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Hotels trained days before Super Bowl human trafficking arrests
More than 160 charged and 18 victims were rescued around Atlanta, Georgia
The FBI’s arrests of more than 160 human trafficking suspects before and during Super Bowl weekend in Atlanta comes on the heels of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, during which hotel companies and hospitality associations focused on training employees to prevent similar crimes.
THE FBI MADE more than 160 arrests of human trafficking suspects over 11 days leading up to Super Bowl weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. The operation comes on the heels of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, during which hotel companies and hospitality associations focused on training employees to prevent similar crimes.

During the sting operation lasting from Jan. 23 to Feb. 2, the FBI arrested 169 suspects. That included 26 alleged sex traffickers and 34 who allegedly attempted to engage in sex acts with minors. Also, 9 juvenile victims of sex trafficking were rescued, including a 14-year-old. Nine other trafficking victims were also identified.

The names of those charged and the specific charges were not released.
Insiders Jill Burke is Choice Hotels International’s new regional vice president of franchise services. Previously she was a regional area director and has been with the company since 2013.

G6 unveils new, flexible design
The prototype allows for easy conversion from single to dual brand
G6 Hospitality’s new prototype easily converts from a single to a dual-brand property, depending on the business trends in their locations.
FLEXIBILITY IS A good thing to have in business, but usually with hotel development one must be careful to choose the appropriate segment to serve before construction begins. However, a new design from G6 Hospitality could change that by allowing owners to build a Motel 6, a Studio 6 or a dual-brand location.

The company unveiled the new design at the American Lodging Investment Summit last week. G6 has already opened 13 dual-brand projects in 2018, but the Motel 6/Studio 6 Austin South-Airport, scheduled to open this month, will be the first purpose-built dual-brand hotel in the company’s history.

Stonebridge Cos. buys New Orleans Embassy Suites
The new property is near the Moria Convention Center
Stonebridge Cos., led by CEO Navin Dimond, recently purchased acquired the 280-room Embassy Suites by Hilton New Orleans Convention Center hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.
DENVER-BASED STONEBRIDGE Cos. has acquired the 280-room Embassy Suites by Hilton New Orleans Convention Center hotel. Navin Dimond is Stonebridge Cos.’ founder and CEO.

Stonebridge bought the full-service Embassy Suites on Julia Street for an undisclosed amount in partnership with Walton Street Capital LLC. It is the first property Stonebridge owns in New Orleans. The hotel is located near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and other nearby attractions include Mercedes- Benz Superdome, Smoothie King Center, Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and the Port of New Orleans Cruise Ship Terminal.

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openings Cambria Hotel West Orange is now open in West Orange, New Jersey. It is the first of Choice Hotels International’s upscale Cambria Hotels brand in the state.

69 percent  

The percent of the U.S. construction pipeline in 2018 comprising Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and InterContinental Hotels Group projects, according to Lodging Econometrics.

Florida airport accepting bids on ‘fly-in’ hotel
The unique project would allow guests to check in directly from their planes
Seeley Lake, Montana, is home to the Eagle Port Lodge, located at the town’s airport. Photo courtesy of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
THE ORLANDO MELBOURNE International Airport is taking proposals for a unique project: a high-end hotel with airfield access. Developers have until March 15 to submit their bids.

MLB’s corporate tenants are expected to be the market for the hotel, which would be one of a handful in the country, according to Florida Today .The proposed projects must include at least 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, approximately 200 guest rooms, a fine dining restaurant with rooftop bar, outdoor pool, sundeck, fitness amenities and a VIP/concierge floor.

Travel industry adds 33k jobs in January
MORE THAN 33,000 jobs were generated in the U.S. by the travel industry in January, according to the U.S. Travel Association. That is the largest monthly gain since February 2016.

Travel-related jobs made up 11 percent of the overall 304,000-job increase in nonfarm employment in January, according to USTA. The new jobs were primarily in leisure and hospitality including the amusements/gambling/recreation industry, food services/drinking places industry, and the lodging industry. Employment in the airline industry continued to grow as well.

In September the travel industry lost 6,800 jobs but has been gaining jobs since then.

Experts at the 40th annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in June were upbeat about the industry’s future. Representatives from STR and CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research were predicting growth despite concerns that international travel was bound to decline, and the optimism was reflected in a speech by Jonathan Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co.
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