Tribune hotel – Tribune Tower http://tribunetower.info/ Wed, 11 May 2022 00:56:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tribunetower.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/tribune-120x120.png Tribune hotel – Tribune Tower http://tribunetower.info/ 32 32 Death toll from Cuba hotel explosion rises to 43 – most hotel workers https://tribunetower.info/death-toll-from-cuba-hotel-explosion-rises-to-43-most-hotel-workers/ Tue, 10 May 2022 18:46:09 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/death-toll-from-cuba-hotel-explosion-rises-to-43-most-hotel-workers/ HAVANA – The elegant Hotel Saratoga was due to reopen in Havana on Tuesday after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Instead, it was a day of mourning for the 43 people known to have died in an explosion that ripped through the building. Rescuers continued to search for more victims in the ruins as experts began […]]]>

HAVANA – The elegant Hotel Saratoga was due to reopen in Havana on Tuesday after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Instead, it was a day of mourning for the 43 people known to have died in an explosion that ripped through the building.

Rescuers continued to search for more victims in the ruins as experts began to ponder the fate of a 19th-century building, a former warehouse turned into a hotel at the start of the last century.

Roberto Enriquez, spokesman for the military tourism company Gaviota which operates the Saratoga, said early estimates from experts were that 80% of the hotel was damaged by Friday’s explosion, which threw tons of pieces of concrete in busy streets one block from the nation’s Capitol and badly damaged nearby structures.

He said when rescue efforts are complete, authorities will take a deeper look at what to do with the structure.

Officials reported Tuesday evening that a 43rd body had been found, but it was not immediately known whether the latest victim worked at the hotel.

Enriques said earlier in the day that 51 people were working to prepare the hotel for its reopening, and 23 of them were among the confirmed dead – executives and maids, cooks and reception staff, security staff and technicians. He said three workers were still missing, believed to be buried under the rubble.

Authorities said they suspected the cause was a gas leak as a tanker truck serviced the building.

The health ministry said on Tuesday evening that the total death toll had risen to 43, including at least one Spanish tourist. Seventeen people remained hospitalized.

Havana Communist Party leader Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar said 38 homes were affected by the blast and 95 people needed to be relocated, according to the official Cubadebate website.

He said one of the nearby buildings should be demolished.

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Video shows Ala prison officer missing in hotel before escape https://tribunetower.info/video-shows-ala-prison-officer-missing-in-hotel-before-escape/ Mon, 09 May 2022 12:46:34 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/video-shows-ala-prison-officer-missing-in-hotel-before-escape/ By Caroline Robinson Source al.com Alabama jailer Vicky White spent the night at a hotel in Florence before helping capital murder suspect Casey White escape. The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office released a video Saturday of Vicky White, 56, leaving the Quality Inn at around 6:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29. The timestamp on the video […]]]>

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Alabama jailer Vicky White spent the night at a hotel in Florence before helping capital murder suspect Casey White escape.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office released a video Saturday of Vicky White, 56, leaving the Quality Inn at around 6:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29. The timestamp on the video shows her leaving just before 5:30 a.m., but authorities said the video’s time was one hour and 10 minutes.


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The hotel is located near where authorities say Vicky White recently purchased a rust-colored 2007 Ford Edge. Authorities did not say why she spent the night there, but she had recently sold her house and was living with her mother.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said he could only speculate. “I think it was just to avoid having to see his family,” he said on Saturday.

After leaving the hotel, Vicky White reported for work at the Lauderdale County Jail, where she was second in command and had earned an “exemplary” reputation.

But just three hours later, Vicky White walked out of jail with Casey White, telling her colleagues she was taking him for a mental health evaluation which investigators would later learn was never scheduled.

The couple drove straight to the Florence Square mall, where they ditched the patrol car and drove off in the Ford. Vicky White’s patrol keys, police radio and handcuffs were left in her sheriff’s vehicle.

The jailer had recently sold his home for $95,500 – far less than the appraised value – and had also purchased an AR-15 and a shotgun, which investigators say are still in the couple’s possession.

Authorities said she withdrew about $90,000 from area banks before the escape, which they believe came from the sale of the house.

Singleton said Vicky White and Casey White, who are not related, had a “prison romance” in which she made sure he had extra food on his plate and communicated with him while he was incarcerated in a prison. state prison.

