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Guy Maisnik JMBM

IC4HD interviews Guy Maisnik, JMBM Global Hospitality Group

Guy Maisnik JMBM

Guy Maisnik, partner and Vice Chair of the JMBM Global Hospitality Group®, has over three decades of commercial real estate transactions with a strong expertise in hotels and finance. Answering to some questions of ours, he offers an unconventional point of view about the contract sector in the US.

What is your pulse on the hospitality design industry at the moment?

Hotel design will need to take into account elements that make people feel safe. My guess is that the general traveler conscience has been raised, and for many years hotels will need to be mindful of that to attract guests.

 

Did you develop a specific new working approach for the current worldwide Covid-era?

Our ability to work remotely has been seamless. But we did have to improve the quality of our systems. Thankfully, technology has really stayed up with this. This is fantastic for getting work done and maintaining existing relationships. However, technology has not been great for creating new relationships. It is hard to beat in person meetings and dining for that experience. But I have a lot of faith in technology, and believe that that bridge will eventually happen.

Can you identify any particular trend that has become increasingly important in hospitality projects due to Covid emergency?

I think I answered that question above. However, I will say that the hospitality industry has a bright future. People love to travel, get out of their existing environment, and have great experiences. If anything, demand is tremendously pent-up. Once travel becomes safe in the general mind of the populace, the travel industry will boom! Buckle up!

Which kind of projects are you working at most at the moment?

There were many projects in the pipeline when Covid hit. Those that made economic sense to finish them, have continued. The idea being that by the time of opening, the travel industry will be on its way to normalization. However, unfortunately, we are working on a number of projects that were already having difficulty pre-Covid, and those projects are going to continue to suffer and may have to change dynamics completely. That too is another great opportunity for designers and suppliers because the conversion of hotels into other uses is happening significantly.

How would you sum up the profile of your ideal supplier in 3 adjectives?

Experienced, Committed and Reliable. We put a lot of suppliers, architects, contractors and so forth together with our clients. After spending more than 35 years in this industry, we have a sense of those who can deliver and execute on a plan. Our goal is to help our clients be as successful as possible. If we can direct them to the right sources, their projects will be better off.

 

Italian Contract 4 Hospitality Design selects the best Italian firms able to face the US market for hospitality design, distinguished for a structured organization on site, real-time answer to requests coming from designers and specifiers, flawless executions within the agreed timing and mode. The best occasion where to meet IC4HD companies is at Hospitality Design Expo+Conference Las Vegas.

Guy Maisnik JMBM

IC4HD intervista Guy Maisnik, JMBM Global Hospitality Group

Guy Maisnik JMBM

Guy Maisnik, partner e Vice Chair di JMBM Global Hospitality Group®, è un esperto di affari legali in ambito hospitality e finanza. Con la sua trentennale esperienza nel settore, ci restituisce un punto di vista non convenzionale sulla situazione del settore contract negli USA.

Qual è il suo punto di vista sul settore hospitality al momento?

Gli hotel dovranno considerare con maggiore attenzione gli aspetti che fanno sentire gli ospiti al sicuro. Credo che la consapevolezza del viaggiatore medio sia aumentata, e per alcuni anni sicurezza e pulizia saranno importanti per attrarre clienti.

 

Avete sviluppato uno specifico metodo di lavoro durante la pandemia?

La nostra capacità di lavoro da remoto è rimasta la stessa, ma abbiamo dovuto migliorare la qualità dei nostri sistemi. Fortunatamente la tecnologia ha supportato in questo, in particolare nel riuscire a mandare avanti il lavoro e a mantenere le relazioni esistenti. Di contro, non è l’ideale per creare nuovi rapporti; è difficile sostituire gli incontri di persona e i pranzi di lavoro. Ma ho molta fiducia nella tecnologia, e credo che saprà colmare anche questo divario.

 

Quali sono i trend particolarmente importanti nei progetti hospitality a seguito dell’emergenza Covid?

Credo che il settore dell’ospitalità abbia un futuro brillante. Le persone amano viaggiare, uscire dal proprio ambiente, vivere esperienze. Il desiderio di viaggiare sta subendo una frenata tremenda. Non appena le persone torneranno a percepire come sicuri i viaggi, l’industria vedrà un boom!

