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Each week, Hotel Interactive® presents "This Week in Hospitality," an in-depth discussion on the week’s most prevalent hospitality industry issues. The show features top industry leaders, as well as critical news and analysis sure to educate, empower and entertain anyone in the lodging business. Other special interest programs are also included from time to time.
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Transforming the Group Meeting Experience - 6/30/2015
For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is in the Pocono’s as the brand new Camelback Lodge.
  • Camelback is a major ski area and they’ve been upping the summer fun quotient too. So we took opportunity to speak with Michelle Wescott, Director of Group Sales on how the new property will change the area’s dynamic for both families and meetings.
    Mind you this is no ordinary hotel, but houses the largest indoor water park in the northeast United States as well as a host of other indoor and outdoor amenities.
    So we chat with Michelle about all sorts of topics such as how to attract families to your hotel and what’s hot in group meetings when it comes to a new era of team building events. So much to learn from in this one. Plus, Glenn survived zip lining which was certainly not expected.

Jim Amorosia
Like a G6 - 6/19/2015
For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is in New York, NY and goes deep with the President & CEO of G6 Hospitality Jim Amorosia. The company of course has Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands.
  • This wide ranging interview covers the state of their brands, the rapidly changing face of economy/budget hotels, what consumers really want and we get a better understanding of the man himself with some great tips for career minded people to find success in this business.

WoodSpring Springs To Life - 6/5/2015
For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is in New York, NY and is dissecting a big change along with some top executives. That change is the grand debut of Woodspring Suites, which symbolizes a new direction for the former Value Place.
  • To understand the philosophy about the company’s new direction, we spoke with Bruce Haase, CEO and Mike Varner, SVP Brand Strategy and Marketing. The share all the info you need to know about why they made the big change, how it affects current hotels and the reason they feel this move is great for owners and customers.
    And of course we learn about the genesis of their newest and more upscale brand Woodspring Suites Signature. This is an amazing conversation about brand and consumer behavior evolution you don’t want to miss!

Best Western’s Miami Vib - 5/29/2015

For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is in Long Beach, CA and chatting with some of the key players at Best Western (www.bstwestern.com) about the brand new vib brand.

  • In fact he has Ron Pohl, SVP Brand Management; Mike Muir, VP North American Development and the developer of the first ever vib Richard Morello of Rebuild Miami Edgewater.

    Miami is a great place for the brand to debut and we get into all the specifics of the brand and why Rebuild Miami Edgewater has confidence this brand will deliver strong returns.

Red Lion Roars - 5/8/2015
For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is in Long Beach, CA and getting the inside scoop on the myriad changes at Red Lion Hotels Corporation (www.redlion.com). And boy oh boy are they clawing their way to success.
  • Glenn chats with Red Lion CEO Greg Mount and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Bill Linehan about their just closed deal to buy the GuestHouse International and Settle Inn portfolio, which will add 73 hotels to the company’s portfolio. But more important transforms the company from a regional player to a national powerhouse.
    They also discuss the new RL Hotel concept and many of the other exciting things going on throughout the organization.

Train, Train and Train Again - 4/27/2015
For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is in Tucson, AZ and discussing how critical a strong training program is to the success of a hotel.
  • So this week Glenn is chatting with HM Bookstore founder Rick Tomjenovic, who also happens to be a Partner in Tri-Star Hotel Group (http://www.tristarhotels.com) who’s in charge of operations and more. Rick is a guy who totally gets the importance of a well-trained team and wants to empower others to find new heights of success.
    In fact, he started HM Bookstore (www.hmbookstore.com) to give hoteliers the tools they need for success. They have amazing materials hoteliers can use to make sure their employees are the best at what they do.
    He’s joined by Pamela Barnhill, president and COO of InnSuites Hospitality Trust (NYSE: IHT) with 2 divisions, InnSuites Hotels & Suites which is her Owner/Operator group and InnDependent Boutique Collection (www.ibchotels.com), a group of 20,000 independent hotels. Pamela is not only a strong believer in training and customer service but also uses HM Bookstore with her team.
    The two groups have a new partnership, which they discuss too.

Del Sol Rises at La Quinta - 4/8/2015
For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is in Orlando at La Quinta Inns & Suites’ annual conference (www.lq.com).
  • He’s chatting with Rajiv Trivedi, La Quinta’s Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer all about the new Del Sol prototype, the first of which is about to open. And to share his thoughts on the opening we also have the owner of that very hotel Mike Patel on the show too.

This and That - 3/30/2015
For this week’s show Editor-in-Chief Glenn Haussman is in San Diego, CA at the amazing Hotel Del Coronado attending BITAC® Luxury (www.bitac.net)
  • He’s chatting with the legendary Bruce Ford, SVP Business Development with Lodging econometrics about pretty much everything hotel industry related. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and there is a possibility you will learn something.

Gettys Gets It - 2/13/2015
For this week’s show Editor in Chief Glenn Haussman is in Dallas talking with the Gettys guys. They all happened to be in the same city so they grabbed the mic and boy are the results interesting in this memorable conversation with Gettys’ Principals Ron Swidler and Dan Welborn.
  • The guys really get into and talk about the fundamental changes coming to a hotel near you. Using the new concept they created along with Red Lion, we get a deep dive into the future of lodging. From how guests will use a hotel to ways owners can make more money, it’s all part of one of the most fascinating interviews you’ll hear all year.

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