CHLA Industry Headlines
Aug. 19, 2009

Many Hotel Owners are Now Working for the Bank; Are You One of Them?
from CHLA
With many hotels in default and more on the brink, CH&LA is hosting a series of seminars presented by Alan X. Reay, president of Atlas Hospitality. On Tuesday, Aug. 25th in San Diego and on Thursday, Aug. 27 in Fresno Reay will be presenting a workshop on how to deal with your lender during these difficult times. More

CH&LA Launches Online, On-Demand Training Powered by emTRAiN
from CHLA
The California Hotel & Lodging Association is pleased to announced a new member benefit, online, on-demand HR compliance training. Now employees can take the required Sexual Harassment Preventing Training course right at their desk, on their own schedule. This course along with six others is a great tool for hotel human resource managers to get their staff trained easily and cost effectively. More

Hyatt Plans $1 Billion IPO as Property Companies Raise Cash
from Bloomberg
Hyatt Hotels Corp., the lodging company controlled by Chicago's Pritzker family, plans to raise up to $1.15 billion in an initial share sale to shore up its finances and fund acquisitions at a time of scarce credit. The offering may be the largest in the U.S. this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, and comes two years after Hyatt sold a $1 billion stake to investors including Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and Madrone Capital LLC, a firm that has been affiliated with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chairman Rob Walton. More

Douglas Dreher Named CEO of The Hotel Group
from Hotel Interactive
Douglas N. Dreher has been appointed CEO of The Hotel Group, succeeding Edmond Lee, who founded the company in 1984. Lee will continue to serve as Chairman of the company. "It is only fitting that Doug be appointed CEO on his 20th Anniversary with THG," said Lee. "He has been a significant part of THG since the day he joined us in 1989 and has served as president since 2002. I attribute much of our success to his dynamic leadership and am confident that, as CEO, he will take us to even greater heights." More

Outdoor Concerts Add to Yosemite's Natural Attractions
from Ventura County Star
Country inns and lodgings of all kinds are working overtime nowadays coming up with marketing ideas to call more attention to their offerings, but one combination in particular really caught our eye: outdoor concerts at a historic inn just a half hour from one of the nation's premiere national parks, Yosemite. More

Resort Offers $19 "Survivor" Package
from Reuters
For their one-and-only family getaway this year, the Billingtons checked in to an upscale San Diego resort with many of the usual vacation accessories -- bathing suits, board games and golf clubs. But they also brought flashlights, sleeping bags and an inflatable mattress because the pool-side room they booked for just $19 comes with a tent where the beds normally would be. They even had to pack their own toilet paper. More

Grand Pacific Resort Services Promotes Two
from Hotel Interactive
Grand Pacific Resort Services, a privately owned vacation ownership management company located in Carlsbad, Calif., has promoted both Doreen Bechard and Mary Dieckmann to the position of regional director of Resort Operations. More

The Future Of Guestroom TV
from Hotels Magazine
At last year's Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference, better known as HITEC, future-looking chatter centered around what the guestroom phone would eventually look like, if it exists at all. This year, observers were beginning to look at what will follow the traditional fee-based video-on-demand model. More

Sustainable Luxury Can Start With Lighting
from Hotel News Resource
Most hotels find that energy costs run up to 6 percent of their total revenue, but luxury properties often find their energy costs can hit 10 percent or more. Fortunately, a number of luxury hotels are finding that energy efficiency is actually an amenity for many socially responsible travelers. So taking steps to improve your efficiency not only helps cut down on energy costs, but it can improve overall guest satisfaction. More

Terranea Misses Filing Deadline for RPV Tax Rebate
from The Daily Breeze
In a turn of events that raises questions about the future of the new Terranea Resort, the luxury hotel has missed the deadline to enroll in a tax rebate agreement with Rancho Palos Verdes that was billed as crucial to the massive project's success. The developer of the $480 million resort, Lowe Enterprises, had called for urgency in May when it asked local leaders to rebate $8.2 million in transient occupancy tax to the venture. More

Boutique Hotel Owner Chip Conley
from Forbes
Chip Conley is the chief executive of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, a collection of 38 boutique hotels in California. Conley, 48, started his business at age 26, when he raised $1.1 million from family and friends and converted an hourly motel in San Francisco's Tenderloin district into the Phoenix--a rock-and-roll themed hotel that later attracted guests like Pearl Jam, Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. More