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1. Holiday decoration is gaining momentum this year.
Of course, oversized Christmas trees and twinkling lights will always be a must-have this season. But theaters are booming this year. And we mean big. The Thompson Dallas, for example, is celebrating both its first anniversary and the holiday season with an over-the-top holiday display, featuring 12 miles of LED lighting, 11 different kinds of fresh pine, and over 17,000 ornaments adorning 35 of the Custom Christmas trees, which were created using six tons of custom iron.
Hotels are also thinking big on gingerbread displays this year. The Benson in Portland, Oregon, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Polar Express– themed gingerbread display. Over 100 pounds of gingerbread, 50 pounds of white chocolate, 25 pounds of sculpting chocolate, and five pounds of rice treats were used to replicate the train; the 3D decor is visible at the hotel until December 26. The Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, meanwhile, unveiled a 5-by-9-foot gingerbread replica of the complex, which took over 150 hours to build and is currently on display on the casino floor. Photo: Courtesy of Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
2. Marriott Bonvoy creates its own NFTs.
As NFTs continue to gain prominence, especially at events like Art Basel and Miami Art Week, Marriott is also getting involved. During Art Basel earlier this month, Marriott Bonvoy—Marriott International’s traveler loyalty program — became one of the first hotel brands to create its own NFTs. The digital art, inspired by the program’s recent Power of Travel campaign, was a partnership with digital artists TXREK, JVY and Erick Nicolay. Each of the NFTs was an interpretation of the journey based on the artists’ unique experiences, aimed at illustrating the impact it has on the human mind.
“We are excited to bring our extraordinary portfolio of hotel brands and endless experiences to this growing platform,” said Brian Povinelli, Marriott’s senior vice president, brand, loyalty and portfolio marketing. “We are continually seeking opportunities to challenge the conventional and, with our entry into the digital goods space, we are further igniting the transformative power of virtual world travel while supporting this growing community of incredibly talented artists. “
3. The country’s first net zero hotel will open in April.
And it will be located in New Haven, Connecticut. The 165 rooms Marcel New Haven Hotel will be the first net zero and Passive House certified hotel in the country; it will generate 100% of its own heating and hot water energy through solar panels, and it will include a Power Over Ethernet lighting system, electric car charging stations and more. There will also be 7,000 square feet of event space.
“With the climate crisis and the continued use of fossil fuels posing an existential threat to humanity, I felt compelled to construct a building that could serve as a model of environmental sustainability,” said Bruce Redman Becker of the architectural firm Becker + Becker. “The question shouldn’t be why are we doing this, but why isn’t everyone doing it?” “
Photo: Courtesy of Hyatt4. Hyatt has launched a zero-proof beverage program.
Earlier this week, we spoke with a variety of leading restaurant professionals, and many of them predicted that soft drinks would be in high demand in 2022. A hotel group that is looking at the trend is Hyatt, who recently found that nearly 50% of travelers surveyed in October 2021 were likely to choose a non-alcoholic drink over a beer or cocktail.
The new Zero Proof, Zero Judgment program is being rolled out in several American hotels of the Hyatt’s Alila, Andaz, Destination by Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, JdV by Hyatt, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt and Thompson Hotels brands. It offers creative and tasty cocktails without alcohol, based on Ritual Zero Proof and Fever-Tree products. Along with the new beverage program, Hyatt is also introducing virtual seminars for restaurant, bar and event colleagues that focus on de-stigmatizing the conversation around mental health in the service sector, as well as tools for create a more attentive and considerate work environment.
5. Majority of hotels still report supply chain issues …
According to a new survey by American Hospitality and Accommodation Association (AHLA), supply chain issues are impacting the operations of more than eight out of 10 hotels. AHLA is using the findings, which can be seen here, to advocate for targeted federal relief for employees. hotels.
“Hotels have a complex supply chain that requires a regular supply of a wide range of goods and services every day. And whether it’s production backups or shipping delays, supply chain disruptions exacerbate existing hotel problems and increase operating costs during an already difficult time, ”explained Chip Rogers. , President and CEO of AHLA. “This survey shows how widespread these challenges are for hoteliers. That’s why now is the time for Congress to pass the Safeguarding Hotel Jobs Act, so hotel workers can get the relief they need in these trying times.
6. … but good news, the Omicron variant should not have a major impact on American hotel demand.
This is according to the real estate data company CoStar and hotel analysis company STR, whose preliminary performance data shows no impact of the COVID-19 Omicron variant on US hotel demand. Additionally, the companies note, the trends suggest that any impact going forward is likely to be minimal. The CoStar team adds that in the United States, hotel revenues per available room have trended upward and, in preliminary data for November, was only 5% below pre-pandemic levels in 2019. Click here to read more.
7. A new training course for dating professionals focuses on infectious disease awareness.
the Global Biohazard Advisory Council (GBAC) – the team behind the GBAC STAR facility and service accreditation programs, which have become the gold standard for site cleanliness during COVID-19 – has launched a new training course focused on improved knowledge of cleaning for the health of individuals in all companies. The online course, “Infectious Disease Awareness in the Workplace: COVID-19 Considerations,” highlights how pathogens spread and cause disease, as well as the role that cleaning and proper hygienic disinfection play in the prevention of infections. Click here to register.
8. Noble House Hotels uses technology to organize creative group experiences.
Boutique hotel brand Noble House Hotels & Resorts partnered with a tech company Path to launch a one-of-a-kind bookable experience menu. The new offering features local artisans, entrepreneurs and businesses available to organize unique and curated regional experiences for hotel guests and groups, who can browse options by category or ambiance and book directly from the hotel’s website. the hotel. The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle is the first property to launch this platform, and Noble House will launch the offer in several other locations soon, including the Kona Kai Resort & Spa, the River Terrace Inn, the Jekyll Island Club Resort, the San Diego Mission Bay Resort and L ‘Auberge Del Mar.