Category: Awards

Life and all it holds for us in this industry

I have been remiss in keeping up with this Blog.  No excuses, so here I/we are again to talk about life.

What brought me to talking about life was an email from one of my staff about the passing of a leader in travel and tourism who I have known since my first day working in the industry with Carlson Travel.

Michelle Morgan, CEO at Signature Travel, worked tirelessly over so many years in the industry and made a terrific number of contributions to travel agents and suppliers to travel and tourism.  I remember her brilliance at Carlson with fond memories.  She was always so creative and so committed to whatever project she was working on.

We always hope, through our careers, that someone will notice the good that we are doing and hope that we can achieve this recognition during our time alive on earth.   Personally, I know so many people in our industry who give of themselves, of their capital and of their heart to helping others.

I make it a goal to ensure they are not forgotten and are celebrated in some way during their lives.  If you know of someone who deserves to be celebrated, you may email me for recognition here or enter them into our AWARDS for Person of the Year, or Hotelier of the Year.  Here is the link:



Frances Kiradjian
Founder and Chairwoman

It’s a Wrap!

The Inaugural Boutique & Lifestyle Leadership Symposium, held last week Oct. 22-24, 2012 at the Hollywood Roosevelt, a Thompson Hotel, was a smashing success!

The event, produced by BLLA (Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association) shot off into new space not seen by the industry in quite awhile, if at all.  It’s a simple concept but one that seems to have been overlooked by most conferences today.  That is …. taking care of attendees as if they were checking into a five star hotel. 

CEO Panel Discussion

From the non-commercialized and professional-looking conference garb (lanyards, bags and the such) to the tidbits of surprises during the panel discussions such as the hotel chef serving up oxygen-laced popcorn, the event was seen as innovative and inspiring from start to finish.

Here are some of the words used to describe attendees experience (from non-solicited emails received the day after the event):

achievement environmental leadership specialty
advantge excellence networking spectacular
agility excellent new streamed live
amazing exceptional opportunity success
appreciation extraordinary passionate talented
approachable fantastic perfect technological
assembling fresh perserverence the best
attention fun personal think-tank
caring heavy-hitters perspective thrilled
compelling historic positive thrilling
competitive honor powerhouse trends
congratulations immaculate preferences unique
connectivity individual privilege valued
current inspiring productive  vision
deeper interesting proud warm
delight intimate refreshing well-executed
dreams intriguing  relationship well-planned
electrifying knowledge relevant well-run
engaging  leaders smart wonderful 

Further testimonials are available here:

We will be writing more in the coming days of the panel discussions, entertainment and other events surrounding the Symposium.

Signing off for now.

BLLA Founder, Frances Kiradjian

Announcing the 2012 Award Winners

September 14, 2012 – BLLA Announces the winners of it’s 2012 Boutique & Lifestyle Hospitality Awards.


The Betsy Hotel Miami Beach, FL – 2012 Boutique Hotel of the Year WINNER

The Hotel Sorella, Houston, TX – 2012 Lifestyle Hotel of the Year WINNER

Jonathan Plutzik, Principal owner and Chairman, The Betsy Hotel Miami Beach – 2012 Hotelier of the Year WINNER


The Story of Soap

Happy Wednesday everyone!

We’re so excited about our upcoming International Boutique and Lifestyle Leadership Symposium in October in Los Angeles!

We’re even more excited about the charity we will be supporting at the Symposium : Clean the World.  Have you ever wondered what happens to that bar of soap in your hotel room after you check-out? I know I have. Many different soap scenarios have crossed my mind and I’ve always either quickly forgotten about them or just wondered and realized there’s nothing I can do about it…Wrong!

Enter : Clean the World.

Mission? To collect, recycle and distribute hotel soaps to people who need it most.

Reason?  To improve hygiene, sanitation and living conditions worldwide.

Bottom Line? Because soap saves lives.

Want to see how Clean the World is changing lives around the world? Watch these inspirational and heartwarming videos below of Clean the World in action.

Clean the World Guatemala Soap Distribution (April 2012) 

Wasted Soap, Wasted Opportunity 

Clean the World – Saving Lives, Changing History 

CBS Evening News:  A Little Soap, A Big Difference in Haiti (Oct. 2010) 

It’s so inspiring learning about the volunteers around the world working for a cleaner world. Don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE October 22-24, 2012 for the International Boutique Lifestyle Leadership Symposium in Los Angeles for a chance to become inspired about even more sustainable and socially responsible practices and products regarding the global hospitality industry.

Click here to register.

For a cleaner world ,