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The Economy


Posted by on February 12, 2014 in The Economy

I’m new to Hospitality Design magazine, but I’ve worked in the hospitality industry before—and I even had a brief stint at a financial trade publication. Although these are different in a lot of ways, there is some overlap. The hotel industry is certainly interested in developing new areas, and the financial sector is always looking for new places to invest. Whether bullish or bearish, both industries are focused on going global.

During my hospitality tenure, we couldn’t go a day without  talking about how to cover the every-expanding BRIC countries—Brazil, Russia, India, and China. If you were a hotel company, you were building—and building a lot—in one if not all of those countries. And for good reason.

While the U.S. economy was tanking, these regions were on the opposite trajectory. If you were going to develop a hotel, you’d be doing it in the BRIC countries. In fact, we just covered most of these developing destinations in our January/February issue, looking at Africa, China, Turkey, Dubai, and Southern India. Continue reading →

Lighting Up Christmas

Posted by on December 21, 2013 in Events, Products, The Economy, Trends

Every year growing up, my dad and I would plot to win the “Best Lights” award in our neighborhood. No matter how many different combinations of lights we came up with, we never even got close to an “Elf’s Choice” award. Still, we kept trying because one of the most important parts of decorating for Christmas, and decorating any space, is lighting.

I can imagine that the original founders of Hubbarton Forge felt similarly when they started designing light fixtures. George Chandler and Reed Hampton first fired up their first blacksmithing forge in 1974 in a barn in Castleton, Vermont and began a company known for its innovative designs. On December 5th and 6th of this year, Steve Rice, the director of commercial development for Hubbarton Forge, invited designers in the industry to their facility to get a behind-the-scenes look at the company craft.

hf2                         Christian Arkay-Leliever, Arkay-Leliever Creative Consultancy

“Our objective wasn’t just to increase sales in New England,” says Sarah Erich of Diane Erich & Associates, the representative of Hubbarton Forge in New England and New York and organizer of the event. Continue reading →

Best Booth Winners for HD Americas

Posted by on September 25, 2013 in Events, Products, The Economy

On Tuesday, September 24, we sent three judges on to the HD Americas show floor to search for the best booths of the show. Gonzalo Bustamante, Gonzalo Bustamante Design Works; Les Faulk, IHG; and Dieter Cartwright, Warren Red, deliberated, and the results are here. Congratulations to all the winners, and to a great showing at our very first HD Americas!

Best Branding: Sunbrella, # 815


Most Effective Use of Space: Vicalvi, #1911


Best Curb Appeal: PolArt, # 1609


Best Product Display: Global Views, #2201


Best Large Booth: Saccaro, #1105


Best Small Booth, two winners: Cerno, #1717, and FP Flourishes, #1322


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Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Posted by on December 2, 2010 in The Economy

I am in Dallas for our last CitySCENE of the year (which was a great success!), and I had the opportunity to have lunch with some of the ladies from Wilson Associates. As most conversations these days do, talk of the holidays, what's new at work, and what we were going to order, turned to the economy. Besides mentioning that they are sending out more proposals than last year (a good sign indeed), Margaret Brungart, Wilson's director of development, mentioned an article she read that said certain banks are looking to fund hotels rather than other investments since those type of loans have a greater rate of return. So maybe there is a light at the end of this tunnel? Take a read of the article yourself hereContinue reading →

Don’t Forget the Toilet Paper

Posted by on August 18, 2009 in The Economy | 11 comments

How do you make a dollar go a long way in a struggling economy if you are a hotel? How about offering a package that includes a stay with nothing but the bed? Yes, you heard me right. Gather your sleeping bag and camping supplies, it’s time to check in to the Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa.

At this San Diego inn, which just went through a $25 million dollar renovation, guests could opt for the special package, the Survivor Package, offering a truly “tentalizing” experience. Never slept in a tent? You have before but want to try it indoors? For just $19 a night, the inn will remove the mattress, frame, headboard, and pretty much everything else so that you could sleep in one of the 287 guestrooms in a tent as shown below.


And as guests give up certain amenities, the price drops.

The inn’s website asks “How Low Will You Go? Continue reading →