In December 2015, White was arrested after authorities said he staged an overnight home invasion, two carjackings and multiple shootings in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee, which resulted in a dead dog and an injured woman.

In 2019, he was found guilty of a total of nine counts, including attempting to kill his ex-girlfriend and kidnapping his two housemates. Other charges included first-degree theft, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, breaking and entering a vehicle, animal cruelty for shooting a dog and attempting to escape.

In June 2020, Casey White sent a letter from jail to a Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office investigator confessing to the brutal murder-for-hire of Connie Jane Ridgeway on October 23, 2015. He said he was hired to kill Ridgeway, 59, who was found dead in her apartment in Rogersville.

With this confession, Casey White was returned to Lauderdale County Jail earlier this year.

Singleton describes the escape as well thought out and calculated.

After nearly a week of searching authorities for the Ford Edge, it was recovered Thursday night from a Tennessee towing yard.

Williamson County Sheriff’s officials said the vehicle was reported abandoned on Friday, April 29, the day the two men fled.

Tennessee sheriff’s officials also said there were no tags on the vehicle and it was locked. A search of the area where he was found was conducted on Friday morning.

Singleton said investigators learned the wanted vehicle was reported abandoned on a rural county road just before 2 p.m. on Friday and towed at 2:37 p.m.

The two men fled the prison around 9:30 a.m. on April 29 and were not reported missing until the afternoon.

“They found the car before we even knew they were gone,” Singleton said.

The US Marshals Service is leading the hunt with more than 100 investigators tasked with finding the elusive pair.

A $10,000 reward was issued by US Marshals for information leading to Casey White, and the agency later added a $5,000 reward for the capture of Vicky White, who is accused of enabling or facilitating a first degree escape, a punishable Class C felony. up to 10 years in prison.

On Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a $5,000 reward each for information leading to the couple’s arrest. The full $10,000 reward was requested by Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly, who learned it was granted on Friday afternoon.

Casey White is now charged with first-degree escape, according to Connolly’s request to the governor.

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Horses and luxury meet at the equestrian hotel https://tribunetower.info/horses-and-luxury-meet-at-the-equestrian-hotel/ Sun, 08 May 2022 07:13:23 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/horses-and-luxury-meet-at-the-equestrian-hotel/ OCALA, Florida. Aside from a few opulent resorts in the Orlando area, Central Florida has never been known for its luxurious accommodations. And for many visitors and Floridians, Ocala is just “horse country” and a few exits along Interstate 75. This is changing rapidly, thanks in large part to the new World Equestrian Center and […]]]>

Aside from a few opulent resorts in the Orlando area, Central Florida has never been known for its luxurious accommodations. And for many visitors and Floridians, Ocala is just “horse country” and a few exits along Interstate 75.

This is changing rapidly, thanks in large part to the new World Equestrian Center and Equestrian Hotel.

Spread over nearly 380 acres west of the highway, this $800 million project is becoming the Disney World of the horse set. Racers from across the United States and dozens of foreign countries flock here to compete in state-of-the-art facilities, including huge air-conditioned arenas with VIP viewing rooms. They never have to leave the field to herd their horses, shop at high-end stores, or dine at a wide variety of restaurants.

But it’s not just for horse owners. What is called the best equestrian center in the country is also a charming complex where you can relax by the pool, be pampered at the spa or simply watch the horse and rider move together as they jump fences or go through their dancing dressage steps. .

The Ocala/Marion County area, with over 1,200 horse farms, has long claimed the title of “Horse Capital of the World.” Miles of scenic pasture have produced six Kentucky Derby winners and 26 Breeders Cup champions, making it the logical location for a major equestrian center.

Opened in December 2020 after four years of work, the center was fully funded by Larry and Mary Roberts. The Ohio-native couple started with one truck and built it into R+L Carriers, one of the nation’s largest trucking companies. A friend and I recently visited the Equestrian, the 248-room hotel that anchors the center and reflects Ms. Roberts’ sense of dramatic design.

The lobby, with a fireplace and ceilings that soar 24 feet, is stark white with accents of black and gold in the French Provincial-style furnishings. Huge portraits of dogs – one of Mary Roberts’ favorite animals along with horses – line the upper walls. Fresh flowers abound.

