Boucher Nissan of Waukesha Offers Service Specials to Customers This Spring

WAUKESHA, Wis., May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Customers can visit Boucher Nissan of Waukesha this spring to explore the Spring Service Specials that the dealership has…

WAUKESHA, Wis., May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Customers can visit Boucher Nissan of Waukesha this spring to explore the Spring Service Specials that the dealership has available. There are currently five different automotive maintenance services at Boucher Nissan of Waukesha that customers can have completed at a reduced price point. These five specials include The Works special, a $1 Over Cost Tires special, a Warning Light Diagnosis special, a Pothole Special and a You Pat What We Pay special.

The Works special at Boucher Nissan of Waukesha includes an oil change, filter change, tire rotation, brake inspection, car wash and multi-point inspection all for the low price of $49.95 plus tax. The $1 Over Cost Tires special is relatively self-explanatory. With this special, customers will spend only $1 above what the service center pays the manufacturers for the tires the dealership sells. Tire brands that are available in the service center include Goodyear, Uniroyal, Michelin, General Tire, Falken, Pirelli, Dunlop, Yokohama, Continental and Kumho.

With the Warning Light Diagnosis special, customers can save 50% off an hour-long scan to determine the issue causing a warning light to activate. The Pothole Special available this spring includes a 4-wheel alignment, wheel balance, tire rotation and brake inspection for only $149.95 plus tax. Finally, with the You Pay What We Pay special, customers are able to receive recommended maintenance services for employee pricing.

Customers who would like to explore the Spring Service Specials available at Boucher Nissan of Waukesha can contact the dealership directly. The dealership can be reached by phone at 800-504-6619, online at http://www.waukeshanissan.com, or in person at 1451 East Moreland Boulevard in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

 

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New Washington State Convention Center Addition at Risk Without Urgent Federal Funding

SEATTLE, May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Leaders representing the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC), King County, labor, business and civic groups today sounded the alarm about the need for critical financing to complete the Convention Center’s Addition project.

The $1.8 billion project – and some 2,000 construction jobs – are in jeopardy if federal stimulus funds are not secured to…

SEATTLE, May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Leaders representing the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC), King County, labor, business and civic groups today sounded the alarm about the need for critical financing to complete the Convention Center’s Addition project.

The $1.8 billion project – and some 2,000 construction jobs – are in jeopardy if federal stimulus funds are not secured to keep workers completing the project. The deep drop in lodging-tax revenue in King County due to the coronavirus pandemic has created a gap of roughly $300 million in financing capacity needed to complete the project in 2022.

The facility will be a key tool for regional economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and for the region’s long-term economic vitality. Given the project’s widespread economic impact, leaders from across the region are united in their support for future federal funds to keep the project on track.

«The Convention Center is an important centerpiece of our regional economy,» said King County Executive Dow Constantine. «Delaying construction on the Addition project would have devastating effects on construction workers, the hospitality industry, and our regional economy, and would have ripple effects statewide.»

The project was 30 percent complete, with nearly 90 percent of the materials ordered, when the COVID-19 public health emergency effectively shuttered the entire tourism sector of the state’s economy. Hospitality and lodging were particularly hard hit.

The Convention Center had scheduled its final round of financing to complete the Addition construction for this year and next. With the collapse of the tourism sector – and the subsequent drop in lodging-tax revenue to back the bonds – the financing is in peril, as is the completion of the Addition without a harmful delay that would bring a host of additional costs.

Matt Griffin, principal at Pine Street Group, the project’s developer, laid out the severity of the situation.

«Within a year, construction on this project will come to a halt if we don’t secure federal financing assistance for the project,» Griffin said. «This project has the potential to be one of our region’s most important economic recovery tools. Delaying it would be a huge loss for our community.»

The Addition project will help meet the strong demand for conventions in Seattle. «Conventions are already booked for years out that will use the new space,» said Jeff Blosser, president and CEO of the Washington State Convention Center. «We have customers who want to come to Seattle, and we need to take care of them in June of 2022 and beyond. We want to satisfy our customers with completion of the facility on schedule.»

Tom Norwalk, president and CEO of Visit Seattle, worries about the consequences to Seattle’s tourism industry, which is already hurting.

