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LOS ANGELES-Creating a singular culture and an authentic experience is the key to expansion in the boutique hotel sector, according to the top executives panel at the Boutique Lifestyle Leadership Symposium, hosted by the Boutique Lifestyle and Lodging Association, on October 22. Moderated by John T. Peters, president of USA Today‘s Travel Media Group, the panel included executives from the top boutique hotel groups, including Brad Wilson, Ace Hotel Group president; Craig Greenberg, 21C Hotels president; David Duncan, Denihan Hospitality president; Michael Tall, Charlestowne Hotels president and COO; Richard Millard, Trust Hospitality CEO; and Sam Bakhshandehpour, SBE Entertainment/SLS Hotels president. 

With projects in the pipeline for each of these groups, boutique hotels, which have built an industry rooted in oneness, find expansion can be difficult. “Really, the challenge is how to keep that uniqueness,” said Wilson of Ace Hotel Group. “[Each property] needs to feel like someone made it.”

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