Workers fight back as US hotels try to lay off staff and hire on the cheap

In early March, Antonio Rodriguez, a banquet waiter for 11 years at the luxurious Terranea resort in Palos Verdes, south of Los Angeles, was told he was being temporarily furloughed because of Covid-19. Rodriguez, 58, took that setback in stride, but then in mid-May he received a shocker – Terranea informed him he was being permanently laid off, even though the resort was planning to reopen in June.

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“I felt terrible knowing that I was going to lose my job and my benefits. I have three daughters,

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Choice Hotels Boosts Ascend Portfolio With Eco-Friendly Hotel

In a bid to expand the Ascend brand, Choice Hotels International, Inc. CHH added a new dolphin and marine-themed hotel — Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club in Florida — to its portfolio. Based on the “Dolphin Tale” movies, the hotel offers amenities that are designed to deliver an unforgettable marine experience.

Located at 655 S. Gulfview Blvd., the five-story, 91-room hotel provides guests access to amenities such as live video stream of dolphins, an outdoor heated pool with sundeck, and food and beverage options at the Cabanas Beachside Bar and Grill. Keeping in mind the best interests of marine mammals,

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Will COVID-19 force cancellation of Art Basel Miami Beach? A lot is riding on it

For 19 years, Art Basel Miami Beach has injected a jet-fueled blast into the local cultural and tourism calendar. The fair doesn’t just put a massive trove of world-class art on public display, but also draws mobs of some of the world’s richest people, fills hotels and restaurants, and, not incidentally, helps sustain Miami’s ongoing maturation as a global center for culture and commerce.

The contemporary-art fair has been canceled only once. What would have been the inaugural show was called off following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

But, with five months to go, a big question hangs over the

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Myrtle Beach will now require face masks be worn in public places as COVID-19 cases soar

Myrtle Beach will now require face masks be worn in public places following weeks of coronavirus cases rising significantly in both South Carolina and Horry County.

The Myrtle Beach City Council met in a special meeting Thursday morning to approve a motion that allows City Manager John Pedersen to issue an executive order requiring residents and visitors to wear face masks or coverings in all retail, personal service, food establishments, hotels, amusements and where a six foot distance can’t be observed.

The decision comes as the city prepares for thousands of tourists to inundate the area for the July 4

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