N E W Y O R K C I T Y H OT E L 8
Fall 2008 Volume X Number 4
93rd Annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show
to Spotlight Innovations, Insights and Emerging Trends
In Our View
Joseph E. Spinnato
Cutting-edge new products, seminars
addressing hot-button topics and net-
working opportunities with industry
trend-setters will define the 93rd annual
International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant
Show® (IH/M&RS). The show, taking
Dear HANYC members, place November 8-11, 2008, at New
York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention
While we have entered the fall season
Center, is expected to draw more than
bolstered by yet another banner year
for the New York City hotel industry, 1,250 exhibitors and 35,000 attendees
our optimism is tempered by grow- to the industry’s top market for trend
ing uncertainty as economic devel- discovery and professional development.
opments unfold. A weak dollar has Among the highlights:
brought record tourism from over-
seas, especially to our city, and these
Sustainability will be a major theme of
international visitors are in large part
this year’s IH/M&RS. For more details,
responsible for Mayor Bloomberg’s
see the separate article, “IH/M&RS
proclamation that the city is on track
Goes Green,” in this issue of Newsline.
to meet his goal of 50 million annual
visitors three years earlier than his In addition, the show once again will
original target of 2015. serve as a can’t-miss event for hospital-
ity designers, as Destination Design
This influx of overseas visitors also returns for a third consecutive year.
helped the city capture the number- Among its features are a dedicated
one position in total tourism spend- educational track, new resources within
ing last year (according to Global the Luxury Product Collection, and
Insight), surpassing Orlando and Las
Vegas, who previously held the top
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two spots. Yet, as the dollar strengthens,
a downturn in international tourism
is inevitable at the same time that IH/M&RS Goes Green
impending recession threatens to
Green will be the color of choice Hotel & Lodging Association adds to
affect the domestic market. So while
the industry’s position remains positive throughout this year’s IH/M&RS, both the conversation with “Eco-friendly
through year’s end, it is also some- on the show floor and off. “With the Meets Eco-nomic,” addressing the tran-
what precarious as we look forward sustainability movement continuing to sition of the “going green” movement
into the first months of 2009. strengthen, we’re pleased to present an from a market differentiator to a main-
opportunity for 35,000 industry profes- stream requirement.
The association is cautiously optimistic sionals to learn from noted experts in
that plans are moving forward once the field, understand eco-friendly best The Green Task Force will also host
again to update the Jacob K. Javits practices being applied by hospitality an exhibit, called “Going Green in
Convention Center. After several operators and discover the latest Hospitality,” that will showcase inno-
false starts, the Jacob K Javits Develop- products that will assist in their ‘going vation as it educates hoteliers on how
ment Corp is continuing its studies
green’ efforts,” said Lynn White, show eco-friendly initiatives can positively
on what has evolved into a major
manager. “Our objective is to present a
impact their bottom line. Attendees
renovation and moderate expansion of
& Restaurant Show
marketplace that answers questions can visit the exhibit in the Crystal
the existing center. The state continues
November 8–11, 2008
and fulfills product needs as they relate Palace Concourse Lobby throughout
to collect a $1.50 New York City hotel
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
to sustainability.” the show.
room tax that was implemented in
November 8: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Hospitality Leadership Forum
2005 and earmarked to pay off a bond
Among the “green” firsts for the 2008 In another first this year, the New York
offering for the expansion. We continue
show will be a sustainability-themed City Department of Environmental November 9: 9:30–10 a.m.,
to vigorously pursue our position
keynote presentation on November 9, Protection will exhibit at IH/M&RS, Crystal Palace Lobby
that proceeds from this tax need to be
spent on that which it was intended. presented by noted environmental giving show attendees a chance to
leader Christine Ervin, former CEO of interact with leaders who directly November 9–10: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
A busy legislative season makes it the U.S. Green Building Council. This influence the sustainability movement. November 11: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
more important than ever that our year will also see the return of a part- And for the second year, eco-friendly
association’s lobbying efforts are nership with Green Lodging News, as design will be honored at Sunday’s For Hospitality Leadership Forum
well-funded. We urge you to support the publication’s Editor and Publisher Editors’ Choice Awards, which will and Exhibit Hall: $139 per person
HANYC’s ongoing work with a timely Glenn Hasek presents a seminar on single out outstanding green products For Exhibit Hall only: $50
contribution to our P.A.C. funds. “Energy Miser All Stars: Conservation on the Show floor—in the categories
Register online at www.ihmrs.com,
And, finally, we look forward to seeing Lessons from the Best.” The session of décor, essentials, luxury, restaurant call George Little Management at
you soon at next month’s IH/M&RS promises participants 10 tangible tips and technology—that have been intro- 914-421-3206 or 800-272-SHOW,
and all the exciting industry events they can take away that translate into duced to the market in the past year. or email
surrounding the show. thousands of dollars in annual savings. Also returning is the popular Green firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Green Task Force of the American Restaurant Association Pavilion.
