From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:
- US travel ban enforcement to begin today
- Qatar 'sees slump' in post-Ramadan hotel demand
- Three hotel firms make Fortune’s millennial job list
- Developers focus on sustainability from day one
- Munich Pullman bought for €104.7m
U.S. travel ban enforcement to begin today: After a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week cleared the way, American embassies and consulates have been issued guidelines for enforcing a limited ban on travel to the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim countries, which goes into effect at 8 p.m. EST today, reports The New York Times.
Those guidelines include definition of an exception to the ban for what the Supreme Court called anyone who has “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” according to The Times.
“According to a diplomatic cable obtained by The New York Times, ‘close family’ is ‘defined as a parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sibling, whether whole or half. This includes step relationships.’ But it went on to state that ‘close family’ does not include ‘grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancés and any other ‘extended’ family members,” reports The Times.
The guidelines also state that a bona fide relationship “must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading the (executive order.”
Qatar sees slump in post-Ramadan hotel demand: Qatar has seen poor post-Ramadan occupancy, according to Reuters, following a boycott of the Middle Eastern nation by four other regional nations—Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates—due to Qatar allegedly “supporting terrorism.”
Doha’s hotels would typically be full during this holiday season, Reuters reported. The report added research has shown that this year average occupancy has been only 57%, although the Qatar News Agency, Qatar’s official news source, disputed that number, instead claiming that occupancy “stood at more than 95%.”
Three hotel firms make Fortune’s millennial job list: Three hotel-industry firms made it into business magazine Fortune’s top 100 best U.S. workplaces for millennials list, with two of them, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (11th place) and Marriott International (14th), squeezing into the top 15. Asset-management company Concord Hospitality Enterprises came in 81st. Online travel agency Expedia took 60th position.
According to the list, Kimpton currently employs 4,270 millennials (52% of all employees), while Marriott has 34,401 (34%) and Concord 1,479 (42%). Top of the list of best places to work is Weston, Florida, tech company Ultimate Software.
Developers focus on sustainability from day one: Sustainability is no longer just a pleasant, marketing-friendly add-on for hoteliers but a focused, crucial consideration from the development to interior-design phase, writes Hotel News Now’s Danielle Hess in a feature that includes a video slideshow.
“Developers are striving to be smarter with where their dollars are invested. Hotel developers today are challenging operators to think differently about how to define a luxury guest experience. Luxury is not always about scale, but also about the quality of an environment,” said Eddie Abeyta, principal at HKS Architects.
Munich Pullman bought for €104.7m: In a deal reported to be the largest hotel single-asset transaction in Munich since the third quarter of 2015, the 337-room Pullman Hotel Munich has been sold by Event Hotels to CDLHT Munich One Pte. Ltd for €104.7 million ($119.5 million), according to business advisory JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group.
Event Hotels will now act as a minority shareholder but continue to operate the hotel as a Pullman with a new 20-year term management agreement. CDLHT Munich One Pte. Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based CDL Hospitality Trust.
Compiled by Terence Baker.