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Hello and welcome to the online community for Unfold!All About Unfold 👈 Everybody’s got a seat here, subscribe to this Unfold sub-community and let’s get started!Introduce yourselfIf you’re attending, reply in this thread and introduce yourself. Share a bit about what session you’re most looking forward to and what you want to get out of the day and start connecting with others who will be at Unfold too. 👫 So here we are to:Meet others who are attending UNFOLD this year with us 🤝 Get ahead and kick off discussions around the featured topics and sessions right here and now 🤔 Maybe we could sync right here to grab some lunch or a coffee in the session-breaks? ☕If you’re not able to be there in person, no worries, you can still take part in these discussions and meet some other folks.This is the place for all of that to happen. 👍
We speak to Naomi Heaton, CEO and Founder at The Other House, London Central Portfolio (LCP) ahead of her panel session that will cover creating remarkable brand experiences. Growing her business from a one-woman show to a team managing assets worth over a billion pounds, Naomi has an encyclopedic knowledge of real-estate investment, acquisition, refurbishing and interior design. When it comes to the new standard in hospitality, she knows how to create a cohesive and engaging brand experience. Give our readers a quick introduction to who you are and why you love hospitality. After building my career as a director at the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, I imagined I was destined for a life in advertising. Little did I know that buying my first home in London’s Camden Town would later transform into not one, but two successful businesses. With a love and keen eye for interiors, I started my own business of buying, renovating and selling properties in central London. This dev
We had the chance to catch up with another guest speaker who will be joining us at Unfold next week! Klaus Kohlmayr is the Chief Evangelist and Development officer at IDeaS. He has been challenging the status quo on pricing and revenue management for the last 20+ years. His areas of expertise include thought leadership, technology partnerships, strategy, and innovation, giving us a variety of topics to discuss.Let’s start with your long-running hospitality journey. I’ve been in hospitality since I was 15 when I started attending hotel school and learning the art of hospitality. I worked in many hotels and moved through most hotel departments, eventually reaching revenue management. The reason I love hospitality is the people and the opportunity it’s provided me to travel the world. IDeaS is driven by service and hospitality attitude. So even though I’m working for a software company, we still pride ourselves on being people-first and valuing our clients. What do you think the new s
As part of the line up of industry luminaries sharing their insights with us at Unfold this year is Stuart W. Greif, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy, Innovation & Operating Officer at Forbes Travel Guide. Formerly, he was Microsoft’s Senior Executive for Hospitality and Travel, and led J.D. Power’s Global Hospitality and Travel group. Greif also worked for a unicorn startup Amperity, backed by early investors in Facebook, LinkedIn and Amazon. Now that you’ve met the maestro, let’s ask him some challenging questions. Why do you love the hospitality industry? Back when I launched my career, I was living in hotels five to six days per week for months on end and spent a lot of time with the hotel staff. It’s something that always resonated with me on a profound level – in terms of having empathy and experiencing kindness in a hotel and within a travel context of new experiences and people. That's what I find wonderful about creating memories and experiences, be it for business
UNFOLD: Ahead of Mews Unfold 2023, our CEO, Matt Welle and Founder, Richard Valtr, explore the latest challenges and changes to hospitality. What is the new standard in hospitality? What would you like to see challenged and why? Matt: Today, there is such a huge opportunity for hoteliers to truly explore and rethink the way they want to appeal to a diverse and eclectic guest. In the past, many hotels have opened without a real sense or thought about what it’s niche can be, and not really thinking beyond a bed in a room.The modern-day guest is expectant of so much more.A great example of this is the ‘business’ traveler. Traditionally, the choice for the business traveler was all about one thing, the location! But, increasingly business travel isn’t tied to a specific location, but moreover a great place to work and experience a new place.I often find myself in hotels thinking: I don't want to sit in that lobby. That space isn't built for me to co-work, and the coffee is bad, so I end up
We interviewed Thibault Catala, Founder of Catala Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in strategy, distribution and revenue management for asset management firms, family offices and boutique hotels. He’s also the Co-Founder of Vertell Asset Management and COO of a new, Mews-powered lifestyle brand, Faern Resorts, a collection of lifestyle hotels resorts nestled in the Swiss Alps where every moment is a celebration. Take a look at the interview here
One of the sessions at Unfold is focussing on the big bets in hospitality innovation.Strategy leaders from Forbes, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Microsoft and Siteminder will be discussing their innovations targets and the balance between expansion and operational success.What do you think should be the focus of innovation for hospitality?This session is taking place after lunch at 13:55 - 14:50 at Unfold, April 4th.
📣 Unfold announcement 📣We’re thrilled that Tom Ito, Principal at Gensler and founder of their hospitality practice, has joined #Unfold as our keynote speaker. A bit about Tom:Tom launched Gensler’s Hospitality practice in the late 1990s and over the years has expanded their practice to an international scale, leading some of the industry’s most celebrated mixed-use, entertainment, master planning, and hotel projects. In his keynote, Tom will help to uncover the why, the purpose and motivation behind physical spaces. He will share examples of remarkable hispitality projects that were designed with guest interactions and brand experiences at the heart of the plan. Underpinning all of Tom’s projects are the blending of technology and spaces, advancing mixed-use models and sustainability throughout the physical footprint.His speech at Unfold, ‘Transformation: Design Strategies for the Human Experience’, will examine the purpose behind physical spaces and explore the benefits of reinventi
Unless you've been living under a rock (hey, we love eco stays), you’ll have heard about Mews Unfold. Every year, our flagship hospitality tech event attracts the best of the best: future shifters, hotel tech disruptors and fearless innovators. People who look at mediocrity and say: no thanks. And since you're reading this, we know you belong to this group of trailblazers too. On April 4th, Mews Unfold returns to Amsterdam with a literal bang: our venue is the iconic Muziekgebouw, one of the most modern concert halls in the world. At this point, you may be feeling that troublesome twinge of FOMO. Beware: Fear of Mewsing Out is real. You don't want to be stuck at your desk while the world's leading innovators unfold great ideas and reshape the future of hospitality. “What sets Unfold apart is that it combines visionary thinking with tangible steps to better hospitality,” said Richard Valtr, Mews Founder and Unfold aficionado. “You can go from a big picture keynote speech to the specific
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