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Funky Friday: The Hospitality Design Expo Edition

May 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

As the Hospitality Design Expo wraps up this week, we thought it might be fun to wing it and look for a Funky Friday subject as an individual product, straight from the exhibit hall floor. While we can’t say we saw every booth at the show, we found one that stood out to us and seemed like an ideal candidate. The more we looked at this functional and fashionable accessory, the more we saw it as a creative design solution worthy of a Funky Friday highlight.

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10 Great Ideas From the Exhibit Floor At the Hospitality Design Expo

May 15, 2014 at 6:39 PM | by | ()

Every spring in Las Vegas, architects, designers, manufacturers, and developers gather for the largest industry trade show and tell in America -- the Hospitality Design Expo.

There are informative sessions led by top design movers and shakers with special evening celebrations to cap off an already exhausting day of networking. There are design competitions, involving both professionals and students, that push the limits of what has already been done to find new and viable solutions for the future.

Then there is the exhibit hall where companies compete for our attention, and later on in the day, lure us into their booths with cocktails for an impromptu happy hour.

It is here where we also get to see, feel, and thankfully, occasionally sit, on the latest products, trends and design concepts that eventually (hopefully) will become a part of a larger hotel project.

While we would love to share all of the great ideas from the Expo floor, we narrowed it down to 10 that cover a range of products across the hospitality design field. Check 'em out!

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Hotels Curated in NYC: An Event for Hotel Nerds Like Us

Where: 55 Gansevoort [map], New York, NY, United States
September 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM | by | ()

There's a new hotel conference coming to NYC next month and it's right up our boutique-loving-lifestyle-hotel alley--Hotels Curated.

Presented by the N Group and IndieWalls, the event is billed as a half-day discussion about opportunities and challenges in the lodging sector, focusing on branding, design and our fave, technology.

The format for the conference will consist of two panels--one about the "It Factor" in hotels and the other about innovations in design, architecture and technology as well as a special "Innovators Showcase" featuring quick pitches from select companies in hospitality tech and service-delivery. Afterwards there will be a cocktail network session. Cheers!

Guest speakers include Michael Achenbaum of Gansevoort Hotels; Michael Adams, editor in chief of Hospitality Design Magazine; Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International design firm; David Duncan, President of the Denihan Hospitality Group; and Julie Frank, Director of Design, Global Brand Design.

Here are the details:

WHEN: OCTOBER 4th, 2pm to 5pm

WHERE: 55 Gansevoort, New York City

Interested in attending? You can register here. And yes, of course, HotelChatter will be there too! Hope to see you there!

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Mercure Hotels Down Under Love the Environment

Where: Australia
February 22, 2008 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Hotels know that some guests are starting to prefer eco-friendly hotels, but the Mercure Hotels chain in Australia have decided that this particularly applies to business guests, and have launched a "carbon-neutral conferencing" option as part of the Mercure Meetings range of services.

That means that if you attend a conference being held at a Mercure Hotel in Australia, you can sit through the presentations with an easy conscience: because part of the conference package involves the hotel paying up for the full value of carbon offsets to emissions produced by the conference.

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AH&LA Fall 2007 Conference Starts This Friday

November 7, 2007 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

We interrupt your regularly schedule hotel entertainment programming to sneak in a little hotel industry news.

On November 9th, the AH&LA 2007 Fall Conference kicks off in New York City at the Javits Center. For you non-hotel geeks, AH&LA stands for American Hotel and Lodging Association and the conference is being held with the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show.

So tons of NYC hotels are going to busy with hotel, motel and restaurant execs from all over. For instance, the welcome reception is being held Friday night from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Waldorf-Astoria. That's followed by a CEO dinner at the Mandarin Oriental.

Throughout the conference there will be tons of hotel seminars. But Saturday will be a big day when the conference has its CEO leadership panel and the U.S. Lodging Industry Summit Panel, with a keynote luncheon given by Mary Matalin and James Carville titled "All's Fair in Love and Politics."

Interestingly enough on the schedule for AH&LA is a dinner tribute on Nov. 13th for Stephen F. Bollenbach, the former co-chairman and CEO of Hilton Hotels who was replaced this week by Christopher Nasetta of Host Hotels after the Blackstone group officially acquired the hotel chain. Don't worry it was nothing evil as Bollenbach announced last summer he would step down at the end of this year.

If any of you hotel industry folks are attending the show and see/hear/know of anything worth letting fellow hotel geeks know about, drop us a line. Photos most appreciated too.

Related Stories:
· AH&LA Conference 2007 [Official Site]
· Hilton Gets Sold! [HotelChatter]