Go on-line for the latest news and information from the association: Visit the HANYC Website at http://www.hanyc.org
Leland Lewis Honored HANYC Member News
The Hospitality and Tourism Division of the Cardinal’s
Committee for Charity will honor New York City hotelier Unveilings
Leland Lewis at its annual reception on October 28. Lewis is The Algonquin Hotel has unveiled a $4.5-million renovation that includes
General Manager of The InterContinental The Barclay New upgrades of the historic lobby’s furnishings, the famed Oak Room, Blue Bar,
York. He returned to The Barclay in 2006, having launched his Round Table Room and all suites and guestrooms. Changes to the lobby include
InterContinental career there as Director of Marketing in 1983. subtle recessed lighting, new pendant lighting and new furniture in soft fabrics
Lewis’s many years of service in the hospitality industry have also taken him to of hunter green, midnight blue, squash and burgundy. A new Yamaha baby
InterContinental hotels in Cleveland, New Orleans, Toronto and Quebec, as grand piano graces the Oak Room cabaret, while
well as Four Seasons hotels in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. the Round Table Room features new banquettes
to create a more convivial atmosphere. Accommo-
dations have been updated with contemporary
Legal Pad colors and fabrics while preserving the character
of each of the guest rooms and themed suites.
Contributed by Banks Brown, Esq. The Iroquois New York has expanded on its concept of “friendly luxury” with
McDermott, Will & Emery a lobby facelift. In response to guest feedback, the lobby has been updated with
ample, comfortable seating areas, complimentary wireless Internet access, and
The Justice Department’s Proposals enhanced lighting. Imported wood and fabric paneling, marble columns and
Regarding the American Disability Act elegant lighting fixtures add to the sophisticated and welcoming ambience.
Existing amenities include AIRS real-time flight arrival and departure information,
Chances are high that if you are reading this, you are a New York City hotelier,
a complimentary desktop and printer, and complimentary coffee and seasonal
which means the odds are close to 100% that you have encountered the Americans
beverages. The new lobby follows on the heels of the hotel’s recent guestroom
with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Many of you (indeed all of you in the Theater
District) received notices a few years ago from the U.S. Department of Justice and fitness center renovations.
(DOJ) asking you to fill out surveys. Then, after you returned them, you were A ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 25 marked the completion of lobby
inspected by the DOJ. Others of you have been sued in lawsuits by organizations refurbishments and a new bar at the Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel. Taoiseach
formed for the purpose of protecting the legal rights of the disabled (the more
of Ireland Brian Cowen (pictured, at left) presided over the ceremony alongside
cynical of you might say: formed for the purpose of suing us). All of you know how
HANYC Chairman John Fitzpatrick, who is CEO of the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group,
difficult it is to comply with the ADA’s requirements on how to configure your
North America. Replacing the traditional front desk in the lobby are two smaller
hotel. There are a multitude of those requirements, and there is a lot of ambiguity.
desks in rich wood tones for a more personal, seated check-in experience. The
new lobby also features wood paneling and classic wall sconces along with carpet
Hold onto your collective hat: The DOJ has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking
and upholstery in vibrant hues. Also new are fireside tables in the library and a
that threatens to make those regulations even more burdensome. The proposal
new bar, The Fitz, decorated with elegant touches of wood, leather and mirrors
was released on May 16, 2008. The American Hotel & Lodging Association
along with a handsome back-lit
(AH&LA) filed 95 pages of comments on August 18, 2008, pointing out that if
the proposed rules were adopted, they would severely impact the hotel industry. bar featuring dark wooden
shelves that cradle bottles in
Among the points that concerned the AH&LA were the following: individual nooks.
