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Pivot Hotels & Resorts To Launch The Kimpton Harper Hotel In Fort Worth, Texas

ATLANTA, Nov. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Leading hospitality management company Davidson Hotels & Resorts has been tapped by Development Services Group (DSG, Inc.) to manage the Kimpton Harper Hotel, a new hotel slated for opening in spring 2021. Located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, Texas, in close proximity to the Fort Worth Convention Center and Sundance Square, the 226-room Kimpton Harper is operated by Davidson’s lifestyle and luxury division, Pivot Hotels & Resorts, and housed within the historic Farmers and Mechanics National Bank landmark building, soaring 24 stories into the skyline. Upon completion, the centrally located hotel will feature Refinery 714, a penthouse bar and lounge with sweeping views of the plains; Il Modo, a vibrant, bustling restaurant and bar serving Italian fare with a modern sensibility; 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space; a rooftop observation deck with a 360-degree view of Fort Worth; and Kimpton’s signature amenities that include evening social hour, morning coffee service and complimentary PUBLIC bicycles.

“We are excited to launch this vibrant new hotel in collaboration with our esteemed partners at DSG, Inc.,” said Thom Geshay, president, Davidson Hotels & Resorts. “Leveraging the Pivot team’s ability to be agile and nimble to adapt to modern business needs, we understand that great service and profitability go hand-in-hand, and we look forward to developing unique and creative programming that will truly differentiate the Kimpton Harper.”

“Building upon our foundational relationship, we were compelled to engage Pivot for this highly anticipated opening based on the team’s extensive lifestyle pedigree through and through,” said Gary Prosterman, president and CEO of DSG, Inc. “Pivot understands how to serve guests who desire a personalized social travel experience. We know that under the team’s leadership and guidance, the Kimpton Harper will seamlessly encapsulate the dynamic, laid-back sophistication of Fort Worth in a meaningful way.”

Fort Worth’s history was shaped by cattle and oil, growing from a military garrison to a major trading post along the Chisholm trail to a booming oil town. Built in 1921, The Farmers and Mechanics National Bank building most recently served as the headquarters for XTO Energy. DSG acquired the iconic historic building in November 2018 with a plan to complete an adaptive reuse of the office building into the Kimpton Harper, which stands as a shining example of the evolving city of Fort Worth. Once standing as the tallest building in Fort Worth for several decades, its design is a hallmark example of the Commercial or Chicago style of architecture that was popular during this boom era, symbolizing commerce, optimism and prosperity. Updated seamlessly for the 21st century, the renovation blends modern elements with the existing architecture, infusing the urban icon with laid-back soul through luxury materials and subtle details.

For more information, please visit www.theharperfortworth.com.

About Pivot Hotels & Resorts

Pivot Hotels & Resorts is the lifestyle and luxury operating division of award-winning hospitality management company Davidson Hotels & Resorts. With a deep-rooted passion

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Pandemic Forces Airports And Travel Retailers To Pivot To Domestic Consumers

One of the world’s biggest airport retailers, Gebr Heinemann, and top Asian airport hub, Singapore Changi Airport, have taken steps to widen their retail offers to domestic consumers in order to claw back some of the lost revenue caused by lockdowns and flight restrictions.

At the weekend, Germany-based Heinemann opened a pop-up store in the downtown Central district of Hong Kong, which will be open for a whole year. The outlet will showcase “some fun new brands in a flexible and fresh environment” according to Victor Chan, General Manager at Heinemann Hong Kong.

“This store will allow us to re-open and recover at the airport while managing and mitigating inventory risks,” he said in a social media post. Heinemann has multiple confectionery stores at Hong Kong International Airport where traffic has plummeted. In September passenger numbers were down by 98%, similar to preceding months according to the Civil Aviation Department of the Special Administrative Region of China.

At Heinemann’s headquarters in Hamburg, a company spokesperson told Forbes.com: “We have opened domestic pop-up outlets in Hong Kong to clear inventory—primarily confectionery—and generate revenue for the company during this time of crisis for the entire industry.”

Securing new sales channels is essential”

Could the move be the beginning of a broader diversification into domestic retailing, given that the pandemic is regaining momentum? The spokesperson was clear that Heinemann was “currently” not planning to open downtown pop-up stores in its home market of Germany or elsewhere in Europe.

But in relation to Asia Pacific she said: “We are constantly evaluating new markets and sales channels to drive our business growth in the region—with these plans continually evolving. Nearly every single one of our airport shops has been closed since March due to the pandemic, which has made securing new sales channels essential to our business at this time.”

Dufry, in which Alibaba took a stake this month, has some existing outlet stores but the company told Forbes.com that it has not, so far, opened any new ones in the domestic market in response to the pandemic.

Meanwhile at Singapore Changi—a rival hub to Hong Kong International—the airport’s operator, Changi Airport Group, has developed an e-commerce website called GetIt that is dedicated to Singapore’s domestic consumers.

This is in addition to its existing iShopChangi platform which serves both travelers and non-traveler by offering what it describes as “tax-absorbed shopping without flying.” The site was where South Korean retail giant Lotte Duty Free initially launched its airport liquor contract.

However, GetIt has created tensions for Changi’s retail concessionaires at the airport as well as brands, according to The Moodie Davitt Report. A number of sources have told the site about their concerns which range from parallel procurement to price undercutting.

When contacted by us, a spokesperson at Changi Airport Group, said in a statement: “GetIt

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