KINGSTAIRS | Burger King gave away free Whoppers in the Bronx

17-1-2020

To celebrate the DVD release of the movie Joker, Burger King gave away free Whoppers delivered to residents of the Bronx in New York City. This because they have been suffering through tourists from all over the world climbing the ‘Joker stairs’ on Shakespeare Avenue! Burger King said anyone living in the same borough as the now-famous stairs could get a free Whopper delivered by Uber Eats until January 12 if they used the code KINGSTAIRS.

Another example of a viral marketing campaign to promote a local happening. So if your city has its own special circumstances….. like a famous Instagram spot, use it to promote your product through social media. And we all know that residents in cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris etc. ‘suffer’ due to the influx of tourism. Play with it!    

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Trends we spotted | Week 3

16-1-2020

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At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about Selfridges that has a café with an adult-sized slide in its window and about Lets Golf!, they transformed the city of Groningen into a minigolf park.

During the Hotelnacht (the hotel night) 2020 in Amsterdam (the 18th of January) you can participate at Taiko Bar’s Asian Karaoke Night at the Conservatorium hotel. Or visit the Pulitzer x Lindt during the Hotelnacht 2020. They’re creating a chocolate heaven!

In December the first vegan cheese shop opened in Amsterdam and in London a pop-up cheese-themed hotel will open! An idea by Café Rouge.

Le Prestine in Antwerp, the new restaurant for Sergio Herman is looking for staff, they will open this April. Also a link to ‘The Jungle Bubble by Anantara’ in Thailand, watching elephants from your bed and bubble! And inspiration for a children’ playground from Beijing, the Baoyan Park Children’s Entertainment Park. 

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Alternative to the breakfast buffet

3-12-2019

A blog by Marjolein van Spronsen about sustainable breakfasts in hotels. She no longer believes in large buffets and recently came across a nice solution.

For years I have been surprised by the lavish breakfast buffets in hotels, with cooking islands where your eggs, pancakes, waffles, French toast and so on, are prepared freshly. International hotels prepare the most incredible dishes for their guests, smoked salmon is almost always available and sometimes even oysters. More than enough choices for everyone! Now however, I have reached an age where I tend to eat less, and if I look at what others get stuffed on their plates, I am always surprised! I sometimes even have the urge to point out to my fellow buffet users that the pancakes with maple leaf syrup don’t have to be on the same plate with their salmon.

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Trends we spotted | Week 46

15-11-2019

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other a link to an article about Blend 32 Kitchen & Bar in the Hilton Groenplaats in Antwerp, Belgium. And we spotted the Ben Nevis beer by the Northern Monk Brewery, priced at £1,000 for 330ml!

Accor, the world-leading hospitality group and the Alibaba Group recently announced a strategic collaboration to develop a series of digital applications and loyalty programs to improve the consumer and traveller experience over the next five years. And did you ever taste green caviar?

Barcelona-based Glovo, one of the world’s fastest-growing on-demand delivery players, recently announced that it has acquired Poland’s largest food delivery platform, Pizza Portal. And did you already tried the Rebel Whopper at one of the Burger King locations in Europe?

And a link to an article about The “Restaurant Industry 2030” report, on which the National Restaurant Association partnered with American Express and Nestlé Professional, examined the key indicators shaping the future of the industry. And Heineken joins mayor beer companies with ditching the plastic 6-pack rings.

In Seoul, Stylenanda’s store sells makeup, clothing and accessories in a five-floor space inspired by the hotel and hospitality experience. Deliveroo launched a ‘Pickup’ service in the UK.

For Christmas inspiration we invite you to check these two articles about the ‘floating’ tree at Liberty, London and the Serra Alpina at Eataly NYC Flatiron. Nhow Amsterdam RAI will open its doors in the first quarter of 2020, this month they organized a Nhow Crew Fest!

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Trends we spotted | Week 45

8-11-2019

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about the new Equinox Hotel in Hudson Yards in New York and Illycaffè will launch aluminium coffee capsules in 2020 in the UK.

Some news from the packaging front, we spotted Nada Grocery Store in Vancouver where you have to bring your own packaging and Nestlé’s Häagen-Dazs brand is partnering with recycling organization Terracycle on a disruptive home delivery service by the name of ‘Loop’. Together they will launch reusable packaging for delivery.

In London MontaMonta collects spent coffee grounds at cafés to creates a scrub! And we spotted an article with video in which Ercan Steakhouse smokes a whole camel!  

