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John Tess

Bill Kimpton formed Kimpton Hotels in the 1980s with the intent to create smaller guest-centric urban properties in older and historic buildings. Conceptually, the company took a three pronged approach with property development, hospitality management and on-property restaurant management. Over the next three decades, the brand expanded nationally and internationally while holding on to its roots. In 2015, IHG acquired the hotel and restaurant management operations, while the development arm became independent. The intent is that the strength of IHG would facilitate expansion of the Kimpton brand, while independence would foster greater returns for the property investors. Read on...

Mark Ricketts

Many factors go into selecting a new market for a hotel acquisition or ground up development. While development and transaction activity remains robust in the Top 25 markets in the United States, hotel entities are also vigorously exploring secondary and tertiary markets for acquisitions and new builds. Among the attractions are communities with strong employment prospects, a growing economy, outstanding quality of life, access to needed labor, and reasonable living and business costs. Existing and prospective demand drivers, site selection, brand distribution and organizational resources are also part of the decision equation, which will be considered in this article. Read on...

Gavin Davis

Understanding the macro-environment and being ahead of the curve (i.e. before the data provides hard evidence of such in hindsight) in such capacity provides owners and managers the ability to most timely make important decisions that impact profitability and asset valuation. Are you a hotel builder? We look at how purchasing lumber in the middle of an economic slowdown can be advantageous to the future success of your hotel development and investment. Buy Right, Build Right, Manage Right. Read on...

Katharine Le Quesne

Calling all hotels and concept innovators: I am waiting to be swept off my feet by a hotel. We consumers have moved on from seeking on products; and the current obsession with experiences is yesterday's news. But creating products that deliver unique personalised experiences that resonate with consumers is a tough gig and many hospitality companies are still trying to crack it. But we're getting there and the concept creation process is stepping up a gear, using a blend of tangible and intangible tools to create next-generation offerings. It's time we for a more nuanced way to underwrite these deals. Read on...

Felicia Hyde

From culinary to cultural to artistic activities, modern day travelers are in search of the "live-like-a-local" experience. Gone are the days where five-star accommodations and best-in-class-service are the must-haves; now, travelers are on the hunt for unique and personalized destinations and the opportunity for cultural immersion. Backed by research, consumers are relating positive travel experiences to destinations that promote self-discovery and activities that fuel the mind, body and soul. With these trends already shaking up multifamily communities nationwide, hoteliers should consider applying the following design strategies to turn their hotel properties into experience-driven destinations. Read on...

Kristi Dickinson

Asset managers have responsibility for both managing an investment and overseeing physical assets. Finding the highest and best use of a property is the essential role. In the guest service-based hospitality industry, these plans will rarely be achieved without first influencing the people who will execute them. "Soft skills" such as emotional intelligence and an ability to inspire are often under-valued in asset managers, but human connection and influence are vital to success. To be effective you must align the people with the vision through a strong culture. The great irony is that your most important asset, culture, is essentially invisible. Read on...

Michelle Woodley

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest global provider of sales, marketing, and distribution services to independent luxury hotels, is approaching the second half of 2019 with vast excitement and momentum after an incredibly successful start to another milestone year, which marks 15 years of ownership by the Ueberroth Family. Representing more than 750 one-of-a-kind independent hotels, resorts, lodges and luxury residences across 85 countries, Preferred Hotels & Resorts brings strategic advantage to hotel owners, operators, and management companies through brand prestige and global operating scale. Read on...

Lisa Ross

Wellness travel is taking tourism by storm. Growing year-over-year at twice the rate of the global tourism industry, hotels and destinations can't afford to ignore this trend if they are to remain competitive. A place on the field requires a full grasp of the niche traveler's scope of demands. The wellness experience permeates the traveler's daily existence: From their dining choices and sleep habits to their state of mind and spirituality practices. Hotels and destinations that leverage this holistic mind-body movement have an opportunity to better profitability, attract new travelers and potentially build greater brand loyalty. Read on...

David Ashen

Inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places. For instance, senior living facilities are taking their design cues from the hospitality industry, which is not unlike what we have seen in the development of luxury high rise living in the last decade. David Ashen, president & CEO of interior design and brand consulting firm dash design, relays the ways senior living developers are applying lessons learned from the hotel industry to create unique experiences in the senior living space, using case studies to demonstrate how they are realizing innovative public spaces and programing. Read on...

Stuart Butler

In this article we look at interesting statistics and takeaways from the 2019 Leisure Travel Study. The annual research provides a comprehensive look into consumer shopping and booking preferences and behaviors. This year's data shows that hotels are missing out on a huge opportunity to reduce reliance on OTAs and drive more direct bookings, that it may be time to invest in a branded mobile app, that consumers aren't quite ready to embrace voice-enabled technology, and that Millennials really are quite different than previous generations. Read on...

Derrick Garrett

Digging deep into many of the complexities of creating successful music architecture solutions, we can move into the future of guest experiences. To me, that means bundling the music content service with the audio and video integration. AV technology today has the potential to be so much more than background music and a screen with static information. There are endless opportunities with the latest technology to drive the guest experience and engagement in innovative and unforgettable ways. Read on...

Dana Kravetz

Way back when, on June 10, 1963, then-President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law – a bold piece of legislation that amended the Fair Labor Standards Act and requires that men and women be given equal pay for equal work within the same establishment. Fast-forward fifty-plus years, and it's apparent that work remains to be done. Today, females in the workplace earn 80% less than white men, with women of color faring much worse. And while the hospitality industry performs better than the national average in terms of the gender pay gap, disparities remain that must be stamped out once and for all. Read on...

Nancy Brown

A study of hotels in New Zealand shows both strength in their disaster resilience and a few areas for improvement. The Disaster Resilience for Hotels framework is used as a basis for the surveys which were distributed to hotel general managers and staff. Analysis of the results helps to understand hotel resilience predictors. Hotel leaders can use this information to make evidence based decisions about their organizations disaster management activities and operational choices. Key findings: include front line service staff in planning, hotels need to network with community and government organizations, and operational capacities in disasters need analysis.? Read on...

Brian De Lowe

Proper Hospitality is expanding from a single Proper-branded hotel – San Francisco Proper Hotel – to a high-end lifestyle hotel brand with three additional properties opening this summer - Santa Monica Proper Hotel in June followed by Austin Proper Hotel & Residences and Downtown LA Proper Hotel. Led by Brad Korzen and Brian De Lowe, Proper Hospitality designs and operates high-end lifestyle experiences under its three distinct brands - Proper Hotels and Residences, Avalon Hotels and Custom Hotel. Proper Hospitality seeks out emerging, urban innovative districts within dynamic U.S. cities. Each Proper property is designed by world-renowned international tastemaker Kelly Wearstler and is an ode to its respective city. Read on...

Ben Mizes

Unlike with some recent industry-wide disruptions (think Netflix vs. Blockbuster), the hotel industry has weathered the rise of Airbnb, and held on to most of its market. A new study from Clever Real estate uncovers some of the competitive advantages that have allowed the hotel industry to compete with the $38 billion upstart, from 24-hour reliability, to a specific class of amenities, and points the way toward a future of renewed vitality and innovation. Read on...

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Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.