Is NFT the Next Big Thing in Hospitality? A Perspective from the Dubai Research Center

Written by: Rochak Khandelwal In the last two years — especially in 2021 — we all have come across this acronym “NFT” that everyone has been talking about, and how these NFTs are being sold for millions of dollars. Many…

Revisit Past Winning Startups in Anticipation of E20X Return in 2022

What does it mean to be a winner of HFTP’s Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) startup pitch competition? For the Judge’s Choice startup at the debut E20X Dubai competition in 2021, Hoick, it is about showcasing passion. “The reward lies in learning…

Startups Pitching Over Pizza with Burj Al Arab in the Background

Written by: Dominika Duziak Imagine you are a start-up founder. You have a fantastic idea, product or solution that you want to bring to the market. Maybe you already had some success, tested the waters, you think it’s going to work…

Dubai’s Spectacular Drone and Light Shows

Written by: Rochak Khandelwal Dubai is one of the emirates in the United Arab Emirates that enjoys doing things in full pomp and style. Whether it is the spectacular fireworks on New Year’s Eve or the world-famous Dubai Shopping Festival…

My Experience in Event Planning While Navigating New Challenges Presented by Omicron

Written by: Sabina Sljivo I was so ready to go to my first in-person event just last month — but wait… Omicron! Finally, it seemed that life would return to normal again, with events happening in-person and hybrid. To be…

How Has Technology Changed the Face of Marketing in Hospitality Amid Covid-19?

Written by: Varun Khanna, research scholar Over the past year and a half, hospitality marketing and management has witnessed tremendous growth in terms of research and development (Byrd, et.al, 2021). The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about much of this change, as it…

Technology that Can Be Used to Support Large Events During and After Covid-19 Pandemic

Written by: Anni Lindqvist, research scholar The Post-Covid World Numerous industries were forced to employ more technology and reimagine nearly every aspect of their operations due to the pandemic. Technological changes sparked by Covid-19 are a form of acceleration for previously existing…

Vaccine Tourism: Should the Hospitality Industry Acknowledge this Trend?

Written by: Hassan Al Sayegh The world is shifting into a recovery stage from the pandemic that has resulted in a loss of millions of lives and impacted many businesses. The emergence of several vaccines around the world is a…

The Future of F&B: Industry 4.0’s Impact in the Luxury Hotel Segment

Written by: Varun Khanna, research scholar In this blog, the HFTP Middle East Research Center examines the essence of Industry 4.0 and how it is expected to impact the food and beverage (F&B) sector, and also identifies potential barriers to the adoption…

Consumer Behavior Changes During the Pandemic: What Should Businesses Know?

Written by: Hassan Al Sayegh It has been one year since the first COVID-19 case was reported to the World Health Organization in December 2019. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic in March 2020. Multiple countries during the…