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Ryan Kunzer

General Manager, Ryan Kunzer of The Duniway, a bold lifestyle hotel located in downtown Portland, OR, comments on the changing city that celebrates the independent and progressive spirit for which Portland is best known. His leadership at this uniquely modern property boldly sets the stage for conversations between urban cyclists, entrepreneurs, locals and travelers alike. Ryan shares his views on the maturing city and why visitors should stay at The Duniway to unwind and recharge when visiting the city for business or pleasure. Read on...

Cate Farmer

The way travelers are taking vacations has changed. Expectations are higher. Travelers want a worry-free vacation with personality. It is all about the experiences and maybe more importantly how those experiences translate to an emotional connection. The story, the people, the adventure is as important as, maybe even more important than, the physical deliverable. The team at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort's mission is to deliver Fun and Escapism to our guests. We provide something unique and somewhat intangible and that ultimately differentiates and makes us successful. We take tremendous pride in knowing that our guests return again and again to the Resort because of this emotional connection. Read on...

Trish Donnally

What distinguishes a luxury hotel these days? User experience was the catalyst that drove designers as they created the architecture and interiors for The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. A mesmerizing custom-designed chandelier that sparkles and glistens with 15,719 handblown Bohemian crystal glass components graces the lobby. A two-story Rolls-Royce showroom wraps around a sculptural white marble and polished chrome spiral staircase near the Grand Ballroom. Sybaritic white marble bathrooms feature five fixtures. A helipad on the rooftop awaits guests who like to arrive by helicopter. These distinctive elements create ambiance, a wonderful sense of discovery and memories. Read on...

Alexander Schneider

Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts operates innovative boutique and barefoot luxury beach and urban hotels with unprecedented allure for the luxury traveler and jet-set global elite. Whether on the beach or at the heart of a bustling city, a Nikki Beach hotel or resort features an innovative and unique room experience along with gourmet world-class dining, extensive spa facilities, and signature entertainment. Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, Alexander Schneider, Vice President Europe & the Middle East gives us a background on the hotel company as well as some of their most recent acquisitions and developments. Read on...

Loren Nalewanski

Benedict Cummins, Publisher of HotelExecutive got the opportunity to converse with Loren Nalewanski, Vice President and Global Brand Manager for SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites by Marriott, for an overview of the SpringHill Suites brand and the direction it is taking. Read on...

Trish Donnally

After striking silver in Nevada and becoming one of the wealthiest men in the world, James Fair, an ambitious Irish immigrant, aspired to build a palatial residence in San Francisco atop Nob Hill. Almost 40 years later, his daughters, Tessie Fair Oelrichs and Birdie Fair Vanderbilt, decided to build a grand hotel on the "Fair Mount" to honor their late father, who had acquired the premier property decades earlier. The hotel was within days of being completed when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Bay Area on April 18, 1906. Fires that followed ravaged more than 80 percent of the city, including the interiors of the Fairmont, but the grand marble and white granite shell survived, standing high on the hill as a beacon of hope for all of San Francisco. The owners vowed to restore the hotel and open it a year later—which they did. Read on...

Anne-Juliette Maurice

On a quiet tree-lined street of the Upper East Side is where you will find the Hotel Plaza Athenee, nestled among genteel residences and lavish townhouses at 37 E. 64th Street between Park and Madison Avenue. Combining cosmopolitan luxury with the intimacy and services of a boutique hotel, Hotel Plaza Athenee has created a home away from home for royalty, world leaders, celebrities, executives and sophisticated travelers from all around the world since 1984. Read on...

Javier Cepeda

There is a new kind of modern, upscale living available in Downtown Los Angeles' South Park District, with rich amenities and a signature address at 888 S. Olive St. LEVEL Furnished Living - a division of Onni Group, an award-winning Vancouver-based real estate developer - has provided fully furnished, luxury suites combined with an unmatched lifestyle experience at its flagship location in Vancouver for a number of years. Following its success in Canada, LEVEL Furnished Living makes its debut stateside in one of the nation's most vibrant and in-demand destinations: Downtown Los Angeles. Read on...

James Marino

The Lexington New York City, a storied hotel that originally opened in 1929, underwent a $46 million renovation restoring the jazz age glamour that once made it famous among celebrities, dignitaries and other notables. The hotel, that Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe once called home, is centrally located in Manhattan's midtown neighborhood. Catering to the luxury business and leisure traveler, the Lexington New York City houses a collection of unique artwork and features more than 1,000 square feet of flexible function space, as well as a selection of on-site dining options. General Manager, James Marino, tells us more about this stunning property. Read on...

Carl Anderson

Nestled amongst the iconic Waikiki beaches on the island of Oahu, The Modern Honolulu offers the ideal combination of modern sophistication and the authentic and relaxed atmosphere of the Hawaiian Islands. The essence of aloha is apparent in The Modern Honolulu's personal, friendly service and incomparable food, beverage and entertainment options for guests and diners at the innovative urban resort. In seeking the best of Honolulu, The Modern Honolulu offers stylish spaces that inspire the senses, with unparalleled culinary options to match. Read on...

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Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.