As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop, Hospitality Design is reporting on the latest news and connecting with the hospitality design community about how the current health crisis is directly affecting businesses and the industry at large.
On this page, you will find a continuously updated and comprehensive list of COVID-19-related articles produced by the HD team.
Emerald COVID-19 Resources
Resources and updates to help answer questions and obtain further information.
Calendar: Upcoming Digital Events
Save the date for HD’s upcoming webinars, Instagram live chats, podcasts, and more.
The COVIDSolutions Directory
A searchable e-directory of solutions—from wayfinding and PPE, to fixtures and technology and everything in between—for retail, hospitality, healthcare, and senior living design.
HD Expo Web Sessions Now Available for Download
Now available on demand, the three-day online conference sessions include keynotes from Scott Ellis, David Rockwell, and Chip Conley.
The Hospitality Industry Reacts to COVID-19
HD interviews industry leaders about the state of the industry, how their projects are fairing, and what this all could mean for the future.
- 3 Design Talents on Traversing Today’s Current Situation
- 4 Hospitality Leaders on Weathering the COVID-19 Storm
- 3 Designers on Adjusting to Unpredictable Circumstances
- 4 Creative Forces on Hard Decisions and What’s Next
- 3 Designers on Teamwork and Forging Ahead
- 3 Hospitality and Design Professionals on Navigating Uncharted Territory
- 4 Design Leaders on Current Challenges and Remaining Resilient
- 4 Designers and Architects on the Future of Hospitality
- 3 Architects and Designers Look Toward the Future
- 4 Design Talents on Adapting in New Ways
- 6 Designers, Architects, and Entrepreneurs on Staying Connected
- 3 Design Duos on Making the Most of Trying Times
- 3 Industry Leaders on Today’s New Normal
Trends: COVID-19 Design Considerations
Designers reimagine eating, working, living, and playing in a post-COVID-19 era.
Lasting Impact: Reimagining Hospitality Post-COVID-19
Industry experts paint a broad picture of how the ongoing crisis will affect hospitality in the months and years to come.
Products: COVID-19 Solutions
Innovative products respond to new safety-first standards.
Lodging Econometrics: U.S. Hotel Construction Shows Strength
The current development pipeline is down a mere one percent compared to 2019.
BDNY and HX Trade Fairs Announce Cancellations
The 2021 editions of BDNY and HX are scheduled for November 14–15, 2021.
citizenM Deploys New Safety Standards Via Mobile App
Updates streamline the guest experience to ensure social distancing is safely maintained.
2020 AAHOA Convention Goes Virtual
Amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Florida, this year’s event will be hosted online.
Business Sense: State of the Industry
We examine how cruises, restaurants, and hotels are adapting to—and finding opportunity in—this new reality.
Maison&Objet Moves September Fair Online
The Paris fair will now be hosted on Maison&Objet’s digital platform, MOM.
Global Hotels and Resorts Slowly Reopen
Properties resume operations in tandem with updates and new sanitation measures.
Hotel CEOs Check In During NYU Panel
The leaders of six global hotel brands provide insight during NYU’s virtual “CEOs Check In” panel.
IWBI Accelerates WELL Health-Safety Rating for Hotels and Resorts
The organization introduces the WELL Advisory for Hotels and Resorts.
USGBC Releases 4 New Safety First Pilot Credits
The new credits were developed in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Manufacturing Update: U.S. Companies Come Back Online
Manufacturers across categories are weathering the storm.
Times Square EDITION Announces Closure
The Marriott-Ian Schrager collaboration in Manhattan will shut its doors for good on August 13th.
Manufacturing Update: Brands in Spain are Ready for Business
One of the hardest countries hit hardest by the pandemic, Spain-based manufacturers are slowly coming back online.
AAHOA Praises PPP Inclusion in New Stimulus Proposal
The Asian American Hotel Owners Association welcomes the changes and increased measures included in the latest proposed federal stimulus package.
David Chang Permanently Closes Two Restaurants
Momofuku Nishi and Momofuku CCDC will not reopen in New York and DC, respectively.
Palisociety Launches Relief Fund for Independent Hotels
The Boutique and Independent Hotel Recovery Fund will provide financial and logistical support to sub-100 key independent hotels.
Research Reveals Workplace Changes During and Post-COVID-19 Predictions
As we continue to grapple with COVID-19, what will the workplace look like in the future?
Hyatt and American Airlines Offer Vacation Packages for NYC Healthcare Workers
More than 4,000 healthcare professionals at a Queens, New York hospital were surprised by a complimentary three-day vacation.
Sidewalk Labs Ends Plan for Innovative Neighborhood Project in Toronto
The announcement from Sidewalks Labs CEO Daniel L. Doctoroff arrives after nearly three years of development and planning.
