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Mark Ricketts

As we work to battle the coronavirus and restore our economy, the hospitality industry can be a leader in bringing people together - one community at a time. This article will consider non-doctrinaire ways that hospitality organizations can help promote mutual respect and understanding among staff, guests and partners, better understanding what it is like to walk in another person's shoes. READ MORE

Bruce Haase

The pandemic brought unprecedented hurdles for the hospitality industry. With nationwide lockdowns and ongoing safety concerns came a deep decline in demand for travel. The extended stay segment prevailed, however, while traditional transient hotel models faced difficulties from all sides of business. Bruce Haase, President and Chief Executive Officer of Extended Stay America explores the extended stay segment and the factors that contributed to the company's resilience during this tumultuous time. READ MORE

Srinath Yedla

What are some of the more important challenges hotel management will need to confront in 2021? And what new cravings will post-pandemic travelers be requesting in this new era of travel? Srinath Yedla, of Yedla Management Company discusses the big issues hoteliers faced in 2020 and takes a look at trends he predicts for 2021 that other small- to mid-tier hoteliers need to recognize. READ MORE

Silvia Camarota

For women in travel, the COVID-19 crisis has had a massive regressive effect on their careers. Women in Travel Thrive, a grassroots movement driven by volunteers from across the travel industry aims to change the narrative and increase women's leadership representation. Founding member Silvia B. Camarota writes about the organization's first steps to combat the crisis and how to get involved. READ MORE

Bob Holland

During these moments of Covid-19, hotels are operations and business models have changed drastically. With budget cuts and reduced staff, although this can be seen as unfavorable, this presents a great opportunity for hotels to create a strong operational foundation. Bob Holland, Associate Partner with Strategic Solutions Partners provides a ten-step Hotel Recovery Playbook to help hotels strengthen their operational performance. READ MORE

Jorge Landa

The year 2020 was the most challenging in the history of the hospitality industry, but it also led to innovative strategies, the adoption of new tech, and elevation of customer service. Here are key steps one high-end international business hotel in Houston took towards future success, moves that will live on long after the coronavirus pandemic is gone. READ MORE

Mark Namdar

In the past few months alone, the pandemic has unleashed its new norm for us, forcing properties such as AC Hotel Washington DC Convention Center to adjust to these new beginnings as we open its doors. With concerts, events and conference meetings postponed and cancelled nationwide, it has caused a dramatic decrease in urban travel. It is up to us, as operators, to instill that confidence or we will continue to see weak demand. READ MORE

Timothy Flohr

In project management it is critical that we ask the right questions both of ourselves and of those around us. Only by asking quality questions will we get to quality answers, whether they pertain to the execution of our day-to-day operations or the meticulous planning of a complex project's details. Let's discuss how the proper framing of our questions can help us connect-the-dots to create new ideas, solve complicated issues, and better understand everyone around us. READ MORE

Mark Ricketts

The future of our industry will rely on the quality of our next generation of hospitality leadership, whose skill sets and attitudes are being forged right now in perhaps unseen ways. This article will consider some of these factors and the responsibility of today's hospitality leaders in developing and attracting these future leaders to our industry. READ MORE

David Nuenemann

What can a professional consultant bring to the table at this point in order to assist hoteliers to retain their position in the market and ultimately secure their business? While a generic answer is certainly not applicable here, there are a couple of steps and examples that can be worked on now, together with a third-party, in order to succeed. READ MORE

Ernesto Osuna

Meliá Koh Samui's general manager Ernesto Osuna outlines how he and his team stayed positive and productive as the global pandemic took hold after celebrating the resort's grand opening on January 10, 2020. From retaining the resort's staff and ensuring 100% of their salaries, helping the community, and introducing stringent safety and hygiene measures, to developing new guest experiences and maintaining strong sales, marketing and public relations efforts. READ MORE

Katharine Le Quesne

As we look forward to the next decade, I've been picking up the phone (I know, very retro) and meeting face to face (… yes, really) with some of the professionals who, like me, have forged a career against the backdrop of an asset heavy industry dominated by suits and on the back foot when it comes to innovation. This is the beginning of a series of interviews, paraphrasing proper conversations with people I respect. The "plat du jour" this week is role models, mentors and sponsors with an inevitable garnish of technology, product trends and climate change. READ MORE

Mostafa Sayyadi

Leadership has always been at the forefront management training. The four functions of management depict leadership as one of the four. The four that seemed to stand the test of time are controlling, leading, planning, and controlling. Leadership, being the core of management, has manifested itself into the forefront of many hotel executives. Leadership can help hotels to achieve a sustained change and eventually a higher degree of effectiveness. In the absence of effective leadership, hotels are not capable of effectively implementing changes at the competitive level. Hotel leadership is crucial to business success----both from a performance and management level. READ MORE

Rani Gharbie

The Pod Hotels will be expanding from five to fifty properties over the next decade across North America and, eventually, globally. BD Hotels has appointed Rani Gharbie as Head of Acquisitions & Development to lead this robust expansion plan to key markets such as San Francisco, Miami, Austin, Boston, Nashville, Seattle, Toronto, and Mexico City. The Pod Hotels portfolio includes New York-based Pod Times Square, Pod 51, Pod 39 and Pod Brooklyn, as well as Pod Washington D.C. with two more hotels in the direct pipeline - Pod Philly and Pod LA. In addition, there are over ten ongoing discussions for new deals. READ MORE

Mark Ricketts

In our busy day in hospitality, we are constantly talking, texting, posting or emailing to another individual or a group of recipients. However, is anyone listening or understanding what we are saying? Being a great communicator is a core skill and function of our hospitality world. Some people are naturals at communications but it is something that all hospitality organizations must also cultivate for all of its members, including frontline staff. The result is strong relationships with our guests, our vendors and partners, and others in our own group. READ MORE

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Coming up in May 2021...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Now More Than Ever

One theory about the pandemic states that future viruses are more likely to originate and flourish due to global warming. If true, the urgency to accelerate the adoption of eco-friendly practices is greater than ever. Of course, there are many other reasons to create a sustainable operation, including reduced utility costs, savings on operational costs, healthier and happier guests and employees, and positive publicity, marketing and community goodwill. Many hotels are introducing innovative programs into their operations - from recycling bins in guest rooms to starting a roof top garden. Other hotels are using eco-friendly cleaning products, reusing towels and sheets, sourcing locally grown food, supporting the use of electric vehicles, and permitting guests to refill their reusable water bottles with clean, filtered water. Finally, some hotels are encouraging guests to get involved by making it possible for them to participate in local community clean-up projects. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.