Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) Brings Together 270 Boutique Hotel Leaders, Travel Advisors, Elite Media and Industry Professionals for Three-Day Symposium
Hospitality Industry Luminaries Gathered in Los Angeles to Discuss Latest Trends and Announce Industry Awards
Los Angeles – BLLA successfully closed its 2015 Annual Leadership Symposium held at Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica last Friday October 23. The three-day event embraced over 70 guest speakers and 270 attendees worldwide, encompassing boutique hoteliers and industry's most sought-after vendors and media partners. ,.
"I was humbled to be approached by almost every single attendee, who took the time to compliment various aspects of the event," stated Kiradjian. "From the atmosphere, the energy level, the approachability of the group, to the curated content and the stature of attendees, we are proud and encouraged of our team's efforts for producing such an inspiring and worthwhile symposium."
The OTA panel was one of the event highlights, with frank discussion about the boutique hotel "frenemies". The panelists engaged in a "non-scripted" dialog of the long term cost and effects of the OTA providers while generating repeat business – directly was top of mind. The social and digital culture was also on the hoteliers' hit list. "Embracing technology allows hoteliers to get ahead of consumers as opposed to chasing them," said Microsoft's National Director of Hospitality and Travel, Shane O'Flaherty. "Tech has moved towards a 'bring your own device' world."
During the symposium, BLLA hosted a jubilant awards gala honoring some of the most admired talent across the hospitality industry. With prestigious awards celebrating 2015's Boutique Hotel of the Year; Lifestyle Hotel of the Year; Hotelier of the Year; Person of the Year; BLLA Board Member of the Year; BLLA Special Recognition Award; and Inner Circle Club Member of the Year.
The 2015 Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association Award recipients are;
2015 BOUTIQUE HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa, A Destination Luxury Hotel, Kirkland, WA
2015 LIFESTYLE HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Grand Bohemian Hotel, The Kessler Collection, Orlando, FL
2015 HOTELIER OF THE YEAR
Karie Hall, Vice President & General Manager, The Cromwell Hotel Las Vegas
2015 PERSON OF THE YEAR
Alex Glasscock, Founder & Owner, The Ranch at Live Oak / Malibu
2015 BLLA BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Falik, Founder & CEO, JF Capital Advisors
2015 BLLA SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Lana Dubovik Boissier, Principal, Hospitality Atelier
2015 BLLA SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Marjorie Feltus Hawkins, IIDA, Principal, FELTUS HAWKINS DESIGN
2015 INNER CIRCLE CLUB MEMBER OF THE YEAR
James M Shaffer, Executive Vice President, Venture Programs, Inc.
Responding to winning Boutique Hotel of the Year, Howard Jacobs – General Manager stated, "On behalf of the Woodmark Hotel, we are truly thankful for being recognized at the BLLA conference with the 2015 Boutique Hotel of the year designation. Given the tremendous quality and broad breath of 1st class luxury Hotels associated with the BLLA organization, we are honored to have our Seattle Area Hotel win this award."
For more details on the event as well as the June 8th Boutique Hotel Investment conference in New York, please visit www.bllaevents.com.
Frances Kiradjian (BLLA)
Founder, Chair & CEO
Phone: +1 818-264-4810
Fax: +1 805-419-9415
About The Boutique & Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA)
BLLA is the world's most innovative and progressive organization dedicated to the luxury independent boutique lifestyle industries. The association connects the world's most dynamic executives with cutting edge business and operational insight. BLLA's membership benefits allow access to the world's leading minds in the space through events, research and education. Our mission is to provide leadership and opportunities for global recognition and connections to the world's best companies. All resulting in strategic interactions and access to information that helps people and organizations thrive. Join the movement that BLLA gave birth to in 2009 and become a part of something that is truly unique, exciting and inspirational. www.blla.org