On January 10th, Vijay Dandapani, President and CEO of the Hotel Association of New York City, attended a tourism marketing seminar. He was invited to speak at the event and shared his insights on how to effectively market a destination to potential visitors. The seminar was well-attended by tourism professionals from across the country and provided valuable insights into the current state of the tourism industry. Read more
New York City officials got an earful on Monday from supporters and critics of a new requirement for short-term rental hosts to register their units and share information about their activities. Read more
Under a new law — Local Law 18 — that goes into effect on Jan. 9, 2023, anyone seeking to rent out housing for fewer than 30 consecutive days in New York City will be required to register with the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement and obtain a registration number. Booking services such as Airbnb and Vrbo will then be required to verify the short-term rental registration number of any accommodation before listing it on their service. Read more
Abortion-related travel has been rising ever since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and hotels may get swept into criminal investigations of women who cross state lines to get abortions as laws change around the country, lawyers warn. Read more
An ICC tribunal chaired by Foley Hoag partner Christina Hioureas has held the owner of a hotel on Manhattan’s Lower East Side liable for converting the property into a homeless shelter during the pandemic without the consent of its manager. Read more
The New York City Council is poised to make it yet more difficult for homeowners and apartment dwellers to rent rooms through Airbnb and other “short-term rental” services. Read more
New York City is pressing ahead with a long-anticipated crackdown on Airbnb hosts, with officials on Friday proposing a strict new registration system for hosts that will take effect in January. Read more
The DoubleTree Metropolitan is a quintessential Manhattan hotel. Read more
The Plaza Appoints Luigi Romaniello as Managing Director
New York City’s most famous hotel, The Plaza is pleased to announce the appointment of Luigi Romaniello as Managing Director. Effective immediately, Romaniello will oversee all aspects of the luxury hotel including daily operations, guest experiences and continued growth strategies.
A seasoned hospitality veteran with 30 years of industry experience, Romaniello’s extensive resume includes a banner, 22-year tenure with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts where he led three consecutive openings in international markets. Most recently he served as managing director at Rosewood Baha Mar in The Bahamas where he successfully opened and positioned the resort to achieve top performance within the brand and region. Throughout his career with Rosewood, he held various key management positions at several globally renowned properties including Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands; Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas; Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas; The Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta; and launched Rosewood Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Prior to joining Rosewood, Romaniello started his hotel career in Dallas at the Grand Kempinski Hotel. He then quickly worked his way up with Stouffer Hotels where he held leading roles at the brand’s Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Peter Islands Resorts in the British Virgin Islands.
A consummate hotelier and proud father of three girls, Romaniello is humbled at the opportunity to join The Plaza team and looks forward to taking the hotel to new heights with authentic yet modern touches that enhance the experience for loyal guests as well as a new generation of luxury travelers.
Romaniello was born in Rome, Italy, and studied Hotel & Restaurant Management at the University of Houston in Texas. He resides in New York City.
New York City officials got an earful on Monday from supporters and critics of a new requirement for short-term rental hosts to register their units and share information about their activities.
Under a new law — Local Law 18 — that goes into effect on Jan. 9, 2023, anyone seeking to rent out housing for fewer than 30 consecutive days in New York City will be required to register with the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement and obtain a registration number. Booking services such as Airbnb and Vrbo will then be required to verify the short-term rental registration number of any accommodation before listing it on their service.
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Human trafficking is incredibly widespread and our hotels have an important role to play in keeping our community and our hotels safe from this harm. HANYC is now partnering with Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) to provide FREE human trafficking training for HANYC members and their staff.