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HOSPITALITY DESIGN BEYOND COVID-19

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New Perspectives for Architectural Design to Support the Hospitality Industry

OBMI Senior Hospitality Designer released a special report for hospitality and travel sectors on design considerations to support hotels as they begin re-opening following COVID-19.

Miami, FL (August 26, 2020) – OBM International (OBMI) recently released a special report entitled 'Beyond COVID-19' written by Associate Lead Designer, Giovanni Medina, detailing vital considerations to combat exposure of threatening viruses in public environments and key design solutions for the hospitality and travel sector for the benefit of patrons and operational teams alike.

As many hotels around the globe begin to reopen with unprecedented exposure to virus-related risks, operators and developers look for guidance for essential measures to operate safely and attract guests to their property. As outlined in Mr. Medina’s report “Beyond COVID-19” there are critical concepts to evaluate and improve to create a fortified environment for the public. As the travel and hospitality industry thrives on serving visitors in high volume, the report considers new perspectives and design strategies that will help evolve improved air quality and sanitization methods, as well as reimaging the guest and staff journey, to meet the realities of today and tomorrow’s public health needs and the preferences of guests.

While COVID-19 has caused great distress in the hospitality and tourism industry, it has simultaneously created opportunities for innovation. In the report, readers can learn solutions gathered from the healthcare industry, NASA scientists, and Columbia University, to name a few. The ideas presented in the report outline where improvements in hotels' meeting spaces, lobbies, guest rooms, and food and beverage outlets can evolve to meet the realities of public health as well as with the preferences of guests.

"The global pandemic halted travel in the short term, but its effects are going to last into the foreseeable future," said Giovanni Medina, OBMI Associate Lead Designer. "As hotel designers and architects, we are always looking for ways to innovate and introduce new concepts to meet the constantly evolving needs of guests. Now more than ever, it's our responsibility to solve some of the challenges stemming from the pandemic so that guests feel safe, while also continuing to elevate convenience and the overall guest experience."

The report ‘Beyond COVID-19’ is available for download through OBMI’s website:
https://bit.ly/3lvIbrA





For more information on ‘Beyond COVID-19’ please contact marketing@obmi.com.





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Press > Hospitality Design: Celebrating Bermudian Vernacular Architecture

Hospitality Design: Celebrating Bermudian Vernacular Architecture

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The St. Regis Bermuda will celebrate Bermudian vernacular architecture.


Known for its pink sand beaches and pastel-hued buildings, Bermuda is small but mighty, withstanding the many hurricanes and tropical storms that have battered the island over the years. Stretching 22 miles, the destination is prime for a comeback, with occupancy hitting 63 percent in November 2019, according to STR, while Visit Bermuda saw an 8.2 percent year-over-year increase of vacation and leisure visitors. Part of the reason for the resurgence is new and renovated properties popping up along the coast.

The St. Regis Bermuda will celebrate Bermudian vernacular architecture.

Situated in the town of St. George’s and set in the middle of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 122-key St. Regis Bermuda will wrap the coastline when it debuts in 2021. “The standout is the approach to the architecture,” says OBMI associate and lead hospitality designer Andrés Osorio, who was inspired by old Bermudian cottages. Multilevel rooflines and “increased proportions accommodate the contemporary lifestyle of this era,” he adds. For the interiors, Design Duncan Miller Ullmann enriched the property through “purposeful irreverence, saturated colors, and bold geometry,” says Eric Ullmann, president and design principal of the Dallas firm. Indoor-outdoor spaces will expand the connection with nature, while guestrooms with private balconies and outdoor living spaces will offer welcome moments of respite.

The Bermudiana Beach Resort is slated for a 2020 opening, also designed by OBMI Architecture Firm.

Hilton’s debut property in Bermuda, the Bermudiana Beach resort, will be nestled on a cliff that overlooks the island’s South Shore. Slated to open this year, the architectural design of the 111-key Tapestry Collection property is led by OBMI Regional Director, Colin Campbell. To be as welcoming to vacationing families as to honeymooning couples, a warm, inviting design reflects the natural beauty of the island while reinterpreting Bermuda’s history through a contemporary lens.

Original Article:
https://www.hospitalitydesign.com/projects/hotels-resorts-wellness/places-bermuda/






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Press > Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s Much-Longed-For Rebirth

Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s Much-Longed-For Rebirth

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Rebirth of Rosewood Little Dix Bay