«Tourism in Seattle and King County is an $8 billion industry,» he said. «The attendees of our large national conventions at the WSCC play a large role in that. Their spend contributes to restaurants, retail and cultural institutions – in addition to our hotel economy. If we are forced to stop construction – we will be effectively delaying recovery, and this will not only impact downtown Seattle but our entire region.»

Diana Birkett Rakow, vice president of external relations at Alaska Airlines and chair of the board for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber, said the Convention Center Addition is core to the recovery of the travel, hospitality and tourism sectors.

«The travel, tourism, and hospitality industries and our employees face one of the greatest challenges in history – and we are a significant part of our region’s fabric and economy. We’re hugely proud of our hometown and love to share it with visitors. And we need to build on smart infrastructure investments underway, like the Convention Center Addition, to fuel recovery and remind the world that Seattle is ‘open for business,'» she said.

Jon Scholes, president and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association, said, «The coronavirus pandemic has already had a severe impact on businesses in our downtown core. With support from city, regional and federal leaders, I’m optimistic we can find a funding solution to complete the WSCC Addition project and ensure a faster recovery and brighter future downtown.»

The WSCC Addition project expects some 2,000 union jobs will be delayed or lost if a lack of a funding bridge forces construction to stop.

Nicole Grant, executive secretary-treasurer of MLK Labor and WSCC board member, said, «As one of the largest construction projects in our state, we need to do all we can to protect our region’s workers from further economic uncertainty. Keep the Addition moving. We need these jobs and the economic benefits of the project now more than ever.»

Monty Anderson, executive secretary of Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council, added, «The WSCC Addition project provides important opportunities for underrepresented contractors, workers and apprentices in our region. I worry about the thousands of family-wage jobs that will be lost if construction ceases on this project.»

General contractor Clark Lewis began work on the Addition in July 2018. Over the three-plus-year construction period, the project team is expected to hire as many as 6,000 union construction workers and hundreds of apprentices. The project will pay more than $100 million to the region in construction sales tax alone.

Once open, the Addition, known as the Summit building, is expected to create about 3,900 new, ongoing jobs and generate approximately $260 million in new customer spending and $19 million in sales taxes annually. It also will create a key link in the Pike/Pine corridor between Capitol Hill and the renovated Waterfront.

About the Washington State Convention Center

Located in the heart of Seattle and walking distance to world-class hotels, restaurants, entertainment and attractions, the Washington State Convention Center has been the Northwest’s premier meetings and events facility for 30 years. WSCC welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year, offering industry-leading service, award-winning catering and a comprehensive range of services for event planners, exhibitors and guests. With a longstanding commitment to sustainability, public art and modern technology, WSCC serves its surrounding community and provides visitors with a truly unique Northwest experience. For information, visit www.wscc.com.

 

 

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InventHelp Inventor Develops Safety Muffler Extension (HLW-2221)

PITTSBURGH, May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — «I live in south Florida and constantly deal with heavy rains and hurricanes that produce rising water conditions on roadways that cause vehicles to stall,» said an inventor from North Miami, Florida. «This inspired me to develop a means to prevent engines from stalling to keep motorists from becoming stranded.»

PITTSBURGH, May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — «I live in south Florida and constantly deal with heavy rains and hurricanes that produce rising water conditions on roadways that cause vehicles to stall,» said an inventor from North Miami, Florida. «This inspired me to develop a means to prevent engines from stalling to keep motorists from becoming stranded.»

He developed the MUFFLER BUDDY to extend and elevate the tailpipe to prevent the engine from stalling. This invention allows for unrestricted engine exhaust flow in high water situations. It could provide peace of mind for motorists as it could save lives while avoiding expensive vehicle damage.

The original design was submitted to the Hollywood sales office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 18-HLW-2221, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at http://www.InventHelp.com.

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InventHelp Inventor Develops Device to Protect Pneumatic Brake Lines (HUN-849)

PITTSBURGH, May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — «I’m a truck driver and I’ve had problems with loose air lines in the past,» said an inventor, from Humble, Texas, «so I invented the GLADHAND HOLDER.»

