U.S. Hotel Industry Commits to Giving Panic Buttons to Workers

Marriott International

Marriott housekeepers with employee safety devices, or panic buttons. Marriott, along with Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Wyndham, is committing to giving panic buttons to its U.S.-based hotel workers by 2020. Marriott International

Skift Take: Implementation of panic buttons, or employee safety devices, for hotel employees is a good start, but it should just be the beginning of the much broader measures the entire global hospitality industry should take to ensure the safety of every single person who walks through its doors.

— Deanna Ting

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LaSalle Spurns Blackstone By Picking Its Hotel Real Estate Rival for $5.2 Billion

Marriott

The Westin Copley Place Boston is one of a number of hotels owned by LaSalle Hotel Properties. Today, the company rejected a takeover from Blackstone and agreed to be purchased by a hotel real estate rival, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. Marriott

Skift Take: Looks like slow and steady won the race for Pebblebrook, even in going up against private equity behemoth Blackstone.

— Deanna Ting

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Skift Global Forum Preview: How Studio 54 Shaped Ian Schrager’s Life in Hospitality

Karel Chladek for C2-MTL  / Flickr

Ian Schrager speaking at C2 Montréal in 2012. The boutique hotel pioneer will be speaking at the upcoming Skift Global Forum in New York City on September 27. Karel Chladek for C2-MTL / Flickr

Skift Take: Ian Schrager opens up about his history in hospitality, and there’s more to come at Skift Global Forum in New York. Trust us — you don’t want to miss this interview.

— Deanna Ting

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