Why Travel Matters

Travel and tourism is one of California’s most vital engines for economic growth. Every day before the pandemic of 2020, travelers injected hundreds of millions of dollars into communities across the Golden State, infusing $144.9 billion in to the state’s economy in 2019. This spending generated $12.2 billion in local and state tax revenue and…

Labor Shortages and Increasing Labor Costs Post-COVID-19: How Future Hospitality Businesses are Going to Thrive?

After tens of thousands of hotels and restaurants were suffering from shutting down due to the pandemic, the hospitality industry is finally beginning to rebound. However, the rebound is not proceeding smoothly as the revenue lost during the pandemic can never be recovered and the hospitality industry cannot find enough workers post-COVID.

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Hotel Council of San Francisco Takes “25 x 25 Pledge”

Initiative Guarantees at Least One Quarter of Council Leadership Comprised of Underrepresented Communities by 2025 5 April 2021— San Francisco, CA: In an ongoing effort to better serve its membership and visitors  the Hotel Council of San Francisco (www.hotelcouncil.org) has announced that it is signing on to the 25 x 25 Pledge (www.pledge25x25.org) initiated by…

117-year-old St. Francis Hotel hopes S.F. tourism rebounds this year: ‘I keep telling people to hang on’

The tourists packing the lobby to check into one of the hotel’s 1,200 rooms have almost entirely vanished. The locals visiting for a cocktail aren’t venturing out much these days. Nobody’s uttering that famous San Francisco phrase, “Meet me at the clock!” and finding their date for the evening at the hotel’s huge timepiece. Wandering…

California travel will look different this year. Here’s what to expect

After a brutal year in which California’s tourism industry was cut in half,travel and hospitality experts are seeing signs of a rebound in 2021. A variety of elements may help spur pandemic-fatigued people to take long-delayed vacations, like the coronavirus vaccine rollout, a proposed federal stimulus plan and widespread adoption of new health protocols. Recent…