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Parisian Hotels Struggle After Terrorist Attack

Following last weekend’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the city’s five-star Le Bristol hotel lost more than $530,000 because of canceled reservations. The property is just one of many suffering from tourists and business travelers cutting trips short or cancelling travel plans all together. Of the many industries hurt in the aftermath of the attacks, hospitality has been among those hit the hardest, reports The New York Times. The article says hotel and tourism leaders in Paris are examining the repercussions for the industry. During a good year, Paris’ 1,600 hotels have the potential to generate 4.4 billion euros or more in revenue. But as the year comes to a close, performance could be significantly slowed. Several events have been postponed or scaled back, and 200 planned events around the city have been canceled due to security concerns.

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Carlson Rezidor Comments on Radisson Blu Attack

This morning, gunmen stormed a Radisson Blu hotel around 7 a.m. in Bamako, Mali, taking a number of hostages. In the latest report from The New York Times, three are dead. Security forces have launched a counterattack, reports CNN in its latest update of the situation. Carlson Rezidor has released the following statement about the attack: “Our safety and security teams and our corporate team are in constant contact with the local authorities in order to offer any support possible to re-instate safety and security at the hotel. At this point we do not have further information and continue to closely monitor the situation.” [Update, 3:15 p.m. CT]: Up to 27 people have been reported dead in the Mali hotel attack. Local law enforcement in Bamako indicate the remaining hostages have been freed and the siege has ended at the hotel. “I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy and express gratitude to law enforcement and first responders on the scene,” David P. Berg, CEO of Carlson Hospitality Group, said in a statement. “As the investigation unfolds, our priority is to take care of our guests, employees and their families involved.”

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U.S. Travel Continues Support of Visa Waiver Program

The U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Jonathan Grella issued the following statement in response to congressional moves that would undermine the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) in the wake of terror activity in Europe: “It would be a grave error by Congress to scapegoat a successful program—without as much as a hearing—that had zero to do with a recent tragedy. On crucial matters of security above all others, Congress is obligated to be as clear-eyed and deliberative as possible, and not fall prey to the time-honored tradition of rushed, emotional overreactions. “We are concerned that VWP critics are not taking the proper time to listen to security experts, who overwhelmingly extol the security benefits of the program. We are concerned even more by the unknown consequences or expenses of an elaborate new ‘system’—devised and deployed in an instant—to overhaul VWP without appropriate vetting or scrutiny.” For the full statement, click here.

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On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

Hilton Worldwide has announced the appointment of Ronen Nissenbaum as vice president of operations, luxury hotels–Americas. In the newly created position, he will be responsible for all Hilton Worldwide luxury properties within the region inclusive of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts. Since June 2014, he has served as managing director of the Waldorf Astoria New York and Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York. Here is a look at more notable job moves that took place this week: Robert Pratt has joined O’Neill Hotels & Resorts as president of ONE Hospitality, the company’s operating division. For the past four years, he served as president of Coast Hotels. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Jolene Reid director of development for Canada. She previously launched a successful chain of spa franchises in Canada, and served as director of development for Travelodge Canada. InterContinental Hotels Group has appointed Jonathan Lund regional vice president, Canada franchise performance support. Throughout his 30-year career, 20 years have been spent working at IHG-managed hotels. Prior to his hiring, Lund worked for Fortis Properties as director of hospitality operations. Manual Rozehmal has been appointed executive chef of The Farm, a restaurant showcased in ...

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Execs Expect Brands to Be Cut in Marriott-Starwood Merger

If the Marriott-Starwood merger is successful, there will be 19 overlapping full-service brands under one umbrella. According to Forbes, most executives expect some of these brands to be eliminated. “A number of brands will become obsolete. A number of hotels will change brands. There will be consolidation of brands,” Ricco de Blank, CEO of Hong Kong-based SHKP Hotels, explains in the article. According to de Blank, only 20 percent of customers agree with the 80 percent of CEOs who believe their brand differs from the competition. As an example, the article cites that Vista International was done away with when Hilton International and Hilton Hotels Corp. merged, while U.S.-based Hilton’s international brand Conrad survived. For the full story, click here.

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