When to buy a hotel: What you need to know
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On a warm spring day, I’m sitting in the lobby of one of the hotels I’ve booked for the week, which sits on a beach in the town of Wildwood, New Jersey.
It’s one of many hotels in the area, which is known for its hot spring resorts.
I ask the receptionist about my room.
She looks at me as if I’ve asked her to buy me a new mattress.
“Oh, we’re still getting rooms in,” she says.
“It’s like Christmas in New Jersey.”
Wildwood is one of three towns on the New Jersey shoreline that was once home to some of the largest population of slaves in America.
The first black settlers were lured to the New World by the promise of a bountiful harvest and cheap labour.
Some stayed for generations, until a revolt in 1806 ended the indentured labour system.
Today, Wildwood’s unemployment rate is among the lowest in the state, but many have left in search of better wages.
Many hotels, especially in the city of Ocean City, are now owned by foreign investors and are owned by foreigners who have little interest in the region.
This makes it harder to find a decent room in the hotels.
The owner of one hotel I visit tells me that he can’t find a room for me, saying that he’s trying to get a room with a foreign investor.
“That’s all you can do,” I tell him.
“You have to make an offer that’s reasonable,” he says.
The hotel owner is not a big investor himself, but he’s an influential figure.
His hotel has hosted world leaders such as Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama, among others.
“The hotel owners and hotel managers all want the best for their guests,” says Chris Levenson, a former president of the New York State hotel association.
“We’ve had presidents, presidents and presidents.
They all want to be in the best hotels.
So they’re very protective of their property.”
Levensson is from the state of New York, which has a reputation for being a very liberal place.
I get in the front of the line and wait in line for the elevator.
I’m nervous, as the hotel’s front desk staff knows I’m a guest.
When I get up to the elevator, the manager tells me to wait for the doors to open.
It takes me a few minutes, and then the doors open.
There are five people inside, and I’m in a room that’s quite comfortable.
The manager says they’ll make me an offer, but there’s nothing in it.
I try to explain to him why I need a room.
He doesn’t seem to take my offer very seriously.
He turns away from me and says, “I don’t know if you can be in this hotel, but I’m not going to make you wait for your room, either.”
There are other reasons why I don’t get a good room.
Leven and others have been complaining about the high unemployment rate.
A new study from the National Employment Law Project found that for every 200 workers who had been unemployed for more than six months, they had a three-fold increase in their chance of being laid off, or lost to layoffs.
The study found that one in five workers who are unemployed for six months or longer has seen their job offered to someone else.
“If you have a high unemployment figure, you can lose your job,” Leven says.
If I’m lucky enough to get one of these offers, it’s not going away.
I am not lucky enough.
I have to work and I have a very hard time finding a decent place to live.
“I’ve heard stories of hotel workers who were desperate,” Leveson says.
They’d be sitting at a table with the manager and a manager and he would say, “You’re lucky, you have this room, and you’re going to have to wait a couple of months to get your job back.”
“And you don’t have a choice.”
Levessons job has not been the only one affected by the industry’s struggles.
The National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that regulates workplaces, says hotel workers have the right to organize, but only after two years.
“This industry has struggled to find the right balance between providing high-quality jobs and ensuring that people feel safe and secure in their jobs,” the board wrote in a recent report.
Leveston, who is also the president of a local union, has been organizing for more years than he has.
He says he feels like he’s been in a prison for more time than he can count.
“These are workers who have been in this business for generations.
They’ve gone through everything that’s been put in their way,” he said.
Levingson says the union has been successful at getting a new contract for hotel workers,
On a warm spring day, I’m sitting in the lobby of one of the hotels I’ve booked for the week,…