5 things to know: 8 July 2020
5 things to know: 8 July 2020
08 JULY 2020 9:38 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now Editorial staff:

  • Short-term rentals doing better than hotels
  • How one hotel transitioned to housing homeless
  • New Zealand revisits security at quarantine hotels
  • Texas city partners with hotels to house COVID-19 patients
  • Disneyland hotels push back reservations

Short-term rentals doing better than hotels: Research from The Highland Group shows that properties in the short-term rental space have performed better than hotels across most performance metrics throughout the pandemic.

Compared to the same period in 2019, short-term rental demand and revenues decreased 15% and 22%, respectively, year to date through April 2020, according to the company’s U.S. Short Term Rental Market Report 2020.

According to data from STR, parent company of HNN, the corresponding decreases for the hotel industry was 32% and 35%.

“Focusing on longer-term guests and minimal physical contact with renters are key factors resulting in relatively strong performance for the short-term rental sector,” said Mark Skinner, partner at The Highland Group.

How one hotel transitioned to housing homeless: As part of HNN’s Q&A with a GM series, HNN’s Sean McCracken spoke with Bill Clancy, the GM of the Marriott Durham Research Triangle Park, to find out how housing the homeless helped his property boost its bottom line during the pandemic.

The hotel partnered with the county and Urban Ministries Homeless Shelter Program for a 90-day deal in which the entire property would serve as a place to house homeless people in the area.

This saved the hotel’s bottom line throughout those 90 days, but Clancy said he’s worried the hotel will go back to having little business like it did in March because there’s no corporate travel.

  • Click here to read how a hotel in Denmark fared with pushing back its opening date multiple times amid the pandemic.

New Zealand revisits security at quarantine hotels: After a man who tested positive for COVID-19 escaped a quarantine hotel in inner city Auckland late Tuesday, New Zealand is reviewing security procedures at mandatory quarantine hotels, Bloomberg reports.

The man left the hotel and went grocery shopping before returning. He tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

New Zealand Health Minister Chris Hipkins said there’s no evidence that the man came into contact with people while he was away from the hotel.

There currently are 23 active cases of the virus in New Zealand and all that are infected are in quarantine, the news outlet reports.

Texas city partners with hotels to house COVID-19 patients: The city of San Angelo in Texas is partnering with three hotels to house patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, Go San Angelo reports.

The rooms are reserved for those who have the virus but do not need to be in a hospital and just need a place to isolate themselves.

The goal is to help with overflow capacity from hospitals, the news outlet writes.

Disneyland hotels push back reservations: Hotels at Disneyland have yet again pushed back reservations due to the pandemic and are now aiming to start welcoming guests in August, the OC Register reports.

The closure of Disneyland is moving toward four months, and two hotels, the Grand Californian and the Paradise Pier Hotel, have travel dates open starting 1 August.

Disneyland and other theme parks in California will be able to open in Stage 3 of the governor’s four-stage plan to reopen the economy, but a firm date for when parks can reopen has not been set.

Compiled by Danielle Hess.

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