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Former Chicago hotel workers call on city, former employers to bring them back to work

Dozens of former Chicago hotel workers and union leaders on Friday called on the city’s hotels and civic leaders to ensure employees laid off during the pandemic will get their jobs back once more visitors return to the city.

“It’s really important that the people who build this city not get left behind,” said Angel Castillo, organizing director for hospitality worker union Unite Local 1.

According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, 22,621 hotel jobs were lost in the state as of September. Unite Local 1 cited data from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, saying that more than 12,000 of those jobs were in Chicago.

At the rally at Federal Plaza downtown, organizers said there should be protections put in place that guarantee workers will be able to come back when the economy rebounds.

“We know that the business will come back and new vaccines and treatments show us that there is a path back to normal,” said Unite Local 1 president Karen Kent. “But many hotel workers don’t know whether they’ll have a job when guests come back.”

These are workers like Melisa Magaña, who was a room attendant at Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago before being laid off.

Magaña, a single mother of five, said her family depended on the health insurance and dental coverage her job provided, especially since her son had recently gotten a root canal. She lost her insurance when she was laid off.

She added that she hasn’t been able to find other jobs since being laid off and bills have started to pile up.

“I missed soccer games and time with my kids because I was working so much,” she said. “This job was our life.”

Melisa Magana, a single mother of five who worked as a room attendant at the Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, recounts how she was laid off during a press conference at Federal Plaza in the Loop Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2020. Dozens of out-of-work hotel workers and members of Unite Here Local 1 gathered to demand hotels to give workers their jobs back, including their pay raises and benefits, once the economy recovers from the impact of COVID-19. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

Melisa Magana, a single mother of five who worked as a room attendant at the Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, recounts how she was laid off during a press conference at Federal Plaza in the Loop Friday morning.
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Maria Delgado, a former room attendant at the Marriott on the Magnificent Mile, said through a translator that working in hotels was her passion, and that losing her job led to lost sleep, a lack of appetite and even depression.

“I am asking for your help and compassion. Help us to get our jobs back, but also to give back our dignity,” Delgado said.

A Hilton spokesperson said in a statement: “The well-being of our Team Members remains our highest priority and we want to bring our Team Members back when travel resumes and as business needs allow. Until then, to further assist those unable to work through no fault of their own, we have created the Hilton Workforce Resource Center to connect hotel employees with new potential work opportunities.”

Marriott International and Hyatt did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Cherita Ellens, president and CEO of women’s worker advocacy group Women Employed, said workers like Delgado and Magaña deserve to come back to work with their pay, benefits and seniority intact.

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2 injured in Downtown crash involving squad car heading to weapons call at hotel, Madison police say | Crime



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An officer and another person were injured in a three-vehicle crash Downtown Thursday night involving a squad car heading to a weapons call, Madison police reported.

The crash happened about 10:15 p.m. at North Park Street and West Johnson Street as the officer was heading to the Best Western East Towne, 4801 Annamark Drive, Lt. Kipp Hartman said in a statement.

After the crash, one person was transported to a local hospital for treatment and the officer who was driving the squad car was treated for a minor injury at a hospital, Hartman said.

UW police took several witness statements and an internal investigation will be conducted as to the cause of the crash, Hartman said.

No further details on the crash were released.



Shell casings pile up in Madison as city, activists try to contain spike in gun violence

Meanwhile, three people were arrested in the weapons violation at the hotel, where police were called shortly after 10 p.m. on an initial report of a disturbance inside a room, Hartman said in a separate statement.

Arriving officers were met by Brooks, who was described as “extremely hostile” and attempted to physically engage with officers, who disengaged and attempted to retreat from the room, Hartman said.

But an officer’s foot became lodged under the door as Brooks continually attempted to slam it shut. Officers then heard what they believed to be a gunshot from inside of the room, Hartman said.

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Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc. (HRVSF) CEO Steven White on Q3 2020 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc. (OTCQX:HRVSF) Q3 2020 Earnings Conference Call November 10, 2020 5:00 PM ET

Company Participants

Christine Hersey – Director, IR

Steven White – Founder, CEO & Director

Deborah Keeley – CFO

Conference Call Participants

Kenric Tyghe – ATB Capital Markets

Aaron Grey – Alliance Global Partners

Graeme Kreindler – Eight Capital

Andrew Partheniou – Stifel Nicolaus

Pablo Zuanic – Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Matt Bottomley – Canaccord Genuity

Russell Stanley – Beacon Securities Limited

Operator

Good afternoon, and welcome to the Harvest Health & Recreation conference call to review third quarter 2020 financial and operating results and discuss the company’s performance outlook. [Operator Instructions].

I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Christine Hersey, Director of Investor Relations for Harvest. Thank you. You may begin.