Hamilton Hotel Launches Staff Education Program
The new online initiative provides a range of training courses for hotel staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kempinski Hotels Launches White-Glove Service
The new operational strategy prioritizes cleanliness and comfort during and after the current pandemic crisis.
The Invisible Collection Extends Online Charity Auction
Proceeds from the sale will benefit coronavirus charities in France, the UK, and the U.S.
AIA Reports Major Decline in Commercial Construction
The March 2020 Architecture Billings Index (ABI) plummeted to an overall reading of 33.3.
Serpentine Pavilion Postponed to 2021
Johannesburg-based architecture studio Counterspace is designing the pavilion.
Marriott Rolls Out New Cleanliness Initiative
The new council focuses on elevating cleanliness and safety standards across all Marriott properties.
Postponed: NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference
The 42nd annual event will now be held November 11–12th at the New York Marriott Marquis.
Vacant Hotels Join the COVID-19 Relief Effort
A number of hotels around the world are opening their doors to hospital staff, first responders, and infected patients.
Arper Founder Luigi Feltrin Dies from COVID-19
The Italian furniture brand suffered the loss of its founder and honorary president on Sunday, April 5th.
Manufacturers Face New Challenges in Light of COVID-19
How will hospitality and design businesses proceed in today’s circumstances?
How Manufacturers Are Giving Back in the Face of COVID-19
A number of major brands are donating products and using their facilities to make essential supplies.
5 Must-Read Coronavirus-Related Headlines
David Chang makes an ominous prediction for the restaurant industry, Airbnb launches relief package for its hosts, and the Getty museum in Los Angeles cleanses the timeline.
What You Need to Know: Financial Stimulus Package
Many small businesses are eligible for SBA loans for two months of payroll, and repayment will be forgiven if the rules are followed.
Hotel Brands Close Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Standard International and Ace Hotel Group are among the companies that have temporarily suspended operations.
Salone del Mobile Postponed Until 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Milan show will now be held April 13–18th, 2021.
5 Must-Read Coronavirus-Related Headlines
Congress is set to pass the largest bailout in history, the Four Seasons New York is offering free rooms to hospital workers, and the restaurant industry faces an uncertain and unprecedented future. All this and more in this week’s Five.
Chef Floyd Cardoz Dies from Coronavirus at 59
The Mumbai-born chef is credited with innovating Indian dining in New York.
Specs Stopping the Spread: New Antimicrobial Tiles
A virus- and bacteria-killing tile collection by Karen Pearse Global Direct points forward.
Hospitality and Design Industries Join Forces Against COVID-19
Amid ongoing travel bans and widespread social distancing, the industry grapples with a sea change in human behavior.
IWBI Assembles Task Force to Determine How Buildings Reduce Health Burden of COVID-19
“This task force can help us focus quickly on actionable measures we can take to more fully deliver resources needed to advance a global culture of health that includes everyone,” said former RWJF President and CEO Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey.
Survey: How is COVID-19 Impacting You?
We want to hear from you! HD has compiled a short questionnaire to better understand the direct affect COVID-19 is having on our industry.
Hilton Announces Initiative to Support Displaced Hotel Workers
Hilton team members will be connected with companies like Amazon and Walgreens for temporary employment.
A Message from Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, HD Editor in Chief
“We all at Hospitality Design recognize the pandemic’s personal toll above all else, and are thinking about and concerned for the wellbeing of all of you and your families during this very difficult time.”
STR: US Hotel Industry Suffers Worrisome Week
A statistical analysis examining March 8–14th reflects just how much of a challenge the virus is posing to the hospitality industry.
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson Delivers Sobering Assessment of COVID-19
In a rare appearance from Sorenson, he discusses the impact the ongoing pandemic is having on business and the hotel giant’s longterm goals.
5 Must-Read Coronavirus-Related Headlines
The cancellation of the 2020 HD Expo, the toll the pandemic is having on the travel and hotel industries, and even a slight silver lining. All this and more in this week’s Five.
HD Expo + Conference Cancels May Event
The show, originally scheduled for May 5–7, 2020, at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, has been officially cancelled.
The May festival has been suspended and new programming is planned for October.
ICFF 2020 Has Been Cancelled
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which was set to take place May 17–20 at the Javits Center, has been called off.
MGM Resorts Temporarily Closes Las Vegas Properties
Chairman and CEO Jim Murren announces that operations will cease indefinitely beginning on March 17th.
The WELL Conference Reschedules to August 2020
The inaugural event will take place August 16–19 at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Salone del Mobile Postpones Until June
The substantial spike in coronavirus cases in Italy provoked leadership to push this year’s show.