CHLA Industry Headlines
Feb. 11, 2011

Hospitality biz up when golf is in town
The Monterey County Herald
Hotels are waiting for people to book rooms for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, while restaurants are already seeing increased business and are expecting more. "We're up a good 20 percent" from last year for the practice round days, said Chris Shake, owner of Old Fisherman's Grotto and Kokomo's on Fisherman's Wharf and the Fish Hopper on Cannery Row. The good weather and the 49ers versus Giants shootout helped bring people in, Shake said.More

How would your staff handle a disaster?
Attend the "The Disaster Experience" Seminar and find out. CH&LA is hosting this seminar series in San Diego on March 1, Anaheim on March 2 and San Francisco on March 3, especially for hoteliers. These interactive seminars will put hoteliers in the throes of real-life disaster situations — as they unfold. They will make critical decisions and deal with the consequences of those decisions. After they've finished, they will understand the importance of advance disaster and continuity planning. This session is for everyone — general managers, owners, operations, front desk personnel and security personnel should plan to attend.More

InterContinental San Francisco: Largest LEED EBOM-rated hotel property in California
World Interior Design Network
With the "green" certification, InterContinental San Francisco has also become the first property in the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts portfolio to achieve LEED certification for an existing building and the third largest in U.S. to receive this distinction. The energy-efficient and socially responsible hotel achieved LEED EBOM, following an evaluation process that considered operational efficiency and minimisation of environmental impact.More

Disney park makes impact over 10 years
The Orange County Register
Disney California Adventure visitors have helped bolster stays in Anaheim hotels in the 10 years since the park opened, according to city and hotel figures. California Adventure debuted 10 years ago as Anaheim's second theme park and next-door neighbor to Disneyland. Anaheim's hotel bed taxes, which make up the biggest chunk of the city's budget, have bobbled since the park's opening in 2001. But the figures have gone up overall during that time.More

All-Star sellouts for Downtown LA hotels
Two weeks before the NBA All-Star Game descends on Los Angeles, a quick check of hotels around Downtown shows the central city almost entirely booked up. Still available are a few rooms at the Bonaventure, but a regular king bed will start at $380 per night for the weekend of Feb. 20.More

Amgen Race details revealed through video
Route information for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California will be released as video segments. The host cities were announced in October, but now race officials will be releasing detailed information about each of the 8 stages of the more than 800 mile race. The list of host cities included some newcomers this year, including South Lake Tahoe, Northstar at Tahoe Resort, Squaw Valley, Auburn, Livermore, Claremont and Mt. Baldy. Missing from the list is Davis, which had been a staple on the race and has been called the bicycle capital of the U.S.More

Blackstone buys majority stake in Hotel del Coronado
Los Angeles Times
Blackstone Group agreed to buy a majority stake in Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc.'s Hotel del Coronado to help restructure the debt on the Southern California resort that was the backdrop of the film "Some Like it Hot." Strategic Hotels formed a joint venture with Blackstone Real Estate Advisors and KSL Resorts, an affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., investing an undisclosed amount of cash into the luxury hotel and converting a portion of the existing debt into equity, Chicago-based Strategic said in a statement. Deutsche Bank AG provided $425 million in debt financing.More

Chateau reopens as Best Western Ivy Hotel
Napa Valley Register
Napa's former Château Hotel, which found itself at the center of a labor union skirmish in 2008, recently reopened as a Best Western Premiere Ivy Hotel Napa. In 2008, Kimpton Hotels planned to develop the property. But when a hotel workers union seeking to gain a presence in the local hospitality industry moved to put a referendum on the hotel before voters, developer McCuen Properties of Sacramento pulled out.More

Cornell study analyzes successful hospitality human resources innovations
Hotel News Resource
Highlighting programs of Fairmont, McDonald's and Sodexo, the case studies, "Implementing Human Resource Innovations: Three Success Stories from the Service Industry," by Justin Sun and Kate Walsh, demonstrate novel and comprehensive ways to improve employees' performance and retention. Sun is a master's degree candidate at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell, who also holds an undergraduate degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Walsh is associate professor and the Fred G. Peelen Chair of Hospitality Global Strategy at the School of Hotel Administration.More

WestJet launches new non-stop service to Palm Springs
PR Newswire
WestJet launched new non-stop, seasonal service between Toronto and Palm Springs, Calif. The inaugural flight departed Toronto Pearson International Airport on Feb. 2, at 10:15 a.m. EST. "Palm Springs is the 43rd WestJet destination with non-stop service from Toronto Pearson International Airport, as we continue to expand and enhance our award-winning service to and from Canada's largest city," said Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Planning.More