2021 is likely to be an experiment but at least it will be the start of ‘the road back’ to a radically changed landscape.
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2021 is likely to be an experiment but at least it will be the start of ‘the road back’ to a radically changed landscape.
As prospects for normality finally seem within reach, business leaders, investors, employees, suppliers and the professional community are all planning their respective climbs back up the mountain. The path to a reset is becoming clearer, if still surrounded in uncertainty....we explore how this will evolve in our article below.
Hotel businesses took a battering that has recorded unheard of room occupancies of 0% to 15% alongside closed pubs, empty restaurants, and a food and a beverage offering limited to take-aways and home delivery. ...
OUR MAN IN BOTSWANA
Our Tourism Partner, Jim Fletcher has been working as the tourism economist in a small team assembled by UNWTO undertaking the Phase 1, Situation Analysis stage, of the Sustainable Tourism Master Plan for the Kasane-Kazungula area in North Eastern Botswana. This article explores the work they are undertaking.
Today, nobody can predict what the overall effects will be to the travel and hospitality sectors that will emerge from the darker shadows of the Covid story but there is at least now a case to be made that the road ahead is clearer, albeit with many bumps likely along the way. What is clear is that we are heading for a 're-set' of sorts in all walks of life. The third session of the Panel for Travel & Hospitality (PATH TO Reset) took place earlier this week and identified issues that are beginning to shape the colour of that recovery (recognising that this is an ever evolving story). The panel includes travel & hospitality professionals from Taylor Wessing, the European Tour Operators Association, Dexter Moren, Liz Hall Consulting , Gerard Nolan & Partners and EY (with guest speakers having included Hilton) We summarise in our own words the output below and welcome comment and input to future sessions.
Featuring the team, our profiles and new Associates in both the Middle East and in the golf sector, our introductory brochure provides an overview of our services and how we can help clients in a wide range of hospitality and tourism projects.
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As consumers face the prospects of deciding when to travel, who with and how (by road,rail,sea or air) and worrying whether they could be turned back before departure if a temperature is detected, suppliers are grappling with how best to reassure clients that risk is minimised by dealing with hygiene factors as a key element of their offer. Measuring risk has therefore risen high on personal agendas and will influence behaviour and marketing messages. Our images highlight the conundrum-gingerly cross the ravine and/or stay out of the water?
With a travel and hospitality sector hit hard in the current climate, we are all looking for signs of recovery but no one knows where, or when that will come, and in what form. It's far too early for green shoots and there are plenty of crystal balls to look into.Our current journey is a Path towards a 'Reset' (whatever that may turn out to be). In this summary we consider -and hope to influence-some of the factors that will shape its eventual outcome.
Arc has kept close to how the industry is responding to the current pandemic through interacting with data sources and networking groups within the industry.
Arc is delighted to welcome an experienced panel of professionals from the travel and hospitality sectors to a Panel exploring issues related to the likely 'Reset' that our sectors will face as the current crisis is resolved.
Thanks to Jonathan Worsely and all those behind the first Virtual Hospitality Conference that took place post the Covid-19 crisis on 7th April. This was a widely attended event with over 3,000 participants globally and included presentations and networking sessions showing the breadth and international nature of our industry.
We are very pleased to announce a new working relationship with Guy Wilkinson of Viability in Dubai, UAE, who will provide access into the Gulf and wider Middle East and Africa real estate, hospitality and tourism markets.
Somewhere in Asia?, Parts of a European city?
No, its October. It must be Manchester where we joined clients, colleagues and associates and other sector specialists at the Annual Hotel Conference (AHC).
Douglas Grant reviews some of the outcomes...At the opening of the conference,AIB’s economic overview touched on the essential underlying strengths of the UK economy (whether ‘in or out’). Low interest rates are likely to continue, and our low regulation economic environment is anticipated to remain attractive to foreign investors whatever flags we fly above our buildings. Challenges are in productivity and in rising wages-both of immediate relevance to the lodging and hospitality industry. Going forward ….
James Munro’s reviews our recent business activity:
“I would like to highlight the fact that our project portfolio and client base has gradually diversified from pure market appraisals and feasibility studies to include other more dynamic commercial aspects related to lodging and hospitality businesses...
This man takes his job too seriously. Jim Fletcher visited one part of Africa as the economist on a four-man team in Lesotho....
We are very pleased to welcome Steve O'Hara as a Partner in Arc Consulting Partners LLP with a focus on Finance & the Travel Industry
Tourism continues to be the bright backdrop globally as visitor numbers increase but even here there are significant challenges in certain locations ...as Jim Fletchers summary here of a current issue illustrates.
An example of asset management in the wider property sector is best Illustrated by Geoffrey Dobson's recent role as (interim) Head of Property at Discovery Park, one of the largest science parks in Europe...
There is no shortage of willing investors for the right projects. In uncertain times, the challenge remains how best to identify the right opportunities, create asset value and meet consumer demands effectively...
