5 things to know: 4 September 2018
5 things to know: 4 September 2018
04 SEPTEMBER 2018 9:02 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Tropical storm to hit Gulf Coast as a hurricane
  • AccorHotels completes acquisition of Mövenpick
  • Hoteliers must navigate different perspectives on group
  • Union hotel workers protest in Boston
  • Luxury hotels offer cannabis-based amenities

Tropical storm to hit Golf Coast as a hurricane: Tropical Storm Gordon passed through South Florida with strong winds and heavy rains, and is expected to hit the Gulf Coast as a hurricane Tuesday, USA Today reports.

A hurricane warning has been issued from the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida border.

“Gordon formed into a tropical storm near the Florida Keys early Monday, blasting South Florida with high winds and hours of heavy rains. After hitting the Gulf Coast as an unexpected hurricane, it is forecasted to move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday,” the news outlet reports.

Maximum sustained winds clocked in at 65 mph.

AccorHotels completes acquisition of Mövenpick: AccorHotels announced that it closed on the acquisition of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts on 3 September, according to a brief news release issued by the French hotel company.

AccorHotels bought the company for 560 million Swiss francs ($574.8 million). Mövenpick previously was owned 66.6% by Mövenpick Holding and 33.3% by Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holdings and contains 84 hotels. The Swiss hotel group has a current pipeline of 42 hotels that are all expected to open by 2021.

Hoteliers must navigate different perspectives on group: Group bookings are an important part of the business for many hotels, but panelists on the “Divergent perspectives on group meeting pricing” session at the Hotel Data Conference said various parties involved in group bookings can do more to be on the same page, Hotel News Now’s Sean McCracken writes.

Adam DePiro, director of convention sales for Visit Tampa Bay and a former hotelier with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Hilton properties, said hoteliers could be making better use of destination marketing organizations like his.

“Destinations are the one entity that has the complete picture of what’s happening,” he said, adding that hotels can connect with planners who deliver specific types of business or demand they’re looking for by working with DMOs.

Union hotel workers protest in Boston: Employees from Marriott International hotels, most of which were members of Unite Here Local 26, protested in front of the Westin Copley in Boston on Monday, the Boston Globe reports.

Brian Lang, president of Local 26, told the newspaper the union “has been in contract negotiations since March.” Members of the union plan to continue protesting until a contract is reached.

“In spite of the fact that Marriott and the rest of the hotel industry has made record profits, they are making economic proposals that would send people backwards,’’ Lang told the Boston Globe.

Luxury hotels offer cannabis-based amenities: Luxury hotels in areas that have legalized medicinal or recreational use of marijuana are providing locals and guests with cannabis-based offerings, The New York Times reports.

The Hollywood Roosevelt in California serves up a mojito that’s infused with cannabidiol, or CBD, which is “a non-intoxicating compound found in a cannabis plant.” The St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, Colorado, offers a variety of spa treatments infused with CBD.

Compiled by Danielle Hess.

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