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January 26–27, 2021   Traditionally, the InnSpire Conference and marketplace offers hoteliers a once-in-a-year opportunity to connect, share ideas, learn, and innovate amongst hundreds of fellow hoteliers. Despite being virtual this year, we have redesigned the conference to provide the same great experience and opportunities via the convenience of on-demand and live sessions. With occupancy at a premium, being able to...

The Stars in Our Eyes

Hotels are built by people, around people, and for people—in other words, people are important. While some believe that the guests are the most important part of a hotel, in our eyes, it’s the employees that make the magic happen day-in and day-out. Despite the challenges we faced in 2020, employees in hotels across the state continued to shine...
Successful team of young perspective businesspeople in office
I have been thinking about this topic for some time. Especially after 2020 with the social unrest in this country and elsewhere in our world I think it’s time to speak up. For me, that means offering what I think is a path to an improvement in the way we look at and see each other. It comes from...
I’m one of the 1,000 volunteers for the Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine study at Stanford Medical School, aka the Janssen Ensemble Study. I likely received the actual J&J vaccine and not the placebo; more on that in a bit. Most volunteers will say that their primary reason for getting injected with an experimental vaccine is to...

After the Wildfires

Insurance and Rebuilding Challenges for Hotels in California’s Wildfire Hazard Zones Hotels have not been immune from the devastation wrought by wildfires in California over the past several years. Among hotels destroyed by wildfires are the Fountaingrove Inn and Hilton Sonoma, both sprinklered and within the City limits of Santa Rosa, California in October 2017 (Tubbs Fire). More recently, the iconic...
Some Take Effect Now In this time of COVID and high unemployment, the California Legislature has chosen not to take its metaphorical foot off the gas. This is the time of year when new employment laws are signed in California, and this year is no exception. Some of these bills are “urgency measures,” meaning they take effect now. (In addition to...

California Wildfires

Employee Pay, Smoke Protection By August 19, more than 360 wildfires were simultaneously raging across California, destroying property and prompting evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents. On August 18, Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the wildfires that had worsened due to both the current heat wave and continuous high winds. “We are deploying every resource available to keep...

Hiring Process

Dear HR Managers, This is what you should look for in a staffing firm and a new employee... Hiring is one of the most important decisions you will make as an HR Manager, so why is it that we do not hold staffing agencies to the same standards as hiring a direct hire employee? I’ve meet with thousands of HR/recruiters with...
What a year! 2020 has been full of challenges, both personal and professional. Personally, each of us have our own story. Professionally, workplaces have been rocked with unprecedented turmoil as we navigate COVID-19 and the lasting impact of the social justice protest movement. And now, we will close out 2020 with a contentious presidential election. A pandemic, racial tensions, concerns...
Ask anyone working in hotels about the impact of COVID-19 on their industry and the responses are likely to include the words “devastating,” “disastrous,” or “catastrophic.” The UN’s World Tourism Organization reported a 65 percent decline in international tourist arrivals in the first half of 2020, and low occupancy at hotels has been the norm for much of the...