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In Focus with Dimitris Manikis

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This week's guest for our In Focus series is Dimitris Manikis, President EMEA Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, who tells Katherine how Wyndham have navigated the storm this year with evidence of rebounding.  "It's all about retain, develop, serve: retain your customer base, develop your hotels and serve your customers." Katherine asks how targets have changed since the pandemic and what types of locations and types of properties they are now looking at. Wyndham have seen strong results from their loyalty programme and the newly launched Wyndham Direct, targeting corporate travellers from small organisations and he predicts that while luxury will remain an important investment, economy is going to be big in the years to come.  An interesting point Dimitris makes, is how he sees destinations competing for the same traveller and remains optimistic for the future of travel and hospitality.  You can watch the latest In Focus episodes here. 

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    In Focus with Jonathan Falik

    Katherine interviews John Falik, Founder & CEO of JP Capital Advisors this week on In Focus. JF Capital Advisors specialises in the hospitality industry and provides clients and partners a broad range of strategic and capital market solutions. Jonathan leads the firm's hospitality business, which includes equity and debt placement, asset acquisitions and dispositions, portfolio transactions, JV structuring, asset management, management company and brand evaluation, and strategic and capital markets advisory services. Katherine and Jonathan compare luxury and budget investment opportunities, and how the market looks for both short and long term investment, "long term investors are very excited by where we are in the cycle".  While its easier to get funding for Budget hotels at the moment, there will always be demand for high end luxury hotels as they are seen as a more attractive asset in the long term.  And Katherine asks is now the time we will see an equitable relationship between the brands and investors? Lean in for a fascinating discussion on investment. 
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    In Focus Trailer: Things are looking up

    Join us this week as Alexi and Katherine are joined by Elaine Simon of Hotel Management to discuss the latest reportings from groups such as Marriott, Mélia and Booking. Our guest Jonathan Falik of JF Capital Advisors discusses short and long term investment prospects.  Get the full story over here in the latest episode of In Focus. 
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    In Focus: Things are looking up

    Things are starting to look up in the hospitality sector as shares come up trumps following the announcement of a vaccine, as we hope to see a return of consumer confidence. Elaine Simon of Hotel Management joins Alexi and Katherine this week to discuss if they are seeing this optimism reflected in reportings.  Are the global players leaning too much on the strength of the Chinese market? Is it strong enough to keep them out of trouble right now?  Will booking.com be seen to be in a dominant position or not as they come under scrutiny of the European Commission and when "will hoteliers swoop in and pick up that leisure market with direct bookings?"  We are also joined by guest Jonathan Falik, Founder and CEO of JF Capital Advisors to discuss if investors still see hospitality as a long term prospect? While it is easier to get funding for budget hotels and there is certainly an appetite from investors, many have a personal bias for luxury hotels.  You hear it here first - the latest news and debates in hospitality. 
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    A moment with Peter Hancock

    Peter Hancock explained what it was like to be back at our AHC event, The AHC Reimagined.  By nature the hospitality industry loves to network with each other and learn from each other. There is pent up demand to engage with people there has huge impact on a lot of people, there is still a wonderful opportunity to capitalise on the staycation market.  Have you seen Peter's session with Deirdre Wells and Hubert Viriot? If not, catch it on demand here. "Re-Thinking Hospitality to Shape a New Normal"
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    A moment with Ben Harper

    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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    In Focus: A political outlook

    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!
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    A moment with Thomas Emanuel

    "A moment with Thomas Emanuel" as he takes us through how he remains optimistic and confident in the sector and why it was good to be back at an event. He comments that "people want to travel, they want to meet and that won't go away". He also adds that the crisis has provided an opportunity of recognition for it's overall contribution to the economy. We caught up with Thomas, Director at STR, after his session at The AHC Reimagined last month when he presented "Checking the Data: Hotel Performance and Forecasts". Don't forget you can still watch his session on demand over here.
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    A moment with Deirdre Wells

    We asked Deirdre what it was like to reconnect with her peers in hospitality at The AHC Reimagined last month. "Its the networking that you miss, as an industry we have been doing really well to stay connected but hats off to AHC for trying something different" and that as an industry we are very good at sharing ideas and best practice, and we can always learn from each other. "Keep calm and keep investing because next year it will be better!" Deirdre Wells, CEO of Visit Kent joined Peter Hancock, Chief Executive at Pride of Britain Hotels and Hubert Viriot, CEO at YOTEL for their session "Re-Thinking Hospitality to Shape a New Normal" at The AHC Reimagined last month. Not to be missed, you can view on demand here.
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    A moment with Julia Wyss

    What does reconnecting mean for the hospitality sector? That feeling of being in a room together, bouncing off each other's energy. The ability to share ideas and collaborate has accelerated during the crisis. Wyss foresees long term opportunities through maintaining that close collaboration and exploring all ideas across the wider team.  Julia Wyss, Associate Director of Hotel Investment Properties at CBRE Hotels moderated the panel "Returning to Profitability: Operational Efficiencies and New Revenue Opportunities" at The AHC Reimagined just a few weeks ago where she explored exactly what it has taken for operators to keep doors open during the crisis and that there is no such thing as a bad idea. If you haven't seen it yet, prepare to be inspired.  Julia was joined by her panel: Susan Bland, Managing Director at RBH Hospitality Management; Al Karim Nathoo, Managing Director of 4C Hotel Group and Stuart Symes, VP Franchise Operations at Accor Northern Europe. Watch the full session on demand here. 
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    A moment with Lionel Benjamin

    Lionel Benjamin, CEO at Gullwing Hospitality remarks how fun it was to reconnect, in person, at The AHC Reimagined last month as well as the importance of getting back into hotels and leading by example that it is safe to do so. "Now is the time to really push staycations and explore the UK again". Lionel Joined Diane Scott and Stephen Welch for the session "Ending the Standoff: Managing the Lender-Owner-Tenant Relationship", which you can watch on demand here. Lionel discussed the hybrid lease model, supporting the owners and tenants with a more innovative and sustainable model as seen proposed to the Travelodge group