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ILHA Fast Forward 2020 Conference Report back

By Barakhirsch | September 29, 2014

The International Luxury Hotel Association’s inaugural Fast Forward 2020 Conference was an exciting mix of luxury hotel and social media marketing gurus. What were the trending topics and buzz words? “Life is Good” Jan Freitag, Senior Vice President, STR, opened the event with a fascinating presentation on the five key things you need to know…

More kids with devices means greater demand for wi-fi

By Barakhirsch | September 14, 2014

Either way you split it, the growing trend among U.S. parents (and grandparents) to buy our kids Wi-Fi-dependent devices isn’t good for hotel Wi-Fi or, in the case of pricier hotels, our wallets. Mobile life is getting more complicated because – as those of you with kids below 15 already know — kids of all ages…

Why do first impressions matter?

By Barakhirsch | September 4, 2014

One only gets one chance to make a first impression. Some say people judge another person within the first 60 seconds of a meeting leaving an indelible mark. Now leading researchers from Princeton University reveal it only takes a tenth of a second to form an impression of a stranger. The scientific study was performed…

Dancing in the Dark – Thriving in a Fast Changing Future

By Barakhirsch | September 4, 2014

The International luxury hotel association is honoured to have Rohit Talwar as a keynote speaker at their inaugural conference September 22-23 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Centre. Rohit Talwar is a global futurist and award winning professional speaker. He is the CEO of think tank Fast Future Research and specialises in looking at…

Opinion: The Disproportion of true Hospitality in comparison to the current global Situation

By Barakhirsch | September 3, 2014

Today’s issues and challenges, of the day-to-day management of a hotel-, resort- or wellness operation, can be tomorrows opportunities if the key players, leaders, owners & operators, as well as all operational management and staff want to keep this incredible and exciting industry in good shape, in good working order and with a bespoke reputation…

Revolutionizing the Future of Hospitality Education

By Barakhirsch | September 3, 2014

The luxury hotel segment continues to record significant growth, with affluent business and leisure travelers driving the recovery of the hotel industry. Corporate groups are once again holding events at luxury resorts and high-income travelers are demanding more from their hotels as they seek unbelievable yet authentic experiences. Guests expect to discover local flavors and…

Stop Sending Press Releases to Bloggers – Be Original Instead

By Barakhirsch | August 22, 2014

For decades, pitching to news outlets with a great press release was indeed the best way to get media exposure for your luxury hotel. The PR process was fairly simple – hire a PR firm with a great reputation and good connections and let them work their magic.  Nowadays, the rules of PR have completely…

Clairvoyix to Present at the Inaugural ILHA Fast Forward 2020 Conference

By Barakhirsch | August 20, 2014

Clairvoyix, the hospitality industry’s leading marketing automation company, will sponsor and present at the “Online and Social Media Marketing – What’s Working?” session. Las Vegas, NV (August, 2014) – Clairvoyix, the leader in enterprise class, hospitality specific marketing automation, is pleased to announce their commitment to the International Luxury Hotel Association through the sponsorship of…

Wellness Tourism Takes Off in Luxury Markets

By Barakhirsch | August 15, 2014

Think of luxury travel and thoughts of fancy yachts, exotic island hideaways or posh resorts immediately come to mind. Continue to follow the truly affluent, who only desire to eat, drink, and be merry while pampering in lavish surroundings. While this may be accurate perception of some in this rarified camp, painting all well-to-do with…

Ten Questions with Jan D. Freitag, SVP, STR about luxury hotels

By Barakhirsch | August 12, 2014

Jan Freitag will be discussing the state of the U.S. and global luxury hotel industry at the International Luxury Hotel Association Fast Forward 2020 Conference 22 – 23 September, in Washington DC. He will look at supply and demand dynamics driving markets and comment on pricing power (or lack thereof) in specific areas. In addition…

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