U.S. Hotel Unemployment Slips Below 30 Percent for First Time Since March

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U.S. hotel unemployment dropped to 29.9 percent in September but remains roughly four times higher than the national average. andrewbecks / Pixabay

Skift Take: Job gains are great news for hotels. But the U.S. Labor Department figures only paint one part of the full picture of an extremely troubled industry.

— Cameron Sperance

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Hospitality Schools Weigh the Pandemic’s Long-Term Impact on Travel Curriculum

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Universities with hospitality schools like Cornell (pictured) aren’t likely to make swift changes to curriculum in light of coronavirus. But the pandemic is a hot topic within every classroom. sach1tb / Wikimedia

Skift Take: It will take years for pandemic strategy to show up as a central part of any major hospitality school curriculum, but coronavirus today is still a central part of any classroom — virtual or otherwise.

— Cameron Sperance

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What Happens When a Massive Wave of Hotels Default?

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Some hotels like Chicago’s Palmer House (pictured) are facing foreclosure, but real estate attorneys see alternative options for struggling owners. ThreeIfByBike / Flickr

Skift Take: The hotel industry is struggling under months of cratered occupancy and revenue. But there may be a way to avoid foreclosure with the bank — as long as your hotel was doing fine before the pandemic.

— Cameron Sperance

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Hilton, Hyatt and Others Pull Back the Curtain on Making Hygiene More Than Theater

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Critics argue safety measures like temperature checks are more theatrical than effective against the spread of coronavirus. Hotel brands say they help build guest confidence. NeferJanah Meistrup / Wikimedia

Skift Take: Strong communication and decision-making power at the local level are key to making heightened hotel cleaning measures succeed in an ever-changing pandemic information environment.

— Cameron Sperance

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Caesars Entertainment Raises Stakes in Online Betting With $3.7 Billion Bid for British Company

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Caesars Entertainment confirmed Monday it plans to offer $3.7 billion to acquire British sports betting and online gaming company William Hill. Bernard Spragg. NZ / Flickr

Skift Take: Chasing MGM Resorts? Caesars Entertainment’s play for William Hill is the latest sign Las Vegas sees tons of upside in moving chips in the direction of online gaming and sports betting.

— Cameron Sperance

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Meet the Springsteen Fans Who Created Tours That Bring the Star’s Legend to Life

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Bruce Springsteen performing with drummer Max Weinberg behind him, on the Magic Tour stop at Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida, August 15, 2008. Celebrity tourism isn’t new, but these two have certainly carved out a unique niche. Craig O’Neal / Wikipedia

Skift Take: While celebrity tourism isn’t new, these two guides have certainly carved out a unique niche in covering Springsteen’s origins at the Jersey Shore. Small and genuine experiences like the tours they offer may outperform generic, mass-market offerings during the travel sector’s recovery.

— Sean O’Neill

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