LODGING On Demand

LODGING On Demand’s digital roundtables give hospitality leaders an opportunity to talk through pressing issues in the industry. Subscribe to LODGING On Demand on YouTube or wherever you listen to podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

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Episode 19: Positioning Your Hotel for Recovery

LODGING On Demand — Episode 19: Positioning Your Hotel for RecoverySince 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. LISTEN HERE.

Episode 18: Navigating Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy

LODGING On Demand — Episode 18: Navigating Commercial Real Estate BankruptcyAs 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. LISTEN HERE.

Episode 17: Re-onboarding Staff After the Pandemic

LODGING On Demand Episode 17Many 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.

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Episode 16: Marketing in a Post-COVID Hotel Industry

LODGING On Demand — Episode 16: Marketing in a Post-COVID Hotel IndustryHotels 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.

Episode 15: Getting Leisure Travel Back on Track

LODGING On Demand — Episode 15: Getting Leisure Travel Back on TrackThe 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.

Episode 14: Building During a Pandemic

LODGING On Demand — Episode 14: Building During a Pandemic

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.

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Episode 13: Post-COVID Cleaning — How the Hotel Industry Will Change

LODGING On Demand Episode 13LODGING 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.

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Episode 12: Getting Groups Back on the Books

LODGING On Demand — Episode 12: Getting Groups Back on the BooksBrent 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.

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Episode 11: Virtual Town Hall With Radisson Hotels and RLH Corporation
LODGING On Demand — Episode 11: Virtual Town Hall With Radisson Hotels and RLH Corporation

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 editor@lodgingmagazine.com.

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Episode 10: Staying on the Payroll During the COVID-19 Outbreak

LODGING On Demand — Episode 7: How Hoteliers Can Cut Costs During COVID-19LODGING 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.

Episode 9: Considerations for Boutique Hotels

LODGING On Demand — Episode 9: Considerations for Boutique HotelsLODGING 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.

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Episode 8: Crisis Comms and COVID-19

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.

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Episode 7: How Hoteliers Can Cut Costs During 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

Episode 6: COVID-19 Insurance Primer

LODGING On Demand — Episode 6: COVID-19 Insurance PrimerIn 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.

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Episode 5: Hotel Industry Weighs in on COVID-19 Stimulus Plan

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.

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Episode 4: Alternate Uses for Hotels During COVID-19

LODGING On Demand Episode 4 - Alternate uses for hotels during COVID-19LODGING 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.

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Episode 3: What to Do If You Have to Furlough Employees

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.

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Episode 2: SBA Loans and COVID-19

LODGING On Demand Episode 2: SBA Loans and COVID-19In 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.

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Episode 1: Hoteliers Respond to COVID-19

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.

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