PITTSBURGH, May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — «I’m a truck driver and I’ve had problems with loose air lines in the past,» said an inventor, from Humble, Texas, «so I invented the GLADHAND HOLDER.»

The invention protects pneumatic brake lines against damage when disconnected from a commercial trailer. In doing so, it offers an improved alternative to traditional glad hand holders. As a result, it enhances safety and it could prevent down time and the need for replacements. The invention features a durable design that is easy to use so it is ideal for trucking companies and truck drivers. Additionally, it is producible in design variations and a prototype is available.

The inventor described the invention design. «My design could help to prevent a driver from being pulled over by police for faulty equipment.»

The original design was submitted to the Houston sales office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 18-HUN-849, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at http://www.InventHelp.com.

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Atlantic Honda Promotes the Sale of Genuine Honda Parts and Accessories with the Honda eStore

LONG ISLAND, N.Y., May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Atlantic Honda makes it easy for customers and drivers in the Long Island, New York area to shop for genuine Honda…

LONG ISLAND, N.Y., May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Atlantic Honda makes it easy for customers and drivers in the Long Island, New York area to shop for genuine Honda automotive parts and accessories with the integration of the Honda eStore into their dealership website.

The Honda eStore allows customers to shop from one database of genuine Honda parts and accessories. Connected to local Honda dealers nationwide, the Honda eStore offers no-charge shipping with free pickup at a nearby Honda dealership at no additional freight cost. Furthermore, every order from the Honda eStore comes with installation instructions and the status of a customer’s order can be checked online to see when it will be ready for pickup. After an order is completed, drivers can also work with the dealership service team to schedule a vehicle installation appointment for the Honda part or accessory if necessary or if requested.

Honda eStore participating dealerships are independently owned and operated and establish their own prices.

For additional information regarding parts and accessories services at Atlantic Honda, customers are encouraged to browse through the services offered at the Atlantic Honda parts center. Featured pages include the Parts Specials page for the latest deals on genuine Honda parts and accessories, the Authorized Tire Center page for information and shopping of tires best fitted for every Honda model and the Order Parts page for the inquiry, order and installation of Honda parts and accessories at the dealership.

To address questions and concerns regarding Atlantic Honda products and services, drivers can contact the Atlantic Honda staff at 631-665-0005. Additional means of communication include online messaging and email and visits to the store. The Atlantic Honda dealership is located at 1375 Sunshine Hwy., Bay Shore, New York 11706.

 

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Richie Bello Helps End Extended Car Warranty Monkey Business

JEFFERSON, N.Y., May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The pre-owned market maintains its overall impact on the automotive industry. Edmunds reported 40.2 million used vehicles were purchased in 2019 versus 17 million new in the United States. The depreciation factor on a three year old car could be over 50%, making the used car market the strongest segment. At the three year/36,000 mile mark many manufacturer warranties end and many used car dealers do not provide…

JEFFERSON, N.Y., May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The pre-owned market maintains its overall impact on the automotive industry. Edmunds reported 40.2 million used vehicles were purchased in 2019 versus 17 million new in the United States. The depreciation factor on a three year old car could be over 50%, making the used car market the strongest segment. At the three year/36,000 mile mark many manufacturer warranties end and many used car dealers do not provide warranties, which could be the most important consideration when buying a pre-owned vehicle. The typical example of an unexpected repair that could cost thousands of dollars is the transmission. The average transmission lasts about 7 years, so the warranty that could cost a little extra each month, pays for itself with claiming one major repair.

WarranTchimp.com invites consumers to get online and calculate their own extended coverage plan with its selected provider. The website features a chimp that helps the consumer log on, plug in their vehicle’s vin number and a couple of items of information and the recommended plan comes up for consideration. Consumers can choose what coverage they want, how long they want it for and what they want as a deductible. Then the consumer can make interest free payments over half the term of the warranty. «The point of the program is to share the ease of getting a warranty with us and that the coverage is solid while the cost is far less,» stated Fontana. «We simply provide a portal site to what we believe to be the best the consumer can buy and make a much smaller fee than what is customary for that service. The consumer is buying directly from the provider.» The WarranTchimp price guarantee promises consumers that if they can find the same coverage for the same model, mileage and options for less, the portal site will refund the difference plus a $100 bonus. «It’s easy because we only put on a reasonable fee as the portal to the provider. That will hopefully make the consumers spread the word that they can have some control on the preparedness and ability to keep their car in good working order for hundreds of thousands of miles. Consumers will never overpay for an automobile warranty again,» said Bello. WarranTchimp has a plan for most cars with mileage as high as 175,000 getting approved for a program.

