Tag: hospitality industry

StayBoutique© Twitter Chat Highlights

On Friday September 25th, BLLA (@BoutiqueLodging) hosted our first monthly #StayBoutique Twitter Chat and it was a rousing success! With over 300 tweets shared on the topic over the course of the hour we had participation from some fantastic tastemakers and hoteliers around the world.  The event was co-hosted by Niki Leondakis (@Niki_Leondakis) CEO of Commune Hotels. If you missed it this time, we plan to do it monthly, so join us next time. In the meantime, check out some of the highlights below.

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If you want to see all the tweets, just type the hashtag #StayBoutique in your search bar on Twitter and you will see the feed from the chat in your feed. If you’d like to join in on the next one feel free to email us at info@blla.org and we will send you the questions out a few days in advance. Until then – #stayboutique!

Good news for the hospitality industry!

Hi there everybody,

As you know, the last few years have been plagued with the negative effects of the U.S. recession. Finally, things are starting to look up. In fact, for the travel industry, data has shown that the upcoming year will be extremely profitable. According to a survey taken last month by LowFares.com, we can expect a 44% increase in the number of people planning to take a summer leisure trip this year versus last year, with nearly half of the leisure travel remaining within the U.S.

So how do boutique hotels capture this new market? According to LowFares.com, travel websites offering user reviews and articles significantly outpaced Facebook as the preferred source of vacation destination ideas, receiving 62% of the vote from summer trip planners. Vacationers rely heavily on user reviews. If boutique hotels can ensure that customers enjoy their stay enough to write about it, they are much more likely to attract new customers. And let’s not forget about the importance of social media. Many vacationers also look to social media sites when making travel plans. Facebook was the preferred source for 31% of respondents expecting to use online social media to help them select a destination.

What about business travelers? American Airlines released a survey last week indicating an increase in travel among small business owners. Approximately 86 percent of responding SMB travel managers project that their companies’ travel will either stay the same or increase up to 24 percent over the next year. Another 6 percent anticipated a travel increase of 25 percent or more over the next 12 months.

Business travelers also noted their preferred hotels include large hotel chains that have rewards allowing them to earn and redeem airline miles. Because of the enormous amount of travel, small business travelers prefer to stay at hotels that benefit them. In order to compete with large hotel chains, boutique hotels in major metropolitan city centers need to ensure they are focused on the real needs of business travelers in order to take advantage of this potentially profitable market.

This is good news for the hospitality industry. Both work and leisure travel throughout the U.S. are expected to increase over the upcoming year. And this increase in American travel provides huge opportunities for boutique hotels. While more Americans want to travel this summer, they do not want to spend more. 74% of summer trip planners expect to spend the same or less than they did in 2011. Boutique hotel’s unique offerings and cozy environments may be just what these people are looking for.

Learn more about how to attract guests to your property, how to optimize all facets of social media to promote your property, the enormous economic effects of promoting the U.S. as a travel destination as per the Travel Promotion Act, and more at the BLLA International Leadership Symposium  from October 22-24 in Los Angeles!

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We hope you found this helpful and look forward to seeing you at the conference! Don’t forget to comment and send us your opinions and reactions to our post.

Until next time,

the BLLA-gger

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.

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For a cleaner world ,

Sheldon Adelson at the BLLA booth in Las Vegas!

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Did we mention Sheldon Adelson, owner of The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center, stopped by the BLLA booth and chatted it up with one of our members, Americhip? Here is a sneak peek of a photo we managed to snap, even with all the intense security!


Sheldon Adelson, eight wealthiest American and owner of The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center

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