Hotel room occupancy averaged 66.7% in the 12 months ending in September, the strongest demand ever, according to a CoStar Portfolio Strategy study. Demand for rooms is expected to remain strong as the number of rented rooms increased by 2.5% during that 12-month period, while the number of total rooms grew by just 2%.
The spa at California's Rancho Valencia Resort offers the two-hour Lover's Ritual to help couples reconnect. It features a couples bath, a sun bake using clay and essential oils and a massage.
The spa at Qatar's Four Seasons Hotel, Doha, features products and treatments by Biologique Recherche. "Today, the Biologique Recherche methodology has a reputation for astounding effectiveness based on a clinical approach to beauty care using intentionally pure, concentrated, raw ingredients, as well as innovative and meticulous protocols and procedures," Biologique Recherche Chairman Rupert Schmid says.
Black women frequently face workplace discrimination through racial bias and micro-aggressions including co-workers and supervisors commenting on and even touching their hair without permission, especially with the natural hair movement being embraced by many black women, writes Ludmila Leiva. Refinery29 asked 10 women to discuss their experiences having natural hair in the workplace and how nonblack people can contribute to their discomfort at the job.
The House Democratic caucus now has as many women of all races as it does white men for the first time in history, but House staffers in Washington, D.C., remain predominately white. Experts hope the new representation at the top will trickle down into the staff of representatives, but a study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies found that dozens of House members representing districts having more than 33% people of color do not staff a person of color.
Even though 83% of Fortune 500 companies have policies against discrimination toward transgender employees, transgender Americans still face discrimination as they often make less than peers, and the unemployment rate among transgender individuals is well above the national rate, writes George B. Cunningham of Texas A&M University. Fellow employees can help advocate for transgender rights when in a leadership role, as Apple CEO Tim Cook has often done.
Diversity beyond genders is often overlooked or not addressed at all, especially when it comes to inclusion of those with disabilities. Companies including Pan Pacific Hotels Group, SingTel and EDEN + ELIE are making strides by focusing on addressing this issue, but they say leadership must recognize it will take work and be willing to take on this work while not forgetting to celebrate accomplishments, even small ones.
As Gen Z members begin entering the workforce in record numbers, employers should present themselves as a technology-based company that listens to its employees to attract the best of this generation, writes Debby Carreau. With Gen Z looking for diversity and an emphasis on mental and physical health while assessing a company's fit for them, companies should also offer benefits focused on providing a balanced lifestyle, emphasize the candidate experience when hiring and give real-time feedback, Carreau adds.
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