Experience Economy and Consumer Experience
“You’ve got to start with the consumer experience and work back towards technology – not the other way around” – Steve Jobs With the growth of the global economy, we are transitioning towards an environment where experiences are becoming the new material good for the...
Ayodhya – The Pilgrim City
The ancient Indian city of Ayodhya has always held a special place in our hearts and minds. As old as Kashi (ancient Varanasi), Ayodhya dates as far as back as 600-300 BCE, which corresponds to the ‘Second Urbanisation Period in India’—one of the most formative...
Understanding Vacation Rental Management Companies
Within the UAE, especially Dubai, the vacation rental space has seen new companies blossom at a staggering rate since 2015. While most of these players are standalone entities looking for asset-light growth through management contracts, others are subsidiaries or...
The New Kid on the Block in the UAE’s Hospitality Landscape
“Home away from Home”: the age-old promise of hotels and hotel brands has now found a place in the value proposition of actual homes. With Airbnb spearheading a global sharing economy revolution, the holiday home space has grown exponentially. Before we discuss this...
Evolution of the Global Distribution System (GDS)
Often, travel to any place of our choosing is as simple as a few clicks of the mouse or, better still, a few swipes of our fingers on our smartphones. Convenience is king and control is paramount to the modern-day consumer. Platforms like Booking.com, MakeMyTrip,...
The Hotel Volatility Index 2022
The Hotel Volatility Index (HVI), now in its fifth year is released as part of the Hotelivate 2022 Indian Hospitality Trends and Opportunities Report. We have often noticed that the performance statistics of a market are skewed due to the opening of new hotels; hotels...
The 2022 Indian Hospitality Trends & Opportunities Report
Some have labelled the past two years as appalling and destructive; others found this period to be unfortunate and sobering. Enough and more has been said about the consequences of the pandemic, both to societies and economies. However, the discourse has largely...
Hotel Asset Management Becomes a Need – Shift in Perspective
With the intensity of the pandemic reducing, as individuals and as a business community, we are learning to live the new normal. Globally, there is a mixed bag of turbulence at play, between the war in Europe, growing inflation, economies' attempts to regrow, and the...
Smart Technology – With an eye on Profitability
Those who know me know I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I love data analytics but don’t care for new gadgets. Every time an upgrade is required, I’m actively on the lookout to see who can help me get it done. Call me “technophobic” if you please, but...
Let’s Go Clubbing – Looking at a Profitable Asset Class That Is Gaining Popularity
Clubs have been around for almost as along as formal society has. They began in the 18th century in Britain for the aristocracy to convene at a private location to socialise, away from the public eye. The first few clubs such as White’s and Brooke’s in the West End of...
The Indian Hotel Owners’ Sentiment Survey 2022
With two preceding editions in 2013 and 2016, Hotelivate is pleased to share the results of our third Indian Hotel Owners' Sentiment Survey 2022. With the world a different place from when we last collected responses, this survey was aimed at highlighting the...
Experience Economy of The New-Age Traveler and the Rise of Alternate Accommodation
Experiences…meeting new people from varying backgrounds, collecting stories, and making memories define the very essence of tourism. ‘Experience Economy’ embodies the philosophy where consumers spend money on garnering experiences rather than collecting material...
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