Maverick Hotels starts with Chicago Curio deal | Commentary: Hotels the perfect vehicle to build a lifestyle brand | With "Happiness" deal, St. James's hosts upscale downtime
September 25, 2018
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Maverick Hotels starts with Chicago Curio deal
Maverick Hotels & Restaurants is launching with a development and management deal for a 222-key Curio Hotel in Chicago that is now under construction. "There have been significant, fundamental shifts in the hospitality industry, and those shifts have afforded us the opportunity to start a fresh, forward-thinking and innovative hotel and restaurant management company that will capitalize on emerging trends and opportunities to deliver unmatched value and superlative financial results," Maverick's Bob Habeeb said.
Lodging magazine online (9/24) 
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The Concierge Desk
Commentary: Hotels the perfect vehicle to build a lifestyle brand
Building hotels can establish a lifestyle brand, according to Bill Taylor. "After all, what more visceral, intimate way is there for you to articulate and communicate the lifestyle attributes of your brand than to invite customers to live in a space that reflects those attributes?" he writes.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (9/24) 
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
With "Happiness" deal, St. James's hosts upscale downtime
Massages, classes, therapy sessions, bedtime reading materials and intimate dining are among ingredients of a Happiness in the City Package being offered through 2018 by the St. James's Hotel and Club in London. The luxury property has teamed with an elite massage service and the School of Life to provide what it markets as a respite from the hubbub of the city.
Forbes (9/23) 
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Spotlight on Development
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows begins $100M renovation
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows in Hawaii is starting a $100 million, yearlong renovation. The property will reopen as the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection.
West Hawaii Today (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii) (9/24) 
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International Update
Park Hyatt Tokyo pays attention to detail
The Park Hyatt Tokyo uses attention to detail to manifest a luxury experience for guests. "It is the small yet meaningful gestures such as a bellman handing a guest a bottle of cold water and a towel after coming back from a hot day or a run outside that I feel is a greater hospitality experience," General Manager Herve Mazella said.
Skift (9/25) 
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Indian Hotels seeks to offer something for everyone in growth push
Indian Hotels Co. Ltd. launched the SeleQtions collection to appeal to younger guests as part of an overall growth push. "This new 'brandscape' will allow IHCL to offer something for everyone, whilst protecting their iconic Taj brand," CEO Puneet Chhatwal said.
Hotel News Now (9/24) 
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