Our partner Skift is within the two-month countdown to their conference Skift Forum Europe in London on April 30! This event is the first of five Forums they’re hosting around the world in 2019. Today you can view the complete program with all session topics for Skift Forum Europe: Defining The Future of Responsible Travel. Use code AHF20 for 20% off your ticket when you register! This one-day conference will be action-packed from start to finish. The program features a mixture of TED-style talks, deep dive Q&A’s with Skift Editors, and topical panels bringing together travel’s most insightful business leaders and creative thinkers. Here is a preview of the...
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Meeting Application

Adria Hotel Forum 2019 has decided to improve attendee engagement via new partnership with a leading mobile event tool, Meeting Application, one of the top conference apps with clients on 6 continents and 32 countries. Thanks to this cooperation AHF now have plenty of useful tools to improve attendee engagement, partner visibility and communication flow. Meeting Application offers a ready-to-use yet flexible event solution to conference organizers including an adjustable branding and set of functions with over 20 languages available. Through these apps, attendees can access real-time agenda, materials, speaker bios, maps with navigation, sponsor information, and more. Most importantly,...
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Croatian Company Develops Artificial Intelligence for Hotel Guests

One Croatian company has developed a type of artificial intelligence purely for hotels, and as of next summer, various hotels belonging to the Jadranka Group will have the brand new system made available for their guests from around the world. ”Alexa, what can I do today?” a guest of the Lošinj Bellevue Hotel will soon be able to ask. ”You can go and visit Susak and Ilovik, or visit the wellness pool. In the evening, I’d suggest going to the Matsunoki Japanese restaurant,” Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, will respond. As Pavic writes on the 10th of December, 2018, no,...
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AccorHotels makes $500 million offer for rest of Poland’s Orbis

(Reuters) – France’s AccorHotels (ACCP.PA) plans to buy the rest of Poland’s Orbis (ORBP.WA) for 1.9 billion zlotys ($501 million) to strengthen its position in Central Europe. Accor will make a cash tender offer priced at 87 zlotys per share to buy the 47.31 percent outstanding stake in Orbis that it does not already own, it said on Monday. It bought a 20 percent stake in Poland’s top hotel operator in 2000, raising this above 50 percent eight years later. Orbis, established in 1920, is now the largest hotel operator in Central and Eastern Europe with a portfolio of 128...
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Jin Jiang acquires majority stake in Radisson Hospitality

A consortium led by Shanghai’s Jin Jiang and SINO-CEE Fund—a private equity fund incorporated in Luxembourg—entered into an agreement with Radisson Hospitality and HNA Sweden Hospitality Management AB—an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of HNA Tourism Group—to acquire 50.21 percent of Radisson’s shares. The acquisition was facilitated through Aplite Holdings AB, with 87,552,187 shares trading to the consortium for 35 Swedish Crowns per share, or US$3.86. John M. Kidd, CEO and COO for Radisson Hospitality, was in Asia for the closing and was unavailable for comment as of press time. He issued the following statement instead: “This marks yet another incredible...
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Amsterdam named the most attractive European city for hotel investment

Investors have named Amsterdam as the most attractive European city for hotel investment for the third year in a row, according to the 2018 European Hotel Investment Survey from Deloitte. The findings, based on responses from 122 senior hospitality figures from across the world, are revealed ahead of the 30th annual European Hotel Investment Conference taking place in London this week. Investors go Dutch for the third year; London climbs to the second Amsterdam continues to be seen as the most attractive hotel investment destination in Europe, with more than a third of respondents (34 per cent) ranking the Dutch capital top....
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Canopy by Hilton Opens Doors in Croatian Capital

ZAGREB and MCLEAN, Va. – Today, Canopy by Hilton, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) lifestyle hotel brand, announces the official opening of its first hotel in continental Europe, Canopy by Hilton Zagreb. The hotel, which joins Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik in the brand’s European portfolio, is situated in the heart of Croatia’s capital, near the city’s main rail station and the upcoming Branimir Centar shopping mall. Guests can grab a complimentary Canopy Bike and explore the many nearby attractions, where there are shops, restaurants, and nightlife in every direction. With more museums per capita than any city in the world(1), and with...
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