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Marriott Hotels Set To Lay Off Tens Of Thousands

USA Today reports: Marriott International is poised to place tens of thousands of employees on furlough as the hotel giant reels from the coronavirus outbreak. The travel industry is grappling with a tidal wave of cancelations as Americans heed public warnings to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Marriott, which had about 174,000 employees globally at the end …

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Many Las Vegas Casinos, Hotels To Temporarily Close

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports: MGM Resorts International announced Sunday it is temporarily suspending operations at all Las Vegas properties “until further notice” effective Tuesday. Casino operations are set to close Monday, followed by hotel operations. The company will not be taking reservations prior to May 1. The Las Vegas-based company operates the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, …

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Marriott Joins Move To Eliminate Small Plastic Bottles

The Associated Press reports: It could be lights out for tiny toiletries. Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, said Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020. They’ll be replaced with larger bottles or wall-mounted dispensers, depending on the hotel. The move follows a similar announcement …

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Holiday Inn Parent To Drop Mini Shampoo Bottles

The Associated Press reports: The fight to save the seas from plastic waste may mean the end for mini bottles of shampoo and other toiletries that hotel guests love to stuff into their luggage. The owner of Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotels says Tuesday that its nearly 843,000 guest rooms are switching to bulk-size bathroom amenities as part of an …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Hotel Clerk Tells Customer “The Best Western Is Next Door” After She Calls Him The N-Word

News One reports: An apparent hotel clerk who said he was called the N-word by a would-be guest was getting the last laugh after he tweeted a video of the exchange Sunday night that ended up going viral. The video shows the unidentified clerk, a Black man, rejecting each desperate attempt to stay at the hotel by the woman who …

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Marriott Reveals Massive Customer Data Breach

CNBC reports: Marriott International said on Friday that a guest reservation database of its Starwood Hotel brand was breached, potentially exposing information on about 500 million guests. The company said its investigation showed that an unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information, and that there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014. The company said it had …

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Hackers Unveil “Master Key” To Millions Of Hotel Rooms

ZDNet reports: Security researchers have built a master key that exploits a design flaw in a popular and widely used hotel electronic lock system, allowing unfettered access to every room in the building. The electronic lock system, known as Vision by VingCard and built by Swedish lock manufacturer Assa Abloy, is used in more than 42,000 properties in 166 countries, …

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Trump Gives Up On Flagship Manhattan Hotel

The New York Times reports: The announcement came on his television show, “The Apprentice.” Donald J. Trump would open his second luxury hotel in New York, a “work of art” in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan that would become “an awe-inspiring masterpiece.” That was 11 years ago. The 46-story skyscraper, it turned out, was actually an albatross for Mr. Trump …

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Progressive Anti-Trump Hotel To Open In DC

Bloomberg reports: The first thing you’ll see when you walk into Eaton Workshop, a hotel opening in late spring 2018 in Washington, is a custom-commissioned video art installation by AJ Schnack, shown on a series of vintage-style television screens. All day long, it’ll broadcast a montage of footage from the presidential elections of 2012 and 2016 that’s built around one …

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Brutal Review From Luxury Travel Group Rates Trump’s DC Hotel As Third-Worst New Hotel In The World

The Washingtonian reports: Before the Trump International Hotel opened, Donald Trump liked to brag that the business he and his family built inside the Old Post Office would be “one of the great hotels of the world.” But according to a year-end list of new luxury hotels from a travel group that specializes in high-end accommodations, it’s one of the …

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DC Judge Orders Trump To Sit For Day-Long Deposition Over His Suit Against Celebrity Chef Jose Andres

CNN reports: Before President-elect Donald Trump heads to the White House on January 20, he will find himself back in the witness chair for questioning in his ongoing contractual dispute with celebrity chef, Jose Andres. DC Superior Court Judge Jennifer A. Di Toro ruled Wednesday that Trump must sit for a deposition in New York City the first week of …

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Nobody Wants To Stay At Trump’s New DC Hotel

Not even with the room rates slashed by 50%. New York Magazine reports: Last weekend bankers and dignitaries from around the world descended on Washington for the annual World Bank–IMF meetings. But just a few days before the conference, rooms were not only still available at Trump International, they were heavily discounted. On October 2, a deluxe room, with a …

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QUARANTINE: Norovirus Breakout At GOP Hotel

The Los Angeles Times reports: At least a dozen California GOP staff members at the Republican National Convention have been quarantined in their hotel rooms after becoming ill with what appears to be a highly contagious norovirus, also known as the cruise-ship virus, according to officials from both the California GOP and local health agencies. “It looks like norovirus,” said …

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MISSISSIPPI: Hospitality Group To Offer “Everyone’s Welcome Here” Signs To Eateries, Hotels, And Shops

A Mississippi hospitality group with 1400 hotels, restaurants, and shops among its members has a plan to mitigate damage to the state’s reputation. From Jackson’s ABC affiliate: Mike Cashion, executive director of the MHRA, said “when HB 1523 was signed, Mississippi was thrust into the national spotlight. Regardless of its intent, this legislation has created a level of controversy and …

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IOWA: Hotel Calls 911 Over Trans Patrons [AUDIO]

The ACLU has filed a complaint. They write: “911, what’s your emergency?” There are a lot of situations that may warrant calling 911. But seeing a transgender person is not one of them. But that’s exactly what a hotel manager in West Des Moines, Iowa, did when Meagan Taylor and her friend, both Black transgender women, checked into the hotel. …

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AFA Claims Victory As Hilton Drops In-Room Porn

The American Family Association is declaring victory over perversion today, reporting that Hilton Hotels no longer offers in-room adult movies. Via press release: Since 1992, AFA has been pleading with Hilton to get out of the pornography business. We’re glad to announce that efforts by AFA and our friends at Morality in Media (MIM) have been fruitful. Over the years, …

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New York Times: Hotelier Ian Reisner DID Make A Campaign Donation To Ted Cruz

Via the New York Times: When the gay hoteliers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass found themselves under siege for hosting a dinner for Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who is running for president and has been vociferously opposed to same-sex marriage, they repeatedly stressed that the event was not a fund-raiser. “There were no checks given, it was nothing like …

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Mecca To Get World’s Biggest Hotel

Via the Guardian: Four helipads will cluster around one of the largest domes in the world, like sideplates awaiting the unveiling of a momentous main course, which will be jacked up 45 storeys into the sky above the deserts of Mecca. It is the crowning feature of the holy city’s crowning glory, the superlative summit of what will be the …

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Hotelier Ian Reisner Continues Apology Tour, Donates $20K To Fire Island PAC

Per the president of the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association, the below apology from Manhattan hotelier Ian Reisner was read at the group’s meeting over the weekend. Dear Members of our Community, First I want to clear up that Mati Weiderpass has zero involvement or ownership in the Pines. Now let me state unequivocally that I made mistakes. While …

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Hotels Seek To Block WiFi Hotspots

Via the Wall Street Journal: An industry group that includes Marriott International Inc. has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for guidance on whether hotels are acting within the law when they disable unauthorized WiFi access points set up on their properties. The hotels say they are trying to make sure their own wireless networks don’t get bogged down and to …

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