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Geoff Ballotti, National Chair, U.S. Travel Association, President & CEO, Wyndham Hotel Group, addresses
U.S. Travel Association’s inaugural Secure Tourism Summit, April 19, at the New York Marriott Marquis.
Photo by Jenna Bascom Photography.

AH&LA Has Strategic Plan to Fight Airbnb

By Grant Broadhurst

Armed with research and testimonials, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) plans to ramp up its members’ battles against Airbnb, the home-sharing provider, in the media, legislative halls and the public discourse.
Two documents presented by AH&LA to its board in November and January were leaked to The New York Times. They reveal AH&LA’s all-hands-on deck approach to change the narrative of Airbnb helping the middle-class make ends meet.

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Fla. Governor Urges Boost to Visit Florida Funding

By Jonathan Trager

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is spearheading a push to fund Visit Florida to the tune of $100 million, an increase of more than 30%.
Scott spoke at a press conference with industry leaders on April 18. The state leader is pushing lawmakers to set aside an extra $24 million on top of his original $76 million to fund Visit Florida.

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Omni to Build $550 Million Convention Hotel in Boston

By Grant Broadhurst

A $550 million project to build a 1,054-room Omni convention hotel adjacent to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center has cleared its last major hurdle and is set to open in early 2021.
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board of Directors authorized a development agreement and lease with Omni Resorts and Hotels on April 13 to build the two-tower hotel, which will have 120,000 square feet of meeting space and a tunnel connection to the Center. The project is being funded 50-50 by Omni and New Boston Hospitality, a group of local investors led by the Davis Companies and Spot On Ventures.

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Forty Under 40 Application Period Opening May 1

By Todd McElwee

The search for the fifth class of the Association Forum’s and USAE’s Forty Under 40 honorees will commence May. 1, with the application process running through July 14.

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HOTS read that a collection of 913 coins has been found hidden beneath an old piano’s keyboard at Bishop’s Castle Community College in the English county of Shropshire. Here’s the kicker: The majority of the coins date from the reign of Queen Victoria and have been found to be 91.7% pure gold. Although the collection has yet to be formally valued, experts say it could be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds (1 British pound equals 1.28 U.S. dollars). It’s unknown who concealed the coins, which were found neatly stacked in several hand-stitched bags. Now if you’ll excuse HOTS, it has a lot of Steinway stores to visit.


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