How Dallas hotels hurting from COVID-19 are leveraging the new work-from-home normal

Tired of working from home and all the distractions it entails? The Omni Dallas and Statler would like to offer an alternative.

The hotels have recently launched new initiatives, bucking traditional afternoon check-in times in hopes of appealing to workers who are still unable to safely return to their offices.

Workers can book meeting space at the midcentury modern Statler Hotel for as little as two hours in spaces ranging from 425 to 12,000 square feet. The Statler has business conferencing rooms and ballrooms on its second floor available for booking.

It also offers access to hotel Wi-Fi, onsite audio/video infrastructure for business presentations as well as a customizable menu of food and beverages that can be delivered to your workspace.

The Omni Dallas is offering a “Work Away From Home” special for the use of its guest rooms as office space Sundays through Thursdays. It includes similar amenities to

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The Next Normal: Utah tourism adapts after COVID-19 hits hard

Moab visitors go on a Moab Adventure Center river rafting tour. (Moab Adventure Center)

Editor’s note: This story is a part of a series that explores the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and how things have changed on and off campus.

The tourism industry is one of the most lucrative in Utah, with visitors coming from all over the world to experience the state’s natural beauty and outdoor recreation. COVID-19 has hit Utah tourism hard, forcing workers in the industry to find creative ways to adapt.

Vicki Varela, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, said Utah tourism — normally a $10 billion industry — will see a serious dip in revenue this year.

“The tourism industry depends on people going places, and nobody has been going anywhere since March,” she said.

International travel bans are a significant contributor to this, Varela said. International visitors make up

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