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Episode 23: Navigating Hotel Staffing Challenges
In this episode, LODGING Editor Christine Killion spoke with Doug Tutt, CEO of Hcareers, and Tammy Gillis, founder and CEO of Gillis, about the current staffing challenges that hotel owners and operators are facing as travel demand heats up and strategies to help hoteliers attract, hire, and retain candidates.
LODGING Editor Kate Hughes speaks with Ginny Morrison, VP of Sales & Marketing for Spire Hospitality, Tom Poehailos, SVP of Operations for Hotel Equities, and Josh Nowak, Director of Sales & Marketing for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, about how group business has evolved eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
In this episode of LODGING On Demand, brought to you by RMS, LODGING Editor Kate Hughes speaks with Victor Vesnaver, Global Chief of the Hotel Business Unit at RMS, about how property management systems are helping hoteliers adapt to a new normal and drive success in the current COVID environment.
LODGING Editor Kate Hughes speaks with Deepak Ohri, CEO of Bangkok-based lebua Hotels & Resorts, and Rick Winn, president of Michigan-based AHC Hospitality, about COVID-19’s impact on hotels around the world.
Since COVID-19 upended the hotel industry more than five months ago, hoteliers have had to adjust their plans over and over—all while preparing for recovery. LODGING Editor Kate Hughes speaks with Chris Russell, CEO of Spire Hospitality, and Michael Cady, VP of Marketing for Charlestowne Hotels, about how they’ve adapted and positioned themselves for recovery.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, hoteliers are having to make difficult decisions about their properties, including considering whether bankruptcy makes sense. Steve Jakubowski, shareholder at Robbins, Salomon & Patt, LTD., joins LODGING Editor Kate Hughes to discuss key issues facing parties in a distressed hotel situation, and what hoteliers should keep in mind as they plan their financial futures.
Many hotels are starting to bring back furloughed staff. LODGING Editor Kate Hughes spoke with Agnelo Fernandes, chief strategy officer of Terranea, and Sloan Dean, CEO of Remington, about what hoteliers should keep in mind when bringing team members back on board after a furlough.
Hotels are starting to ramp back up for the summer travel season, but hoteliers looking to promote their properties are facing a new marketing landscape. LODGING Editor Kate Hughes discussed marketing in a post-COVID hotel industry with Sheila Schottland, vice president of brand marketing at Wyndham; Deb Gabor, marketing specialist and author of two books on brand loyalty, Branding is Sex and Irrational Loyalty; and Emily Dille, director of marketing for Classic Hotels & Resorts. LISTEN HERE.
The summer travel season has officially begun. In the lead-up to Memorial Day weekend, LODGING Editor Kate Hughes connected with Tamara Baldanza-Dekker, CMO at Margaritaville, Gary Gray, Chief Investment Officer at Twenty Four Seven Hotels, and Mark Williams, CEO of Coakley Williams Hotel Management Co., to talk about how the hotel industry is ramping back up for summer leisure travelers. LISTEN HERE.
Aakash Patel, Chief Development Officer of The Witness Group, and Larry Spelts, Partner and President of the Lodging & Lifestyle Adventures Division of The Indigo Road, join LODGING Editor Kate Hughes to discuss how hotels’ approach to renovation and construction has changed in light of COVID-19.
LODGING Editor Kate Hughes speaks with Adria Levtchenko, CEO of PurpleCloud Technologies, Tim Heim, Area GM of Focus Hospitality, and Phil Cordell, SVP and Global Head of New Brand Development for Hilton, about how the hotel industry’s approach to cleanliness will change post-COVID-19.
Brent Jackson, president of Jackson Hotel Management, and Ashley Asher, director of sales for Columbia Hospitality, joined LODGING Editor Kate Hughes to talk about what hotels should do when rescheduling groups that canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this special edition of LODGING on Demand, Aly El-Bassuni, Americas COO of Radisson Hotels, and John Russell, Interim CEO of RLH Corporation, join LODGING Editor Kate Hughes for a virtual town hall to answer questions previously submitted by LODGING readers. If you have a question for a future virtual town hall, email email@example.com.
LODGING Editor Kate Hughes speaks with hospitality leaders about the steps they’ve taken to ensure their employees are kept on the payroll during the COVID-19 crisis, including flexing staff roles to meet the needs of this unique time. Panelists include Michael Williams, EVP and COO of The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Kerry Ranson, Chief Development Officer at HP Hotels, Lisa Lombardo, Chief People and Culture Officer at HGD Hotels, and Nicole Painter, Director of Human Resources at O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC. LISTEN HERE.
LODGING Editor Kate Hughes speaks with Ariela Kiradjian, Partner and COO of Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA), Fran Kiradjian, Founder and CEO of BLLA, and Jonathan Newbury, SVP of Strategic Development for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, about the unique challenges facing boutique and independent hoteliers during the COVID-19 crisis.
In this episode of LODGING On Demand, LODGING Editor Kate Hughes speaks with Brendan Griffith, Senior Vice President and Milwaukee Office General Manager at Reputation Partners, and Mark Natale, CEO of Smarthinking Inc., about crisis comms and COVID-19.
This episode of LODGING On Demand examines what hoteliers can do to cut costs during the COVID-19 crisis. LODGING Editor Kate Hughes speaks with Wayne West III, president of Newport Hospitality Group and chair of the IHG Owners Association; Brad Rahinsky, president and CEO of Hotel Equities; and Bob Rauch, chairman and CEO of RAR Hospitality, about steps hoteliers can take to save money during the coronavirus pandemic. LISTEN HERE
In this episode of LODGING On Demand, LODGING Editor Kate Hughes speaks with insurance experts Steve Figlin, SVP of Young Adjustment Company, and Jay Levin, principal at Offit Kurman, about the impact of COVID-19 on this sector and what hoteliers need to know about insurance coverage.
LODGING Editor Kate Hughes leads a discussion on the $2.2 trillion stimulus package signed into law on March 27 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with panelists John Fareed, managing director of Horwath HTL, Michael Sonnabend, managing member of PMZ Realty Capital, and Jerry Cataldo, president and CEO of Hostmark Hospitality Group.
LODGING Editor Kate Hughes discusses alternate uses for hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic with Stephen Nass, director of sales and marketing at The Bostonian Boston, and Rich Castle, co-founder, president, and COO of Cloudbeds.
LODGING Editor Kate Hughes discusses what hoteliers should keep in mind when furloughing employees during the COVID-19 pandemic with Steven Ludwig, Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP; Abigail Larimer, Attorney at Morris, Manning & Martin LLP; and Vinay Patel, AAHOA Treasurer and President & CEO of Fairbrook Hotels.
In Episode 2 of LODGING On Demand, LODGING Editor Kate Hughes discusses with industry experts SBA loans and financing options for hoteliers during COVID-19. Panelists include Brock Blake, CEO of Lendio; Harry Spirides, President of Spirides Hospitality Finance Co.; and Dan Weede, Hospitality Attorney at Carlton Fields.
In this inaugural episode of LODGING On Demand, Kate Hughes, editor of LODGING, discusses how hoteliers are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak with Mike Marshall, president and CEO of Marshall Hotels & Resorts, and Dan Lesser, president and CEO of LWHA.