HotStats | July 17, 2020
When 2020 is over and done with (could not come sooner, right?), “social distancing” will be the frontrunner for buzz term of the year. It doesn’t even matter that the World Health Organization has lobbied vigorously for the phrase to be dropped in favor of “physical distancing.” Poppycock ... hogwash ... piffle ... social distancing shall proceed as the preferred patois of the pandemic. Social distancing will play a key role in hospitality operations going forward, and in no place will this be more pronounced than food and beverage operations (F&B), which include restaurants, bars and conference and banqueting. F&...
Hotel Data Conference | June 16, 2020
HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—The 2020 edition of the Hotel Data Conference will feature a hybrid format and limited in-person attendance to accommodate for social distancing measures and travel challenges around the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are confident that this updated format will provide the value expected by our industry while placing non-negotiable emphasis on safety,” said Patrick Mayock, an STR VP and co-lead of the HDC Planning Committee. “At the same time, we understand that HDC will be one of the first industry events out of the gate and can provide a template for conferences set for later this year and early in 2021.” ...
Hospitality Insights | May 1, 2020
How social distancing is impacting the foodservice industry, and what new trends and innovations operators can expect to see in the coming weeks, months and years. Social distancing: not just a trend, but a new pattern In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, government-mandated closures and social distancing measures have heavily impacted the foodservice industry on a global level, forcing many businesses to re-strategize as they fight for short-term survival. But what will happen in the long run? Experts predict that the new containment measures – and in particular, social distancing – will last well beyond the next few weeks, as government...
Larry Mogelonsky | April 8, 2020
By Larry Mogelonsky Whenever the pandemic subsides, fear and new social patterns might linger for quite some time after that in what could best be described as ‘post coronavirus stress disorder’ (PCSD). Such a mass behavioral shift dictates that hospitality will need to adapt yet again to meet any demand changes. While people will always want to vacation in far-off lands or visit new cities for business trips, the new normal of social distancing will result in many travelers developing a profound and lasting stigma against widely shared spaces including hotel lobbies, packed restaurants, communal office setups and even guestrooms in...
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