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BREEAM Awards: The rise of global sustainability standards in hospitality

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Last week, the annual BREEAM Awards showcased outstanding examples of sustainable building design, development and management of commercial and public sector projects across the globe. The big hospitality winner of the event was “Studio City Phase 2” in China, a Melco Resorts and Entertainment project.

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    Results
    Spanish hotel company NH Hotels reported record-low occupancy at its hotels in 2020, driving the company to extreme losses. CEO Ramon Aragonés acknowledged the “unprecedented environment” but noted the company’s “flexible operating structure” as a competitive advantage.
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    Resorts
    Atlanta-based hospitality management company Davidson Hotels & Resorts has launched a new operating division focused on managing resorts. Davidson Resorts will specialize in “complex, high-touch assets” with a portfolio of large-scale properties with multiple food-and-beverage outlets, retail, leisure activities and more.
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    Hotel Performance
    The hotel sector is likely to look leaner in the future, as cost-cutting lessons learned in the pandemic stick, according to HotStats.
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    UK COVID Response
    As UK hospitals and care facilities are continuing to struggle with capacity due to the current wave of COVID-19, a group of UK hoteliers have been calling for the government and NHS trusts to work with them to accommodate patients in safely adapted hotels.
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    Video - In Focus
    Robert Alley, COO at Roomzzz Aparthotels joined Katherine Doggrell last week to discuss how the pandemic has affected their organisation and expansion plans.  An example of a company who have managed to retain some healthy occupancy levels and perhaps a bright spot during the difficult results season we are hearing about elsewhere. Roomzzz supported the NHS initiative during the height of the pandemic and went after the the extended stay side of their business. "The beauty of aparthotels is that we could do something that hotels couldn't, offer a solution which people still needed" averaging a 70% - 75% occupancy through lockdown and sustained these numbers ever since.  Robert foresees the extended stay sector to remain strong despite the loss of the leisure market due to lockdown restrictions.  The lease structure is something they have discussed with their landlord through open dialogue however he describes the need for a convergence of healthy lease models such as hybrid leases that work for all stakeholders. If you missed our weekly In Focus episode, catch up here now. 
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    Video - AHC
    We were lucky to catch a moment with Ben Harper after his session at The AHC Reimagined. Although he missed the live audience he said it was really good fun, good to be back at an event that he had missed hugely. "Now is the time to come together and help and support each other through it - this is a good forum as any to network and connect, we must keep talking." The future of lifestyle brands in the UK is very positive and the demand to travel remains.  Don't miss Ben's full session "In Conversation with a British Hotelier" with Emily Newman, available on demand now. 
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    Video - In Focus
    Politics are in the air this week as the US election hangs in the air and second lockdowns commence, Alexi and Katherine walk though how the top three economies in Europe and the US are handling their support of the hospitality sector. As we move into a second lockdown in Germany, France and the UK, what does it actually mean for hospitality this time round and what support schemes are available? Katherine and Alexi dive into the nitty gritty of the support on offer for hotels follow this link for the further government guidance.  As many iconic hotels in London are forced to close their doors in a bid to preserve cash, what will the impact be for landlords?  Katherine describes how Hospitality and Tourism is a protected sector in France and we have seen more creative solutions to support the industry for sure.  We also hear from Robert Alley, COO at Roomzzz Aparthotels who speaks of their healthy occupancy numbers due to the increased demand in extended stay. Robert also describes how open conversations with landlords have facilitated more flexibility during the crisis.  And of course a mention of Airbnb which Alley sees as healthy competition and they have helped to elevate and progress the extended stay market.  Back to Europe, Alexi highlights the unrest in the German hospitality market. In the US, where the elections will shape the future of the US hotel industry, the result is still iunknown.  We will see shakeouts further up the chain, the cycle will out inevitably....but Hospitality will always prevail!