We are just a mere 61 days from HD Expo—I’m not quite sure where the time has gone! There are many exciting initiatives for our 25th anniversary year—a pop-up hotel on the show floor, opening party at Omnia (you have to see the amazing tech-crazed chandelier at this nightclub), a Social Hub designed by Andrew Alford of Graduate Hotels, of course the 800 exhibitors, and maybe even some cooking demonstrations by local chefs—but we have worked tirelessly to put together an inspiring lineup of conference session topics led by some of the industry’s best and brightest. So each week we are going to tease a few of the panels, in an attempt to whet your appetite and to start getting excited to head to Las Vegas, May 4-6th.
Wednesday, May 4th
High Seas Design
Adam D. Tihany, Founder, Tihany Design
Stein Kruse, CEO, Holland America Group
Thomas Weigend, Director, Meyer Werft
The number of cruise ship passengers reached approximately 23 million in 2015, up from 17.8 million per year in 2009, according to Cruise Lines International Association. Naturally, cruise lines are introducing new ships to their fleets to accommodate the swell. With seven ships added last year, and 15 more in the pipeline for this year and next, many—including a number of luxury offerings—are crafted by world-class hospitality designers. For the first-ever cruise ship panel conversations at HD Expo, join Holland America Group CEO Stein Kruse, designer Adam D. Tihany, who recently crafted the majority of public spaces on Holland America’s new pinnacle class, ms Koningsdam, launching this spring, and Thomas Weigend of leading shipbuilding company Meyer Werft, as they discuss the impact of design in the cruise industry and what this shift in significance means for the overall cruise experience, not only for today’s traveler, but for the future of cruising.
Raul Leal, CEO, Virgin Hotels
Toni Stoeckl, VP of Lifestyle Brands, Renaissance, AC and Moxy Hotels
Meredith Gelacak, President of Hotel Operations, Americas, Cachet Hotels
There has been an onslaught of new brand announcements, but there are a number of up-and-comers that we’re predicting will be the influencers of tomorrow. From pod hotels to new launches and lifestyle companies, hear from their creators about the rewards and challenges of taking a new product to market in a fiercely competitive field—and how they are setting themselves apart.
Thursday, May 5th
The Hospitality Effect
Aliya Khan, Director of Studio Operations, NeueHouse Studio
Brittany Hart, Senior Design Associate, WeWork
Shawn Bouley, Founder and CEO, The Rollick Hotel
Christian Hageseth, President, Inspiro, Creators of the Colorado Cannabis Ranch
The reach of hospitality design extends further and further, as designers take lessons learned from our industry to create spaces in other fields of endeavor: co-working spaces, marijuana dispensaries, healthcare, Airbnb, and temporary hotels, to name just a few. See what lessons these game changers learned from hospitality and employed to tell their stories, and what our industry can learn from them.
The Fine Print of a PIP
Moderator: Alan Benjamin, President, Benjamin West
Larry Traxler, Senior Vice President of Global Design, Hilton Worldwide
Alexandra Champalimaud, Founder, Champalimaud
David Black, Managing Director, Project and Development Services, Hotels and Hospitality, Jones Lang LaSalle
Andrew Katz, Partner, Prospect Advisors/The Blackstone Group
Get the do’s and don’ts of the renovation of a full service or luxury hotel—from the negotiation of the PIP, establishment of the schedule and budget, effective layout planning, hiring of the team, implementation, to how to handle issues with specs and counts and install. Call it a crash course in effective hotel design.