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Mr. McCallen

Brian McCallen

Rancho San Lucas Golf Consultant, Rancho San Lucas

A native New Yorker, Brian McCallen is a writer and tourism consultant who divides his time between Cabo San Lucas and Stonington, Connecticut. He is a former Senior Editor at GOLF Magazine, where he worked for 16 years, creating several major franchises for the publication and establishing himself as one of the top golf and travel writers in the nation.

Mr. McCallen has also written three golf-travel books for Harry N. Abrams including Golf Resorts of the World, Top 100 Courses You Can Play and Golfs Best New Destinations. He has produced feature stories on numerous topics for leading magazines, newspapers and digital outlets for the past 40 years.

In additional to his freelance output, Mr. McCallen currently works as a consultant for development companies, hospitality firms and international resorts, including Rancho San Lucas. He also serves as a golf public relations representative for the Los Cabos Tourism Board. He first visited Los Cabos, Mexico in 1992 and still marvels at the region's unique geography, ideal climate and wonderful people. His favorite things to do in the area include golfing, dining and exploring various beaches. He also enjoys traveling, reading, writing and spending time with his family.

Mr. McCallen is skilled in media and communications, crisis communications, editing, feature writing, media relations and journalism. He previously held positions of Editorial Director at Destination Travel & Golf, Partner at The A Position, Partner at Attenta Group and Director of Communications at Landmark Land Company.  He is a proud graduate of Marquette University with a B.A. in Liberal Arts.

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

Mr. McCallen can be contacted at +1 860-514-5011 or mccallen.bmc@gmail.com

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.