5 things to know: 9 October 2020
5 things to know: 9 October 2020
09 OCTOBER 2020 9:10 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Minor International founder warns of more job cuts
  • Talks resume for second round of US stimulus
  • Hotel GMs forecast post-pandemic changes
  • FBI warns remote workers in hotels not to use Wi-Fi
  • US man avoids jail over bad review of Thai resort

Minor International founder warns of more job cuts: In an interview with Bloomberg, Bill Heinecke, chairman and founder of Bangkok-based Minor International, said the company might need to cut more jobs and shut down properties it has reopened because of the pandemic and travel restrictions. The company posted its largest quarterly loss for the three months ending in June and has cut thousands of jobs already.

“We have hotels that can’t even pay for staff or electricity because they’re totally empty,” Heinecke said. “We’ve taken a lot of job cuts and we’ll probably have to take more.”

Talks resume for second round of U.S. stimulus: Negotiators for Democrats and the White House have restarted their talks over a second stimulus bill, The Wall Street Journal reports. President Donald Trump posted on Twitter that he told his team to stop negotiations on stimulus until after the election, but he later pushed for relief bills for the airlines, small businesses and individuals.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has pushed for a broader relief package over smaller bills, such as one specifically for airlines, the article states. The president is also reportedly interested in a broader bill.

Among the items being negotiated is the total price of the relief package. Democrats approved a $3.5 trillion bill in May but then passed a $2.2 trillion bill last week. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has proposed a $1.6 trillion bill.

Hotel GMs forecast post-pandemic changes: In a series of interviews with hotel GMs around the world, Hotel News Now has asked them what they believe will be different at their hotels and the industry overall after the pandemic.

HNN’s Danielle Hess has collected their responses and compiled them here.

FBI warns remote workers in hotels not to use Wi-Fi: As hotels have become a popular alternative space for those who are working remotely, the FBI is warning against using hotels’ Wi-Fi networks because of the potential vulnerability to online attacks, PC Mag reports.

One popular method of stealing people’s personal information is to set up a second wireless network in the hotel that tricks guests into thinking it’s the official network, the article states. Instead of simply logging into the hotel’s network, the FBI suggests people set up their own networks using mobile hotspots and data sims as well as a VPN for extra protection.

U.S. man avoids jail over bad review of Thai resort: A U.S. man worked out an agreement with a Thai resort that allows him to avoid jail for negative reviews he left of the resort that allegedly accused it of “modern day slavery,” BBC News reports. As part of the agreement, the man has apologized for his review.

Thailand has strict anti-defamation laws, and Wesley Barnes, who worked in Thailand, would have faced up to two years in prison if found guilty.

Compiled by Bryan Wroten.

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