The proposed rules would require compliance with certain accessibility guidelines On the Move
in a very short six-month period. As AH&LA stated, this would “require the Jeffrey Poirot is the new Director of Sales and Marketing for Sofitel New York.
substantial redesign of virtually every lodging facility renovation and new
construction project in the country, jeopardize construction financing, increase The Wyndham Garden Hotel-Chelsea has appointed Carlton Yee as Assistant
carry costs, and result in lost profits.” General Manager and Nicole Barr as Director of Sales. Nicole will also be
Director of Sales at Wyndham Garden Hotel-Financial District.
The proposed rules would require that new standards regarding bathrooms be
The GEM Hotel-Midtown West has appointed Ashley Grogg as Front
made to every accessible bathroom in every hotel over the next 15 years. AH&LA
noted: “Of all the changes, the new toilet clear floor space and comparable vanity
requirements are by far the most alarming, expensive, and unjustifiable as Andrew Hendricks has been appointed Area Director of Sales for The GEM
applied to existing facilities that already comply with the 1991 [standards]. Hotels (Chelsea, SoHo and Midtown West) as well as the Comfort Inn Times
Accessible guest room bathrooms and single user bathrooms that comply with Square South and Comfort Inn—Convention Center.
the 1991 [standard] . . . must not be required to meet the [new standards] in
future alterations that involve only the replacement, not the relocation, of existing
bath fixtures and elements.”
The Roosevelt Hotel has claimed three prestigious industry awards this year:
The proposed regulations wrongly assume that previous regulations required the Gold Key Award by Meetings & Conventions, Best of the East by Meetings
accessible rooms to be “dispersed” throughout the hotel, and thus give no time East and the 2008 Award of Excellence from Corporate & Incentive Travel,
to meet that requirement after the proposed regulations go into effect. As the solidifying its place among the world’s finest meeting facilities.
AH&LA said: “The Department fails to acknowledge that 1991 [standards] does
Samuel Espinal, Front Office Manager of the Comfort Inn Times Square South,
not require accessible room dispersion in Pre-1993 Facilities, and has consequently
provided no safe harbor for those Pre-1993 Facilities that have created accessible received the APEX service excellence award for the northeast region from
rooms that are not dispersed in reliance on the 1991 [standard] . . . and [t]he Choice Hotels International. The award recognizes outstanding customer
[new] dispersion requirements are far more onerous and difficult to implement service and is voted on by Choice officials and owners.
because they add a number of additional factors to consider, resulting in uncer-
tainty in compliance and greater litigation risk.” Good Works
For one week in July, associates of The Manhattan Club rallied together, donat-
Under the ADA, pre-existing facilities (those constructed before 1993) are required ing 171 pounds of food to New Yorkers in need through City Harvest: Rescuing
to remove barriers when to do so is “readily achievable.” The proposed rule would Food for New York’s Hungry. The city’s only food rescue organization, City
substantially alter what “readily achievable” means by making the “only relevant Harvest delivers donations to soup kitchens and food pantries, homeless shelters,
consideration the hotel’s ability to pay, not the cost of the barrier removal itself,” AIDS care providers, senior centers, and children’s day care centers that service
according to the AH&LA. hungry people in all five boroughs.
The proposed rules would create new standards for hotel reservation systems Trump International Hotel and Tower employees collected 51 back-
that, unless modified to take into account the realities of hotel reservation systems, packs filled with school supplies for Operation Backpack Drive, a
would vastly complicate the process of making reservations. program that serves more than 11,000 children in the New York City
school system who otherwise might start the school year unprepared.
