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Mr. Hostettler

Daniel Hostettler

President & Managing Director, Ocean House Management

Daniel A. Hostettler is the President and Managing Director of Ocean House Management (OHM) and its group of four properties: Ocean House (Watch Hill, Rhone Island) and Weekapaug Inn (Westerly, Rhode Island), the Preserve at Boulder Hills (Richmond, Rhode Island), and the Inn at Hastings Park (Lexington, Massachusetts).

Having opened the Watch Hill and Westerly properties in 2010 (both now Forbes Five Star properties) and added the Inn in May 2019 (AAA Four Diamond), Mr. Hostettler is now responsible for the group's day-to-day operations and its long-term strategic vision. The Preserve will open this summer.

Mr. Hostettler has gained his experience and perspective over a 25-year career in the hospitality industry, developing and managing hotels, restaurants, residential components and private clubs in Europe and across the United States. His most recent career titles include President and Managing Director of Lajitas (Lajitas, Texas), Managing Director at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa (Santa Fe, New Mexico), the Summer Lodge Hotel and Spa (Dorset, England). He held a variety of positions at Meadowood (Napa Valley, California), and was part of the opening team of Peninsula (Beverly Hills, California). In all, he has participated in the opening of five luxury properties.

In addition to his work at Ocean House Management, Mr. Hostettler is also the President of Relais & Chateaux, North America, a position he has held since 2017. One of his many responsibilities is to liaise with all eighty eight properties in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. This gives him a rare perspective during the Covid crisis.

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

Mr. Hostettler can be contacted at +1 401-584-7043 or dhostettler@oceanhouseri.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.