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Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 71:

Impertinent Questions Still Seeking Pertinent Answers;
The Baseball Business…Where Next?; Quote of the Month

By Stanley Turkel, MHS, ISHC, December 20, 2010

1.  Impertinent Questions Still Seeking Pertinent Answers

Question No. 1:
Since there are already more than 70 hotel brands, is the current spate of new hotels brand-sensible or brand proliferation?
Since last month when I listed 13 new brands, there are now 15 additional new brands to be reported:

  • Advaya Hospitality by India’s Auto Hospitality Group
  • Hotel Zaza by Givens-Records Developments
  • Stay, Night and Time by Vikram Chatwal
  • Eventi and Ink 48 by Kimpton
  • INNSIDE by Sol Melia
  • Cassa by Assa Properties
  • Venu by Jumeirah
  • So by Sofitel
  • Mint Hotels
  • Angelo Designhotels by Vienna International
  • Yotel pod-hotels by IFA
  • Anantara Bangkok Sathorn by Anantara Hotel Resorts and Spas
  • Mercer by Kosmopolito Hotels International
  • Keys Hotels by Berggruen Hotels Pvt. Ltd
  • Address Hotels and Resorts
Chekitan S. Dev, professor of strategic marketing and brand management at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration says, “All I have been reading says that the pace has been decelerating from the past two years, year on year, with the number of hotels changing being lower now.”  The reasoning, said Dev, seems to be hotels’ somewhat prudent reluctance to confuse customers at an economically vulnerable time plus a desire to not shake up a management structure that’s working.  Rebranding always carries some risks, he said, but those risks can be felt even more now.  “If you don’t do it carefully,” said Dev, “it can backfire.”

Question No. 2:

Do hotel brands still matter? 

2.  The Baseball Business… Where Next?

On October 12, 2010, the NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management held a spectacular forum, “The Baseball Business… Where Next?” It was the 11th annual Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Management. <>

Dean Bjorn Hanson introduced the forum participants:
  • Moderator: Fay Vincent, Former Commissioner, Major League Baseball
  • Panelists:
- Murray Chass, Former Longtime Baseball Writer and Columnist, The New York Times
- Mike Greenberg, Co-Host, Mike & Mike in the Morning, ESPN Radio; Anchor, SportsCenter
- Michael Weiner, Executive Director and General Counsel, Major League Baseball Players Association

The discussion was lively, controversial and pertinent.  It is hard to imagine that a forum of this quality and importance could take place at any other hotel school than the New York University Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management.

3. Quote of the Month

“… it takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition, and an endless amount of tradition to make even a little taste, and an endless amount of taste to make even a little tranquility.”

                                                                                    Henry James                     

Great Gift Idea for the Holidays

Stanley Turkel, MHS, ISHC has just published “Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry.” It contains 359 pages, 25 illustrations and 16 chapters devoted to each of the following pioneers: John McEntee Bowman, Carl Graham Fisher, Henry Morrison Flagler, John Q. Hammons, Frederick Henry Harvey, Ernest Henderson, Conrad Nicholson Hilton, Howard Dearing Johnson, J. Willard Marriott, Kanjibhai Patel, Henry Bradley Plant, George Mortimer Pullman, A.M. Sonnabend, Ellsworth Milton Statler, Juan Terry Trippe and Kemmons Wilson.  It also has a foreword by Stephen Rushmore, preface, introduction, bibliography and index. Visit to order the book at reduced rates:
• Electronic Book   $  4.95
• Paperback (6x9)   $25.00
• Dust Jacket Hardcover (6x9)  $35.00

Stanley Turkel, MHS, ISHC

Also See: Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 70 -John Q. Hammons, Impertinent Question, Quote of the Month / Stanley Turkel / November 2010

Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 69 - Large Banks Creating Crisis For Hoteliers; Are Room Telephones Obsolete? / Stanley Turkel / October 2010

Impertinent Questions in Search of Pertinent Answers; The Best Franchise Website; Free Wi-Fi at Top of Amenity List / Stanley Turkel / September 2010

Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 67 : Stanley Turkel's Review of Budget/Economy Hotels Following a Three Week Pennsylvania Road Odyssey / Stanley Turkel / August 2010

Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 66 : Recognizing Three Hotel Industry Experts Whose Accomplishments Are Unique - Bjorn Hanson, Peter Greenberg and Richard Warnick / Stanley Turkel / July 2010

Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 65: A Well-Deserved Compliment for Steve Rushmore; Impertinent Questions in Search of Pertinent Answers / Stanley Turkel / June 2010

Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 64: Best Western Finally Makes a Move; Cuba, The Caribbean’s Hottest Destination / Stanley Turkel / May 2010

Nobody Asked Me, But - No. 63: Can Airlines Learn From Hotels?; Memo to Ian Schrager / Stanley Turkel / April 2010

Nobody Asked Me, But No. 62 / Do the Radisson Franchisees Agree with Carlson's billion-dollar Makeover Program? At Last: A Win-Win Victory for Tourism; Congratulations to the Harris Rosen Foundation / Stanley Turkel / March 2010

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