In continuing its call to action in preventing human trafficking, My Place Hotels is furthering its efforts to promote the human trafficking training made available to all team members through a partnership with Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST). The designated training week “My Place is No Place for Human Trafficking Week” took place in the begining of January, just prior to National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th. The brand will also facilitate an additional training week with a focus on operations mid-month. The training week, which was announced alongside the brand’s push to provide all team members with human trafficking training through BEST this past June, is aimed at retraining hotel staff across the nation on the topic of human trafficking prevention.
Construction has started in South Florida on the citizenM hotel at Miami Worldcenter, a $4-billion mixed-use development creating a city within a city in the heart of downtown Miami and one of the largest private mixed-use developments underway in the United States. The 12-story, 351-room hotel will be citizenM’s newest under development, with two additional in-development properties in Miami, and further hotels underway in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. The brand has three U.S. hotels open already in New York City and Boston.
At the end of 2019, Hilton hosted the Washington Association of Black Journalists (WABJ) Holiday Party and Scholarship Benefit at the Washington Hilton National Mall to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African American journalists, media and communicators. During the evening, National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Founding Member and former New York Times editor Paul Delaney was honored with the WABJ Legacy Award for his exemplary career in journalism, which has spanned more than 50 years and set a new standard of excellence in the field. Athelia Knight, award-winning journalist and adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University’s Journalism Program, was honored with the WABJ Building the Next Generation Award for her work training and mentoring students and young professionals interested in the field of journalism.
Vision Hospitality Group’s second Kinley hotel, Kinley Chattanooga Southside, has broken ground. Joining the company’s Humanist lifestyle portfolio, the new hotel will have 64 guestrooms and suites in the heart of Chattanooga, TN’s Southside entertainment district. The new hotel is slated to open in 2021. Kinley’s first property will debut in downtown Cincinnati in early 2020. When open, both hotels will become part of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio.
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