5 things to know: 10 September 2020
5 things to know: 10 September 2020
10 SEPTEMBER 2020 9:23 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Report finds lack of trust in returning to workplaces
  • Charles Drury Sr., a founder of Drury Hotels, dies at 92
  • As others pull back, one Paris hotel embraces luxury
  • US job postings slowed in late summer
  • Wildfires continue to burn across three Western states

Report finds lack of trust in returning to workplaces: A new report from Edelman found that only about half of surveyed workers believe their office spaces are safe during the pandemic, and only 14% trust their CEOs and senior managers to lead the return to work. The report also found 75% trust their employers when told working from home won’t hurt their careers.

To feel protected in the workplace: 59% said they want mandatory use of masks, 57% want maintained strict social distancing, 45% want reduced occupancy in the workplace, 44% want all employees checked for fevers, 40% want a limit on non-essential travel, and 37% want teleworking to remain an option.

The report included responses from 3,400 employees in France, Germany, India, Singapore, South Korea, the U.K. and the U.S.

Charles Drury Sr., a founder of Drury Hotels, dies at 92: Charles Drury Sr., one of the founders of the Drury Hotel chain, died earlier this week in his home in Creve Coeur, Missouri, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Drury and his brothers got into the hotel business in 1961 after building a Holiday Inn in Cape Girardeau, but after noticing food and beverage sales eating into their profits, they decided to create a rooms-only model and opened the first Drury Inn in 1973 in Sikeston, the newspaper reports. Drury founded Drury Development Corporation in 1985 to acquire real estate and build hotels and has since grown Drury Hotels into 150 hotels in 27 states.

“He knew the values and life lessons learned on the family farm in Kelso almost 100 years ago remain true today: give everyone a square deal, tell the truth, pray, work hard and give until it hurts,” the company said in a statement. “His kindness, creativity, passion and generosity will be greatly missed by many.”

As others pull back, one Paris hotel embraces luxury: The ultra-luxury boutique Fauchon l’Hôtel Paris reopened in July with a goal of offering guests more while other nearby hotels offered less or remained closed, reports HNN’s Robert McCune. The hotel’s GM, Jérôme Montantème, said the results have been a success.

Luxury “is the emotion we’re able to create with all our clients,” he said.

“In my opinion, the actual luxe is not the gold in the bathroom or the size of the carpet in the living room. It’s all the emotion we’re able to share with all the clients coming in our hotel.”

U.S. job postings slowed in late summer: In an analysis of online job postings, The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of openings has leveled off since late July, “the latest sign momentum in the labor market is easing six months after the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S.”

The number of job postings on Indeed.com fell dramatically when the pandemic began in March, but by May were 33% below the number posted in February, the newspaper reports. By August, postings were about 12% below February but have plateaued since then.

“There’s been pretty much a flat line in the job-postings trend since early August,” said Indeed economist Nick Bunker. “While labor demand has recovered somewhat from the huge shock caused by the virus, we’re still below pre-pandemic levels.”

Wildfires continue to burn across three Western states: Wildfires in California have burned 2.5 million acres while a wildfire near Tacoma, Washington, is threatening suburban neighborhoods, and in Oregon, more than a thousand homes have burned down, The New York Times reports.

“This wildfire season has been devastating all along the West Coast, fueled by an unusual summer wind event in the Northwest, a record-breaking heat wave followed by wind in California and the early signals of climate change, as warmer average temperatures leave lands parched and vulnerable to a fire started by a spark,” the newspaper reports.

Compiled by Bryan Wroten.

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