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  • 219 | Train and Retain: Hospitality apprenticeship fills high-level jobs
    EMPLOYEE RECRUITMENT & RETENTION
    July 3, 2019

    219 | Train and Retain: Hospitality apprenticeship fills high-level jobs

    It’s no secret the hospitality industry in America is in dire need of skilled employees. Many hotel owners and operators continually seek ways to attract and keep talent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the hospitality industry has a turnover rate of nearly 75 percent per year, compared to a healthy rate of 10 to read more

  • 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

  • Wellness Travel: Get your business in shape for an emerging trend
    Feature
    June 12, 2019

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

    Business and leisure travelers are growing more wellness-minded.
    The Global Wellness Institute reports wellness tourism is a $640 billion industry. A quarter of that is spent by travelers in North America.
    Wellness is an emerging sector in hospitality, growing at 6.5 percent a year. The growth is spread across hotels of all price segments and guest demographics.
    Wellness-minded travelers seek a path that not only introduces them to healthy concepts and choices, but allows them to return home feeling better than when they left.
    If your hotel can live up to that promise, you can build a healthy bottom line.

  • Secret of a Healthy Chef
    HUMANS OF LODGING
    June 12, 2019

    Secret of a Healthy Chef

    Ryan Ellis is familiar with the adage, “Never trust a skinny chef,” but for the executive chef at Fit Farm, it works the opposite. Ellis, 32, joined the fitness and wellness retreat in Castalian Springs, Tennessee, about a year ago. He said he’s learned about the significance of portion control in meals – for Fit read more

  • Hotel Crime: How to manage a high-profile case
    Feature
    May 29, 2019

    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. Hoteliers and a PR expert offer advice on how to respond to a crime at your hotel.

  • The Weed Frontier: How hotels are capitalizing on cannabis
    Feature
    May 22, 2019

    The Weed Frontier: How hotels are capitalizing on cannabis

    As more and more states legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, hoteliers are experimenting with integrating the cannabis lifestyle into their amenities and programming. The hospitality industry is eager to jump on the bandwagon as the cannabis is predicted to grow to a $23 billion market in the U.S. over the next few years.

  • 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

  • From Bellman to GM
    HUMANS OF LODGING
    May 1, 2019

    From Bellman to GM

    Juan Mera is general manager of North Point Hospitality Group’s tri-brand Marriott hotel in downtown Nashville. Taking the job was a challenge that Mera knew was a rare career opportunity. And it made him break a promise to his wife. Mera is a native of Lima, Peru. He came to the U.S. nearly 30 years read more

  • Triple Whammy: Tri-brand hotels change playing field
    Feature
    May 1, 2019

    Triple Whammy: Tri-brand hotels change playing field

    North Point Hospitality Group’s tri-brand Marriott in Nashville and First Hospitality Group’s tri-brand Hilton in Chicago have broken new ground in the U.S. hotel industry. The hotels in Chicago opened in the fall and the Nashville triplex opened last winter. To thrive, such projects need the right markets and a mix of brands that complement one another. Managers of the properties say operating three hotels under one roof presents unique challenges, and they are continuing to figure out how best to manage their business models to optimize rate, generate the most revenue and, thus, yield the highest return.

  • 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

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

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

    The federal government’s move to limit family migration will alter the way immigrant-founded businesses have grown. Activist Suraj Patel, whose family members are pictured above, hotelier Jyoti Sarolia and others share how tighter controls affect the Indian American hotelier community.

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