Month: July 2020

Wyndham Sees Opportunity at the Top of the World With Plans to Open First Hotel in Nepal

The catastrophic impact of coronavirus on travel demand isn’t keeping Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from expanding and even introducing a new brand to the Indian subcontinent.

Wyndham announced plans this week to open its first hotels in Nepal and Bhutan over the next year while also moving forward with plans to grow its Hawthorn Suites brand in India. The company sees strong market fundamentals in the region for more of its economy and extended stay brands like Hawthorn, Howard Johnson, and Days Inn as well as the midscale Ramada brand, currently its biggest brand in India.

“I believe, in the

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Sunstone Hotel (SHO) Sells Renaissance Harborplace for $80M

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. SHO has announced the sale of the 622-room Renaissance Harborplace in Baltimore, MD for $80 million. The move comes as part of the company’s strategy to concentrate its portfolio in “Long-Term Relevant Real Estate”. It will also bolster the company’s liquidity position.

The coronavirus crisis and related uncertainties have resulted in a declining lodging demand, as the U.S. states have imposed travel restrictions and mandatory stay-at-home orders, and meetings and conferences have been called off.

As a result, business travelers are grounded, while leisure travelers are scared to go on an outing, affecting lodging REITs like

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Spain to fine tourists who leave their hotel without wearing a face mask

spain beach - getty
spain beach – getty

Tourists in several Spanish holiday hotspots must wear face masks this summer, or risk being hit with hefty fines.

Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and parts of the Basque Country are today adopting harsher rules on protective face coverings following several spikes in new coronavirus infections across the country.

It means that residents and visitors alike in popular tourist destinations such as Barcelona, Majorca and Ibiza are now forbidden from leaving their homes or hotels without wearing a mask, and must wear them at all times while out in public, with those who flout the rules liable

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What Hospitality Can Learn From Boston’s Comeback Plan

Boston travel organizations know they have a giant thorn from their past to overcome for state officials to green light a plan to once again allow the private events and meetings the state’s largest hotels need in order to survive.

A Biogen conference at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel in late February has been labeled an early coronavirus superspreader event — tied to cases both in Massachusetts as well as across the U.S. and Europe when attendees returned home. Massachusetts, one of the hardest hit in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic, eventually went into one of the toughest

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