Glenn catches up with Claire Barrie, VP of Sales EMEA at BridgeStreet to find out how the company is transforming into a true technology-driven extended stay solution provider – fundamentally driven by the needs of its partners, clients and guests.
Glenn catches up with Piers Brown of International Hospitality Media to talk about this year's Serviced Apartment Summit Europe in London. They discuss the growing commitment and confidence in the sector; extended stay's incredible pace of growth in Germany; and increasing engagement between players in the sector – without doubt helped along by the Serviced Apartments Summits in Europe, the US, Middle East and, coming soon, Asia.
Glenn Haussman talks to Steve Burns, Managing Director EMEA & APAC at BridgeStreet. Steve discusses the broadening of the extended stay and serviced apartment sector; growing awareness of the sector's offer; and the rise of the aparthotel – including the opening of Mode Aparthotel in Paris and Edinburgh.
As the sleep experience is so important wherever you stay, Glenn caught up with Stephanie Girvan, Business Development Manager at Hypnos Contract Beds. Good enough for HM Queen Elizabeth II (Hypnos has held the royal warrant since 1929). Hypnos mattresses have recently been installed at BridgeStreet's Mode Aparthotels in Paris and Edinburgh.
Glenn meets Charlie Rosier and Fabienne O'Neill, the co-founders of London-based serviced apartment brand Cuckooz. Here they talk about their latest innovation, Cuckooz Nest – London's first fully flexible workspace and nursery for working parents and children under two years old. For more information, visit www.cuckooz.co.uk.
Fresh from his presentation at the Serviced Apartment Summit Europe, Thomas Emanuel, Director of Business Development at STR talks to Glenn Haussman about the state of the extended stay sector in the UK; the challenges of supply and demand; and the need to grow awareness.
Christoph Hager, Head of Europe Expansion at Zoku, takes time out at the Serviced Apartment Summit Europe in London to talk to self-confessed Zoku fan, Glenn Haussman about this innovative home base for global nomads which is soon to be expanding across Europe and beyond. Exactly where Zoku is going is hush hush at the moment but, according to Christoph, details will be announced soon. Keep your finger on the pulse of Zoku by visiting www.livezoku.com.
Glenn Haussman of HeretoStay.TV visits Stay City's newly opened Wilde Aparthotel on The Strand, London. He catches up with Matt Roberts, Head of Sales at StayCity and discovers how the design-led aparthotel has been inspired by Oscar Wilde, been "curated for curious travellers", and is alive with Irish spirit and warmth.
The stereotypical perceptions of the Chinese traveler are just not true anymore. So, how do you attract the Chinese traveler to your property? How do you become visible to them? Glenn Haussman catches up with Cho Wong of Compass Edge to get valuable answers and insights. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/groups/chinareadyhotels
During a break in the summit, Paul Rands, Vice President of Development at BridgeStreet, discusses how aparthotels are "enhancing the experience" throughout the extended stay sector as well as the launch of Bridgestreet's Mode Aparthotel brand in Paris and Edinburgh.
Glenn gets a sneak peak of Stow-Away Waterloo, an innovative new luxury apart-hotel concept built from shipping containers right in the heart of London. He catches up with Vedrana Riley, CEO of Ciel Capital and Co-Founder of Stow Projects to find out about the vision for the project and speaks to Aga Rosinska of BridgeStreet, who will be managing the property. For more information visit: www.stow-away.co.uk
From New York, Glenn Haussman, the host of BridgeStreet's Heretostay.tv, reflects on the Serviced Apartment Summit Americas 2018.
Glenn talks with Sean Worker, CEO of BridgeStreet, about Serviced Apartment Summit Americas and how the sector it represents has evolved. They also discuss the challenge of raising awareness of the serviced apartment experience with travelers and just how vital real time booking is – as Sean says, "the expectation is now."
