Lodging Leaders is an award-winning weekly podcast that examines trends and issues impacting the hospitality industry.
Each week, we bring listeners on a journey through engaging stories narrated by co-hosts by Jon Albano and Judy Maxwell, and amplified by interviews with hospitality experts and other thought leaders. Each enhanced episode leverages modern media to provide closed captions, chapter markers with images and links, and an expanded multimedia report with downloadable transcriptions, while adhering to strict editorial standards.
The longest running, top-ranking hospitality podcast, Lodging Leaders received a Bronze Stevie® Award in 2020 for Podcast of the Year in the 17th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business. Its parent company, Long Live Lodging, also received a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Media Hero of the Year category for its expanded coverage of the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis on the hotel industry.
321 | Here to Help: Pandemic crisis fuels third-party management growth
Hotel owners and operators who believed they could go it alone before the coronavirus pandemic devastated the hotel industry are having another think and turning to third-party managers to work their way back to profitability in the post-pandemic recovery.
Episode 321 explores the growth of third-party management companies over the past 12 months.
This report is part of Lodging Leaders’ coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.
320 | Where’s My Stuff?: Breaks in the global supply chain disrupt hotel projects, increase costs
Hotel owners and developers are growing eager to refresh their properties in preparation for a post-pandemic business revival. But capital improvement might be delayed by breaks in the global supply chain. Shipping companies in Asia and Europe are contending with a boatload of challenges, including a lack of containers, traffic jams at West Coast ports and increased costs. Episode 320 features logistics and procurement specialists who relate what the problems mean to the U.S. hotel industry.
01 | Virgin Hotels: An Example of Where the Industry is Headed
Raul Leal had been in leadership roles in the boutique lodging sector for 15 years when he first met Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, which includes Virgin Hotels. In a conversation with Lodging Luminaries host Jason Freed, Leal shares his first meeting with Branson when he asked him to manage the hotel brand, the future of hospitality industry, how the coronavirus crisis threatens the survival of branded legacy hotels, and why everybody wants to work at Virgin Hotels.
319 | TEAMWORK: Joint ventures strengthen hotel companies’ post-pandemic growth plans
The phrase “stronger together” has been used throughout the coronavirus crisis to encourage businesses and employees to join forces in thought and deed to keep economies afloat. The concept also has taken on new meaning in the hotel industry as companies form joint ventures – either by creating new partnerships or redefining what collaboration looks like.
Episode 319 features hotel companies that have formed strategic partnerships to survive and thrive through the pandemic recession.
318 | Gold Standard: General manager of The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis leads property through more than one challenge
Amanda Joiner has worked for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. for 25 years. Starting in housekeeping, Joiner has been general manager of The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis for more than five years. Her career trajectory is not unique, she says, as anyone can apply The Ritz-Carlton’s tenets of customer service to clear a path to leadership in the hospitality industry. Episode 318 of Lodging Leaders podcast spotlights Joiner and her story.
317 | Together Again: U.S. hotel industry begins to see return of small meetings
As public health agencies expand COVID-19 vaccination programs across the U.S. and states ease up on public-gathering restrictions designed to keep the virus at bay, the hotel industry is seeing small meetings begin a comeback. Episode 317 of Lodging Leaders podcast explores the state of the small-meetings sector and how hotels should prepare to act quickly to grab their share of business.
I’ve listened to 208 shows in the last three weeks
That’s right, I am so hungry to grow in my knowledge and wisdom of the hospitality industry that I’ve been using these podcasts as a launch pad. I’ve learned so much and look forward to exploring what opportunities come of it. #LongLiveLodging
This is the first time I heard your podcast. I found it to be very informative, plain-spoken and will no doubt serve as a resource for the industry.
I’ll tune in again....
Authentic and Amazingly Practical
It’s obvious Jon, Judy and the rest of the Lodging Leaders team put extraordinary effort in covering salient topics and finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world - the insights they bring to bear is still mind-blowing Every. Single. Time.
No matter the subject, you’re guaranteed to gain something from every episode - can’t recommend Lodging Leaders enough 🙌