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298 | Ready to Order: Ghost kitchen concepts may save the restaurant industry
December 16, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced restaurants to close or scale back in-house dining operations in response to government mandates and residents sheltering in place. The crisis is accelerating the emerging trend of “ghost kitchens,

297 | Reply All: How hotels can use email to build back business
December 09, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of business. Consumer buying habits are no exception as more sales than ever have shifted online. Omnisend recently charted a dramatic increase in consumers’ response to emails from retailers si...

296 | Flexible Business Model: Apartment-hotels are an emerging trend in an industry in crisis
December 02, 2020

It’s well known extended-stay-hotel and short-term-rental sectors have done better than their transient hotel counterparts during the coronavirus pandemic. Even before the crisis hit, residential-type accommodations were seeing a growth in interest fro...

295 | Doing Well: Coronavirus pandemic advances wellness design and programs in hotels
November 18, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing the lodging industry to rethink health and wellness. Designers such as Blanche Garcia of B. Garcia Designs see this as an opportunity for hotels to revise their messaging beyond clean and safe by introducing wellness...

294 | She is a Hotel Investor: What She Has a Deal can teach every hotel investor
November 11, 2020

She Has a Deal, a program that promotes women as hotel owners, last month minted several new investors through its inaugural pitch competition. Long Live Lodging examines what it took for the three women who comprise the team called Datcher to win the ...

293 | Crisis Managers: Coronavirus challenge redefines GM role
November 04, 2020

General managers of hotels throughout the U.S. are redefining their job descriptions as they make beds, do laundry, vacuum lobbies and patrol parking lots – all jobs once done by employees they’ve had to lay off when the coronavirus pandemic struck in ...

292 | People of Persuasion: Travel influencers grow in sophistication and significance in COVID-19 age
October 28, 2020

Hoteliers might think of a travel influencer as a selfie-obsessed millennial looking to wrangle a free night stay in exchange for a positive review. But in the COVID-19 age even influencers would agree: Nobody’s got time for that.

291 | On The Brink: Hotel associations lobby on Capitol Hill to ward off disaster
October 21, 2020

Leaders at AAHOA and the American Hotel & Lodging Association say time is running out for the nation’s 57,000 hotels in need of federal government financial relief as the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. heads into its eighth month. Cecil Staton,

290 | DAY-CATIONS: Hotels turn guest rooms into private office spaces
October 14, 2020

With hotel occupancies hovering around an average of 50 percent, owners and operators are seeking new ways to generate revenue beyond traditional overnight stays. One solution in the works is day use of hotel rooms. Hotel companies such as Red Roof,

289 | OTA Protest: Reform Lodging members to blackout rooms
October 07, 2020

Reform Lodging is a new organization of hotel owners formed to address problems its members are facing as a result of the downturn in business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. First issue on its list is the size of commissions levied by online travel a...