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December 2017
Hotel Developments Need to Measure Wellbeing Investment - RLA Group CEO’s speech at the Inspire Summit Four Seasons Miami
December 2017

Roger Allen, RLA Group CEO presented at the 6th Annual Inspire Summit - Luxury Hospitality Conference, held at Four Seasons Hotel Miami 4-5th December 2017. The presentation was titled “Wellbeing Hospitality®, The Mega-Trend Hotels & Resorts Cannot Afford to Ignore” and addressed the effect of strategically planned broad-based wellbeing activities on the success of a resort hotel and how they can influence the value of real estate. However, it is of vital importance that hotel stakeholders ‘look at actual measurable returns on wellbeing investments as opposed to providing a product without any expectation!’ 

Roger provided some case study examples to illustrate the financial impact on hotel performance but warned that there is no cookie cutter approach and hotels need to up their game and move beyond brand given guests now have new expectations and expect differentiated and specialised experiences. 

The Inspire Summit was a well-attended event with delegates from throughout the hospitality and tourism industry and provided a rich source of information on the latest developments and future trends on the market and tomorrows luxury traveler.

For more information visit the ILHA Conference website.





November 2017
Leisure Hotels Should be Considered as Own Asset Class
November 2017

’Leisure hotels as own asset class’ was the topic of the panel discussion led by Roger Allen, RLA Group CEO at the 10th International Hotel Investment & Design Club Forum, at the Palais Hansen Kempinski in Vienna 9th November 2017. The leading industry conference for hotel investors, developers and operators in CEE and SEE inspired this year's delegates of hotel and tourism industry experts.

Leisure hotels for the purpose of the discussion were defined as hotels that have TRevPAR as the major contributor to the financial performance of the asset as opposed to the traditional RevPAR approach. Some of the key 'Leisure hotels as own asset class' discussion points included: 
- Leisure hotels are very different propositions to city hotels. Much more complex and challenging to operate. 
- They have many more moving parts and are much more difficult finance. 
- Traditional hotel financial management styles are restrictive and require a different approach compared to that of a city hotel property where performance is largely driven by rooms performance. 
- Applying a traditional financial management approach to a leisure hotel is like ‘trying to put square pegs in round holes’ and does not provide the most accurate way of evaluating performance. 

A vote was cast at the end of the debate by the panel on the question of ‘should leisure hotels be considered their own asset class’? The panel voted 4-1 in favor of Leisure Hotels being their own asset class! This debate will surely continue given differentiating perspectives depending on if you are an owner, investor or operator.

Pictured from the Left: The panel moderator Roger Allen, Group CEO - RLA and the expert panel featuring Dr. Richard von Kalmar, RLA - Director Hospitality Investment, Silvija Lovreta, Director South Eastern Europe - Marriott, Ulf Pleschiutschnig, Managing Director - Morgan Stanley, Otmar Michaeler, CEO - Falkensteiner Michaeler Tourism Group, Kenneth Hatton, Senior VP Global Development, Belmond.
For more information visit International Hotel Investment & Design Club Forum. 





November 2017
An innovative approach to how wellbeing investments should add value to a development
November 2017

Roger Allen, RLA Group CEO is to hold a session about “Wellbeing Hospitality®, The Mega-Trend Hotels & Resorts Cannot Afford to Ignore” at the 6th Annual Luxury Hospitality Conference, in Miami on 5 December 2017. This event is a real game changer, a lavishing source of information on the latest developments and future trends on the market.  

Among others, Roger will talk about that it has become inconceivable for any hospitality asset not to tailor the planning and operations according to its future guests’ wellbeing. Holistic approach, interconnected wellbeing attractions and services are vital to a unique hospitality experience which is now an expectation.

Join Roger in Miami to obtain a trend setting experience, and to stay relevant to today's luxury traveler.

For more information, please visit the ILHA conference website



November 2017
Millennial Mindset: Gearing Your Wellness Program to Attract the Young at Heart
November 2017

Lynn Curry, President and Co-Owner, RLA USA LLC participated in the panel discussion about how properties are courting those guests who prefer choices with no limits at HX, the largest hospitality show in North America, on 12 November.

What does wellness mean to a Millenial? How is that different from GenX and Boomers? Do Millenial guests care about brands? Among many others these questions were discussed in a lively conversation at the event. Two of the key findings of the conversation were that flexible wellness solutions, innovative and creative initiatives are key to meet the expectations of those “young at heart”. Furthermore, they want the location, and if a brand is in that location, they may have a good perception about the brand, but they will talk about the experience.

