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Marriott International COO Bob McCarthy in
February will retire after nearly four decades with the company. McCarthy spoke
with Business Travel News lodging editor Michael B. Baker to provide an update
on the sales team reorganization that Marriott began several years ago, recent
meetings product initiatives, the company's global growth opportunities and
Real estate investment trust Ashford Hospitality Trust this
quarter is spinning off into new subsidiary Ashford Hospitality Prime eight of
its top-performing hotels from its 122-property portfolio. They include the
Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.; downtown Courtyard properties in San
Francisco, Seattle and Philadelphia; and the Marriott Plano Legacy Town Center
in Texas. Ashford Prime then would concentrate on luxury, upper upscale and
some urban select-service hotels in gateway cities worldwide, while Ashford
Trust would maintain a broader focus on both full- and select-service
properties generally in U.S. markets. Ashford CEO and chairman Monty Bennett
spoke recently with BTN lodging
editor Michael B. Baker about the reasoning behind the spinoff as well as his
outlook for corporate demand and pricing in 2014.
BTN's 2013 Travel Manager of the Year Karoline Mayr and 2013 Best Practitioners—Tim Hay, Cindy Heston, Steven Schoen and Mark Stansbury—in August engaged in a roundtable discussion with BTN editors in San Diego. Edited excerpts of that discussion follow.
Industry veteran George Odom in July returned to Advito, the
consulting arm of BCD Travel, to fill the newly created position of vice
president of integrated travel and meetings. His 35-year career in travel
sourcing and meetings management included a long tenure at Eli Lilly and Co., and,
more recently, a stint as manager of global meetings for Hewlett-Packard. Odom
recently discussed with BTN editors
why meetings and travel practitioners may be reluctant to pursue integration
and how interested organizations can start the process.
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