A hotel project is on track to break ground by year's end in Cambria, Calif. The new property will include an estimated $118,000 bronze sculpture by Gail Folwell.
Former Deloitte executive Christie Smith will replace Denise Young Smith as Apple's vice president of diversity after the latter announced she will step down from the position after six months on the job. Smith will report directly to Deirdre O'Brien, who is the human resources chief for Apple.
21st Century Fox is establishing a Workplace Professionalism and Inclusion Council to ensure Fox News strengthens its female and minority inclusion efforts and promotes a safe work environment for everyone. The council is mostly made up of members independent of Fox and is part of a response to the series of sexual harassment allegations against network members.
Homewood Suites, Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport and Hilton's H Hotel are the latest hotel additions to the Los Angeles International Airport area. Several other hotels have invested millions in upgrades, such as artwork and specialty bars, to keep pace with the airport's recent $14 billion renovation.
KHP Capital Partners, which recently purchased Hotel Minneapolis for $46 million from Chesapeake Lodging Trust, plans to invest millions to renovate the 111-year-old building. The renovation of the 222-room downtown hotel is scheduled to start in late 2018.
Last week Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, opened the Storm Chaser, a waterslide featuring video game technology. Rafts that feature illuminating color-coded buttons allow riders to hit targets on their way down the slide.
The latest analysis by STR and Tourism Economics is predicting a 2.4% jump in US hotel demand for 2017 and occupancy rates to hit 65.7% for the year. "Looking past the shifts in the data, we think hotel performance should remain steady -- very much like current economic conditions," said STR's Jan Freitag.
AccorHotels on Sunday celebrated 50 years in business with local events at 2,000 properties worldwide. "We felt that there was no better way to celebrate 50 years of operation than to honor the local heroes and residents in our communities around our hotels," said Chief Operating Officer Olivier Granet.
Marriott was the initial client of Universal Music Group when the companies came together three years ago, taking a new approach to live music and brand partnerships. Marriott approached UMG with the challenge of broadening the appeal of Marriott's loyalty program.