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Winning Wellness Strategies in Hotel Design

Image © Gensler

This post first appeared in HOTELS Mag.com on 11/12/2013

The first thing I do when I walk into a hotel room is open the curtains. I want to know what’s outside my room and where I am in relation to the city. The ritual is like oxygen to me; I need that deep breath and that visual information to be at peace with my surroundings. I also need to know where the fitness center is, what kind of equipment it offers and where the closest running path is outside. These actions reflect an underlying desire to shake off the discomforts of travel and be restored to my normal self.

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Translating the Brand: Taking Your Business Overseas

Ritz Carlton Dubai. Image © Gensler

It is an exciting time for the hospitality industry in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. As global brands enter the market, they face a high level of sophistication, rising guest expectations and growing competition. That means that even brands with strong global reputations must provide something new and different. As a result, brands are reinventing themselves to create truly remarkable and memorable experiences in an environment that is already ahead of the curve, thus setting the pace for the global hospitality sector.

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Expanding My Horizons at the HD Expo

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Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending HD Expo, one of the premier events in the hospitality design industry. Every year, interior designers like me return from this event and get asked, “What did you see? What did you do? Was it more exciting than last year? What’s the most innovative product you saw? Isn’t innovative our favorite word of the year?” We get it.

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What Would You Do? 

Photo courtesy of Gensler/Ryan Fetters

Each year, Gensler participates in Dining by Design fundraising events for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). DIFFA is one of the country's largest organizations dedicated to HIV/AIDS service and education.

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Do They Know You in Bangalore?  

The Westin in Suzhou, China. Photo credit: Gensler

I recall a quote from Teddy Roosevelt that seems to resonate with me. He said, “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

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