The Hospitality activities in EXPO REAL 2015 grow further
First deadline drawing closer
Munich (May 15, 2015). 21 companies have already confirmed their participation in the "World of Hospitality" joint stand at the Expo Real 2015. There are also four new participants among them: the Scandinavian owner-operator, Pandox, the German Novum Group, the European-oriented Plaza Hotelgroup and the general contractor, TKS. With this, the stand continues to expand its role as a hospitality magnet at the leading property and investment trade fair in Europe.
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Snail's pace, high-speed and thin ice
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Of the international MICE destinations, Germany still occupies pole position - and even achieved new records in 2014. Recent data on the strengths and weaknesses of the hotel scene were presented at the IMEX in Frankfurt this week. A negative point: the snail's pace of hoteliers in online matters. By contrast, the decisiveness of Omer Kaddouri sounds more high-speed: The CEO of the Arabian Rotana Hotels will begin expansion towards Europe. He wants to appear with "Family & Friends". What that means, he explained at the ATM in Dubai.
Following our Dubai excursion at the beginning of May, Susanne Stauss and I have today summarised several developments in the Middle East. There's no escaping the superlative projects, but they make (us at least) increasingly sceptical. The chains obviously take a less restrictive view and do whatever their Arabian investors demand: they even dilute their brands. Accor is a good example here. Positive: Countries like Croatia see how GCC guests enjoy travel and have their own ideas here.
Instead of complaining about Airbnb & Co, one Spaniard took another look: Kike Sarasola first founded a hotel group and then bought up private apartment providers. Now, the customer finds both in the city and the hotel reception also takes responsibility for apartment bookings etc. Sarasola is, by the way, an Olympic rider and not a hotelier. What does that tell us?
Happier customers are loyal customers, this was the finding of the VDR with respect to business travel. But that would certainly also apply to other areas? Booking.com still has to learn though: The OTA again attempted this week to lead German hoteliers on to thin ice in terms of parity clauses. The German Hotel Association is clear in its response. – The full editorial…
The topics of May 22, 2015
EDITORIAL Snail's pace, high-speed and thin ice
MICE Without online, nothing works – IMEX German MICE market with new record and superb image
STRATEGIES Accompanied by "Family & Friends": Arabian Rotana Hotels sets tempo for expansion to Europe
DESTINATIONS Stretchable like gummy bears - Dubai & Region: Upscale still edging out Budget - New superlatives
STRATEGIES When hotels feed the sharing economy-Unique: How Spanish Room Mate Hotels find synergies with P2P platform BeMate
STOCK EXCHANGE Share price performance of the week 15/05/15 - 21/05/15
LAW Parity clauses: Booking.com and its own rules
BUSINESS TRAVEL Business Travels: Happier customers, higher yields
MARKETING Fresh design for Choice Hotels
DESTINATIONS Countries in the Middle East: Billions for the infrastructure
DESTINATIONS Competing for the GCC travelers
V.I.P Farewells and new starts
MARKET NEWS News Mix with Ascott/Europe, Barcelo/Occidental, Design Hotels/Members, Hilton/Georgia, Hyatt/Agadir, London/Tourists, Meliá/Milan, NH/Q1 2015, WP Carey/Munich, Wyndham/Bahrain
HOSPITALITYABC What is a "Added Value Centre Human Resources"?
4th hospitalityInside INVESTMENT BAROMETER Spring survey available - Public Version
Regionally stronger and more projects
Augsburg/Hamburg (May 1, 2015). The continuing pressure on demand in the hotel market most likely motivates hoteliers and hotel property experts to diversify regionally in secondary and tertiary markets. New leaseholders and brands are less in demand, and a higher commitment in country markets with higher risks is definitely last on the list. This is one of the trend statements obtained from the spring survey for the "hospitalityInside INVESTMENT BAROMETER" 2015. In addition, most people surveyed are expecting that the yields will stabilise in the short term (in the next six to twelve months) and increase again in the medium term (24-48 months).
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2nd "Spotlight Hotel Investment Poland" Conference: The programme
Big interest in a small market
Warsaw (April 24, 2015). 80 percent of the speakers and talk round participants have already confirmed two months before the event. This is a good sign for the second edition of the small, refined "Spotlight Hotel Investment Poland" Conference on June 16, 2015 at the Westin Hotel Warsaw. Registrations are still possible, the regular price of 160 Euro remains affordable. Up to the end of April, the early bookers were even paying only 140 Euro. It is about the hotel market in Poland, its development, its financing, the potential for investments and about the role of the chains.
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4th World Tourism Forum in Lucerne covers the crust of the subjects
Of sharing and limiting
Lucerne (May 1, 2015). There were no industry-moving messages at the 4th "World Tourism Forum Lucerne" (WTFL), but there were an increased number of tourism participants with catchy names in exchange. Nevertheless, the original claim of the forum to become an event comparable to the Forum WEF/World Economic Forum in Davos is still quite far away: Host countries such as Azerbaijan filled the event ticket box, the Queen Mother of Bhutan beneficially enriched the programme and individual speakers such as Jeremy Rifkin were provocative. However, the true tourism leader is still absent – particularly from the hotel industry. Maybe this will change next year: After 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015, the Lucerne Forum will enter China in 2016. The event should be taking place annually in the future.
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