The Resort at Paws Up in Montana, Rwanda's Singita Kwitonda and Serenity at Coconut Bay in St. Lucia are among global hotels that are offering in-room spa services amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Resort at Paws Up offers massages, facials and other treatments.
Los Angeles County has begun phasing out a program to use hotels to house homeless people deemed especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, citing uncertainty over the federal funding that has covered most of the cost. Project Roomkey has accommodated about 4,300 people, or 30% of its goal, and housing is being sought for them, officials say.
Select-service hotels dominated new construction at the end of 2019 and the sector is attracting lifestyle-oriented investors who seek to liven up their utilitarian character. Economy remains a strong selling point, with select-service properties operating at as little as half the staff of full-service hotels.
The Sun Palace in Cancun has reopened after a $40 million renovation that extended to all aspects of the upscale adults-only resort. Natural elements and local flavor permeate the makeover, whose exterior was designed by Palace Resorts' in-house architects and interiors by a Claudia Ferreiro-led team.
Harmony Oschefski and Cedar Hwang, owners of The Bodhi Spa in Newport, R.I., have been named the 2020 Rhode Island Small Business Persons of the Year. "Their commitment to a beautiful and peaceful experience for all who enter their spa is clear, but what I have been most impressed with is their equal commitment to patiently do the hard work involved in growing and expanding their business, whatever challenges may arise. I am proud of them for this well-deserved award," said Josh Daly of the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center.
Half of the more than 1,000 US hotel owners surveyed recently by the American Hotel & Lodging Association said they are at risk of mortgage foreclosure. Nearly three-quarters warned of future layoffs without more government relief, and 68% said they have less than half their pre-pandemic full-time workforce.
Marketing properties as work-from-home alternatives is among strategies Las Vegas casino-resorts are using to make up some of their huge losses from a four-month drought in convention business. The city's 1.4 million visitors in July represented a slight increase from June, but July 2019 saw 3.7 million tourists, about 500,000 of them conventioneers.
A developer is seeking rezoning approval for its proposed Cannon Beach development in Mesa, Ariz. If approved, the project will debut in 2022 and include a 2-acre wave lagoon, splash pads, virtual experience games, a go-kart track, a trampoline park, rock climbing, outdoor games, cabanas, restaurants and a 150-room hotel.
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