Philadelphia area alumni gathered in the new event space at the Reading Terminal Market for a lively and informative tasting of “Beverages of the Finger Lakes”. Hotel School lecturers Cheryl Stanley ’00 and Douglass Miller presented a selection of outstanding hard cider, beer, wines and even bourbon being produced in a region near and dear to our hearts. Cheryl and Doug shared industry trends and stories of Hotelie innovators.
On March 7, Hotelies from around the world gathered for the annual CHS breakfast held in conjunction with the ITB travel conference in Berlin.
In Arizona, spring means baseball! Hotelies from the CHS Arizona Chapter gathered at the Salt Fields in Scottsdale for a Spring Training game between the Oakland A’s and the Colorado Rockies.
On Thursday, March 23, the Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter held their annual Hotel Industry Forum at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bethesda, MD. The theme for this year’s event was “The Evolution of Hotel Brands.” A panel of industry experts shared their insights with 75 alumni and industry leaders.
This year’s panel consisted of:
- Matt Wexler (moderator), Principal and Managing Partner at Foxhall Partners
- Julius Robinson, VP and Global Lead of Autograph Collection at Marriott International
- Aaron Katz, President and CEO of Modus Hotels
- Morriah Mryszuk, Senior Design Director at RD Jones & Associates
All proceeds from the event went towards the chapter’s scholarship fund.
The annual HICAP Update conference in Singapore always presents a great opportunity to connect with fellow Hotelies from near and far. This year was no exception as a number of regional alumns were in Singapore for the three-day long event. Leveraging JW Marriott South Beach’s close proximity to the HICAP’s venue, the CHS Singapore family gathered for a casual reception at the Court Martial Bar, which also served as a launching point for property tours throughout the night. With approximately 35-40 members in attendance, the event proved to be another roaring success for the Singapore chapter and we already look forward to next year’s reception.
Members of the German Chapter enjoyed dinner and a tour of the innovative HafenCity in Hamburg. The Hotelies visited the 25 Hours Hotel Hafencity, the Ameron Hotel Speicherstadt, and the Westin Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Thanks to Tobias Brown PDP’96 and Andreas Martin PDP’98 for organizing the event.
On Friday, February 17, 2017, the Tokyo and Kansai chapters gathered together to celebrate the New Year. The event was held on the top floor of the Andaz Tokyo. Andaz General Manager Ross Cooper, and Hyatt Regional Vice President Mr. Abe welcomed CHS to the hotel. The Hotelies in attendance appreciated the amazing buffet of food and drinks while enjoying the breathtaking view.
Special thanks to CHS Regional Vice President Mr. Tanuma for hosting the event.
On February 23, the Rocky Mountain chapter hosted their annual Denver Hospitality Summit. This year’s event was sponsored by the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (BHFS). Sage Hospitality hosted the seminar at their new Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek. Over 100 Hotelies and local hoteliers were in attendance.
CHS Denver chapter President Ali Hoyt ’12 opened the proceedings with an STR industry overview, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Nicole Ament with BHFS. The panelists were:
- Mike Everett ‘99, CIO, Sage Hospitality
- Tom Luersen, COO, Two Roads Hospitality
- Anne Bertsch, Vice President – Lodging Development, Marriot International
- Brian Corbett, Founder & CXO, Inspirato
On February 27, the CHS Kansai Chapter welcomed Professor and Mrs. Rohit Verma with a reception at Kyoto University. A total of 36 Cornellians and their guests attended the event. Since the reception was held at the Kyoto Hotel Okura, the president of the Okura Hotel Chain attended the event. You can image how impressive the food buffet was!!