A roundup of independent hotel news
A roundup of independent hotel news
19 SEPTEMBER 2018 12:50 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: Dining trends for 2019; a new boutique for football fans; and the latest openings and people on the move.

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Tea, meatless meat and kombucha top 2019 dining trends
Global hospitality company Benchmark identified its Top Ten Dining Trends for 2019, and top on the list is … tea.

“Food and Beverage is an ever-evolving realm of experiences,” said Patrick Berwald, Benchmark’s VP of food and beverage, in a news release. “The opportunity for us is not only to be ahead of the trend but to understand who tomorrow’s customer will be, what fulfills their needs and how our properties can be ready to meet that demand.”

The company’s top trends are:

1. Tea
2. Environmentally sustainable meat and protein alternatives
3. Fermented foods, like kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut
4. Insects as a new protein source
5. Custom farming
6. A return to restaurant dining
7. Greater emphasis on vegetarian menu options
8. Sustainability and charitable support
9. New varieties of citrus, greens and sweeteners
10. Dieticians as the new celebrity chef

Nebraska boutique hotelier plans memberships
Nick and Brooke Castaneda are developing The Kindler Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the owners have a unique idea for diehard football fans—a membership plan.

In a Lincoln Journal Star article, hotel developer Nick Castaneda said he received so many calls and emails from Cornhusker fans wanting to book home-game weekends that he developed a membership program. While he said plans are in the early stages, that membership package would include “the same room for every game, a champagne Sunday brunch and transport in a Mercedes shuttle,” according to the article.

Castaneda told the paper he modeled these membership plans after similar ones at hotels on the campuses of Louisiana State University and Texas A&M University.

Openings, management, people on the move

  • Vision Hospitality Group opened The Edwin on 13 September in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 90-room boutique hotel is part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection.
  • The Glen House opened at the base of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. The 68-room hotel is owned by the Mt. Washington Summit Road Company and managed by Olympia Hotel Management.
  • The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation coinciding with the hotel’s 17th anniversary.
  • Ed Walls was named GM of Château Élan Winery & Resort in Braselton, Georgia. Walls most recently served as GM of the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida.
  • Terranea Resort named Rodrigo Ibanez director of operations. Ibanez recently led the rooms division of the Omni Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas.
  • Chicago-based Bedderman Lodging opened The Wheelhouse Hotel in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood. This is the company’s first upscale hotel project.
  • Faena Hotel Miami Beach named Dilip Mukundan VP of sales and marketing. Mukundan most recently served as market director of sales and marketing at 1 Hotel South Beach Miami.
  • Anderson Foote was named GM of The Talbott Hotel in Chicago. Foote most recently served as hotel manager of the Park Hyatt Chicago.
  • Valencia Group named Patrick Hildebrandt executive chef and Brianna Sepulveda director of sales and marketing for the Texican Court hotel, slated to open this fall.
  • The Hotel Talisa in Vail, Colorado, joined Marriott International’s Luxury Collection. The 285-room ski resort was formerly known as the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, and underwent a $65-million renovation and rebranding. The hotel is managed by Two Roads Hospitality.

Compiled by Stephanie Ricca.

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