Editorial Board   

Mr. Marx

Steven Marx

Managing Principal, Lifestyle Hospitality

A seasoned pioneer in boutique hotels, Steve Marx has risen to become the industry's most recognized expert in lifestyle properties. While leading Kimpton Hotels, Loews Hotel Corp, and W Hotels, Steve guided each company through significant growth and stellar financial results. At Kimpton, where he grew the company from 12 to 30 hotels over 8 years, Steve and his team were responsible for launching the Monaco brand. With Loews Hotels, he met the challenge of repositioning several under performing properties, while at the same time spearheaded the largest growth period in Loews' history. Mr. Marx's most noteworthy accomplishment with Starwood was to transform W Hotels from the least to the most profitable brand in the company in one short year. The many strategic alliances formed and relationships established throughout his successful career are the foundation for Lifestyle Hospitality. The Lifestyle team has been hand picked with top tier talent in each discipline. His vision of creating a new and innovative lodging concept is sparked by his entrepreneurial spirit and his desire to continue to push the envelope by launching Lifestyle Hospitality, LLC in January 2006.

Mr. Marx can be contacted at 203-698-2772 or smarx@lifestylehg.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.