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 of Industry 4.0 solutions.   What is Industry 4.0? Digital…

Will Guests Say “I Do” Again? Survey of Tech’s Impact on Guest Satisfaction

By: Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE, CHE, CHIA, CAHTA and Minwoo Lee, Ph.D., MBA, CHE, CHIA This is a recap of a recent survey that examines the use of technology by hotel guests and how it impacts their overall stay satisfaction and re-booking intentions. The full report is also available for…

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 pandemic have initiated nationwide lockdowns and restrictions (WHO, 2020). The…

The Usefulness of Current AI Systems for Food Waste Management

Written by: Varun Khanna, research scholar With the remarkable growth of the food and beverage industry, the issue of food waste management seems to be increasing. It has been identified that in the United States alone more than 86 billion pounds of food is wasted per year (Charlebois, Creedy and…

The Little Known but Mighty Facts of the USALI Schedule, 11th Edition

Written by: Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE, CHE, CHIA, CAHTA When people think of the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI), most often they envision a Summary Operating Statement (SOS) or an Operated Department schedule like Rooms or Food and Beverage. They may even think of the many…

Summary of Social Distancing Technologies in Hotels: What Are Our Guests Telling Us?

Written by: Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE, CHE, CHIA, CAHTA and Cristian Morosan, Ph.D., MSc, CHTP The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for many economic sectors. One of the most highly impacted industry by the pandemic is the hospitality industry. And as we have progressed through this worldwide crisis,…

Budgeting for 2021: What Is the New Target?

Written by: Arlene Ramirez, MBA, CHAE, CHE, CHIA “To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target.” Ashleigh Brilliant Since March of this year, the hospitality industry has been trying to figure out its new financial target — the best approach to get…

COVID-19’s Potential Lasting Impact On Fixed vs. Variable Hotel Expense Ratios

Written by: Mark VanStekelenburg, Kannan Sankaran, Andy Hartley and Vanessa Gonzalez of CBRE As a result of COVID-19, hotel operators have been forced to make tough decisions, including the most basic one on whether to keep the lights on. Many were required to close their doors after municipal mandates were…

From the HFTP Dubai Research Center: Guide to Industry Recovery

By Ana-Denisa Irimescu, Dubai Research Scholar The hospitality industry in Dubai has had an interesting year. In response, the Dubai HFTP Research and Innovation Center at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management decided to close the academic year with a road map to post-pandemic recovery for the hospitality industry. Editor’s note: The following…

Self Service Analytics: How Small and Independent Hotels Can Use Sentiment Mining to Leap Ahead in Post-COVID Revival

Written by: Sanjay Nadkarni, Ph.D. The importance of guest reviews in the hospitality industry is unambiguous. In the pre-Covid-19 world, an entire business ecosystem evolved around analyzing reviews to gauge sentiment. Considerable research has confirmed the link between review scores and revenue. Though estimates on the magnitude of impact may…