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The Lodging Conference 2023 - In the News

Hotel Execs Expect Industry To Inch Closer To Normal in 2024

Hotel CEOs share their insights and expectations for the industry in 2024, covering topics such as inflation, economy, capital markets, demand segments, international travel, leadership styles and work-life balance. They express optimism for the recovery of travel, but also acknowledge the challenges and uncertainties that lie ahead.

Lodging Conference Panels Point to Golden Age of Travel; Uncertain Short-Term Economic Outlook

The Lodging Conference kicked off on with the opening session of “Deals, Development, M&A” with the Top Hotel Development executives echoing the sentiment that we are now in the ‘Golden Age of Travel while diving into the current development conditions and the increased importance of brand families. The economic outlook by economist Bernie Baumohl points to growth in the second half of 2024..

AHLA Foundation names 2023 Peggy Berg Castell Award recipient

Julienne Smith, the chief development officer for Americas at IHG Hotels & Resorts, received the Peggy Berg Castell Award from the AHLA Foundation for her leadership and commitment to diversity and inclusion in the hospitality industry including creating programs that support women and underrepresented groups in hotel ownership and development.

HVS Conference Takeaways: The Lodging Conference 2023 - By Rod Clough

  • The challenges and opportunities of hotel development and financing
  • The gap between buyer and seller expectations
  • Innovations in hotel design and sustainability.

Chip Rogers talks industry challenges, goals for AHLA

  • Challenges and opportunities for hoteliers.
  • Labor Shortages and What is needed from Congress.
  • The meetings and events space: recovering from COVID-19.

5 Takeaways from the Lodging Conference on the Challenges, Opportunities Facing Hotels

  • Cash Flow, Financing challenges and solutions.
  • Potential risks and positive outlook for the hospitality Industry.
  • Sustainability and Eco-Ratings.
  • Women in Hospitality.
  • Bespoke Customer Experiences.

The Hotel Industry Still Has A Labor Problem

Top Hotel CEO’s discuss Labor Shortages and Opportunities in the Hospitality Industry

Project Management from Start to Finish: A Panel Discussion

Key bottlenecks or challenges in the current project management process, and steps to address them effectively. Ensure effective communication and collaboration between different teams and owners throughout the project’s lifecycle.Estimating project timelines and resource allocation. Adapt to changes and uncertainties during the project execution.

The Lodging Conference 2023: Women on the Scene with Insights, Economic Outlook and 2024 Projections

The 28th Annual Lodging Conference in Phoenix attracted a record number of attendees who discussed the economic outlook, the challenges and opportunities for the hotel industry, and the achievements of women leaders.

What’s new at The Lodging Conference? Harry Javer weighs in

Top Industry Leaders and Hotel Operators Come together in Record Attendance in a fun and relaxed atmosphere where deals can be made and relationships can be forged.

Hoteliers on Automation Replacing Jobs: 'It's Coming, It's Now and It's Happening'

Hoteliers at The Lodging Conference discussed how to cope with the labor shortage and connect with younger generations while also expressing their optimism for the recovery of the industry.

The Lodging Conference: Staffing Challenges Are Reaching A Breaking Point

  • The importance of tackling rising operating costs head on.
  • Best practices to operate more efficiently.
  • Talent Development and Retention.

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