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Enjoy the Christmas break with family and friends!

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The next issue of will be published on January 9, 2015.

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ITB stand in Hall 9 offers presentation forum for ALL companies

Solutions sought!

Berlin (December 19, 2014). This coming March at the ITB Berlin, HospitalityInside will offer a new module for the presentation of products, services and specialist information. The Hospitality X-PERTS Lounge in Hall 9 will be open to all companies offering new concepts or solutions for hotel operators.

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3rd hospitalityInside INVESTMENT BAROMETER: Need for communication - Public Version

Ambitious roll out plans, many obstacles

Augsburg/Hamburg (December 5, 2014). Brand hotels will happily announce a quick-paced expansion, but in reality, they rarely implement these plans as quickly. Alongside the insufficient availability of properties and matters relating to financing, another particular reason for this is the "false expectations on the investors' as well as the operators' side". At least 40% of those asked by the 3rd hospitalityInside INVESTMENTS BAROMETER in cooperation with Union Investment think this.

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Change of perspective

Dear Insiders,
It's nearly Christmas – a signal every year for "letting go", in the business world too... We are interpreting these words differently in this edition: today, three top managers from the hotel industry – Ed Fuller (ex Marriott), André Witschi (ex Accor and Steigenberger) and Horst Schaffer (ex Motel One) – report how they "let go" of their businesses and careers planned and unplanned, which emotions shocked them and how they managed a rational transition into a new future. Their words are good advice for many management colleagues.
On the threshold to the New Year, the word future is often mentioned. We shed light on the mobile customers of the future, who wish to obtain unrequested information on their smartphones when they are enroute and are even willing to pay for entertainment.
And today, we talk about the future of hotel marketing: about videos provided by a drone. Professional photographer Jochen Tack bought such a flying robot and equipped it with a digital camera. The "octocopter" is now delivering lively videos in bird's eye perspective.
The strong alliance between Accor and the Chinese Huazhu Hotel Group is very future-oriented. This way, Accor obtains hundreds of locations in China; Huazhu obtains knowledge and a RevPar engine. Together, they will have 47 million members in the customer loyalty programme. This smacks of real power.
However, I sense even more joint ventures, participations and mergers in the next few months. Therefore, the IHG-Kimpton deal was probably just the beginning. There is simply too much good money in the market and the pressure of competition is too high. But we will save our report about review and preview until the New Year as many things could still happen up until New Year's Eve.
The old year is still keeping us occupied with, which very skilfully launched its most recent rate parity offer this week. Ultimately, this gives hoteliers no freedom.
We are now taking the liberty of starting into our Christmas break. For hospitalityInside, a good year comes to a close – to which you, dear readers and business partners, have strongly contributed! We would like to thank our team, our editorial staff and experts as well as our translators who all contribute to a new and colourful edition every week.
hospitalityInside wishes you a Merry Christmas and will be back on Friday, January 9, 2015.

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