All articles by Amit Thadani

Amit Thadani

Surveying the Big Smoke

Hotel Management International looks at STR’s 2022 Independent Hotel Show Report to find out the latest performance recovery for London.

Strength to strength

A symptom of a world recovering from a pandemic is on the rise in holiday-makers and business travel, much to the advantage of hotels as they accept guests and reaffirm partnerships and industry relations. As the year draws to a close, Panos Almyrantis, president of EHMA, shares an update on the association as he discusses state of the hotel industry and his aims for the future.

A passion for people and places

With over 30 years working in hospitality, Dimitris Manikis has had the opportunity to cover a variety of roles across the world before becoming president, Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa, of Wyndham Hotel & Resorts in 2018. Phoebe Galbraith speaks with Manikis to find out his experience in the industry as he explains Wyndham’s commitment to embracing sustainability and development.

Open innovation

Innovation technology has been a key topic for every sector over the past few years as the world collectively looks to the future. Susana Garrido, digitality & general education program manager, and senior lecturer in marketing at Les Roches, discusses the impact of innovative technology on the hotel industry.

Pandemic challenges

HFTP recently produced its 2022 Compensation and Benefits Survey, which provided the unique opportunity to gain insight into challenges faced by respondents during the historic pandemic and its after effects, as well as the solutions they employed throughout this time.

Service with a smile

According to a recent study by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), a full 97% of hoteliers are currently experiencing staffing shortages, with the situation in Europe not much better. It goes without saying that these challenges are having serious consequences for operators. But beyond the current emergency, what can hoteliers do to actually find more staff? And with the increasing power of new technology, might the crisis be an opportunity as managers work to streamline operations? Andrea Valentino talks to Professor Liang Yu of George Washington University and Chip Rogers of the AHLA to learn more.

Meeting of the minds

As we reach the end of the year, hotel industry figures and organisations continue to make the most of their ability to meet up, network and celebrate as guests explore the world once again. Jane Pendlebury, CEO of HOSPA, reflects on this year’s annual HOSPACE conference, which focused on building future prosperity.

Still hungry

In a post-Covid world, people are still wary of crowded indoor spaces, pushing many hotels and guests alike to look to the outdoors. But with the colder season approaching, Mae Lossaso speaks to Tom Walters, senior vice-president of food & beverage operations at Hilton Americas, to find out how the Hilton has adapted long-term to a post-Covid world.

A whole new person

A healthier you, one staple that never leaves the spa and wellness industry. However, as guests search for new ways to relax and stay healthy, the industry has seen more demand for medical spa holidays. The rise of medspas that offer a combination of treatments covering medical procedures to holistic therapies indicates their popularity. Phoebe Galbraith speaks to Emlyn Brown, global vice-president well-being at Accor Hotels to find out how the medspa industry has developed and what Accor is doing to help promote wellness.

Sustain the experience

Sustainability is a design concept that is going nowhere soon. As hotels adopt and incorporate this into their everyday operations, some are taking it a step further by constructing spaces and accomodation with sustainability at the very centre of the experience. Brooke Theis speaks to Angel Barreno at BIG about the newest biosphere treehouse at the Treehotel in Sweden, and Paul Robinson, the COO at Indonesia’s Bawah Reserve, to find out more.