HX was held in New York City, gave attendees a 360° impression of the guest experience, and was catered to hotel owners, GMs, and hospitality property executives from resorts, through independent and branded hotels, to management and purchasing companies and more. 

For more information, please visit the 
HX event website.




November 2017
Asset Value Optimization is among RLA’s competencies
November 2017

Wellbeing assets such as wellness, spa, fitness and sport facilities in hotels, mixed-use and residential developments traditionally underperform, and as such investors often refer to them as lazy assets. RLA’s Asset Value Optimization solution is designed for optimizing profitability of wellbeing assets, giving hotel owners, investors and asset managers an independent resource to drive the economic interests with high level expertise for quick results.

What makes RLA different on the market? We understand the entire width of the leisure and wellbeing spectrum within hospitality and that we are dedicated and focused on this area alone.

Would you like to know more about Asset Value Optimization? Please visit the relevant competency page
here.





November 2017
What investors want – an interview with Roger Allen in the 60th edition of European Spa Magazine
November 2017

“Investors want absolute transparency about how spa activities will bring value to the real estate and that is what drips down to the bottom line performance. All of the data that is available at the moment in terms of spa is top-line related and driven. Investors are looking at what value is brought to the asset, which is, essentially, profit and cash – whether that is the land, the bricks and mortar or the hotel itself. It is also really important for owners and investors to have a clear understanding of what they consider to be wellbeing and hospitality activities and avoid making emotion-led decisions. 

For me, the future is providing greater clarity for investors so that any data on spa and wellbeing provides meaningful input for how these activities will ultimately impact a developer’s return." - says Roger Allen, ISHC, RLA Group CEO in the interview.

For further details, please visit the European Spa Magazine website.





October 2017
How wellbeing hospitality® impacts real estate development - RLA Group CEO’s speech at the Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Investment Forum (MR&H)
October 2017

Today Roger Allen presented the impact of wellbeing hospitality® on real estate development at the Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Investment Forum, in Tarragona, Spain. MR&H Forum is a meeting place for international audience of senior professionals involved in real estate, mixed-use, infrastructure, investment and hotel transactions in the Mediterranean region.

Other strategic areas such as “The Keys to Successful Destination Development”, "Developing or Re-Positioning Mixed-Use Resorts: Ensuring Projects Make Financial Sense", and "Operational Strategies" were also covered by various key influencers on the market. In his presentation Roger talked about how wellbeing hospitality as an overarching approach can help investors, developers and operators to successfully position projects for current and emerging real estate development opportunities.

For more information, please visit the
MR&H website.





October 2017
RLA Group CEO speaks at École Hôtelière de Lausanne
October 2017

„Scaling-up success” was the title of the lively panel discussion in which RLA Group CEO, Roger Allen participated today at the École Hôtelière de Lausanne Career Fair. Together with Asim Hussein, Co-founder, Blacksheep Restaurants, Chloé Chapuis, Marketing Analyst, Abionic, and Matthias Vanoni, CEO and Co-founder Biowatch. The moderation was facilitated by Lois Siggen Lopez of the Swiss National Television.

Topics addressed included the complexities of scaling-up a business and the differentiating entrepreneurial mindset.

EHL is widely renowned as the best hotel management school in the world and event included Four Seasons Hotels, The Peninsula Hotels, Accor Hotels with over 160 company participating in the event. Over 900 students in hospitality management had the chance to meet the representatives of these companies and discuss the future with them and the industry experts in the panel discussion.

Pictured from the left: Roger Allen, CEO, RLA Group, Asim Hussein, Co-founder, Blacksheep Restaurants, Matthias Vanoni, CEO and Co-founder Biowatch, and Chloé Chapuis, Marketing Analyst, Abionic.

For more information visit École Hôtelière de Lausanne.




October 2017
Alex Slors Joins RLA's Senior Management Team
October 2017
RLA is delighted to announce Alex Slors as a new member to the company’s Senior Management.
"I look forward to working with RLA’s leadership and global team. I truly believe that the combination of RLA’s wellbeing hospitality expertise and my international hospitality experience particularly in asset management will be hugely beneficial to RLA’s business and clientele of hotel owners, developers and investors."
"I am privileged that Alex has joined our management and board since he is a proven expert and perfectly complements RLA’s global business by strategizing hospitality assets and serving our clients with decades of hotel experience at the highest level.” – said Roger Allen, RLA Group CEO.

Learn more about Alex Slors




October 2017
RLA Group CEO to speak at the Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum 2017 (MR&H)
October 2017

Under the umbrella of the “Economic and Investment Trends in the Mediterranean” section of the MR&H Forum Roger Allen will make a case study followed by a roundtable discussion that will look at the major resort components and how to address them for maximum returns.

