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Feeling the waves of digitisation

HITT Breakfast is the new Get-together in Berlin - Think Tank details for May

HITT Breakfast Berlin Mingle
The new community meeting: HITT friends at the first "HITT Breakfast" between IHIF and ITB.
/ photos: HI ostwestfoto

Berlin (March 22, 2019). The first HITT Breakfast two weeks ago was the starting shot for a new networking event in Berlin. 70 guests followed the invitation of HospitalityInside and co-host mrp hotels and found their way into the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin between the end of the IHIF and the beginning of the ITB. Yaning Liu, Director of Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality from Beijing, gave the keynote speech at the HITT Breakfast premier, focusing on digitisation. We include a video of this today – and further information (boarding, get-together) for the second HospitalityInside Think Tank (HITT) on 19/20 May 2019 in Berlin. The first wave of registrations has been accepted. There are still places free.

The guest mix at the HITT Breakfast was varied and international, digitisation busies both hotel operations specialists, the hotel real estate scene as well as consultants, HR experts and academy heads. All listened closely to the keynote by the Special Guest from China – and were happy to see that hoteliers like Yaning Liu and Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality don't jump on every digital bandwagon in technologically advanced China. The core hotel of the group is the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in which the world’s heads of state tend to stay – with Yaning Liu stressing here that in this hotel, it's all about special attention to maintaining privacy. Yet even in the other tourist hotels and resorts operated per joint venture with the American MGM Resorts under the four brands Diaoyutai, Bellagio, MGM and Mhub, human staff still satisfied guest wishes and robots were not used. Diaoyutai doesn't use facial recognition yet either, nor has it incorporated much artificial intelligence into its systems. That sounded down-to-earth and in accordance with an interpretation of hospitality which would of course please Europeans.

Liu Yaning  
Keynote from China: Yaning Liu from Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality
put the image of China's digitization in the hotel industry in


In September of this year, the Chinese-American joint venture Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality will open its first hotel in Europe: The Diaoyutai Mansion in Frankfurt.

HospitalityInside extends a heartfelt thank you to Yaning Liu, to the partners at mrp hotels – Jan Hein Simons, Martin Schaffer and Michael Regner – and of course to its guests, who took the time for networking during this very intense trade fair week.

Also attending the first HITT Breakfast were, amongst others, representatives from AccorHotels, Acron, Adina, Arbireo, Art-Invest, Baker & McKenzie, B&B, CommerzReal, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, COTRI, Dorint, Drees & Sommer, DSR, Dusit, EHL, EY, Guestline, Hotour, HR Group, IHCL, Invesco, Kempinski, KPMG, m2China, mrp hotels, Quality Reservations, Radisson, Ruby, Sabre, Signa, Soravia, The Hague Hotelschool, UBM, Union Investment, Place Value, Zoku, 25hours.

To the video of the first HITT Breakfast in Berlin 2019

To the video of HITT 2018 – The Floating Forum


The HITT 2019: "Digitalisation – The new value creator.
Learn from others."

Be part of the discussion, exchange ideas, learn from others!
Our impulse generators are (as of today/updates at

• Holger Greif, Partner and Head Digital Transformation, PwC Switzerland

• Nicolas Mayer, Managing Partner of Lodging & Tourism Clients Group EMEA, PwC Switzerland
PwC creates the bridges between worlds – between technology/digitisation and hospitality.

Catherine Gaudry, Group Head Talent and Transformation, Scholz & Friends Group
The specialist from the world of creative- and advertising agencies explains how digital heads bring change in corporate culture.

The outline programme for the Think Tank on the seminar ship on 19/20 May 2019 continues to take shape; registration is underway.

  Berlin Raymonds Fischrestaurant
  For the culinary finale the HITT community meets
at Raymons Fish restaurant. / photo: Raymons

THE GET-TOGETHER, Sunday, 19 May: To begin the HITT, participants meet in the Sky Tower Restaurant & Lounge in the Select Hotel Berlin Spiegelturm. Enjoy the panoramic views from the 16th floor on to Spandau Citadel, the historic centre of Spandau, the Grunewald and the Havel lakes, on which we will spend the next day.

THE SHIP, Monday, 20 May: All licences for the ship have now been secured: The HITT ship will set sail from Wröhmännerpark in Berlin-Spandau.
BOARDING will be at 8:30 p.m. The ship “Orca ten Broke” will head off at 8:45 p.m.
In the EVENING, the ship will dock at the same point at approx. 6:30 p.m.
FINISH in “Raymons Fish Restaurant, just six minutes on foot from the dock (next to the Centro Vital Hotel).

Those leaving that evening shouldn't book flights too early!

PROGRAMME, PRICES and registration options can be found at Or contact HospitalityInside directly with an eMail to Michael Willems, or by phone: +49 821 88588020.

The Think Tank will be held in English! / kn


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