Sustainability as a critical goal in hospitality today has become mainstream. Whereas in the past the industry would have mainly focused on the environmental and economic impact of the initiatives, it seems that a third pillar - the social aspect - is increasingly gaining momentum as a fundamental element of the effort.
The hospitality sector optimistically, albeit cautiously, welcomed the third quarter. Expo Real ended October 9, 2019. Although there are still some smaller conferences scheduled later this year, it was an excellent ‘wrap-up’ session for many of the investors, developers, and operators present and active in the European hospitality space.
According to last year's IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking - which assesses a country's adoption rate of digital technologies by looking at (a) the available talent pool to develop and implement new technologies, (b) the regulatory environment, governance practices and frameworks within which organisations have to operate in, as well as (c) the agility of countries to integrate new technologies - Asia-Pacific has had the highest scores, closely followed by Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); the Americas lagged behind.
Last week, many of the international senior cruise line executives gathered at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, Germany. Industry leaders exchanged thoughts and insights with port and destination representatives as well as land-based tour operating partners.
Seatrade Europe recently spoke to Thomas Mielke, London-based Managing Director of AETHOS Consulting Group. Mielke will be moderating a panel discussion at the upcoming cruise conference to be held at the Hamburg Messe Hallen September 11-13, 2019.