FEATURES AND ADVICE
Cvent, American Express Global Business Travel | September 06, 2021
In an effort to gather and standardize data related to corporate social responsibility efforts at hotels, American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) and Cvent have created new questions for suppliers to answer as a supplement to the Global Business Travel Association’s request for proposals template.
The joint initiative includes 47 questions focused on sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion that are intended to help travel managers evaluate suppliers on these issues. To develop the questions, GBT’s Global Business Consulting team (GBC) and Cvent interviewed corporations, global hotel brands, travel management companies and consultancies.
The companies say along with helping travel managers evaluate hotels, the questions benefit hotels by reducing the time needed to respond to individual requests for information on these topics.
“As we accelerate the return to travel and events, customer requests for supplier data on corporate responsibility issues are soaring,” says Nina Marcello, a principal within GBC who first proposed the initiative.
“Together, GBC and Cvent worked with stakeholders across corporate and meetings travel to deliver a solution that will increase the availability of relevant sustainability and DE&I data. This initiative reflects our own environmental, social and governance commitments and enables suppliers and travel managers around the world to further their corporate responsibility goals.
” Hotel suppliers answer the supplemental questions, related to things such as carbon emissions and leadership demographics, within the Cvent Transient solution. Hotel chains can also work with their properties to collect and import the information to their profiles.
“The speed at which we developed these questions reflects the significance of this work, and they are already being used by our hotel clients. This initiative benefits the entire corporate travel supply chain by facilitating the sharing and reporting of important topics that impact every organization,” says Brian Sullivan, senior director of product management at Cvent.
Prism Hotels & Resorts | December 15, 2021
Dallas-based Prism Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning, full-service hotel management, investment and advisory services company representing more than 48 properties across the country, has been acquired by Aimbridge Hospitality, a leading global hospitality company. The terms of the deal will not be disclosed. The announcement was made by Steve Van, President & CEO of Prism Hotels & Resorts and Aimbridge President & CEO Michael J. Deitemeyer.
In addition to a strong presence in traditional hotel management, Prism boasts the industry leading hotel receivership advisory and "turnaround" services involving the management and restructuring of properties that are economically distressed.
In a year marked by immense change, it's fitting that we announce the biggest moves in our company's storied 38 year history," Van said. "Close relationships have become integral to our company's identity, and we place tremendous value in our people with whom we've grown together and the great properties we service. It's with those values in mind that we have selected Aimbridge Hospitality to carry the Prism legacy forward. Aimbridge's access to best-in-class resources and systems, coupled with their highly effective and experienced leadership team and deep understanding of our Most Satisfied Owner philosophy, makes them a perfect fit. The Prism Difference is alive and well, and we know the passion and dedication of our teams on the ground will continue to shine through this transition. We are inspired by this opportunity and excited to be part of Aimbridge Hospitality as we write the next chapter of history together. Our best is yet to come.
"We are excited to continue Aimbridge's growth with the acquisition of Prism.,With our global resources and Prism's stellar reputation, this acquisition presents great opportunity for all of us. We look forward to welcoming their hotels, owners and talented team to Aimbridge and taking Prism's incredible Most Satisfied Owner approach and robust lender services arm to new heights together."
-Michael J. Deitemeyer, President & CEO of Aimbridge Hospitality
About Prism Hotels & Resorts
As an award-winning, full-service hotel management company, Dallas-based Prism Hotels & Resorts has developed a reputation for operational excellence by increasing hotel performance and delivering measurable results. Recently, Prism was selected as 2021 Strategic Partner by Hyatt. The company was also named Best Full-Service Operator in The Americas by Hyatt, received back-to-back Connie Pride Merit Awards from Hilton, and earned Franchise Hotel of the Year for the Hyatt Regency LAX. With 35 years of experience, Prism leverages top industry talent to produce a best-in-class experience that extends from the front desk to the bottom line. Prism manages a portfolio of over 30 hotels from multiple institutional and private owners including urban, suburban and resort destinations. The company has expertise managing all major brands as well as independent destination hotels. For more information, please visit www.prismhotels.com.
About Aimbridge Hospitality
Aimbridge Hospitality is a leading, global hospitality company offering best-in-class hotel management services across a broad spectrum of franchised branded full service, select service, luxury hotels, destination resorts, convention centers and lifestyle hotels. Aimbridge's premium portfolio represents approximately 1,500 properties in 49 states and 20 countries, inclusive of pipeline. With the most robust brand diversity in the industry, Aimbridge and its affiliates represent 84 lodging brands, in addition to more than 82 independent boutique/lifestyle hotels in the portfolio. As the world's largest third-party operator, Aimbridge is dedicated to its mission to leverage its scale to add value for owners and opportunities for associates better than any hospitality operator. Aligned with a concentrated focus, agility, and expertise for each vertical, Aimbridge drives market success for hotels and optimizes investment returns for owners. Aimbridge Hospitality's global headquarters is based in Plano, Texas, with additional corporate offices in Atlanta, Calgary, Fargo, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. Evolution Hospitality, Aimbridge's Lifestyle Division, is based in San Clemente, Calif. Aimbridge's International Division, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, has supporting offices across Europe in Amsterdam, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Moscow. The company's division in Mexico, Group Hotelero Prisma, has offices in Monterrey and Mexico City. For more information on Aimbridge Hospitality, please visit www.aimbridgehospitality.com and connect with Aimbridge on LinkedIn.
Optii Solutions | May 05, 2022
Optii Solutions announced its partnership with Rodd Hotels & Resorts. Rodd Hotels & Resorts will adopt Optii Solutions technology across all seven properties throughout Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
As is the case with many other hospitality organizations experiencing labor shortages, Rodd Hotels engaged in technology to assist optimize its existing staff and provide them with the tools necessary to accomplish more with less. Rodd Hotels will be able to enable its personnel to effectively manage, automate, optimize, and simplify hotel operations via the use of intuitive technology with the comprehensive Optii Solution.
Optii Service will enable Rodd Hotels to optimize labor in order to increase response times, decrease downtime, and maintain a balanced workload, all of which will assist in overcoming the obstacles associated with working with lean teams. Optii Chat enables employees to interact efficiently across departments and properties, enabling the front and back of house to form a dynamic link.
“In today’s operating environment, where hospitality continues to recover from the pandemic and is faced with labor shortages and continuing challenges around unpredictable occupancies, it is so important that hotels have full visibility over the productivity of their teams, from housekeeping through to service and front of house.”
-Katherine Grass, CEO, Optii Solutions,