The most recent TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR event took place in New York City on November 13th. Held at the Marriott Marquis, the day-long networking conference brought together some of the world’s leading industry professionals for an engaging schedule of talks, panel discussions and design competitions. We take a look inside what happened on the day.

“We were all collaborating”

Since its inception, the TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR has earned a reputation as one of the more intimate and personal conferences on the hospitality circuit. The day long event brings professionals from all facets of the industry together to make connections and share experiences, and is a world away from the formality and stuffiness of many other conventions. Ana Tracey Hawkins, vice president of strategic growth for the CNY Group says, “You are there to network and there to learn,but today I felt like no one was here really selling, we were all here collaborating and that’s very unique.” Craig Berger, founder and managing principal at Avid Realty Partners echoes this sentiment, saying, “You get a chance to speak with everyone in the room, there’s clearly some very smart people that are presenting, a variety of viewpoints.” Dionne Watson, international project business manager at Villeroy & Boch goes even further, saying, ‘I really love TOPHOTELS, it’s become like a second home to me.” High praise indeed!

A day of diverse highlights

TOPHOTELPROJECTS’ very own Rolf Schmidt was in attendance at the event, and was excited about one of the discussions that was scheduled for the afternoon, a talk about the pertinent issues of sustainability and development. The panel discussion was also one of the day’s hits, and involved debating the topic of hotel construction in New York and the pitfalls associated with a high supply. Room rates have dropped and hotels are facing stiff competition from short-stay properties that are being developed on sites that once housed independent neighbourhood shops. Then, of course, there was everyone’s favourite portion of the afternoon, the Creative Spark section of the conference, which pitted the Sheraton Brooklyn against the AC Hotel Seaport and NY Exchange in the running for the most extraordinary hotel design. This is only one of many TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR events that are to coming in the next few months, so make sure to get your tickets to the final conference of the year in Vienna on December 6th and the SO Vienna Hotel.