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HOFTEL is releasing a series of webinars which focus on the impact of Covid-19 on hotel owners. In this series, we interview our members and hear about their experiences first hand.

In this edition we talk to four of our Middle East and Indian Ocean members: RAK Hospitality, SBK Holdings, ADNH and Morteza Capital about:

  • How their hotels have been affected
  • How the banks have reacted
  • What support they have received from brands
  • Creative solutions to increase revenue
  • The role of franchising on recovery
  • The future outlook

We also include a  discussion with Dentons on the pros and cons of a franchised model compared to a managed hotel.

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00:00:00 – Owners in Conversation 
Alison Grinnell, CEO, RAK Hospitality
Luca Bandecchi, Vice Chairman Hospitality, SBK Holding

00:25:20 – CEO Interview
Khalid Anib, CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

00:37:16 – Outlook in the Maldives
Ghaly Murthala, Founder and Managing Director, Morteza Capital

00:49:02 – Franchise vs Management in a Time of Crisis
Babette Märzheuser-Wood, Partner, Dentons

HOFTEL is a place where you meet senior people from other hotel property investors, across virtually every brand and from every corner of the globe, and talk about issues that interest all of us.”

Gabriel Petersen Blackstone