5 things to know: 5 September 2019
5 things to know: 5 September 2019
05 SEPTEMBER 2019 9:37 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Brexit maneuvering still nods toward UK election
  • UK business lobbyist says no-deal vote offers a bit of hope
  • Storm surge deemed Dorian’s biggest US threat
  • Experts share tips for building storm-resilient hotels
  • CEOs moved, appointed at Club Med

Brexit maneuvering still nods toward U.K. election: Either a tragic-comedy in progress or democracy in its finest hours (depending on one’s view), the saga that is Brexit continues to roll on in the United Kingdom with the government losing two votes in two days—its proposals to allow the government to determine the Brexit agenda, to allow a no-deal Brexit and to go to the country in a general election on 15 October, ABC News reports.

Opposition parties, and approximately 21 Conservative Party rebels, ruined Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s timeline, with the general election proposal not requiring a majority of one but a 66% majority of MPs under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 that was made law under the coalition government of former PM David Cameron and deputy PM Nick Clegg. Johnson wishes to suspend Parliament until mid-October, which the government says is normal procedure in the advent of a new government but opposition says it is a policy of stifling debate. The votes taken this week show the government’s plan—if indeed that was the plan—not to have worked.

The no-deal legislation now is in the House of Lords, where some had concern endless debate would filibuster the vote, but the government has, according to The Guardian, said it will be administered in due time to receive royal assent and enter law. Johnson will address the House of Commons Thursday on the issue, with commentators largely expecting him to continue to push for an election at another date, although opposition is adamant the terms of any deal with the European Union must be published before they would agree to go to the country.

U.K. business lobbyist says no-deal vote offers a bit of hope: Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the Confederation of British Industry, the principal lobby organization of U.K. business, said the vote to ban a no-deal Brexit offers some hope for businesses but adds that uncertainty very much remains the watchword of her members, according to a news release.

Fairbairn said businesses still require a calmer trading environment, adding “until a deal is agreed, companies will continue to divert billions of pounds from productive investment to no deal preparations, and international investors will continue to question if the U.K. is a stable, open place to do business.”

Storm surge deemed Dorian’s biggest U.S. threat: Despite being downgraded from a Category 5 hurricane to a Category 3 storm, Hurricane Dorian could still wreak havoc to the Eastern Seaboard stretches of the United States, with CNN stating the slow-moving front could result in potentially treacherous storm surges.

The National Hurricane Center’s key message to residents in line of the storm is that “water levels could rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds” and said flash floods and other flooding is a distinct possibility in some parts of both North Carolina and South Carolina. The New York Times published still photos and video graphically showing the destruction meted by the hurricane in The Bahamas.

Experts share tips for building storm-resilient hotels: Owners with hotels in areas that are prone to hurricane damage can better protect their properties from heavy storms by following a plan and making updates beyond the minimum code requirements, writes HNN’s Danielle Hess.

Experts said hotels also often act as logistics centers and evacuee housing during natural disasters, with the non-hurricane season the ultimate time in which to plan and design better architecture, landscaping and emergency response plans. Chuck Miccolis, managing director of commercial lines at the Insurance Institute for Business Home & Safety, said “that plan should start with the roof and work its way down.”

CEOs moved, appointed at Club Med: All-inclusive resort company Club Med, with a portfolio of approximately 70 assets, has appointed a new CEO for its North American and Caribbean division and moved that division’s former CEO to assume the same responsibilities for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, a newly created division, according to a news release.

Carolyne Doyon will assume the position of CEO, succeeding Xavier Mufraggi. Doyon plans to expand the North American division’s footprint by 30% by 2021, the release states. That will include the firm’s first resort in Canada, Club Med Québec Charlevoix. Doyon’s most recent role at Club Med was SVP, Canada and Mexico.

Compiled by Terence Baker.

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