Business in brief: Red Lion names operating officer

Red Lion Hotels Corp., which owns and operates 45 hotels in the U.S. and Canada, on Monday named George Schweitzer the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer of hotel operations.

Schweitzer has more than 30 years experience in the hospitality industry, a Red Lion press release said.

He was founder of software company LaborSage Inc.

Schweitzer was also formerly senior vice president of hotel operations for Red Lion.

Hotel rates down 8.8 percent this year

NEW YORK – Hotel room prices are expected to drop 8.8 percent this year compared with 2008 and will continue creeping down in 2010, though at a much slower rate, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers Hospitality & Leisure Practice.

The firm’s annual lodging forecast predicts another room rate decrease of 1.8 percent next year.

A 3.2 percent increase in the number of hotel rooms this year added to the hotel industry’s problems, PricewaterhouseCoopers said, expanding supply just as consumer demand weakened.

Occupancy levels for 2009 are expected to decrease 8.4 percent over the previous year to 55.2 percent, PricewaterhouseCoopers said.

Child finger injuries lead to stroller recall

WASHINGTON – About a million Maclaren strollers sold by Target and Babies “R” Us were recalled Monday, after 12 reports of children having their fingertips amputated by a hinge mechanism.

The recall includes all nine models of single and double umbrella Maclaren strollers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall after an investigation.

The amputation risk occurs when a child’s finger is placed in the hinge mechanism of a stroller while it is being unfolded. When the opened stroller locks into place, it can cut off the fingertip.

The recall includes the Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller models.

More flights are landing on time

DALLAS – The nation’s airlines are offering fewer flights, but at least they’re more likely to arrive on time now.

The government said Monday that 86.2 percent of flights operated in September arrived on time. That marked an improvement over August and over September 2008.

The best on-time records were posted by Hawaiian, Alaska Airlines and Southwest.

The worst at getting you there on time: Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Comair and Delta. The government counts a flight as on-time if it arrives within 15 minutes of schedule.


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