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Boutique Hotel Investment Conference 2024: A Resounding Success

Los Angeles, CA – June 13, 2024 – The Boutique Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) is proud to announce the resounding success of the Boutique Hotel...

Los Angeles, CA – June 13, 2024 – The Boutique Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) is proud to announce the resounding success of the Boutique Hotel Investment Conference held on June 5, 2024, at The Florence Gould Hall. The event brought together visionaries, investors, and leaders from the boutique hospitality industry, marking a pivotal moment for innovation and collaboration in the sector.

This year’s conference kicked off with a lively Welcome Opening presentation by BLLA’s Partner and COO, Ariela Kiradjian. She started with a brief overview of the popularity and investment climate of the boutique hotel investment community. Ariela also announced two exciting new partnerships, including the launch of the association’s first BLLA Luxury Academy in collaboration with Équité and collaboration with Hotels ByDesign (HBD) where she will also be a presenter in the show. The video introduction of this program included an interview with Ariela alongside Mike Chapman (who was also present on stage at the conference with Ariela), Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the program, which is shown primetime on commercial television via CBS and streaming elsewhere. The first three HBD projects for season 3 were also announced, including BLLA Members 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay, located in Hawaii on the Verdant Cliffs of Kaua’i’s North Shore, Amangiri – a secluded resort in Canyon Point, Utah, and Hemlock Neversink in The Catskills, New York.

This year’s event featured many well-known distinguished speakers, including a keynote interview with Alan Fuerstman, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Montage International, and his son Michael Fuerstman, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Pendry Hotels. Their insights on running a family hospitality business, leadership, luxury, and boutique hotel investment captivated the audience, setting the tone for a day of inspiring dialogue and forward-thinking discussions. Their talk also underscored the evolving landscape of boutique hotels and the significance of innovation in maintaining a competitive edge.

Event Highlights:

  • Panel Discussions: Industry experts engaged in dynamic panel discussions covering topics such as the future of boutique hotel investments, sustainability in hospitality, and the impact of technology on guest experiences. These sessions provided attendees with actionable insights and strategies to navigate the ever-changing market.
  • Networking Opportunities: The conference facilitated numerous networking opportunities, allowing attendees to connect with potential investors, partners, and collaborators. The vibrant exchange of ideas and the forging of new relationships highlighted the event’s role as a catalyst for growth and innovation within the boutique hotel investment industry.
  • BLLA Vendor Partner Participation: A diverse range of partners, showcased through their sponsorship of the event, included cutting-edge products and services tailored specifically to the needs of boutique hotels. 

Closing Remarks: The Boutique Hotel Investment Conference 2024 was a testament to the resilience and creativity of the boutique hospitality sector. BLLA is grateful to all speakers, sponsors, and attendees for their invaluable contributions to the event’s success. The conference not only celebrated the achievements of the industry but also laid the groundwork for future advancements and collaborations. View images of the event here

As we look ahead, BLLA remains committed to supporting and empowering the boutique hotel community. We eagerly anticipate the next planned conference, the Boutique Hotel Owners Conference scheduled for September 16-17, 2024 in the Los Angeles area as part of the association’s leadership as well as the continued evolution of this vibrant industry.

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About BLLA

BLLA is the world’s most innovative and progressive organization dedicated to the luxury independent boutique lifestyle industries. The association connects the world’s most dynamic executives with cutting-edge business and operational insight. BLLA’s membership benefits allow access to the world’s leading minds through events, research, and education. Our mission (corporate manifesto) is to provide leadership and opportunities for global recognition and connections to the world’s best companies, investors, and developers. All resulting in strategic interactions and access to information that helps people and organizations thrive. Join the movement BLLA gave birth to in 2009 and become a part of something unique, exciting, and inspirational.

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