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At the La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, CA, over 100 hotel development, design and construction execs convened for HotelSpaces 2016. Amid a backdrop of mountains and palm trees in the heart of the desert, the inaugural retreat facilitated fresh approaches to some of the industry’s biggest challenges.

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“It was a great opportunity to connect one-on-one in a relaxed environment,” said Randy Gaines, VP of Operations and New Development at Hilton Worldwide. Echoing praise came from Christian Urbat, SVP of Design & Construction at MGM Resorts International:

“HotelSpaces had great attendees and was very well-organized with just the right amount of social events– no overkill.”

 

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The unique event format discouraged holding attendees hostage like a traditional trade show– far from it! By cutting to the chase with relevant partner meetings and top-of-mind industry discussions,  there was plenty of time for memorable networking activities. “The quick and straight-to-the-point format is certainly appreciated,” remarked Jason Cruce, VP of Design and Construction at Dakota Development. Outings included a San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour and a Dinner under the Desert Sky with mentalist Rmax Goodwin, which let attendees connect in a casual environment.  

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“HotelSpaces was outstanding–great executives attending, great presentations and wonderful venue that packed a lot in a short time.  As a supplier, we really appreciated the thoughtful discussions that our meeting attendees provided. We took a lot of insights back home with us from the generous sharing from the executives,”  said Susan Homan, Marketing Manager at DuPont Building Innovations.

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After three days in the serene desert oasis of Palm Springs, participants of HotelSpaces ‘16 left refreshed and inspired by new industry friendships and a wealth of innovative ideas.

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