From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • California bans small plastic bottles in hotels
  • UK hoteliers seek solutions to Brexit, labor pressures
  • US hotel results for week ending 5 October
  • Employer demand for workers softened over summer
  • US consumer prices remained the same in September

By  the HNN editorial staff

California bans small plastic bottles in hotels: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he signed a law that bans hotels from providing guests with small plastic bottles containing soap, conditioner or shampoo, the Associated Press reports. The law goes into effect in 2023 for hotels with more than 50 rooms and in 2024 for hotels with 50 rooms or less.

The law is aimed at reducing the amount of plastic waste in the state, the AP reports. Fines start at $500 for a first-time violation, and the amount increases to $2,000 for subsequent offenses.

Several large hotel chains, such as Marriott International and InterContinental Hotels Group, have already pledged to stop using these bottles.

U.K. hoteliers seek solutions to Brexit, labor pressures: Hoteliers attending the Annual Hotel Conference in Manchester, England, have focused their discussions on Brexit negotiations and labor pressures, HNN’s Terence Baker reports.

On top of increasing labor costs, there are fewer potential employees as there are fewer people ages 18 to 24 entering the work force next year, an issue that isn’t expected to abate until 2030, Baker reports.

“The Scottish government said last week that it needed net migration to continue if it was to see growth in its hospitality industry increase by its target of 5%,” Baker writes.

U.S. hotel results for week ending 5 October: The U.S. hotel industry reported negative year-over-year results for the week ending 5 October, according to data from STR, parent company of HNN. Occupancy dropped by 3.9% to 68.1% while average daily rate fell by 3.8% to $129.21, resulting in revenue per available room falling 7.5% to $88.

“STR analysts attribute significant performance decreases in many markets to the Rosh Hashanah calendar shift,” the news release states. “Travel and conference schedules during the comparable time period last year were not affected by the Jewish holidays.”

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