5 things to know: 21 October 2020
5 things to know: 21 October 2020
21 OCTOBER 2020 9:32 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Ritz-Carlton GM keeps momentum on projects
  • Radisson launches new conversion brand
  • More talk happening around stimulus deal
  • US Travel president on need for masks
  • Some hotels to serve as voting locations

Ritz-Carlton GM keeps momentum on projects: The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis has experienced challenges as a result of the pandemic, but GM Amanda Joiner said the property is moving forward with projects such as a new restaurant opening and renovation projects, writes HNN’s Danielle Hess.

As part of HNN’s Q&A with a GM series, Joiner said her property has stayed open throughout the pandemic and leans on its 34-page manual for protocols on how to operate while keeping guests and employees safe.

Radisson launches new conversion brand: Radisson Hotel Group announced it has launched a new conversion brand called Radisson Individuals, according to a news release.

The brand “offers independent hotels and local, regional chains the opportunity to be part of the global Radisson Hotel Group platform, benefit from the group’s international awareness and experience, with the freedom to maintain their own uniqueness and identity,” according to the release.

Radisson also announced that it has reached 10 new hotel signings in the third quarter across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

More talk happening around stimulus deal: The White House and democratic negotiators made progress Tuesday in terms of another coronavirus relief deal and said they would move forward with efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had indicated that she hoped to pin the White House down on enough issues by the end of the day Tuesday to be able to determine whether a deal could be passed before the (3 November) election. After Tuesday’s discussion, both sides said they were willing to continue their discussions without decisively establishing whether a deal will be possible,” the news outlet writes.

U.S. Travel president on need for masks: In response to CDC guidance urging passengers to wear masks while using public transportation, U.S. Travel Association President Roger Dow said the travel industry must continue emphasizing the need for wearing masks.

“The CDC’s new guidance really says it all: ‘America’s transportation systems are essential … for America’s economy and other bedrocks of American life.’ There simply cannot be an economic and jobs recovery unless travel is able to broadly resume, and the universal embrace of mask-wearing and other hygiene measures is the thing that is going to enable that to happen,” Dow said in the release.

He added that the travel industry has emphasized the need for masks since the beginning of the pandemic and will continue to do so.

Some hotels to serve as voting locations: Hotels in cities such as Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas, will serve as voting locations for the 3 November election, Forbes reports.

From 30 October to 3 November, the Spanish Colonial Gran Sala ballroom at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles will be a voting location in the city.

“(The) Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., and Renaissance Hotel Austin in Austin, Texas, are among those that are opening their doors to voters even if they’re not already open to overnight guests. Others are helping voters register and informing them of dates and locations for voting,” the news outlet writes.

Compiled by Danielle Hess.

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