• Dec
    04

    Briefing: essential elements of successful hotel deal-making

    Doing deals has become a much more lengthy process post-recession, but there are certain components of doing good deals that stand the test of time and are paramount in any successful negotiation. Understanding what product will work well in particular locations, creating and recruiting the best management team possible to drive the new venture forward, [...]
  • Nov
    21

    Briefing: mobile – the big sell

    Mobile technology is expanding at such a rate that it is really any wonder how people keep up with it. iPhone 5GS, Samsung Galaxy S4, Windows 8, Android, and BlackBerry are just a handful of terms that are in our modern-day vernacular without many of us really understanding what it means for us and for [...]
  • Nov
    14

    Briefing: developing the owner / operator relationship

    The owner and operator relationship is a constantly developing alliance. In this new fast-paced, information abundant world many believe that industry’s reaction to changes in this relationship has been too slow.  It is essential that all parties understand the best way to manage this integral relationship. This week, our experts discuss how they see the [...]
  • Nov
    07

    Briefing: extraordinary continued growth for Middle East

    There is no doubting that the growth story for the hospitality sector in the Middle East region is compelling. The emergence of the region as a hub of investment means it is continuing to be an exciting prospect specifically for hotel development. Capitalising on this non-stop growth is something discussed in this week’s briefing. Where [...]
  • Oct
    24

    Briefing: Global Majors homogenising their hotel product

    Innovation and design can be a real struggle for the ‘Global Majors’ as current products on the market can look outdated, uninspiring and uninviting to guests very, very quickly. This is especially the case in large chains where you need to retain the ‘look and feel’ of a hotel offering globally as well as retaining [...]
  • Oct
    17

    Briefing: hospitality a key driver of economic growth

    The value that hospitality creates for all economies across the world is sometimes overlooked by the global governments. This is exacerbated by the hotel industry being historically very poor at coming together in one-voice and explaining eloquently how significant a thriving hotel market can be to an area, region or even country. In this briefing [...]
  • Oct
    10

    Briefing: the age of data

    Hospitality is one of the most data rich industries on the planet. There is no doubt that most industries are truly envious of the depth of knowledge and understanding the industry has about every single person that walks through the doors. Data that can be so specific to an individual’s preferences when staying in a [...]
  • Oct
    03

    Briefing: keeping your team and colleagues motivated

    In a global hospitality organisation it can be very difficult to keep in touch with colleagues in multiple locations, in multiple languages, across multiple timezones. Motivating these cherished members of your team is a task which shouldn’t be taken lightly considering these people are conveying the brand standards to your guests 24/7. But how do [...]
  • Sep
    18

    Briefing: Risk vs. Reward on the African continent

    Africa has been an inherently risky market for the hospitality industry. The diversity of countries means that understanding one particular area in which to invest can be time-consuming and difficult. However, countries like Kenya and the Ivory Coast are making it much easier to open the door for international investors. There is still a long [...]
  • Sep
    12

    Briefing: the time to budget

    One of the latest developments in European hospitality is the very bullish view of the budget hotel sector. Consumers are willing to compromise on luxury if it means a fair price. This increased competitiveness is being seen across the European market leaving much of the mid-market sector being squeezed and having to reassess their hotel [...]