A successful opening is undoubtedly something to celebrate, but as anyone in the restaurant business knows, maintaining your spot in a competitive market is much more challenging. Extensive planning in the pre-opening phase and keeping on top of the basics afterward are among the steps that will help restaurateurs dodge the common pitfalls. Gebran Bekhazi, managing director of The Food Studio, shares his tips for long-term hospitality success.
As Dubai solidifies its position as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations, the critical role of vocational training in shaping a skilled workforce has never been clearer. In recent years, a remarkable shift in educational preferences has occurred, with an increasing number of students recognizing the immense value of vocational studies over traditional technical education. This transformative transition not only benefits the students themselves but also plays a pivotal role in ensuring the sustainable growth of the burgeoning tourism industry. In addition, a robust vocational offering aligns with a key priority of the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33, which aims to seamlessly integrate the next generation of Emiratis and young residents into the thriving tourism sector. Essa Bin Hadher, general manager of Dubai College of Tourism, shares his thoughts on investing in local talents.
With a two decades of revenue management expertise in the hospitality industry, award-winner Judith Cartwright, founder and managing director of Black Coral Consulting, provides food for thought for hoteliers looking to profit from foodie partnerships.
The F&B industry and food delivery services find themselves engaged in a tug of war, with businesses striving to increase profits while simultaneously considering the shift toward sustainability, which inevitably brings about operational changes. Tech disruptor and global entrepreneur Mohamed Al Fayed, CEO and co-founder of Grubtech, tackles the challenges faced by the industry to establish a delicate balance between financial growth and environmental consciousness.
Hospitality experts agree that the industry has changed drastically post Covid-19, and the franchising space is no exception. Jad Shamseddin, COO of Aleph Hospitality, outlines the franchise trends and challenges that are likely to define 2023.
In an ever-changing business environment, the need for innovation is greater than ever for organizations to survive and prosper. STARMANSHIP® & Associates’ executive director Fayez Helou outlines the ways in which managers can leverage their expertise and leadership skills to navigate uncertainty and achieve growth.