5 things to know: 12 February 2019
5 things to know: 12 February 2019
12 FEBRUARY 2019 10:36 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • May continues to work toward Brexit deadline
  • NewcrestImage sees success in lifestyle hotels
  • Fire tears through poorly built hotel in India
  • More hotels being built in Australia
  • Hotels add air purifiers and filters

May continues to work toward Brexit deadline: United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May wants to meet the 29 March Brexit deadline, and to do so, she “will tell British lawmakers on Tuesday they must hold their nerve over Brexit to force the European Union to accept changes to the divorce deal that would pave the way for an orderly exit,” Reuters reports. 

May is trying to get the bloc to amend a Brexit deal she agreed to in November and then “sell it to skeptical British lawmakers,” but if that doesn’t happen, the United Kingdom will leave the EU without a deal.

“British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected May’s withdrawal deal last month, with the major sticking point being the Irish ‘backstop’—an insurance policy to prevent the return of a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic,” according to Reuters.

NewcrestImage sees success in lifestyle hotels: Branded lifestyle hotels, the development of dual- and triple-branded hotels and modular construction are current areas of focus for NewcrestImage, President and CEO Mehul Patel told HNN’s Stephanie Ricca during a break at the recent Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles.

NewcrestImage is developing lifestyle brands, such as AC Hotels by Marriott and Canopy by Hilton, into many of its dual- and triple-brand and modular construction projects, Ricca reports.

“We’re pushing the limit with the brand … trying to say, ‘how can we provide a unique experience for our guest?’” Patel said.

Fire tears through poorly built hotel in India: A fire engulfed the Arpit Palace Hotel in the Karol Bagh neighborhood of New Delhi on Tuesday, leaving 17 dead and at least four injured, the Washington Post reports.

An official with the Delhi government told the news outlet most of the deaths were caused by suffocation. The owner of the building was given permission to build four stories when the hotel was built, but the building had six floors, including a basement and a kitchen built from sheets of fiberglass on top of the roof.

More hotels being built in Australia: More and more people are visiting Australia, which has led to a hotel building boom in the country—the biggest since the Sydney Olympics, ABC News reports.

Rapid growth in tourism and the hotel sector began three years ago, Tourism Accommodation Australia told the news outlet, and more than 40 new hotels have been built in Australia since then.

There are 272 new hotels in the pipeline that are expected to open by the middle of the next decade, according to numbers from the tourism organization.

New air service agreements with places such as China and India have aided the growth in tourism in Australia, according to ABC News.

Hotels add air purifiers and air filters: Some hotels are adding a new amenity to guestrooms: air purifiers and filters, The New York Times reports.

Air filtration and purification systems that filter out air pollution aren’t standard in every guestroom, but guests can request to stay in a room that has one.

The InterContinental San Francisco put in air purifiers in 30 of its rooms to improve air quality in the hotel after the wildfires that happened three hours away from the hotel last year in Paradise, California.

“Even though the wildfires weren’t near the city, they affected the air quality, and many of our guests asked us for masks and filters because they had breathing difficulties. Our staff was also uncomfortable,” said Harry Hobbs , an area director of engineering for IHG. “After this initial trial, I want to offer cleaner air in more rooms and more hotels.”

Compiled by Danielle Hess.

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