MR&H Forum that is held between 16-18 October traditionally offers an exceptional program to an audience of 300+ senior decision makers and also gives an excellent opportunity for networking. Join him, and the other prominent speakers - Richard Bowden-Doyl, Executive Chairman, Neilson, Kate Dicker, Business Development Consultant, Worldwide Kids, Christian Michel, Vice President Development, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Luisa Rosselló, Investment Director, Invest Industrial (PortAventura) and Bob Puccini, President and CEO, Puccini Group - in PortAventura a leading European destination resort and enjoy the great speeches and discussions!

For more information, please visit the Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum's website.

 




October 2017
Global RLA Board Meeting was held in late September
October 2017

Formal meeting of the Global RLA Board was held last week of September. The objective of the business gathering was to analyze the achievements unlocked in 2017, and discuss the strategies and actions for the next financial year.

The leaders of RLA’s key competency areas shared their thoughts and agreed on the way forward. The key strategic objective is that RLA keeps continue to provide an integrated, full-service resource and wellbeing hospitality® expertise in the fullest scope to serve the best interests of our clients – investors, developers and operators – and their target audience.

 



September 2017
Launch of RLA's 5th International Wellness and Spa Tourism Monitor 2017
September 2017

Welcome to RLA's 5th International Wellness and Spa Tourism Monitor 2017 (IWSTM) benchmark survey!

RLA's IWSTM 2017 looks at how travel and tourism contributes to the operation and success of wellness and spa facilities and venues. Global trends and operational performance are also analysed in the assessment. The report that will be prepared based on the results will feature the geographical specialties and how wellness and spa operations may differ in terms of performance, guest mix and development alternatives.If you are one of our industry partners who operates or cooperates with a wellness or spa facility, you are kindly invited to join us and fill in the survey.

Traditionally, all information you share is handled confidentially. We share the key findings of the aggregated results with the partners who participate in the data collection. Reach the IWSTM online questionnaire by clicking the most suitable link below:
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Have your say! We look forward to receiving your reply!




September 2017
RLA Group CEO Takes Part in THINC Africa at the Cape Town Event
September 2017

RLA’s Roger Allen - RLA Group CEO recently spoke at the Tourism, Hotel, Investment & Networking Conference (THINC) Africa 2017 which was held August 30th and 31st August, at the FNB Portside Building, Cape Town, South Africa.

THINC Africa provides a unique platform to discuss the future of the tourism and hotel industry in the region. The event will bring together key decision makers, from across hotel development and investment markets, to explore the tremendous opportunities that the region presents and deliberate on how to mitigate the potential risks of hotel development in Africa.

Roger Allen took part in a thought provoking panel discussion titled ‘Alternative Hotels’, which explored the many realms of concepts that push the envelope beyond that of the traditional hotel thinking. The topic was moderated by Dimitris Mankis - Vice President Business Development, RCI Europe, Middle East and Africa and panelists include Bani Haddad - Founder and Managing Director, Aleph Hospitality, Kim Whitaker - CEO, Once Youth Hotels, Jonas Schwarz Lausten - Co-Owner & Co-Founder Nordic Hotels.

For More Information THINC Africa 2017

 



June 2017
The Stunning Edgewood Lake Tahoe Now Open
June 2017

Nestled along the pristine sandy shores of North America's largest Alpine lake The Lodge at Edgewood opened earlier this month. The luxury property is home to 154 rooms and suites, each boasting its own fireplace and private deck or terrace. The destination includes an 18-hole golf course and the Edgewood Restaurant which was recently selected as one of the "100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America for 2017" by OpenTable diners.

RLA USA President, Lynn Curry led the feasibility and design development for the 8500 s.f. wellbeing facilities at the property.

For more information visit The Lodge at Edgewood.

 



August 2017
Dr. Richard von Kalmar Joins RLA's Advisory Board
August 2017

RLA is pleased to announce Dr. von Kalmar as a new Member to the company Advisor Board. ‘’I’m delighted to be joining RLA’s Advisory Board and look forward to applying my years of experience in the finance, consulting and hospitality industries to RLA’s exciting future.’’ Commented Dr. von Kalmar.

"I am honoured that Dr. von Kalmar has joined the RLA Advisory board because he will add tremendous insight to global business, legal and financial trends that influence our company growth. Furthermore, Dr. von Kalmar’s tremendous experience of hospitality, finance and banking will prove very beneficial to our clients. " said Roger Allen, RLA Group CEO.

Learn more about Dr. von Kalmar.

 



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