Marriott Hotels and Resorts, like other hotel companies, has been navigating the bumpy travel road created by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are lots of twists and turns, but some regional pockets of the world show faster revitalization signs than others.
STR remains committed to keeping the hospitality industry updated on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our webinar series will provide in-depth updates on world regions around the globe. However, if you are unable to watch the full recording during this stressful time, you can find a summary of the key points below.
Each morning across the far-reaches of cities like Bogotá, Mexico City, and Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica, digital nomads start to gather to begin their workdays. As the laptops get flipped open and the headphones popped on, these remote workers are not settling in at a WeWork space.
Marriott International watched one all-inclusive hotel after another open in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past decade without so much as an invitation to partner with property owners. But with the announcement of its own proprietary offerings this month, the chain finally decided to take all-inclusive into its own hands.
The question has bounced through the travel industry for months now: What is Mexico doing?
The hotel sector is expecting average occupancy of 70% during the Christmas vacation season, which would be the highest level in the past decade.
According to a survey carried out by the Costa Rican Hotels Chamber, hotels in the country are registering already over 80% occupancy for the holiday season.
The reasons for visiting São Paulo, Brazil's largest city, are aplenty. For starters, it's the cultural and financial hub of the country. So no matter the time of day, the metropolis is alway humming with vibrant energy.
The dappled Caribbean sunshine and white sand seem even more relaxing from the balcony of a duchess.Well, the former balcony. Today, her peaceful vacation villa is the main house of Hotel Esencia, a refined, tropical hideaway 30 minutes down the coast from Cancun, Mexico.
David Fahrenthold, reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Trump hotel in Panama fighting to remove Donald Trump's name, and the potential political implications if Trump tries tries to insert himself.