From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:
- AHLA urges governors to adopt face-mask rules
- Scandic reports net sales decrease of 86%
- Industry needs to overcome bias to hire Black leaders
- UK job postings rise in July
- US posts record day for COVID-19 infections
AHLA urges governors to adopt face-mask rules: The American Hotel & Lodging Association released a new report, Stay Safe Guest Checklist, on how hoteliers and guests can ensure hygiene safely. The checklist, the organization said, is part of its Stay Safe guidelines, an “industry-wide, enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel guests and employees.”
AHLA President and CEO Chip Rogers said “as an industry, we want every guest to experience a clean and safe hotel no matter where they stay. We applaud (U.S.) governors who have standardized the use of face coverings in all indoor public spaces, and we urge all lawmakers to help make this a national standard by implementing this requirement in their states.”
Scandic reports Q2 net sales decrease of 86%: The largest hotel operator in Scandinavia and the Nordics, Scandic Hotels Group AB, has reported COVID 19-typical results for the first two quarters of 2020, with net sales in Q2 declining 86% year over year, according to a news release from the company. For the first half of the year, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization went negative at -1.3 billion Swedish krona ($144.9 million).
“After Scandic’s occupancy sank to a record low 6% in April, demand has been improving,” President and CEO Jens Mathiesen said in the release. “Occupancy continued to rise as the summer vacation period started, but we’ve seen significant variations in the hotel portfolio.”
Industry needs to overcome bias to hire Black leaders: Uncomfortable conversations to change behavior and being deliberate in seeking out Black candidates are two important aspects in reversing the disproportionately small number of Black executives in the hotel industry, a panel of prominent Black hoteliers told Hotel News Now’s Danielle Hess.
The problem is deep-rooted, sources said.
“African Americans, Blacks are systemically held back from generating wealth, and it’s the wealth that allows you to be able to invest in hotels. And then when you get to a point where you’re invested in hotels and you’re an owner, you make those decisions as to who gets hired in these executive positions, and usually … we go to our network,” said Tracy Prigmore, founder of TLT Solutions.
U.K. job postings rise in July: Despite a 16 July report from the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics that employment has fallen by 649,000 during the COVID-19 pandemic and one-third of 18- to 24-year-old employees have either been furloughed or laid off, there is better news for industries that remain in demand, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.
The REC reports active job advertisements totalled 1.05 million in the week of 6-12 July, up from 990,000 in the final week of June. In demand were applicants for information-technology and design positions, as well as for large-goods-vehicle roles. The firm’s CEO Neil Carberry said “business confidence has slowly been rising as lockdown measures have eased, though the recovery has a long way to go.”
U.S. posts record day for COVID-19 infections: The U.S. on 16 July recorded a record daily number of new COVID-19 infections, 77,000, as confirmed cases since the pandemic began reached nearly 3.6 million, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The newspaper reports the numbers offset positivism stemming from government data on 15 July that showed industrial production had risen 5.4% in June compared with May, an increase led by manufacturing, especially motor vehicles.
Compiled by Terence Baker.