Our room, which overlooked an outdoor arena, had two king-size beds and two bathrooms, one with a Victoria & Albert clawfoot tub and Balmain Paris toiletries. After dropping off our bags, we stopped in the shops that line one wing of the hotel.

Lugano’s, with outlets in Newport Beach, Aspen and Palm Beach, creates unique jewelry – some of the diamond pieces on display exceed $200,000. From there we passed a leather goods store, Emma’s Patisserie and into Mr. Pickles and Sailor Bear Toy Shoppe. Lamenting the fact that children today get most of their toys from Amazon, Mary Roberts wanted the center to have a proper toy store. This one features life-size animatronic animals that growl and roar, and a rocking horse inspired by one of Queen Elizabeth’s couriers. Price: $15,000.

The rest of the equestrian center is so large that Justin Garner, the hotel operations manager, took us around in a golf cart. While the hotel lobby was filled with casual visitors in shorts, almost everyone outside was a rider – many in jodhpurs, jackets, caps and boots – walking slowly or riding on trails marked with signs” horseback riding”.

In addition to the 2,500-seat arena next to the hotel, there are several indoor rides, an outdoor stadium, two exhibition centers, a chapel, a general store, a gas station, 280 campgrounds for RVs and 2,880 air-conditioned boxes for horses (by exhibitors only, no long-term boarding is authorized). Another hotel is planned, with 400 rooms and a lower price than the Equestrian, whose rates start in the $400 range. An emergency medical clinic and veterinary center are also in the works, while buyers will soon have a choice of 104 sites ranging from 3 to 9 acres large enough to keep their horses.

With its well-landscaped grounds and multiple facilities, the center is becoming a popular venue for weddings and other non-equestrian events. Among them: a volleyball tournament for young people and a food and wine festival.

That night we ate at Stirrups, the downtown fine-dining restaurant that offers prime steaks, Florida seafood, and seasonal favorites like black-eyed pea salad. Other restaurants in the center include Filo’s Mexican Cantina, Ralph’s Burger and Sandwich Shop, and Viola & Dot’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria.

Later we walked into Yellow Pony, the hotel pub. It was crowded, not only with hotel guests, but also with residents of Ocala and nearby developments. Given its central location, the Ocala area has become a major distribution center that attracts many new people and businesses.

Before heading out again the next day, we spent a few hours in the shaded outdoor arena, enjoying a gentle breeze and watching riders jump over a series of 4ft fences. The runners, scored by time and other criteria, came from several states including Illinois, Texas and California.

The West Coast horse, we learned, had been shipped the day before — by Federal Express.

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18 dead after explosion tears apart five-star Saratoga hotel in Havana | International https://tribunetower.info/18-dead-after-explosion-tears-apart-five-star-saratoga-hotel-in-havana-international/ Sat, 07 May 2022 00:46:42 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/18-dead-after-explosion-tears-apart-five-star-saratoga-hotel-in-havana-international/ Eighteen people, including a child and a pregnant woman, were killed in a powerful explosion that destroyed a large part of the Hotel Saratoga, a luxury hotel in the historic center of Havana, and left several injured, said the Cuban authorities. The explosion, which occurred around 11 a.m., raised a plume of smoke and ash […]]]>

Eighteen people, including a child and a pregnant woman, were killed in a powerful explosion that destroyed a large part of the Hotel Saratoga, a luxury hotel in the historic center of Havana, and left several injured, said the Cuban authorities.

The explosion, which occurred around 11 a.m., raised a plume of smoke and ash and shocked pedestrians passing through one of the busiest places in the Cuban capital.

The death toll, initially reported at four, rose as search and rescue efforts continued into the evening. In the afternoon, Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel confirmed the death of nine people. By evening, the death toll had risen to 18, the presidential office said.

Among the dead are a pregnant woman and a child. No other details about their identity have been made public. The presidential office said 50 adults and 14 children were hospitalized.

Preliminary investigations indicate a gas leak, Díaz-Canel told reporters gathered at the scene in the afternoon.

“It wasn’t a bomb or an attack, it was an unfortunate accident,” he said.

Díaz-Canel and Prime Minister Manuel Marrero visited some of the hospitals treating the victims. Five children, including three from a nearby school that was evacuated, were lightly injured, an education ministry official said. An 11-year-old girl suffered a head injury and was admitted to an intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital in Central Havana, the hospital director said.

