Bass Museum and The Fillmore Miami Beach.  “At Hyatt, we believe in growing with intent and expanding our footprint in markets that matter most to our guests and World of Hyatt members,” said David Tarr, senior vice president, development, Americas, Hyatt. “Hyatt is proud to play an integral role in this project as hotel operator, under the luxury Grand Hyatt brand, which will help guests and locals alike celebrate the iconic, captivating city of Miami Beach.”