Hotels

Is This What the Hotels of Tomorrow Will Look Like?

The Hotel of Tomorrow Project, a global think tank spearheaded by Chicago-based hospitality design and consulting firm Gettys Group, is making a big announcement this week. Since June, it has been developing concepts that aim to address the significant industry-wide challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The 325 participants include hotel owners, designers, architects, and hospitality educators,  hospitality educators, and representatives hailing from a range of lodging companies and brands—such as citizenM, Four Seasons, Hilton, IHG, and Marriott.

“The COVID crisis has created a need for answers to questions hotels couldn’t answer on their own,” Ron Swidler, the Gettys Group chief innovation officer, says to AD PRO. “Our goal is not to figure out how to clean hotels better or how to create better signage but to find long-lasting solutions.” The group is releasing four bold ideas that could one day inspire future trends in hotel design.

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Three hotels approved for Oceanside-Carlsbad border near lagoon

Oceanside has approved plans in the works for more than 10 years to build three Hilton-brand hotels up to six stories tall with a total of 426 rooms along the Buena Vista Creek and lagoon near the city’s border with Carlsbad.

Construction is still probably two years away, city officials said, but when complete the project will include a four-story parking structure, restaurants, banquet and meeting rooms, pools, spas and other amenities. The main entrance will be from Jefferson Avenue, just south of state Route 78, with secondary access from a bridge to be built across the creek connecting the hotels to the Ring Road at the Shoppes at Carlsbad mall.

The Oceanside Planning Commission voted 5-1 last week to approve the project, with one member absent and Commissioner Kyle Krahel opposed.

Krahel said he could not support the plan because it will create excessive greenhouse gas emissions, which have

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The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Emerge as The Top Two Hotels in Tripadvisor 2020 Travellers’ Choice Awards

SINGAPORE, July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform has awarded the top two positions for “Best Hotels in Singapore” to The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore under Sino Group respectively in its 18th annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform has awarded the top two positions for “Best Hotels in Singapore” to The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore under Sino Group respectively in its 18th annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.

 

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform has awarded the top two positions for “Best Hotels in Singapore” to The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore under Sino Group respectively in its 18th annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.

 

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform has awarded the top two positions for “Best Hotels in Singapore” to The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

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8 Luxury Hotels and Resorts Welcoming Guests Back With Safety and Social Distancing In Mind

8 Luxury Hotels and Resorts Welcoming Guests Back With Safety and Social Distancing In Mind

Summer is in full swing, and you know what that means — so are vacations. But only socially distanced ones, of course. And with safety being the primary concern for travel in the midst of a pandemic, travelers are now taking extra precautions when it comes to how they travel, and of course, where they stay.

With hotels serving as the primary option for domestic and international getaways (for those who will allow us, of course), it’s important to know the ones who make luxury and safety the biggest priorities. Because what’s the point of sacrificing either if you’re finally going to leave your home? So, the next time you visit a hotel, expect big changes for procedures around cleaning.

Here are a few hotels safely welcoming back guests, without the sacrifice of amenities, friendly hospitality and luxury accommodations.

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WATCH NOW: Hard-hit hotels still below 50% staffing levels after ‘worst economic impact the industry has ever faced’ | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines

Hard-hit hotels remain below 50% staffing levels nationwide, and are lobbying for COVID relief.

The tourism industry contributes $980.7 million in spending a year to the Lake County economy, generates an additional $695.6 million in annual economic impact, and supports 14,411 jobs, according to a recent study by Rockport Analytics. About 60 hotels operates in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties, offering 4,000 rooms in Lake County alone.

Nationwide, the leisure and hospitality sector has lost more jobs than construction, manufacturing, retail, education and health services combined during the pandemic. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates it has lost 4.8 million jobs since February, making it “the worst economic impact the industry has ever faced.”

