Monday, 25 May 2020

NH Hotel Group redefines the customer experience and enhances safety in its hotels with the launch of Feel Safe at NH

NH Hotel Group redefines the customer experience and enhances safety in its hotels with the launch of Feel Safe at NH


NH Hotel Group, one of the leading urban hotel companies in Europe and America, has launched a new set of measures to address the current health crisis.  Feel Safe at NH is designed to preserve the safety of travellers and employees, through various initiatives and adaptation of nearly 700 operating standards, completely redesigning the customer journey. Endorsed by experts, these measures will be implemented in each of the Group’s 364 properties. Feel Safe at NH follows a comprehensive review of all the Company’s operations and concentrates all the initiatives under 10 lines of action, in response to the needs of travellers in the new social reality brought about by COVID19. From cleaning and sanitisation processes, to new digital solutions, processes and protocols for restaurant management, social distancing policies, and control of air and water purification, the measures will allow the Company’s hotels to reopen with maximum safety assurances for customers and employees.   

The Company has reviewed all its procedures and made nearly 700 adaptations to its operating standards, which will be progressively implemented in its 364 hotels to preserve the health and safety of travellers and employees worldwide

Grouped under 10 main lines of action and endorsed by specialists in different fields, the measures encompass the digitalisation of hotel services, the adaptation of sanitation processes, the incorporation of social distancing policies into the operations and the use of personal protection elements, among others

The recently announced collaboration agreement with SGS, a world leader in inspection, analysis and certification, will allow the monitoring of the implemented measures and assessments to verify that the Group’s hotels are clean and safe environments

Sunday, 24 May 2020

More credit for Accor

Accor has announced that it has signed an agreement with a consortium of 5 banks for a new €560m Revolving Credit Facility (RCF). It complements the undrawn €1.2bn RCF signed in July 2018. It further reinforces Accor’s liquidity position which today exceeds €4.0bn, i.e. more than 40 months under the current market conditions:

€2.5bn available cash at-hand as of end-March 2020
€1.2bn RCF signed in July 2018 - undrawn
€0.56bn as per the new RCF - undrawn
The new fully committed facility has a 12 months tenor, with two six-months extension options in the hands of Accor and has neither covenant nor restriction. It has been underwritten by the following 5 banks: BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole CIB, Crédit Industriel et Commercial, Natixis and Société Générale. This reflects the renewed trust of Accor’s core banks its business profile and strong balance sheet.

IHG Hotels & Resorts offers a fresh take on clean

IHG Hotels & Resorts offers a fresh take on clean

IHG enhances guest experience with new cleaning protocols, service standards and partners, and launches a Clean Promise to give guests confidence as they re-establish travel norms


As the world adjusts to new travel norms and expectations, IHG Hotels & Resorts is enhancing the experience for its hotel guests around the world, by redefining cleanliness and supporting guests’ personal wellbeing throughout their stay. 
Using new, science-led protocols and service measures, partnering with industry leading experts Cleveland ClinicEcolab and Diversey, and launching a global IHG Clean Promise, the strengthened measures will give guests greater confidence and hotel teams the protection needed.
Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer, IHG, commented: “The future of travel may look different, but a safe, secure stay is fundamental to deliver True Hospitality – and that will never change. By combining IHG’s world-class knowledge and processes, with cutting-edge expertise from Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab and Diversey, we can reassure guests and colleagues that we’re focused on protecting their health and wellbeing. This includes looking at where technology can make a difference, deploying enhanced, highly visible and more frequent cleaning measures, and different approaches to food and beverage, all underpinned by our new IHG Clean Promise.”
Enhancing IHG Way of Clean

IHG has a long-standing commitment to rigorous cleaning procedures. Launched in 2015, the IHG Way of Clean programme was developed with Ecolab and Diversey, both world leaders in hygiene and cleaning technologies and services. This programme is now being expanded with additional COVID-19 protocols and best practices - many of which are already in place - to reflect the advice of the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and local public health authorities in markets around the world. 

