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Hyatt breaks ground on inaugural Hyatt Studios hotel

December 7, 2023

Hyatt Hotels has broken ground on the inaugural location of its Hyatt Studios brand—the company’s first upper midscale extended stay brand in the Americas—the company announced on Wednesday, December 6, reports Hotel Dive.

The Mobile, Alabama-based hotel, set to open in 2025, is among others in the Hyatt Studios pipeline; including planned properties in Marysville, California, and Portland, Maine.

Driven by developer demand, the hotel company is among several of its peers, including Marriott and Hilton, to expand in the extended stay space this year.

Hyatt, in collaboration with developer 3H Group has begun construction on the first Hyatt Studios location just outside of Mobile at Tillman’s Corner, near Mobile Bay and Mobile International Airport.

Hyatt Studios will be built in locations where Hyatt’s presence is currently limited, including suburban, interstate and small-town markets.

When the Mobile hotel was first announced in August, Hyatt said there were signed letters of interest for more than 100 other Hyatt Studios hotels as well.

That pipeline has since expanded. According to Hyatt, the company recently executed a franchise agreement for a Hyatt Studios location in Portland, Maine, slated to open in 2025. Giri Hotel Management, a hotel group that operates more than 50 hotels across New England, will develop the 122-room property at Portland International Jetport.

“The continued interest from the development community reaffirms the Hyatt Studios brand’s compelling value proposition,” Hansen said in a statement.

Heightened developer demand for the product type bolstered Marriott International and Hilton to similarly launch extended stay brands, StudioRes and Project H3, respectively. During a third-quarter earnings call, Marriott President and CEO Anthony Capuano said the company was in talks for StudioRes deals in more than 300 U.S. markets.

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Hilton tops ‘World’s Best Workplaces’ ranking

November 30, 2023

Hilton has been named the World’s Best Workplace by Fortune Magazine and Great Place to Work—beating runners up DHL Express, Cisco, and AbbVie, reports Hotel Dive.

The recognition marks the first time a hospitality company has achieved the top spot in the annual ranking program. Based on 14.8 million employee opinions worldwide, organizations were assessed on their efforts to create great workplaces and positively impact people and communities across multiple countries.

Hilton made efforts this year to enhance its workplaces and attract talent, as the hotel industry recouped from pandemic era labor losses. But challenges persist, particularly in Southern California, where workers at several Hilton properties are on strike.

Hilton was selected for the top spot on the World’s Best Workplace ranking after eight consecutive years of appearances further down on the list. In 2022, it took second place, just behind this year’s runner-up DHL Express.

The World’s Best Workplace survey found that 90% of Hilton employees said the company is a great place to work, while 88% said their work has special meaning to them. And 84% of Hilton employees said their management involves workers in decision making that impacts their job or work environment.

The ranking comes after a year of “unwavering focus on creating a workplace that is inclusive, offers strong growth opportunities, [and] is driven by purpose,” Hilton said in a release.

In May, the hotel company launched a campaign aimed at attracting talent and uplifting the work of current team members. The “Every Job Makes the Stay” campaign video featured Hilton employees discussing the impact their work has on daily hotel operations and guest satisfaction.

A lower percentage of Hilton employees surveyed, however, were satisfied with their wages—75% of workers think they receive a fair share of the profits made by Hilton.

Union workers at several California Hilton hotels, including DoubleTree San Pedro, Hilton Pasadena, and Hilton Glendale, are striking over wages they say don’t keep up with the rising cost of living. These workers, along with thousands others from Marriott and Hyatt hotels, are part of the region’s largest multihotel strike in history, which has been ongoing since July.

While workers’ demands have been met by some of the properties involved, disputes continue in the region.

In conjunction with the World’s Best Workplace ranking, Hilton launched a scholarship and financial assistance program that will provide $500,000 to team and community members who are passionate about building and growing careers in hospitality.

The program is a way for Hilton to “thank [its] team members and demonstrate [its] commitment to expanding talent in the hospitality industry,” the company said.
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Sports Illustrated Resorts to open in college towns

September 28, 2023

Travel + Leisure Co. has acquired vacation ownership business rights from Sports Hospitality Ventures to bring Sports Illustrated Resorts to college towns nationwide, the company announced on Wednesday, September 27, reports Hotel Dive.

Each of the sports-themed lifestyle resorts will include a full-service hotel, vacation club, and residential condominiums. The first is slated to open in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in late 2025. 

CEO of Sports Hospitality Ventures Christopher Schroeder said the resorts will cater to guests who “are seeking differentiated experiences that allow them to be more active and participatory,” building on an ongoing trend toward experiential travel.

Sports Illustrated Resorts will be “near universities with devoted fan bases” and integrate Sports Illustrated content into their design, according to Travel + Leisure Co. Each resort will feature attractions centered around live sports, as well as outlets for dining and wellness. Full

Schroeder said the resort brand plans to “immers[e] our guests in sports culture and provid[e] the best entertainment, cuisine, fitness, health and wellness to our guests.”

As the first college town destination for the brand, Tuscaloosa’s Sports Illustrated Resort will offer a health and wellness center dubbed “SI Fit,” as well as various dining and entertainment amenities. The resort will be located across the Black Warrior River from the University of Alabama.

