5 things to know: 5 February 2018
5 things to know: 5 February 2018
05 FEBRUARY 2018 10:49 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • GSA employees spending at Trump hotel, document shows
  • Moscone Center garage could transform into hotel tower
  • Hotel designers detail vibrant 2018 color trends
  • Myanmar working toward sustainable hotels
  • Super Bowl celebrations cause Ritz awning to collapse

GSA employees spending at Trump Hotel, document shows: According to a new document, CNN reports a federal employee working for the General Services Administration, which supervises the lease for the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C., has spent more than $900 for a stay there last year and was reimbursed a majority of costs.

While the reimbursement is in line with policy, CNN reports this means taxpayer dollars were filtered into the hotel’s funds.

“The expenses are small to the hotel’s operation but the charge demonstrates how taxpayer money can flow into the president’s business,” CNN writes.

In response to the news of the document, the agency said the “GSA does not have specific guidance regarding employees use of the Trump hotel in Washington.” Government watchdogs argue these payments violate the Constitution’s anti-corruption and self-dealing clauses.

Moscone Center garage could transform into hotel tower: Directors of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which owns the Moscone Convention Center parking garage, will vote Tuesday to issue a request for proposals to transform the garage space into a multiuse complex, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Included in the proposed complex would be a 650-room hotel and at least 100 units of affordable housing, the newspaper writes. The convention center itself has been closed for renovations since last year and expected to continue throughout 2018.

If the plan were to go through, the transportation authority will remain owners of the space and negotiate a 65-year ground lease.

Hotel designers detail vibrant 2018 color trends: While this year’s color trends were surprising to designers in the hospitality industry at first, they detailed how hotels can incorporate the shades without overdoing it.

The colors for 2018 are Pantone Color Institutes “Ultra Violet” and Sherwin-Williams’ “Oceanside.”

Lesley Hughes Wyman principal at MatchLine Design Group, advised mixing the tones into custom carpeting and try grounding the bold colors with neutral furniture and textual fabrics.

Myanmar working toward sustainable hotels: While Myanmar’s tourism market is on the rise following its political transition to a democracy two years ago, construction on hotels has been rushed to keep up, which caused environmental conservation to be glossed over, The Myanmar Times reports.

Authorities have recognized that and are now taking a closer look at environmental issues, the newspaper writes, as out of the 1,590 hotels in the market, only five were recognized for meeting ASEAN Green Hotel Awards standards. This is considerably lower than other ASEAN countries, the report states.

Mandalay’s Department of Hotel and Tourism released a directive before 2017 closed for all hotels in the Bagan-Nyaung U region to install water purification systems and wastewater treatment centers. If they fail to comply, they will face cancellation of their licenses.

Super Bowl celebrations cause Ritz awning to collapse: After Super Bowl LII ended with a Philadelphia Eagles win, at least a dozen celebrators climbed atop the awning outside of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, causing the structure to collapse, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports.

Videos posted to social media showed people climbing and then jumping off until it folded in, the news channel reports.

In other NFL news, read how hotel markets were affected by NFL relocations in this data piece from STR, parent company of HNN.

Compiled by Dana Miller.

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