On New York – the world calls it home!

Welcome to New York Hospitality’s room with a view.

2005 ended well though not without its surprises….

The week of Dec 20th delivered a New-York-style eye-opener! No one could have foreseen that the run-up to the holidays would include a 3-day transit shutdown that would cripple businesses, and inconvenience millions of dazed commuters (read shoppers and tourists –  because New Yorkers, true to their legendary grit, know how to get around on a magic carpet, if you will!). The worst is over and there’s still time for a little holiday cheer. Preliminary reports of the strike’s impact on the hotel/travel industry don’t tell us much. Like the city itself, the hotel & lodging industry has, in the past, weathered   challenges with resilience and a refocussed attitude.

I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the key trends of 2005 – continuing robust occupancy rates, and the predicted shortage of rooms in 2006. How much of this is a good thing for guests and hotels alike?

Like the transit strike’s yet-unquantified impact, hotel industry projections are a function of the general political & economic environment, time of year & the current mood of the travelling public. The only thing constant is New York’s unassailable position as the world’s greatest city and its irresistible allure to tourists, domestic and international.

This blog will discuss my thoughts on the challenges ahead and the opportunity to  deliver superior service to a new breed of demanding travellers. Be my guest on this journey through New York’s Hospitality Space

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Vijay Dandapani

Co-founder and president of a New York based hotel company for 24 years. Grew the firm to five hotels in Manhattan and also developed a greenfield project at MacArthur airport, New York. Speaker at numerous prestigious forums including Economy Hotels World Asia, Lodging Conference, NYU, Columbia University Real Estate Roundtable, Baruch College's Zicklin School and ALIS. President and ceo of New York City Hotel Association since January 2017.