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Man Who Created the World's Biggest Hotel Chain Has Died

Marriott's Arne Sorenson is dead at 62 from pancreatic cancer

(Newser) - Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, whose claim to fame was creating the world's biggest hotel chain, has died at age 62 from pancreatic cancer, reports Reuters . Sorenson, who was the first person from outside the Marriott family to run the company, engineered the $13 billion purchase of Starwood Hotels and...

2 Black Kids Played in a Hotel Pool. The Cops Were Called

Employee at NC Hampton Inn fired after summoning police regarding 'trespassing' guests

(Newser) - An employee at a Hampton Inn in North Carolina has been fired after calling the cops on Black guests who were using the pool. Two police officers responded to a trespassing complaint at the Williamston location on Friday after the employee, an unidentified white woman, reported finding two children unattended...

Major Hotel Chains Giving Rooms to Medical Workers

Hilton, Marriott among them

(Newser) - It's a little easier now for overworked health care workers to find a place to rest without endangering their own families. The Hilton and Marriott hotel chains are both donating rooms for doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, and the like, reports USA Today . The chains are working with groups that...

3 Months After New Orleans Hotel Collapse, Bodies Still There

A tarp covering one recently blew away, exposing his remains

(Newser) - The Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans collapsed on Oct. 12, 2019. It's been more than three months since the disaster, which killed three workers—and two of their bodies are still in the destroyed building. The city has said the site is too unstable and dangerous...

Versailles Is About to Get Its First Hotel

Le Grand Controle will have 14 rooms, indoor swimming pool, and Alain Ducasse eatery

(Newser) - Let them eat cake, or at least order room service. For visitors who don't feel like traipsing back to their accommodations in Paris after visiting the Palace of Versailles, Curbed offers the following news: A luxury hotel is being built on the estate's premises, overlooking the gardens outside...

Suit: Waiter Poured Liquid Nitrogen in Woman's Drink

Stacey Wagers says after friend admired 'cool smoke' from nearby table, her water got tainted

(Newser) - A Florida woman who celebrated her birthday at an upscale hotel restaurant is now suing after she says a waiter poured liquid nitrogen into her drink, severely and permanently injuring her. WFTS has posted the lawsuit , which alleges that during the Nov. 11, 2018, celebratory dinner Stacey Wagers was enjoying...

Congress to Examine 'Most Hated Fee in Travel'

Maybe you've encountered them: resort fees

(Newser) - The hotel industry may have to open up about its pricing if a new bill turns into law, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019—introduced by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb, and Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas—would make it illegal for hotels and other accommodation...

Hotel Magnate Barron Hilton Dead at 91
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Hotel Magnate Barron Hilton Dead at 91

Paris Hilton on grandather's death: 'He was a legend'

(Newser) - Barron Hilton started out parking cars at his father's hotels and ended up running the whole chain, as well as owning an NFL team. "He was a Legend, a visionary, brilliant, handsome, kind and lived a life full of accomplishment and adventure," granddaughter Paris Hilton posted online...

No More Mini Toiletries at This Hotel Chain by 2020

Marriott is banning them

(Newser) - It could be lights out for tiny toiletries. Marriott International, the world's largest hotel chain, said Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020, the AP reports. They'll be replaced with larger bottles or wall-mounted...

Best Place to Keep Luggage in Hotel Room Is a Surprising One
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Entomologist: Keep Your Luggage in Hotel Tub

To avoid bedbugs

(Newser) - Forget about throwing your suitcase into your hotel room's closet—and don't even think about throwing it onto your bed to unpack it. That's what an insect expert tells the Apartment Therapy blog , and the reason may make you cringe: It's to avoid bringing home any...

5.6K Hotels to Take 'Next Logical Step' for Environment

InterContinental Hotels Group will phase out mini-toiletries in single-use plastic bottles

(Newser) - The owner of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels vowed in October to stop using plastic straws by the end of 2019. Now it's on to "the next logical step," per the New York Times . InterContinental Hotels Group has become the first global hotel brand to say...

Hotels Get Caught in Immigration Crossfire

Several say they will no longer house migrants

(Newser) - There's a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels. Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM, and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, the AP reports. For decades, the US government has occasionally detained migrants in hotels, and...

Report: Marriott Wants 'Piece of the Pie' From Airbnb

Hotel giant reportedly getting into the home rental business in the US

(Newser) - With about 5 million listings, Airbnb is the biggest platform for home rentals in the world. It may soon be getting some stiff competition with deep pockets, however: Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Marriott will next month be launching the first phase of its own US home-sharing business,...

He Went to Motel 6 to Wrap His Kids' Gifts. Then ICE Came

Just one story cited by Washington state AG in announcing $12M settlement hotel chain will pay

(Newser) - If you or any family members stayed at a Motel 6 in the state of Washington between Feb. 1, 2015, and Sept. 17, 2017, you may want to check out the latest statement from the attorney general there. Per NPR , Bob Ferguson announced that Motel 6 will pay $12 million...

Bellagio Heist Goes South, Suspect Is Shot

Vegas police officer also injured but has already been treated and released from hospital

(Newser) - "I'm in the poker room and we've been locked in for an hour, not even bathroom, no joke!" That was just one of the tweets that allegedly emerged from inside the Bellagio casino and hotel during an attempted heist in Las Vegas Friday night. Las Vegas...

Unpaid Worker Wreaks Revenge on Newly Built Hotel

Man who smashed into UK Travelodge with backhoe was allegedly owed $775 in wages

(Newser) - The finishing touches were just being put on the new Travelodge hotel in Liverpool when "some idiot in a mini digger decided to drive through the middle of the building." That's the gist of a story out of the UK, where police are now on the hunt...

Clue in Marriott Breach: 'Patience' of the Hackers

Sources say signs point to breach being an intel-gathering operation for Chinese government

(Newser) - Up to 500 million customers may have had their personal info compromised in a huge Marriott data breach , and investigators are now coming across clues as to who may be behind the hack. Sources tell Reuters that digital fingerprints—i.e., previously used "hacking tools, techniques, and procedures"—...

Marriott Reveals Massive Data Breach

Information on 500M Starwood customers is exposed

(Newser) - Bad news for anyone who has stayed at a Starwood brand hotel, which includes big names like Westin and Sheraton, in the last few years: Hackers may have your data, including credit card information. Marriott said Friday that up to 500 million customers under its Starwood Hotel umbrella have been...

Pilot in Hot Water After Giving Airport-Goers an Eyeful

Andrew Collins stood in front of his hotel room window in the buff

(Newser) - Capt. Andrew Collins doesn't deny he stood in his birthday suit in front of his hotel window at Denver International Airport in September. He just didn't think anyone could see him, he now tells the Denver Post . But the 54-year-old United Airlines pilot was definitely visible to a...

Steps From Kim Kardashian Robbery, Thieves Hit a Princess

Saudi princess says $925K worth of jewels was stolen from her Paris hotel suite

(Newser) - Police have stepped up their presence in a Paris neighborhood ever since Kim Kardashian endured a frightening jewel robbery in her hotel there in 2016. That didn't stop another apparent heist on Friday afternoon from the Paris Ritz, where an unnamed Saudi princess said jewels worth more than $925,...

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