It was a phenomenal week recently at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, AZ for the hospitality industry. Almost 2000 of the faithful gathered in person to network, learn and celebrate the return of our industry with optimistic enthusiasm! I was honored to be a panelist on “Design Unmasked” with a few other industry professionals. We shared our insights into all things design, supply chain, health and wellness, sustainability, and more.
Every day I’m thrilled to read about the forward momentum and amazing developments in the hospitality industry. Just this week, Accor and Ennismore announced the completion of their merger, with 14 hotel and co-working brands with 87 properties spread across the globe and 146 more in the pipeline. The portfolio now includes; 21c, 25hours, Delano, Gleneagles, Hyde, Jo&Joe, Mama Shelter, Mondrian, Morgans Originals, SLS, SO/, The Hoxton, Tribe, and Working From. And New Orleanians came together last night to celebrate the city’s resilience and continued growth as an international destination with the opening of Virgin Hotels New Orleans, the most recent hotel from Sir Richard Branson’s expanding brand of lifestyle hotels.
Also coming up soon are the HD Awards 2021, where one of our Collective Associate firms Studio Collective of Los Angeles, are nominated for their Hotel June project. Please join me in celebrating the return of the hospitality and travel industry! We’ve all grown, adjusted, learned, and supported each other throughout the past 18 months especially. Let’s finish out the year strong, and embrace what lies ahead.
Cheering you on,