HOTEL & TOURISM SMARTreport #44

2019 Autumn Edition

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MARKET SENTIMENT REMAINS HIGH DESPITE SOME TURBULENCE

As we send this edition of the Hotel & Tourism SMARTreport off to the printers, the market scenario is evolving quite rapidly, leaving many wondering what the next months and years have in store.

Those who know Cleverdis – publishers of this work – will know that we are also publishers of a number of official trade show dailies – for events such as ITB Berlin, ITB China (in Shanghai), ITB Asia (in Singapore), IFTM Top Resa in Paris. The two most recent, ITB Asia and IFTM Top Resa, have taken place in the wake of several major company failures that have somewhat rocked the industry. Our feedback at these events has shown that while no-one can predict what is going to happen to the global economy, and consequently to the travel and tourism sector, what we have been able to ascertain is that most players continue to have a positive outlook. All analysts appear to agree on the fact that people will continue travelling, and in particular, the luxury sector remains bullish.

To this end, we were particularly honoured to have been invited to the official opening ceremony of Raffles in Singapore, and were thrilled to have had a long chat with the head of the Raffles group, Jeannette Ho – our feature interview in this edition.

In our Elite Travel Trends, we flashback to the 2019 Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas, and our regional spotlight on the Americas reveals destinations and ideas you may not have considered in the past. Finally, our Innovations & Technologies section looks at how guest facing – and staff-facing technologies – are revolutionising the industry.

We hope you can gain some valuable insights from it all!

Richard Barnes – Editor-in-chief


CONTENTS

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
EVENTS
AMERICAS & THE CARRIBEAN
INNOVATIONS & TECHNOLOGIES