Coworking is a primary growth driver of the office market, reports JLL. The sector has an annual growth rate of about 24 percent. No segment of the market has demonstrated more overall growth than the coworking industry.
JLL’s report is focused on the office sector, but the commercial real estate asset class is crossing over into hospitality as hotel companies, investors and owners are either incorporating coworking programs into their hotels’ public spaces, building separate coworking facilities or both.
In today’s episode, Lodging Leaders takes a look at the coworking trend and its impact on the hospitality industry. We talk to hotel owners and developers who are invested in the sector and we hear from consultants who are witnessing the integration of coworking and flexible working spaces into hotel design and programming.
Featured are Raj Chudasama of Kriya Hotels in Dallas, Texas, and Kamal Rama of Siddhi Hotels in Greenville, South Carolina. Both men are building coworking facilities to complement their hotel investment portfolios. Also interviewed are Philip Bates of Bode, a new hotel company that serves communal travelers; and consultants Paul Breslin of Horwath HTL in Atlanta, Georgia, and Hank Fonde Jr. of CBRE Hotels in Jacksonville, Florida.
Bijal Patel, 31, is CEO of Coast Redwood Hospitality and the youngest chair of the California Hotel & Lodging Association. He’s made even more history at CHLA by agreeing to serve an unprecedented second term as the lodging industry emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. Patel is a third-generation hotelier. Being so steeped in hospitality at such a young age is not new for members of the Indian American hotelier community, but Patel fears the pandemic has drained the industry of emerging talent. Lodging Leaders spotlights Patel, who represents a leadership demographic that is fighting for the life of the hospitality industry as they watch their peers veer toward other career paths.
Many hotels these days have made room for guests with disabilities. Hotel managers and staff should also know what the Americans with Disabilities Act says about accommodating guests with pets. During the pandemic lockdowns, a lot of people added a pet to their household and now they’re bringing Fido along on vacation. Hotel employees need to know how to cater to both consumers who are pet owners as well as guests who travel with a trained service animal. Episode 329 of Lodging Leaders podcast reports on how the ADA defines a service animal and how a hotel is legally obligated to serve a guest who comes with a dog or any other animal.