Looking ahead to the 2020 Olympics, the Japanese government will require expanded access for wheelchair users in hotels. Only new and renovated hotels of 50 rooms or more will be covered by the mandate, which is in response to requests from the International Paralympic Committee and advocates for people with disabilities.
Construction has begun on a new hotel alongside Tucson's Casino Del Sol, part of an expansion project by the hotel and casino that opened in 2011. In addition to the 151-room hotel, plans call for a new 90-space RV park, expansion of Casino Del Sol's existing meeting space and addition of an 11,000-square-foot event center at sister property Casino of the Sun.
The Lafayette restaurant at the Hay-Adams in Washington, D.C., keeps Peepers-brand reading glasses on hand for patrons. "We started buying them at CVS and providing generic black frame reading glasses, and they were popular and people appreciated the gesture. But we're not the plain black reading kind of place, so we wanted to give it a bit of flair," said Colette Marquez, the hotel's manager.
AccorHotels Chairman and CEO Sebastien Bazin says hotels can use their close interactions with guests to build loyalty. "Google, Amazon, Airbnb have never, ever met the guest," he said at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference.
Four Sisters Inns has grown to 16 properties in California by retaining its focus on creating a home away from home that extends to its employees. "We've tried to create an environment where everyone feels valued and part of the team, and respected regardless of what position they have," said owner Shelley Post.
Recycling is a conspicuous priority at the MGM National Harbor hotel and casino in Prince George's County, Md., following a companywide sustainability policy. Guests have responded to the initiative, which features 135 recycling bins throughout the property and separation of recyclables from disposables by staff.
A mixed-use complex in Sykesville, Md., comprising 12 historically designated buildings, has been acquired by Warfield Cos. and is set for redevelopment. Plans call for the property, renamed Warfield at Historic Sykesville, to house a full-service hotel, about 180 residential units, a 27-acre park and 600,000 square feet of retail, office and light industrial space.
Rooms with stoves and full-size refrigerators, along with an indoor pool and two outdoor grills, highlight the TownePlace Suites Marriott that's set to open next month in Newburgh, Ind. The extended-stay hotel is the first of the brand in the Newburgh-Evansville area.
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