As many of our hospitality employees roil in the everyday news search for glimmers of hope, its is apparent that that glimmer of hope has arrived.
There have been many assumptions on just how the casinos will adapt to this “new normal.” Some of these suggestions have included fiberglass dividers between guests on the gaming tables, and even shower curtains between slot machines.
So #Facebook was filled with pictures of happy Nevada residents filling the recently approved open businesses.
Governor Sisolak Announced that phase 1 would occur May 9th. With this announcement came both support, ridicule, uncertainty, and most certainly relief. The proof of the support was in the actions of both the businesses that reopened, and the customers that visited the businesses. The ridicule came from many different directions. No matter the person or entity, the uncertainty is on the minds of all. This is most certainly uncharted territory in multiple categories.
Much has come out in the headlines today. Not much good news except the stimulus/relief bill that is still being finalized. I’ll not delve into politics on this blog.
As we move into the second week of more than 206,000 hospitality workers being laid off or fired, we keep them in our prayers as we do our nation and our planet. It’s truly unusual to have an entire globe with the same problem, but at the same time, it’s never been a better time to pull together to make this a success story.
Many of my colleagues are chomping at the bit to go back to work, and others are taking it in stride. The latter is a better option as it’s an opportunity to spend more time with the family, more time with taking care of yourself, and more time to self-reflect. It’s perfectly understandable to feel either way.
As we move closer to the month of April, the Entertainment Capital of the World is on edge, just as the rest of the globe. There are those who have been in close proximity to those that tested positive, and there are those of course who are unaware that they have been exposed. It has been ten days so far for most that worked their last day at most businesses, and for others it’s nine. In either case we keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers here at Hospitality First. Godspeed, God Bless, and stay safe and healthy.
As I type this blog post, the death toll rises, the globe begins to feel the effects of quarantine, and the entertainment capital of the world is void of guests.
As our elected officials attempt to find an economic solution to this crisis, medical professionals ’round the world take care of those with COVID19, and thousands await cremation or burial.
Over 206,000 hospitality employees have been affected in Nevada alone, and there is no end in sight.
The community has come together in many ways to help combat the economic struggle, some community services have ran out of resources, and some of the community defied the best practices for safety ordered by the Governor of Nevada Steve Sisolak.
I have decided to pick up the momentum of this blog in an effort to serve the hospitality community.
13 APR 2017 – Las Vegas, NV – The Channel Partners Spring Conference and Expo was held at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino April 10 – 13 marking their 20th anniversary. This annual convention consists of over 100 industry-leading speakers, 275 exhibitors, and 5500 partners and suppliers. The title sponsor was AT&T and premier sponsors consisted of companies such as Vonage, Verizon, AVANT, and CenturyLink.
The first day of events began with an opening keynote and lunch. Keynote speakers were Carolyn April with CompTia, and Joe Chuisano and Janet Schijns with Verizon Business Markets. The evening ended with a first-time attendee reception at the 1923 Bourbon Bar.
Each exciting day consists of keynote speakers, executive tracks, technology leader tracks, and education tracks. Each event consisted of networking opportunities.
An addition to the entire conference and expo was the partnership between Channel Partners and Hire Heroes USA. Hire Heroes USA with support from Granite announced its Spring 2017 Veterans Initiative in which 11 job-seeking Veterans were hosted. Granite fulfilled by underwriting travel, hotel, and incidental expenses. This is the third Channel Partners event in which Veteran job-seekers were given access to education and networking opportunities. Veterans took full advantage of the offerings and gave excellent reviews thereafter.
The expo floor gave potential clients access to hands-on demonstrations and clear options to many of today’s technological solutions. All exhibits had polite and professional representatives which made the experience very enjoyable. For the not-so-faint of heart, there was also a mechanical bull which was enjoyed by yours truly.
The 2018 Channel Partners Conference and expo will be held again in Las Vegas, NV April 17 – 20 at the Venetian.