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Statement on Corporate Layoffs at Hyatt in Response to COVID-19

Statement on Corporate Layoffs at Hyatt in Response to COVID-19
Due to the historic drop in travel demand and the expected slow pace of recovery, Hyatt has made the extremely difficult decision to implement layoffs and restructure roles across its global corporate functions, beginning June 1, 2020. These actions will impact around 1,300 colleagues around the world.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hyatt has taken numerous actions in an effort to meet the challenges our industry is facing including reductions of company-wide expenditures, extended salary reductions for the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Directors, and temporary work and/or pay reductions for all corporate colleagues. Unfortunately, with increased visibility into the effect that the pandemic is having on the hospitality industry, it has become apparent that additional measures are necessary to meet this unprecedented challenge.

NH Hotel Group implements contingency plans, strengthens its liquidity up to €675 million and prepares for a progressive reopening with maximum health guarantees

NH Hotel Group implements contingency plans, strengthens its liquidity up to €675 million and prepares for a progressive reopening with maximum health guarantees.

The uncertainty generated by COVID-19 at the beginning of the year accelerated the implementation of strict contingency plans to minimize operating expenses through temporary adjustments of personnel, reduction of supply costs, suspension of investments in marketing and renegotiation of rents
In addition, NH Hotel Group has activated various measures aimed at preserving and strengthening its liquidity to meet operational needs in the coming months, most notably the reduction of investment in hotel maintenance and repositioning, the drawdown of credit lines, the cancellation of the proposed dividend from 2019 profits and the signing in May of a syndicated loan of €225 million with maturity in 2023. As a result, the Group has a liquidity of over €675 million
Since the beginning of May, the Group has reopened its sales channels and reservation systems, and plans a progressive reopening of hotels in the main cities, initially concentrating the demand of each destination in those establishments that allow the optimisation of resources and profitability
The Company has completely redesigned the customer experience to ensure that safety and social distancing requirements are met at its facilities and is collaborating with SGS in the implementation of a protocol of measures and assessments that will allow the reopening of hotels with maximum guarantees of hygiene and disinfection

Friday, 1 May 2020

Hyatt's global commitment on Care & Cleanliness Commitment

                              Focusing on the safety and wellbeing of colleagues and guests during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, Hyatt’s commitment includes Global Biorisk Advisory Council accreditation, hotel-level sanitisation specialists, and a working group of trusted medical and industry advisors
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch Photo courtesy of Christopher Taber


Guided by its purpose of care and experience delivering world-class hospitality for more than 60 years, Hyatt today announced a Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment to further enhance its operational guidance and resources around colleague and guest safety and peace of mind. The multi-layered commitment builds on Hyatt’s existing rigorous protocols and will include an accreditation process by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) at all hotels around the world, colleague training and support resources, and a cross-functional working group of medical experts and industry professionals that will contribute to various aspects of the hotel experience.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

How would you like to join The Queen, Princess Margaret, Margaret Thatcher & Lady Diana for tea?

How would you like to join The Queen (Olivia Colman), Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter), Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) & Lady Diana (Emma Corrin) from the hit TV series 'The Crown' for afternoon tea at the Great Scotland Yard Hotel, near Trafalgar Square? Well now is your chance. Oscar-winner Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Gillian Anderson and Emma Corrin are hosting an alternative Royal Family tea party for Bonhams BLUE Auction, in aid of NHS Charities COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.

Olivia Colman said: "When I was approached to support the auction, I really wanted to help out, so I phoned round a few of my co-stars from the television show 'The Crown' and the result was the creation of 'The Alternative Royal Family Tea Party'.

This is just one of the pledges in Bonhams' not-for-profit digital auction that have been generously donated by the UK's leading actors, musicians, artists and sportspeople.

The auction being hosted at bonhams.com and runs until Wednesday 29 April. Bids can be made by going to bids@bonhams.com or calling us on +44 (0) 20 7447 7447. All lots will be available to view online at bonhams.com/theblueauction.

