Partner News

NATIONAL REPORT—Whether it’s celebrating an anniversary, receiving an award, earning a certification, debuting a new product or expanding the business, hotel companies and vendors achieve new milestones on a daily basis. Here’s a look at recent accomplishments:

Hotel Equities, Virtua Partners Hold Webinar on Hospitality Workouts
Hotel Equities and Virtua Partners offered hoteliers valuable insight as they dove into the topic of Hospitality Workouts in a recent webinar. COVID-19 and the latest oil price shock have taken the world by surprise, and with that, had a substantial impact on the economy and even more so, on the hard-hit hospitality industry. The webinar presents a number of workout strategies, how to work with lenders and how to gauge the likelihood of success. The presentation can be viewed here,

The companies are also offering hospitality desktop high-level workout analyses at no cost to owners specifically looking for assistance in analyzing their current situations, potential risks and possible solutions.

Mumford Company Completes Sale of Missouri Super 8
Mumford Company has completed sale of the 60-unit, three-story, interior corridor Super 8 by Wyndham Kingdom City in Missouri. The hotel is located off Interstate 70 about 20 miles east of Columbia, MO, and 100 miles west of St. Louis.

George Arvanitis, managing director-Midwest with Mumford Company’s Chicago office represented the seller, CapeInn LLC, and procured the purchaser, Americas Value Inn LLC. The purchaser intends to rebrand the property to Amerihost Inn & Suites. The hotel was on the market for approximately 64 days.

Healthe Develops Human-Safe Ultraviolet Light Solutions
In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19  and other harmful microbes, Healthe has developed the Cleanse Series, a suite of state-of-the art, ready-to-deploy solutions that continuously sanitize public environments using ultraviolet (UV) light that is safe for human exposure.

“Healthe operates at the intersection of life and light, where we help improve human health and wellness with innovative solutions,” said Fred Maxik, founder/chief scientific officer of Healthe. “We’ve known for decades that UV light is a powerful disinfectant, but prior products were not safe for human exposure. Our products utilize a specific wavelength of Far-UVC light that is similarly effective in killing viruses and bacteria but does not harm humans because it cannot penetrate our skin or eyes. It represents a new light that we can live with, not one we need to run from.”

Healthe’s Cleanse Series of sanitizing solutions include Cleanse Portal, a freestanding walkthrough arch sanitizer, similar in size and shape to a metal detector; Cleanse Downlight, which combines general illumination with human-safe Far-UVC sanitizing light to clean air and surface; and Cleanse Air-Sanitizing Troffer, which utilizes a multi-stage process to trap pollutants and deactivate viruses and bacteria, in addition to providing general room illumination.

P3 to Develop Online Checkout Software
Dublin-based specialist hotel software solutions company P3, which has developed and has rolled out its innovative online check-in software over the last two years, has received an agile innovation grant from Enterprise Ireland to fund the development of its online checkout software.

“The hotel sector has been decimated by the coronavirus lockdown—and operators are desperate to reopen as soon as possible to start generating revenue,” said P3 CEO Phelim Pekaar. “But, even after lockdown ends, it is likely that social distancing will continue, so they want guests to know it is safe to stay with them. Offering guests facilities such as online check-in and checkout is a key part of this.”

He added: “Guests won’t need to touch pens to sign registration forms or touch credit card terminal keypads when paying, so it’s much safer for both guests and hotel staff from a hygiene point of view. One hotel group is planning to request that every guest checks in and out online.”

Alpina Manufacturing Makes Face Shields, Cashier Guards
In response to the need for protection guards for frontline workers and healthcare professionals, Alpina now makes face shields and checkout cashier guards.

The face shields tilt up, so that the mask stays on the user’s head at all times, while the acrylic or polycarbonate splash guards can be made in any size and screwed directly to register areas.  Simple mounting options (hanging or mounted) are also available, and the guards are laser cut with safe round corners and come with pass through slots, if needed.