Enthusiasm for the industry was evident through the interactions I had with individuals from various parts of the United States and Canada that represented a variety of segments within the industry. Successes from 2016 and expectations of another successful year in 2017 were clearly articulated by the energetic attendees and vendors.
H&LA President, David J. Sangree, was awarded the Executive Board Award form the World Waterpark Association (WWA)! This award is given “to an individual or organization for special accomplishments in the water leisure industry that have contributed to the knowledge and expertise for the benefit of WWA membership.”
David Sangree and Eric Hansen attended the International Society of Hospitality Consultants annual conference in Seattle, Washington in September 2016. Here are their takeaways from the conference: The global airline industry is projected to grow at a 4% growth rate over the next 20 years with a 2.6% growth rate for North America. This will
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Hotel News Now is reporting on Best Western’s entrance into the “white label” franchise model in the hotel industry. The new Sure Stay franchise will operate as a Best Western subsidiary and will offer three brands in two segments, with economy, mid-scale, and mid-scale soft brands.
Laurel Keller weighed with the Cleveland Plain Dealer regarding the Cleveland Convention Center. Since the RNC’s announcement that the 2016 Convention would take place in Cleveland, the convention center has landed hundreds of events.
H&LA’s Vice President, Laurel Keller is attending the Hotel Data Conference in Nashville at the Omni Hotel September 6th – 8th. Laurel will moderate the “Reinventing Obsolete Hotels” panel discussion on Wednesday, September 7th at 10:30 AM. Panelists will include Bashar Wali – President of Providence Hotels; Scott Peterson – Sr. Director of Development with CSM Corporation; Jim