I just had the privilege to attend the Lodging Conference here in Phoenix. Basically it is a 'big dogs' laid back conference. Everyone gets together and drinks a lot of champagne while making deals and or connections. It was so cool to be there this early in my career. I got to hear David Kong speak (and fan girl a little) about what it is like running one of the most successful hotel brands (Best Western).
The thing I loved most about this conference was seeing what is new about the industry. Hilton now has two new brands which I think could take over the world (Canopy and Tru). Also I am a little obsessed with Vib (Best Western's new brand) as well.
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Seriously check out Canopy, Tru, and Vib and let me know your favorite below!