Industry Update

October 3, 2019

Media Opportunity for Hotels: Cyber Monday Deals Needed

As the holiday shopping season approaches, our New York-based PR agency will be pitching Cyber Monday deals to national media. Be creative, like offering a unique buy one, get one deal that is available for a very small timeframe (2,019 seconds a nod to the year) or include an exclusive experience that can’t be bought anywhere else. Email all deals and complete details to [email protected] before 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

Thomas Cook Collapses, Shocks Travel World

After 178 years of operation, the world’s oldest travel agency with 19 million annual customers, closed last Monday. Not only did this leave more than half a million travelers around the world stranded, but it also raises questions on how this could happen to a travel giant. Read more about what happened in this article by New York Times.

Hotel Data Giant STR Acquired for $450 Million

CoStar Group, the leading commercial real estate information provider, just announced its acquisition of STR for $450 million. Merging STR’s reputation as the premier global provider of data on hotel performance and market dynamics with CoStar’s leading technologies, analytics and sales capability’s is anticipated to increase the value of insights available to hospitality clients. Read more in this article by Skift.

INSIGHT: Marriott Vows to Stop Using Single-Use Pastic Toiletries by 2020

The world’s largest hotel chain is saying farewell to those small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion you’re so familiar with, but they’re not the only ones. IHG, Walt Disney Co., Hyatt Hotels Corp. are all going through a similar process to ditch tiny toiletries. It’s time to think reusable instead of disposable! Read more in the article

Celebrate the Life of Jeanine Messerschmidt

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jeanine Messerschmidt on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. She was a valuable member here at Visit St. Pete/Clearwater as a Senior Sales Manager, and also a friend who touched the lives of many in the hospitality industry. The Don CeSar is hosting a Celebration of Life for Jeanine from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 where industry partners, friends and colleagues are invited. During the celebration, we will be taking donations from Big Brothers & Big Sisters of America, which is a charity that was near and dear to Jeanine’s heart. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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