 

In che modo la pandemia ha impattato sul settore hospitality?

C’erano molti progetti nella pipeline prima dell’arrivo del Covid. Quelli che avevano solide basi da un punto di vista economico, sono andati avanti con l’intento di essere pronti ad accogliere la normalizzazione del settore turistico al momento dell’apertura. Purtroppo, però, stiamo lavorando anche su progetti che, presentando delle difficoltà già prima dell’emergenza, hanno visto aumentare le complicazioni e hanno subito drastiche modifiche. Proprio su questi ultimi vedo un’opportunità per designer e fornitori: la riconversione degli hotel in altre tipologie di strutture è un trend che vedo in grande crescita.

 

Se dovesse descrivere in 3 parole il fornitore ideale per il settore hospitality…

Competente, Serio, Affidabile. Mettiamo in contatto molti fornitori, architetti, contractor con i nostri clienti. Dopo oltre 35 anni nel settore, siamo in grado di intuire chi sarà in grado di portare a termine la commessa. Il nostro obiettivo è quello di aiutare i nostri clienti a ottenere risultati soddisfacenti; se riusciamo a indirizzarli verso i fornitori giusti, i loro progetti verranno portati a termine nel modo migliore.

 

Italian Contract 4 Hospitality Design, oltre a organizzare la partecipazione a Hospitality Design Expo+Conference Las Vegas, mette in contatto le aziende italiane con i professionisti del settore contract USA. Per leggere le altre interviste, seguite IC4HD interviews

Kevin Gaffney

IC4HD intervista Kevin Gaffney, EmeraldX Group Show Director

Kevin Gaffney

Kevin Gaffney, Vice President & Group Show Director di EmeraldX, ha condiviso nell’esclusiva intervista rilasciata a IC4HD la sua visione positiva sulla situazione dell’industria e sullo svolgimento di Hospitality Design Expo+Conference il 24 e 25 agosto prossimi a Las Vegas.

Qual è il suo punto di vista sul settore hospitality al momento?

Con la campagna di vaccinazione che sta procedendo, si percepisce un forte ottimismo. Questo ci dà molta fiducia sul fatto che HD Expo ad agosto avrà un buon esito.

 

Eventi in presenza vs eventi virtuali: quali sono le sfide e le opportunità di queste due possibilità?

Il nostro focus per quanto riguarda il virtuale è stato quello di offrire contenuti informativi ed educativi, che sono stati recepiti con molto favore. Ma il nostro pubblico non vede l’ora di tornare in presenza. Quando pensiamo a HD Expo ad agosto, non pensiamo a una fiera virtuale ma a un evento fisico.

Aziende e professionisti vedono con favore il ritorno a manifestazioni in presenza per il 2021?

Sì, l’industria non vede l’ora di tornare a incontrarsi. Ogni azienda dovrà capire internamente come organizzarsi al meglio, ma noi stiamo approntando dei protocolli di igiene per garantire ai partecipanti comfort e sicurezza. EmeraldX sta sviluppando un piano specifico per ogni evento e in particolare per HD Expo sta lavorando in sinergia con le autorità di Las Vegas e con il Mandalay Bay Convention Center per fare in modo che tutto si svolga nella massima sicurezza e che espositori e visitatori possano concentrarsi unicamente sulle opportunità di business.

Vede dei punti in comune tra i nuovi trend di hospitality ed healthcare design?

Certamente, direi che c’è un crossover tra i due settori. Gli hotel hanno dovuto implementare nuovi standard per la pulizia e il ricircolo dell’aria e per farlo si sono ispirati ai protocolli già in vigore nell’healthcare (addirittura Hilton ha lavorato in partnership con Mayo Clinic). Per converso, molte strutture sanitarie si stanno rivolgendo a designer specializzati nel comparto hospitality per rendere le cliniche più ospitali, soprattutto per quanto riguarda sale d’attesa, ristoranti, spazi collettivi. Allo stesso tempo, negli USA si stanno diffondendo a gran velocità nuovi wellness club, che colmano il divario tra medicina di prevenzione e SPA.

