Heaven Douglas is a 24-year-old honors graduate of Howard University and a financial analyst at RLJ Lodging Trust. Heaven has teamed up with Chelsea Lawson, 21 and a senior at University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Their team is called Phoenix Capital.
Heaven and Chelsea met at Hospitality Leaders Today 100, an organization dedicated to creating a pipeline of minority business executives.
Heaven is a native of New Orleans. She explains she decided to pursue a career in hospitality finance to gain an early foothold in the industry.
Leaders at AAHOA and the American Hotel & Lodging Association say time is running out for the nation’s 57,000 hotels in need of federal government financial relief as the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. heads into its eighth month. Cecil Staton, president and CEO of AAHOA, and Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA, are tirelessly rallying the industry to implore Congress to act soon before half of the country’s hotels go into foreclosure. This report is part of our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hotel industry.
With hotel occupancies hovering around an average of 50 percent, owners and operators are seeking new ways to generate revenue beyond traditional overnight stays. One solution in the works is day use of hotel rooms. Hotel companies such as Red Roof, Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Hilton are promoting the practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ahead of the curve is HotelsbyDay.com, a day-use booking platform that is marketing hotels as the new office space. Long Live Lodging explores the unconventional use of hotels and how owners and operators can position their properties to attract day users. This is part of our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hotel industry.