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The ever-expanding premium hotel brand voco is showing no signs of slowing down, having announced in July that it is bringing its eco-friendly hotels to locations such as Chicago, the Gyeonggi-do province in Korea, Albania and Dubai. Leading data and analytics company GlobalData notes that the upscale hotel market is expected to gain some of the ground lost in 2020, and voco’s focus on environmental sustainability will strengthen IHG’s eco credentials.

Ralph Hollister, Travel and Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Upscale hotels took a beating in 2020, but this looks to be turning around. In the UAE, for example, GlobalData predicts that the occupancy rate for upscale hotels will increase from 63% in 2020 to 75.3% in 2021. This is promising for IHG and voco’s expansion strategy, which includes this as a key area.”

At the voco Gold Coast, and many other voco properties, each duvet is made from 150 plastic bottles. Its bed linen has also been approved by the ‘100% Better Cotton’ initiative, contributing to the sustainable harvesting of cotton. At voco The Hague, the hotel’s garden terrace was designed by an expert ecologist.

Hollister continues: “The consistent theme of sustainability in voco properties will meet the growing need for responsible options from travelers, which should help voco to increase its market share as travel recovers. According to a survey by GlobalData*, 42% of global respondents are influenced by the extent to which a product or service is environmentally friendly/responsible.

“Making voco a potential leader in the theme of sustainability will also boost IHG’s eco-credentials. According to GlobalData’s lodging thematic scorecard, IHG scores a 4 in the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) theme. Competitors such as Hilton and Accor score a 5 (the maximum score), illustrating that these two companies have a competitive edge over IHG in terms of sustainability. The rapid expansion of voco could soon create a level playing field for IHG, allowing for an even stronger recovery in the immediate years after the pandemic.”

 
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Hospitality industry employees struggle with passwords, NordPass’s new research reveals. Among the 17 researched industries, hospitality industry employees used their company’s name as a password the most often. Instead of coming up with a sophisticated password to safeguard their business accounts, people simply put their company name as their password.

In addition to that, hospitality industry companies have only 29% of unique passwords. This means that more than two-thirds of employees reuse their passwords across accounts.

“Password reuse is a huge problem that poses a big threat to both consumers and businesses. If one password is compromised, all other accounts are jeopardized too,” says Chad Hammond, security expert at NordPass.

The research also revealed the top 10 most common passwords used by hospitality industry employees. Shockingly, the most common one is “password”.

Here are the top 10 passwords in the hospitality industry:

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. Company name123*
  4. Company name*
  5. Company name*
  6. Hello123
  7. Company name 1*
  8. Company name*
  9. company name*
  10. company name1*

    The researchers analyzed data from public third-party breaches that affected Fortune 500 companies. In total, the analyzed data included 15,603,438 breaches and was categorized into 17 different industries. The researchers looked into the top 10 passwords used in each industry, the percentile of unique passwords, and the number of data breaches affecting each industry.

     

    Weak passwords are one of the top causes of data breaches in business

     

    According to the data by booking.com, people are eager to travel, and 47% of people are planning to travel within their own country. With the rising domestic and international travel, the hospitality industry must once again pay closer attention to cybersecurity.

    Simple passwords are very dangerous to all users, but businesses and their employees need to take extra care when it comes to cybersecurity. For example, back in February, a water treatment facility in Florida had a serious computer breach. The company used an unsupported version of Windows with no firewall and shared the same TeamViewer password among its employees. And, in December 2020, SolarWinds suffered from a big data breach, reportedly due to protecting one of their servers with the password “solarwinds123”.

    How can businesses increase their password hygiene?

    1. Create complex and unique passwords, update them regularly, and store them in a password manager.

     

    Adopting a password manager for company-wide use is your best bet to maintain the security of your business accounts. A password management solution provides a secure way to store, share, and manage passwords in a single place.

    2. Use multi-factor authentication or single sign-on

     

    Companies should use multi-factor authentication where possible for an added layer of security. Another great idea is to leverage single sign-on and password synchronization. With single sign-on, employees are less likely to revert to bad password practices, such as creating common passwords or writing them down.

    3. Educate your employees on password hygiene and potential risks

    It’s important to note that employees should avoid mixing their work and personal accounts. This ensures that your personal identity is not only protected, but also any information related to your employer is safeguarded in the event of a breach.

