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René Gross Kærskov Talks Hospitality Design

René Gross Kærskov Talks Hospitality Design

René Gross Kærskov has an adventurous spirit. The Danish co-CEO of global hospitality design firm HBA has finished a marathon on all seven continents and the North Pole, where he battled below-zero temperatures while running a grueling circuit through small ...

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Dolce’s Richard Maxfield Discusses Meetings Outlook

Dolce’s Richard Maxfield Discusses Meetings Outlook

The slow recovery of group travel remains a concern for hoteliers that rely heavily on business from meetings, conventions, and federal contracts to fill rooms. STR reported that although group ADR increased 3.1 percent in October, group occupancy declined by ...

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Aimbridge’s Dave Johnson Talks Management Strategy

Aimbridge’s Dave Johnson Talks Management Strategy

When Dave Johnson co-founded Aimbridge Hospitality with Les Bentley, another former Wyndham executive, the firm had eight assets and about 1,000 rooms under management. Ten years later, the company now boasts 193 hotels with 27,000 rooms and has had compounded ...

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Hilton’s Kurt Smith Talks Innovation

Hilton’s Kurt Smith Talks Innovation

Kurt Smith and his product quality and innovation team at Hilton Worldwide play with ideas on a daily basis. As the vice president of PQI for the company’s focused-service brands, Smith oversees a 10-person team that develops and implements new ...

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Ashford CEO Discusses Prime Spin-Off

Ashford CEO Discusses Prime Spin-Off

In June, Ashford Hospitality Trust announced that it would launch a spin-off Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) called Ashford Hospitality Prime. The spin-off is expected to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in November and will focus ...

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