The Department of Labor has decided to rescind an Obama Administration rule that expanded the joint employer standard established under the National Labor Relations Board’s 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries of California decision, a move that the American Hotel & Lodging Association applauded. Read more.
This week during the NYU Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the Trump Organization announced its plans for a three-star hotel chain, American IDEA. The brand will debut in Mississippi with a design focused on U.S. icons and culture. Trump Organization CEO Eric Danziger said that the plans have been in the works for two years, and are not related to politics. American IDEA will compete with midscale and upper-midscale brands. The Trump Organization announced earlier this year that it will also add four-star, boutique-style brand, Scion, to the company’s portfolio. Read more.
InterContinental Hotels Group is planning a new brand that will add to the Candlewood Suites and Holiday Inn experiences. The details will be announced at a conference in Las Vegas on June 19, and the name of the brand has not yet been disclosed. Read more here.
A new Rutgers University study suggests that Airbnb hosts may be more likely to discriminate against those with disabilities. Researchers sent more than 3,800 varying requests to hosts and found that 75 percent of travelers who did not mention any disability were granted preapproval. Conversely, that rate fell to varying levels depending on the disability mentioned in the original request—61 percent for dwarfism, 50 percent for blindness, 43 percent for cerebral palsy, and 25 percent for spinal cord injuries. Airbnb said that it is partnering with disability organizations to provide hosts with education, and plans to release an accessibility listing this summer. These studies spotlight and emphasize the importance of applying regulations such as those under the Americans with Disabilities Act to newcomers in the lodging landscape. Read more.
With so many marketing tools and strategies available, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the options. By focusing on what’s important—serving guests—hotels can better target their marketing efforts and improve efficiency. Read a breakdown of areas where marketing may have the biggest impact on guests here.
A Tourism Economics study from 2015 of U.S. group room nights found that more than one in three were booked outside an event’s contracted room blocks. This trend poses a challenge for both hotels and meeting planners who risk financial loss as a result. Read about this issue and possible solutions here.