Among the other subjects addressed in the proposed rules that drew comments This was the hotel’s first year participating in the drive.
from AH&LA were sales and service counter requirements, exercise facilities, steam
rooms and saunas, spas and wading pools, and power driven mobility devices. Also participating in Operation Backpack Drive was The
Waldorf=Astoria, whose employees raised $1,610 for the purchase of 43 well-
Given that this is an election year, we do not know and cannot guess when the DOJ stocked backpacks. The hotel’s Housekeeping Department was responsible for
might act by promulgating a final rule, but we will report any developments to you. raising the most money, combining all their resources to contribute $1,200.
Industry Walkathon for Charity Benefits Sanctuary for Families
HOTEL ASSOCIATION OF
NEW YORK CITY, INC.
Walkers gather Sunday morning at a kick- Lisa Mueller, Director of Development and HANYC Counsel Alexander Soric, Esq., of
Chairman of the Board
off rally at the Grand Hyatt New York. Communications for Sanctuary for Families, Kane Kessler, P.C., with his wife, Franca,
Fitzpatrick Hotels, N.A.
accepts a check for the charity from HANYC and daughter, Ivana.
President Joseph E. Spinnato, Esq., CAE.
The kick-off rally began at 9 a.m. on Walkathon for Charity, where a fabulous falling early in the morning), the threat
Joseph E. Spinnato, Esq., CAE
Sunday, September 14. More than an food spread provided by the hotel of inclement weather failed to dampen
hour later, walkers were still streaming bolstered participants for the long enthusiasm or discourage turnout as
into the Grand Hyatt New York to walk ahead. While the forecast called more than 500 hotel employees, their
gather for the 17th annual Industry for rain (and, indeed, a light drizzle was families and friends, took to the city
Michael J. Stengel
streets. Fittingly, the sun broke through
New York Marriott Marquis
as walkers hit their stride, and the day
93rd Annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show turned glorious.
Stuart Schwartz (Continued from Page 1)
In all, more than 55 member hotels
Loews Regency Hotel
networking opportunities with top The most sought-after honors of each were represented at the Walkathon.
designers at the Gold Key Awards for competition, respectively, are the The Roosevelt Hotel once again earned
Excellence in Hospitality Design. “Designer of the Year” award by Gold the top participation trophy, for the
Immediate Past Chairman
George D. Schwab
Key sponsors Interior Design and HOTELS second year in a row. But the day’s
Elite International Hotel
magazines and the Editors’ Choice big winner was Sanctuary for Families,
Sales & Marketing
Hospitality Leadership Forum
Kicking off the show on Saturday will “Kenneth F. Hine Best of Show” award. this year’s beneficiary. Founded in
be the Hospitality Leadership Forum— 1984 as a small network of safe homes,
a full-day conference for more than 700 For a full show schedule, visit Sanctuary is now a leading provider
senior-level hospitality managers. Since www.ihmrs.com. Managed by George of integrated services for domestic
NEW YORK CITY HOTEL NEWSLINE
its debut five years ago, the forum has Little Management, IH/M&RS is spon- violence victims and their children in
become one of the most highly anticipated sored by HANYC, American Hotel & New York City. Last year, the organiza-
Joseph E. Spinnato, Esq., CAE
features of the show. Pulitzer Prize- Lodging Association and New York tion’s direct services reached more than
winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin State Hospitality & Tourism Association. 8,000 women and children in need.
will deliver a keynote address on lessons
in leadership, drawing examples
Richard J. Amato
from the successes and failures of U.S.
presidents from Abraham Lincoln to
Lyndon Johnson. Other forum high-
lights will include a CEO Leadership
Panel and U.S. Lodging Industry
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Exhibits and Demonstrations
The Salon of Culinary Art, presented
by the Société Culinaire Philanthropique,
will return with live cooking demon-
strations, culinary competitions and
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more than 300 captivating “food as art”
HOTEL ASSOCIATION OF displays. The Salon will be located at DTV–Digital Television with HDTV and Video On Demand
the Demonstration Kitchen, which will
• More than 150 channels including a variety of HD programming.
