5 things to know: 15 March 2017
5 things to know: 15 March 2017
15 MARCH 2017 9:16 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Interstate names Deitemeyer as new CEO
  • Consumers in India switch back to cash transactions
  • 5 tips for making your hotel more Instagrammable
  • Anbang says it’s not investing in Kushner property
  • Moxy hotel to replace Pittsburgh Saks Fifth Avenue store

Interstate names Deitemeyer as new CEO: Interstate Hotels & Resorts announced in a news release Tuesday that Michael Deitemeyer will be the company’s new CEO, effective 23 March. Deitemeyer will assume the role from Jim Abrahamson.

Deitemeyer served as president of Omni Hotels & Resorts for 13 years, and serves on the executive committee and board of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

“Mike brings an impressive track record of success and leadership throughout his extensive career within the hospitality industry, which positions him well for his new role at Interstate. He is the right person to lead the next stage of growth at the Company, while delivering unwavering levels of service for our hotel guests, associates and owners," Abrahamson said in the release.

Consumers in India switch back to cash transactions: Businesses and consumers in India are reverting from e-wallets back to cash payments, The New Indian Express Reports. The move comes four months after demonetization was introduced to the country, and corresponds with the Reserve Bank of India’s removal of withdrawal limits.

K Manjunath, who runs a hotel in J P Nagar, told The New Indian Express he feels more comfortable accepting cash payments.

“… more private digital wallet companies are approaching me after demonetization but still I am not confident whether these e-wallets are secure and safe. So I always prefer to accept payments by cash. I am accepting cashless payments for those who don’t have cash,” he said.

5 tips for making your hotel more Instagrammable: Creating a hotel that guests will want to Instagram isn’t as simple as having a giant pool or bold wall art in the lobby. It’s also important to think about the environment, food-and-beverage and the guest journey, HNN’s Danielle Hess reports.

Industry experts shared five tips for making a hotel more Instagrammable.

“I think sometimes it’s a big moment, whether it’s a large-scale pattern or a big, gold sofa, but sometimes I think it’s those little moments that feel a bit residential in hotels,” Ali Bacon, project designer at The Gettys Group, said. “… People can relate to the sort of residential aspect in a hotel … whether that be accessories or art.”

Anbang says it’s not investing in Kushner property: Anbang Insurance Group has denied reports of the company investing in a Manhattan office tower owned by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, Reuters reports.

On Monday, Bloomberg reported that Anbang was a possible investor in the $4-billion deal. Anbang backed out of a $14-billion bid for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in 2016, and purchased the Waldorf Astoria in New York City from Hilton Worldwide Holdings for $1.95 billion in 2014.

Moxy hotel to replace Pittsburgh Saks Fifth Avenue store: A Saks Fifth Avenue store in downtown Pittsburgh is being redeveloped into a 174-room Moxy hotel, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. 

The property will be Marriott International’s first Moxy Hotel location in the Pittsburgh region, and will be built in connection with a residential project, which will include 56 loft apartments above a 582-space parking garage.

The Moxy brand debuted in Milan, Italy, in 2014. Other Moxy locations include Tempe, Arizona; New Orleans; New York City; and Nashville, Tennessee.

Compiled by Danielle Hess.

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