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Regional Hotel Design a Key Topic at CHICOS 2017


Hamilton, November 11, 2017 – This week nearly 300 hospitality industry executives gathered at the Hamilton Princess for the 7th annual HVS Caribbean Hospitality Investment and Operations Summit. The conference is dedicated to everything relating to investing in and operating hospitality in the Caribbean. Local architectural firm OBM International (OBMI) was amongst the expert panellists speaking to the design considerations for the changing and growing industry.

Senior designer for the St. Regis Bermuda, Andres Osorio shared his knowledge during the Regional Hotel Design panel. During this panel, contemporary regionalism was discussed and defined as design that is not only sensitive to its location but is a reinterpretation of local, traditional design. Osorio used OBMI’s 81-year history in Bermuda to highlight the concept, illustrating Wil Onions’ evolution of the Bermuda architectural vernacular from the original Bermudian cottage to the modern interpretations seen today. He explained how that traditional style is reinterpreted into the design St Regis resort, designed by OBMI. Also discussed amongst the panellists was the need for flexible design, allowing for spaces that transform from day to night to accommodate the property’s programming. Osorio shared experiences and details on how architects plan for flexible spaces with centralised and shared back-of-house operations. Other topics during this regional hotel design panel included seasonality, how to create authentic local experiences for guests and how to design for hurricane resilience.

During the 2-day conference, topics ranged from financing, investor sentiment and projections and how companies like Airbnb and Expedia are changing the industry. OBMI Chairman Tim Peck joined expert panelists from the design, construction, development and public policy sectors to discuss the viability and magic formula for getting Caribbean projects completed within budget and on schedule. STR and HVS provided attendees with a snapshot of the state of Caribbean tourism and forecasts for 2018, while Bermuda Tourism Authority captured everyone’s attention discussing Bermuda’s growth in 2017 and outlook for the future.

Originally published: Bernews