Day: November 11, 2020

Upgrades and renovations spruce up Bay City’s DoubleTree by Hilton hotel

BAY CITY, MI — Guests who stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City – Riverfront can now check-in and enter their room with a digital “key” without ever having to stop by the front desk.

DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City – Riverfront recently underwent a hotel and conference center renovation, which included new decor, bathroom renovations, addition of a “Made Market” and open lobby concept, and the addition of Hilton’s Digital Key system.

DoubleTree officials gave MLive/The Bay City Times a tour of the 150-room hotel on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Upgrades throughout the downtown Bay City hotel, located at 1 Wenonah Park Place, include new lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, bedding, newly-installed showers and bathtubs, and new bathroom accessories. And guest room doors are now equipped to accept Hilton’s Digital Key so guests can unlock guest rooms using their smartphone, according to a DoubleTree by Hilton news release.

Sales and Marketing Manager Becky Hortop said the Hilton Digital Key was already being implemented prior to COVID-19. It gives guests the option to use their smartphone or iPad to open any door that would regularly be opened with a key card. By using the Hilton Honors application, guests can check-in before they arrive without having to visit the front desk. They’ll receive a push notification when their room is ready and their digital key is activated.

“We are excited to have our guests experience the new upgrades and renovation,” Jamie Ralph, director of sales at DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City – Riverfront, said in a statement. “In addition to our cleaning procedures, we have implemented Hilton’s EventReady with CleanStay programs to welcome our guests when they are ready.”

Jamie Ralph, director of sales, said the hotel will offer specials now through the end of January.

“There is no denying that COVID-19 has hurt our hotel, but larger than that it has destroyed guests’ confidence in travel,” she said. “We are hoping the lower room rates help people connect with their loved ones without having to have everyone under the same roof.”

The hotel will also offer affordable catering options for holiday parties and celebrations, she said.

Hotel amenities include free WiFi, non-smoking rooms, on-site restaurant, free parking, indoor pool, fitness center, business center, room service and meeting rooms.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 989-891-6000 or visit

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The Glass Hotel: 100 Must-Read Books of 2020

In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, many readers revisited Emily St. John Mandel‘s prophetic dystopian novel, Station Eleven, about a flu that wipes out most of the earth’s population. Her follow-up, The Glass Hotel, is a more grounded work: Like Station Eleven, it examines how one event—in this case the toppling of a Bernie Madoff-esque schemer—impacts a large group of seemingly unconnected characters. But if Station Eleven is a novel about a lack of choice in the face of an unstoppable catastrophe, The Glass Hotel is a book about the choices we can make, and their long-term consequences. Turning a blind eye to your husband’s crimes could change the trajectory of the rest of your life—as could claiming credit for someone else’s artwork. After many engrossing chapters, each told from the perspective of a new character, the themes of this kaleidoscopic novel lock into place. The characters are haunted by their pasts and must choose to either reckon with the ghosts of their mistakes or succumb to them. The stories add up to a profound meditation on personal responsibility at a time when everything seems out of our control.

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Hotel group plans to hire up to 1,000 people in UAE

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Hotel group plans to hire up to 1,000 people in UAE

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Hotel group plans to hire up to 1,000 people in UAE

India’s Morpho Hotels and Resorts will enter into the UAE market next year and will open five hotels, creating up to 1,000 jobs in the country, its founder and CEO said.

Dipinder Benjamin said the group aims to have presence in other countries in the Middle East and plans an additional five properties each year across the region.

He said about 700 to 1,000 jobs will be created by the group in 2021 which will be consistent in subsequent years.

The hospitality firm is looking at acquiring properties that match all of its three brands – Morpho, Crystal by Morpho and Vivid by Morpho.


According to Colliers International’s Mena hotel forecast for 2020-2021, Middle East’s hospitality industry will start recovery in the Q4 of 2020 and this will continue in 2021. In 2021, hotel occupancy in the UAE is expected to recover to 62 per cent or higher.

“We are certain the travel and hospitality industry will bounce back from this phase. When it does, we would like to be among the key players in the market. At the onset of the pandemic, we witnessed there is an opportunity to tie up with standalone properties and assist them in the transformation of their hotels with a curated digitised offering,” he added.

Benjamin said there is a dynamic shift in the industry in the last few months as there is a sustained focus on cost factors to reduce operational expenses.

