The development of a 127-key Marriott Tribute property is scheduled to begin in June inside the Park Square building in St. Paul, Minn.
Google engineer James Damore, the author of the infamous memo stating that women were not suited for the field, was not fired because of his political affiliations, Google CEO Sundar Pichai says. Damore has launched a lawsuit against the company, accusing Google of discriminating against white, conservative male employees.
After noticing a lack of gender diversity in the company, Lessonly CEO Max Yoder reached out to nonprofit organization Athena Alliance to help find a suitable female candidate for the board of directors. "To all of you who are looking to fill an independent board seat, my advice is take the time to go out of your network and don't stop until you find someone who is just right," Yoder writes.
Industry leaders have developed gender-lens investing strategies, which help investors support organizations that include and promote women. "A lot of our male clients really love this strategy because they have daughters in the workplace. You want your daughters to succeed as well as you want your sons to succeed," says Veris CEO Patricia Farrar-Rivas.
Marriott International has made Aloft and Element special projects for growth among the 11 Starwood Hotels & Resorts brands it acquired with the chains' 2016 merger. The select-service and extended-stay sectors represented by the brands remain attractive to investors and are under-exploited, Marriott officials say.
Sonoma County, Calif., hotel revenues reached a record $309.8 million last year, more than doubling since 2009, STR reports. The peak was reached even as three hotels burned in the October wildfires, and the remaining properties were occupied by displaced residents seeking temporary shelter.
A 114-year-old hotel in downtown Buffalo, N.Y. that fell on hard times has been restored to its French Renaissance splendor with no skimping on amenities. Developer Rocco Termini has spent $40 million on renovation since buying the Lafayette Hotel in 2009 and renaming it The Hotel @ the Lafayette.
Iberostar has unveiled a new logo and rebranding effort that includes organizing its properties into three segments: City Hotels, Ocean Resorts and Heritage Hotels, which encompasses historic or culturally significant properties.