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Creating More than “Just” an Airport Hotel 

The Westin Denver International Airport (DIA) seamlessly integrates with the DIA Hotel and Transit Center. Image © Gensler

The New York Times recently reported on how the latest travel explosion is redefining the concept of airport hotels. Long seen as a place to spend the night during a tight layover or a flight cancellation, the latest wave of airport hotels now go beyond that traditional functionality and serve as a true gateway to the cities they serve. These new hotels even represent the destination itself. We’ve worked with several clients at the vanguard of this trend, and The Westin Denver International Airport, which will be part of the newly expanded Denver International Airport (DIA) Hotel and Transit Center, is a great example of the type of experience that modern travelers both need and value.

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Riding the Wave of the Future

This year's Wave of the Future Next Gen Conference, sponsored by Hospitality Design magazine, featured an array of inspiring speakers. Image © Gensler

“A conference set to engage while illuminating the future.” That was the tag line for this year’s Wave of the Future Next Gen conference sponsored by Hospitality Design magazine. This conference has, for the second year in a row, set out to do what other conference have been unable to: Offer a small, intimate, and highly focused environment geared towards inspiring designers, manufacturers, operators, and developers.

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Winning Wellness Strategies in Hotel Design

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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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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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