Letters to the Publisher

To the Publisher:
You can imagine my delight when I was catching up on my industry reading when I opened the June 15 Hotel Business and read your publisher’s note about your trip to Lancaster. To make this story interesting, I was a Lancaster native that had traveled to New York (albeit Owasco Lake) reading an article about a New Yorker traveling to Lancaster.

I appreciated your story on many fronts. I appreciated hearing that you stayed at a wonderful hotel that sounded like they did many things right. I appreciate the encouragement to get out there and travel. My wife, my three kids, and I did that by going to New York and spending some time at a beautiful lake. Our company (High Hotels) has been hit hard like many other hotel companies. We own and operate 1,930 rooms in 15 hotels across Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. We own four hotels in Lancaster (Marriott Penn Square, Residence Inn, Hampton Inn and Courtyard by Marriott) and operate the last three in the list.  By your description, I do not believe you stayed at one of our properties but, perhaps, you did.

I know you are a busy man, so I will not drone on about business and recovery.  We are hanging in there and are beginning to see green shoots in our business.  While I initially thought the governors’ restrictions in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey were too stringent, I can now see how it will perhaps help us avoid the foot faults that some Sun Belt states are experiencing. People are traveling and coming back to our hotels, but it is predominately leisure (SMERFE) and special projects. Our LNR/CNR remains mostly on the sidelines.

Thank you again for your note on Lancaster.

All the best to you and your family,
David Aungst, VP, Operations
High Hotels Ltd.

To the Publisher:
I enjoyed traveling along with you on your trip to Lancaster and remember fondly the shoofly pie, having grown up in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. I am hoping you are correct about the desire and need for folks to travel once again; it is so much a part of our DNA, and millions of livelihoods are depending on people “hitting the roads.”

I do remember “beautiful Mount Airy Lodge,” having worked there as a bartender during the summers when I attended East Stroudsburg University back in the day. I always look forward to reading Hotel Business and find the articles as well as the advertising of interest and useful; thank you.

Keep the faith and this too shall pass.

All the best,
Bill Moyer, VP, Hotel Brokerage
Donohoe Real Estate Services/ CORFAC International

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