Thoughts from my Gulf Coast Tourism talk.

Hernando Lobby in progress

Hernando Lobby in progress

As I reviewed in my tourism talk on the Gulf Coast last month, the tourism industry and the hospitality industry are on fire right now.  We are very busy with hotels around the country.  It is quite exciting.  There were 3 points that I wanted to stress in my talk.

1. High Tech.  If you ask what the traveler is looking for now, it is simply a place to pug in!  Your hotel room MUST have lots of outlets – right?  In the head board is a wonderful place for them.  We ALL travel with an I-Phone, an I-pad, and maybe a lap top.  We need juice!  and WiFi!  Along with this need comes the design of interactive furniture and TVs.  The future is here.  No doubt about it.

2.  Tell A Story.  All of our hotels tell a story.  The guest wants to know about the local, or the owners, if a B&B, or the history.  It is our job as the designer to find the story and tell it visually.  I love that part of our process.

3. Classic and Hip.  We must keep our designs classic so they stay relevant.  But we also must keep up with the styles – OR stay ahead of them.  I am ALWAYS watching.  Always paying attention to fashion, news, art etc., for ideas.

And by the way – the Hernando Hotel is finally about to open!  progress shot above.

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