Olivier Harnisch | July 12, 2018
By Olivier Harnisch The hospitality sector is one of the world's most dynamic industries. Yet over the past decades it has lost much of its innovative edge, given the advances in technology that are fast-transforming the way we live and work. There are new models in the business, no doubt, but in pure-play hospitality, there is a definite need to look at how technology can be better and more effectively integrated. In the 1950s and 1960s, hotels stood out for the 'modern' conveniences they offered – from design to technology incorporation, hotel rooms had an advantage over private homes with the provision of amenities such as colo...
Olivier Harnisch | April 17, 2018
By Olivier Harnisch The Middle East region has generally been following the traditions and operating models of the global hospitality industry. Developers typically build hotels and leave the responsibility of running them to hotel operators via a hotel management agreement (HMA). Operators receive a remuneration consisting of a combination of "base fee" linked to a percentage of revenue and "incentive fee" based on a percentage of gross operating profit. While this agreement has worked well in the past, today there are several factors that raise questions, which are relevant to hotel owners and operators. Key among this is the transfor...
Emaar Properties PJSC | December 13, 2016
Dubai, UAE; December 13, 2016: Emaar Properties PJSC today announced the appointment of Olivier Harnisch as the Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, its hospitality & leisure business. Olivier brings to Emaar over 30 years of international experience in the hotel and tourism industry. He joins Emaar from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Brussels, where he was Chief Operating Officer, responsible for a portfolio of over 350 leased, managed and franchised hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Olivier has acquired in-depth expertise in all aspects of the hospitality business through multiple leadership roles across...
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