Hotels in Trouble: Fontainebleau Las Vegas, St. Regis Monarch Beach, Four Season Aviara

I was having lunch with a hotel executive the other day and he said. “We have hit rock bottom in the hotel business!”

The economy has really taken its toll on the Hotel business especially the high end area. Perception & budgets are keeping people away.

Fontainebleau Las Vegas LLC has found itself flat out of cash. The 3,900-room resort, which is 70 percent complete and was set to open in October, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today.

2) The St. Regis Monarch Beach which sadly is the emblem of corporate excess and greed last October and is infamous as the hotel where American International Group (AIG) sponsored a luxury retreat just days after accepting a federal bailout, has been scheduled for a foreclosure auction.

3) Four Seasons Aviara craziness lately where a dispute between the owners, a group of investors and its Four Seasons management has been a little to out in the open. I have seen management companies come and go at Hotels but this one really has become nasty. Both sides are very angry and we will see how it all pans out. I guess the resort wasn’t making enough money so the owners wanted Four Seasons out and some new management in. The Four Seasons didnt want to go. Not the best PR for an already bad situation all around.

Here is the Press release the owners sent out.

All these different hotel troubles have come as the recession and credit crunch have hammered the hotel industry, depressing room rates and occupancy levels. Hotels which have very rich travelers and the high-end corporate retreat business, have obviously seen huge declines in revenues.

Not a good situation.

 Hotels in Trouble: Fontainebleau Las Vegas,  St. Regis Monarch Beach, Four Season Aviara

Cheap Hotels Answer To Your Meeting Problems?

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Jon just sent me this link….What do you think? Think you could get your executives to stay at a budget hotel?

A lesson from the UK: Members of U.S. Congress could save taxpayers millions by using budget hotels
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How do I know my Hotel is Green?

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Almost every hotel says that they are green these days. But how can you be sure? Here is another resource that popped up. Check it out. www.iStayGreen.org. You can check out the property and see if it meets your green needs. One very cool thing about this site is the social network that creates accountability and forces properties to own up to whether they are truly green or if they are simply “greenwashing.” Right now, they are at 3000 properties.

 How do I know my Hotel is Green?

2009 Hoteliers Survey

According to an online survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association see some bad time ahead in the Hotel business.
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How do hoteliers see their lodging faring in 2009?
Worse, said about 54%. Same, said 29%. The rest said, “Better.”

What’s the fastest growing hotel market?
China, said 43%, followed by India, 29%.

And what, besides price, is most important to travelers about a hotel room?
Cleanliness, said 66%. A comfortable bed, responded 20%.

Unique Experiences Are Important

In our podcast we talk about unique teambuilding ideas. I came across this unique experience today. I am not sure if you watched the mini series on HBO called ROME but visions of executives battling with swords felt right! Think of the ending candids video it would be a smash.
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It comes from a beautiful hotel in Rome called the Rome Cavalieri [Read more...]

Meetings Podcast 14 Summer Fun

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1:25 Listener Greg Ruby sent in an email about an idea for group sales people. CASE program certificate. Good idea! Thanks Greg. Greg’s Baltimore property link www.bccenter.org [Read more...]

Meetings Podcast 11 Food, Aprons and New Planner Resources!

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:37 Introductions Mike McAllen GrassShackRoad.com Jon Trask AVSU.com Tom Hillmer onsite in Hawaii with Creative Group Inc

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Meetings Podcast 6 “The Economy!”

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This week we discuss the Economy talk about the meetings and events industry.

This week we will discuss about the Economy talk in the meetings and events industry.
:40 Tom Hillmer enlightens us on American Idol and upcoming concerts by Mariah Carey and Neil Diamond.
2:15 We talk about the economy and our perspective areas of events and meetings.
6:19 Shorter lead times to get RFP (request for Proposals) and production for meetings and events.
8:13 Will extra costs by airlines change the way and location of meetings and events?
12:05 New technology to help Meeting Planners onsite and off www.Jott.com
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Meetings Podcast 5 “Charges Charges Charges!”

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:55 Kimpton Hotel’s new plan to help travelers with airlines’ new policy of extra bag charges.
4:01 Hotels and venues internet charges.
4:55 Audio visual surcharges
6:30 Resort fees
9:15 Hotel shipping
11:35 Staffing charges
12:11 Tom compares oil charges with catering staffing
12:53 Airline charges for seats’ location
Please leave us a question or comment which we will try to address on the show!

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 Meetings Podcast 5 “Charges Charges Charges!”