Porsches, bees & more: Putting together partnerships for sustainability and fun
Plus: Pendry's new club, $6,000 lessons from Amangiri & If Wes Anderson made White Lotus
Good morning. It’s Friday, and I have some fun stories for you today:
Strategy: From Porsches to bee colonies: Putting together partnerships for sustainability and fun
Guest experience: Pendry Hotels & Resorts wants to reinvent the private club`
Guest experience: What I learned paying $6,080 for one night at Amangiri last week
Technology: If Wes Anderson made White Lotus (the AI here is pretty crazy)
From Porsches to bee colonies: partnerships for sustainability and fun
by Michael Pace on the Hospitality Daily Podcast
Credit: Josiah Mackenzie
Michael Pace, general manager of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, is a master of putting together partnerships that are not only good for sustainability, but fun for everyone involved.
This week on our podcast, he shared how he did this across two very different contexts: with Porsche - and with hoteliers across San Francisco to restore the bee population.
While partnerships can be fun and productive for all involved, Michael cautions:
"I find that if you do something because you think it's going to be a good PR stunt or a good marketing piece, then you've already made a mistake. You're not true to a passion or you're not true to a culture or a brand. Do the right thing for the right reason. The story will develop itself."
Pendry Hotels & Resorts wants to reinvent the private club
by Peter Lane Taylor for Forbes
Credit: The Elwood Club
What’s going on: Mike Fuerstman, the co-founder of Pendry Hotels & Resorts, believes that private clubs are becoming more relevant than ever and is launching The Elwood Club this week to capitalize on this.
In their words: “We created The Elwood Club to connect with and enhance the lives of the locals who give life and energy to our Pendry hotels. At the core of what we do is the notion of taking care of people, creating environments and experiences that move people and make them feel something. The Elwood Club is therapeutic. People need an escape and a sanctuary from the grind of the day-to-day. We’ve done this for twenty years in our hotels and resorts. To have the opportunity to do it in a membership club, to impact our guests every day, feels even more intimate and personal." - Mike Fuerstman
What I learned paying $6,080 for one night at Amangiri last week
Stayed at Amangiri last week.
$6,080 for 1 night — worth every penny.
Here’s what I learned from the highest revpar hotel in America, and what why my property is succeeding for the same reasons. https://t.co/yVa4gI8xWH
— Isaac French (@isaacfrench_)
Apr 26, 2023
If Wes Anderson made White Lotus
I can tell you how quickly AI is advancing, or I can show you this, made in Midjourney with one prompt:
I had to do it!
If Wes Anderson made White Lotus.
1. Armond (The hotel manager): https://t.co/vxE3qQIyiE
— Lorenzo Green 〰️ (@mrgreen)
Apr 24, 2023
I’d watch this movie!
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