Editorial Board   

Ms. Christa

Laura K. Christa

Founding Member, Christa & Jackson

Laura K. Christa is a founding member of Christa & Jackson, a leading West Coast business litigation firm. The firm advises clients on a variety of complex business disputes, including contract, business tort, consumer fraud and intellectual property disputes, and has a substantial practice in class action defense in the state and federal courts. The firm regularly represents out-of-state and international clients in disputes based in the U.S. Ms. Christa is currently Chair of the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Law Section of the International Bar Association and has spoken on electronic commerce, group and class actions, unfair competition and related matters as they affect the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry worldwide. As Chair, Ms. Christa spearheaded efforts to create a working group of industry lawyers and their counterparts in over 100 trade associations and NGOs with the goal of increasing communication about global industry issues between lawyers and industry professionals. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Brandeis University and received her law degree in 1980 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Christa can be contacted at 310-282-8040 or laura.christa@christalaw.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.