“The industry players are also keen to explore collaborative offerings with aligned industries working to help multiple ancillary businesses,” he added.

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Belfast’s great survivor: The Europa Hotel | Ireland News

Belfast’s Europa Hotel does not merely offer its visitor a warm welcome and tremendous hospitality, it offers a storied past and an unsurpassed history. This icon, once known as the “most bombed hotel in Europe”, has been the subject of many articles and documentaries and remains a star in many tourist selfies.

During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, The Europa was a prestige target, an attack on which would guarantee media exposure. And thus, the hotel was bombed more than 30 times by the Provisional IRA and came to be referred to as the “hardboard hotel” on account of the building’s shattered windows frequently being replaced with wooden boards in the wake of a bombing.

The Europa is a hotel that has faced challenges throughout its nearly 50-year history, yet it has always survived them. This year, however, has been the most difficult since the end of the Troubles in Northern Ireland in 1998.

Julie Hastings, marketing director of the Hastings Hotel Group that owns The Europa, lamented: “Even during the height of the Troubles, we only closed for refurbishments, but this year, the pandemic has forced us to shut the doors amidst growing uncertainty.”

The current closure is a “temporary suspension of services”, at least according to a press release from the hotel’s owners, but there is little doubt that the COVID-19 crisis represents an existential threat to the most iconic of Belfast’s hotels.

Pedestrians walk in front of the Europa Hotel in Belfast on April 29, 2008 [File: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg News]

Besieged cities, besieged hotels

I first became fascinated with The Europa’s history while researching a book about Sarajevo’s Holiday Inn, a front-line hotel within a besieged city that – like The Europa – became a centre for the international press corps. I had visited The Europa on numerous occasions, and returned there last year to film for the Al Jazeera series War Hotels, which was produced by the journalist and filmmaker Abdallah El Binni.

While so doing, we had the opportunity to interview some of the journalists who had been based at The Europa during the Troubles – the BBC’s Martin Bell, ITN’s Gerald Seymour, Henry Kelly of the Irish Times, Robin Walsh of Ulster Television – as well as the hotel’s staff, some of whom had experienced the tumultuous events that took place within it.

Guests and hotel staff make an orderly exit from The Europa Hotel on September 7, 1972 [File: Eddie Worth/AP Photo]

The Europa was conceived before the onset of the Troubles. Although the plans for the building were revealed in 1966, the Grand Metropolitan Hotels Group began construction of the hotel in the autumn of 1969, a matter of weeks after the British Army had been deployed in Northern Ireland following violent clashes between the Protestant and Catholic communities. The hotel opened its doors in August 1971, although it was already in the crosshairs of the IRA. Days before the hotel’s official opening, it was targeted, and though the damage was limited,

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Rico Nasty On How Quarantine Impacted The Making Of Her ‘Nightmare Vacation’ Album

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A sea change is taking place. Over the last three years, several rappers have emerged with the potential to be part of a female Hip Hop renaissance not seen since Salt-N-Pepa, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Eve, and Lauryn Hill dominated urban radio in the 1990s.

Rico Nasty is often mentioned in the crop of emerging performers of the late 2010s/early 2020s that could add their names to the list of artists who are carrying the torch of their predecessors. The 23-year-old rising star was selected as a 2019 XXL Freshman, and she earned a Gold plaque for the “Smack A B####” single.


After releasing projects like Sugar Trap and Anger Management, the Maryland native is close to dropping Nightmare Vacation via Atlantic Records. Apple Music’s Zane Lowe caught up with Rico to talk about her upcoming debut studio LP which is due out on December 4. She made half of the album after the world shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I feel like I’m still the same boastful b-tch that I’ve always been. I just think the only difference now might’ve been, I had my ego shot down a little bit by quarantine and just by growing up in general,” Rico told Lowe. “So obviously, I just think this whole project, it was made during the time where this is probably the first time in my life where I wasn’t on 10, as far as confidence. Within myself, my personal life, normally everything’s great. And making this album just started getting real tricky balancing life.”

She continued, “That’s why I named it Nightmare Vacation because all the s### that I was scared of at one point, scared to do and scared to say, it just became my second nature. I want to say that s###, I don’t care if I hurt somebody’s feelings. I’m going to wear it. I don’t care if I get dirty looks. Just et cetera, et cetera, it goes on and on… Nightmare Vacation is really just about being yourself, your truest self, going through things that people tell you you can’t get out of and getting out of them, coming out a rockstar.”


