In Search of Inspiration, Innovation and Transformation in the Hospitality Industry
April 13, 2017 10:45am
by Katharine Le Quesne
The good, the great and the – sometimes – downright innovative came together in Berlin this month to discuss the state of the hospitality industry and make their voices heard both on and off stage.
On the face of it, it was “business as usual” and so the on-stage messages contained few surprises. But by and large it was in the panels and off-stage discussions on innovation that would have provided some inspiration for the next generation of hoteliers. The pace of structural change in our industry is accelerating, driven by new technologies, new owners and fresh thinking; and the opportunity to create new concepts, business models and solutions is unprecedented.
Watch the video: The state of the hotel industry: EHL’s Jonathan Humphries discusses #IHIF2017
Here are our key takeaways from the conference:
While we’re still behind the curve as an industry in terms of transformational solutions, there is growing acknowledgement that we need to create or source these by innovating inside and outside the industry, through competitors, suppliers, academic institutions, service providers, start-ups, and entrepreneurs. This will drive the next transformational phase in the hospitality industry and this is what will excite our next generation of employees and leaders.
Watch the video: The state of hotel investment: HVS London’s Russell Kett on the outlook for the sector
Katharine Le Quesne is a visiting lecturer at Ecole hôteliere de Lausanne. Senior EHL lecturer Jonathan Humphries also contributed to this article.
The 20th International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) was held in Berlin 6-8 March 2017.
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