April 11, 2013 |
The main problem keeping more big shows from the Pennsylvania Convention Center is that too many customers don't feel they are getting value for all they pay under its current labor arrangements, consultant Public Financial Management Inc. (PFM) wrote in a recent report to the center's board, echoing earlier reports. If labor is the issue, why is the center's board recruiting private firms to replace its management? PFM credits the managers for bringing in more money and spending less than the center's budget.
June 11, 2012 |
The majority of Center City hotel operators have told the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority that unless things change drastically on the labor front at the bigger Convention Center, the city will lose major group business. In a letter dated May 22 and obtained by The Inquirer, the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association criticized the slow booking pace for group business despite the 15-month-old, $786 million expansion that nearly doubled the size of the Convention Center.
March 27, 2012
In a disturbing announcement sure to destroy her fans, Kendra Wilkinson has claimed she is devoid of talent. Kendra, 26, who admirably performed a typical job this weekend — acting as host at MGM Grand's Wet Republic pool party — tells People she is aware such appearances don't exactly demand her to deliver Meryl Streep-level work. Instead, the Playboy alumna spends those gigs mocking her exalted place as a celeb. "I never ever see myself as a celebrity or famous, so I poke fun at that," Kendra says.
October 23, 2006 |
With no fanfare and little public notice, dozens of Philadelphia-area hotels have banned smoking in recent months in all or most of their guest rooms, lobbies, and other public spaces. The response from hotel guests and employees has been largely positive, hotel managers say. "I've heard from two customers who don't like it," said Bill Walsh, general manager of the 1,400-room Philadelphia Marriott, the city's largest hotel. Hotels are warning guests that, if they do light up in a no-smoking room, a stiff fine - as much as $500 - may be added to their bills.
January 7, 2005 |
According to the United Nations, approximately 800,000 people were killed during the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. But Paul Rusesabagina believes that number is close to (maybe more than) 1 million. For a hundred days, members of the Tutsi, the ethnic minority in Rwanda, met their fates at the hands of machete-armed Hutus, the ethnic majority, in one of the most gruesome killing campaigns since Hitler's Holocaust. Today, slightly more than 1,200 Rwandans live because of Rusesabagina's efforts, captured in the new film from director Terry George, "Hotel Rwanda.
April 14, 2000 |
A building binge will give Center City almost 50 percent more hotel rooms by 2002 than were available last year, but hotel occupancy rates will plunge and stay depressed for three or four years, according to a study of the local lodging market released yesterday. Despite the pain that some hotels may feel until about 2004 from the drop in occupancy, the study found that demand for hotel rooms is likely to rise steadily over the next seven years, fueled especially by growing numbers of tourists and conventioneers coming to town.
January 24, 2000 |
In the fall of 1994, more than 10,000 people thronged state unemployment offices seeking 500 jobs at the soon-to-open Philadelphia Marriott Hotel. Today, the hat is in the other hand. With unemployment low and dozens of hotels opening across the region, hotel managers are renting fancy conference rooms and wearing wacky costumes in a frenzied search for staff, those in the business say. One of the more ambitious efforts to find employees starts this morning and runs throughout the week at the Convention Center, where the Loews Philadelphia Hotel is staging what it calls the Job Link Trade Show.
December 30, 1999 |
People who have waited until the last hour to find a Philadelphia hotel room on New Year's Eve, hoping to get a big discount from innkeepers eager to rent empty rooms, may be in for a shock. Hotel managers in Center City and other locations across the region said yesterday that they already have sold all or most of their rooms for the weekend, with demand coming from revelers welcoming 2000 and those who need to stay near their businesses in case of Y2K-related computer glitches.
July 19, 1999 |
As Philadelphia hotels scramble to build rooms for conventioneers, from the Republican Party to the American Federation of Teachers, northern Delaware is in the midst of a building boom of its own. By fall, four new hotels will be open and a fifth will have expanded in northern New Castle County, increasing the area's capacity by 600 rooms - more than 30 percent. Hoteliers expect business to slump in the short term as supply exceeds demand, though they say corporate travelers will quickly close the gap. "In the early '90s, the demand for hotel growth was just insane," said Christian Coffin, general manager of the Wilmington Doubletree, which is nearing completion of a 90-room expansion and an indoor pool on Route 202 just south of Route 92. "Everyone has dollar signs in their eyes and everybody builds," Coffin said.
July 12, 1999 |
The 137-room Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel, just off Interstate 95 at the Newtown bypass next to the Lower Makefield Corporate Center, opened last week. "We're targeting the Newtown area first, and then West Trenton and the southern Princeton areas," said Joanne Andrews, director of sales for the new hotel. The Newtown exit is the next to the last one before northbound I-95 crosses into New Jersey from Pennsylvania, making the site close enough to compete with the relatively few hotel rooms just across the river, she said.