LODGING LEADERS

Straight Talk About Hot Trends

A weekly podcast that examines news and topics trending in the hospitality industry, shared through engaging stories told by co-hosts Jon Albano and Judy Maxwell, and amplified by interviews with experts and other thought leaders.

250 | Cold Calls or Warm Greetings: How to meet people and build a network

  • 218 | Yes, Girls Allowed: More women venturing into hotel investment
    DIVERSITY
    June 26, 2019

    218 | Yes, Girls Allowed: More women venturing into hotel investment

    Who invests money better, men or women? Fidelity Investments found surprising answers to that question when it surveyed nearly 3,000 people. The group was almost evenly divided between the sexes. Yet only a tenth of women said their investments would outperform men’s. Meantime, a separate analysis by Fidelity shows women consistently generated larger returns on read more

  • 217 | Rainy Days Ahead: Hotels advised to prepare for a downturn
    LODGING LEADERS
    June 19, 2019

    217 | Rainy Days Ahead: Hotels advised to prepare for a downturn

    Many hotel-business experts believe an industry downturn is at hand. Some say it will happen as soon as next year. Others expect business to slow in 2021. So, is the forecasted slowdown based on fact, an economic algorithm, or is it more of a gut feeling? In this episode of Lodging Leaders we try to read more

  • 216 | Wellness Travel: Get your business in shape for an emerging trend
    GUEST SERVICES & PROGRAMS
    June 12, 2019

    216 | Wellness Travel: Get your business in shape for an emerging trend

    Wellness … However you define it, we all want it. The hospitality industry is one of the business sectors where consumers of wellness seek it. The Global Wellness Institute reports wellness tourism is a $640 billion industry. In North America alone, travelers made 204 million trips and spent $242 billion on wellness in 2017. In read more

  • 215 | Hotel Crime: How to manage a high-profile case
    CRIMES IN HOTELS
    June 5, 2019

    215 | Hotel Crime: How to manage a high-profile case

    When a hotel becomes a crime scene, there is little an owner or manager can do to ward off publicity. But a hotel can recover from a crisis and save its image if it has a plan in place to deal with the aftermath of a high-profile incident. Hotel crime has escalated around the world, read more

  • 214 | The Weed Frontier: How hotels are capitalizing on cannabis
    CANNABIS HOTELS
    May 22, 2019

    214 | The Weed Frontier: How hotels are capitalizing on cannabis

    Marijuana consumption in America has lost its stigma, and it is on track to become a $23 billion U.S. market over the next couple years. Hotels in states that have legalized recreational and medicinal marijuana are just beginning to think about how to incorporate the trend into their businesses. The laws can be confusing. Cannabis read more

  • 213 | Event Entrepreneur: What’s behind The Lodging Conference success
    LODGING LEADERS
    May 15, 2019

    213 | Event Entrepreneur: What’s behind The Lodging Conference success

    Harry Javer is founder of The Lodging Conference, one of the hospitality industry’s must-do events. This year, The Lodging Conference will mark its 25th anniversary. Lodging Leaders talks with Harry about the genesis of The Lodging Conference, what it offers industry leaders, as well as newcomers to the hotel business, and how attendees can make read more

  • 212 | Can We Talk? Why women don’t negotiate
    LODGING LEADERS
    May 8, 2019

    212 | Can We Talk? Why women don’t negotiate

    This episode of Lodging Leaders explores why women in business often don’t negotiate and why they don’t win at the negotiating table as often as their male counterparts. We identify some fundamental stumbling blocks and barriers to women’s ability to get what they want. And we offer experts’ advice on how to craft a negotiation read more

  • 211 | Triple Whammy: Tri-branded hotels change playing field
    DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
    May 1, 2019

    211 | Triple Whammy: Tri-branded hotels change playing field

    Nashville, Tennessee, is home to the country’s first tri-branded Marriott hotel. Developed by North Point Hospitality Group, the 470-room limited-service property consists of transient brands AC Hotel and SpringHill Suites, and Residence Inn, an extended-stay hotel. Located in downtown’s SoBro neighborhood where government offices are located, the $140 million complex is also across from Music read more

