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Covered with compassion

A-1 Textiles & Hospitality Products Inc. gives a thousand blankets to two non-profit housing shelters in Phoenix, site of its new and expanded distribution center…

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – A-1 TEXTILES & Hospitality Products Inc., a leading hotel distributor, celebrated its new distribution center by donating1,000 blankets to two Phoenix-based charities, UMOM and StreetLightUSA.

The donation was highlighted during the 2014 Lodging Conference held Oct. 21-23 in Phoenix. Sharon Pederson, pictured left, resource development manager for UMOM, and Patsi Kovalesky, a representative for StreetLightUSA, were on hand to accept blankets donated to their non-profit organizations

A-1 Textiles President Carol Moran, says, “For the past few years we’ve given away bathrobes and towels in the welcome bags at The Lodging Conference. Although they’ve been received with rave reviews, they are bulky and difficult to transport home. Rather than gifting these blankets to attendees, we are giving them to two organizations that truly need them.”

Conference-goers, including The Lodging Conference co-founder Harry Javer, were pleased about the project.“I am very involved in a number of charities myself and have incredible respect for companies who choose to get involved in the communities,” said Javer. “On the 20th anniversary of The Lodging Conference couldn’t be more proud that our event was the catalyst for donations for two charities in our host city of Phoenix.”

UMOM Resource Development Manager Sharon Pederson and Patsi Kovalesky a representative for StreetLightUSA, were on hand to accept the blankets for their organizations. 

UMOM is the largest homeless shelter in Phoenix. The organization works to keep families together, housing families with children while helping parents to build sustainable skills that give them the ability to rebuild their family’s life. Pederson said, “I’m thrilled that we will be receiving all of the beautiful blankets. Our facility experienced a flood earlier this year, which has taxed our resources more than usual and makes A-1 Textile’s generosity well timed.”

Kovalesky said StreetLightUSA “can ALWAYS use the blankets. We have a shelter that houses 48 women, girls 11-18, that have been rescued from human- or sex-trafficking situations across the U.S.”

StreetLightUSA also works with local law enforcement and others to assist hundreds of girls rescued from captive situations as police raid take place as part of Arizona’s “Not Buying It” campaign based in the greater Phoenix area. So the demand for such items as blankets is continual and great.

Moran said A-1 Textiles has become a full distributor for the hospitality industry and its Phoenix warehouse means the company can give “a broader depth of products” to non-profits in the area. It plans to continue the project at the 2015 Lodging Conference.

 

Global Week of Service

Thursday, November 06, 2014 – In October, Hilton Worldwide celebrated Global Week of Service, the company's worldwide annual volunteer event. Now in its third year, the company's largest expression of community service included more than 3,500 projects designed to address the social, economic and environmental needs in 86 countries.

Pictured are team members at Mosaic Family Services in Dallas, Texas, a shelter for survivors of human rights abuses, including human trafficking. Volunteers came from the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas.

Elsewhere in the U.S. , Embassy Suites brand sponsored seven projects with 42 participating hotels and 210 volunteers, including resume review and interview skills sessions for young people and job seekers. And in San Francisco more than 200 volunteers celebrated Hilton San Francisco's 50th anniversary in true service spirit by assembling more than 24,800 meals. Service projects also took place in Mexico, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

 

 

Winner of Marriott's Fast Pitch Business Case Competition

Keyur Methawala, second from right, is the winner the 2nd Annual Fast Pitch Business Case Competition sponsored by Marriott during the 2014 Network of Indian Professionals Conference held in Bethesda, Md. 

The competition is designed to identify promising entrepreneurs and help them start new ventures or enhance existing ones.

Finalists had a few minutes to pitch their idea in front of investors and senior business leaders.

Pictured with Methawala are, at right, Apoorva Gandhi, vice president of multicultural affairs for Marriott International; and Nitin Shah, an Atlanta banker and hotel owner. The other man is unidentified.

 

Marriott’s Moxy debuts in Milan

Boutique brand aims to reinvent economy hotel experience... 

Thursday, September 04, 2014 – MOXY MADE ITS debut today in Milan, Italy. A boutique hotel concept launched by Marriott International, the brand targets the budget savvy traveler while reinventing  the traditional economy hotel experience.

"Moxy is the essence of the next generation traveler, not only Gen X and Y but guests with a younger sensibility, for whom contemporary style is paramount," said Tina Edmundson, global brand officer for Marriott International's luxury and lifestyle brands. "Every aspect of Moxy Hotels has been thoughtfully researched and crafted to reflect and deliver on the ever changing lifestyles and expectations of this rapidly growing customer segment."

