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Ms. Gill

Karine Gill

Managing Director, KGillAssociates

For over 20 years, Karine Gill has been a retained hospitality executive search consultant providing domestic and international clients in the hotel, cruise, gaming and travel sectors with talent at the mid-management and executive levels across all function areas.

Prior to launching her own firm KGillAssociates, Ms. Gill led the hospitality and leisure practice of one of the top global executive search firms and played an active role in over 200 search assignments in the hotel, restaurant, cruise line, gaming travel and timeshare industries. In addition she was an active member of the Human Resources practice of one of the top global executive search firms and played an active role in over 200 search assignments in the hotel, restaurant, cruise line, gaming travel and timeshare industries.

Ms. Gill was an active member of the Human Resources practice and executed a significant number of strategic HR searches across a wide variety of industries

In her current role as Managing Director of KGillassociates, Ms. Gill combines the dedication and personalized service of a boutique agency with access to best practices and resources of a large firm, and has developed a loyal following of clients.

In addition to her search firm, KGillAssociates, Ms. Gill is an Academic and Career Advisor at the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership at the University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee. A native of Antwerp, Belgium, she graduated from the University of Louvain with a Masters in Applied Economics.

Having lived in nine cities on four continents during her career, Ms. Gill speaks Dutch, English, French and Spanish. She is an active consulting member of Cayuga Hospitality Consultants, and The International Network of Hospitality Consulting Professionals.

Please visit http://www.kgillassociates.com/ for more information.

Linkedin Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/karine-gill-485299a/

Ms. Gill can be contacted at +1 305-608-8591 or Karine@KGillassociates

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.