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Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs Taps Top Talent for Fall 2017 Launch

Boutique Hospitality Brand Boldly Ventures into New Market with Seasoned Leadership Team

PALM SPRINGS, CA. May 18, 2017 – With its highly-anticipated fall 2017 debut, Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs announces Abe Liao as General Manager and Christine Delgado as Director of Sales & Marketing. The 153-room property, anchoring the revitalized Downtown Palm Springs, marks a milestone as the first full-scale hotel built in the area in decades, Kimpton’s first project in the Palm Springs market and the company’s expanding footprint in Southern California.

In his role as General Manager, Liao leads all pre-opening and day-to-day operations for Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs. An industry veteran with deep roots in Kimpton hospitality, Liao has successfully led several Kimpton hotels through renovations, transitions and rebranding. Liao’s 13 years of hotel management experience have taken him to Kimpton properties across the U.S., from Washington D.C., Alexandria, Va. and Palm Beach, Fla. to San Francisco and now Palm Springs, Calif.

Liao previously held the position of General Manager at the Kimpton George Hotel in Washington D.C. where the property – under his direction – achieved an all-time, record-high revenue performance. He was also an active member of the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C. and mentor in the Kimpton Mentor Program.

A longtime Palm Springs resident, Christine Delgado brings nearly two decades of leadership and Southern California hospitality sales experience to Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs. In her new role as Director of Sales & Marketing, Delgado’s responsibilities include providing strategic direction to the hotel’s sales team, driving revenue to the property, and executing effective sales and marketing campaigns.

Delgado most recently served as of Director of Sales & Marketing at Riviera Palm Springs where she navigated and retained a team through a post-management company transition. She also oversaw the successful rebranding and reopening of Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, leading the sales, event and revenue management teams through hotel closure, renovation and the hiring of a pre-opening sales team.

About Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs

Entering the Palm Springs hospitality scene fall 2017 is Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs, a 153-room urban oasis that effortlessly blends laidback cool and rugged desert beauty with high style, culture and unrivaled Kimpton hospitality. Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs boasts the city’s first and only rooftop pool complete with six luxury cabanas, two restaurants and two bars, idyllic views of the San Jacinto Mountains and desert landscape, and 5,108 square feet of multipurpose indoor and outdoor space for custom events & meetings. With its prime location anchoring the very center of the revitalized Downtown Palm Springs, Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs puts guests just steps away from some of the city’s best dining, shopping, art and attractions. For additional information, visit www.rowanpalmsprings.com or call 800.532.7320.

About Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders who offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” eight times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world's largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.

Coming Up In The November Online Hotel Business Review

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Architecture & Design: Authentic, Interactive and Immersive
If there is one dominant trend in the field of hotel architecture and design, it’s that travelers are demanding authentic, immersive and interactive experiences. This is especially true for Millennials but Baby Boomers are seeking out meaningful experiences as well. As a result, the development of immersive travel experiences - winery resorts, culinary resorts, resorts geared toward specific sports enthusiasts - will continue to expand. Another kind of immersive experience is an urban resort – one that provides all the elements you'd expect in a luxury resort, but urbanized. The urban resort hotel is designed as a staging area where the city itself provides all the amenities, and the hotel functions as a kind of sophisticated concierge service. Another trend is a re-thinking of the hotel lobby, which has evolved into an active social hub with flexible spaces for work and play, featuring cafe?s, bars, libraries, computer stations, game rooms, and more. The goal is to make this area as interactive as possible and to bring people together, making the space less of a traditional hotel lobby and more of a contemporary gathering place. This emphasis on the lobby has also had an associated effect on the size of hotel rooms – they are getting smaller. Since most activities are designed to take place in the lobby, there is less time spent in rooms which justifies their smaller design. Finally, the wellness and ecology movements are also having a major impact on design. The industry is actively adopting standards so that new structures are not only environmentally sustainable, but also promote optimum health and well- being for the travelers who will inhabit them. These are a few of the current trends in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.