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Boutique Design’s editors continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the industry. On this page, you will find a continuously updated list of our coverage during this health crisis.

If you have any questions, comments, or news leads, feel free to email Contributing Editor Alicia Hoisington.

For more information, check out the Emerald COVID-19 Resources page.


LINE Austin Transforms Rooms into Office Space
Hotel looks to drive additional revenue.

Q&A: Ashley Ewing Parrott
Parrott shares why now’s the time to venture out.

BNDY Announces Cancellation for 2020
BDNY 2021 is scheduled for November 14-15, 2021.

Report: Short-Term Rentals Fare Better than Hotels
The Highland Group shows that hotel revenues declined faster.

citizenM Goes Contactless
The brand has also upped its cleanliness standards.

FAIR Girls to Host Virtual Fundraiser
Industry leaders Chip Rogers and Jagruti Panwala will speak during the event.

2020 AAHOA Convention Goes Virtual
Details about registration will be announced soon.

Maison&Objet Moves September Event Online
Paris Design Week will run parallel.

New Cleanliness Protocols Could Cost Industry $9B
hotelAVE says more labor and supplies will add up for hoteliers.

Marriott Reopens Hotels in China
Occupancy stands at 40 percent for its Chinese properties.

Senate Passes PPP Changes
The loan can now be repaid within five years, instead of two years.

Inaugural WELL Conference Cancelled for 2020
The event is cancelled for 2020 due to coronavirus considerations.

Marriott Extends Furloughs
The company said the pandemic is more severe than 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis combined.

Walt Disney Seeks to Reopen Parks
All resorts have been closed since March 16.

Caesars Announces Reopening Plans
Caesars Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas will be the first to open.

Extended-Stay Hotels Have Advantage Amid Pandemic
Kalibri Labs shows the segment performed better than traditional hotels in March.

CBRE: Demand for U.S. Hotels to Recover in 2022
Meanwhile, RevPAR is expected to rebound in 2023.

Listen Now: What Owners Want + What Designers Can Deliver
Boutique Design teams up with AAHOA on webinar to discuss the state of the industry, design challenges and opportunities, design solutions and concepts, and FF+E innovation for health and safety in the wake of the pandemic.

Times Square EDITION to Permanently Close
The year-old, 452-room hotel shutters in August.

China’s Pipeline Hits All-Time High
China has 2,330 projects under construction, LE reported.

MGM Unveils Reopening Plans
The company’s Mississippi properties will be the first ones to reopen.

STR: U.S. Occupancy Sees ‘Modest Gains’
The metric notched up to 30.1 percent the week of May 3-9.

Life House Launches Life Hospitality
The venture aims to help independent hoteliers during the COVID-19 recovery.

Marriott Updates Cleanliness Plans
CEO Arne Sorenson outlines Commitment to Cleanliness.

Designtex, West Elm Partner to Produce Masks
The effort supports nonprofits during the COVID-19 crisis.

AHLA Launches Safe Stay
Cleanliness guidelines seek to introduce industry-wide standards.

Take Boutique Design’s COVID-19 Survey
Let us know how COVID-19 has affected your business.

Survey Shows Sentiment of NY Travelers
The report provides insight into New York travel post-pandemic.

LE: Hotels Under Construction Hit New High in Q1
The report reveals that many hotels are using downtime during the pandemic to renovate.

Hyatt Announces Cleanliness Commitment
The program will be accredited by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council.

Hilton Launches CleanStay
The hotelier partners with RB and Mayo Clinic to up its standards.

AHLA: More Funding Needed for PPP
Report says current program not enough to sustain small businesses.

Travelers Could Look to Boutiques After Pandemic
Survey finds 70 percent rank B&Bs as preferred lodging.

Preciosa Volunteers for COVID-19 Efforts
The company is making masks and offering financial support.

Room Mate Launches Pandemic-Related Design Contest
The company also ups its cleanliness protocols.

Senate Approves More Funds for Small Businesses
The program will also provide funds for hospitals and coronavirus testing.

Xenia Eliminates Chief Investment Officer Role
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Philip Wade leaves the company.

Hilton Closes 1,000 Hotels Amid COVID-19
Systemwide RevPAR plummeted 56 to 58 percent in March.

NYU Investment Conference Announces Postponement
The conference will now take place November 11-12, 2020.

PPP Out of Funds
More than 1.4 million loans have been approved.

Q&A: Shay Lam, TPG Architecture
Lam discusses how COVID-19 will shape the industry.

sbe Announces Mass Hiring Effort
The company is creating 1,000 new positions for its C3 subsidiary.

Marriott Provides Business Update
The company expects RevPAR declines of 23 percent during the first quarter.

Manufacturers Face New Challenges in Light of COVID-19
The pandemic has led to dramatic shifts in manufacturing practices and capabilities.

Innisfree to Provide Free Rooms to Medical Workers
Florida-based hotels are part of the Hilton and American Express initiative.

STR: U.S. RevPAR Plummets 81.6%
Occupancy is nearing a 70-percent decline, according to STR.

Luigi Feltrin Passes Away
The honorary president of Italian furniture company Arper passed away from complications after contracting COVID-19.

Marriott Provides COVID-19 Update
The hotel company will offer $10 million in hotel stays for healthcare workers.

Hilton to Donate 1M Rooms for Medical Workers
Hilton has teamed up with American Express for the initiative.

Independent Lodging Businesses Close Due to Pandemic
These businesses have experienced a 79-percent decrease in average revenue.

Accor Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic
The company launches ALL Heartist Fund to provide relief.

STR: U.S. Hotel Occupancy Falls 67.5%
Meanwhile, RevPAR is down 80.3 percent during the week of March 22-28, 2020.

STR Revises 2020, 2021 Forecasts
RevPAR expected to drop over 50 percent this year, according to the new forecast.

What You Need to Know About Getting Financial Stimulus Money
Read on for information that Boutique Design has compiled from the law that applies to design and architecture firms.

Hilton Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic
The company’s CEO will forgo pay for remainder of 2020.

Hyatt to Furlough Employees Through May
The CEO and chairman will also forgo salary.

STR: U.S. RevPAR Falls 69.5%
Occupancy during the week ending March 21 was down 56.4 percent.

Inns, Boutiques Band Together Amid Pandemic
The Still in Business program unites 68 properties.

Hospitality and Design Industries Join Forces Against COVID-19
The industry grapples with a sea change in human behavior.

Wynn Updates Business Operations Amid COVID-19
Executives agreed to forego salary in 2020.

COVID-19 to Cause 5.9M in Travel-Related Job Losses by May
An analysis shows slowdown in travel alone could push U.S. into recession.

Zleep Launches Long Stay Solution
Concept is meant to help people dealing with COVID-19 pandemic.

Marriott’s Sorenson Addresses COVID-19
CEO outlines business impact and plans for pandemic response.


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