Looking for an idyllic tropical hideaway, a resort steeped in legendary history yet exuberantly refreshed and reimagined? In the celebrated annals of luxurious, nature-loving Caribbean retreats that brim with who’s-who lore, the British Virgin Islands is home to iconic Rosewood Little Dix Bay, newly reopened on Virgin Gorda this month after a four-year, at times tumultuous, closure. Secluded on 500 acres with a half-mile, powdery white sand beach, landmark Rosewood Little Dix Bay will undoubtedly be the happy talk of the turquoise sea during 2020 and beyond.
Founded more than a half-century ago by businessman and ardent conservationist Laurance Rockefeller (grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller), Little Dix Bay sparkled as an eco-conscious haven, a gem of his RockResorts properties, which were embraced by environment-attentive, well-heeled, privacy-preferring travelers, such as Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Prince Charles, as well as film stars and financial titans. Little Dix Bay changed ownership in 1993, joining Rosewood Hotel Group. In 2016, a planned renovation commenced. But a few months before its reopening, Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s future dramatically shifted. Fueled by nearly 200 mile-per-hour winds, Hurricane Irma, in 2017, centered its Category 5 eye directly over the property—devastating it and much of the neighboring community. The catastrophic result required a total rethink, a major and deep-breath rebuilding.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s much-longed-for rebirth this month feels like a baptism of sorts, a recognition of commitment and fortitude, realized hopes and dreams. It deserves a resounding high-five to everyone who came together—management and the people of Virgin Gorda and the British Virgin Islands—to transform upheaval into uplift. Their can-do spirit is a graceful affirmation of the power of renewal.
Masterful architecture company OBMI and New York-based design team Meyer Davis unfolded the metamorphosis. Eighty all-new guest rooms—one- and two-bedroom suites and villas with unobstructed water views—incorporate the latest modern amenities into an earth-appreciating aesthetic, showcasing natural materials, such as stone and wood, in artistic and fashion-savvy ways. Nodding to Rockefeller’s earlier era, Meyer Davis had fun paying tribute to the jet-set 1960s (with Jacqueline Kennedy as muse) by designing mid-century modern furnishings and integrating artwork and sculptural elements that exude playfulness: retro photographs of women wearing bathing caps; a cabinet of curiosities in the Great Room. Colored in soft earth-and-sea hues, guest rooms feature fantastical outdoor showers; some suites have their own plunge pools. Lushly replanted, floral gardens and palm trees are eye-catching and eye-soothing.
“Little Dix Bay has been such a darling of Caribbean travelers for 56 years,” says managing director Andreas Pade in an exclusive interview. “So from a Rosewood perspective, we are very proud of how we have been able to keep the resort’s identity and character intact, yet give the food and beverage as well as the service experiences a much more sophisticated feel—along with a distinct barefoot luxury approach.”
In addition to Little Dix Bay’s verdant beauty, its architectural and engineering advancements, such as protective shuttering, hurricane-proof windows and hurricane-minded construction, are fortified. “This project has had its share of trials,” continues Pade. “The process has been very long. What personally gives me the most joy is seeing the resort open again—and all the positive reactions from new and legacy guests alike. [To paraphrase Theodore Roosevelt] ‘Nothing easy is ever worthwhile doing.’”






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Press > Hospitality Wellness Expert Panel

Hospitality Wellness Expert Panel

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Leaders In Hospitality & Design Share Unique Insights & Outline Key Performance Drivers For Successful Wellness Developments





On October 9, 2019, leading global architecture firm, OBM International (OBMI), hosted a Hospitality Wellness Expert Panel and art exhibition. Rika Lisslö, Hyatt Vice President of Development, Vivianne Garcia-Tunon, Wonder Flower Principal and Founder, Marianne Canero, Alma Community Founder & Executive Director, and Giovanni Medina Marenco, OBMI Associate Senior Designer, participated in the conversation at the Sacred Space Miami. Together, with moderator, K. Denaye Hinds, OBMI Director of Corporate Sustainability, who led the panel, the four experts discussed their insider outlook on health and wellness in the hospitality and real-estate industry, the trends impacting its direction and the crucial elements to consider for successfully designing wellness developments.

The sold-out event gathered over 175 professionals across the hospitality, real estate, design, development and wellness industries to hear diverse perspectives and to be inspired by illustrations of wellness concepts in the elegant venue, The Sacred Space Miami. In line with the panel’s theme, experts advised the audience on the challenges and opportunities to successfully execute wellness offerings in developments, designing for wellness beyond the spa, and the importance of investing in human capital for wellness programs.

Referencing reports from the Global Wellness Institute, the experts relayed the international wellness market grew to $4.2 trillion in 2018, and that wellness-focused tourism is fast outpacing overall tourism growth. The panel also remarked how the hospitality sector has been highly motivated to keep up with today's wellness guest by evolving the scope of programs and developing key partnerships for membership models to deliver elevated and catered wellness activities as an opportunity for the hospitality industry to ensure a return on investment. An example shared was Hyatt’s clever acquisition of the Exhale spa chain.

Vivianne Garcia-Tunon and Giovanni Medina Marenco both remarked on the importance of weaving wellness into the design of the entire property, as well as factoring in space planning and offerings for various demographics of consumers and future generations. Both panelists agreed this all-inclusive approach would help in achieving a socially equitable and viable development.

Rika Lisslö and Marianne Canero remarked on the importance of cultivating the local labor pool and integrating the community into the wellness space when delivering a positive experience for end-users and ensuring a return on investment to stakeholders. Focusing on the wellbeing of your corporation’s employees resounded equally essential as training and educating in the wellness industry, according to panelists.