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Amsterdam Noord has its own sustainable YOTEL for techsavvy travelers

4-11-2019

  • Yotel Amsterdam Cabins - credits Ashkan Mortezapour Photography
  • Yotel Amsterdam Cabins - credits Ashkan Mortezapour Photography
  • Yotel Amsterdam Cabins - credits Ashkan Mortezapour Photography

Today, Monday 4 November YOTEL, the innovative global hotel brand for smart, techsavvy travelers, will open its doors in Amsterdam Noord. Complete with an all-day dining concept, a stunning deck and a one of a kind outdoor cinema, the 202-cabin hotel offers a slick experience enhanced by clever use of technology and sustainable design at a surprisingly affordable price. The brand’s first hotel in mainland Europe, YOTEL Amsterdam Noord is at the epicentre of the up-and-coming Buiksloterham neighbourhood, built on the sunny bank of the Tolhuis Canal. Home to start-ups and creative businesses, the area is also brimming with hip bars, experimental festivals and modern architecture, making it an ideal base for modern travelers.

We wrote a couple of articles about YOTEL and this brand is expanding in a fast pace, next year they will open their first YOTELPAD, YOTEL’s name for condo, which will open in Park City (ski resort in Utah), followed by Mammoth (2021, ski resort in California) and Miami (2021). These pads will be located in city centre and resort locations.  Guests will be welcomed in private PADs which are the epitome of efficiency.

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Trends we spotted | Week 44

1-11-2019

  • trends we spotted this week

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about the Michelin stars for 2020 in the USA, a list of the 14 restaurants with 3 stars. And following California, New York will also ban Foie Gras by 2022. 

A cool promotion for a ski Area! A huge ski helmet was spotted in Rotterdam, you could interactive experience the famous Austrian ski area Ischgl in wintertime here! And Stella Artois launched a ‘black lager’ for the winter season on Halloween. 

We know who’s going to design the Christmas tree of the Claridge’s hotel in London! We still think it’s a great opportunity for local designers and hotels to seek some free publicity. Most certainly if you give a party the day you will light the tree some hotels combine this with a donation to a local charity.  

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New, healthy and sustainable restaurant concept for IKEA launched in Amsterdam

21-10-2019

  • Gezond en duurzaam restaurant concept van IKEA in Amsterdam
  • Gezond en duurzaam restaurant concept van IKEA in Amsterdam
  • Gezond en duurzaam restaurant concept van IKEA in Amsterdam
  • Gezond en duurzaam restaurant concept van IKEA in Amsterdam
  • Gezond en duurzaam restaurant concept van IKEA in Amsterdam
  • Gezond en duurzaam restaurant concept van IKEA in Amsterdam

IKEA Amsterdam has opened its completely renovated restaurant last week. It is the first IKEA store in the world to implement the new concept: a different set-up and new dishes should inspire customers even more to eat healthier and more sustainable food. For example, there are now various stations with, among other dishes, fresh smoothies and sandwiches. IKEA also serves dishes such as a salad with vegetarian balls. In the new format there is more room for contact between customers and employees of the IKEA restaurants as the dishes are prepared on the spot.

We’re curious whether dishes from the ‘IKEA SPACE10 Lab’ will be on the menu! We wrote about this initiative at the beginning of 2018, in which they told that they also investigated the possibilities of alternative ingredients such as algae and insects.

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Trends we spotted | Week 42

21-10-2019

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among others a link to an article about Les Alchimistes in Paris, a great video by BBC about a food waste project.

The art of ‘tallado’ will be shown in London on Thursday 14th November during the UK’s first Ibérico Ham Carving Championships organized by Brindisa.  And at two Michelin stars restaurant Zaranda in Mallorca they’ve a special way to present their bill!

And yet another product covered in 24-Karat gold! Check out which product and why!

The Dutch are also known for their snacks around cocktail time, in the southern city of Den Bosch, ‘We Are Food’ created the longest ‘vegetarian snack board’ with products from the surroundings!

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Neapolitan pizza conquers (Hilton) Amsterdam

17-10-2019

  • An original Neopolitan pizza
  • Pizzachef Dario Guerrasio from Napels at Hilton Amsterdam

Hilton Amsterdam introduces exclusive Neapolitan pizza in combination with champagne. The classic among pizzas is put on the menu of their Half Moon Lounge. The contemporary combination with bubbles gives the original simple street food from Naples a gastronomic touch. Special pizza & champagne variations are served until 14th of November 2019 for 20 euros per person, including a glass of prosecco.

Nice and tasty, eating original Neapolitan pizza with bubbles at the Hilton Amsterdam! What kind of originals do you serve for a reasonable price?

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