5 things to know: 8 September 2020
 
5 things to know: 8 September 2020
08 SEPTEMBER 2020 9:44 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • American Hotel Income Properties REIT names new CEO
  • Hotels benefited from college football team home games
  • As portfolio doubles in size, Sonesta adapts its strategy
  • DHS ordered to stop detaining migrant children in hotels
  • Oahu hotels to host people quarantining with COVID-19

American Hotel Income Properties REIT names new CEO: Vancouver-based American Hotel Income Properties REIT has appointed Jonathan Korol as its new CEO effective 7 October 2020, according to a news release. Korol currently serves as the president of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts.

“We are excited to announce the appointment of Jonathan as Chief Executive Officer. He is a seasoned real estate professional with significant experience across North America in all aspects of hospitality properties and has an impressive track record of success on both sides of the border,” Michael Murphy, chair of AHIP's board of directors, said in the release.

John O’Neill, a co-founder of the company, has been serving as CEO since October 2018.

Hotels benefited from college football team home games: College football teams staying at local hotels the night before a home game have racked up big bills that are getting some attention, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The newspaper reviewed the hotel spending of 12 college teams for the first October home game in the 2019 season.

“The average for (Atlantic Coast Conference) schools was $31,125.54, while Big Ten programs spent an average of $29,650.16,” the article states. “The average for Virginia’s non-ACC schools was $6,706.96.”

 As portfolio doubles in size, Sonesta adapts it strategy: The conversion of 103 InterContinental Hotels Group-branded hotels to Sonesta’s brands has motivated Sonesta to rethink its long-term strategy, reports HNN’s Sean McCracken.

“We’ve been internally focused on building our platform,” Sonesta President Carlos Flores said. “I’m feeling good about what we have established in terms of our core systems, plans and vendor relationships. We’ve been preparing for a like event. (103 hotels) might be a little bit more than we expected at once, but the team has been working night and day to come up to scale.”

DHS ordered to stop detaining migrant children in hotels: Judge Dolly Gee of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has ordered the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to stop detaining migrant children in hotels and to move them to licensed facilities, NBC News reports.

The judge’s ruling made an exception for one- or two-night stays while children are in transit or ahead of a flight, but the children “must be placed in a licensed facility within 72 hours of detention or arrest,” the article states.

In her filing, the judge wrote that concerns over COVID-19 were “no excuse for DHS to skirt the fundamental humanitarian protections that the Flores Agreement guarantees for minors in their custody, especially when there is no persuasive evidence that hoteling is safer than licensed facilities."

 Oahu hotels to host people quarantining with COVID-19: Through a state and city program, hotels in Oahu will host people who cannot safely quarantine in their own homes, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

Rules state these guests must have made appropriate quarantine accommodations, and the program will not host homeless people, unaccompanied minors, those in substance abuse programs or those who cannot manage their own medical care. The program requires guests to be able to walk up two flights of stairs unassisted and does not apply to anyone needing a continuous positive airway pressure device or supplemental oxygen.

Guests must remain in the hotel room for the entire isolation period, monitor their health and respond to daily monitoring calls. There will be no in-room hotel service, and contact with hotel staff and volunteers should be minimized. Food for guests will be left outside the door, the article states.

Compiled by Bryan Wroten.

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