With much industry conjecture over consumer awareness of the serviced apartment, corporate housing and extended stay sector, we went out into the streets of New York to discover what the general public really thinks. While the feedback shows the sector has some way to go in increasing awareness of the sector, it's also clear that there are huge, untapped opportunities out there. Travelers love the idea of serviced apartments – value, space, freedom and the ability to live like a local. Presented by Piers Brown and Glenn Haussman, in this session we also hear updates on the industry and progress made with the Serviced Apartment Charter, which is now endorsed by over 60 brands, representing over 350,000 units worldwide.
Aaron Turner, Chief Technology Officer of BridgeStreet talks to Glenn about data security and the announcement of Worldpay coming to BridgeStreet.com – making it easier for clients and independent travelers to book, and easier for BridgeStreet's supply chain to do business.
Serviced apartments operators are becoming increasingly sophisticated when it comes to revenue management. What more can they learn from others about demand management and dynamic pricing? What's next for OTAs and other distribution channels? Hosted by Kimberly Smith, Owner of Avenue West, the participants included: George Westwell, Director of Cheval Residences; Aaron Turner, Chief Technology Officer at BridgeStreet; and Eric Bache, VP Global Distribution at AAXSYS
Meet the leaders of the serviced apartment sectors they discuss the opportunities and challenges for their companies and the sector into the future. Hosted by Piers Brown, CEO of International Hospitality Media, the participants included: Lee Curtis, Co-CEO of RESIDE Worldwide; Sean Worker, President and CEO of BridgeStreet; Dean Schreiber, Managing Director of Oakwood Asia Pacific; and George Westwell, Director of Cheval Residences.
Piers and Glenn look back at the third Serviced Apartment Summit Americas, which took place in New York City in 2018. They chat about how how the sector is developing and what challenges lie ahead.
Glenn meets Larry Korman, President of AKA Hotel Residences and Co-CEO of Korman Communities on the rooftop garden of the stylish AKA Wall Street in downtown Manhattan. Larry talks about the evolution of AKA over four generations; how the brand is standing out in a crowded market; the importance to AKA and its guests of experiential lifestyle elements; and the changing needs of today's traveler.
At nearly every event they attend BridgeStreet.com gives away a bike – that has a strong connection with the host city. For SAS Americas we teamed up with Priority Bicycles in New York to give away one of their NYC-inspired Classic Plus – Gotham Edition bikes. When we went to collect it we caught up with Priority Bicycles Co-Founder Connor Swegle to talk about their light weight and easy maintain bikes, cycling in the city and how a bicycle program can really enhance the serviced apartment and hotel experience. For more information visit: www.prioritybicycles.com and @RidePriority.
From Amsterdam, Glenn Haussman reports on the Serviced Apartment Summit Recharge 2018. In conversation with Piers Brown, CEO of International Hospitality Media, we here about the motivation behind the event and the goal to make this something much more than a traditional conference. With property tours, open workshops, debates and networking, Recharge has had a fantastic response from all participants. Where will Recharge be next year? Subscribe to find out: http://www.servicedapartmentnews.com
Glenn visits aparthotel YAYS Zoutkeetsgracht, a converted 18th century salt warehouse located on one of Amsterdam's many canals. Glenn hears from Peter Heule, CEO of Short Stay Group and YAYS, about this unique property and the YAYS philosophy of building strong links with the surrounding community and businesses – enabling guests to really live like a local.
Go Native Director of Sales & Distribution discusses why it's an exciting time to be in the industry. You truly can live like a local. Nowadays it's traveler's choice. One can choose be truly be a part of a neighborhood. Learn how Suppliers like GoNative are trusting BridgeStreet to fill their vacancy across the globe.
Watch as Paul Rands of BridgeStreet describes what an Aparthotel is. If you've ever wondered what an apart hotel is, watch this video to find out. Paul also describes The BridgeStreet brand Mode and how it differs from other Serviced Apartments or traditional hotels.