5 things to know: 11 July 2017
5 things to know: 11 July 2017
11 JULY 2017 9:32 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Four Seasons reports third-party data breach
  • 15 states back Hawaii’s challenge to travel ban
  • How Hilton’s Nassetta started low, rose to top
  • Staycity rolls out premium brand Wilde
  • STR: US monthly preliminary data

Four Seasons reports third-party data breach: Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts is the latest brand to have been affected by a data security incident through third-party reservations provider Sabre, according to a news release.

Four Seasons announced in the news release that an unauthorized party “gained access to account credentials that permitted unauthorized access to certain encrypted payment card information, as well as certain reservation information.”

Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos previously reported that it was hit by the same data breach linked to Sabre, which is believed to have occurred from 10 August 2016 to 9 March 2017.

According to the Four Seasons release, reservations made on Fourseasons.com, with Four Seasons Worldwide Reservations Office, or made directly through Four Seasons 105 hotels or resorts were not compromised.

Guests who might have been affected should report to sabreconsumernotice.com.

15 states back Hawaii’s challenge to travel ban: Fifteen states and the District of Columbia are urging a federal judge in Honolulu to rule that the Trump administration’s issued guidelines for enforcing a tighter ban on travel to the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim countries “wrongly excluded grandparents and other relatives,” according to an NBC News report.

A federal appeals court “dismissed Hawaii’s first effort on Friday but indicated a way for the state to try again,” NBC News reports. Lawyers for the state drafted a new complaint, which was filed the next day. Joining the court challenge are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

How Hilton’s Nassetta started low, rose to top: Hilton’s CEO Chris Nassetta is now the top executive at one of the largest companies in the hotel industry, but his first experience, during the early 1980s, was considerably less lofty, writes Hotel News Now’s Sean McCracken.

Before college, Nassetta worked in the engineering department at the Holiday Inn Capitol Hill, and as the low man on the totem pole, many tasks required him to have a plunger in hand.

“I like to say my career started in a toilet,” he said. “But it was a pretty amazing experience.”

Staycity rolls out premium aparthotel brand Wilde: The Dublin-based aparthotel/extended-stay operator announced on 11 July the launch of Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity, according to a news release.

Staycity, which currently has 2,000 units and another 3,000 in its pipeline, will debut Wilde in London by fall 2017, following with properties in Edinburgh, Manchester and Berlin, according to a release.

The brand concept was inspired by Irish 19th-century playwright Oscar Wilde; the first property will include 106 rooms and be managed by LaSalle Investment Management.

STR: U.S. monthly preliminary data: STR’s U.S. monthly industry performance data for June 2017 shows total U.S. industry occupancy grew from -1% to 1%, average daily rate rose from 1% to 3% and revenue per available room increased from 2% to 4%. (STR is the parent company of Hotel News Now.)

The total U.S. industry numbers reflect luxury, upper upscale, upscale, upper midscale, midscale and economy.

Compiled by Dana Miller.

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