Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara, Calif., contended with wildfires and mudslides after opening last year, with the natural disasters filling the hotel with displaced citizens while forcing the property to operate under emergency conditions. "All of our team members jumped in without hesitation ... providing shelter, finding clothes and basic necessities for those who had lost everything, taking care of pets and doing whatever possible to support our neighbors and the community," said General Manager Warren Nocon.
AccorHotels is in acquisition mode, according to CFO Jean-Jacques Morin. "We have the means to grasp our acquisition opportunities in the hotel business but elsewhere, too. So we expect to increase the number of acquisitions we will be making over the year," he said.
The Modern Honolulu has joined a Hawaii hotel movement by ending distribution of plastic drink straws. A bill pending in the Hawaii Senate would ban plastic straws altogether in the environmentally conscious state.
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