Opinion Articles - middle-east
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Focus on the Future - Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA)

By Haitham Mattar - CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA)

In the lead up to the 2018 Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), we asked a number of industry partners what their focus for the future is.This year, AHIC 2018 looks to the future, which it sees as being defined by "the Four I's"- intelligence, investment, Innovation and Inspiration.

Focus on the Future - Emaar Hospitality Group

By Olivier Harnisch - Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Hospitality Group

In the lead up to the 2018 Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), we asked a number of industry partners what their focus for the future is.Let me ask you some not-so-rhetorical questions: Do you want to be greeted by a robot? Do you want a bot to respond to your queries? Do you want your holiday to be a virtual reality experience?While there are no definite answers to these questions - especially because people's preferences are varied - there is a bottom line that I wish to emphasise - and which, I believe, is mission-critical for the future of our industry.

Focus on the Future - Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

By Jerad Bachar - Executive Director - Tourism Sector, Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

In the lead up to the 2018 Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), we asked a number of industry partners what their focus for the future is.The major driver of innovation that everyone is discussing in the region is, of course, the creation of a sustainable post-oil future, as economic diversification creates exciting opportunities for international investors across sectors, including tourism and hospitality.

Focus on the Future - Wyndham Hotel Group

By Ignace Bauwens - Regional Vice President, Middle East and Africa at Wyndham Hotel Group

In the lead up to the 2018 Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), we asked a number of industry partners what their focus for the future is.I believe the future of the hospitality sector is set for unprecedented changes led by the technology evolution, a younger traveller demographic, as well as the rise of newer feeder markets.

A shift in the "all day" dining concept

By Yung Dang - Assistant Asset Manager By Duncan Fraser-Smith - Global Director of Food & Beverage at TFG Asset Management

Conventionally, the function of an all-day dining is to support the rooms department, serving as a convenient F&B outlet for internal guests. As the industry gradually shifts away from this model, it is the hotel asset manager's responsibility to advise both their owner and appointed operator to revise the dining concept.

Israel's tech community steps forward as innovation hub for hotels

By Michael Frenkel - MFC Public Relations

From the tech ecosystem that brought us Waze, MobilEye and the self-driving truck, the country's tech innovators find themselves smack in the middle of key issues and debates confronting the U.S. hotel industry, including the hotel-OTA relationship, the rise of Airbnb, the emergence of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the lethargy of the hotel community in the face of threats posed by new gatekeepers and disruptors.

Hotel Asset Management Guide: Some Hotel Asset Management Best Practices

By Mariano Faz - Head of TFG Asset Management By Yung Dang - Assistant Asset Manager

Principle 1: On the top line, the Hotel Asset Manager (HAM) needs to divert away from strictly focusing on Rooms strategies.The risk of a hotel being treated as a commodity forces operators to solely compete on price, thus giving the hotel guests bargaining power.