“When looking for revenue drivers, we must talk about the value proposition and take time to educate the room on how wellness will benefit the end user and the investor,”  noted Rika Lisslö, Hyatt Vice President of Development. “We see wellness the way we look at internet. Without it you’re obsolete. It’s where we are now and we’re baking it into proforma. The client is everyone, and wellness is in the overall experience.”

For more information, contact Marissa Howe: mhowe@obmi.com or (+1) 305-537-7100.


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The Future of Sustainable & Resilient Development​

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February 7th evening industry leaders gathered to discuss sustainable and resilient developments during an engaging panel discussion put on by local architecture firm OBM International (OBMI), Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida/Caribbean (ULI), Association of Architects Miami (AIA), U.S. Green Building Council Florida (USGBC) and the Dade County Bar Association.

The Future of Sustainable and Resilient Developments panel included Greg West, ZOM Living CEO; Mark Lunt, Ernst & Young Principal; Liora Haymann, OBMI Managing Director; and Alec Bogdanoff Ph.D., Brizaga President and Co-Founder. The evening was moderated by Jonathan Newberg, General Counsel, OBMI Architecture. The experts from leading companies shared their insights on the outlook on sustainability and resiliency in the hospitality and real estate industry, trends in resilient design, and institutional risks developing properties in coastal locations.  

The development-focused panel took a financial perspective to sustainability with Haymann commenting, “sustainability is a market driver and preserving the environment can bring in profit with proper planning and programming.”  Lunt added, “developments that have taken an interest in sustainability have turned out a higher level of volume.”
Further explaining developers’ interest in building sustainable hospitality projects, West added, “investors are concerned about sea level rise. They want to make sure the site is equitable for a long-term investment, and they want the community to take action towards a resilient future.”

The sold-out event gathered over 100 professionals spanning the real estate and land use industries to hear the expert perspectives. In line with the panel’s theme, experts advised the audience on the challenges and opportunities to bolster resilience in developments, preserve valuable ecosystems, enhance collaboration across consultants, and increase accountability in the tourism and real estate sectors. As stated during the discussion, Bogdanoff reminded the audience “that sustainability and resiliency is not a destination but a journey,” and that a solution for one location may not be appropriate for another location.

OBMI also announced the next event in their expert panel series to take place on October 9th and will focus on wellness in the hospitality and tourism industry. Confirmed panelists include Marianne Canero of Alma Community, Vivianne Garcia-Tunon of Wonder-Flower, and Kevin Fletcher of OBMI.

Thank you to our partners, and sponsors - Sequil Systems and MEP Consulting Engineers, for making this night possible.
For photos of the event visit our Facebook page!


Press > An Architects View on the Sharing Economy and Diminishing Appeal of Timeshares

An Architects View on the Sharing Economy and Diminishing Appeal of Timeshares

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OBMI Chairman and Architect, Tim Peck, recently shared his insights on the sharing economy and the diminishing appeal of timeshares with the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and Hotel News Resource.

What does the sharing economy have that timeshare doesn’t? Insights from ISHC members revolve around two common themes: flexibility and unique experiences.

ISHC’s Tim Peck, Chairman of OBM International Limited commented, “The sharing economy allows far more flexibility in being able to have your home away from home.”

“Why would a consumer want to lock into a particular exchange system when everything is easily available on Airbnb or VRBO?” added David Berins, ISHC, Owner of Berins & Co., LLC.

ISHC’s Christopher Henry, Co-Founder & CEO, Majestic Hospitality Group believes, “It has less to do with the sharing economy and more to do with changing demographics. While the model is still popular with baby boomers, the concept struggles to sell with millennials. This younger group prefers to spend their money on unique and authentic experiences while also not being tied down to commitments. Timeshares provide the exact opposite of this mindset.”

Hayden Pace, ISHC, CEO of Stokes Wagner, ALC agreed “Timeshares are being rendered obsolete by the availability of experience-driven local accommodations.”

31% of ISHC members surveyed believe the sharing economy is not diminishing the appeal of timeshare. Dan Larkin, ISHC, Partner, Bryan Cave maintained, “Branded timeshare offers features the sharing economy does not.”

With Marriott Vacations recent acquisition of Interval Leisure Group to unify the Marriott and Starwood timeshare brands, this move may prove to bolster the strength of vacation ownership.

ISHC’s Flo Lugli, Founder & Principal, NavesinkAdvisory Group, LLC weighed in on how she thinks timeshare can evolve to stay relevant, “Timeshare's value proposition now is more around points and pre-paying for great vacations rather than buying a specific unit in a specific location. To the extent that the exchange businesses can continue to support the exchange of points across multiple locations/resorts, then many will continue to see value.”

It seems ISHC’s Robin Hunden, President, Hunden Strategic Partners, Inc. prediction may be coming true with Marriott now experimenting with homesharing, “The rental home business is expanding in ways that will be hard to replicate unless the brands or management companies begin acquiring the management contracts for multiple homes in destination markets.”

Read original in Hotel News Resource.