    Consumer-facing breaches can extend beyond personal accounts, potentially exposing the enterprise as well. Data breaches like this can create a domino effect across multiple organizations through the reuse of credentials across personal and business accounts.

     

    Methodology: The list of passwords was compiled in partnership with a third-party company specializing in data breach research. They analyzed data from public third-party breaches that affected Fortune 500 companies. In total, the analyzed data included 15,603,438 breaches and was categorized into 17 different industries. The researchers looked into the top 10 passwords used in each industry, the percentile of unique passwords, and the number of data breaches affecting each industry.

 
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SEATTLE, Wa. – July 26, 2021 – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has signed an agreement to transition Hotel 1000 to LXR Hotels & Resorts, in August. LXR Hotels & Resorts feature a selection of unrivaled luxury properties that thrive independently, each providing a unique and locally immersive experience. The collection was developed based on demand for top-tier properties that retain their unique identity and market prominence in the luxury space, and that are backed by the strength of the Hilton enterprise and its award-winning Honors program.

“As the debut LXR Hotels & Resorts property in the Pacific Northwest, Hotel 1000 signals Hilton’s commitment to expanding our luxury portfolio in sought-after urban and resort destinations,” said Feisal Jaffer, global head, LXR Hotels & Resorts. “During the course of 2021, we will welcome five hand-picked new members to the LXR collection, a testament to our focus on curating a selection of independent hotels and resorts that offer a bespoke experience for our discerning guests and drive superior returns for our owners. LXR embraces properties with unique aesthetic and design, while amplifying their position within the destination as an authentic immersive experience.”

Located at the intersection of First Avenue and Madison Street, Hotel 1000 is ideally situated in Downtown Seattle just steps from the waterfront along Elliott Bay, and is one of the most conveniently placed hotels in the Waterfront district near Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, and the bustling shopping and business districts. The thoughtfully designed 120-room hotel allows guests to take in panoramic views of the Seattle skyline from their rooms featuring its signature pedestal bathtubs, glass showers, and custom residential furnishings.

Property highlights include its destination restaurant and bar, All Water Seafood & Oyster Bar featuring fresh, local seafood and an impressive wine cellar showcasing regional wines. The hotel offers multiple premium amenities and comforts along with a full-service Spa and fitness center, sauna, and salon. The property also features seven flexible event rooms, a boardroom and an all-weather greenhouse terrace which adds up to 9,100 square feet of meeting and event space for guests to create memorable gatherings of all sizes and occasions.

The hotel will join the award-winning Hilton Honors guest loyalty program, allowing more than 115 million members who book directly with Hilton to earn Points for hotel stays and experiences, plus instant benefits including contactless check-in with room selection, Digital Key and Confirmed Connected Rooms.

For more information about Hilton, please visit newsroom.hilton.com.

 
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July 30, 2021 (OTTAWA) - The Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses has released the following statement:

“Today’s announcement extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) until October 2021 is a positive step in supporting Canada’s hardest hit businesses who have lost most of the summer and still suffering from travel restrictions, border closures and mass gathering restrictions.

This is a very positive step and the government should be commended for their support of the economy. However, this extension alone will not save many of Canada’s hardest hit businesses from financial ruin this fall and winter. Our most recent survey from June shows that nearly 60% of Canada’s hardest hit businesses will not survive if CEWS and CERS are not extended to at
least the end of the year.

Canada’s tourism, travel, hospitality, arts, festivals and events sectors were the first hit in the pandemic and the hardest hit, and we will be the last to recover. What these sectors need is targeted program from September to May until true recovery is possible.”

 
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After an 18 month wait, and with tremendous excitement, Hospitality Saskatchewan is pleased to announce our very first tourism industry association conference. This year’s inaugural event will be held September 27, 28, 29, 2021 at the World Trade Centre Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

This “Must Attend Event” will include 3 days of informative sessions, networking opportunities, and tradeshow. Featuring a wide variety of exhibitors that supply goods and services to the hospitality & tourism industry, operators will save time and money by shopping, sampling, and discovering the latest solutions from top suppliers to the industry.

Please mark the dates and plan to attend Canada’s only tourism industry conference scheduled in 2021.

 

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