Marriott bounces back as activity in China surges
Marriott saw dramatic improvement in the third quarter as travel demand rebounded in China. Average occupancy at hotels in China hit 61% during the quarter, down just 10% from a year ago. Sorenson said leisure travelers who might usually go abroad are staying in China, boosting occupancy rates. Business and group demand is weaker, partly because international business travel — which normally accounts for 25% of Marriott's business in China — is down significantly. The trend toward remote work could accelerate a shift the industry was already seeing away from business travel, Sorenson said.
SeaWorld is temporarily furloughing over 90% of its employees
SeaWorld is temporarily furloughing over 90% of its employees as of April 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is unknown how long the employees will be laid off, according to SeaWorld. The company, which operates 12 theme parks around the United States, announced on March 13 it was closing down all its locations. Disney closed its eleven theme parks across North America, Europe and Asia in mid-March. Universal Orlando Resort announced it, too, would temporarily shut dow its theme parks starting at the close of business on March 15.
Downtown buildings light up with messages promoting unity, sanitation in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – One San Antonio hospital is making its message loud and clear: Wash those hands. Methodist Hospital Metropolitan will light up with the words “Wash 'Em” next to praying hands every night during the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to the hospital. (Methodist Hospital)The San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter and Riverwalk hotels have also joined the effort to promote unity. Marriott Rivercenter will light up with red and blue stripes and the letters “USA” down the middle. San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter will light up with a heart in its message for unity during the coronavirus pandemic.