January 15, 2021
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Set hotels to vaccine task, AHLA head urges Biden team
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The CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association has offered the incoming Biden administration the enlistment of member properties in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. More than 20,000 hotels in AHLA's "Hospitality for Hope" program are well equipped to aid providers, Chip Rogers said in a letter to Biden COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients.
Full Story: Fox News (1/14) 
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Business Update
National Guard members are filling some of the gap left by canceled hotel reservations in Washington, D.C., ahead of next week's presidential inauguration. Bookings have plummeted with the virtual presentation of the event and requests to locals and prospective visitors to stay home.
Full Story: WUSA-TV (Washington, D.C.) (1/14) 
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Davidson Hotels has created a resorts division, stocked with eight properties it owns and listing two on the drawing board. Davidson Hotels president Thom Geshay projects revenues of $450 million to $500 million for the 10 assets by 2022, with high-end additions to the portfolio on tap.
Full Story: Hotels Magazine online (free registration) (1/15) 
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A 125,000-square-foot office building is planned for the first phase of a transit-oriented development in Carrollton, Texas. Construction could begin in the second quarter on the mixed-use project, which includes apartments, retail space, a hotel and additional offices.
Full Story: The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (1/13) 
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Market Trends
The Best Western Hotel near London has repurposed itself as a recovery site for COVID-19 patients as the first step in a program that may eventually enlist many of England's hotels. Hoteliers are urging the National Health Service to send hundreds of patients their way as hospitals endure the greatest demand of the pandemic.
Full Story: CNN (1/14) 
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Smaller cities and more family time will gain favor over global tourism permanently in the wake of the pandemic, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky predicts. "They're not yearning to see Times Square" after months of isolation from normal life, he observes.
Full Story: Fox Business/Reuters (1/14) 
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Luxury Hotels
Playa del Carmen offers family friendly resorts with special attention the pandemic protocols, says Lori Swinderman of Mexico FamTrips. Families can enjoy cooking Mexican cuisine, exploring the beaches and interacting with nature.
Full Story: TravelPulse (1/14) 
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