Bello, whose thirty five years in the industry was exclusively focused on the dealer and the individual sales representative’s method of selling, recently started a consumer site called ShopSmartAutos.com, where over 6 million vehicles are pulled together into one site. Consumers spend 85% of their time during their purchasing journey online doing their research. Today, dealers are moving into selling online and finding finance solutions online. ShopSmartAutos.com will be able to assist the consumer from shopping, to financing and WarranT chimp will promote the warranty that the consumer can purchase directly. The used car warranty site promises that plugging in your own warranty plan is as simple as booking an airline or hotel and extremely cost effective, because the consumer is buying directly from the provider without the cost of middlemen. The group also has dealer programs that can be sold to consumers at far less than usual and customary while providing a solid fee for the dealer. The ease of the automated back-end of the programs will keep the process simple for consumers and dealers to offer their consumers a more customized and cost effective solution.

 

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InventHelp Inventor Develops Modified Aircraft for Quiet Transport (HTM-8711)

PITTSBURGH, May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — «I wanted to create a better aircraft for transportation, surveillance, sightseeing and other applications,» said an inventor, from Claremore, Okla., «so I invented the HYBRID CRAFT.»

PITTSBURGH, May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — «I wanted to create a better aircraft for transportation, surveillance, sightseeing and other applications,» said an inventor, from Claremore, Okla., «so I invented the HYBRID CRAFT.»

The patent-pending invention provides an improved aircraft design for personal transportation, commercial applications and the U.S. military. In doing so, it offers an alternative to using a loud engine-drive helicopter. As a result, it increases efficiency and it helps to prevent unwanted noise. The invention features a versatile design that is easy to operate so it is ideal for aviation enthusiasts, the military and businesses that utilize helicopters. Additionally, it is producible in design variations.

The inventor described the invention design. «My design eliminates the need for the operator to shout to passengers or central command because of a loud engine.»

The original design was submitted to the National sales office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 18-HTM-8711, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at http://www.InventHelp.com.

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Timeshare Developers Are Throwing Consumers to the Curb Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Timeshare Exit Team Warns

BELLEVUE, Wash., May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Timeshare Exit Team, the industry leader in finding a path out of consumers’ unwanted timeshares, is urging timeshare developers to show compassion for owners struggling with medical and financial hardships during the worst pandemic in more than a century, and provide…

BELLEVUE, Wash., May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Timeshare Exit Team, the industry leader in finding a path out of consumers’ unwanted timeshares, is urging timeshare developers to show compassion for owners struggling with medical and financial hardships during the worst pandemic in more than a century, and provide immediate relief to those in need.

The need for consumers to exit their timeshares is more relevant now than ever, yet their ability to exit is stifled by red tape put up by the timeshare industry – or even worse, new deceptive practices aimed at making more sales in the guise of COVID-19 relief:

  • In a dazzling display of insensitivity and greed, Orlando Sentinel reported that an executive at Westgate Resorts «offered to use coronavirus relief money from the federal government to give short-term jobs to travel bloggers to write stories promoting the company’s resorts.»
  • Diamond Resorts sent out an email to customers in April stating that they’ve «identified ways to provide financial relief to members through refinancing options,» but the true purpose of the solicitation becomes clear in the email’s fine print: «This advertising material is being used for the purpose of soliciting timeshare sales.»
  • In Wyndham Destinations’ Q1 earnings call, CEO Michael Brown said that the developer will have to focus more on «owner sales» to keep earnings afloat amid COVID-19 – in other words, pushing upgrades on existing members.

«The way timeshare developers are treating their customers right now, in the middle of an unprecedented medical and economic crisis, is downright cruel,» Brandon Reed, Timeshare Exit Team founder and CEO, said. «We’re seeing so many businesses throughout the country put their profits aside and reach out to help consumers, but developers are still demanding the payment of sky-high maintenance fees and refusing to reimburse consumers who are unable to travel. Americans need help, but instead of taking this opportunity to help their customers, the timeshare industry has largely decided to throw them to the curb.»

