Billionaire on ‘Open Texas’ task force laments the year that cut his net worth in half and crippled his Omni hotel business

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In 2016, Dallas billionaire and Omni Hotels owner Robert Rowling was blissfully unaware of something like an unprecedented pandemic shutting the hospitality industry down overnight.



Robert Rowling wearing a suit and tie: Omni Hotels owner Robert Rowling is back at work in his Dallas office as he navigates his role on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's COVID-19 Strike Force to Open Texas while also figuring out how to bring back thousands of hotel employees.


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Omni Hotels owner Robert Rowling is back at work in his Dallas office as he navigates his role on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 Strike Force to Open Texas while also figuring out how to bring back thousands of hotel employees.

“I see the energy business and people struggling and I see our hotel business and how incredibly well it’s doing (and) I thank the Lord that we diversified into

Deem Announces Entirely New Hotel Search and Booking Functionality in its Online Travel Management Platform

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San Francisco, CA, July 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Deem, a leading mobile and cloud technology provider for the corporate travel industry, today announced the launch of its entirely new hotel search and booking capability within the Deem Work Fource platform. Deem’s powerful technology is being further enhanced with a more streamlined design, superior performance, a simpler-to-use interface and more powerful functionality to optimize the hotel search and booking process. The platform refresh will improve the overall user experience in searching for and