NATIONAL REPORT—Whether it’s celebrating an anniversary, receiving an award, earning a certification, debuting a new product or expanding the business, hotel companies and vendors achieve new milestones on a daily basis. Here’s a look at recent accomplishments:
CKI Toppers Used at New TWA Hotel
The new TWA Hotel at JFK Airport will include CKI’s Eco Cloud Mattress Topper on every bed.
Steven Gordon, CKI’s president, said, “We were selected for this project by the world-famous design team at the Parker Company, and we couldn’t be happier to be able to give the guests of the TWA a sleep experience like no other.”
Each Eco Cloud Topper is filled with unique polyester cluster fibers to provide an extraordinary level of comfort, support and resiliency that lasts for years and will not move or lose its shape over time, according to the company. Featuring an environmentally friendly knit top made from a blended bamboo fiber, the Eco Cloud provides a supple softness and is naturally thermal regulating. It is also resistant to bacteria, fungi, odors and germs.
Angie Hospitality Achieves International Certifications
Angie Hospitality has received multiple authorizations and international certifications to operate in virtually every hospitality market around the globe. Combined with its original North American certifications for the U.S. and Canada, Angie is ready for additional regions that include the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East.
Angie Hospitality’s interactive guestroom assistant meets the health, safety and environmental protection standards established by internationally recognized product testing and regulatory bodies, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Industry Canada (IC), Conformité Européene (CE) and Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL), along with many others. Angie has been rigorously tested to ensure that its radio and electrical emissions do not interfere with other devices within the same environment in accordance with the stringent FCC Class B standard. This certification ensures that the device’s Zigbee, WiFi and BLE capabilities all meet the more demanding FCC standard. While not compulsory, Angie’s AC adaptor is UL-listed and meets the safety standards required in most workplace settings. Angie Hospitality has produced a Declaration of Conformity affirming that its 24-hour interactive guestroom assistant complies with the requirements for global markets that recognize the CE regulatory standard.
Hotel Equities Opens Office in Canada
Hotel Equities (HE) recently opened a Canadian office located in Edmonton, Alberta.
The new location encompasses all disciplines to support the company’s growth in the country. Andre Giannandrea has been named as regional director of operations, Tapan Malik as regional director of sales, Bryce Herder as regional revenue manager and Oscar Rodriguez as regional director of accounting.
Twenty percent of the firm’s portfolio of hotels is located in Canada. As a result, Bryan DeCort, EVP for HE, sees opening in Canada as a very natural step: “We are proud of our Canadian portfolio and associates. Putting down permanent roots in the country will help us better serve our stakeholders, and also help us drive further growth. Given our current footprint in Canada, Edmonton is the perfect initial base for our team to best provide their operational expertise.”
Cvent Adds 1,200 New Customers in Q1 2019
In the first quarter, 1,200 new customers selected Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events and hospitality technology provider, for their event management and group business needs.
The new customers further expand Cvent’s global customer base, which includes more than 50% of the Fortune 500 and 80% of the Fortune 100. To support their rapid growth, Cvent plans to increase recruiting efforts and continue their global headcount expansion by adding nearly 1,000 employees in 2019.
“We had a great 2018 and our strong momentum continued into the first quarter of 2019 as 1,200 organizations around the world chose Cvent,” said Chuck Ghoorah, co-founder/president of worldwide sales and marketing. “Our unique ability to power the entire meetings and events ecosystem is driving our global growth. We offer the broadest and deepest solutions, helping event planners, marketers and hoteliers drive revenue and maximize their business impact.”
Hospitality Companies Named Best for Vets
Several hospitality companies have been recognized on the Military Times‘ Best for Vets: Employers 2019 List. Companies are recognized for their culture, recruitment and policies for veterans, service members and military families by Military Times.
Hospitality companies recognized are:
G6 Hospitality (11)
LaQuinta by Wyndham (44)
MGM Resorts International (92)
This year, more companies than ever before vied for a spot in the rankings. Nearly 200 organizations submitted substantially complete responses to the 91-question Best for Vets: Employers survey. A total of 132 employers made the list, comprising 113 for-profit companies, as well as 19 government and nonprofit organizations.
“The companies on the Military Times Best for Vets list earned their rankings through determined efforts to recruit and support service members, veterans and military families,” said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. “These efforts deserve recognition from the country and should get the attention of veterans looking for a new career.”