BLLA On the Edge
May. 9, 2012

BLLA Leadership Conference — Very early bird pricing ends Friday

Welcome new BLLA members!

A Warm Welcome to Supplier member, Farmers Insurance Group.

BLLA is excited to welcome AKA Luxury Serviced Apartments, each one a boutique lifestyle experience. Find more information here —
Properties include:
Central Park, New York
Times Square, New York
Sutton Place, New York
United Nations, New York
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
White House, Washington, D.C.
Virginia Square, Arlington, VA
Beverly Hills, CA
West End, London, U.K.

BLLA is pleased to welcome the Vivanta Group, as well as select properties by TAJ in India Australia, the U.K. and U.S.; with exclusive consortia rates for BLLA agencies.
Properties include:
Vivanta By Taj Whitefield Bangalore
Vivanta By Taj — M G Road, Bangalore
Vivanta By Taj — Yeshwantpur Bangalore
Taj Boston
Taj Cape Town
Vivanta By Taj Fisherman's Cove
Vivanta By Taj — Connemara, Chennai
Vivanta By Taj Malabar
Vivanta By Taj Surya
Taj Holiday Village
Fort Aguada Beach Resort
Taj Exotica Goa
Vivanta By Taj Begumpet
Vivanta By Taj — Bekal, Kerala
Vivanta By Taj — Kovalam, Kerala
51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites And Residences
Vivanta By Taj — President Mumbai
Vivanta By Taj — Ambassador, New Delhi
The Pierre — A Taj Hotel
Vivanta By Taj — Blue Diamond
Taj Campton Place
Blue Sydney — A Taj Hotel
Vivanta By Taj — Trivandrum, KeralaMore

High-tech hotels add ease and luxury
While flat-screen TVs, wireless Internet and iPod stations have become standard amenities at many hotels, some innovators are hoping to attract guests with high-tech gadgets like Moodpads and automated espresso machines. With features that include electronic room privacy settings and spa reservations at the touch of a button, technology may be the latest secret to getting a more relaxing stay.More

W Hotel reveals 'rebellious underground' in New Orleans French Quarter
Hotel Management
W French Quarter will unveil a new image this summer, inspired by New Orleans as it transforms the look of its 97 guestrooms, living room, restaurant and bar. The first phase of the guestroom redesign has already been completed. For the redesigned guestrooms, two design concepts were used, said to have been inspired by the jazz and the mystery of tarot. Each room will boast a palate of clean lines and modern blacks and whites, mixed with gold tones and primary colors. More

Karl Lagerfeld to makeover Monaco's Hotel Metropole
The Telegraph
The fashion world's most prolific multitasker, designer Karl Lagerfeld, is branching out in to the world of luxury hotels. Having cut his teeth with a suite made from chocolate for ice cream giant Magnum, the Chanel creative director is redesigning the Hotel Métropole in Monte Carlo, making over its exterior premises including the pool, terrace, gardens and a new Joel Robuchon restaurant.More

Dubai shipbuilder dives into business of underwater hotels
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Dubai is splashing into the business of underwater hotels again. The Gulf emirate's state shipbuilding division Drydocks World said in a statement it has signed on with a Swiss company to become the sole Middle East construction contractor of the futuristic hotels.More

Luxury general manager pay in North America
What are the factors that decide how much a general manager should be paid? HVS looks at compensation trends in North America's top six cities to answer this question. Findings indicate New York City luxury general managers receive the highest median base salary of $265,309 followed by San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington D.C. More

Viceroy Hotel Group expands into Europe
Breaking Travel News
Viceroy Hotel Group will operate the new Nef Bebeköy development in Istanbul, Turkey. Viceroy Istanbul, a luxury five-star urban resort, is scheduled to open in late 2013 and will mark Viceroy Hotel Group's first European property, and second hotel project in Turkey after the Viceroy Bodrum which is currently under development and slated to open in 2014.More

Oetker to open 10 Mideast hotels
Emirates 24/7
Frank Marrenbach, CEO of Oetker Hotels Collection, has announced that the European luxury hotel chain is eyeing a range of hotels in the Middle East in the coming years and has initiated talks with potential partners in the region. "The OHC is focusing on the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey," Marrenbach said.More

Emotion and hotel websites — Does yours have sex appeal?
Ask a seasoned salesman what finally drove the sale. Indeed, analyze TV and print commercials that work to find the common driving point that generated the sale. In almost every case you will see that emotion was the driver. Why did boutique hotels have such a success when they started in the 1980s? Because the individually decorated rooms and hotels delivered a new and exciting emotional response.More

Understanding smartphone use as a luxury travel company
Hospitality Net
The buzz around SoLoMo — social, local and mobile — and the usage pattern of smartphone users has varied connotations for different travel companies. Travel marketers need to adapt themselves as they look for new ways to enable meaningful experiences with their target consumers.More

Hot for 2013: Lots of color, buzzing hotel lobbies
Conde Nast Traveler
Experts Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat — hotel architects and interior designers — predict the trends that will heat up the hospitality industry in 2013. "Once, you almost felt like you needed permission to go into a hotel lobby," they said. "But the new crop of hotels are becoming so inclusive that they seem to almost welcome loiterers. Look for more long tables, accessible power strips, and indoor-outdoor aesthetics that encourage people to walk right in."More

Design trend defies the law of gravity
Hotels Magazine
There's something magical about suspended furniture. In fact, architect Robert Bernstein uses an accurate term for furniture that appears to be floating by referring to it as the "anti-wallflower design."More

Starwood to open 40 hotels in Middle East, North Africa over 5 years
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plans to open 40 new hotels in the Middle East and North Africa over the next five years, the hotel operator said. The company currently has nearly 70 high-end hotels in the region, including a recently opened Westin in Abu Dhabi and St. Regis in Qatar. It has a long history in the area, beginning with its opening of a Sheraton in 1966 in Kuwait.More

Sunstone's Chicago hotel purchase part of expansion plan
Sunstone Hotel Investors agreed to buy the Wyndham Chicago hotel from Blackstone Group for $88.4 million as part of a plan to expand in major U.S. cities including Boston, Washington and New York. The 417-room hotel will be renamed the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile. More

Marriott makes it 16 in Thailand
eTravel Blackboard
Marriott International will open three new properties in Thailand this year, further strengthening its position in the country with 16 hotels in its Thai portfolio. The Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa, The Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit and the Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok-Sukhumvit Thonglor will all open in 2012, adding to an already extensive portfolio of hotels and brands.More

Hotel calms image amid bankruptcy
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser via Chicago Tribune
Hotel owner M Waikiki LLC and Modern Management Service LLC have been carving out a new brand since August. Efforts began after the firing of former hotel manager Marriott amid a hostile takeover and subsequent bankruptcy filing. After the initial shuffle, the property was renamed the Modern Honolulu. The Modern is battling to position itself among Oahu's top luxury properties.More