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• Video On Demand movies, with ability to play, pause, rewind and
New York, NY 10022-6838 exhibit floor. Also new will be the Société’s
(212) 754-6700 first-ever First Cooks Competition at High-Speed Internet Access
Fax (212) 754-0243 IH/M&RS—a full-day showcase high-
• Wired and wireless solutions for guest rooms and public spaces.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org lighting the talents of the next generation
• Variety of bandwidth solutions at rates lower than a T1.
Web site: http://www.hanyc.org of chefs. Private Digital Video and Data Transport
•High-level video and data transport tailored to the lodging industry.
Two venerable awards competitions
return to IH/M&RS: the Gold Key
Call 212-598-1737 and ask for Operator 20.
Awards for Excellence in Hospitality
Design and Editors’ Choice Awards.
HANYC Calendar of Events Reigning Cats and Dogs
They preside over the lobbies of two
November 8-11: IH/M&RS venerable New York City hotels. One
The 93rd Annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show will open with slinks about the hallways, cozying up
a one-day Hospitality Leadership Forum followed by three days of exhibits, to guests and curling up on her own
educational seminars and networking opportunities at the Jacob K. Javits miniature chaise, while the other
Convention Center. Organizers anticipate as many as 35,000 lodging and stands, proudly and unblinkingly, on
culinary professionals in attendance and 1,250 exhibitors at this year’s show. a pedestal. Both are equally legendary
For more information log on to www.ihmrs.com. among guests and staff alike.
November 8: International Hospitality Ball The first is Matilda,
The New York City hotel industry’s most anticipated The Algonquin’s
annual social event moves to the Sheraton New York beloved feline,
Hotel and Towers this year. Join your fellow hoteliers, whose story began
civic leaders and industry suppliers for a spectacular in the late 1930s
night of dining, dancing and socializing to kick off the with the arrival of a
IH/M&RS show weekend. bedraggled cat,
dubbed Hamlet The Kitano New York
November 11: Big Apple Stars Awards by actor and (pictured here with
Don’t miss this chance to cheer on your “star” colleagues as they compete for frequent guest John General Manager
top honors at the 12th annual HANYC Big Apple Stars Awards ceremony. This Barrymore, who sought food and Hiroyuki Sakurai). Dog is the work
year’s contest was especially competitive, with a record number of nominees shelter at the historic hotel. Since then, of renowned artist Fernando Botero,
from member hotels across the city. The awards ceremony will coincide with the a well-pampered lobby cat (each male and loyal Kitano guests swear that he
final day of IH/M&RS at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Winners in each named Hamlet and each female Matilda) brings more than visual appeal to his
of six competition categories will be honored with a grand prize of a $500 check. has been an Algonquin tradition. lobby post. A touch to his tongue is
The highest overall scorer will bring home a Best of Class prize that includes an fabled to bring good financial fortune.
additional $500 and a crystal plaque. The second is “Dog,” an impressive Touch his ear to gain valuable informa-
bronze sculpture that stands sentry in tion, and his hip to increase fertility.
November 11: Annual Meeting
HANYC’s 130th Annual Meeting will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis.
As in past years, the business meeting will begin at 4 p.m. and will be followed
by a reception.
Spotlight on New Management
HANYC is pleased to introduce the following new management personnel.
Some are newly appointed to HANYC-member hotels, while others lead
properties that have recently joined the association.
General Manager General Manager
Maurizio Bonivento W. Scott Lundahl
Parker Meridien Gramercy Park Hotel
General Manager General Manager
Hiroyuki Sakurai Ralph Renz
The Kitano New York 6 Columbus
Photographs for the following were unavailable at press time:
General Manager Pastor and Executive Director
Dan Bergmann Reverend Marsh Luther Drege
Paramount Hotel Seafarers and International House
General Manager General Manager
Jonathan Brooks David Lew
Hampton Inn–Manhattan/Chelsea The GEM Hotel–Chelsea
General Manager General Manager
Frank Constantino Bob Sassani
Hampton Inn– Hotel Mela
Managing Director, Staten Island Hotel
Gemini Real Estate Advisors
Holiday Inn Express–Times Square/
Vice President/Managing Director
Candlewood Suites–Times Square/
Hampton Inn–Times Square South Chelsea Hotel