Christine Hersey

Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to Harvest’s Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Call. On today’s call are Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Steve White; and Chief Financial Officer, Deborah Keeley. Earlier today, we issued a press release announcing our results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The press release and a PowerPoint presentation are available on the company’s website and filed with the Canadian Securities Exchange and SEDAR.

Before we begin, I’d like to remind you that the comments on today’s call will include forward-looking statements which, by their nature, involve estimates, projections, goals, forecasts and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Certain material factors or assumptions were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast in such statements.

These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this conference call and should not be relied upon as predictions of future events. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Additional information about the material factors and assumptions forming the basis of the forward-looking statements and risk factors can be found in the company’s filings and press releases with the Canadian Securities Exchange and SEDAR.

During today’s call, Harvest will refer to certain non-IFRS measures that do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, such as EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, which are defined in the earnings press release we issued earlier today. Reconciliation to IFRS measures are contained in the press release and our filings. Please note, all financial information is provided in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.

I’ll now turn the call over to Steve White, Harvest’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Please go ahead.

Steven White

Thank you, Christine. Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us. I appreciate your continued support and interest in Harvest and the opportunity to provide you with an update on our organization. Given the significance of last week’s election results and the potential impacts to both the industry and to Harvest, I’m

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Summit Hotel Properties Inc (INN) Q3 2020 Earnings Call Transcript

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Summit Hotel Properties Inc (NYSE: INN)
Q3 2020 Earnings Call
Nov 4, 2020, 9:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good morning, and thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Summit Hotels Property Inc. Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] Please be advised that today’s conference is being recorded.

[Operator Instructions] I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, Adam Wudel, Senior Vice President of Finance and Capital Markets. Please go ahead.

Adam WudelSenior Vice President of Finance & Capital Markets

Thank you, Sarah, and good morning. I am joined today by Summit Hotel Properties’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dan Hansen and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jon Stanner.

Please note that many of our comments today are considered forward-looking statements as defined by federal securities laws. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, as described in our 2019 Form 10-K and other SEC filings. Forward-looking statements that we make today are effective only as of today, November 4th, 2020 and we undertake no duty to update them later.

You can find copies of our SEC filings and earnings release, which contain reconciliations to non-GAAP financial measures referenced on this call on our website at www.shpreit.com.

Please welcome Summit Hotel Properties’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dan Hansen.

Daniel P. HansenChairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Adam, and thank you all for joining us today for our third quarter 2020 earnings conference call. The third quarter was, again, challenging for our industry, as leisure travel continued to serve as the primary demand source. However, we were encouraged by the continued sequential demand improvements, which led to operating results that were considerably better than the second quarter.

RevPAR improved each month of the quarter across our portfolio. And importantly, this trend continued into October, which provided us with some level of reassurance of the sustainability of demand in the weeks following Labor Day, a period of significant uncertainty heading into the quarter.

Occupancy increased each month of the quarter peaking at 47% in September, which led to third quarter RevPAR of $47, a 63.5% decline year-over-year, but that was a significant improvement from the second quarter RevPAR of $23.

Market share gains were substantial, once again, in the third quarter as we finished with 151% RevPAR index, an increase of approximately 39 percentage points compared to the third quarter of last year and an 8 percentage point increase relative to last quarter. These gains reflected tremendous work done by our in-house asset and revenue management teams, along with the tireless efforts of our management company partners to capture the limited demand that currently exist in the market.

We have clearly been successful capturing our fair share of very short term leisure demand, but our results have been further aided by capitalizing on certain unique piece

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Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (INN) CEO Dan Hansen on Q3 2020 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE:INN) Q3 2020 Earnings Conference Call November 4, 2020 9:00 AM ET

Company Participants

Adam Wudel – SVP of Finance

Dan Hansen – Chairman, President and CEO

Jon Stanner – EVP and CFO

Conference Call Participants

Michael Bellisario – Baird

Neil Malkin – Capital One Securities

Austin Wurschmidt – KeyBanc Capital Markets

Dany Asad – Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Chris Woronka – Deutsche Bank

Bill Crow – Raymond James

Operator

Good morning, and thank you for standing by, and welcome to Summit Hotel Properties Inc. Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants’ lines are in a listen-only mode. After the speakers’ presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Please be advised that today’s conference is being recorded [Operator Instructions].

I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, Adam Wudel, Senior Vice President of Finance and Capital Markets. Please go ahead.

Adam Wudel

Thank you, Sarah, and good morning. I am joined today by Summit Hotel Properties, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dan Hansen; and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Jon Stanner.

Please note that many of our comments today are considered forward-looking statements as defined by Federal Securities Laws. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties both known and unknown as described in our 2019 Form 10-K and other SEC filings.