Investor interest has been “exceptional,” says Marriott, and to date it has signed 11 Moxy hotels, all to open throughout Europe by the end of 2016 in Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin in Germany; Oslo, Norway; Aberdeen, Scotland and London, United Kingdom.

Rate at the 162-room Moxy Milan begins at €79 or $102.82.

Inter Hospitality is the owner and developer and Nordic Hospitality is the franchisee.

EVEN rolls out welcome ... er, wellness ... mat

Commemorating the opening of the nation’s first wellness-focused EVEN Hotel in Norwalk, Conn., Mayor Harry Rilling joined Kirk Kinsell, president, Americas at InterContinental Hotels Group;  Joel Eisemann, chief development officer, Americas at IHG; Jim Anhut, senior vice president, Americas design & quality at IHG; Francie Schulwolf, vice president, corporate communications at IHG; Adam Glickman, head of EVEN Hotels; and Brian Griffin, vice president of Norwalk Chamber of Commerce to unroll a giant well-come yoga mat as part of the wellness-themed “ribbon cutting” at the Celebration of Wellness community event held Thursday, July 17, at the new EVEN Hotel Norwalk.  Photo courtesy of IHG.

Asia Society honors Marriott International

Thursday, June 19, 2014 – THE ASIA SOCIETY recognized Marriott International for its work in the diversity and inclusion space with a number of 2014 Best Practice Awards in the categories of recruitment and selection, market opportunities and community support. Apoorva Gandhi, vice president of multi-cultural affairs for Marriott International, left, was on hand to accept the award given during the recent Asia Society Diversity Leadership Forum held in New York City. He is joined by David Whitelaw Reid, director of corporate relations for the Asian Society.

AAHOA’s new HQ

Monday, April 21, 2014 – AAHOA HELD A ribbon-cutting ceremony last week at its new headquarters in Atlanta.

Holding the scissors is Pratik Patel, 2014 chairman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, which also marks its 25th anniversary this year. Pratik is joined Wednesday, April 16, by AAHOA’s officers Vice Chairman Jimmy Patel, Treasurer Bruce Patel and Secretary Bhavesh Patel, AAHOA President Fred Schwartz and members of the board of directors as well as staff.

The office at 500 Northpark Building is in the heart of Atlanta’s business-driven Buckhead neighborhood. The 7,000 square foot space provides a more professional and collaborative work environment for the 28 members of the AAHOA staff. The space features new furniture and equipment with modern amenities that makes the office more effective for staff and more attractive to visitors. The office space is divided into six departments – finance, franchise relations, government affairs, legal, membership, and operations – with individual vice presidents presiding over each department.

AAHOA President Fred Schwartz thanked the board of directors and staff for their many months of hard work in bringing the new office to life. Pratik Patel said the new office represents “a new culture, a new vibe and a new sense of team work.”

Over the past seven years, AAHOA’s previous office outgrew its space. When Mehul Patel became chairman in 2013, the board of directors decided it was time for a change.

By Jonathan Springston

AMG Staff Writer

 

Monkey Business

Scott Meyer, senior vice president of midscale brands at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, lends his ear to a monkey on March 31 during the opening session of the Country Inn & Suites Hotel brand conference that ran through April 3 at the Red Rock Casino & Resort in Las Vegas. The trained white-faced capuchin is part of a Vegas act invited to entertain the conference audience. 

‘Beyond Bollywood’

Thursday, March 06, 2014 - Fred Schwartz, left, president of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, and Pratik Patel, vice chairman of AAHOA, pose February 26 at one of the features of “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape The Nation” is a 5,000-square-foot exhibit in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History that chronicles the many contributions of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans to the United States.  Part of the exhibit focuses on the Indian American motel business launched in the U.S. in the 20th Century. AAHOA is a financial sponsor of the exhibit, the Smithsonian’s first in-depth examination into the history of Indian Americans in the U.S. and is part of the Indian American Heritage Project of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

 

 

Lego wall at Yotel

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – YOTEL NEW YORK, the capsule hotel near Times Square, has turned a construction-masking wall into a 30-foot collaborative art project using Lego building blocks, reports The New York Times.

Guests are invited to embellish the 30-foot-long Lego wall with supplied plastic bricks, resulting in an ever-changing mural and a popular lobby activity. Some contributors have built replicas of city icons like the Empire State Building, others have depicted the flags of their country, including Canada and Japan, and more have written their names and initials in the blocks.

While the wall was conceived as a colorful way to block off a section of the lobby under construction, it has turned into a creative phenomenon that hotel management is considering reprising in some form in the future, after the wall is removed in March.

“Social activity is definitely happening among the guests, and it’s created new communication between the guests and us,” GM Claes Landberg told The New York Times. “It gives our crew a reason to strike up a conversation and create relationships with guests.”