In the third and final in a series of articles on Owner’s Challenges in Hotel/Resort pre-opening James Munro deals with the challenges immediately before the opening of the hotel and the need to actively co-ordinate all activities systematically to ensure a smooth and successful opening for your enterprise so that the project can be delivered on time and on budget.
Geoffrey Dobson represented Arc Consulting Partners at the EGi’s Middle East Real Estate Forum last month, meeting clients and highlighting the firms activities in the region.
For the second time running and hopefully in better weather, Arc is supporting Partner Douglas Grant in the Prudential 100 mile challenge on August 4th
A great session exploring institutional investors new found -or more accurately more enthusiatic in recent times-appetite for the hotel sector!
Arc Consulting Partners are pleased to be taking part in the Middle East Real Estate Forum hosted by EGi at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai on the 30th April. We look forward to meeting clients, identifying opportunities to support investors .where our integrated skills in the Hospitality, Real Estate and Tourism sectors can add value.but also to meeting other experts collaborating between the UK and Middle East.
Jim Fletcher, Arc's well travelled Tourism Partner explores the subject of mass tourism that has grabbed headlines in recent times.
The hotel and lodging sector now offers a wide range of exciting hotel brands as trends and consumer tastes change...we take a look at some recent themes in our article...
Keeping abreast of hotel and tourism developments in the South East Region, Nigel Teasdale, Arc's Partner in Bangkok was at this key networking event attended by over 600 guests.
David Ledger, specialist in construction feasibility and project management at Arc Consulting Partners talks about projects he has worked on recently
Nigel Teasdale , Partner, Bangkok office, provides us with an insight into trends out East...
With a steady stream of reminders in current press articles about change and uncertainty in the market we remember how change has actually been constant over time in accommodation and travel and has lessons for the future.
In this months Public Property magazine (news and analysis on the management of the public sector estate) the following article which touches on public sector involvement in hotel related projects was published and covers examples of some of the work carried out by Arc Consulting Partners during the year...
Alongside thousands of visitors from around the world, Arc Consulting Partners Jim Fletcher, Douglas Grant and James Munro will be re-establishing international links to travel and hospitality industry contacts at World Travel Market in Olympia this coming week.
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The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) takes place next week (4th-6th October) in Manchester, Independent Hotel Show (IHS) (17th -18th October) at Olympia and World Travel Market (WTM) (5th-7th November), Excel London...Acronyms abound! We will be at all events, look us up!
Our latest Newsletter highlights recent trends in the sector...
Assisting hotel projects both in Europe and the UK...the most sigificant is the Taj in London where David Ledgers team has now delivered Phase 1...
In the second of a series of articles on pre- opening challenges for Hotel Owners, our partner from the operational side of the business, James Munro has collaborated with David Ledger our Development Partner, give an insight of the process involved in constructing or converting a new hotel from the Owners’ viewpoint.
Nigel Teasdale, based in Bangkok comments on the trend for Asian based investors to target European hotels...as reproduced from a publication in e Hotelier below
Jim Fletcher, Tourism Partner sets out this weekend to Botswana for a week long set of meetings as part of a study to develop a Master Plan for Botswana Tourism.
The growth of South East Asian investment into hotels looks set to continue as Nigel Teasdale sets out in his recent article...
To raise funds for Mind, the mental health charity and Dementia, Douglas Grant is taking part in the Ride 100 cycle challenge on July 29th...
Geoff Dobson Real Estate Investment Partner hosted a table table sponsored by Arc Consulting Partners, where we we delighted to share the day with clients & colleagues,
at the CNM Estates organised event at the Kingston Regatta
In this first of a series of articles, James Munro with 24 years of General and Area international management experience behind him focuses on the strategic issues that owners face post acquisition when exploiting a hotel/resort related opportunity and considering their options going forward to optimise their asset. When an investor acquires a new or existing hotel or resort the next steps aren’t quite as simple as the headline suggests....
Daniel Pugh MRICS Joins Arc Consulting Partners bringing additional skills to the company
Arc Consulting Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Pugh MRICS as a consultant, bringing additional expertise to the skills on offer to the company’s hotel and hospitality clients
Jim Fletcher attended the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM) held recently in Riyadh, participating on the Farasan Islands stand (pictured) as part of his on-going work on the Farasan Islands Tourism Master Plan project being undertaken for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
On July 29th alongside many thousands of others also looking to raise funds for valuable causes Douglas Grant will challenge a set of rather slow legs to complete the 100 mile Prudential cycle ride with the objective of raising £1000+ for charities linked to mental health and dementia .
If you are aware of the effects of either mental health conditions or had an aged friend or relative suffer from a form of dementia which severely affects balance and has other side effects (DLB or Dementia with Lewy Bodies) then my legs are cycling for you. Whatever you are able to do will be gratefully received and highly motivational! Please use the following link
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2018 Hotel Investment Conference
‘Reaching new heights’ was the theme of the international hotel investment conference this last week held in Berlin and attracting over 2000 professionals.
The vibe was positive-most European markets are (in hotel terms) performing well ...
