The Register: Marriott Hotels admits to third data breach in 4 years

The Register: Marriott Hotels admits to third data breach in 4 years. “Crooks have reportedly made off with 20GB of data from Marriott Hotels, which apparently included credit card info and internal company documents. The unnamed crew behind the theft told DataBreaches it broke into a server at the Marriott hotel at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Maryland late last month.”

PR Newswire: Iconic Waldorf Astoria New York Launches ‘Waldorf Stories’ Website To Honor The History Of The World-Renowned Hotel

PR Newswire: Iconic Waldorf Astoria New York Launches ‘Waldorf Stories’ Website To Honor The History Of The World-Renowned Hotel (PRESS RELEASE). “Today the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York has launched Waldorf Stories, a brand-new website that will honor, document, and preserve the oral history of the world’s most famous hotel through stories told by the people that lived them—the guests, visitors, and staff who have experienced special moments at the legendary building on Park Avenue.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google Is Now Helping Travelers Go Green

BNN Bloomberg: Google Is Now Helping Travelers Go Green. “Hotels that take sustainability seriously don’t often shout it from the rooftops, while others tout themselves as green just for offering an option to skip daily laundering of linen. The most significant new tool comes courtesy of Google. Starting on Sept. 22, it will label hotels as ‘Eco-Certified’ in global search results, with a leaf-shaped icon next to the hotel’s name. Clicking on the ‘About’ tab will detail the property’s specific sustainability practices, such as having water use audited by an independent organization or using energy from carbon-free sources.”

HLTA: Hotel industry seeing large number of cancelations (KITV)

KITV: HLTA: Hotel industry seeing large number of cancelations. “Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association president and CEO Mufi Hanneman says many visitors are listening to Governor David Ige’s message to postpone traveling to Hawaii during the current surge. He says the hospitality industry is seeing a record number of cancelations and forcing many businesses to revise budgets.”

Wired: Watch a Hacker Hijack a Capsule Hotel’s Lights, Fans, and Beds

Wired: Watch a Hacker Hijack a Capsule Hotel’s Lights, Fans, and Beds. “A TRAVEL TIP: When staying in a ‘capsule hotel,’ the Japanese style of budget accommodation that packs guests into tiny, adjoining rooms not much bigger than their bodies, be considerate of your neighbors. Especially if the capsule hotel you’re staying in offers digital automation features—and a hacker is staying in the next room over.”

TechCrunch: After similar moves for Shopping and Flights, Google makes hotel listings free

TechCrunch: After similar moves for Shopping and Flights, Google makes hotel listings free. “Last year, Google made a significant change to its Google Shopping destination by making it free for e-commerce retailers to sell on Google, when before the Shopping tab had been dominated by paid product listings. It also made it free for partners to participate in Google Flights. Today, the company announced it’s now doing the same thing for hotel booking links on the Google.com/travel vertical.”

News AU: Outrageous food waste in Sydney hotel quarantine revealed

News AU: Outrageous food waste in Sydney hotel quarantine revealed. “Australia’s $10 billion food waste shame extends to Sydney’s hotel quarantine system, with thousands of kilos of food being sent straight to landfill after perfectly healthy travellers check out. From bottles of water, to packets of noodles, breakfast cereals and fruit, you only need to take one glimpse at Northern Beaches mother Sarah Morris’s garage to get a grasp of the true crisis.”

Washington Post: At Trump’s New York hotel, the pandemic is hurting business — again

Washington Post: At Trump’s New York hotel, the pandemic is hurting business — again. “In the White House, President Trump has sought to play down the threat posed by the coronavirus, saying this past weekend that the country is ’rounding the corner.’ But at Trump’s luxury hotel in Manhattan, executives told a much less hopeful story Monday. Ten months into the pandemic, Trump hotel executives told investors that resurgent caseloads were driving down their business again — snuffing out a brief uptick in the early fall.”

New York Times: American Could Face Prison in Thailand After Posting Negative Reviews of a Resort

New York Times: American Could Face Prison in Thailand After Posting Negative Reviews of a Resort. “An American man who lives in Thailand was unhappy that a resort hotel wanted to charge him a $15 corkage fee for bringing his own bottle of gin to the restaurant. He argued with a manager and then later did what has become second nature for disgruntled tourists: He posted negative reviews of the resort online.” Apparently the resort is willing to settle with the guest, but I don’t know if it happened. No recent news on a quick search.

New York Times: Lumberjack, Tailor, Counselor, Host: A Hotel Owner Does It All in the Pandemic

New York Times: Lumberjack, Tailor, Counselor, Host: A Hotel Owner Does It All in the Pandemic. “As the head of a small business, Mr. Patel, whose family owns eight budget hotel franchises, was used to wearing multiple hats. But since March, when the long-haul drivers, families on road trips and business travelers who made up most of his clientele stopped checking in, forcing him to lay off workers and hunt for cash, Mr. Patel has become a one-man army battling for the survival of his business. Its death would be no less than the extinguishing of an American dream.”

Los Angeles Times: ‘Tsunami’ of hotel closures is coming, experts warn

Los Angeles Times: ‘Tsunami’ of hotel closures is coming, experts warn. “The Luxe Rodeo Drive is the first high-end hotel in the Los Angeles area to go out of business because of the pandemic, and industry experts point to an unusually high loan delinquency rate among hotel borrowers as a sign that more closures are likely to follow. ‘We know there is a tsunami outside. We know it’s going to hit the beach. We just don’t know when,’ said Donald Wise, a commercial real estate expert and co-founder and senior managing director at Turnbull Capital Group.”