The hospitality market is tightening for Atlanta’s hotel owners as costs to operate properties rise due to interest rate increases prompted by the Federal Reserve.
The 2% increase creates a new pool of funding for tourism-related projects.
According to the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operator and Developers, there are just nine Black-owned hotels in metro Atlanta. The Atlanta Voice explored a number of Black-owned hotels in order to further highlight the existences in the city’s hospitality space.
Daily room cleaning used to be standard in hotels. Now, the union UNITE HERE is fighting to bring that back, as hotels have cut back citing worker shortages and changing guest preferences.
Nearly three years into the pandemic, travel has returned but hotel staff have not. Unable to find workers, hotel owners and managers are having to adapt to what they believe is the new normal.
Liberty County outside Savannah is one place where the number of people quitting their jobs has been extraordinary, even amid the national so-called Great Resignation that's seen record numbers of people quit. Why Liberty County is so hard hit and how the employee exodus is changing the fabric of the community, is the subject of this week's Georgia Today.
Some sectors are thriving, while others continue to struggle, putting different people in vastly different situations. NPR is following four people who will help illustrate the arc of the recovery.
After a tough 2020, the U.S. hotel industry is bracing for a difficult first half this year, followed by improved leisure travel in the second half.