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Florida’s Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia County Recognizes This Year’s Outstanding Employees and Hospitality Students

Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia County | October 11, 2019

The Lodging and Hospitality Association of Volusia County held its Annual Employee Appreciation & Scholarship Luncheon at Café 101, located in the Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality and Culinary Management on the campus of Daytona State College. Over 180 people attended the event that recognized employees in the hospitality industry and presented six Hospitality Students from both Bethune-Cookman University and Daytona State College with scholarships. The Culinary and Hospitality students at Daytona State College prepared and served the three-course meal. Employees of the Year winners were: HOTEL CATEGORY WINNER Hilton Oceanfro...

The Rise and Rise of Branded Residences

Savills Vietnam | October 11, 2019

There are now more than 430 branded schemes globally with a combined total of 65,000 units Asia Pacific, led by Thailand and Vietnam, currently has the most schemes in planning and under construction (23% of pipeline) Average price premium for branded residences over non-branded stands at 35% Dubai set to topple New York as the global capital of branded residences The branded residences sector has seen phenomenal growth and there is no sign of it slowing, says Savills in its Branded Residences Report, launched today. The number of branded schemes has grown by 195% in the last decade and there are more than 430 branded schem...

FAQ: How Cendyn Is Preparing for CCPA

Casey Munck | October 11, 2019

By Casey Munck Frequently asked questions As many of you know, the California Consumer Privacy Act will soon go into effect. Like GDPR, it has wide-sweeping effects for the hotel and technology industries at large. To help prepare our customers, we’ve prepared a Q & A below to educate our clients on the new legislature, how hotels need to prepare and what we’re doing to support. Please review thoroughly below and let us know if you have any further questions, which should be directed to Denise Barker, our Privacy and Security Officer at [email protected] What is an overview of the CCPA? This new legislation has a wide impact...

Should Your Panic Button Be Loud or Silent

Larry Mogelonsky | October 9, 2019

By Larry Mogelonsky, MBA, P. Eng. (www.hotelmogel.com) It’s been over a year since many of the major brands and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) united to proclaim the 5-Star Promise pledging to make hotel employee safety a priority, and now we are seeing cities and states start to rapidly adopt legislation mandating that hotels start using electronic safety devices (ESDs). Otherwise known as panic buttons, you should be proactive here rather than wait for some governmental body to dictate terms – they are good for your team’s morale, after all. A prominent question that many hoteliers ask, though, is whether ES...

Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Unveils SureStay Studio

Best Western Hotels & Resorts | October 9, 2019

PHOENIX -- October 9, 2019 -- During General Session on Saturday, October 5th at the 2019 Best Western North American Convention and Global Conference, Best Western Hotels & Resorts (BWHR) announced the expansion of the SureStay Hotel Group with the launch of SureStay StudioSM. Competing in the premium-economy extended stay segment, SureStay Studio was created to respond to the needs of both travelers and hotel developers. "SureStay Studio solidifies BWHR as a global leader in the economy and premium-economy segments," said David Kong, President and Chief Executive Officer of BWHR. "In a short span of time, SureStay Hotel Group ha...

The Castell Project Announces Inaugural Castell Award Winner

The Castell Project | October 9, 2019

ATLANTA -- October 3, 2019 -- Officials of Castell Project, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the careers of women professionals in the hospitality industry, today named Heather McCrory, Accor chief executive officer of North & Central America, as the winner of its inaugural Castell Award honoring a woman leader in the hospitality investment arena. The award was presented to McCrory at the 2019 Lodging Conference held in Phoenix, Ariz., where she received a unique, handcrafted award designed by artist Brad McCollum representing the glass ceilings women rise through as they succeed. A seasoned professional...

The Key to Recruiting & Retaining: Personalized Career Development

Ron Mitchell | October 9, 2019

There are so many economic, technological and political factors that are putting job seekers in control today. Massive job boards and social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn offer easy one-click applications and greater transparency for candidates to assess a company without even having to interview. All of this combined with a healthy economy has many employers - especially in the hotel industry - wondering if they’ll ever be able to have a sense of selectivity or lasting confidence in the workforce that they hire. With the job seeker in control, it’s up to employers to make their case as to why they are the best company to ...

Jim Biggar Joins eXceed Hospitality Asset Advisors As Partner

eXceed Hospitality Asset Advisors | October 8, 2019

Leading independent asset management firm adds depth to leadership team Washington, DC., October 8, 2019– eXceed Hospitality Asset Advisors, a leading hotel and resort advisory firm, announced today that Jim Biggar has joined the firm as Partner. Exceed distinguishes its advisory service by providing highly experienced principals as sole contact with both the client ownership groups and their respective property leadership teams. In making this announcement, Troy Bennett, eXceed Hospitality Asset Advisors Founder said “Today’s lodging environment is increasingly complex and high net worth ownership groups and small investment com...

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