Cuban state media reported that there were no guests at the hotel as it was undergoing repairs. The hotel was due to reopen on May 10 after being closed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the explosion, it was not immediately clear whether the structure, first built in 1880, could be salvaged.

Pictures and videos show extensive damage to several floors of the six-story building, but it was still standing. Three floors lost walls and windows, and a store on the ground floor was reduced to rubble.

Several videos circulating on social media show dozens of people rushing to the scene, as well as members of the police and firefighters. Before police can cordon off the area, videos show civilians trying to rescue someone trapped in the rubble.

A Baptist church next to the hotel also lost its roof, according to images published by independent media 14ymedio. Díaz-Canel said two residential buildings were also badly damaged by the blast.

With eclectic architecture and steps from Central Park and the Cuban Capitol, the 19th-century building was restored and reopened as a five-star luxury hotel in 2005. Several Cuban Americans and business personalities have stayed here when they accompanied President Barack Obama. during his visit to Cuba in 2016.


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Disneyland’s Future House Inspires Retro-Futuristic Hotel Suite With Theme Park Views – San Gabriel Valley Tribune https://tribunetower.info/disneylands-future-house-inspires-retro-futuristic-hotel-suite-with-theme-park-views-san-gabriel-valley-tribune/ Wed, 04 May 2022 17:47:12 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/disneylands-future-house-inspires-retro-futuristic-hotel-suite-with-theme-park-views-san-gabriel-valley-tribune/ Disneyland guests who have always dreamed of living like “The Jetsons” in Monsanto’s House of the Future will soon be able to spend the night in a hotel suite that pays homage to Tomorrowland’s mid-century modern masterpiece. The new House of the Future Retro Suite will open this summer at the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel […]]]>

Disneyland guests who have always dreamed of living like “The Jetsons” in Monsanto’s House of the Future will soon be able to spend the night in a hotel suite that pays homage to Tomorrowland’s mid-century modern masterpiece.

The new House of the Future Retro Suite will open this summer at the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel across from Disneyland.

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The HoJo HoFu suite is inspired by the Monsanto House of the Future which was located at the entrance to Tomorrowland from 1957 to 1967.

Disneyland’s original Future House stood like a fiberglass cloverleaf with cantilevered wings that extended along an X-axis atop a central pedestal. The walking attraction featured groundbreaking space-age inventions like microwaves, dishwashers, and plastic furniture.

The new retro House of the Future suite at the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel. (Howard Johnson)

Howard Johnson’s new retro-futuristic House of the Future suite features multi-paned windows that offer views of the Disneyland monorail with the peak of the Matterhorn Bobsleds visible in the distance.

A modern flat-screen television mounted on the wall in the House of the Future suite mimics the curved frame of a 1950s CRT television. Mid-century style seating by Modernica and Herman Miller, accent panels by Modular Arts and vintage lighting from Restoration Hardware complete the Space Age look. Custom artwork by Southern California retro artist Shag depicting a family scene in the living room of the House of the Future hangs on the wall of the new suite.

A vintage record player in the suite comes with a curated vinyl collection that includes selections from smooth jazz, bossa nova, and ultra-lounge genres. There’s also a “Howard Johnson Jet Set” playlist on Apple Music if you prefer your 1960s swing tunes via smartphone.

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Boy who assaulted 10-year-old sister in Niagara Falls hotel placed on probation https://tribunetower.info/boy-who-assaulted-10-year-old-sister-in-niagara-falls-hotel-placed-on-probation/ Mon, 02 May 2022 20:12:28 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/boy-who-assaulted-10-year-old-sister-in-niagara-falls-hotel-placed-on-probation/ A 13-year-old boy who assaulted his younger sister at a Niagara Falls hotel has been placed on probation for two years. The teenager, who cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines on Monday on a charge of sexual assault. “You […]]]>

A 13-year-old boy who assaulted his younger sister at a Niagara Falls hotel has been placed on probation for two years.

The teenager, who cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines on Monday on a charge of sexual assault.

“You must appreciate, and I think you do, the importance that every person, including all family members, friends, same-sex and other-sex people, have the right to decide for themselves. -even who touches it and when, where and how,” Judge Deborah Calderwood said.

