Without a shadow of a doubt, 2020 forced countless companies around the world to rethink their strategies and adapt to new norms. With this in mind, we asked a selection of our contributors what lessons they learned last year and how they foresee the business landscape in 2021.
In 2020, the tourism sector grappled with what has been described as a “black swan event” — the Covid-19 pandemic. Kostas Nikolaidis, Middle East and Africa executive for STR, explores the way in which the UAE has responded to the threat and supported the hospitality industry.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to bring the economies of the world to their knees, Saudi Arabia is trying to find ways to stay afloat. Nada Alameddine, partner at Hodema consulting services, discusses the role of tourism in the kingdom’s future and its Vision 2030 targets.
Boutique hotels are typically small, intimate establishments with stylish designs, décor and a strong identity. Featuring 10 to 100 rooms, their unique character and individualized service points are what distinguish them from traditional hotels. James Wrenn, associate director of Colliers International, explores the growing trend of boutique properties, particularly in the Middle East.
Reputable fashion or lifestyle magazines often have articles on how to adopt healthier eating habits, and “free-from” diets routinely appear to be the answer. So what are they exactly and why is this trend skyrocketing? We get the lowdown from Nada Alameddine, partner at Hodema consulting services.