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The new CEO of Trivago says travelers want the coziness of an Airbnb but the predictability of a hotel, and it’s creating a new type of company

“Even while companies like Sonder emerge with the aim of making apartment rentals more like a hotel, Airbnb itself is moving toward hotels” writes Katie Warren for businessinsider.com. In contrast to Airbnb, which is mainly made up of individual owners listing their own homes and apartments, Sonder leases, designs, furnishes, and maintains its apartments.Travelers today don’t want to stay in hotels that look the same in every city and have no personality.But according to Hefer, a new type of hybrid company is emerging to fill this hole in the market.According…

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Predator caught trying to meet 8-year-old girl for sex at N.J. hotel gets 20 years

“A Massachusetts man who traveled to a New Jersey hotel in 2017 to have sex with an 8-year-old girl was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 20 years in federal prison” writes Mdowling Njadvancemedia Com for nj.com. Bly was arrested by federal authorities after he checked in to the hotel.The messages led to a planned meeting March 16, 2017 at a hotel in Ramsey, Bergen County.In addition to the 19 years and 7 month federal prison term, Bly also faces 10 years of supervised release. Source: nj.com

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One company is tackling hotel waste by collecting and cleaning half-used soaps

“Half-used toiletries from hotel chains generate millions of pounds of waste every year, so massive hotel chains have been slowly getting rid of them” writes Samara Abramson for businessinsider.com. It’s how nonprofit Clean the World started its work, collecting used soaps from hotels, and cleaning them one by one using potato peelers to scrape off the used parts.Narrator: The nonprofit will still recycle bar soaps from IHG, since the hotels will continue to offer them.Instead, you’ll find these large containers in your hotel shower. 30% of IHG’s hotels already have…

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Hyatt is the latest hotel chain vowing to cut mini shampoo bottles from its rooms, and it’s as good for the environment as it is for business

“Hyatt Hotels Corporation is the latest hotel chain to do away with mini shampoo bottles in the name of sustainability” writes Taylor Borden for businessinsider.com. In August, it vowed to completely eliminate plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and bath gel from its hotel rooms by December 2020 – an expedited timeline.Tiny toiletries are being squeezed out of hotel rooms.Marriott is the largest hotel chain with 7,000 hotels and 30 brands ranging from SpringHill Suites to Ritz-Carlton.In a November 12 statement, the chain announced it would transition to larger, more eco-friendly…

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Service worker union looks to limit the fallout of the rise of the gig economy

“You can order off of kiosks and have your order,” Taylor told the Washington Examiner” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The union is trying to get businesses to limit the reach of a related problem, namely the rise of the gig economy.”The gig economy is something we are very cognizant of and, candidly, we don’t want to be run over by. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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