From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:
- Hiring in the US slowed in November
- Hampton Dubai GM focuses on mentoring female leaders
- Tulsa hoteliers sue city over new hotel tax
- Wanda Hotels launches new midscale brand
- A look at cool luxury ski resorts
Hiring in U.S. slowed in November: Only 155,000 jobs were added in November, which signaled U.S. employers “pulled back on hiring,” the Associated Press reports.
While that number is below average monthly gains for this year, adding that many jobs is enough to suggest the economy is growing at a good pace even though the stock market had been fluctuating.
“The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, nearly a five-decade low, for the third straight month. Average hourly pay rose 3.1% from a year ago, matching the previous month’s figure, which was the best since 2009,” the AP reports.
Hampton Dubai GM focused on mentoring female leaders: Nayla Chowdhury, GM at the 420-room Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport, and the first female GM in the Arabian Peninsula, has made it her mission to help other women in leadership move up in their careers, HNN’s Robert McCune writes.
Chowdhury’s success would not have been possible without mentors who helped instill in her the confidence she needed to lead hotels, she said, and she hopes to help other women in the industry achieve the same.
“I feel like there need to be role models, especially women in leadership roles and at the senior level. It’s just very important for (women) to see that it can be done,” she said.
Tulsa hoteliers sue city over new hotel tax: In November, Tulsa, Oklahoma, City Council officials unanimously approved a Tourism Improvement District plan “aimed at raising millions of dollars a year to market the city and its largest hotels,” Tulsa World reports, which would put a 3% tax on stays at hotels in the city with 110 rooms or more, the news outlet reported today. On Thursday, a group of hoteliers in Tulsa filed a lawsuit against the city asking “the Tulsa County District Court to declare invalid the Tourism Improvement District.”
The news outlet reports that the success of the TID depends on “a handful of hotels and whether they’re included as opponents or supporters of the measure.”
“The suit claims that certain parties in the assessment district stand to receive greater benefits than others. Officials have estimated the TID would send $2.3 million a year to a private nonprofit to market the city and participating hotels,” Tusla World reports. The suit also says the TID violates the Fifth Amendment.
Wanda Hotels launches new midscale brand: China-based Wanda Hotels & Resorts has announced a new midscale brand, Wanda Moments, along with Wanda Club, an upgraded version of the company’s loyalty program, according to a news release.
Wanda Moments is the company’s fifth brand and is “committed to providing high-quality selected service to business travelers with unique taste, enjoy life attitude and pursuing different experiences,” according to the release. Other brands in Wanda’s portfolio include Wanda Reign, Wanda Vista, Wanda Realm and Wanda Jin.
A look at cool luxury ski resorts: As the winter months are settling in and people are adjusting to the cold, some travelers are looking for a good ski resort. Forbes recently highlighted several luxury ski resorts in the U.S.
The list starts out with the Chateau Beaver Creek in Avon, Colorado, which provides skiers staying at the hotel a chance to get away from crowded slopes with its limited access for people not staying at the hotel.
The roundup ends with the Snowpine Lodge in Alta, Utah, which isn’t open yet, but will open at the beginning of 2019 as “the first high-end resort in Alta,” and will feature 59 rooms and suites as well as 19 dorm-style bunk room.
Compiled by Danielle Hess.