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Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry has been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. These cities have a disproportionate number of hospitality workers and have experienced high levels of unemployment. 

This election cycle has seen unprecedented insults and accusations at the national level. Unfortunately, that filters its way down to local races. In politics, humility is considered a liability and arrogance an asset. Lying, cheating, and character assassination is common in campaigns, by people who publicly quote scripture. Very disappointing. The only way to change that is for principled, ethical people to be engaged more than just voting every two years. Until that happens, expect more of the same.

Marriott International closed Friday morning on its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, bringing together its Marriott, Courtyard and Ritz Carlton brands with Starwood’s Sheraton, Westin, W and St. Regis properties.

There are restaurants in every country across the globe, and customers tip in many countries, though not all. However, the United States is the only country on earth where waiters, waitresses, bartenders and other service-sector workers must rely on the generosity of customers’ tips to pay the bulk of their salaries.

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