279 episodes

Lodging Leaders is the longest running weekly hospitality podcast. Each week, we invite listeners on a journey as we examine news and topics trending in the hotel industry, shared through engaging stories told by co-hosts Jon Albano and Judy Maxwell, and amplified by interviews with hospitality experts and other thought leaders.



We leverage modern media while adhering to strict editorial standards to cover a wide range of trends and issues that impact those doing business in the hospitality industry and beyond.



Lodging Leaders has increased its reporting to examine the impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis on the hotel industry. Visit our expanded coverage at https://longlivelodging.com/coronavirus/

Lodging Leaders Jon Albano and Judy Maxwell

    • Business
    • 4.8, 59 Ratings

Lodging Leaders is the longest running weekly hospitality podcast. Each week, we invite listeners on a journey as we examine news and topics trending in the hotel industry, shared through engaging stories told by co-hosts Jon Albano and Judy Maxwell, and amplified by interviews with hospitality experts and other thought leaders.



We leverage modern media while adhering to strict editorial standards to cover a wide range of trends and issues that impact those doing business in the hospitality industry and beyond.



Lodging Leaders has increased its reporting to examine the impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis on the hotel industry. Visit our expanded coverage at https://longlivelodging.com/coronavirus/

    279 | Inclusion is a Unicorn Part 2: ‘We are actually doing badly’

    279 | Inclusion is a Unicorn Part 2: ‘We are actually doing badly’

    We’re trying something different today. We’ve teamed up with a group called Next Generation in Lodging, a diverse team of mid-career hospitality professionals who want to have significant input into the future of the hospitality industry. We’ve worked with them to produce and provide a platform for a panel discussion about diversity and inclusion in read more

    • 51 min
    278 | CMBS Distress: Thousands of hotel owners seek relief from billions of dollars in debt

    278 | CMBS Distress: Thousands of hotel owners seek relief from billions of dollars in debt

    Since the beginning of March, the hotel industry has lost more than $40 billion in room revenue. Hotels continue to lose $400 million every day, according to STR and Tourism Economics. The historic loss of income caused by the coronavirus pandemic is rendering hotel owners unable to pay their property mortgages. While many have worked read more

    • 29 min
    277 | Contagious Ideas: Hospitality brand and design experts search for creative solutions in the age of COVID-19

    277 | Contagious Ideas: Hospitality brand and design experts search for creative solutions in the age of COVID-19

    In the introduction of his book, “Hotel, an American History,” A.K. Sandoval-Strausz writes: “The hotel as we know it today did not evolve randomly or naturally, nor did it develop as some sort of automatic response to structural needs. Rather, it was the deliberate creation of an identifiable group of people who lived in a read more

    • 43 min
    276 | A Measured Response: Hotel industry hires for diversity but fails with inclusion

    276 | A Measured Response: Hotel industry hires for diversity but fails with inclusion

    Many companies in the hotel industry claim they practice diversity in their hiring practices. When questioned about how many Black people they employ, most companies can back up their hiring outcomes with data. That’s all well and good, but what’s missing in most employment demographics is a measurement of how inclusive the company is not read more

    • 32 min
    275 | ‘Inclusion is a Myth’: Next Generation in Lodging challenges industry’s status quo on race and diversity

    275 | ‘Inclusion is a Myth’: Next Generation in Lodging challenges industry’s status quo on race and diversity

    Imagine holding a conference on racism, diversity and inclusion in Corporate America and seeing your event invaded by outsiders shouting racial epithets and vulgarities while flying both the Nazi and American flags. Actually, there is no need to imagine it because it happened earlier this month during a digital event organized by the founders of read more

    • 24 min
    274 | Construction in a Pandemic: Hotel builders face unexpected challenges

    274 | Construction in a Pandemic: Hotel builders face unexpected challenges

    In the first quarter of this year, more than 140 new hotels opened in the U.S., reported Lodging Econometrics. In March, the U.S. had 150,000 rooms under construction, said STR. It’s the highest end-of-month total the company has reported. Jan Freitag, senior vice president of lodging insights at STR, said he expects hotel construction to read more

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re well established as a hospitality innovator, or just getting started carving out a profitable niche that’s ready to grow - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Jon does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving hospitality business, and career you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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Thanks for all you do

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Diversity of content and speakers

I appreciate how this podcast discusses a variety of topics from a variety of perspectives.

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