Real Estate Investment and Asset Management Partner Geoffrey Dobson will be exploring real estate opportunities in Cannes at Europes largest property event.
Look out for at the property sectors main event next week (+447932 150486, ) ..having just attended the hotel investment conference in Berlin we are currently exploring a range of opportunities where our integrated services can deliver opportunities and complete projects in both hospitality and other forms of real estate
A key topic at this years annual hotel industry conference in Berlin next week. From a global overview through to specific topics relevant to the industry IHIF is the 'must go to' hotel investment industry event.
Arc is participating and we look forward to meeting clients, colleagues, friends and associates there. Do make contact with #Douglas Grant on +44 (0) 7785 514831 anytime during Monday to Wednesday to discuss your requirements.
Jim Fletcher was part of a six person delegation of the Tourism Society to take part in a meeting at the EBRDs offices in February in the city of London.
Left to Right: Jim Fletcher, Richard Denman, David McEwen, Roger Goodacre, Silvia Barbone, Jonathan Karkut of the EBRD and Robert Brown.
Finance,Management,Operations,Marketing & Distribution, Development....Its all there,. Nigel Teasdale,Partner, attends the Hotel Investors summit
in Abu Dhabi...
New Arc overlay banner sets out the range of our services and the logic of our name-as they span one end of the 'arc' to the other.
We attended Christie& Co's Business Review 2018 to network and update our knowledge on sector activity across all relevant real estate and operating types.
Andrew Neil was guest speaker who gave an interesting and at times controversial global overview of all things macro: economy,politics and issues, ending with an interesting sector Q&A to relevant Christie specialisits.
In a year when Harry met Meghan, the Brits began to leave the EU, the US President twittered endlessly and Africa continued to see both famine and political change, fortunately our sector welcomed more disruptors and continued to thrive.
Tourism development evolved, hotel portfolio ownership changes took place, brand proliferation continued following the effects of the major Marriott/Starwood merger, niche lifestyle concepts such as Joe & Joe emerged, Airbnb cemented its positioning and the non-traditional hospitality offer to consumers widened.....
David Ledger, Arc's Development Partner, spoke at the Annual Hotel Conference in Manchester on the construction and property related aspects of 'Every Penny Counts'
Wearing the coveted Arc Consulting Partners branded jersey , Geoffrey Dobson Real Estate Investment Partner joins the annual CBRE bike ride in aid of Shelter, the homeless charity-valuable practice for the Surrey 100 ride later in July in aid of local causes in Kingston
Prime opportunity for hotel development announced for undeveloped site in Koh Samui-contact Arc Partners for details
Arc is pleased to sponsor Geoffrey Dobson, our Real Estate Investment & Asset Management Partner in his quest to raise funds for local causes by riding up Box Hill, Newlands Corner and Leith Hill amongst other challenges as part of the Prudential 100 Bike Ride in July. Do support him in his lycra clad and challenging journey!
Pictured above: Geoff with the Mayor of Kingston-home to a new Doubletree hotel!
Hotel investment summit in SE Asia
Arc Partner David Ledger shows Arc partners the improvements being carried out as part of a major invesment in the Taj Hotel St James in London where his project management team are implementing a wide ranging scheme
James Munro, responsible for Hotel & Resort & Residential Management at Arc Consulting Partners, is taking part in a panel discussion at Hotel Analyst's forthcoming Hotel Operations Conference on May 24th in London.
‘Zambia National Tourism Master Plan’, financial support for which has been provided to the Government of Zambia/Ministry of Tourism and Arts by the EU.
Jim Fletcher is the Tourism Economist on the project team and we are undertaking the work in a series of research and field work visits to the country which began earlier this year and is expected to be finished by November.
P.S. The photograph is of Victoria Falls
Breakfast Briefing on Hotels: Rise of an Asset Class at DLA Piper offices
We are delighted to announce that James Munro formerly of Starwood Hotels & Resorts will join us with immediate effect. James adds in depth hotels and resorts management skills to our client assignments.
Last week we were reminded that hospitality remains a vibrant and ever changing industry. Tourism and Travel is still growing internationally and driving demand for accommodation of all types. Ideas, Challenges & Opportunities in the industry include...
Most commentary today makes reference to the current ‘disruptors’ which abound… how do these affect the global hospitality sector?
We are an industry that creates jobs, promotes travel, improves cultural ties and encourages people to cross restrictive barriers and borders. Nevertheless it is not immune to the effects of change...
Checking out the wider accommodation sector...
Seismic changes brought about by the On Line Travel Agents to the sector...
Jim Fletcher, Partner, is on a two week trip to Zambia viewing sites across the country
Overviews of the hotpitality and real estate sectors and an insightful presentation by AndrewNeil
Opportunities continue to exist across the industry despite the many well documented uncertanties in the operating and transaction environments
As the year draws to a close, all of us at send you season's greetings and our best wishes for a prosperous new year. Below we recommend five areas of focus to make 2017 your best year ever. As always, we are on hand to advise with planning, implementation and asset management.