From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:
- Hotel jobs in DC not keeping up with tourism growth
- Airbnb pushes hosts to be more like hotels
- Marriott still sees growth potential for full-service hotels
- UK business groups ask for a softer Brexit
- Four killed in attack on Mali luxury resort
Hotel jobs in D.C. not keeping up with tourism growth: Washington, D.C., saw a record amount of foot traffic in 2016, the Washington Post reports, but hiring at hotels has remained relatively flat for 20 years. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show the hotel industry’s share of the local job market actually has been declining, dropping from 1.9% of employed individuals in 1990 to 1.6% this year.
The popularity of limited-service hotels means fewer busboys, doormen and foot runners, the article states, and other job functions are being replaced by apps and websites.
“There are places where you can walk into and out of a hotel without ever having to interact with a human being anymore,” Mark White, an economist at George Mason who studies the local job market, told the Washington Post.
Airbnb pushes hosts to be more like hotels: As Airbnb looks to further expand its footprint, the New York Times reports the company has taken efforts to encourage its hosts to start acting more like hotels. Travelers who are used to hotels want to be able to make a reservation without needing to receive the owners’ permission, they expect fresh linens, they expect privacy and they expect hosts to act like hotel staff, the Times reports.
To meet these expectations, Airbnb has created new tools and policies for its hosts, who are not obligated to follow them as they are not full-time employees, but “interviews with more than two dozen hosts showed that many felt pressured to comply."
Airbnb’s chief executive, Brian Chesky, has been a driving force for these changes, the Times reports, and said the company wants to venture into many different fields. But to get there, “Airbnb needs to provide guests with a reliable experience. That has been a challenge, given the idiosyncrasies of hosts.”
Marriott still sees growth potential for full-service hotels: Noah Silverman, chief development officer for full service in North America at Marriott International, sat with HNN’s Sean McCracken at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in a video interview about the company’s plans for growing its full-service footprint.
“While there’s certainly some, I think, traditional full-service hotels maybe where the interest level among the development community has declined over the years—that kind of traditional, full service, 300-room, suburban hotel with 25,000 square feet of meeting space—the interest in those hotels has ceded to select service in those markets,” he said. “We’re still seeing a lot of interest and activity within the full-service space.”
U.K. business groups ask for a softer Brexit: Five business associations from the United Kingdom sent a letter to Business Secretary Greg Clark asking for continued access to the European single market until the country completes its negotiations with the European Union, the BBC reports.
The letter touts the “economic benefits” of the EU’s single market and its “free movement of goods, services, capital and people, and the customs union, which enables tariff-free trading within the EU” and asks that they continue until the new plan is in place.
“We have come together to urge the government to put the economy first as it prepares to start formal negotiations,” the article reports the letter as stating. “This is a deal that when finally agreed will matter fundamentally for the UK economy, for UK companies and for citizens of the UK.”
Four killed in attack on Mali luxury resort: In an attack on Le Campement Kangaba, a luxury resort in Dougourakoro, Mali, left four people dead and one person still missing, Reuters reports. Security forces rescued 36 residents, including 13 French citizens, and continue to search for the missing person.
“I am tired, shocked. I have no other words to say,” resort owner Manou Morgane, a French national, told Reuters TV. “All I want to do is to see the list of my clients. I want to find them (anyone missing).”
Compiled by Bryan Wroten.