As hotels continue to evolve with the changing times, we are seeing new ways of approaching this multi-billion dollar industry. Even with the large brands, we are seeing a more personable approach to the industry, and an ever-growing importance to provide innovative properties with exceptional services and guest experiences. With these changes, we are seeing events such as Hotels Curated NYC emerge, which bring a refreshed sense of responsibility to the hospitality industry.
On October 4, 2013, Hotels Curated NYC will be a half-day event that will focus on the trends in design, technology and branding within the hospitality industry. Organized by The N Group and Indiewalls, Hotels Curated NYC will focus on the creation of new and innovative hotel spaces in the New York metropolitan area that not only have a revenue upside potential and customer loyalty benefit, but also create community and value for their neighborhoods. The event itself will include two panel discussions with an impressive list of guest speakers, followed by a special Innovators Showcase, before ending the day with a cocktail reception.
“At Hotels Curated NYC, movers and shakers of the hospitality industry will discuss and share insights into how innovative hotel properties and brands are developed and created,” said Nikita Sarkar, CEO and Founder of the N Group. “Our goal is to create an engaging, fun and content-rich networking forum that allows influential leaders to explore together opportunities and challenges in the lodging sector, especially in the trendy, independent and boutique hotel space.”
Panel 1: The Producers – This panel will explore the critical thinking behind development of hotels with unique brand personalities. Expert panelists including Michael Achenbaum, President, Gansevoort Hotel Group; Steven Kamali, President, Steven Kamali Hospitality; and Will Obeid, President and CEO, Gemini Real Estate will discuss what goes into development and brand creation, their past projects, successes (and failures), lessons learned, and current trends shaping the industry.
Panel 2: The Creators – This panel will explore trends and innovations in hotel design and value-add guest experiences. Expert panelists include: Michael Adams, Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design Magazine; Shawn Basler, Principal, Perkins Eastman; Jeffrey Beers, Founder and CEO, Jeffrey Beers International; Brendan McNamara, Senior VP, Brand Development, Design, Communications, Hampshire Hotels Management, LLC, Vikram Chatwal Hotels; Lisa Zandee, Senior Vice President, Brand Management, Denihan Hospitality Group; and Julie Frank, Global Director of Design for Le Meridien Hotels and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
The Innovators Showcase – The showcase will feature quick pitches from select top innovative companies leading the next wave of hospitality tech and service delivery. Featured speakers include Cheryl Rosner, Founder of Stayful.com and Elie Seidman, Co-Founder and CEO of Oyster.com.