Richmond area’s hotel occupancy and tax collections down significantly, but tourism ‘bright spot’ this summer is sporting events | Richmond Business News


The coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the local and national hospitality industry.

Occupancy levels at hotels in the Richmond region fell 40.3% in June compared with the same month a year ago as fewer business and leisure travelers stayed in area hotels and motels, according to data from STR Inc., a lodging industry research firm that is a division of CoStar Group.

Occupancy rates stood at 43% in June, down from the 72% rate a year ago, which is slightly above the typical national average for occupancy rates during healthy economic times.  Richmond’s hotel occupancy stood at

Hyatt hotel removes TV message asking for donations amid COVID-19


Hotels are not hosting as many guests during the coronavirus pandemic — though one guest was surprised to see a solicitation for donations to the hotel in his Hyatt room earlier this week.

“I understand things are really hard for the industry right now, but for a hotel to ask for essentially free money (plus tax!) was something I’d never have expected,” Alex Kremer, of Boulder, Colorado, told USA TODAY of his stay at the Motif Seattle.

The message read: “As we all navigate these uncertain times together, please consider giving a one time gift of $25 to this hotel.

Woman filmed naked and unconscious in London hotel wins five-year legal fight


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A woman who was filmed naked and unconscious by a man she did not know in a London hotel room won a five-year legal battle on Friday after he pleaded guilty under new rules on voyeurism.

Emily Hunt woke up next to a man she did not recognise in a hotel room in May 2015 and feared she had been drugged but was told by prosecutors that there was no realistic prospect of convicting the man on any form of assault on the evidence.

But when Hunt realised a year later that the man had

Hotel Asks To Keep Deposit After Buyer Backs Out Over Virus


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The owners of a Pittsburgh boutique hotel and event venue want to keep a prospective buyer’s deposit after the buyer walked away from the sale because