5 things to know: 1 December 2017
5 things to know: 1 December 2017
01 DECEMBER 2017 10:30 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Las Vegas records drop in visitors after shooting
  • Republican tax bill picks up another vote
  • Rosen COO recalls hug that launched his hotel career
  • Marriott guests can now record thoughts on shower doors
  • Houston Hilton hotel builds 2.5-ton gingerbread house

Las Vegas records drop in visitors after shooting: Las Vegas saw a 4.2% drop in visitors for the month of October after the deadly shooting that took place from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Bloomberg reports.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported that around 3.6 million people visited Sin City last month, and “even a 36% surge in convention attendees, to 687,000 people, wasn’t enough to overcome the fallout from the massacre,” Bloomberg reports.

Data from the Nevada Gaming Control Board shows gambling revenue on The Strip dropped 6.1% to $528.7 million, according to Bloomberg.

Republican tax bill picks up another vote: The Senate Republicans picked up a vote from Sen. John McCain for their proposed tax bill, which could put them closer to victory, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Senate will meet at 10 a.m. Friday to discuss the tax bill, and will possibly vote later in the day.

Senate Republicans faced a setback when “they were left scrambling to find hundreds of billions of dollars in extra revenue to satisfy concerns about the bill’s deficit effects,” the newspaper reports.

Lawmakers are now considering passing a bill that could lead to a tax hike later on, “including a possible increase in the corporate tax and the revival of the alternative minimum tax on wealthy individuals and some companies,” according the The Wall Street Journal.

Rosen COO recalls hug that launched his hotel career: After Harris Rosen, President and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, was hugged by Marilyn Monroe at the Waldorf Astoria in New York when he was 9 years old, he decided he’d enjoy a career in the hotel business, HNN’s Robert McCune reports. 

“I kept thinking about Marilyn,” he said. “And I thought, how wonderful would it be to be in the hotel business, and be able to meet such wonderful people on a regular basis.”

Rosen took his first official job in the industry as a file clerk at the Waldorf later on in life.

Marriott guests can now record thoughts on shower doors: Marriott International is testing out a new type of technology at an Irvine, California, hotel that allows guests to write or doodle on the shower door and save it, according to a news release.

As steam builds up on the shower door, guests can use their finger to write or draw whatever comes to mind on the door, the news release said. The touch-sensitive technology transfers the guest’s work onto a tablet, which can be shared via email or social media.

“Marriott Hotels promises to embrace the pace of change. We are constantly looking for new ways to use technology to enhance our guest experience. Our M Beta hotel in Charlotte started our journey of testing and trying and this shower door technology pushes the limit of our thinking in an imaginative and fun way,” said Matthew Carroll, VP and global brand manager, Marriott Hotels, according to the release.

Houston Hilton hotel builds 2.5-ton gingerbread house: The Hilton Americas-Houston is going all out this holiday season with a 2.5-ton gingerbread house featured in the lobby, The Daily Mail reports. 

The edible display, made of 750 pounds of gingerbread, 726 pounds of sugar and 1,200 pounds of dark chocolate, hits a total of 7.6 million calories.

Two chefs and their kitchen staff at the hotel spent five months working on the house and employed 1,850 man hours to get it done, according to the news site.

Compiled by Danielle Hess.

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