October 10, 2017: Hotels Are Offering Experiences to Compete With Airbnb, Vegas Gunman Shot Guard Before Firing on Music Festival Attendees, Swedish Activists to Host Women-Only Music Festival After Crowdfunding Campaign

By Ian Zelaya October 10, 2017, 8:22 AM EDT

1. HOTELS ARE OFFERING EXPERIENCES TO COMPETE WITH AIRBNB: In an effort to keep up with competitors like Airbnb, more hotels are now offering guests unique experiences as a new perk. The New York Times: “Want to improve your cooking skills? How about a class with a Michelin-starred chef? Or snorkeling in Hawaii with Jean-Michel Cousteau? Or basketball tips from the N.B.A. standout Dwyane Wade? Marriott, with 30 hotel brands, including Starwood and Ritz-Carlton, and other hotel companies are marshaling their clout to attract sports stars, including professional surfers, and even a National Geographic photographer to create one-of-a-kind enticements. Dan and Ginger Roberts, of El Dorado Hills, Calif., were drawn to Marriott’s offer of a two-day clinic at the Old Greenwood Golf Course in Lake Tahoe with Annika Sorenstam, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. They used accumulated points from their travels and joined a small group of rewards members in late July to see Ms. Sorenstam in action. They were also hoping to get some expert tips on how to improve their golf games. … In rolling out such exclusive experiences, hotels are looking to establish deeper connections with their customers in the face of growing competition from start-ups. So far, home rental services like Airbnb claim 12 percent of the traveler accommodations market, according to a report earlier this year by the market research firm Mintel Research. But that share is expected to grow, especially among travelers who are 40 and younger, and that has prompted hotel brands to rework their rewards programs to cement loyalty with their frequent customers.”

2. VEGAS GUNMAN SHOT GUARD BEFORE FIRING ON MUSIC FESTIVAL ATTENDEES: Law enforcement officials on Monday said that the Las Vegas gunman who killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival shot a Mandalay Bay hotel security guard before firing on concertgoers. Washington Post: "'I’m frustrated,' Joseph Lombardo, the Las Vegas sheriff, said at a news briefing. 'Because this individual purposefully hid his actions leading up to this event, and it is difficult for us to find answers for those actions.' During the briefing, Lombardo offered a key update to the shooting timeline that officials previously laid out. Lombardo said that six minutes before the gunman opened fire — shooting at concertgoers far below his 32nd floor suite in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino — he first shot a hotel security guard and injured him. Lombardo had previously said that while he did not know what caused Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old gunman, to stop shooting, he assumed it was due to the security guard’s arrival. Police have warned that information released to the public could change as the investigation continues, and Lombardo said that this is what happened with the timeline involving the guard, Jesus Campos. Speaking on Monday, Lombardo said Campos was shot at 9:59 p.m., six minutes before the gunman began raining bullets on the country music festival below. Campos arrived on the 32nd floor for an alarm involving an open door, Lombardo said. He said the door was not Paddock’s but did not elaborate. Authorities do not know why Paddock stopped firing, Lombardo said Monday."

3. SWEDISH ACTIVISTS TO HOST WOMEN-ONLY MUSIC FESTIVAL AFTER CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: After raising more than 533,000 Swedish kronor ($66,000), Swedish activists will host a women-only music festival in 2018. The event is in response to the spike in sexual assault at music festivals. Associated Press: “The Kickstarter web page on Monday showed donations from over 3,300 people worth 533,000 Swedish kronor ($66,000) to set up the Statement Festival next year as a message against sexual abuse. Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare said she came up with the idea after hearing about the cancellation of next year’s Bravalla Festival due to several reported sexual assaults this year at Sweden’s biggest music festival. Organizers said venue for the male-free, two-day festival next summer was not yet clear but ‘thousands’ are expected to attend to hear all-female acts.”


CHICAGO:  Waldorf Astoria Chicago has appointed Lynda Simonetti private restaurant events manager for Margeaux Brasserie and Petit Margeaux. 

LAS VEGAS:  Carson Kitchen has debuted an expanded and renovated space, with an additional 550 square feet and 24 seats. The American restaurant from Simon Hospitality Group now seats as many as 120 guests.

Hakkasan Group will host a benefit concert on November 7 at Omnia Nightclub in response to the Las Vegas shooting. Headliners will include Tiesto, Zedd, Lil Jon, and Steve Aoki. 

LOS ANGELES:  The Petersen Automotive Museum’s 23rd annual gala, hosted by James Corden, will take place October 14.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Following a renovation, which included the addition of the retractable roof over the courtyard, the Setai Miami has introduced an Asian spirits program. The bar and courtyard at the Setai features 20 Asian spirits, including a variety of Japanese whisky and vodka. The Setai’s collection boasts bottles that have been aged for up to 21 years. The new program also features Japanese whisky-based drinks, cocktails, and a whisky flight offering. 

NEW YORK:  The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration’s Hope Rising Benefit will take place Thursday at the Pierre Hotel. The event will feature a performance by Cynthia Erivo. 

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ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets will host a fund-raiser for Susan G. Komen on October 20. For a $10 donation, guests at “Sip, Shop & Support” can enjoy appetizers, wine, and savings at more than 70 retailers. 

SAN FRANCISCO:  The eighth annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival will take place October 19-22 at multiple venues in the city. The event will screen more than 90 films. 

TORONTO:  The 13th annual Cask Days Beer Festival will take place October 20-22 at Evergreen Brickworks. The event will offer more than 400 beers and ciders served directly from cask barrels. 

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With contributions from Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, Rayna Katz, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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