  • 210 | Black-Owned Hotels: NABHOOD opens doors to opportunity
    DIVERSITY
    April 24, 2019

    210 | Black-Owned Hotels: NABHOOD opens doors to opportunity

    African American travel is a $63 billion industry. That’s how much black leisure travelers generated for the U.S. travel and tourism economy in 2018, reports Mandala Research. The December report is a follow-up to Mandala Research’s 2010 study on the same topic. The new information shows a $25 billion increase in travel spend by African read more

  • 209 | American Tales: Hotel industry execs tell all
    BHARAT SHAH LEADERSHIP SPEAKER SERIES
    April 17, 2019

    209 | American Tales: Hotel industry execs tell all

    “These stories can only be told by us.” Those words are written by Bharat Shah, an American hotelier and an immigrant from India, in his autobiography “America My Destiny.” Bharat’s son, Mit, is founder and CEO of Noble Investment Group, which has $3 billion of private equity invested in hotels throughout the country. Together, father read more

  • 208 | Surf-By Lawsuits: Hotel websites in legal crosshairs
    ADA WEBSITE
    April 10, 2019

    208 | Surf-By Lawsuits: Hotel websites in legal crosshairs

    Is your hotel’s website accessible to people with disabilities? If you don’t know the answer to that question, you’ll probably end up in court. In this episode, we examine what’s behind the dramatic spike in website accessibility lawsuits being filed against businesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act. And why commercial enterprises found to be read more

  • 207 | “Today’s Not the Day”: Why Trump Hotels changed course in the Mississippi Delta
    CONSTRUCTION
    April 3, 2019

    207 | “Today’s Not the Day”: Why Trump Hotels changed course in the Mississippi Delta

    Almost two years ago, Trump Hotels introduced Chawla Hotels to the world as the first developers of the company’s new brands Scion and American Idea. Though Trump Hotels in February announced it was pulling out of development deals in Cleveland and other nearby towns, the Trump effect will be more than a footnote in Mississippi’s read more

  • 206 | The Business of Immigration: Family migration to U.S. under threat
    IMMIGRATION
    March 27, 2019

    206 | The Business of Immigration: Family migration to U.S. under threat

    The federal government’s efforts to curb family migration to America is a key concern for many foreign-born residents in the U.S. and their children, including the Indian American community, which has used the method over the past 50 years to grow into an economic powerhouse of business owners, including their domination of the hotel industry. read more

  • 205 | Opportunity Zones Create 21st Century Gold Rush
    CONSTRUCTION
    March 20, 2019

    205 | Opportunity Zones Create 21st Century Gold Rush

    Today’s report takes a look at a newcomer to hotel fund raising – the Investing in Opportunity Act, and the capital pools and projects the federal law is generating. While the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS are still working on the act’s punch list, many hotel developers and private equity groups are read more

  • 204 | Bias and Backward Thinking: What’s holding women back
    LODGING LEADERS
    March 13, 2019

    204 | Bias and Backward Thinking: What’s holding women back

    This week, Lodging Leaders focuses on women in hospitality, and the long road ahead for those who want a lead role in the industry. You’ll hear from … Peggy Berg, founder of Castell Project Jeffrey Tobias Halter, corporate gender consultant and founder of Why Women Beth Milano, manager at Ruckus Wireless Kris Gathright, executive vice president and read more

  • 203 | Human Trafficking in Hotels Happens Every Day
    HUMAN TRAFFICKING
    March 6, 2019

    203 | Human Trafficking in Hotels Happens Every Day

    This week, Lodging Leaders focuses on the scourge of human trafficking and its impact on the U.S. travel industry, including hotels. You’ll hear from … Brad Myles, CEO of Polaris, operator of the National Human Trafficking Hotline Ed Bastion, CEO of Delta Air Lines Camila Wright Zolfaghari, vice president of policy at the trafficking-prevention group read more

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