Category Archives: Hotels & Resorts

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Las Vegas Casino Workers Vote to Strike Starting June 1

On May 22, an overwhelming majority of members of the Culinary Union in Las Vegas voted to go on strike when their current contract ends on May 31. The decision impacts 50,000 servers, bartenders, guest room attendants and cooks, and includes properties operated by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment.

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IHG Joins Shift to Cut Third-Party Planner Commissions

On May 8, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) became the third major hotel brand to cut independent planner commissions from 10 percent to 7 percent. The announcement follows the lead of Marriott International, which made the announcement in January to go into effect in April.

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Marriott Enters Home-Sharing Market

Marriott International has launched a home-sharing program that will allow clients to book a stay in more than 200 homes in London. The six-month pilot program marks Marriott’s official debut in the home-sharing market scene. Marriott could eventually be competing with Airbnb, HomeAway and Booking.com.

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Hotels Set Sights on Reducing Carbon Footprints

Green is the new black—for hotels, especially. In the past decade the hotel industry—particularly the big-box giants—have wholeheartedly embraced green initiatives. And for good reasons. Energy- and water-saving investments are not only better for the environment, but they are also great for the bottom line. Now, with the public becoming increasingly aware of the effects their eco-actions have, hotels have also seen the marketing advantage good environmental stewardship can reap.

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Hotels Step Up to Reduce Water Usage

Hotels are beginning to carry their weight in water conservation efforts. InterContinental San Francisco saves 2 million gallons of water each year by utilizing low-flow faucets and toilets, while MGM Grand Las Vegas has converted its natural grass surfaces to water-efficient desert landscaping and artificial turf…

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Global Meetings Exchange Stirs Attendees’ Creative Juices

Some participants spontaneously drew on windows, while others built Lego structures or engaged in other fun team-building activities. It resembled a festival—which was the intention—but it actually was the opening day of AccorHotels’ Global Meetings Exchange (GME) 2018 at Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal last month.

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