«It’s also worth noting that out of the 100,000+ timeshare owners who have come to Timeshare Exit Team seeking relief from their timeshare, the vast majority of them are over 65 years old,» Reed added. «They’re being left to decide between continuing to pay for a timeshare they cannot use because they don’t feel safe traveling, or to feel pressured into traveling despite the health risks because of what they’re paying. It’s infuriating and unacceptable.»

Below is a sampling of recent Tweets from timeshare owners frustrated with developers’ policies amid COVID-19:

«@RCI_Timeshare we have a vacation booked, but the resort and amenities are now closed due to #Covid_19. Why are you not allowing us to cancel or reschedule without huge penalties? This is absurd.» @imsowilde

«Don’t book with Diamond Resorts. They refuse to refund our cruise during COVID-19. My husband is immunocompromised. Do not purchase a timeshare with them.»- @independentpup

«@RCI_Timeshare needs to meet the times and address this situation. Not allowing members to change dates due to #coronavirus is archaic. Terrible customer service. My mother is stuck now and has been a loyal customer for over 20 years. @WLWT @WCPO @Local12 @FOX19» – @chrislenhof

In response to pleas like these, Timeshare Exit Team founder Brandon Reed sent two open letters to major industry players, including one pledging to work directly with the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) on finding a path out for frustrated consumers and another urging ARDA’s Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC) to join them in championing consumers, which is their stated mission. Sadly, neither of these letters received a response.

There have been some encouraging signs, including Disney Vacation Club committing to extending the life of points at risk of being lost due to the COVID-19 closure, while temporarily limiting members’ ability to borrow future points. Timeshare Exit Team has outlined few specific areas that it recommends as a starting point for helping timeshare owners in distress:

  • Waive fees associated with rescheduling vacations or rolling over points to the following year
  • Extend timeframes for point usage without penalties
  • Reduce management fee profit margins for developer-managed resorts
  • Offer truly responsible exits without excessive fees or upgrade sales pitches for owners facing financial or medical issues caused by COVID-19

To those who have followed the timeshare industry for years, their latest actions – or inaction – amid COVID-19 unfortunately should not come as a large surprise. In a lengthy feature, Forbes.com recently highlighted comments from Ken McKelvey, chair of the American Resort Development Association-Resort Owners Coalition (ARDA-ROC), which claims to fight for timeshare owners.

«The best thing we can do with exit (is) judicial foreclosure, ruin the credit and enforce the contract,» said McKelvey, according to minutes from the industry’s ARDA World conference in April 2019. «Each developer should have an exit strategy office with (their) call center, also can be opportunity to upsell. Only 40-50% (of owners) actually exit after reaching the office of exit.»

About Timeshare Exit Team
Timeshare Exit Team is the industry leader in helping people exit their unwanted timeshares. Understanding this hardship, Timeshare Exit Team started in 2012 with one goal in mind: help consumers find financial and emotional freedom from their timeshare situation. To date, it has helped more than 21,000 timeshare owners exit their timeshare contracts. For more information, please visit https://timeshareexitteam.com.

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HSMAI Offers New Education & Knowledge Scholarship Program

MCLEAN, Va., May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is supporting hospitality professionals during the coronavirus pandemic and is preparing the industry for recovery. HSMAI is proud to announce the Education & Knowledge Scholarship Program, an initiative that provides discounts and scholarships for HSMAI educational resources and certifications.

«We must remain focused on supporting our colleagues as we navigate uncharted…

MCLEAN, Va., May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is supporting hospitality professionals during the coronavirus pandemic and is preparing the industry for recovery. HSMAI is proud to announce the Education & Knowledge Scholarship Program, an initiative that provides discounts and scholarships for HSMAI educational resources and certifications.

«We must remain focused on supporting our colleagues as we navigate uncharted territory,» said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, President and CEO of HSMAI. «By investing in hoteliers’ education, we are investing in the future and recovery of the hospitality and tourism industry. It is a privilege to serve those who serve. HSMAI has an important role to play in educating and shaping future leaders, who must be more resilient and resourceful than ever before.»

