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February 28, 2018
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New BLLA member, Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara, CA has been listed as one of the Best New Hotels in the World by Travel & Leisure (see story below). On property, patrons can gather for a fine dining experience at Blackbird - 'Classic meets contemporary at the hotel’s signature restaurant, featuring exquisite Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with an emphasis on Santa Barbara-sourced, hyper-seasonal ingredients. With the Pacific Ocean and the Funk Zone as a backdrop, Blackbird offers a sleek, wholly unpretentious atmosphere.'

New BLLA member, Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara, CA has been listed as one of the Best New Hotels in the World by Travel & Leisure (see story below). On property, patrons can gather for a fine dining experience at Blackbird - "Classic meets contemporary at the hotel’s signature restaurant, featuring exquisite Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with an emphasis on Santa Barbara-sourced, hyper-seasonal ingredients. With the Pacific Ocean and the Funk Zone as a backdrop, Blackbird offers a sleek, wholly unpretentious atmosphere."

This Week's BLLA Commentary

Women on Boards in Travel & Hospitality

Women’s equality has been put into the spotlight recently including the subject around the #MeToo movement, and the response has been tremendous, with an increase in the number of female-focused conferences and meetups. While the issue has been taken out of the dark and into the public eye, there is still a need for change within in the corporate setting, primarily within positions of power such as top executives and public and private boards.

Why is this important to the travel industry?

The main reason is due to demographics; with women making up 70% of all travel buying decisions, two-thirds of travelers, and 54% of the affluent traveler market as stated by Travel Weekly. This market is why hotel brands like Inter-Continental and Wyndham have made strides in providing services that target women such as providing hand held clothing steamers, larger bathrooms, yoga equipment and more. According to Travel + Leisure, some hotel operators are beginning to target the needs and desires of solo female travelers with new room design, extra security features, and luxury bath products.

Taking on this initiative as a travel company in 2018 is a huge deal. Even beyond the times and current events in women’s rights and equality, there is an excellent business decision when your primary demographic is women. Who best to understand how to target women but other women?

I personally believe there has never been a better time for women to step up to be considered an integral member of the many Boards around the world who are now assessing who is sitting in the Boardroom and are making a concerted effort to change it, immediately. This is certainly an exciting and opportunistic time for women in the world!

READ the full Blog.

Frances Kiradjian

Frances Kiradjian

Founder & Chair, BLLA

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Lido House, A Beach-Style Boutique Hotel, Will Open in Newport Beach

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Lido House, A Beach-Style Boutique Hotel, Will Open in Newport Beach


Lido House, a Cape Cod-style boutique hotel steps away from Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, California...


Sydney's Mosman to get its first boutique luxury hotel, The Albert

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Sydney's Mosman to get its first boutique luxury hotel, The Albert


Sydney's affluent lower north shore's Mosman is set to get its first new luxury hotel after boutique hotel group Emerald City obtained development approval to build the 26-room luxury hotel, The Albert at Cowles Road.


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Be one of the first to explore the best new Barcelona attractions for 2018

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Be one of the first to explore the best new Barcelona attractions for 2018


Featuring a rooftop bar, outdoor pool, nightclub and lounge, the 100-room property lies adjacent to the covered Santa Caterina Market, and is moments from major landmarks, city beaches and shopping on Passeig de Gràcia.


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Be one of the first to explore the best new Barcelona attractions for 2018

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Pearl Rotana Capital Centre hotel in Abu Dhabi to open on March 10


The new property is aimed at both business and leisure travellers and features five restaurants, a club lounge and a Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club, which has a gym, rooftop pool and sauna, steam and massage rooms.


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Boutique Hotel Spotlights

Owl and the Pussycat, Sri Lanka - hotel review

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Owl and the Pussycat, Sri Lanka - hotel review


Ben Norum finds an idyllic and artsy retreat on Sri Lanka’s sunny southeastern corner


Inside the Historic Hotel Figueroa’s Gorgeous Remodel in Downtown LA

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Inside the Historic Hotel Figueroa’s Gorgeous Remodel in Downtown LA


Downtown’s hotel renaissance is in full swing, and the latest name to start booking rooms is none other than Hotel Figueroa. The longstanding boutique property has actually been situated in Downtown since 1926, but a massive multi-million-dollar rehab project has just now been completed, meaning hotel guests, L.A. Live attendees, and locals alike can swing through for a drink, a bite to eat, or an overnight stay.


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Dog Sledding and Wolf-Watching in Wyoming, With a Boutique Hotel as Home Base

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Dog Sledding and Wolf-Watching in Wyoming, With a Boutique Hotel as Home Base


After a proper musher’s lunch of homemade chili, cornbread, hot apple cider, and huckleberry chocolates, I head back to Jackson to get situated at the cozy Anvil Hotel, a 49-room converted ski lodge built in the 1950s. Purchased by Eagle Point Hotel Partners and retrofitted by Brooklyn design firm Studio Tack last spring, the property oozes quintessential mountain-town charm.


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Industry News

Our Editors’ Picks of the Best New Hotels in the World (note: featured above - Hotel Californian is listed)

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Our Editors’ Picks of the Best New Hotels in the World (note: featured above - Hotel Californian is listed)


Spread across three buildings, the hotel [Californian] and its 121 rooms have lavish Spanish Mission and Moorish design cues...


Magee Homestead Named Five-Star Hotel by Forbes Travel Guide in Its Official 2018 Star Rating Announcement

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Magee Homestead Named Five-Star Hotel by Forbes Travel Guide in Its Official 2018 Star Rating Announcement


Forbes Travel Guide recently unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming Magee Homestead, the boutique wellness retreat offering of Wyoming’s Brush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection, as a new Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel following its very first submission. Magee Homestead will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide.com.


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Airbnb Plus is rolling out for travelers who’d really rather stay in a hotel

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Airbnb Plus is rolling out for travelers who’d really rather stay in a hotel


As Airbnb celebrates ten years, the now ubiquitous home rental site is releasing new options that seem aimed wooing hotel-lovers who have yet to come around to renting a bed in a stranger’s home.


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This Week's Resources

  Single Parent Family Travel – An Untapped Niche Market
  Couples generally have an extra set of hands, a second disciplinary voice and can act as a tag team to allow some individual downtime. I know many single parents that would flock to a destination or hotel that catered to them. Members of the travel industry, please take a look at what single parent families would love to see from you to make us travel more. We want to give you our money.
  http://www.hotelexecutive.com/business_review/5591/single-par...
  How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing the Game for the Hotel Industry
  Artificial Intelligence has already made a mark across varied businesses and the hospitality industry is fast catching up with this trend. While the hotel industry is an already crowded market, innovation is the key element for hotel owners to stay ahead of the competition.
  http://www.hotel-online.com/press_releases/release/how-artificial-int...
  Luxury F&B profits from focus on variety, non-guests
  To keep revenues flowing in from F&B, it’s important for luxury hotels to make sure their offerings are up to par for guests, which includes the overall dining experience, sources said. James Overbaugh, director of global F&B operations at The Peninsula Hotels, said F&B options do well across his company’s portfolio because they cater to “the luxury global traveler.”
  http://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Articles/275555/Luxury-FandB-profits-f...

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February 28, 2018
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