From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:
- Hotel CEOs talk demand, disruptors, data
- Omni Houston faces lawsuit post-Harvey
- London’s Mandarin Oriental catches fire
- STR’s US, Canada weekly numbers
- First chief sustainability officer appointed at Wynn
Hotel CEOs talk demand, disruptors, data: The CEOs of AccorHotels, MGM Resorts International, Hilton and Marriott International spoke frankly about how they are dealing with the latest evolution of industry disruptors at this week’s NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, writes Hotel News Now’s Stephanie Ricca.
Speakers agreed that the U.S. economy is a driving force for demand.
“You’ve got a positive force in tax reform,” said Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson. “And I think you look at politics in markets around the world and you see a commitment to economic growth that is more powerful than it was a year ago. That speaks well for the demand side of our business.”
Omni Houston faces lawsuit post-Harvey: In September, news outlets confirmed the death of Jill Renick, the director of spa services at the Omni Houston hotel, who was trapped near the elevator bank in the hotel’s basement as flooding occurred from Hurricane Harvey. Renick’s family has now filed a civil lawsuit in Dallas’ district court, citing improper planning for flooding at the hotel, according to CBS News.
The lawsuit claims that Otis Elevator Company, which was contracted to maintain and service the hotel’s elevators at the time, “should’ve installed flood sensors and warned users of the danger of operating an elevator in flooding,” the news outlet reports.
Spokeswomen for Omni and Otis were unable to comment on pending litigation.
London’s Mandarin Oriental catches fire: The 12-story Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel in Knightsbridge, London, caught fire late afternoon on Wednesday, according to BBC News, forcing 36 guests and 250 hotel employees to evacuate.
Just days before, the hotel had completed a multimillion-dollar renovation, including updates to its 181 guestrooms and suites, CNN reports. Fire officials said the blaze damaged the property’s new living plant walls, roof and several floors. This is the second fire in the hotel’s building since it opened as a gentleman’s club in 1889, CNN reports. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
STR’s U.S., Canada weekly numbers: The U.S. hotel industry reported positive year-over-year results in the three key performance indicators during the week of 27 May through 2 June, according to data from STR, parent company of HNN.
Occupancy increased 0.1% to 64.1%, average daily rate grew 2.1% to $122.58 and revenue per available room rose 2.3% to $78.61.
During the same week, the Canadian hotel industry also reported positive year-over-year results. Occupancy increased 1.5% to 73.2%, ADR rose 3% to 164.72 Canadian dollars ($127.13), which lifted revenue per available room grew 4.6% to CA$120.54 ($93.03).
First chief sustainability officer appointed at Wynn: Wynn Resorts announced Erik Hansen as chief sustainability officer, a newly created role for the company, according to a news release. In Hansen’s new role, he will be responsible for the development of Wynn’s global sustainability and energy procurement goals.
In other C-suite news, RLH Corporation has appointed Gary Sims as EVP and COO, according to a company release. He will oversee all of RLHC’s franchise operations, sales, hotel management and human resources.
Compiled by Dana Miller.