• Alaska's Fortress of the Bear Plans to Expand

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    Bear Necessities

Fortress of the Bear, a safe haven for orphaned bears in Sitka, Alaska, is hoping to expand its facilities in 2019. The proposed new visitor center will include a number of features to enhance the guest experience, such as an indoor expansion on the bear-viewing deck and a larger gift shop with ground-floor bearviewing windows. The center, which was founded in 2002, is currently home to nine bears and receives more than 20,000 visitors each year. The mission of the organization is to nurse orphaned cubs back to health. The organization’s long-term goal is to start a pilot rehab and release program for the state of Alaska (which currently does not allow for the release of orphaned bears in the wild). fortressofthebear.org

Portland will be home to the first Ritz-Carlton in the Pacific Northwest. Developer BPM Real Estate Group is bringing the brand to the city, with an anticipated opening in early 2023. Plans call for a 35-story tower with 251 hotel rooms and 138 residential units, including eight penthouses.

 

Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.

 

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to put immense pressure on the U.S. health care system and the people who keep it running, the American Hotel and Lodging Association is working to connect hotels with health workers who are struggling to find housing.