The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the global supply chain.
With most whole goods and components coming from China, the U.S. hospitality industry began to scramble in January to keep the supplies coming.
Manufacturing has resumed in China as the crisis has reportedly eased there, but the outbreak has yet to reach its peak in the U.S.
As COVID-19 continues its rampage across the country, factories are closing or retooling to make medical supplies.
It’s a fluid situation that changes day by day and hospitality procurement specialists have been working to stay ahead of the COVID-19 wave and find manufacturers and suppliers that can deliver goods to hotels throughout the country.
In this episode, which is part of Lodging Leaders’ special report on the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the U.S. hospitality industry, we interviewed Alan Benjamin, a procurement specialist with Benjamin West, and Darlene Henke, a shipping and logistics expert with Audit Logistics.
We also feature sound bites of Anu Saxena of Hilton Supply Management who participated this week in an AAHOA webcast.
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Ginny Morrison of Evanston, Illinois, is a 33-year veteran of Spire Hospitality, a hotel management company with a portfolio that spans coast-to-coast. As vice president of sales and marketing, Morrison saw the coronavirus pandemic decimate the meetings business. More than a year later, she’s witnessing a comeback as small-meeting planners are actively booking events for the last half of 2021 and beyond. As public health agencies expand COVID-19 vaccination programs across the U.S. and states ease up on public-gathering restrictions designed to keep the virus at bay, the hotel industry is seeing small meetings begin a comeback. In Episode 317, Long Live Lodging covers the state of the small-meetings sector and how hotels can grab their share of the meetings business during and post-pandemic. This report is part of our ongoing coverage about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the hospitality industry.
The Hunter Hotel Investment Conference will be the industry’s first large event to be held during the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlanta event will be a hybrid format of in-person and virtual access, also an industry first. Lee Hunter, chairman of the conference, knows the level of expectation is high among other conference planners as well as industry professionals eager to network after more than a yearlong hiatus. Episode 316 of Lodging Leaders podcast features Hunter as he tells what it takes to re-launch the industry’s conference circuit amid the COVID-19 outbreak.