157 episodes

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.

Lodging Leaders Jon Albano and Judy Maxwell

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    • 4.8 • 72 Ratings

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.

    Ruff and Ready: ADA gives hotels a short leash when accommodating guests with service animals

    Ruff and Ready: ADA gives hotels a short leash when accommodating guests with service animals

    Hotel managers and staff should also know what the Americans With Disabilities Act says about accommodating guests with pets. Hotel employees need to know how to cater to both consumers who are pet owners as well as guests who travel with a trained service animal. In Episode 329 of Lodging Leaders podcast we explore how the ADA defines a service animal and how a hotel is legally obligated to serve a guest who comes with a dog or any other animal.

    • 23 min
    Curb Appeal: Hotels’ refreshed images designed to attract road trippers

    Curb Appeal: Hotels’ refreshed images designed to attract road trippers

    Episode 328 of Lodging Leaders podcast explores the importance of a hotel’s curb appeal as hoteliers think of ways to attract travelers seeking safety and assurance as the nation emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.

    • 22 min
    No Place Like Home: What hotels can learn from Airbnb’s pandemic-recovery plan

    No Place Like Home: What hotels can learn from Airbnb’s pandemic-recovery plan

    Home-sharing or short-term-rental platforms saw business surge during the 2020 pandemic year. The momentum continues this year and into 2021 as many travelers still in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic prefer houses over hotels. In Episode 327, Lodging Leaders podcast explores what’s driving not only the home-sharing sector, but also buoying extended-stay hotels, including branded residential-style accommodations that are a hybrid of hotel and home.

    • 23 min
    Make a New Plan: CHMWarnick and Pinnacle Advisory partnership signals what’s ahead for hotel industry

    Make a New Plan: CHMWarnick and Pinnacle Advisory partnership signals what’s ahead for hotel industry

    CHMWarnick and Pinnacle Advisory Group in April announced their decision to strategically align their businesses and bring more services and solutions to a hotel industry still in the throes of the coronavirus crisis. While properties in many markets are experiencing a business revival led by leisure travel, many others continue to work their way out of a maze of financial challenges. Episode 326 looks at the partnership and what it signals for the industry as it pushes toward recovery.

    • 22 min
    Unique Experience: Independent boutique hotels rebuild the post-pandemic playing field

    Unique Experience: Independent boutique hotels rebuild the post-pandemic playing field

    Independent boutique hotels recovered business faster than their branded counterparts and managed to increase RevPAR by holding rate even during the darkest days of the coronavirus crisis. Lodging Leaders podcast Episode 325 is the third and final installment in a series on independent hotels doing business amid the pandemic. We feature analysts and the founder of an organization that is the voice for independent owners and operators around the world.

    • 23 min
    Independent But Not Alone: Franchisers’ soft-brand engines drive business to struggling hotels

    Independent But Not Alone: Franchisers’ soft-brand engines drive business to struggling hotels

    Independent hotels struggled just as much as their franchised cousins when the coronavirus pandemic first struck the U.S. in spring 2020. Hundreds of independent properties temporarily closed amid the downturn in business and government shutdowns. Among those that reopened the soonest were independent hotels that are part of soft-branded collections.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

NolanErickson ,

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

LNK 926 ,

First Time

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....
Thank You!

J. Barshop ,

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 🙌

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