CHBA DISCOUNT
In partnership with Russell Partnership Technology, HSMAI offers the Certified in Hospitality Business Acumen (CHBA certification) which is a well-respected e-learning certification course that is recognized by hospitality leaders in more than 40 countries. The curriculum focuses on developing business acumen skills and strategic thinking.

This program is now open to individual industry professionals, allowing them to proceed through the course at their own pace without an instructor while still benefiting from the experience of using its hotel simulation. HSMAI is offering a 50% discount on its Individual CHBA (a total savings of $347.50) through July 31, 2020. Learn more about earning a CHBA certification.

CERTIFICATION SCHOLARSHIP
Over the next three months, HSMAI University is providing a limited number of Certified Revenue Management Executive (CRME) and Certified Hospitality Digital Marketer (CHDM) certification scholarships for members impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. HSMAI will award two Americas members a complimentary certification on the last day of each month. This opportunity is open to HSMAI professional members whose careers have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

HSMAI is also providing two certification scholarships to each of its chapters to be awarded locally.

STUDY GUIDES FOR HSMAI MEMBERS
To elevate the HSMAI membership community, every HSMAI Americas member will receive a free digital copy of the CRME and CHDM study guides.

RO2WIN
RO2Win Revenue Optimization e-Course is a multimedia online program. This e-course is a great tool for anyone interested in hospitality who wants to understand revenue management at a deeper level. RO2Win presents concepts and tactics in an engaging format, using animations and in-depth interviews with experts.

HSMAI RO2Win is now being offered at $49 for HSMAI Americas members (a total savings of $250) through July 31, 2020. RO2Win is also available to nonmembers at the regular rate.

HOTEL DIGITAL MARKETING ESSENTIALS SERIES
The HSMAI Hotel Digital Marketing Essentials Series offers digital marketers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of hospitality digital marketing concepts, tools, and techniques. The six-week-long live collaborative experience is led by Dan Wacksman, CHDM, and Holly Zoba, CHDM. HSMAI offered a COVID-19 Relief Scholarship Class that provided 50 scholarships of up to 100% of the course cost for hoteliers who wanted to develop their skills but could not cover class costs due to cutbacks and layoffs.

The next regular Hotel Digital Marketing Essentials Series is June 22-July 27 and September 14-October 19. Delve into the series and find out how to master hospitality digital marketing.

HSMAI INSIGHTS TRIAL SUBSCRIPTION
Every week, the HSMAI Insights newsletter shares with its members thought leadership on hospitality sales, marketing, and revenue optimization as well as customer insights, industry news, and trends. HSMAI is now offering a free 60-day subscription to HSMAI Insights to all non-member hospitality professionals.

HSMAI GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES
In each issue of Insights, HSMAI features articles from its Global Coronavirus Resources Center. This resource is an accumulation of HSMAI insights, customer insights, and tools for hospitality professionals who are navigating the changing industry landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this initiative, HSMAI has produced six Confronting Coronavirus Webinars that provide thought leadership on how hospitality sales, marketing, and revenue optimization professionals can overcome challenges and prepare for what is ahead. All six webinar recordings are now available online.

As a united community, HSMAI remains hospitality strong. HSMAI is proud to provide unparalleled education, thought leadership, and encouragement for hospitality sales, marketing, and revenue optimization professionals before, during, and after the coronavirus pandemic.

About HSMAI
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as the Adrian Awards, HSMAI ROC, Marketing Strategy Conference, and Sales Leader Forum. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is a membership organization comprising more than 5,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at hsmai.org, HSMAI Facebook, HSMAI Twitter, and HSMAI YouTube.

