Thank you to all who made our 2018 Executive Women’s Conference the best yet!

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March 14, 2018
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March 8th, 2018 - Top ladies (and a few gentlemen) in Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism gathered on International Women’s Day for the Travel Industry Executive Women’s Conference at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Click here for photo coverage of the event.

March 8th, 2018 - Top ladies (and a few gentlemen) in Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism gathered on International Women’s Day for the Travel Industry Executive Women’s Conference at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Click here for photo coverage of the event.

This Week's BLLA Commentary

THANK YOU!

On March 8th, people all over the world came together in the spirit of celebrating women – something we are passionate about at BLLA. The association powers the Executive Women’s Network, whose aim is to support and uplift professional women in their industries. Our conferences help spread our message while recognizing outliers on stage.

This past Thursday (International Women’s Day), saw the best installment of the Executive Women’s Conference to date! Our beautiful venue, coupled the BLLA touch and a bit of LA sun all came together for a gorgeous event.

Our panelists ranged from pilots to interior designers, agents to technologists and everything in between. Major take-aways from our panels included:

• VR continues to dominate hotel technology trends

• Hotels must be designed with “virality” in mind – what will make someone want to share my property online?

• Small touches like full length mirrors in guest rooms can take a property up a star rating

• Dichotomy between business travel and leisure travel is history

• Buying power lies with female travelers

All these topics and many many more were touched on over the course of the day at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Conference images and footage can be reviewed at this link.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the SLS, to our amazing sponsors and most importantly to all who attended, and who continue to support the association and our efforts.

If you were in attendance, please take a moment to complete our feedback survey! Respondents will be entered into a drawing to win one of two complimentary registrations to the Boutique Hotel Investment Conference (June 6th – NYC).

We will see you at the next conference!

Frances Kiradjian

Frances Kiradjian

Founder & Chair, BLLA

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Association Announcements

Career Opportunity: At the intersection of hospitality and art, and near the corner of an urban entertainment district and Lake Michigan, Marcus Hotels & Resorts is reimagining a 221-room full-service branded property into Milwaukee’s new and only hotel focused on both visual and performing arts.  The company is seeking an experienced, innovative, and creative General Manager who will drive an extraordinary culture and experience for its guests and associates. Connect with the Marcus team to learn more and express your interest in this opportunity by applying online at http://www.marcuscareers.com or by emailing matthewmartin@marcushotels.com.


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This Week's Resources

  Rate and Bookings Growth Continue Positive Trend
  North American hoteliers are continuing to experience healthy gains across both ADR and bookings for all travel segments, up 0.6% and 1.3%, respectively, in the first quarter of the year, according to data released by TravelClick from its February 2018 North American Hospitality Review (NAHR).
  https://www.hotelbusiness.com/rate-and-bookings-growth-contin...
  Deliver Superior Guest Experiences: The Convergence of Guest Facing Mobile and Service Request Management Systems
  Technology continues to transform the way guests want to communicate with your property. The latest trend is guest-facing mobile communication, a new channel for service requests. These systems allow travelers to bypass the traditional voice call to the front desk. Guests today can make requests via smartphone texts, in-room tablets, television sets, and voice-controlled devices like Amazon's Alexa.
  https://www.hotel-online.com/press_releases/release/deliver-superior...

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March 14, 2018
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