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.