Going Boutique: How Major Hotels are Riding the Trend to Stay in the Game

On the site of the historic Portland Press Herald building in Maine, Portland's first boutique hotel opens its doors in May 2015. The design promises to be out-of-the-ordinary, with references to the old newspaper business--a letterpress wall sculpture at the lobby, and guestrooms inspired by a 1920s journalist's office--as well as local art displayed throughout. The Press Hotel is the newest pearl in the growing string of Marriott International's boutique hotel brand, Autograph Collection. It is also another sign of how large chains are evolving to survive in a market increasingly dominated by the millennials.

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When "Standardization" becomes a bad word

Long gone are the days when travelers would head to a hotel and steal away with the coveted souvenir towel monogrammed with the hotel's moniker. Today's travelers seek sumptuousness in their stay while experiencing the local vibe of the surrounding area.
Factor in the connected age of high technology and mobile devices, there's a new need for customization in the hotel industry. That's come after standardization developed a bad connotation among the hotel industry and guests, especially for the new generation of travelers who value a unique travel experience.

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SF Camerawork partners with Daylighted to expand access to its Fine Print program of Bay Area photography

San Francisco Camerawork www.sfcamerawork.org and Daylighted www.daylighted.com are very pleased to announce a new partnership that will help bring SF Camerawork’s formidable collection of Bay Area photography to a wider audience. Using Daylighted’s innovative, interactive exhibitions technology, our partnership will enable SF Camerawork to engage in experimental models for broadened access to contemporary art. This is a new kind of cross-sector collaboration for both local non-profit arts organizations and small business.

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Millennials in the hospitality industry: how hotels need to adapt

It's inevitable that millennials -- or Generation Y -- are going to play a huge role in shaping the hospitality industry over the next decade. Currently, one-third of all travelers are millennials -- a percentage that will only increase. By 2020, it's projected that half of the money spent in the travel sector will come out of the pockets of millennials. 
2015, more so than years past, appears to be the year of the millennial traveler arriving on the market: the average millennial plans to take nine trips (includes short and long trips) this year, and 50% say they plan to spend more on travel in 2015. Such statistics makes it hard for hotels to ignore this fact: millennials are currently shaping the travel market.

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‘Edge of Sky’ opening a wild success!

Edge of sky, an exhibition by Julie Garner, hosted by Daylighted at our new Partner the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland was a smash hit last night. The opening was well attended by a lot of our artists, other industry professionals, and friends. It was a pleasure to meet the artists who were able to show up, and a pleasure to be able to introduce Garners beautiful work to the more than 50 guests who showed up to celebrate with us.

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