By Zeftron®nylon’s Marketing Specialist Richard Radke
I recently attended a regional trade show that the NEWH Atlanta Chapter hosted in metro Atlanta. The event featured a Panelist Discussion to discuss the outlook of the hospitality industry. The panel was moderated by Michele Finn, President, Hospitality Media Group, and featured several Atlanta-based industry leaders, including:
- Carlos Asensio, Project Manager, Noble Investment Group
- Larry Carver, President, Carver & Associates
- Alice Limer, Founding Principal & CEO, Fusion A.I. Design, Inc.
- Mark Linch, SVP Project & Technical Services, Capella Hotel Group
All participants agreed that the outlook was good for 2016. Mark had some reservations but Alice thought that since the last few years have been strong, orders would still be strong for ongoing projects in 2016. At Zeftron we agree that renovations may be wrapping up but new brands and new concepts are moving forward.
Other key highlights from the panel discussion included:
- Boutique concepts will continue to be important, even for senior living environments.
- Technology, a huge factor in today’s hospitality industry, should not be the tail that wags the dog. It should be used judiciously and should be proven so there are no surprises or failures during installations.
- The desk is going bye-bye. Younger people are not using the desks so commonly found in hotel rooms today; they are being re-thought with fold-away surfaces being considered.
One interesting part of the session was when Michelle Finn asked each participant to name their favorite hotel. Mark said Capella, but he admitted that he had an unbelievable experience at the 10-room Costa Rican Hotel Copa de Arbol. I want to go! Who wants to join me?