5 things to know: 2 October 2017
5 things to know: 2 October 2017
02 OCTOBER 2017 9:56 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • More than 50 dead in shooting near Mandalay Bay
  • One month after Hurricane Harvey, evacuees still in hotels
  • Gaw Capital enters contract to obtain Standard Hotel
  • Cincinnati market sees growing hotel inventory
  • Hotel guests crave more than just technology

More than 50 dead in shooting near Mandalay Bay: Law enforcement responded to a mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night just after 10 p.m. as a gunman was reported opening fire from the 32nd floor of his hotel room window at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into an outdoor crowd at a country music festival, NBC News reports. The incident, cited as the “worst mass shooting in modern American history” by NBC, left more than 50 dead and upwards of 400 people injured.

It is not yet known whether the suspect, Stephen Craig Paddock, who was found dead by police in his room, intentionally asked for a room on a high floor. Authorities said they found several weapons in his room, according to NBC News. The news outlet also reports via Twitter that two windows were shot through on the 32nd floor of the hotel.

MGM Resorts International, owner of the Mandalay Bay, issued a statement following the shooting addressing related property lockdowns and closures. Hotel News Now today has a collection of the most current news related to this story, and will update it as news unfolds.

One month since Harvey, evacuees still in hotels: More than 60,000 people who have been displaced from Hurricane Harvey last month in Houston are still living in hotel rooms that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid for, according to the Longview News-Journal.

Many businesses are expecting revenues to continue to decline within the next six months, but are hopeful business will improve. Aransas (Texas) County Judge Burt Mills Jr. told the newspaper he remains “focused on quickly cleaning up and rebuilding because the economies of many Aransas County cities depend on tourism.”

“Without hotels and restaurants we’re sunk,” Mills said.

Gaw Capital enters contract to obtain Standard Hotel: Hong Kong-based equity fund management company Gaw Capital Partners is working to obtain a 10-year acquisition loan of $170 million from Natixis to purchase the $340-million Standard Hotel in New York City, according to The Real Deal.

This will be one of the “largest single-asset New York City hotel deals of the year,” the report states.

Talks of the deal were in its late stages in August with Goodwin Gaw, chairman and managing principal of Gaw Capital.

Cincinnati market sees growing hotel inventory: Over a five- and six-year period, the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio, area has seen 1,000 additional hotel rooms, which reflects the city’s increase in visitor volumes and hotel needs, according to WCPO Cincinnati.

Recently, three full-service Marriott International hotels have finished up “extensive renovations” plowing $10 million into each site across West Chester Township, Mason and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, the news station reports.

Hotel guests crave more than just technology: According to a recent survey, hotel guests yearn for a couple of things, including more technology, free Wi-Fi and breakfast … but outside of the survey, guests revealed to USA Today that they have additional wants and needs, such as well-lit rooms and bathrooms.

USA Today reports that some guests would like to see more power outlets within easy access or near beds and desks, less obligation to join loyalty programs just to access internet, better appliances like microwaves and minifridges and, most of all, an extremely clean room.

“It’s 2017, and we’re all connected,” said one traveler Peter Battaglia. “Wi-Fi should not be an add-on or a loyalty perk.”

Compiled by Dana Miller

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