 

 

Italian Contract 4 Hospitality Design mette in contatto le aziende italiane con i professionisti del contract negli USA, sia del settore hospitality sia di quello healthcare. In partnership con EmeraldX, organizza la partecipazione a Hospitality Design Expo+Conference (Las Vegas, NV, 24-25 Agosto 2021) e a HealthCare Design Expo+Conference (Cleveland, OH, 23-26 Ottobre 2021). Contattateci per maggiori informazioni sulle modalità di adesione!

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

IC4HD interviews: Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Hospitality Design Magazine

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor-in-Chief at Hospitality Design Magazine, released an exclusive interview to IC4HD.

Hospitality Design magazine is the premier trade outlet and voice for the hospitality design industry. It serves owners, operators, brands, purchasing agents, interior designers, and architects involved in the design of hotels, resorts, restaurants, nightlife, spas, and all other hospitality-oriented projects. Hospitality Design continues its four-decade mission to connect and enrich the industry through innovative projects, inspiring products, the latest trends, development spotlights, and interesting interviews with the industry’s leading professionals.

What is your pulse on the hospitality design industry at the moment?

If you ask 10 people, you may get 10 different answers, but there are many bright spots amidst the doom and gloom. Some firms are still hurting, while many are busy. Some investors are halting for 2021, while others are growing, and many brands still have a robust pipeline: Hilton, for instance, as of December, has 2,600+ hotels in development. The good news is that there is pent up demand for travel (new studies report that 80 percent of Americans said they would travel in the next 6-12 months) and our industry is hoping to get back together soon.

 

In presence vs virtual events: what are your feelings about the opportunities of these different ways?

I think there is a place for virtual, but they can’t replace in person events. Our industry especially is dying to get back together. Events may start small, but that is how we rebuilt this industry after 2008 and 2009.

 

Can you identify any particular trend that has become increasingly important in hospitality projects due to Covid emergency?

Wellness, outdoor spaces, meaningful travel.

 

 

Italian Contract 4 Hospitality Design, besides coordinating the participation of Italian companies to Hospitality Design Expo + Conference, connects suppliers with professionals of the contract sector in the US. To read the series of IC4HD interviews, follow IC4HD interviews

Kevin Gaffney

IC4HD interviews: Kevin Gaffney, EmeraldX Group Show Director

Kevin Gaffney

Kevin Gaffney, Vice President and Group Show Director at EmeraldX, has a quite optimistic vision towards the Hospitality Design Expo+Conference to be held on August 24 and 25, 2021 at Mandalaty Bay, Las Vegas (NV). He has released an exclusive interview to IC4HD talking about his pulse on the industry.

What is your pulse on the hospitality design industry at the moment?

With the vaccine now rolling out there is a keen sense of optimism that we have not seen as strongly before now. It gives us great hope for staging a great HD Expo event in August.

 

In presence vs virtual events: what are your feelings about the opportunities of these different ways?

Our virtual focus has been on educational content delivery which has been well received, however our audience is eager to return to live opportunities. A virtual tradeshows is not something we would focus on for HD Expo and are planning for a return to a live tradeshow in August.

 

Are companies and architectural firms inclined to come back and meet to live expos and conferences for 2021?

Yes, our audience is very eager to come together. Each company will have to determine internally what works for them however we will have extensive health & safety protocols in place to ensure our attendees comfort and safety. EmeraldX is rolling out a comprehensive safety plan for each show and we will work in concert with Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay Convention Center to make sure it’s safe to allow our exhibitors and audience to focus on getting back to business.

 

Is there any common point between hospitality and healthcare industry new trends?

There is definitely a crossover between hospitality and healthcare. Hotels have had to implement new levels of cleaning and air filtration that they never had before, and as a result, many hotels looked to healthcare protocols for inspiration (and Hilton even partnered with the Mayo Clinic). Many healthcare facilities are looking to hospitality designers to make hospitals more hospitable, in terms of lounges, restaurants, public spaces. And at the same time, many new wellness clubs and concepts are popping up across the country, which bridge the gap between preventive medicine and spas.

 

 

Italian Contract 4 Hospitality Design coordinates the participation of Italian companies and institutions to international events for hospitality and contract design. Discover where to meet us and read the series of IC4HD interviews