News and notes from around the interweb:
- Hotel crime sprees? Maybe this is just getting noticed more, but that would be odd since there are fewer people staying at hotels. It sure seems like there’s been a lot of recent serious crimes at U.S. hotels, though. What’s the theory here? (The reports I’ve seen seem to cluster around limited service properties, although include upscale ones.)
A woman shot her estranged husband at the Hyatt Place Huntsville and oddly he fled to the Westin. A man an woman were shot at a hotel in Mansfield, Ohio. A man was shot at the Baymont Inn in Roanoke. A man broke into a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina resort and kidnapped two people. Two people were shot at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- Citi introduces offers you can add to your card along the lines of Amex and Chase Offers.
- Cathay Pacific decides to stop working with its flight attendants union, calling unions an outdated practice and relic of the 1970s. Since Hong Kong law doesn’t give unions monopoly bargaining power, the airline can do this. And in the coronavirus era with most of the carrier’s flights grounded, it wouldn’t give employees much leverage to strike.
- If you want to sanitize your hotel room when you first arrive here’s what to consider.
- Hilton Tahiti will (re-)open in 2021 important because decent hotels on Papeete are scarce and flight schedules so often mean having to overnight on the island before heading off to Bora Bora, Moorea, or whatever your ultimate destination. The Intercontinental, where I’ve stayed several times, is one of the only decent options, and it’s both only barely decent and astronomically priced for what it is. The views are pretty though.