“Touching someone in a sexual way without their continued permission can cause them real harm. It’s something that can hurt people deeply and can have really lasting effects.

The court heard the incident involved his 10-year-old sister and happened at a hotel in June 2021.

When questioned by the police, the boy admitted to the offense and admitted that he had taken photos of his brother with his mobile phone during the attack.

The youngster, now 14, had never had any trouble with the courts.

“Compared to adults, young people have less guilt and moral culpability,” the judge said.

She noted that a sentence for a young offender must focus on rehabilitation, reintegration and “fair and proportionate accountability”.

“The goal is to instill respect for societal boundaries while encouraging the repair of harm done to victims in the community.”

One of the conditions of his probation is that he have no contact with his sister.

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The family of “Hotel Rwanda” hero Paul Rusesabagina and… – EMEA TRIBUNE Breaking News, World News, Latest News, Top Headlines https://tribunetower.info/the-family-of-hotel-rwanda-hero-paul-rusesabagina-and-emea-tribune-breaking-news-world-news-latest-news-top-headlines/ Sun, 01 May 2022 12:30:33 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/the-family-of-hotel-rwanda-hero-paul-rusesabagina-and-emea-tribune-breaking-news-world-news-latest-news-top-headlines/ Published on: 01/05/2022 – 14:30 The family of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero Paul Rusesabagina announced on Saturday that they have filed a $400 million lawsuit in the United States over his alleged kidnapping and torture. Rusesabagina is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for terrorism after a trial that his supporters consider a sham and riddled […]]]>

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The family of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero Paul Rusesabagina announced on Saturday that they have filed a $400 million lawsuit in the United States over his alleged kidnapping and torture.

Rusesabagina is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for terrorism after a trial that his supporters consider a sham and riddled with irregularities.

“The complaint alleges that the Rwandan government and high-ranking Rwandan officials conspired to facilitate and execute an elaborate plot to lure Paul Rusesabagina from his home in Texas to Rwanda, where he would be tortured and unlawfully detained for the rest of his life. ,” the family and their attorneys said in a statement.

A copy of the lawsuit seen by AFP says it was filed in a Washington DC court on February 22. It was served on the Rwandan government on March 8.

Rusesabagina’s family and lawyers will hold a press conference in Washington on Wednesday to announce further details of the lawsuit, which is seeking at least $400 million (380 million euros) in compensation as well as punitive damages. .

The lawsuit names the government of Rwanda, President Paul Kagame and other figures, including the former justice minister and intelligence chief.

Rusesabagina, then a hotel manager in Kigali, is credited with saving hundreds of lives during the 1994 genocide and his actions inspired the Hollywood film “Hotel Rwanda”.

He used his notoriety to denounce Kagame as a dictator and has been behind bars since his arrest in August 2020 when a plane he believed was bound for Burundi landed in Kigali instead.

The family statement says Rusesabagina, who has a US green card as well as Belgian nationality, was brought in to travel from his US home with the promise of working in Burundi.

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“Instead, he was drugged and taken to Rwanda where President Paul Kagame’s security agents forcibly abducted him, tortured him and forced him into unlawful imprisonment.”

The government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rusesabagina was convicted in September of participating in a rebel group accused of carrying out deadly gun, grenade and arson attacks in Rwanda in 2018 and 2019.

His 25-year prison sentence was upheld by Rwanda’s Court of Appeal earlier this month, a decision his family says is effectively a death sentence for the ailing 67-year-old.

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The Connecticut Police Department will use the old hotel lobby as a substation https://tribunetower.info/the-connecticut-police-department-will-use-the-old-hotel-lobby-as-a-substation/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 20:09:57 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/the-connecticut-police-department-will-use-the-old-hotel-lobby-as-a-substation/ STONINGTON — The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday approved an agreement that will allow police officers to temporarily use the lobby and a bathroom of the former Econo Lodge hotel on Route 27 in Mystic as a substation. Police Captain Todd Olson said building owner and local restaurateur Bill Middleton offered the use of the […]]]>

STONINGTON — The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday approved an agreement that will allow police officers to temporarily use the lobby and a bathroom of the former Econo Lodge hotel on Route 27 in Mystic as a substation.

