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Chip Rogers AHLA President & CEO The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) recently launched Safe Stay – a commitment to enhanced cleaning measures and safety guidelines that help us meet and exceed the concerns created during the pandemic…Read More

Hotel Program for New Yorkers Working in Hospitals & Other Care Settings The City of New York’s COVID-19 Hotel Program provides free hotel stays to eligible New Yorkers who cannot isolate where they live and wish to reduce the risk of transmission at home. This will help New York City stop the spread of COVID-19…Read More

Australia’s Victoria state to require testing for returning travelers as cases grow - Australia’s Victoria state will mandate coronavirus testing for returning travelers amid an uptick in cases, some of unknown origin. Staff working at hotels where people returning from travel complete mandatory isolation periods are among those who have recently tested positive for the virus. This weekend, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said the outbreak among hotel workers could [...]

Considerations for Hotel Owners and Managers: How to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Unoccupied Floors – Low occupancy decreases water flow, which can decrease disinfectant levels and increase the risk of Legionella growth. The problems that lead to Legionnaires’ disease are preventable through water management programs. A water management program is a multi-step, continuous process designed to Identify areas in a building where Legionella could grow and spread, reduce [...]

Tips to help hospitality overcome the difficulties that coronavirus brings

Hospitality Net By Bogdan Romashko, Chief Marketing Officer Use this time for hotel maintenance and renovation - Coronavirus outbreak doesn’t mean hoteliers are closing doors and are just waiting for this period to end. It’s a perfect time to catch up and improve. Whether it is a spontaneous renovation or completing your Property Improvement Plan, there’s no [...]

COVID-19: Addressing the Risks of Nontraditional Hotel Use

MARSH The COVID-19 pandemic has led to severe disruptions of the global economy and many industries, including hospitality. The pandemic has forced hotel owners and operators to take drastic response measures, including furloughing and terminating employees. In many cases, hotel properties have been closed while governments and health officials focus on social distancing to slow [...]

Return-to-work guide aims to assist employers

Hotel Management by Elaine Simon | Apr 27, 2020 As cities and states contemplate lifting portions of stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders related to COVID-19, many employers are beginning to make preparations for restarting normal work operations. In response, Ogletree Deakins, labor and employment law firm, has launched the Return to Work Guide, which offers more than 100 [...]

Companies help laid-off employees in variety of ways

Hotel News Now By  Dana Miller Though much of the industry is suffering from layoffs, companies are trying to provide financial and emotional support as well as food to employees in need. Here’s what two management companies and one California hotel are doing…HR REPORT FROM THE U.S.—With furloughs and layoffs rippling through the industry [...]

Interim Guidance for Hotels Providing Lodging for Healthcare Professionals and Other Persons Potentially Exposed to COVID-19*

Richmond, Ky., April 3, 2020 - Association For Linen Management – Management and Laundering of Textiles Used by Persons Exposed to COVID-19 Hotel management, specifically the housekeeping supervisor, should take steps to protect housekeeping employees who will be collecting the textiles used by people potentially exposed to COVID-19. The housekeeping staff should receive training on proper [...]

Marriott Will Get Past the Coronavirus – The international hotel chain structures its business so it’s resilient, which will help it through tough economic times.

The Motley Fool – Lawrence Rothman, CFA Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) has taken it on the chin over the last month, with shares down some 40% in that time. That’s not surprising, with the novel coronavirus pandemic leading to warnings about large group gatherings and many individuals and companies halting travel. The Centers for Disease Control [...]

CDC – The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION…READ MORE Resources for Businesses and Employers Plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employer Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations…READ MORE  

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA  3990-03 2020 Describes basic steps that every employer can take to reduce the risk of worker exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in their workplace. Develop an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan Prepare to Implement Basic Infection Prevention Measures. For most employers, [...]

Marriott is beginning to furlough employees

New York (CNN Business) By Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, has started furloughing employees. Tens of thousands of workers could be affected by the furloughs as demand dries up for travel because of the growing coronavirus pandemic. All levels of Marriott employees could be furloughed, from housekeepers to general managers. There won’t be [...]

Marriott International Statement on Cleaning Protocols

Marriott News Center:  We take standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and are taking steps to ensure the safety of our guests and associates. The Company has been closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization statements regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). On a daily basis, our hotels around [...]

Live updates: As U.S. coronavirus cases top 1,000, mixed signs of recovery in China, South Korea

The Washington Post – By Adam Taylor and Teo Armu As the number of novel coronavirus cases topped 1,000 in the United States amid widening public disruption, Asian nations were struggling to recover from their own outbreaks Wednesday. In the United States, government officials and business announced sweeping steps to contain the rapidly expanding outbreak. Five more deaths [...]

Marriott’s Updated Statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World HealthOrganization’s statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and following guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments. The wellbeing of our guests and associates is of paramount importance. We continue to waive cancellation fees for hotel stays…READ MORE

US death toll rises to 19, New York declares state of emergency

Bloomberg - By   Patrick  Clark The hotel industry is waking up to the adverse effects of the coronavirus. After weeks of conference cancellations, corporate travel restrictions and cratering stock values, lodging owners are pulling guidance and cutting expenses while the spread of the virus socks hotel demand. The shift in tone comes after the largest companies in [...]

Large ski-resort owner, two hotel companies rescind guidance amid coronavirus outbreak

MarketWatch – By Jeremy C. Owens Travel companies continued to say that the spread of COVID-19 was making financial forecasts untenable Monday afternoon, when a ski-resort company and two hotel real-estate investment trusts rescinded financial guidance…READ MORE

What Happens in Vegas if No One Stays in Vegas?

The New York Times – Julie Creswell – @julie_creswell – Sapna Maheshwari, Jack Nicas and Brooks Barnes contributed reporting. When the coronavirus first broke out in China in January, the disruption to the hospitality industry — and the broader travel sector — seemed confined to people going to and from the country. But as the [...]


Independent – – Cathy Adams at Cathman Marriott will get rid of single-use toiletries from its guestrooms by next December, representing the latest hotel brand to ditch plastic amenities. The hotel chain will replace single-use bottles of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel with bulk-size pump-topped bottles at most of its hotels by the end of 2020. The [...]