5 things to know: 14 September 2018
5 things to know: 14 September 2018
14 SEPTEMBER 2018 9:33 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • No end in sight for Chicago hotel strike
  • Florence makes landfall, pours over Carolinas
  • Two Roads prioritizing technology and local flair
  • JLL names new CEO for Americas hotels group
  • One small step for space tourism

No end in sight for Chicago hotel strike: A strike affecting 26 hotels in downtown Chicago has reached the end of its first full week, and according to a report from The Chicago Tribune, there’s no clear sign of when things might return to business as usual.

Officials with Unite Here Local 1 told the newspaper that the strike is the “broadest coordinated hotel strike the city has seen,” as it affects roughly 6,000 workers whose contracts expired at the end of August.

“It’s going to be a long fight,” Ionela Petrea, a bar server at a downtown Chicago Hyatt Regency, told The Tribune.

Florence makes landfall, pours over Carolinas: Hurricane Florence has officially made landfall, and while the storm has been downgraded again—this time to a Category 1—officials continue to warn that wind speeds, which is what is measured to determine a hurricane’s category, are far from the only concern with Florence.

“While the winds had weakened in intensity as the hurricane neared the coast, forecasters warned that the rains may be the real hazard from the storm, which is expected to slowly move southwest into South Carolina before turning north,” The New York Times reports.

Heavy damage is being reported along the storm’s path, including a hotel that was evacuated in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

For more coverage of the storm’s impact, stay tuned to Hotel News Now.

Two Roads prioritizing technology and local flair: Speaking during the company’s Travel Industry Advisory Board meeting in Aspen, Colorado, officials with Two Roads Hospitality said they’re leveraging technology to improve on their “high-touch” way of doing business.

“What I always say is a lot of companies are doing the technology stuff, but we’re so high-touch, every time there’s a new technology, high-touch goes up even more,” said Sherri Gilligan, chief marketing officer. “So the classic example … is microwaves came in, and all of a sudden gourmet cooking became huge.”

Gilligan also said the company is looking to have more of a local feeling at its various properties and encourages GMs to “embrace the community because that’s what people want.”

JLL names new CEO for Americas hotels group: Gilda Perez-Alvarado has been named the new CEO for JLL’s Americas Hotels & Hospitality Group, according to a news release from the company. Perez-Alvarado is a 14-year veteran of the company and in her new role will report to Global CEO of Hotels & Hospitality Mark Wynne Smith.

“Gilda has played a pivotal role in growing JLL’s hotels business through marquee transactions and astute leadership, both in the Americas and globally,” Wynne Smith said in the release.

One small step for space tourism: SpaceX has announced the company has its first private citizen on board for a flight around the moon, marking a giant leap in the reach of space tourism, which in the past had been largely limited to trips to Earth’s upper atmosphere. SpaceX is just one of several private sector startups racing to be the big player in space tourism, which at least at first is expected to be limited to the ultra-wealthy, and Bloomberg takes a closer look at the sector and who is competing for the top spot.

With all that said, we’re still likely far off from having a hotel on the moon.

Compiled by Sean McCracken.

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