Hotels Curated NYC, a half-day long event focusing on trends in design, technology and branding in the hospitality industry, will take place on October 4, 2013, from 2-6 pm at 55 Gansevoort Street, New York. Organized by The N Group and Indiewalls, Hotels Curated NYC will focus on the creation of new and innovative hotel spaces in the New York metropolitan area that not only have a revenue upside potential and customer loyalty benefit, but also create community and value for the neighborhoods they inhabit. The advance registration price for Hotels Curated NYC is $120.00. There is limited press seating available. If you would like to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible.
New York City’s dynamic hotel industry is ever-changing, and has been adding more hotel rooms at a faster rate than the national average. It is estimated that 73 properties are under construction across all five boroughs, which will add 16,000 new rooms to current inventory by 2016 (NYC & Company). With renewed optimism in hotel development, and consumers looking for the ‘it’ property, new hotels are increasingly trying to differentiate themselves from the competition.
Two elements are critical in infusing uniqueness into a hotel property – its brand and its design. Both these elements affect not only consumers’ initial desire to book a room, but also their experience during their stay and their subsequent decision to return or not.
“At Hotels Curated NYC, movers and shakers of the hospitality industry will discuss and share insights into how innovative hotel properties and brands are developed and created,” said Nikita Sarkar, CEO and Founder of the N Group. “Our goal is to create an engaging, fun and content-rich networking forum that allows influential leaders to explore together opportunities and challenges in the lodging sector, especially in the trendy, independent and boutique hotel space.”
The Hotels Curated NY event will have two panel discussions and a special “Innovators Showcase,” followed by cocktails.
Panel 1 – The Producers – This panel will explore the critical thinking behind development of hotels with unique brand personalities. Expert panelists including Michael Achenbaum, President, Gansevoort Hotel Group, Steven Kamali, President, Steven Kamali Hospitality, and Will Obeid, President and CEO, Gemini Real Estate will discuss what goes into development and brand creation, their past projects, successes (and failures), lessons learned, and current trends shaping the industry.
Panel 2 – The Creators – This panel will explore trends and innovations in hotel design and value-add guest experiences. Expert panelists include: Michael Adams, Editor in Chief, Hospitality Design Magazine, Shawn Basler, Principal, Perkins Eastman, Jeffrey Beers, Founder and CEO, Jeffrey Beers International, Brendan McNamara, Senior VP, Brand Development, Design, Communications, Hampshire Hotels Management, LLC, Vikram Chatwal Hotels, Lisa Zandee, Senior Vice President, Brand Management, Denihan Hospitality Group and Julie Frank, Global Director of Design for Le Meridien Hotels, Starwood
The Innovators Showcase – The showcase will feature quick pitches from select top innovative companies leading the next wave of hospitality tech and service delivery. Featured speakers include Cheryl Rosner, Founder of Stayful.com and Elie Seidman, Co-Founder and CEO of Oyster.com.
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