Luxury Hotels

Kimpton La Peer – Peloton – Internova/Forbes Travel Guide

Nick Rimedio – above – runs La Peer, a Kimpton Hotel in West Hollywood CA.  He is also Chairman of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and thus talking regularly to many local business owners. Cut a long story short, and his hotel is currently base for a fabulous selection of local shops and craftspeople who have relocated temporarily. The hotel’s Pop-Up Bazaar, which opened 1st June, includes a barber, Melrose’s hottest restaurant with Olivetta, boutique, artist studio, photographer residency, a foam roller studio, deep tissue masseuse, and stretch therapist.  This is win-win for everyone. Tenants bring in their own staff, and hotel benefits through substantially increased footfall and additional food and drink sales.

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Peloton’s shares are booming, and you can see why.  Fitness enthusiasts who cannot get to their usual gyms or other fitness venues are forking out $1,895 or more for a static bike with ability to take part in a variety of gruelling classes, recorded in Peloton’s Manhattan studio and uploaded to be accessible 24/7. Girlahead longs for the day when COVID is used in the past tense and once again enthusiasts can literally walk into that studio and take part physically in classes, for free. Meanwhile, well done to  founded by Graham Stanton, Hisao Kushi, John Foley, Tom Cortese, and Yony Feng for having the foresight, back in 2012, to realise the potential of an interactive static bike.

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And, differently, well done to Mike Batt, Founding Chairman of New York-based Internova, for being right at the forefront of customer needs. As marketing head of British Airways he realised consumers also travelled on land. He moved to Alamo. They similarly wanted complete travel support. He went on to Carlson Wagon-Lits. A couple of stages later, and he is now heading an organisation that unites over 50,000 top travel advisors and about 65,000 hotels worldwide. Internova, with Forbes Travel Guide, is leading the way in global certification, initially for hotels, to ensure consumers feel safe about travel. Listen to Mike Batt on the 15-minute  MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD PODCAST, now.