Hotel openings signal a step forward in New York City hotel recovery from the pandemic, while Singapore is slowly, and I mean, slowly, step by step, towards a full reopening of its international borders.
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Sunday 3rd October
As a promising signal for the ailing hotel industry in New York City, two of Manhattan’s largest hotels will reopen in the coming weeks. The New York Hilton Midtown will reopen on October 4th, according to Crain’s, while the Grand Hyatt is due to welcome guests on November 1st to its employees during the pandemic, to provide service staff with $ 500 per week in severance pay for up to 30 weeks provide. The Hotel Trades Council announced that the 1,900-room Hilton will bring back 325 of its approximately 1,100 employees, while the 1,300-room Hyatt will bring back at least 25 percent of its 700 or so employees.
Skift Note: New York City hotels may not have fully recovered from the pandemic, but city regulations are helping to bring some workers back to their old jobs.
Monday 4th October
Macau, which has long been considered the safest place in the world, was the showcase place and has suffered a total failure. They kept things pretty restrictive for so long, even with zero cases, but now they’re in full panic mode. With Golden Week and its first outbreak since the pandemic began, they tried to save the week for the resorts with border measures eased between Macau and Zhuhai. Guangdong chose to maintain the current quarantine measures. Then the border with Zhuhai was supposed to reopen today, but then another new case was found in Macau and at the last minute the reopening was canceled, Macau canceled the school an hour before it opened and a third round of mass testing is taking place. As for Golden Week for Macau’s casino resorts, the dream of 25,000 to 35,000 visitors per day came true with 3,122 visitors arriving in the first two days.
Skift note: China’s hospitality industry will be hit again thanks to the country’s persistent zero-tolerance approach to outbreaks, no matter how small the caseload.
Tuesday October 5th
Singapore is shortening the quarantine period for travelers entering the city-state and further easing arrival rules for some countries to reopen its borders. Arriving travelers from certain regions will have to spend 10 days in isolation from October 7th, instead of the previous 14 days. The rules apply to Category III countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Covid cases continue to rise, rising nearly 3,000 on Friday, even with some of the highest vaccination rates in the world. Several countries have been moved to Category II, where they will only have to spend seven days in quarantine from October 7th. This group includes France, Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden. Ireland and Greece were moved to Category III. Singapore is increasing hospital beds as its health system expects 5,000 cases a day by mid-October. Friday set the record for most deaths, with 8 people succumbing to the effects of Covid-19. New infections among foreign workers staying in dormitories doubled to 818 on Friday compared to the previous day.
Skift Note: An extraordinary small step in reopening one of Southeast Asia’s largest cities to international visitors.
Wednesday October 6th
Sandals Resorts is celebrating 40 years of all-inclusive hospitality by honoring its founder’s legacy with the opening of The Gordon “Butch” Stewart International School of Hospitality and Tourism. The new school will be built on the Western Campus of the University of the West Indies, Mona in the tourism capital of the Caribbean, Montego Bay. Also in honor of the 40. the companyNS To mark its 50th anniversary, Sandals Resorts International, together with the Sandals Foundation, identifies forty projects that best illustrate the incredible similarity between tourism, the region’s most influential industry, and its power to transform Caribbean communities and improve lives. Projects are selected from five main areas: supporting local farmers, training and certification in the hospitality industry, preserving natural resources, harnessing unique craftsmanship and public relations. Sandals Resorts also opens the conversation with its very first podcast, Sandals PalmCast, which gives listeners a glimpse of the latest happening at the resorts. Then and now there will be individual cocktails and a new service at the pool; Sandals rewind events; and a vintage retail collection in all Beach House Resort stores.
Skift Note: It has been four decades since Sandals came out and played a major role in building the all-inclusive vacation sector. Read more about how Sandals and its competitors will perform after the pandemic here.
Thursday October 7th
Star Entertainment plans to remove a page from the playbook of many of the major US casino resort companies and sell and lease back a minority stake in its $ 2.3 billion Pyrmont site in Sydney’s Darling Harbor. This includes the arcades, three luxury hotels, and loads of upscale restaurants and retail stores. While this has been the case in the United States for the past few years, analysts are divided over the long-term viability of some companies like MGM Resorts or Penn National Gaming as they lack physical assets to underpin future expansion plans that may involve debt. Under Star’s plan, they will continue to invest capital in the Pyrmont infrastructure, which includes 620 hotel rooms in three buildings as well as at least six signature restaurants and outdoor dining. Star would use the sales money to pay off debt and invest in other growth projects as well as further expanding its Pyrmont property. Star is in talks with the NSW government to build two new hotel towers at the Pyrmont site, one of which will be a Ritz-Carlton Hotel. They are also negotiating an additional 1,000 slot machines. Analysts in Australia suggest converting Star Sydney into an Opco / Propco structure that could be worth $ 1.8-2.6 billion.
Skift Note: Casino companies continue to consider following the hotel industry’s asset-light model, but this path may not be as easy for gambling brands to follow.
Hilton announced a partnership between its Tempo by Hilton brand and Bluestone Lane. The collaboration represents a unique partnership in which Hilton and Bluestone Lane work together at Tempo by Hilton Hotels to create unique on-site dining experiences and showcase Bluestone Lane’s award-winning food and beverage offerings, including coffee, juice and tea, and other branded products. Bluestone Lane owns and operates more than 55 coffee shops and cafes in the US With more than a dozen confirmed projects in development, travelers will experience Tempo by Hilton in the years to come New York City Manhattan Downtown World Trade Center area; Tempo Irving Las Colinas, Tempo Seattle Downtown, and Tempo Milwaukee Downtown.
Skift Notice: This is an important step in the arm for hotels that are revitalizing and enhancing food and beverage offerings after many of these programs were eradicated during the pandemic.