Business & Finance

The Who's Who of Boutique Hospitality Industry Come Together in New York City for Distinguished Conference

Arianna Huffington and C-Level Executives of Equinox Hotels, Leading Hotels, Virgin Hotels, Sixty Hotels, Grace Hotels, Valencia Group and More to Speak at BLLA Conference, June 7

alt text
New York, NY. March 22, 2017 – Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) announces powerhouse line-up for 2017’s annual boutique hotel investment conference. The Times Center in New York will be the backdrop for this year’s acclaimed conference that will bring together the industry’s most elite hoteliers, investors and developers. BLLA is the leading Boutique & Lifestyle Association aimed at globally connecting independent, upscale hoteliers with fellow industry innovators, discerning travelers and hospitality educators.

At the helm of over 50 speakers will be keynoter CEO Ted Teng of Leading Hotels of the World and Arianna Huffington who will be interviewed by Digital Correspondent Vanessa Yurkevich of CNN Money. Additional notable C-Level executives including CEO Christopher Norton of Equinox Hotels, Principle David Bowd of West Elm Hotels, CEO Jonathan Falik of JF Capital Investors, President/COO Andrew Fay of Gettys, Owner Jason Pomeranc of Sixty Hotels, Co-Founder Chris Pardo of Arrive Hotels and CEO Robert Swade of Grace Hotels, to name a few, will be discussing the value of the boutique hotel industry today.

“This is our biggest and best year yet for our annual Hotel Investment Conference, as we continue to connect the who’s who in the boutique industry”, says BLLA Founder and CEO Frances Kiradjian. “We have the best talent in the space that will be in attendance from around the world to teach, inform and advise on the latest in the boutique and lifestyle world”.

Panels will include getting into the boutique hotel game, boutique and lifestyle hotel development and investment, luxury brands, New York market snapshot, debt and equity market briefing, all topped off with the latest industry forecasts and 2018 trends.

This esteemed event is not to be missed, with the opportunity to participate in extensive networking sessions with the most sought after financiers and hotel luminaries. A welcome breakfast, gourmet lunch by Jody Pennette and closing cocktail reception by LDV Hospitality will also be included in ticket registration.

Top level sponsors include: DUXIANA, JF Capital Advisors, Greenberg Traurig, GroupRevMax, Ideawork, Porcelanosa, The Gettys Group, SuiteLife by Venture Insurance, Charlestowne Hotels, DH Hospitality Group, JMBM, Trunk Archive, Interactive Sites, SocialTables and more.

For tickets and additional information, please register here at BLLA.org.

About The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA)

The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) is the first and only alliance association dedicated to uniting the world’s independent boutique and lifestyle hotels and small brands. BLLA was created to be the unifying voice of this distinctive subset within the hospitality industry. With now over 750 members, BLLA’s goal is to unite the world's collection of boutique & lifestyle properties and the suppliers that sustain them. BLLA offers their members the opportunity to successfully compete on a level playing field with major hotel companies. The association educates members in order to market themselves to meet the ever-increasing demand from discerning boutique-seeking clients. For more information, or to become a member visit www.blla.org.

Media Contact:
Ariana Squillacciotti
J Public Relations
ariana@jpublicrelations.com
Tel: 212-924-3600

Coming Up In The May Online Hotel Business Review




Feature Focus
Eco-Friendly Practices: The Value of Sustainability
The hotel industry continues to make remarkable progress in implementing sustainability policies and procedures in their properties throughout the world. As a result, they continue to reap the benefits of increased profitability, enhanced guest experiences, and improved community relations. In addition, as industry standards are codified and adopted worldwide, hotels can now compare how their operations measure up against their competitors in terms of sustainable practices and accomplishments. This capacity to publicly compare and contrast is spurring competition and driving innovation as hotels do not wish to be left behind in this area. Water management and conservation is still a primary issue as population growth, urbanization, pollution and wasteful consumption patterns place increasing demands on freshwater supply. Water recycling; installing low-flow fixtures; using digital sensors to control water usage; and even harvesting rainwater are just a few things that some hotels are doing to preserve this precious resource. Waste management is another major concern. Through policies of reduce, reuse and recycle, some hotels are implementing “zero-waste” programs with the goal of substantially reducing their landfill waste which produces carbon dioxide and methane gases. Other hotels have established comprehensive training programs that reinforce the value of sustainability. There is employee engagement through posters and quizzes, and even contests are held to increase innovation, sensitivity and environmental awareness. Some hotels are also monitoring a guest’s energy usage and rewarding those who consumed less energy with gifts and incentives. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document how some hotels are integrating eco-friendly practices into their operations and how they and the environment are benefiting from them.