NextGen in Lodging is a monthly podcast that examines systemic and trending issues in the hospitality industry. Co-hosts Davonne Reaves, Chris Henry and Omari Head unlock the brain trust through interviews with emerging leaders in travel and tourism to share their thoughts and ideas for fresh strategies to combat systemwide challenges. The next generation of executives strives to revolutionize the hospitality industry for the 21st century.
‘Sun, Fun, Rich and Glitz’: NextGen hospitality pros redefine tourism in South Florida
NextGen in Lodging features hospitality professionals carving their niche in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, markets where tourism thrives despite doing business with COVID-19 restrictions in place. The yearn to gather and socialize is strong in a multicultural market like South Florida. Podcast co-host Omari Head talks to Alexis Brown of SocialXchange in Miami and Javier Marquis of AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach about how they're creating and selling experiences amid the pandemic.
Emerging brands, innovative products signal new era of hospitality
As the hotel industry shifts into a new era influenced by the coronavirus pandemic as well as the unleashing of younger travelers eager to get out and experience the world, new hospitality brands are emerging either in full or by creating novel concepts within their traditional frameworks. In Episode 8 of NextGen in Lodging, host Chris Henry leads a discussion among three hospitality innovators who share what’s next for a recovering industry.
Give minority workers a voice, say Asian American hospitality professionals dedicated to diversity
This month’s episode of NextGen in Lodging podcast features Asian American hospitality professionals who urge company leaders to identify blatant and unconscious racial bias in the workplace and to promote among employees knowledge of ethnic backgrounds and cultural traditions – all to foster acceptance and understanding that can lift careers and businesses to new heights.
A Lost Generation of Hospitality Leaders
The coronavirus pandemic has forced thousands of young hospitality professionals to leave their jobs or rethink their career paths, leaving the industry with a dearth of mid-career talent and leadership. In Episode 6 of Next Gen in Lodging podcast, co-host Omari Head talks with Priscilla Guasso and Bijal Patel about millennials leaving the hospitality industry and how employers can bring them back and help them rebuild their careers.
‘Genuine conversations are happening’
NextGen in Lodging brings back three guests who last year started the conversation about diversity, inclusion and equity in the hospitality industry. In Episode 5 of NextGen in Lodging podcast the hospitality professionals review whether progress has been made despite the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Keep pushing, keep talking’: NextGen in Lodging reviews a year of racial unrest
NextGen in Lodging co-founders review the past 12 months since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police and how the incident sparked cries for change throughout the nation. It also forced the hospitality industry to re-examine its hiring and promotion practices to achieve true diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace.
Keep up the good work!
Love how these episodes cover such relevant topics that are at the forefront of our hospitality industry. Thank you for making this show and excited to see how we can
continue these conversations on a larger scale. Keep it up!!