San Diego’s homeless to transition out of convention center, into hotels by December with council approval

With the San Diego City Council’s approval, the city will convert two Residence Inn locations into fully furnished, move-in ready, apartment-style homes.

SAN DIEGO — The City of San Diego is expected to vote Tuesday on a major plan to turn two local hotels into housing for the homeless. With the San Diego City Council’s approval, the city will convert two Residence Inn locations  – one on Kearny Mesa Road and the one on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley – into fully furnished, move-in ready, apartment-style homes for about 400 homeless people.

The plan calls for many of them to move out of the San Diego Convention Center by December, where they’ve been temporarily housed during the pandemic. As of Monday, it was still housing about 1,000 people. 

“If there’s been any silver lining during this pandemic, it’s there’s fantastic work happening inside this building,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday,

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City council to vote Tuesday on buying hotels for homeless housing

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other civic leaders gathered Monday to urge the City Council to vote Tuesday to purchase two hotels for housing hundreds of homeless San Diegans.

Faulconer, who was joined by City Council President Georgette Gomez, Councilmember Chris Ward and San Diego Housing Commission President and CEO Richard C. Gentry, asked that the council purchase the Residence Inn Hotel Circle and Residence Inn Kearny Mesa hotel properties — which could be turned into 332 permanent units for more than 400 homeless people.

Many of those people have been staying with Operation Shelter to Home, a collaborative project began by the city and homelessness service providers in April to manage more than 1,000 people experiencing homelessness at the San Diego Convention Center during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to city data, it has already helped find permanent housing for more than 660 people.

“These properties

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City leaders, San Diego Housing Commission push to transform hotels into housing for homeless

The city said the transformation would allow for 332 units to become housing for people experiencing homelessness.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — City leaders and the San Diego Housing Commission are looking for approval to purchase both the Residence Inn on Kearny Mesa Road and the one on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley to increase housing for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego county, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Council President Georgette Gómez, Councilmember Chris Ward and San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) President and CEO Richard C. Gentry held a media conference to reiterate the need and benefits of a switch that they said would require minimal work to be move-in ready and would provide housing for more than 400 people in total.

“Once inside we will connect homeless individuals to services and case managers that can help them stabilize their lives and will

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Minor International and Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels exude luxury with its beachfront abodes and lush oasis outdoors

One of Malaysia’s most ambitious resort launches in recent years finally welcomed its first residents earlier this year in what is arguably the country’s fastest evolving tourist destination.

The result of a joint venture between Minor International and local firm Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd (a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Bhd,), Anantara Desaru Coast Residences is the first Malaysia-based investment by the Thai hospitality giant and is another major step towards placing Desaru Coast firmly on the radar of both global tourists and affluent homeowners. The JV’s landmark project, which is already generating a considerable buzz in the Johor Bahru region, now looks set to reach a much greater audience with its recent success at the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) in September. 

The exclusive 20-unit residential project, which is operated as part of the wider 123-key Anantara Desaru Resort & Villas was awarded two of the

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6 Wisconsin hotels voted among the best in the country by Conde Nast Traveler readers in 2020

Six Wisconsin hotels and resorts, including three in the Milwaukee area, have won 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards from Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

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Six Wisconsin hotels and resorts, including three in the Milwaukee area, have won 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards from Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

Milwaukee’s Saint Kate-The Arts Hotel ranked the highest, coming in at No. 6 on the list of the top 20 hotels in the Midwest. The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee (No. 8), the Delafield Hotel in Delafield (No. 17) and the Edgewater in Madison (No. 20) also made that list. 

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Choice Hotels or Extended Stay: Which is a Better Hotel Stock?

The Hotel and Motels industry is currently grappling with the coronavirus woes. In order to mitigate the spread of the virus, companies have been adhering to temporary closures; travel restrictions; cancellation of events, conferences and meetings; social-distancing measures and other governmental regulations. Resultantly, occupancy rates and revenue per available room (RevPAR) have been negatively impacted.

Per STR, the U.S. hotel industry’s occupancy for the week ended Oct 3, 2020, came in at 47.9% compared with 48.7% for the week ended Sep 26. Meanwhile, RevPAR indicated a decline of 48.1% year over year, for the week ended Oct 3. Notably, we believe that the pandemic is likely to continue and have an adverse material impact on the hospitality industry for some time. So far this year, the Zacks Hotels and Motels industry have declined 24.2% against the S&P 500’s growth of 7.9%.

However, with cost-saving initiatives and digital enhancements in place,

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RoomPriceGenie, The First Revenue Management Solution Built For Small Hotels

STEINHAUSEN, Switzerland, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — RoomPriceGenie’s revenue management software was specifically designed to help optimize and automate pricing for small to mid-size hotels. Pricing is one of the most important factors for success; however smaller properties typically lack the expertise to do a good job. RoomPriceGenie is the first platform created for this market that offers an affordable revenue management system to meet small hotel specific needs and budgets.


Small properties generally are very focused on guest-experience and don’t have much time for pricing. Often they sell their inventory too cheaply, or lose revenue because they don’t realize they are charging too much.

RoomPriceGenie, a Hotel-Tech startup, offers a tool that is simple to set up and easy to use. Small hoteliers can sit back, relax and focus on their guests, knowing they are getting the maximum

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Hotels are becoming voting centers for the 2020 election

In an election year of pandemic-induced social distancing coupled with projected record-breaking voter turnout, cities are turning to their sprawling hotels to provide space for voters to exercise their civic duty.

When the Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood was recently tapped to transform itself into an official Los Angeles early-voting center this month, its staff jumped at the idea.

“Of course the answer was yes,” Kimpton General Manager Nick Rimedio, who is also the chairman of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, told The Washington Post. He and his staff were “so delighted we could make our facility available for something as important as voting right now … I couldn’t think of a better way to support our community.”

Rimedio estimates that bookings at the property have been 50 percent of last year’s levels because of the coronavirus. The rooftop of the chic Los Angeles hotel, which is

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Misinformation, opposition dogs city’s plan to convert two hotels into housing

Getting homeless people off the street and into permanent homes is not a controversial idea. Getting people to agree on where they should live, however, can be a tough sell.

San Diego city officials are experiencing that challenge once again as plans move forward to buy two hotels that could house 400 homeless people who are staying at a temporary shelter in the San Diego Convention Center.

The proposal to buy the Marriott Residence Inn at 1865 Hotel Circle South and the Residence Inn at 5400 Kearny Mesa Road is scheduled to go before the city’s Housing Authority on Tuesday.

“It comes down to being part of the community,” San Diego Housing Commission Chief Operating Officer Jeff Davis said about the need to have good relationships with neighbors.

Residents and business owners in the area have expressed concerns about the project, and Davis said a remote meeting was held with

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