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The Latest: Texas 1st state to surpass 1 million virus cases

The body of a person who died from COVID-19 is interred as mourner look on, at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. The cemetery is struggling to keep up with the coronavirus pandemic ravaging Iran, with double the usual number of bodies arriving each day and grave diggers excavating thousands of new plots.

The body of a person who died from COVID-19 is interred as mourner look on, at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. The cemetery is struggling to keep up with the coronavirus pandemic ravaging Iran, with double the usual number of bodies arriving each day and grave diggers excavating thousands of new plots.


AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has become the first U.S. state with more than 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases.

The nation’s second-most populous state has recorded 1.01 million coronavirus cases and 19,337 deaths since the pandemic began in early March, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Texas registered 10,865 confirmed cases on Tuesday, setting a new daily record in a state led by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. There are 6,170 people hospitalized with the coronavirus and 94 new deaths on Tuesday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Texas had recently surpassed California, the most populous state, with the most cases. The true number of infections is likely higher because many people haven’t been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

Coronavirus cases are surging in the Laredo and El Paso areas. Another 1,292 cases and nine deaths were reported in El Paso County on Tuesday, bringing the death total to 682.

Nationwide, there were 1 million coronavirus cases in the first 10 days of November.



— Texas becomes first US state with more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

— Business travel might never look the same in the wake of coronavirus

— During the early days of the coronavirus, top World Health Organization scientists described some countries’ approaches as “an unfortunate laboratory to study the virus” and a “macabre” opportunity to see what worked, recordings obtained by The Associated Press show. Yet in public, the U.N. health agency lauded governments for their responses.


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BERLIN — German pharmaceutical company BioNTech says it could start shipping the first coronavirus vaccines ordered by the European Union by the end of the year if the data proves the vaccines are safe and effective.

Mainz-based BioNTech, which is developing the vaccine with U.S. company Pfizer, says “deliveries are anticipated to start by the end of 2020, subject to clinical success and regulatory authorization.”

The two companies said this week, based on early and incomplete test results, their COVID-19 vaccine may be 90% effective.

The European Union announced Tuesday that it has finalized an agreement with BioNTech to buy 200 million doses of vaccine, with an option of 100 million more. The vaccine uses mRNA technology to train the immune system to recognize and attack the virus.

BioNTech said the vaccine supply for the EU is being manufactured at its site in Germany and Pfizer’s plant in Belgium. Assuming positive data and availability of the necessary

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Knoxville’s Tennessean Hotel transforms suite into micro wedding venue


How six couples still found a way to have wonderful weddings, despite their original plans being canceled by a pandemic.


The COVID-19 pandemic started just as couples everywhere were prepared to say “I do.” With so many people worrying about contracting the virus or it spreading at their parties, especially with at-risk relatives, The Tennessean Hotel in downtown Knoxville wants to help. 

The staff at The Tennessean stepped up to serve couples, their families and friends by turning the hotel’s Governor’s Suite into an intimate wedding space. The 1,646 square-foot luxury suite includes everything for up to 30 guests to enjoy weddings and parties in relative safety and in style.

Of course, things look different than before the pandemic, but that isn’t stopping Erica Greene-Johnson, director of The Tennessean’s catering and convention services, from giving events a touch of elegance.

Workers physically distance, wear masks, sanitize frequently and check guests’ temperatures at the door. Although couples may not be able to invite everyone they hoped for, Greene-Johnson is dedicated to involving family and friends who can’t be there in ways that are special to the hosts.

“When we entered the pandemic, we needed to see what we could do to assist our guests,” Greene-Johnson told Knox News. “We found that many people were searching for something small so that they could carry on with their plans safely. A micro wedding venue was the answer.” 


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Helping couples cope

The Governor’s Suite has been used for an array of events in the past – from corporate retreats to a Thanksgiving getaway without the mess. However, when the virus threatened to cancel wedding receptions, the Tennessean staff reimagined the space for small celebrations. 

Greene-Johnson is the only point of contact for couples planning an event at the suite. The one-on-one consultation allows for easier decision-making and expert attention to detail. Greene-Johnson and her team are able to move quickly for couples who have already had a challenging time coordinating a new date and making changes to the guest list.

