Coronavirus and Hospitality

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In-depth reporting and breaking news on how COVID-19 is impacting hotels and short-term rentals in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and other destinations. Read updates on hotel refund policies, labor issues, political developments, and more. For broader coverage of coronavirus and its impact on the travel industry, please visit our liveblog.

Hilton CEO Sees All of the Hotel Giant’s Business Returning to Previous Demand — Eventually

Hilton CEO Sees All of the Hotel Giant’s Business Returning to Previous Demand — Eventually

Cameron Sperance, Skift

It's never too early to start planning for a post-pandemic travel environment, which Hilton is clearly doing with robust optimism. But the company can't ignore the fact the ongoing case surge in the U.S. threatens to curtail months of recovery momentum. How will that play out for the long term?

6 days ago

Starwood CEO Touts Resiliency of Extended Stay Hotels During Pandemic

Starwood CEO Touts Resiliency of Extended Stay Hotels During Pandemic

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Extended stay hotels may be strong performers for Starwood Property Trust and Barry Sternlicht, but it may be years before the investment firm looks to deploy capital further into other hospitality sectors.

1 week ago

Accor’s Pandemic Shakeout Includes Shedding 1,000 Jobs, Possible Sale of Iconic Paris HQ

Accor’s Pandemic Shakeout Includes Shedding 1,000 Jobs, Possible Sale of Iconic Paris HQ

Matthew Parsons, Skift

The cost cutting program, unfortunately, was inevitable. The healthy occupancy rates from China, France, and Germany were unexpected. Is recovery in sight?

1 week ago

Hyatt CEO Says China Offers Proof Hotels Don’t Need a Vaccine to Recover From Coronavirus

Hyatt CEO Says China Offers Proof Hotels Don’t Need a Vaccine to Recover From Coronavirus

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Hyatt leaders promote ongoing strength in China's hotel recovery, but the company can't lose sight that its exposure in the country — despite the momentum — is smaller compared to the U.S., which continues to struggle.

1 week ago

Best Western CEO Says U.S. Hotels Need 6-Month Lifeline From D.C. to Survive, Not Just to Recover

Best Western CEO Says U.S. Hotels Need 6-Month Lifeline From D.C. to Survive, Not Just to Recover

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Best Western CEO David Kong wants hotel-specific economic relief from Washington like anyone else in the industry, but he's among the few publicly to recognize what is realistic and needs to happen to survive into 2021.

1 week ago

China, Italy, and the U.S. — A Tale of 3 Hotel Industry Recoveries

China, Italy, and the U.S. — A Tale of 3 Hotel Industry Recoveries

Cameron Sperance, Skift

China and Europe continue to post strong gains in their hotel industry recoveries — not so much in the U.S. Hotel company mask mandates won't help the problem unless more Americans follow the rules.

1 week ago

The Hotel as Cultural Diplomacy: More Important Than Ever Going Forward

The Hotel as Cultural Diplomacy: More Important Than Ever Going Forward

Colin Nagy, Skift

Cultural diplomacy is often found in museums and cultural initiatives. It is seldom found in hotels. The Royal Mansour in Marrakech was a statement of intent from the king to show the best of the country's craft and service. The result is impactful, especially in these times — perhaps more so than other means of country branding.

1 week ago

A 33 Percent Drop in U.S. GDP and the Ominous Signs for Travel’s Recovery

A 33 Percent Drop in U.S. GDP and the Ominous Signs for Travel’s Recovery

Korey Matthews, Skift

The U.S. economy showed a record rate of contraction in the second quarter, and a closer look revealed some troubling signs for travel.

2 weeks ago

Has the Pandemic Killed the Freebie Trip for Travel Influencers?

Has the Pandemic Killed the Freebie Trip for Travel Influencers?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The comped influencer trip has long been a divisive idea in the travel industry, but in the context of the pandemic, some are asking if it should exist at all.

2 weeks ago

Why Hilton and Other Hotels May Not Like This Joe Biden Tax Proposal

Why Hilton and Other Hotels May Not Like This Joe Biden Tax Proposal

Cameron Sperance, Skift

The so-called 1031 exchanges are tax deferrals on profitable real estate that, at face value, seem like a no-brainer to repeal and generate revenue. But the coronavirus pandemic's negative impact on hotel building values should cause Washington to reconsider eliminating the provision.

2 weeks ago

Wyndham Plans to Woo Independent Hoteliers Closer to When the Bills Come Due

Wyndham Plans to Woo Independent Hoteliers Closer to When the Bills Come Due

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Wyndham isn't hiding its plan to capitalize on distressed independent hotels and add them to the brand portfolio, but the hotel company can't ignore the problem of rising coronavirus cases in markets that led the U.S. into a travel recovery.

2 weeks ago

How to Keep Your Virtual Event Secure From Cyber Threats

How to Keep Your Virtual Event Secure From Cyber Threats

EventMB

As we embark on the steep learning curve required by our current safest course of action, virtual events, it's more important than ever that we all gain the training we need to protect our attendees and other stakeholders from breaches in our data.

2 weeks ago