Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Norton Grange Coastal Village in Yarmouth is due to reopen in March following a three-month refurbishment.
It comes six months after wind turbine blade factory Vestas closed, in Newport, with the loss of 425 jobs.
The resort, part of Warner Leisure Hotels, will host a recruitment day for potential employees on Saturday between 1000 GMT and 1900 GMT.
The 112-room hotel will be built on the old gin site property at the end of Main Avenue. The project has been approved by Hilton Worldwide, owner of the Hampton Inn chain, and construction should begin this year, possibly within six months, Palmer said.
“I’m excited about this, and I’m excited for Northport,” Palmer said. “It’s a wonderful project, and it’s long overdue.”
Although a hotel has long been part of Northport’s downtown riverfront master plan, the City Council still must approve the design of the project to ensure it meshes with the overall scope of the riverfront area, said City Administrator Scott Collins. The council also must discuss street plans and traffic flow with the developers, he said.
But Collins said he is encouraged by the developers’ proposal.
“Obviously, we are excited and pleased and look forward to it taking place,” Collins said. “This should be used as something that generates interest in the riverfront and the downtown as a whole.”
Councilman Jay Logan, who represents the downtown area, said he is glad that construction will finally begin along the riverfront.
“It’s going to bring some much-needed jobs to the area, and that is one major thing,” Logan said.
InterContinental Hotels CEO: Business travelers returning in "trickle, not a stream;" China to lead recovery
Here is InterContinental Hotels Group CEO Andy Cosslett's second blog post, written exclusively for Hotel Check-In. Cosslett started his day in London by announcing IHG's fourth-quarter and full-year 2009 results. In his own words (with my emphasis in bold)...
We announced our full year financials this morning and although we posted an expected drop in operating profit of 34%, mainly driven by a drop in global revenue per available room (revpar) of almost 15% ,we're ahead of where most of our shareholders thought we would be - and crucially ahead of the competition.
We opened 439 new hotel in 2009 - a record for us and a huge achievement given the state of the economy. And key for us, we removed 187 poorer performing hotels, really driving up the quality of our estate around the world, especially in our Holiday Inn brand, as part of our global relaunch.
The two big questions of the day have been: are we seeing an improvement in business travel and when do we think the downturn will become an upturn. So let me try my best to answer these.
Business travelers have been scarce throughout 2009. It's been the lack of business travelers that led to the drop in prices across the industry I spoke about yesterday. Now, we're beginning to see early signs that the business traveler is coming back. It's a trickle at this point, not a stream. But it's a start. On the downside, corporate companies tend to set travel policies on an annual basis, so even if the economy begins to pick up, the hotel industry will lag behind the recovery.
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On the upside, it's clear you can't manage people effectively through phone calls and teleconferences. Face to face contact, get togethers and meetings are the lifeblood of industry and this recession has again proven this to be the case. So, it's not a case of if the business traveler will return; it's a case of when. And I'm afraid I don't have a crystal ball, but the early signs are promising. As for the upturn, again, no crystal ball, but there are a few factors we can look at and I'll start with
Our revenue per available room for Asia Pacific in January is up over 11% compared to Europe down 3% and the
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And it doesn't stop there.
And what about the rest of the world? There are definitely early signs of recovery and in the
Thursday, February 11, 2010
In the past two weeks, the luxury Midtown hotel has received between 8,000 and 10,000 applications.
Dale McDaniel, hotel general manager, said that is not unusual.
“It is not unusual to have 5,000 or so applications,” he told the AJC. “But it is a sign of the times. A lot of people have been laid-off in the business.”
The hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit industries in the economic slump, McDaniel said. They are hoping things will rebound this year and in 2011.
For the next two weeks they will continue taking applications. They are looking for room attendants, cooks, a bell person and maintenance workers. A complete list of openings can be found at loewshoteljobs.com.
They will then start training their new hires for their spring opening.
Lake Las Vegas is about 15 miles away from the city. Businesses in the area have had several challenges through the years -- golf courses closing down and some resorts changing ownership because of money problems.
Residents say they are sad to see the Ritz go and admit Lake Las Vegas has encountered some tough times, but business is going on.
Fred and Barbara Hudoff enjoy their morning walks through the Village at Lake Las Vegas.
"We decided that we would build some property out here and invest in the area. We bought two lots in south shore," said Fred Hudoff.
The Hudoff's have had a place there since 2002 -- a time when Lake Las Vegas had three golf courses to choose from and a fourth in the works. But then the economy took a hit.
"The fourth golf course was supposed to open. It was all leveled out and graded and then this problem hit," he said.
The couple can't help but think about one of Lake Las Vegas' big properties, the Ritz, closing in May.
"The company decided to close it because they weren't going to fund it anymore and without funding we can't run a five diamond hotel," said Vivian Deuschl with the Ritz-Carlton.
Deuschl helped open the Ritz almost seven years ago and never expected this property would have to close.
"It costs a great deal of money to run a five diamond resort. We are the operators, not the owners. I want to make that clear. And we really didn't have a choice," she said.
Choices are something locals of the lake and visitors have.
Brian Johnson with Loews Lake Vegas Resort wants people to know the Ritz closing doesn't mean the lake is drying up anytime soon.
"It was unfortunate to hear about the recent developments here at Lake Las Vegas and the local community, but the fact remains, here at Loews in Lake Las Vegas, we are committed to our community and team members. We are hiring," he said.
The Ritz says hotels on the Strip have been asking to see if their employees might be interested on taking jobs on Strip properties because of the training that Ritz employees have.
The Ritz also says it's too early to say if once the economy gets better, the hotel will be back.