Judy Maxwell is a veteran news journalist of more than 30 years. She has been a staff writer and editor at newspapers in Pennsylvania and Georgia. Most of her career has been dedicated to covering business news and events. Over the past seven years, Judy has worked with Asian Media Group, publisher of Asian Hospitality, a B2B trade magazine that covers the hotel industry and caters to the Asian American hotel community. Judy was managing editor of AMG’s U.S.-based operations. While there she led the redesign and rebranding of the magazine and its daily news website. She launched a weekly e-newsletter and led the development of Priya, a magazine for entrepreneurial women. She also led special projects, such as leadership roundtables and supplemental reports on investment and development trends in the U.S. hotel industry.
During her career, Judy has won numerous awards for her reporting, including first-place recognition for investigative journalism from the Georgia Press Association; first-place for column writing from the Pennsylvania Publisher’s Association; and first-place for feature writing from the Associated Press Managing Editors.
She earned fellowships from the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism to study the U.S. and global economy, and most recently she received a certificate in multimedia storytelling from Poynter News University and Valdosta State University.
It’s well known extended-stay-hotel and short-term-rental sectors have done better than their transient hotel counterparts during the coronavirus pandemic. Even before the crisis hit, residential-type accommodations were seeing a growth in interest from travelers as well as investors. The COVID-19 outbreak is proving mixed developments of hotel rooms, leased apartments and owned condominiums offer a unique value proposition during and after the pandemic. This report is part of Long Live Lodging’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hotel industry.
The coronavirus pandemic is forcing the lodging industry to rethink health and wellness. Designers such as Blanche Garcia of B. Garcia Designs see this as an opportunity for hotels to revise their messaging beyond clean and safe by introducing wellness products and programs they can market and attract guests who want to feel good during their stay and return home feeling better than when they left. Those who promote healthy buildings as well as safe travel are exploring how implementing elements of wellness can be a cure for hotel businesses struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn. This report is part of Long Live Lodging’s ongoing coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hotel industry.