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Will vaccine passports pave the way for travel resumption?

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With countries across the world starting to ramp up their coronavirus vaccination programs it looks inevitable that travellers will need some form of health passport or certificate to move across borders.

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    Video - In Focus
    This week on In Focus Julie Rey-Gore, Content Director at Questex Hospitality & Travel, sat down with María Zarraluqui. Global development MD at Meliá Hotels International, to discuss areas of development for the group, why leisure and resorts are leading their recovery, rumours of consolidation and her views on the trends that will have the most longevity after the crisis. Not to be missed!
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    Video - In Focus
    This week on In Focus Julie Rey-Gore, Content Director at Questex Hospitality & Travel, speaks to Editor in Chief of Hospitality Insights, Katherine Doggrell, about the Art of Hospitality: the creative heart of the sector. “Independent hotel businesses with constrained financial resources or liquidity will be hardest hit in the latest lockdown in the UK, according to HVS.” They also review the latest move from Marriott and the rise of branded residences, why they are attractive to investors.  "Marriott International has signed an agreement with Masterise Homes to develop a dual-branded residential and officetel project in Ho Chi Minh City. The deal illustrated the growing enthusiasm for branded residences in the sector." Julie & Katherine share their views on how the sector has come together to support the campaign for a Minister of Hospitality, as "this week’s debate ...ended with a unanimous vote in favour of the motion. The debate was triggered by a petition signed by more than 200,000 people, driven by the #SeatAtTheTable campaign." Our guest this week is María Zarraluqui. Global development MD at Meliá Hotels International, who joins us to discuss areas of development for the group, why lesiure and resorts are leading their recovery, rumours of consolidation and her views on the trends that will have the most longevity after the crisis. Not to be missed! As the industry continues to adapt to further changes, we continue to support the people who have supported us. We are still offering six months’ free access to Hospitality Insights to those between jobs. Please click here to apply.  #solidaritywithhospitality
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    Video - In Focus
    Looking back at the In Focus series from 2020, we have highlighted some of the brighter spots and trends that accelerated as a result of this tumultuous year in hospitality and trtavel.  Join us for a glimpse into the many conversations between Alexi Khajavi. Julie Rey-Gore and Katherine Doggrell and just a few of the many guests who joined us to review the latest news and developments in the sector.  Never miss a thing, you can view the full In Focus series over here. 
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    Video - In Focus
    Julie Rey-Gore and Katherine Doggrell take a look back at the Enterprise Greece Roundtable, hosted by Enterprise Greece earlier this week and delve into the Airbnb IPO. While Katherine talks to Wyndham's Dimitris Manikis, President at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, who describes Wyndham's year so far as "navigating the storm and rebounding strongly". Come join us for the latest In Focus episode here.
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    Video - In Focus
    Julie Rey-Gore and Katherine Doggrell take a look back at the Enterprise Greece Roundtable, hosted by Enterprise Greece, which highlighted the country's growing importance as an investor target, looking to upgrade its hotel and resort stock and become a leading luxury destination. The sector may not see as much distress as perhaps previously feared. Greece, a country where tourism is such a large part of their GDP, realise what they have got and are seeking to protect it. Katherine catches up with this week's guest Dimitris Manikis, President at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, who describes Wyndham's year so far as "navigating the storm and rebounding strongly". There is evidence of people developing again and looking at brands again despite the pandemic. Manikis describes how "the customer knows your brand better than anyone else". They are developing their loyalty programme and looking to open up more of their budget brands.  Dimitris describes the future of hospitality to include less travel but for longer periods of time with a rise in destinations competing for the same travellers. But the main thing is that people are very eager to travel in this resilient business of hospitality. People will realise that holidays and travel are a key part of our lives.  Airbnb have released their IPO and Katherine and Julie dive into the findings, with a staggering 327 million nights in 2019 and Katherine asks is that a threat to the hotel sector?  This is where the "bleisure" trend comes in, looking again to Wyndham who have recently launched Wyndhham Direct which focuses on the smaller corporate companies. Lots to take in from this week's interviews, don't miss out! 
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    AMResorts, part of Apple Leisure, has expanded into Greece through a partnership with Hotel Investment Partners.
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    A financier lets her mind wander as she tries to decide whether to invest in a Mediterranean or an Arctic resort. Relive this entertaining and interaction session as she assesses the key investment criteria and considers the outcomes of each proposal.