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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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Bill DeForrest
The Secret Sauce - 9/11/2014
  • Management companies have been around for decades, but after the Great Recession there was a sharp jump in the number of these companies as hotels looked for more profits.
    We chat with someone who has been in the business for decades and is a master hotelier. We’re talking about Bill DeForrest, President and CEO of Spire Hospitality. In the business for 35 years he shares stories from his career, what a long standing management company can do to a hotel’s bottom line and empowers YOU to be more successful with some amazing career advice.
    Visit them at http://www.spirehotels.com

Sean Worker
A Different Kind of Hospitality - 9/2/2014
Hotels come in all different forms even if they don’t seem like hotels at all. Take the serviced apartments industry. They are a completely different financial model from hotels yet follow the same basic fundamentals.
  • In today’s show we learn all about this different approach to hospitality from the President and CEO of BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, Sean Worker. Sean had plenty of experience in the traditional hotel world before switching to this specific nice.
    You’ll hear about how this business work, why it’s successful, what are consumers’ expectations and what does this trend mean to your business.
    Get more information on BridgeStreet Global Hospitality at: http://www.bridgestreet.com/.

Roger Bloss
Vantage Makes Massive Move - 8/22/2014
After the recent news that Vantage Hospitality has bought Americas Best Franchising we needed to get the scoop on this Big Deal right from the source.
  • This week Glenn chats with Vantage Founder, President and CEO Roger Bloss to fully understand what the deal means to his company, hoteliers and the competition.
    We also get an update from Bloss on other stuff going on in the company and get his insight on some other stuff his company is working on and where he sees opportunity.
    Get more information on Vantage and the acquisition: www.vantagehospitality.com
    We go deep with this show to give you folks amazing insight.

Hampton’s Ideal Getaway and A Look at Hilton Extended Stay - 8/15/2014
This week Glenn is focusing on a couple of great interviews from the executives at Hilton worldwide.
  • First up is Judy Christa-Cathey, VP, Focused Service Brand Marketing, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Hotels. This is a great interview focusing on how people are wasting away their lives doing chores rather than spending time with family. We take a deep look at a new survey tied around Hampton’s Embrace Your Weekend Self campaign and how they are tying the survey to a great new marketing campaign that encourages people to take a special quiz determining the city that they should visit. Try the “What’s Your Ideal Weekend Getaway?” quiz and see where you should go next weekend.
    Then we chat with Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton to go over Home2’s and discuss Homewood’s expansion, the extended-stay market and new initiatives Hilton is rolling out for the brands on the consumer side.

Who Knew Bermuda Was This Nice? - 8/1/2014
This week Glenn is in Bermuda and talking with Bruce Ford, SVP of Lodging Econometrics. We have to warn you this is a short episode and we explain why, but every minute is worth the listen. You’ll enjoy the insights and maybe even have a laugh to start that weekend off right.

The New New Yorker - 7/18/2014
This week Glenn is in Manhattan checking out the transformation of the venerable New Yorker hotel. Now through a massive update the hotel is experiencing many changes. Including become a Wyndham branded property.
  • So for this week Glenn chats with John Yazbeck, Director of Sales and Marketing of the rebranded Wyndham New Yorker Hotel and we take you through what it’s like running a hotel through such a big project and how to position a hotel for a bright new future. It’s a very interesting and detailed chat you’ll find fascinating.

The Lost Episode - 7/11/2014
Well not really lost, just delayed. We taped this one early last month but took a little longer than expected to get it posted. That doesn’t matter though as it is highly relevant and dare we say entertaining.
  • Here’s the scoop: Editor in Chief Glenn Haussman is in New York City getting set for the NYU Hospitality Conference and is chatting with Brice Ford of Lodging Econometrics.
    They talk about the state of the hotel industry, have some laughs and provide you with pointers on how to leverage the current lodging landscape. They also chat about trends and the North American hotel development pipeline.

Brian Wogernese
Cobblestone Cobbling Together Major Brand - 7/3/2014
Editor in Chief Glenn Haussman chats with Cobblestone Hotels’ President Brian Wogernese to share a wonderful feel good story.
  • Wogernese and his team are doing what the big brands have found elusive; building a brand focused on small town America. The all new construction brand and its sister conversion brand Boarders Inns and Suites are exploding and it’s amazing to us just how quick these folks are growing.
    Best part is the company never expected to see the success they had. In fact, they only did this company because people were demanding it. How could that be? We expose the ingredients of the secret sauce in this all American interview perfect for the Independence Day holiday weekend.

BITAC Global, Monaco
Monaco, Money And the Global Hotel Scene - 6/20/2014
Editor in Chief Glenn Haussman is in Europe for BITAC Global and has lots to report about the global hotel scene from his hotel room in Monte Carlo.
  • Of course he can’t do a show like this on his own so he gathered some of the crew together to make this show special. We have Mark Viola and back after some absence Bruce Ford of Lodging Econometrics. The guys chat about cultural differences in The Mediterranean, the true meaning of opulence and why do they seem to have it figured out in this part of the world. Then of course they cover the global hotel scene giving you incredible insight into the global new construction pipeline.

    Expect to laugh and learn with this episode.

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