Geoff Richards, COO of vacation ownership at Travel + Leisure Co., said the company’s vision is “to provide members a unique opportunity to totally immerse themselves in gameday life with a piece of their favorite college town, plus flexibility to travel away with their team and beyond.”

Beyond college town locations, the brand will continue to open experiential travel resorts in leisure destinations. Sports Illustrated Resorts opened a beach club in Cap Cana, in the Dominican Republic, in 2022.

The company said it has plans to announce additional college town destinations in the near future.

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LNG Electric to bring EV chargers to 13,000 U.S. hotels

May 29, 2023

Electric vehicle charging provider LNG Electric, in partnership with design firm MD7, will deploy Level 2 and Level 3—also known as Direct Current Fast Charging Stations—at more than 13,000 hotels and 40 multifamily communities natonwide, the company announced on Tuesday, May 23, according to a report by Hotel Dive.

Starting this month, the first batch of Level 2 chargers will be deployed to Marriott and Hilton brand hotels in Ohio, Florida, and Illinois. Each hotel will get two to six chargers, depending on the property size, LNG Electric CEO Taylor Weaver told Hotel Dive.

With the rollout, LNG Electric aims to make EV chargers more widely available and decrease traveler stress by deploying thousands of chargers to a stop already on their itineraries: hotels.

LNG Electric’s deployment is intended to mitigate what Weaver calls “range anxiety”—the stress felt by EV drivers who are unsure of where, or if, they will be able to stop to recharge their cars.

This anxiety was reflected in a 2022 McKinsey study that found that, while EV sales in the United States have climbed by more than 40% each year on average since 2016, nearly half of consumers say battery or charging issues are their top concerns about buying EVs.

According to Weaver, this concern comes from a lack of available EV charging stations. In September, NPR reported that there are about 46,000 charging stations  nationwide, compared to around 150,000 gas stations.

This discrepancy is amplified by the fact that EVs, on average, can travel a shorter distance per station stop. An EV can usually travel less than 200 miles on a full charge, while the average gas-powered car is able to travel between 380 and 460 miles per a full tank, Weaver said. 

While LNG Electric’s first hotel deployments are scheduled for Marriott and Hilton properties, Weaver said any hotel built after 1970 could feasibly accommodate the Level 2 EV charging stations; which can be installed in four to six weeks. Once installed, the Level 2 charger can fully charge a car in four to eight hours.

The Level 3 DCFC charger has a significantly shorter charge time of from 30 to 45 minutes, but it has a more costly and complex installation process, taking three to four months. However, LNG Electric is in talks with several potential partners to deploy the DCFC to reduce charge times nationwide.

Regardless of model, Weaver said, EV charging stations can significantly benefit a hotel owner,—noting they can increase guest satisfaction and potentially revenue as they draw travelers who may not have otherwise stayed but do because they need to charge their car.

Another company bringing EV charging to hotels is EOS Linx. Last year, the company struck a deal with Choice Hotels to install EOS charging stations at the brand’s properties in Atlanta and Chattanooga and Nashville, Tennessee.

“Choice Hotels properties are often located close to highways—making them ideal locations for EV chargers—and this collaboration brings us one step closer to creating a robust EV charging infrastructure that will help support our nation’s EV growth targets,” Blake Snider, president at EOS Linx, said in a company announcement.

Additionally, Georgia-based EV charging network Stay-N-Charge has collaborated with roughly 40 U.S. hotels to install chargers.

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Las Vegas Sands plans $4B casino development on Long Island, New York

March 29, 2023

The Las Vegas Sands, a Paradise, Nevada-based casino and resort company, announced plans to develop a multi-billion-dollar flagship hospitality, entertainment and casino project on Long Island, New York, reports Hotel Dive.

The transaction, which still requires certain approvals, would grant the resort company control of up to 80 acres in Nassau County, New York. The $4 billion Long Island development would include outdoor community spaces, four- and five-star hotel rooms, a live performance venue, convention space and a casino, Newsday first reported.

Other features of the planned site, which is currently home to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, will comprise:

  • Restaurants,
  • Ballrooms,
  • A day spa,
  • A swimming pool, and
  • A health club.

And the perks won’t be just for guests: The Las Vegas Sands plans to partner with trade schools, community colleges, and local universities to offer a wide range of training programs and professional advancement opportunities for laborers on the project.

Robert Goldstein, the company’s chairman and CEO, expects the project to generate thousands of union jobs in both construction and operations. He added that the development will use “cutting-edge sustainable building and operating practices” and will seek guidance from Long Island’s environmental leaders on “its ambition to achieve LEED certification and its goal of being the greenest building on Long Island,” according to a press release.

The company brought in former New York Governor David A. Paterson in 2019 to assist with the development timeline, reported The Nevada Independent. He recently spoke in December at the joint meeting of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce and the Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers to present the plan for the Long Island site, according to World Casino News.

“[Las Vegas Sands’ track record] gives us a unique perspective on what it takes to develop transformative tourism destinations that positively impact the local community,” said Goldstein. “Based on that experience, we strongly believe Long Island can be home to one of the region’s great entertainment and hospitality developments.”

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