 

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Hertz Introduces Hertz Gold Standard Clean Sealed and Certified Vehicles

ESTERO, Fla., May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hertz (NYSE: HTZ) is providing customers with a safer, faster and easier way to travel when they are ready to hit the road. The No. 1 ranked rental car brand for Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power is introducing Hertz Gold Standard Clean, an enhanced vehicle cleaning and sanitization process that concludes with each vehicle being sealed and certified ‘Hertz Standard Gold Clean’ before each rental. Hertz is also continuing to innovate to meet customers’…

ESTERO, Fla., May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hertz (NYSE: HTZ) is providing customers with a safer, faster and easier way to travel when they are ready to hit the road. The No. 1 ranked rental car brand for Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power is introducing Hertz Gold Standard Clean, an enhanced vehicle cleaning and sanitization process that concludes with each vehicle being sealed and certified ‘Hertz Standard Gold Clean’ before each rental. Hertz is also continuing to innovate to meet customers’ needs and preferences by launching a new vehicle delivery service and highlighting its fast and touchless rental solutions.

«At every Hertz location around the world, our focus remains on getting people where they need to go safely and confidently,» said Kathryn V. Marinello, Hertz President and CEO. «That’s why we’re raising the bar on our high standards for safety and cleanliness with Hertz Gold Standard Clean and continuing to introduce innovative rental solutions that provide our customers with a safer, faster and easier way to travel as they get back on the road.»

Raising the Bar with Hertz Standard Gold Clean
To give customers total confidence when they rent a car, every vehicle will be sealed and certified ‘Hertz Gold Standard Clean,’ after undergoing a 15-point cleaning and sanitization process that follows U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Key steps in the 15-point process entail cleaning and sanitizing the interior and exterior of the vehicle, including all contact surfaces (e.g. steering wheel, consoles, door handles, etc.,) with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfectant for use against the virus that causes COVID-19.

«Sealing each vehicle is a first-of-its-kind practice in the car rental industry and one we believe will give customers added peace of mind knowing they are the only person to enter the vehicle after it’s been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized,» continued Marinello.

Hertz Gold Standard Clean is rolling out across all Hertz locations in the U.S. and planning to launch in other countries.

To learn more about Hertz Gold Standard Clean, visit: www.hertz.com/GoldStandardClean.

In addition to these new vehicle-cleaning protocols, Hertz has enhanced its cleaning methods at all locations and in shuttle buses, which includes using approved disinfectant to regularly wipe down high-touch areas such as door handles, counters, kiosks and other hard surfaces. Employees are also following social distancing guidelines and best practices, which are being reinforced through signage at all locations for employee and customer safety.

Convenient Vehicle Delivery and Touchless Rentals
Hertz has a long legacy of evolving to meet customer’s changing preferences by introducing a variety of rental solutions and that commitment continues today. For customers who prefer to limit personal contact or want a more convenient rental experience, Hertz is now offering Hertz Neighborhood Delivery at nearly 3,000 U.S. neighborhood locations. The vehicle will be delivered to the customer and picked up from their preferred location.

Hertz also offers other low contact or completely touchless rental solutions. At many airports, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members can skip the counter and go straight to their car. At locations where Hertz Fast Lane powered by CLEAR is available, members can also exit the lot with a quick facial scan, providing a completely touchless experience. When ready to return, members can simply drop off their vehicle and go with Hertz’s eReceipt and Express Return service.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership is free and the benefits are immediately available. To learn more, visit: www.hertz.com/RewardsOverview.

«We’ve always provided a variety of rental solutions and service offerings to meet our customer’s individual preferences and that focus continues,» says Marinello. «As customers begin making travel plans or have other transportation needs, we want them to have total confidence that we’ve taken the right steps to protect their safety and will continue providing the caring and personalized service they know and expect from Hertz.»

About Hertz
Hertz, one of the most recognized brands in the world and currently ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power, has a long-standing legacy of providing a fast and easy experience designed to make every journey special. It starts with top-rated vehicles to fit every traveler’s needs, delivered with a caring touch and personalized services including its award-winning Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program, Ultimate Choice, Hertz Fast Lane powered by CLEAR, Mobile Wi-Fi, and more. Beyond car rental, Hertz is one of the top 10 sellers of pre-owned vehicles in the U.S. with more than 80 Hertz Car Sales retail locations nationwide. Wherever and whenever you need to go, at Hertz, we’re here to get you there. To learn more or reserve a vehicle, visit Hertz.com.   

Hertz pioneered the car rental industry more than 100 years ago and today is owned by Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. which includes Dollar and Thrifty vehicle rental brands and fleet management leader Donlen Corporation.

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