Category Archives: Hotels & Resorts

Women Leading at Big Apple Events

Old Blue Eyes said that if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. More women than ever seem to be making their way to the top of the hospitality industry in the city known for tall towers and tailored suits at the door.

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W Hotels Roll Out New Pride Initiatives

In the spirit of pride month, W Hotels announced plans on Monday to release a series of destination guides for the LGBTQ community that offer value beyond pride festivals. The company says it recognizes that LGBTQ guests are no different than other travelers—they, too, want a uniquely crafted experience.

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Las Vegas Culinary Union

MGM/Caesars Avert Strike

The Culinary Union in Las Vegas has reached a tentative five-year labor deal with Caesars Entertainment Corp. that could avert the first strike in 30 years in the city. Early today, a tweet by a representative of the union said the agreement covers some 12,000 of the 50,000 resort workers.

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Union Strike

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

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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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