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From a Summit to a Shipping Container Inn to a Crisis

Glenn Hasek

This past week was a busy week for news and feature placement on Green Lodging News. It was two weeks ago I wrote about the Global Wellness Summit at The Breakers Palm Beach (Fla.) and how it was planning to have an in-person component—different during these times. This past week I published a report sent to me by the folks behind the summit. They reported a successful, safe summit with more than 100 in-person delegates. Be sure to read that article.

Over the years I have written several articles about lodging establishments made from used shipping containers. A little more than a week ago I spoke with Walter Scott Perry of Ecotech Design. His company designed the Geneseo Inn in Paso Robles, Calif. The property consists of eight B&B units and they sit eight feet above the vines on Cass Winery’s 145 acres of vineyard. We could all use a lot of R&R in a place like that about right now.

In total, 20 shipping containers were used in conjunction with conventional construction and local building materials. The project was done in collaboration with the fabricator, Crate Modular, and the winery’s co-owners, Steve Cass and Ted Plemons. Interesting to me of course was the repurposing of existing infrastructure but also how natural ventilation and daylighting were incorporated into the property. Check out that article.

Startling Statistics

We have gotten used to unsettling statistics this year, but one posted this past week just shakes the foundation of our industry. A new survey of the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AHLA) members shows that the hotel industry will continue to face devastation and significant job loss without additional relief from Congress.

Seven in ten hoteliers (71 percent) said they won’t make it another six months without further federal assistance given current and projected travel demand, and 77 percent of hotels report they will be forced to lay off more workers. Without further government assistance (i.e. second PPP loan, expansion of Main Street Lending Program), nearly half (47 percent) of respondents indicated they would be forced to close hotels. More than one-third of hotels will be facing bankruptcy or be forced to sell by the end of 2020.

“Every hour Congress doesn’t act hotels lose 400 jobs. As devastated industries like ours desperately wait for Congress to come together to pass another round of COVID-19 relief legislation, hotels continue to face record devastation. Without action from Congress, half of U.S. hotels could close with massive layoffs in the next six months,” said Chip Rogers, President and CEO of AHLA.

Who is going to worry about going “green” when they don’t have enough green to stay in business?

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