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'Gap between hotel owners, operators needs to be bridged'

DUBAI, September 17, 2018

The relationship between hotel owners and operators is becoming more complex with time, as owners are more performance driven and are no longer satisfied with long-term capital appreciation, one of the region's top hoteliers said.

Speaking during a panel discussion at The Middle East Hospitality Leadership Forum at The Hotel Show, being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from September 16 to 18, Laurent A. Voivenel, senior vice president, operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India, Swiss-Belhotel International, highlighted the new trends in owner and operator relations.

“New patterns of ownership, finance and management are emerging. Contract terms are swinging in favour of owners who are primarily performance driven and are no longer satisfied with long-term capital appreciation. The bottom line is the yardstick that operators are being judged by. Therefore, operators need to understand better today’s owners and investors who are far more active and involved in all areas of hotel operations, from selection of general managers to driving social media," Voivenel said.

Talking about the changing market dynamics, Voivenel stated, “The business is becoming more complex and competitive for hotel operators who are grappling with multiple challenges. The pie is shrinking with far too many hotel brands and regional operators. The market is being disrupted by new forms of competition such as Airbnb and rates are constantly under pressure due to an oversupply of rooms. Increasing costs of operations are adversely affecting profitability whereas guest profiles and preferences are changing as they look for greater value for money along with better quality, greater convenience and unique experiences.”

So, what needs to be done to manage the gaps between hotel owners and operators? Voivenel stated: “Both parties have to look at the equation differently. There is a need for greater communication to build lasting relationships. It is important for operators to understand and listen to owners, and react with solutions. Innovation is the key in every aspect of the business. We need to be inventive by outsourcing services, clustering roles and boosting efficiency by tapping into new technology. Alternative revenue generators should be developed. For their part owners must give operators a fair chance to implement new ideas with ample space and time." - TradeArabia News Service




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