Looking Back On An Exciting ‘12, Forward To A Great New Year

As I sit down to write my last column for the year, I’m left wondering where the last 12 months went. It seemed like just yesterday I flew out to Los Angeles for the ALIS conference in January to kick off the year’s many industry events.
That particular event, and the year, began with much promise for significant improvement, but as we eventually learned, it would be more of the same for the industry in 2012. Of course, truth be told, that’s not all that bad. While we would all like to see double-digit growth, financing loosen up and rates continue to climb, the industry is still relatively healthy and growing.
Fortunately, I can say the same about Hotel Business, which is capping off another exciting year with our fourth annual People to Watch issue. This issue offers a glimpse, and personal interviews, with some of the personalities in the industry that we expect to make headlines in the coming year.
As for the past year, some of the highlights from Hotel Business include our Sept. 7 cover story on the growing Trump Hotel Collection, featuring “The Donald,” as well as his children. Our NYU issue, meanwhile, had an exclusive interview with iconic Las Vegas developer Shelly Adelson of Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
From the major brand company brand side, we had cover stories featuring David Kong of Best Western, Steve Joyce of Choice Hotels and Frits van Paasschen of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Meanwhile, our HITEC issue featured an in-depth profile on Google, which is making huge strides into hospitality.
More recently, Hotel Business had the opportunity to partner with the School of Hospitality Leadership at DePaul University on a first-of-its kind project in naming the “Legends of Lodging.” With the help of a blue-ribbon panel of industry judges, 12 hospitality executives were selected for making their mark on the industry.
I think you would agree that 2012 has been a pretty impressive year for our editorial team, but 2013 figures to be no less exciting. In case you’re wondering, we’re
planning just as many exclusive, comprehensive cover stories. In fact, our Jan. 15 issue will profile a company that continues to make its mark on the industry in a major way, and has historically been very quiet. In addition, we are also in the process of redesigning our website in the coming months.
However, as one might expect, I am a little biased when it comes to our coverage. I welcome feedback from you, our readers, on some of the things you would like to see more of going forward. You can follow me on twitter at hotelbizdennis.com or email me any thoughts you have at [email protected] I look forward to hearing from you and wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.