Forward-looking statements that we make today are effective only as of today, November 4, 2020, and we undertake no duty to update them later. You can find copies of our SEC filings and earnings release, which contain reconciliations to non-GAAP financial measures referenced on this call on our website at www.shpreit.com.

Please welcome, Summit Hotel Properties, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dan Hansen.

Dan Hansen

Thanks, Adam. And thank you all for joining us today for our third quarter 2020 earnings conference call. The third quarter was again challenging for our industry as leisure travel continued to serve as the primary demand source. However, we were encouraged by the continued sequential demand improvements, which led to operating results that were considerably better than the second quarter.

RevPar improved each month of the quarter across our portfolio. And importantly, this trend continued into October which provided us with some level of reassurance of the sustainability of demand in the weeks following Labor Day, a period of significant uncertainty heading into the quarter.

Occupancy increased each month of the quarter peaking at 47% in September, which led to third quarter RevPar of $47, a 63.5% decline year-over-year. But that was a significant improvement from the second quarter RevPar of $23.

Market share gains were substantial once again in the third quarter, as we finished with 151% RevPar index, an increase of approximately 39 percentage points compared to the third quarter of last year, and an 8 percentage point increase relative to last quarter. These gains reflect a tremendous work done by our in house asset and revenue management teams, along

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Summit Hotel Properties, Inc.’s (INN) CEO Dan Hansen On Q3 2020 Results – Quick Version Earnings Call Transcript

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE:INN) Q3 2020 Earnings Conference Call November 4, 2020 8:50 AM ET

Company Participants

Adam Wudel – Senior Vice President of Finance and Capital Markets

Dan Hansen – Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Jon Stanner – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Conference Call Participants

Michael Bellisario – Robert W. Baird & Co.

Neil Malkin – Capital One Securities, Inc.

Austin Wurschmidt – KeyBanc Capital Markets

Dany Asad – Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Chris Woronka – Deutsche Bank

Bill Crow – Raymond James

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Operator

[00:00:05] Good morning and thank you for standing by and welcome to the Summit Hotel Properties Inc third quarter Twenty twenty earnings conference call. At this time, all participants want to listen almost after the speakers presentation, they’ll be a question and answer session. Ask the questions on the session, you need to first start the one on your telephone, please be advised that today’s conference is being recorded. If you require any further assistance, please press star zero. I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today. Adam Wudel, senior vice president of finance and capital markets. Please go ahead.

Adam Wudel

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Dan Hansen

[00:01:44] Thanks, Adam, and thank you all for joining us today for our third quarter Twenty twenty earnings conference call, the third quarter was again challenging for our industry as leisure travel continued to serve as the primary demand source. However, we were encouraged by the continued sequential demand improvements, which led to operating results that were considerably better than the second quarter. Rev par improved each month of the quarter across our portfolio. And importantly, this trend continued into October, which provided us with some level of reassurance of the sustainability of demand in the weeks following Labor Day, a period of significant uncertainty heading into the

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Homeless evade weekend eviction at Bloomington hotel, but call for long-term solution

The threatened eviction of about 50 homeless people from a Bloomington hotel sparked a rally Sunday in which housing advocates called on elected leaders to “commit not to evict.”

It worked. The guests were allowed to remain at the hotel, though it was unclear how long they will be able to continue to shelter there.

“Yes, we are celebrating a little bit of a victory today,” said Naukeya White, who stays at the hotel, Extended Stay America. “Now we are going from the streets … to parks and encampments to hotel rooms and we’ve been shuffled around like cattle. This is something that is unacceptable.”

White, who has been homeless for three years, echoed others in a parking lot outside the hotel Sunday who demanded that Gov. Tim Walz, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and other officials find a housing solution, especially with winter looming.

“You have the power to change this pandemic of homelessness,” she said.

Hennepin County officials announced at the beginning of October that they were looking to purchase Extended Stay for $13.3 million to covert it into 100 units of protective housing for people experiencing homelessness at high risk of COVID-19.

Last week, however, they pulled back on the decision, citing timing constraints with federal CARES Act funding, which has a deadline of Dec. 1. Commissioner Jan Callison said in a statement that the money could be “more impactful if used in other ways to protect and support residents during the pandemic.”

In a statement Sunday, Extended Stay officials said: “There are no actions currently planned for our Extended Stay America Bloomington guests, and no evictions are taking place today. We will continue to work with involved parties to resolve the issue.”

Heather Worthington, interim Bloomington community development director, said late Friday that city staffers were told by hotel managers that they “planned to remove” the homeless on Sunday.

A lawyer representing some of the homeless at the hotel asked city officials not to assist in the eviction process because they had tenant protections, Worthington said, and “instead requested that the city refer hotel management to civil district court for required proceedings.”

Worthington said that Bloomington officials were told by hotel managers that there were no plans for evictions and that staffers would reevaluate plans Monday.

