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Boston Lodging Pulse 2019

On October 16, 2019, the Cornell Hotel Society’s New England Chapter partnered with Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration to present the ninth annual Boston Lodging Pulse. Designed to provide forward-looking insight on the latest national and local market industry forecasts and create an interactive discussion amongst professionals in the hospitality industry, the event has drawn a growing crowd year after year. Rachel Roginsky ’79, Principal of Pinnacle Advisory Group, provided the “pulse” portion of the program featuring an outlook on the National and local Boston lodging markets, exploring trends in both revenue and expenses.

Moderated by Harry Wheeler, Principal of Group One Partners, this year’s panel discussion focused on hospitality design, providing insight on recent trends, their impact on travel, and the brands role in design. Panelists included Stephen Kallaher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Hyatt Hotels and Amber Woody, Director of Interior Design, Upscale Brands, Choice Hotels, and Lisa MacGillivray, Executive Vice President, Hospitality, marlo marketing. The panelists’ different backgrounds provided attendees with an interesting conversation touching on the brands departure from prototypical designs, ways to deliver for the next generation of travelers, how to provide that Instagram moment, and the best ways to incorporate a hotel’s design in the property’s story and messaging. Panelists also shared their development and opening experiences with some of Boston’s newest and upcoming hotels including the Cambria Boston Downtown, the Hyatt Place Boston Seaport, and the Moxy in Boston’s Theater District.

As a result of the event’s sold out attendance and the generosity of the event’s Title Sponsor, Group One Partners, the 2019 Boston Lodging Pulse raised over $3,000 for both the local chapter’s scholarship fund and Boston University’s School of Hotel Administration.

2018 Boston Lodging Pulse

Cornell Hotel Society’s New England Chapter partnered with Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration to present the eighth annual Boston Lodging Pulse on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Designed to provide forward-looking insight on the latest national and local market industry forecasts and create an interactive discussion amongst professionals in the hospitality industry, the event has drawn a growing crowd year after year. Mark Woodworth MPS ‘78, Senior Managing Director, Head of Lodging Research at CBRE Hotels provided the “pulse” portion of the program featuring an outlook on the national and the Boston lodging market, exploring trends in both revenues and expenses. David Attardi, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Kalibri Labs presented an in-depth analysis of the data collected by Kalibri Labs and the story it tells about distribution channels and the trends and costs associated with each.

Moderated by Lesley Silberstein ’78 of Silberstein & Associates, this year’s panel discussion focused on the ever-changing landscape of distribution channels and a conversation focusing on a hotel’s ‘optimal mix.’ The panel featured David Attardi, Roy Madhok, Regional Director of Revenue for Highgate, and Jake Stein, Expedia’s Senior Director of Global Partner Group.

As a result of the event’s record attendance and Group One Partners, the event’s Title Sponsor, the 2018 Lodging Pulse raised over $3,000 for both the local chapter’s SHA scholarship fund and Boston University’s School of Hotel Administration.

Mark Woodworth ’78

Boston Lodging Pulse 2018 speakers, Mark Woodworth ‘78, Jake Stein, Roy Madhok, Lesley Silberstein ‘78, David Attardi

Boston Lodging Pulse – 2018

The Cornell Hotel Society of New England, in partnership with the Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration, held its seventh annual Boston Lodging Pulse on October 3, 2017.

The event consisted of the 2018 Lodging Pulse presented by Michele Russo ’87, Founder & CEO of HotelAVE, as well as a lively panel discussion addressing the current and future state of hospitality labor. Caroline Warren, Chief People Officer & EVP of Pyramid Hotel Group, and Ernest Lee, VP Development for citizenM, joined Ms. Russo to share their perspectives from human resources, ownership & development, and asset management.

The panel discussion, along with audience participation, addressed the challenges to sourcing and retaining great talent, creative and innovative ways to manage labor costs, understanding not just the millennial traveler but also employee, automation and the “human touch,” among many other interesting issues facing an industry that is so labor intensive.

Ticket and sponsorship proceeds led to a combined contribution of over $2,500 to the CHS of New England and Boston University SHA scholarship funds.

This annual CHS New England event is designed to provide a forward-looking insight on the latest national and local market industry forecasts and create an interactive discussion amongst professionals in the hospitality industry. Topics in years past have included online reputation management and social media, the Massachusetts gaming industry, the value of a hotel brand, disruptive innovators in the hospitality market, and an in-depth look at the Boston hotel investment landscape.

Boston Lodging Pulse – October 3, 2017