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Video 7 September 2021

Looking forward to AHIC Dubai with Innovators Michael Levie & David Keen

Meet Michael Levie and David Keen, co-founders of KUBE Ventures, being launched at AHIC 2021 in Dubai. Both highly respected in the industry, Levie is best known for founding citizenM hotels, the owner-operator hotel brand for people that want to travel, work, eat, sleep and play stylishly and affordably, while Keen is the founder of QUO, a strategy-driven branding and digital agency celebrating 25 years in business.

Here, they give a sneak peek at their vision for new business KUBE Ventures, an investment incubator designed to offer support to global hospitality start-ups. A closely guarded secret until now, KUBE"s website will go live on 20 September, as AHIC welcomes more than 500 hotel owners, investors, developers, and operators to the much-anticipated event – returning to Dubai, live and in person.

Levie reveals it"s their dream to be able to give back to the hospitality industry via KUBE, with a rich talent pool of shareholders in the industry ready and willing to help accelerate, incubate and grow new businesses related to the world of hospitality and technology. As well as helping start-ups, the plan is to take asset management to the next level, with a range of services for owners that involve taking a closer look at business intangibles, from guest satisfaction to brand recognition.

But why now? Keen says the pandemic has changed global tourism forever, from the way operators develop brands to how countries develop destinations. The most dramatic change though has taken place in the customer, who is now looking for something very precise in the places they travel to. It"s KUBE"s mission to help start-ups deliver what these customers seek.

As Levie and Keen say: Covid has given the industry a severe uppercut, but now is the time to focus and create solutions. Find out more at AHIC.

Timestamps

00:34
Introduction
00:50
Looking forward to AHIC in Dubai (David)
01:40
Launching Kube Venures at AHIC (David)
01:58
Kube Venures aims to help startups (Michael)
02:40
Explaining Kube Venures BAM - Beyond Asset Management (Michael)
03:40
Customers drive a lasting change in the Travel industry (David)
05:30
Now is the time to help, incubate and accelerate innovation (David)
07:09
Kube Venure shareholders add knowledge and expertise (Michael)
07:20
Looking forward seeing you at AHIC (Micheal and David)

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Arabian & African Hospitality Investment Conference (AHIC)

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Madinat Jumeirah — Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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