Top Hotel Execs Discuss Amenity Trends — From Wellness to Wi-Fi

Posted by Kevin Iwamoto on 12/09/2013

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Lasthotel_image month, The Wall Street Journal‘s business travel writer, Scott McCartney, moderated an hour-long webcast with senior C-suite executives at five major hotel brands about how hotel amenities are evolving. The event was based on a study conducted by SmartBrief entitled: “The Guest Experience: Innovative Trends for Creating a More Personalized Stay.”

The list of hotel executive participants was impressive, ranging from luxury boutique brands to corporate business hotels. The discussion revolved around sustainability, turndown service, meetings/events, food/fitness and tech/media.

The panel consisted of:
• Mike DeFrino, COO, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
• Mitzi Gaskins, VP/Global Brand Manager, JW Marriott Hotels
• J.P. Oliver, Regional VP, Morgans Hotel Group
• Lisa Potts, Senior VP Sales/Marketing, Trump Hotel Collection
• Tom Santora, CMO, Omni Hotels & Resorts

A good portion of the interaction dealt with the multi-generational travelers that are guests at their respective chain properties.  The needs and things deemed important by a Millennial traveler versus a Baby Boomer were indeed very different.
Check out the article and you will quickly see that decision-making at the highest levels requires recognition and research about their customers and how they want to engender loyalty in this highly competitive industry sector.

In the webcast, McCartney polled the hotelier audience several times, and in one instance, asked: “Do a hotel’s environmental efforts make a difference to guests?”

Almost 80% replied that their guests either look for sustainable programs or expect them to be there. Just 20% said factors like room rate are more important.

It’s good to see that so much thought and research into guest satisfaction and comfort is going on — even in this age of bare bones business and meetings travel!

What kind of hotel amenities do you like and look forward to when checking in?


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Meetings and Conventions Magazine — 5 Tips to Make Your Event More Environmentally Friendly — May 2016

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Earth Day fell on April 22 this year. As happens every year, people from around the world agreed on that day to turn off lights, reflect on ways to make our planet cleaner and take steps to reduce waste. 
As we in this industry know, bringing together thousands of people can create a great deal of waste and emissions. However, we can make conscious decisions every day, at every event, to make sure we are doing all that we can to make our events environmentally friendly.

Read the original article here.


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PCMA Convene – 5 Tips to Max Out Your Mobile Event App – April 2016

Posted by Lanyon Staff on 04/11/2016

If you’ve attended an event, or even walked around any street recently, it’s a safe bet you saw a lot of folks walking around with their heads down, eyes trained on their smartphones, thumbs busily scrolling up and down their screens.

What’s so awesome about their phones? Most likely, they were engaged with an app. 


...read the original article here.


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