Police Captain Todd Olson said building owner and local restaurateur Bill Middleton offered the use of the closed hotel lobby to police until he renovated and reopened the building. Middleton is in the process of renovating the former Friendly’s restaurant next door into an Italian restaurant and already operates three Mystic restaurants: the Jealous Monk, Rio Salado and Taquerio.

Police can use the building at 251 Greenmanville Avenue (Highway 27) on a monthly basis at no cost to the city. Olson said officers will be able to start using the hotel as soon as the deal is signed by the city’s first coach, Danielle Chesebrough.

He said Middleton approached the police to use the hotel. The police then asked the city attorney to draft an agreement.

Olson said officers will not only use the restroom while on patrol, but also the lobby to do paperwork at times. When a cruiser is parked outside, he said it will be highly visible to the public. Additionally, he said the location will give officers a good view of a busy area.

He said no police station sign will be put up on the building as most of the time it will not be occupied.

Olson said the police very much appreciated Middleton’s offer to use the hotel.

“It shows the type of businessman he is in the community,” Olson said.

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Disneyland plans Pixar’s transformation of the Paradise Pier Hotel – San Gabriel Valley Tribune https://tribunetower.info/disneyland-plans-pixars-transformation-of-the-paradise-pier-hotel-san-gabriel-valley-tribune/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 13:02:30 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/disneyland-plans-pixars-transformation-of-the-paradise-pier-hotel-san-gabriel-valley-tribune/ Disneyland will sprinkle a healthy dose of Pixar pixie dust on the aging Paradise Pier hotel as part of a multi-million dollar renovation that will include a new rear entrance to Disney California Adventure for hotel guests. The Pixar makeover of the Paradise Pier Hotel was announced during a State of the Disneyland Resort presentation […]]]>

Disneyland will sprinkle a healthy dose of Pixar pixie dust on the aging Paradise Pier hotel as part of a multi-million dollar renovation that will include a new rear entrance to Disney California Adventure for hotel guests.

The Pixar makeover of the Paradise Pier Hotel was announced during a State of the Disneyland Resort presentation hosted by Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock on Wednesday, April 27 at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure.

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Potrock’s presentation comes a year after Disney’s Anaheim theme parks reopened after 412 days of pandemic-related closures.

“This is a really big milestone and another anchor in our continued momentum, really not just for Disneyland but for Anaheim and Orange County and other related business partners,” Potrock said during a press conference earlier Wednesday.

The Pixar Hotel will have a new entry portal into Disney California Adventure for hotel guests. The new rear entrance to the DCA is expected to extend from Paradise Gardens in the DCA to the vehicle entrance to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel via a backstage passage.

The Paradise Pier Hotel will not close during Pixar’s makeover with parts of the hotel renovated in turn.

SEE ALSO: Disneyland is launching a new after-hours Grad Nite party

The existing hotel name on Disneyland Drive is a holdover from DCA’s Paradise Pier boardwalk area which was renamed Pixar Pier beginning in 2018 with areas dedicated to “The Incredibles”, “Toy Story” and “Inside Out”. The former Pan Pacific Hotel, built in 1984, was purchased by Disneyland a year before DCA opened in 2001.

The Paradise Pier renovation will completely reimagine the cheapest hotel in the theme park with Pixar stories. Upcoming Pixar films may be incorporated into the renovated 15-story hotel in the future if they prove popular after their theatrical release to keep the hotel fresh and relevant.

Concept art released by Disneyland shows Pixar’s iconic Luxo Jr. lamp sitting above the blue and yellow Luxo ball with red stars in the refreshed hotel lobby. A kinetic art mobile in the lobby atrium features characters from ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Monsters Inc.’, ‘Wall-E’, ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Coco “. Luxo balls also line the exterior of the redesigned hotel.

Disney has other hotels based on Pixar movies around the world, including the Toy Story Hotel at Shanghai Disneyland and Disney’s Art of Animation Hotel at Walt Disney World which features “Cars” and “Finding Nemo” elements. Despite online speculation, the new Pixar Hotel at Disneyland won’t be themed around a single movie or movie franchise.

SEE ALSO: Disneyland considering Food & Wine Festival daycare, poll finds

The new Pixar-themed hotel doesn’t have an official name yet, but for now most Disneylanders will probably call it the Pixar Hotel. No date has been announced for the start or end of the work.

