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As the world waits for a new normalcy, travel is everyone’s number one wish: Voivenel

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Dubai has set an example for the whole world with the way it quickly returned its borders and economy to invite international travelers while creating homegrown tourism, said an industry master.

Laurent A Voivenel, Senior Vice President – Operations and Development, EMEA and India; Senior Vice President – Group Human Resources and Talent Development, Swiss-Belhotel International was speaking at the Global Hotel Data Conference organized by STR.

Speaking on the Middle East and Africa Executive Panel, Voivenel featured how Dubai’s tourism strategy is paying off. He stated: “We have all experienced an unprecedently challenging year. Nonetheless, travel is everybody’s main desire as the world waits for the new normal. What is commendable is the way Dubai is getting tourism back on track with its favorable to active approaches, advanced technology, and preventive measures to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are very grateful to the authorities for making the vaccine available so rapidly and readily to all of us. We are sure, with the vaccine right now being rolled out, Expo starting on first October and the UAE’s 50th year celebrations, a bounce back will happen, and hotel performance matrices will start to get back to a lot healthier levels before the end of 2021.”

Talking about the future possibilities for the hospitality business, Voivenel said: “Vision 2040 is absolutely remarkable and will open new freedoms for our industry by supporting Dubai’s seriousness as a global destination.”

Remarking on the latest business trendy expressions, for example, ‘Work-cation’ Voivenel said: “Joining business with pleasure isn’t new yet is presently turning out to be increasing normal practice. Work from Home (WFH) has taken another meaning for example Work from Hotel. In the case of working distantly, why not do it from a pool side or a beach and appreciate a change of view. Hotels in Dubai have rushed to join the pattern.”

“Essential to recuperation is understanding and reacting to shoppers’ changing behaviors. Zoom stylist, business stewards, mentors for children contemplating on the web are only a portion of the administrations that hotels could offer visitors on a ‘work-ation’,” he added.


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