“Our industry was among the first impacted by the pandemic and will be one of the last to recover. We are a major economic driver, supporting millions of jobs and generating billions in tax revenue. Getting

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AP Exclusive: Migrant kids held in hotels in Texas and Arizona, then expelled – News – Austin American-Statesman

HOUSTON (AP) — The Trump administration is detaining immigrant children as young as 1 in hotels, sometimes for weeks, before deporting them to their home countries under policies that have effectively shut down the nation’s asylum system during the coronavirus pandemic, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

A private contractor for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is taking children to three Hampton Inn & Suites hotels in Arizona and at the Texas-Mexico border, where they are typically detained for several days, the records show. The hotels have been used nearly 200 times, while more than 10,000 beds for children sit empty at government shelters.

Federal anti-trafficking laws and a two-decade-old court settlement that governs the treatment of migrant children require that most kids be sent to the shelters for eventual placement with family sponsors. But President Donald Trump’s administration is now immediately expelling people seeking asylum in the

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Delayed Olympics Leaves Hotels Deserted and the Economy in Limbo

(Bloomberg) — The Olympic cauldron will remain unlit and its stadium empty on Friday as the virus-triggered postponement of the Tokyo Games leaves disappointed fans wondering if it’s still worth holding on to tickets and hotel operators fretting over thousands of vacant rooms.

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Japan will still mark the day originally scheduled for the opening ceremony with a national holiday. But there will be little to celebrate amid continued uncertainty over the feasibility of a revamped staging of the Games next year.

Dylan Crain, a resident of Tampa, Florida who had tickets to attend Friday’s opening event, said he’d be less willing to go to a Games currently rescheduled to start on July 23, 2021.

“We’d meticulously made a timeline, set up everything and were happy with our accommodations,” said Crain, who helped plan the trip for a group of 12. “Now, rescheduling all of that, in a compressed

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As London struggles to regain its mojo, Treehouse is blazing the trail for hotels in the city

Treehouse hotel, London
Treehouse hotel, London

I felt a twinge of apprehension as I walked towards Treehouse in London for my first hotel stay since lockdown. Not because I was afraid of catching coronavirus, more because the thought that hotels, like the high street, would be condemned to a drab and depressing “new normal” had filled me with dread for weeks.

Treehouse, a relatively new hangout that opened in September last year, is just off a stretch of Marylebone that is usually heaving with students from the London College of Fashion, and BBC staffers nipping into Pret A Manger. But on this blistering summer’s day it was chillingly deserted, save for a few workmen digging up part of the road.

When I stepped into the ground-floor café – which, for the time being, doubles up as the check-in desk – it was as if I was both entering the post-millennial era and going

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Is it worth it to bundle flights and hotels? Here’s what to know as you start traveling again

The coronavirus pandemic caused an unprecedented need for consumers to cancel travel plans. Many travelers have encountered frustration changing arrangements, canceling trips and obtaining refunds.

Some consumers prefer to handle each part of their travel on a piecemeal basis.  But if you end up having to cancel or make changes, it can be a hassle to contact every hospitality company individually.

For other travelers, a vacation package tidies up the process and creates a single-point contact but their policies may be restrictive regarding cancellation and refunds.

We’ve consulted with travel experts who share the pros and cons of bundling arrangements for your next trip:

The argument for bundling

Cost can be lower: When flights and hotels are booked together, travelers can achieve better prices. “From purely a financial perspective, a bundled vacation package can help you to secure the best prices and keep costs down,” says Matt Woodley, founder of

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L.A. falls far short of COVID-19 promise to house 15,000 homeless people in hotels

Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

An ambitious Los Angeles County plan to lease hotel and motel rooms for 15,000 medically vulnerable homeless people is falling far short of its goal and may never provide rooms for more than a third of the intended population.

Project Roomkey has given safe haven to thousands of those it has housed. But as it enters its fourth month, negotiators have secured only 3,601 rooms. That’s only a fourth of the number needed to house all those who are eligible.

As a result, homeless officials are now changing course, saying they will continue working to find permanent housing for all those eligible, whether they first move into hotel rooms or remain on the street.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is scheduled to submit a plan to

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