More details on the Great Scotland Yard Hotel, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt is available here. 
Great Scotland Yard Hotel                                                                                             Photo Hyatt

Great Scotland Yard Hotel                                                                                                    Photo Hyatt




Sunday, 12 April 2020

Silver Lake, Sixth Street Partners Invest $1 Billion in Airbnb

Silver Lake, Sixth Street Partners Invest $1 Billion in Airbnb

Strategic investment will help strengthen Airbnb’s global community of hosts and guests who deliver unique, local, and authentic experiences in over 220 countries and regions.


News Report
 
The desire to explore, connect, have new experiences, and have a comfortable place to call home are universal and enduring. And our commitment to create a greater sense of belonging—for everyone, everywhere—will never change. Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community
Airbnb announced today that Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners will invest $1 billion in Airbnb in a combination of debt and equity securities. The new resources will support Airbnb’s ongoing work to invest over the long term in its community of hosts who share their homes and experiences, as well as the work to serve all stakeholders in the Airbnb community.
The desire to explore, connect, have new experiences, and have a comfortable place to call home are universal and enduring. And our commitment to create a greater sense of belonging—for everyone, everywhere—will never change. Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community
Started in the midst of the Great Recession in 2008, Airbnb has rapidly grown into a trusted two-sided marketplace that generates real money for millions of regular people who share their homes and host Experiences. People who share their homes keep up to 97 percent of what they charge for their listings, while guests have easy access to a wide range of places to stay—from budget to luxury—in nearly every country and region in the world.

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Marriott CEO sends a letter to its customers

Our Continued Efforts: We Will Travel Again

Arne M. Sorenson the President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott has sent a letter to its customers.....


It’s been three weeks since I last communicated with you about the dramatic impact of COVID-19 on our business. Sadly, since that time, we’ve all borne witness to how this insidious virus is impacting our families, our communities and our very way of life. What we’re facing is daunting, but I am heartened by the moments of triumph in everyday acts of courage, humanity and love. Although these are trying times for us all, I remain optimistic that our world will thrive once again.

Today, I want to let you know how we’re focused on supporting the communities where our associates live and work. I also want to provide you with an update on our room cancellation policy and Marriott Bonvoy status and points expiration dates.

Friday, 10 April 2020

#FirstRespondersFirst Partners with Marriott International to Provide Free Accommodations to Healthcare Workers on the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic



As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have devastating impact, #FirstRespondersFirst announced today a partnership with Marriott International to support frontline healthcare workers with essential protective equipment, accommodations, child care, food, mental health support and other essential resources.

As people are being asked to serve the public health by stepping back, frontline healthcare workers are being tasked with stepping forward, putting their own health -- and that of their families -- at risk. Beginning this week, Marriott and #FirstRespondersFirst will provide healthcare workers in New York City with accommodations starting with The Renaissance New York Times Square and The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection which are both in close proximity to hospitals. Accommodations will be provided at no cost to the healthcare workers.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & Group CEO, OYO to Forego 100% of His Annual Salary, and the Executive Leadership Team to Take Voluntary Salary Cuts

COVID-19 has impacted the global hospitality industry significantly with occupancies of various hotel chains being affected drastically. In this unprecedented and difficult period, Ritesh Agarwal, the Founder & Group CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes, has decided to forego 100% of his salary for the rest of the year. The company’s entire executive leadership team has taken a voluntary pay cut starting at 25%, with many opting for an additional uncapped amount, and some going up to 50% to enable building the runway for the company. This would be effective April 2020 and the entire company is standing together to tide over these times.

It has been a matter of pride for OYO Hotels & Homes that it has retained each and every single leader in the CXO group in the history of the company, and in a difficult time like this, the executive leadership has come together as one strong entity as true partners of the company.

Hilton and American Express to Donate Up to 1 Million Rooms To Frontline Medical Professionals During COVID-19 Crisis



Hilton and American Express have announced in partnership with Hilton’s ownership community, they will donate up to 1 million hotel room nights across the United States to frontline medical professionals leading the fight against COVID-19.

Beginning next week, Hilton and American Express will make rooms available without charge to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical staff who need a place to sleep, recharge or isolate from their families through the end of May.

Hilton is initially working with 10 associations who collectively represent more than 1 million healthcare workers to provide access to the program, designed to support individuals who would otherwise have to spend their own money on accommodations.