“We will do whatever it takes to ensure couples can have the wedding they deserve, especially now,” Greene-Johnson said. “Just because an event is small doesn’t mean it matters any less.”

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Greene-Johnson said the hotel’s goal is to provide a high-end venue with a “homelike” feel for couples and their guests. From the suite, guests overlook World’s Fair Park through wall-to-wall windows, and everything at the stay, including crystal dishes, is there for guests to use. 

“We want the suite to be a home away from home for our guests,” Greene-Johnson said. “Things can be rearranged for their big day, but they can also relax while getting ready, staying overnight and dining with their wedding guests.” 

Couples have options to fit their wedding wants and needs. Several staff members are prepared to serve custom menus, set up seating arrangements, check coats and

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Extended Stay Hotel Market to Eyewitness Massive Growth by 2026 | Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotel, Choice Hotels International

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Fulton County principal, wife drown during Puerto Rico vacation

Westlake High School Principal Jamar Robinson (Fulton County Schools)

The city of South Fulton is mourning after some heartbreaking news about the principal of Westlake High School.

Principal Jamar Robinson and his wife, Marie, died while on vacation in Puerto Rico after reportedly drowning near their hotel.

A native Atlantan, Robinson worked in multiple capacities at different schools in the area before becoming principal at Westlake. He was beloved by his school community.

“His vision was to inspire and motivate—this is something we can all look to do for each other to honor his legacy,” Westlake High School Coach Bobby May wrote on Twitter. “Lift up the people around you, celebrate success, and encourage others to stand up when they have fallen.”

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Back in April, he honored the entire senior class of Westlake with billboards.

It was his way to make things special for students who missed out on the typical graduation because of the pandemic.

Officials for asking for prayers for the students and community of the high school this morning.

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First look inside new Hilton hotel as surf lagoon boss says 2021 bookings already pouring in

The new Hilton hotel in North Wales will open this spring with a surf lagoon boss saying bookings are already pouring in.

Practical completion for the £11 million Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia and Wave Garden Spa is on track for January 2021.

Guests can check in at the hotel at Adventure Parc Snowdonia, Dolgarrog, from Friday March 26.

Adventure Parc Snowdonia – New Hilton Hotel being constructed. First look inside

The update comes as news emerges about a new Covid vaccine that could be rolled out as early as December – with hopes that some sort of normality could return by spring 2021.

After an incredibly challenging year there are huge hopes that pent up demand could mean next year is a bumper one for tourism – although concerns remain that many operators will not make it through the winter.

Adventure Parc Snowdonia took the decision not to reopen this summer due to the pandemic disruption but did crack on with the 106 bedroom hotel.

North Wales Live this week took a tour of the site as the countdown to completion starts.

The interior is starting to take shape with ‘show rooms’ already offering a glimpse of what guests can expect in March.

New room at Hilton Garden Inn

Once open the hotel and spa will create 65 full time equivalent jobs.

It will include 100+ covers in Zephyr’s Restaurant & Bar and the company says they will work closely with local dairies, breweries, distillers and farms to ensure the menu is packed with local produce.

CGI Images of the new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Wave Garden Spa at Adventure Parc Snowdonia

There is capacity for conferences and events, and the site will be licenced for weddings and civil partnerships.

The new spa includes a vitality waterfall pool, oversized Himalayan salt sauna, treatment rooms, with an outdoor hot whirlpool and relaxation pods, with fire pits. There is also a yoga studio and a traditional wooden barrel sauna.

CGI Images of the new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Wave Garden Spa at Adventure Parc Snowdonia

Justin Everley, commercial director at Adventure Parc Snowdonia, said: “We believe it will be a great new new addition to the North Wales accommodation offer.

“It is giving people a recognised brand so they know there is a good standard there and it’s on the site of our adventure park which in itself is a unique offering throughout Europe.

Adventure Parc Snowdonia . Commercial director Justin Everley

“This will bring 65 full time equivalent jobs to the site, at its peak it will be more like 80/90.”

He added: “Our owners have done nothing but demonstrate their confidence in the area since Surf Snowdonia came in 2015.

“We all believe North Wales was on an upward trajectory before this pandemic hit and it

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