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Chryssa Vertakis’ three-star hotel in Crete is nearly full this summer, but her g… https://tribunetower.info/chryssa-vertakis-three-star-hotel-in-crete-is-nearly-full-this-summer-but-her-g/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 12:05:54 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/chryssa-vertakis-three-star-hotel-in-crete-is-nearly-full-this-summer-but-her-g/ Chryssa Vertakis’ three-star Crete hotel is nearly full this summer, but her guests will have to eat elsewhere because her kitchen has no chef or cooks. Like hotel owners across the country, she is facing severe staff shortages after two years of pandemic restrictions that have seen masses of hotel workers seek work elsewhere. The […]]]>

Chryssa Vertakis’ three-star Crete hotel is nearly full this summer, but her guests will have to eat elsewhere because her kitchen has no chef or cooks.

Like hotel owners across the country, she is facing severe staff shortages after two years of pandemic restrictions that have seen masses of hotel workers seek work elsewhere.

The key industry – which provides a quarter of Greece’s national income – relies heavily on foreign staff to work as waiters, cleaners, busboys and cooks.

Many Bulgarians working as cleaners at the Alexia Beach hotel in Vertakis went home during last year’s lockdown and did not return, she told AFP.

Greeks have also sought jobs in other sectors in response to Covid-shortened seasons that have deepened long-standing grievances over working hours and low wages.

“Seasonal employees cannot support their families with three and four months of work (a year),” Nikos Kokolakis, president of hotel employees in Iraklio, the capital of Crete, told La ERT public television.

The Greek catering workers’ union also says it’s no surprise that eligible workers shun an industry where some operators “require 10-12 hours of work with no day off, offering just 700 euros ($740) per month”.

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Andreas Andreadis, honorary president of the association of Greek tourism companies (SETE), warned that the Greek travel industry was currently short of more than 50,000 employees, mainly in kitchen and service.

“Our quality tourism is in danger,” he tweeted earlier this month.

The shortage threatens to thwart a positive start to the season, helped by Greece’s decision to open in March, two months earlier than in 2021.

In order to further increase the number of visitors, the government in February abolished mandatory screening tests for travelers with a European vaccination certificate.

And vaccine passes will no longer be required in restaurants, bars and shops from May 1, while mandatory masks indoors will be scrapped from June 1.

Vertakis said the easing of restrictions had raised hopes in the industry of a return to 2019 levels, when 33 million tourists visited.

“But without staff to accommodate so many people, it will be a problem,” she said.

Nektarios Seremetis, who manages the restaurants and bars at the four-star Thalassa Beach Resort on the same coast, is short of three waiters.

“Those who worked for us in 2019 left and found jobs in Cyprus or Italy, where the salaries are higher,” he said.

Last month, Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias suggested some of those positions could be filled among the more than 22,000 Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Greece since the Russian invasion in February.

Seremetis is not opposed to the idea, provided the refugees can speak English.

But few Ukrainians have traveled to Crete so far, he said.

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The war also reduced the number of tourists to Greece.

The dispute has resulted in the loss of some 600,000 Russians and 240,000 Ukrainians who have canceled bookings, Lyssandros Tsilidis, head of the Federation of Travel Agencies of Greece, told AFP earlier this month.

At the Chryssi Akti hotel in Crete, Alexandros Pantelakakis has mostly resigned himself to taking care of the parasols and deckchairs alone this season.

Pantelakakis said many Greeks, including the man who normally helps him on the beach, have not received enough state support to cope with two working seasons shortened by the pandemic.

“They hadn’t paid enough social security contributions for the past two years to get unemployment benefits,” Pantelakakis said.

“So when the tourist season (in 2020 and 2021) was cut short by the pandemic, many had to find jobs elsewhere,” he said.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced last week a €50 increase in the monthly minimum wage from May 1 to €713.

Pantelakakis sees this as a “drop in the bucket” given the rising cost of living.

Inflation in Greece is around 8%, according to European data agency Eurostat.

It doesn’t make it any easier for employers either, says Alexia Beach owner.

“Energy and food costs are on the rise. The salaries offered are low, but we can’t do better, our running costs have increased by 15% this year,” she said.

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