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Hotel Design in 3D

May 20, 2016
By Marla Cimini
Hotel Design in 3D

Originally published as a feature story in Lodging Magazine. What do the automotive, furniture, and footwear industries have in common with hotels and hospitality? Hotel design teams may very well know the answer to that question. As dissimilar as those sectors may seem, hotels have joined companies like Aston Martin, GM, and Black and...

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Standing Tall: Women in the Lodging Industry

May 18, 2016
By Marla Cimini

Originally published as a feature story in Lodging Magazine. There is a particular art to finding your own balance and rhythm in the hotel business, and for many women who are helping to shape the industry, it can be a complex, intriguing career path offering countless choices, alluring opportunities, and unexpected twists and turns—and...

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La Notte Bianca: Italian White Nights

May 16, 2016
By Marla Cimini
La Notte Bianca: Italian White Nights

Originally Posted on USA Today Website May 2011 ~  Visiting Italy is always a thrill, no matter how many times you’ve strolled across the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, devoured a gelato in Sorrento, or tossed a coin into the magical Trevi fountain in Rome. But some of my recent trips have been even more memorable by...

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Selling the Future

May 10, 2013
By Marla Cimini
Selling the Future

        In a sea of Facebook status updates, endless tweets, and widespread online customer reviews, every marketing department in the hospitality industry has experienced the impact of technology on their creative advertising strategies. With the digital market changing rapidly, hotels are becoming flexible, smart, and more tech-savvy than ever—all while simultaneously evaluating...

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Cooking up Success (cover story) featuring Celebrity Chef Jennifer Carroll

April 20, 2012
By Marla Cimini
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As more professional chefs are stepping out of the kitchen and into the spotlight, many have found themselves elevated into a lifestyle of celebrity status. Hotel chefs are major players in the restaurant world today, complete with admiring fans, packed schedules, and intense responsibilities to match their newly acquired fame. However, a chef who...

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Catching the Next Wave: Coffee is evolving and becoming more important to travelers

March 20, 2011
By Marla Cimini
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Similar to studying fine wine, the world of coffee is a blend of art and science. From bean (or rather, seed) selection to roasting, grinding, and brewing, coffee experts often spend yearsabsorbing the entire process, each developing complex philosophies and theories about how to procure, store, and serve this beloved brew. Travelers, too, apparently...

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Sustainable Style

March 11, 2011
By Marla Cimini
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The sustainable food movement is growing fast—literally. Today, more hotels are introducing fresh farm-to-table elements into their restaurants and incorporating organic foods into their everyday business practice. Enthusiastic chefs and knowledgeable hotel staff are spreading the word about the importance of food sustainability. Naturally, that extends to food and beverage enhancements. Food sustainability encompasses...

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Illumination Creation

January 5, 2011
By Marla Cimini
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The art of lighting today combines cutting-edge technology with sophisticated design, allowing for unlimited possibilities that can achieve just about any desired ambiance within a hotel. With the recent advent of the mixed-use lobby, along with enhanced guestroom configuration, cosmic-inspired meeting spaces, and state-of-the-art entertainment facilities, lighting has become a vital, yet complex, component...

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Sandra Perilli: FolioFLY Takes Flight

July 10, 2010
By Marla Cimini
Sandra Perilli: FolioFLY Takes Flight

Sandra Perilli: FolioFLY Takes Flight Special to the Stevens News Service As the current state of American education continues to evolve and grow, today’s teachers, professors and students face more challenges than ever before. Twenty-first century students are tech-savvy, sophisticated, and willing to embrace advanced learning opportunities. Others are ambitiously seeking interesting business experiences...

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What’s Old is New Again

July 9, 2010
By Marla Cimini
What’s Old is New Again

Adaptive reuse projects offer green benefits of all sorts. Urban renewal in cities across the United States has been enhanced by the many benefits of adaptive reuse development projects. Contributing to this green construction trend is the hospitality industry’s continued involvement in environmentally friendly hotels in metropolitan, as well as suburban, locations. Adaptive reuse,...

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