Jaz Amsterdam Named Top Hotel In Netherlands

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Jaz Amsterdam Named Top Hotel In Netherlands

Last Updated
21 October 2019
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Jaz Amsterdam hits the highest note with well-deserved recognition from the Dutch Hotel Award 2019

A big congratulations to Jaz Amsterdam for winning the Dutch Hotel Award 2019, which they were formally presented with yesterday. This is a well-earned honour, and we hope they’re celebrating with that fresh and funky style the brand is famous for. (We’re sure they are!)

Jaz’s upbeat energy is so contagious, even the selection committee got into the groove. Their jury report sings for itself! Scroll down to see what they had to say.  

“Jaz in the City Amsterdam is jammin’ n jivin’ from A to Z! The management team exudes pride and a lot of fun. They are also committed and loyal to both the hotel and to each other. The General Manager, a.k.a. the Band Leader, Marjolein Bruschke, takes a step back to let her team shine, which is awesome! The presentation the team gave was original and definitely musical. There was live music in the elevator, and even a guitarist in a tuk-tuk! You can really see the future in this hotel in both the people and the concept. There was lots of tech. Even though they are part of a traditional hotel chain they know how to bend the rules to fit in the trendy brand.”

At QUO, we’re proud to have played a part in bringing Deutsche Hospitality’s hip new brand to centre stage, and we’re delighted to see them in the spotlight. Their one-of-a-kind tune befits the highest hospitality honour in the Netherlands – an award recognising a hotel that stands out from the crowd.

Need some Jaz in your life? Check them out here.

Recap of Thailand Tourism Forum 2019

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Recap of Thailand Tourism Forum 2019

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10 April 2020
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Bangkok’s 8th Annual Thailand Tourism Forum on Monday drew its largest crowd yet, with tickets selling out well in advance and the conference room at InterContinental holding an engaged, standing room-only crowd.

They gathered to hear provocative new ideas from thought leaders like Bill Barnett, of C9 Hotelworks; Supaluck Umpujh, of The Mall Group; and our own CEO, David Keen.

The mood was kept light through nine short Q&A presentations – one presenter who was celebrating a birthday even got a pie to the face. We see you, Eric Levy.

The topics covered were wide and vast. From the effects of new rail lines, to catering to new demographics of tourists, to innovations in room keys and more.

QUO CEO David Keen posed hard-hitting questions to Diethelm Travel CEO Stephan Roemer. The focus of their lively chat was the successes and shortcomings of tourism in the country. They explored whether success can be measured by the sheer volume of arriving tourists alone, how to repair an overwhelmed infrastructure in Bangkok, and how travel industry insiders can help enhance the reputation of Thailand.

Among the most interesting exchanges was a discussion about green tourism and the costs and challenges of developing the sector. Eric Ricaurte, CEO of Greenview, sat down with Central Group’s Sustainable Development GM Prae Piromya. They talked over projects that extend green tourism initiatives into the more far-flung provinces, such as a farmer’s market aimed at tourists in Udon Thani, and programs to teach visitors Thai weaving techniques in rural areas.

When all was said and done, the large group adjourned for a spirited networking session where the bubbly, craft beer, and conversation flowed well into the evening.

We’re looking forward to see how these industry players make good on their ideas this time next year. You can bet we’ll be in the audience.

A ‘Phist’ Bump for Island Sustainability

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A ‘Phist’ Bump for Island Sustainability

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10 April 2020
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The Phuket Hotels Association (PHA) is hosting a brand-new international forum this September.

Entitled ‘Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism’ – or PHIST, for short – the forum is planned in support of the region’s hospitality industry as it grapples with sustainability issues in the quest to secure its future.

The PHIST Forum 2018 will be hosted at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa on Monday, 24 September. The event is organised jointly by C9 Hotelworks and Greenview – two respected consultants in regional hospitality. The duo plans to bring together key stakeholders in South East Asia’s tourism and hospitality industry to explore solutions to mounting environmental concerns.

The information presented at PHIST forum will hold particular relevance for island hotspots such as Phuket, Koh Samui, Boracay, Bali and Phu Quoc. All sessions are free to attend, with upwards of 500 delegates expected.

Among the speakers at PHIST’s inaugural forum will be Six Senses’ Neil Jacobs, interviewed by QUO CEO David Keen in a talk entitled ‘Building a Green Monster – Hotel101’. The two seasoned experts will discuss the challenges hotel brands face as they struggle to embody the change they hope to see in the environments where they operate.

Several other talks and keynote addresses are also on the agenda. Visit the Phuket Hotels Association website to read more or to register for PHIST online.

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