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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 [...]

Hotel Preventive Maintenance: Focus Areas

HospitalityNet – 23 February 2018 – by Lillian Connors One of the most important tasks of the hotel maintenance department is to cut the overall expenses by protecting its assets – building, equipment and supplies, through preventive maintenance measures. These measures are not restricted only to maintenance crews…READ MORE

Cameras found in hotel rooms of Madison students on a school trip

ISTHMUS by Dylan Brogan December 12, 2019 Madison East High students found several hidden cameras in their hotel rooms while attending a recent school-sponsored conference in Minneapolis… READ MORE

Strategies for Engaging the Maintenance Workforce

FacilitiesNet – By Laurie A. Gilmer, P.E. Engaged technicians can help managers revamp a department’s image and drive an organization’s success. Facility managers have a few strategies they can use to engage their departments’ supervisors and front-line technicians: The vision-mission link. Connect the vision of the organization to the mission of the facilities department. Help the [...]

“Robot Rooms”: How Guests Use and Perceive Hotel Robots

HOSPITALITY NET By Rohit Verma and Lina Zhong Robot-assisted hotel services get generally high marks in a study of guests at 88 hotels in China. Guests reported making fairly frequent use of the robots, primarily for such relatively simple functions as turning on the lights and turning off the TV. Chief problems occur when the robot cannot recognize [...]

How To Solve Your Single-Use Water Bottle Issue

Buildings Magazine – October 2019 Single-Use Water Bottle are a major environmental problem. Americans throw away over 60 million every day. One 12 precent are ever recycled. All because we don’t trust our… READ MORE 

Key Components of Fire Protection Systems

FacilitiesNet Fire-protection and life safety systems include building exit systems, fire-alarm systems, and fire-suppression systems. FireFire-protection and life safety systems include building exit systems, fire-alarm systems, and fire-suppression systems. Fire-prevention codes specify the proper maintenance and repair of these systems. Fire protection involves the installation and use of structural and operational systems to minimize the [...]