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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 on...

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 on...

Dianna Vaughan

This year, the All Suites brands by Hilton, comprised of Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton, opened their 1,000th property, reaching a major milestone in the brands' explosive growth. Global Head and Senior Vice President of the All Suites Brands by Hilton Dianna Vaughan lends her insight on how the brands work closely with their owners to drive strong demand for the brand, leading to industry-leading growth in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Latin America. Read on...

Mark Ricketts

Charting a path for growth is an enviable and exciting journey for any hospitality organization. It takes a bold, yet careful blend of vision, strategy and technical expertise in a wide variety of areas, including property identification, financing, human resources and organization building, and day-to-day hotel operations. Regardless, as in all successful business endeavors, this journey ultimately depends on the relationships of trust and mutual benefit, with everyone from investors and brand partners to our staff, that we cultivate and secure along the way. Read on...

Mark Ricketts

The best leaders in hospitality understand why and how to empower their staff, assigning not just tasks but giving them the “permission” to solve issues that come up in our everyday conduct of business, internally or with guests or our professional partners. Moreover, adopting this leadership style has many valuable benefits for hospitality organizations in helping to recruit new staff, in encouraging community involvement and in growing a culture of quality and value. Another key element of leadership is in having the intent, skills and confidence to empower our staff—assigning responsibilities, but, also, giving individuals defined authority to solve issues, internally or with guests and our professional partners. Read on...

Derek Olsen

Outsourcing components of hotel operations is very much location-driven, property-specific and varies based on Ownership's investment objectives. So, while outsourcing might not be the solution for every hotel at this point in the cycle, an astute asset manager or operator should evaluate all opportunities to enhance profitability. When pursuing the employment of a third-party, performance should be closely monitored, with transparent lines of communication between owner and operator to maximize guest satisfaction. Read on...

Stephen J. Renard

A panel moderated by PwC's Scott D. Berman; Chris Cahill, CEO, Luxury Brands, AccorHotels; Steve Haggerty, Global Head of Capital Strategy, Franchising, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Kevin J. Jacobs, EVP & CFO, Hilton; Elie Maalouf, CEO, The Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Mit Shah, CEO, Noble Investment Group discussed the industry's growth potential as it related to geopolitical and economic shifts. Read on...

Lewis Fein

Hotel executives need to help their respective employees, as some of these individuals may have problems with drugs or alcohol. Creating a culture of trust is critical to assisting these men and women. Hence the need to find the right drug treatment center: A place with the credibility, resources and expertise to work with hoteliers, so employees can get the care they deserve to receive -- in a setting that exudes compassion and understanding. This approach is as indispensable as it is invaluable, because a hotel can only succeed with a strong and healthy workforce. This priority demands our attention. Read on...

Mark Heymann

Much has been discussed about managing millennials, who have brought their own set of priorities to the workplace - greater work-life balance, broadened lines of communication, flatter organizations, and expectations of social engagement. Now, as millennials are poised to step into managerial roles, they will find themselves overseeing a workforce that spans as many as five generations, from the vanguard of Gen Z to the tail end of the traditionalists. Among the challenges new millennial managers face will be gaining the trust of older workers. And the conversation is shifting from how to manage millennials to how will millennials manage? Read on...

David Lund

When heads of state come to visit your hotel they usually make a bit of a show. The Russians are no exception, they even bring their own warship, the KGB and a wad of cash! I had the pleasure of witnessing the Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev arrival in San Francisco in June of 2010. He flew in the presidential plane, meanwhile his missile cruiser Varyag sailed into San Francisco Bay to accompany his visit. Heads of state often have a ship accompany them on their state visits. Read on...

David Lund

In your hotel, you either share the financials with you leaders, the department managers or you don't. If you already share the financial statements, you know the power it unleashes with your team and the result it helps to create. If you don't share you're wondering what the management team will think about the money and how much goes to you and the owner. You naively think no one needs to know about the finances in your hotel. You think it's none of their business. You're also pretty sure the team will judge you and your results. Read on...

David Lund

Creating financial leadership in your hotel has the same fundamental realtionshift at its roots. The traditional relationship in the hotel with reports and deadlines to submit; forecasts, budgets and commentaries is to have the financial leader tell the non-financial department managers when reports, forecast, budgets and commentaries are due and to send out schedules and hound everyone every month several times about the pending deadlines. This system does not work. I know because that was my system for nearly 20 years and all it ever consistently produced was my frustration and a lack of usable content. Read on...

Arman Sadeghi

Excellent service is indispensable to a hotel's reputation and success. That fact is the one thing - perhaps the only thing - that a hotel executive can refine without great cost.For service is both an attitude and a series of actions, starting with a personal investment by management and labor to do better; to do more; to learn more; to listen more; to achieve more; to grow more; to do more of everything, for everyone, by anyone who works for a hotel. Teaching these lessons to hoteliers is a chance to give them independent analysts. It is an opportunity for them to prosper. Read on...

David Lund

As a professional coach, I have been introduced to a new leadership model at the Coaches Training Institute and in this article, I will explain the Co-Active Dimensional Leadership Modeltm and how it applies so well to hospitality. CTI developed this leadership model in addition to their Co-Activetm coaching model. Both are incredibly effective platforms for building teams and leaders that see our world as one that is being built on the efforts and creativity of everyone, not the traditional leader - servant model we sometimes cling to in hospitality. Read on...

Stephen J. Renard

The hospitality industry is repeated history! Every time an issue surfaces no one takes notice and the episode is repeated over and over like a "broken record". Renard International has been in hospitality search for almost 50 years (yes- FIFTY) and so we have experienced the recessions of the 70's,80's, & 90's, we know when a recession occurs, the last measure companies take is to hire anyone! We also have seen generations of hoteliers leave or never join our business, Why? Read on...

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Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.