5 things to know: 6 January 2021
5 things to know: 6 January 2021
06 JANUARY 2021 10:48 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now Editorial Staff:

  • Paris Inn Group gets financial backing to grow brand
  • Hoteliers prepare for return of group business
  • Hotels that promote women viewed as less discriminatory
  • MGM names Jonathan Halkyard as CFO
  • Hotel creates indoor dining experiences

Paris Inn Group gets financial backing to grow brand: Oaktree Capital Management has helped with the financing and growth trajectory for Paris Inn Group, which has led to the creation of five distinct divisions within the hotel group and a focus on the global expansion of its in-house luxury brand Maison Albar Hotels, writes HNN’s Terence Baker.

The five divisions are housed under the umbrella Centaurus, which is managed by Jean-Bernard Falco, founder of Paris Inn Group; VP Céline Falco; and Managing Director Grégory Pourrin.

“The goal is to grow the firm to become the third largest operator in France and Europe, after Accor and Louvre Hotels Group,” Baker writes.

Hoteliers prepare for return of group business: Hoteliers expect group business to return in the latter part of 2021 and into 2022 and are adhering to safety guidelines and offering live streams of events to adapt to changes, HNN’s Danielle Hess writes.

State restrictions have led conference organizers to rethink how they put on events, which is risky, said Ginny Morrison, VP of sales and marketing at Spire Hospitality.

“It’s mainly due to the size and structure of the meetings,” she said. “There’s a lot of gathering opportunities, and they just needed to rework how they were going to do that.”

Hotels that promote women viewed as less discriminatory: A study from the University of Houston shows that hotels that promote women over equally qualified men are viewed as being less discriminatory and fairer.

The study surveyed 87 hotel managers to get their thoughts on “gender discrimination and the perceived fairness of the promotion process.”

“Nearly 80% of managerial positions in the hospitality industry are held by men, who are given approximately 30% more promotional opportunities than women. The gender inequity in hotels is even more alarming. Women account for only 12% of all hotel leadership positions, from entry-level supervisor to owner,” the article states.

MGM names Jonathan Halkyard as CFO: MGM Resorts International announced Jonathan Halkyard will succeed Corey Sanders as CFO, according to a news release.

Halkyard most recently served as president and CEO of Extended Stay America and its paired-share real estate investment trust, ESH Hospitality. He also spent 13 years in leadership roles at Caesars Entertainment.

“As chief financial officer, Halkyard will be a member of the senior management team and have responsibility for all financial activities across MGM Resorts’ extensive domestic and international portfolio, as well as investor relations, accounting, treasury, procurement and tax,” the release states.

Hotel creates indoor dining experiences: The Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis has removed beds from guestrooms and moved in dining tables to create private, indoor dining experiences that adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and safety protocols, ABC 5 Eyewitness News reports.

The dining experience is offered in 14 rooms, four nights a week at the hotel.

Chef Nyle Flynn told the news outlet he thinks the concept has caught on with guests because “people just want to get out.”

“A lot of people also want to support the industry during an uneasy time. It's helped the dining public’s sanity, as well as ours,” he said.

Hotels in Detroit and Kansas City are also experimenting with this indoor dining concept.

Compiled by Danielle Hess. 

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