FEWER EYES IN THE SKIES
The National Air Traffic Controllers
Association (Natca) called for a
congressional hearing on staffing
numbers, which have dropped
nearly 10% since 2011. As of Sept.
1, the union said, there were fewer
than 10,900 certified staffers at
the 316 ATC centers in the U.S.,
the lowest level in 27 years.
Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria Opens
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of the Hyatt Regency Houston
Galleria in Houston, Texas last
month. The hotel, managed by
Aimbridge Hospitality, marks the
ninth Hyatt-branded hotel to open
in the Houston area.
Its location next to Texas’ largest
shopping center, The Galleria, and
choice of in-hotel amenities that put
guests in the driver seat—from grab-
and-go or sit-down dining options to
meeting spaces for groups of all siz-
es—make Hyatt Regency Houston
Galleria a one-stop experience, says
Area Manager Adam Patenaude.
The hotel is part of the 7.6-acre,
mixed-use Galleria Plaza development, which includes high-end
retail and specialty stores, luxury
apartments and several recently
completed office towers. The development will also include Hyatt
Place Houston Galleria, adjacent to
Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria.
The Hyatt Place hotel is currently
under construction and is expected
to open in early 2016.
“We are delighted to welcome
guests and the local community to
our new hotel, located in the heart
of one of Houston’s fastest growing
neighborhoods and premiere shop-
ping destinations,” says Patenaude.
“Here, travelers can leave every de-
tail to our dedicated hotel team, so
they are free to break from routine if
they choose or simply do things the
way they want to do them.”
Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria
features 325 rooms, including 20
suites designed to meet the needs of
both business and leisure travelers.
Guestroom design and concepts are
inspired by elements of the oil and
gas industry with built-in furnish-
ings that offer a more spacious and
Each room comes standard with
a 55-inch flat-screen TV with plug-and-play capabilities from personal
devices, free high-speed Internet access, mini-fridge, coffeemaker and a
signature Hyatt Grand Bed.
In addition, the property offers
locally sourced food and beverages
all day. The Urban Star restaurant,
bar and market features seasonal
menus using local ingredients to
create dishes that embody the flavors of Texas. On the third floor is a
heated, outdoor swimming pool and
sun deck. Adjacent to the pool is the
StayFit gym with cardio equipment
Hotel Association of NYC: Airbnb Costing City Billions
Airbnb Inc.’s room-for-rent business
model is hurting New York’s hotel
industry, at least according to the
Hotel Association of New York City.
While most hotel chains have been
dismissive of the San Francisco-based startup, the organization that
represents them is speaking out about
Airbnb’s impact on the lodging industry—Airbnb accounted for $451.4
million in gross revenue in New York
from Aug. 31, 2014 through the same
date this year, according a report
commissioned by the association.
That number will jump to $805.3
million in 2018, it says.
Airbnb accounted for 2. 9 mil-
lion, or 7. 8 percent, of overnight
stays in New York in the latest fis-
cal year, compared with 33.9 mil-
lion, or 92 percent, of nightly rent-
als among hotels, according to the
The report estimates the loss of
$88.9 million in hotel food spending and $1 billion in construction
activity. The study says total economic losses for the city is at $2.1
billion including $76.5 million in