Boutique Design’s 2017 Up-and-Coming Hoteliers are making their marks with niche hotel concepts that sell to Main Street and Wall Street.
Why the big guys aren’t always the bad guys (and what boutique operators should learn from them): “While at Starwood and Hilton, I worked with a lot of accomplished hotel operators and they taught me about systems, processes and standards. If there’s one thing they don’t understand, it’s how to build and nurture a culture of innovation. As a result, they effectively outsource design and development of new technologies.
How far, how fast, how much: The company’s current portfolio of four hotels in Southeast Asia and North America is set to get eight new hotels in those regions, with a future focus on global gateways and will reach 10 properties by year’s end (the total pipeline is close to 30). Also on tap? The expansion of Cachet’s four F&B brands, including a 40-plus location JV with Wahlburgers (yes, a burger chain run by those Wahlbergs) in Asia.
What’s on his bucket list for Cachet: “Our technology platform, which will be launched in August 2017, will be a lifestyle marketplace. It will include lifestyle hotels and residences as well as travel content curated by experts. It’s a top secret project, so that’s all I can share right now.”
Vicki Poulos | global senior brand director | MOXY Hotels | Bethesda, Maryland
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