The extension was a brief reprieve for dozens of homeless people who have been staying at the hotel.

Brian Wallace, 50, said that sleeping in a bed was better than on mats. He was staying at the Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel before tenants were evicted in June, then moved to tents in Powderhorn and Logan parks in Minneapolis. He’s been at Extended Stay for almost two weeks.

“For as long as it lasted, it’s a good thing, but I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “Out of all the things I’ve been in, this is another task, another obstacle I got to get over. I don’t know what’s ahead but I gotta have faith.”

White said the homeless

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Call to think beyond hotel quarantine | The Canberra Times

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Australians returning from overseas could soon avoid 14-day hotel quarantine and instead wear monitoring bracelets, use mobile apps or isolate at home. A review by former health department boss Jane Halton was presented to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders on Friday. The review called on the national cabinet to consider new models of quarantine, saying while the 14-day hotel stay had served Australia well in the early days of the pandemic, it was time to look at other means. Possible alternatives included seven-day hotel quarantine combined with testing, the use of monitoring devices, home quarantine and travel corridors. On the issue of home quarantine, the report found the experience of the ACT had shown it can be effective with appropriate checks. “It is noteworthy that Australian businesses have indicated willingness to manage quarantine arrangements for essential workers, including through the use of wearable monitoring devices for low-risk travellers to ensure that businesses can continue to operate,” the report said. The review found hotel quarantine was difficult to endure, expensive and required a highly specialised workforce to support it. “Australia’s one-size-fits-all approach should be reconsidered to take account of greater knowledge of the virus, different prevalence in countries of origin of travellers, an understanding of how to incorporate risk-based approaches in system design and different models of quarantine made possible by new testing and monitoring arrangements.” Since the start of mandatory hotel quarantine, 851 travellers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 during their quarantine period – a positivity rate of only 0.66 per cent. The report said the system could be improved with better information provided to travellers, easier access to review processes and complaints mechanisms, an exemption for New Zealanders and a national facility for quarantine to be used for emergency situations. Australian Associated Press

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Insiders call it the ‘Secret Season,’ when travel bargains are everywhere: It’s happening now.

I need a break. And you do too.



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After a summer spent hiding inside the house to avoid pestilence, scorching temperatures and soot-filled air, we crave liberation and escape.

The good news: We’re entering the Secret Season, the answer to a frustrated traveler’s prayers. It offers bargains, uncrowded destinations and mild temperatures. It’s the ideal time to take a drive and get away from it all for a few days.

We’ve targeted three out-of-state (but relatively close) destinations where tourism is at low ebb this time of year, making it easier to socially distance. If you’re nervous about staying in a hotel, check out the websites of places you’re considering to read about their COVID-19 safety protocols, then make a phone call to find out more. Some people pack disinfecting cleaning supplies to be on the safe side.

Then grab your gear and hit the road. Our first pick is Scottsdale, Ariz., a big proponent of the Secret Season, which lasts through December. Locals in this resort town say fall offers some of the best weather of the year, ideal for hiking and other outdoor activities.

When you visit, take an easy drive two hours north of Scottsdale to see fall’s vibrant colors in Sedona, where the reds and golds of the season complement the red rock landscape.

You’ll find some of the nation’s top resorts in Scottsdale, where the nightly room rate often tops $1,000 during the spring season. But during the Secret Season, you’ll find 60%-off deals at some high-end resorts. Others have BOGO — buy-one-get-one-free deals — or three-nights-for-the-price-of-two specials.

Check out these bargains:

Hotel Adeline: If you like Midcentury Modern, you’ll love sleek and stylish Hotel Adeline, a boutique newcomer in Old Town Scottsdale. The 215-room, pet-friendly hotel had a $13-million makeover and now sports a restaurant and a lively pool with bar and cabanas. Rates start at $116 per night.



a view of a building: The hip Valley Ho hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., has a "Slip Into Fall" deal from $240 a night. (Mark Boisclair / Valley Ho)


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The hip Valley Ho hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., has a “Slip Into Fall” deal from $240 a night. (Mark Boisclair / Valley Ho)

Hotel Valley Ho: Anytime is martini time at the oh-so-hip Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale, where the pool is shaped like a martini glass, complete with an olive. This Midcentury Modern hotel has a “Slip Into Fall Deal” that includes a $50 daily hotel credit and a bottle of wine, with rates from $240 a night.

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa: This award winner, in neighboring Paradise Valley, isn’t near downtown shops or restaurants but it has panoramic views and offers a great place to escape, relax and rewind. Hike, bike or run on the many trails near the resort. Secret Season visitors from California can take advantage of a “Welcome, Neighbors” special (booking code PROCA3) that allows guests to stay for free on their third night. Rates from $373 per night.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: Get a BOGO deal this

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