DOT Groningen presents the largest Christmas bauble in the world despite COVID-19

16-11-2020

  • The biggest Christmas Bauble in the world by DOT credits Melvin Jonker
  • DOT Groningen - de grootste kerstbal ter wereld - credits Deon Prins

The largest Christmas bauble in the world will rise again this year in Groningen. On Sunday December 6th, starting at 5:00 PM, no less than 6,000 LED lights will be lit at DOT Groningen. The initiators  worked for weeks to get the lights and a completely new “Christmas bauble hook” ready on time and to attach them to their dome. The dome, with a diameter of 26 meters and a height of 19 meters, is the largest Christmas bauble in the world.

In addition to good food and drinks, DOT is a multifunctional company, where hospitality and variety in the programming for young and old are central. And the initiators also came up with a Drive-Thru-experience for this year and together with three other authentic restaurants they created the #ChristmasBaubleBox: The culinary December gift for companies and for families at home.

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CityHub just opened its first international location in Copenhagen

3-11-2020

  • CityHub Kopenhagen
  • CityHub Kopenhagen
  • CityHub Kopenhagen
  • CityHub Kopenhagen

CityHub, the award-winning champion of smart city travel, opened its first international location on the 8th October 2020 in the diverse Vesterbro neighbourhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. CityHub Copenhagen marks the beginning of CityHub’s European rollout, following recent global financing from Dutch banks NIBC and ABN Amro.

 CityHub Copenhagen is our largest location yet, and the first milestone towards international development. A city known for its pioneering design and hospitality excellence, Copenhagen is a perfect fit for the brand,” asserts CityHub Co-founder Pieter van Tilburg. lees verder

Trends we spotted | Week 44

2-11-2020

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

With this week, links to articles about the hotel arrangement by Hotels.com offering a place to literally ‘hide under a rock’ during the 2020 presidential election. Although we hope that everybody allowed to vote will support their candidate!

The Former chief design officer at Apple will design ‘the next generation of Airbnb products’ and a link to an article about The ‘Don’t Call Me Chicken’ pizza by California Pizza Kitchen.

In New York the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop will open, it will be the first ZHI restaurant and they will be offering a special crossover. Also serving a crossover is Papa John’s: Double Cheeseburger Pizza!

Sensory Inc., an artificial intelligence provider in Silicon Valley, is debuting the alpha release of its artificial intelligence enabled virtual assistant. No more touchscreens at kiosks! And as flying taxis inch closer to reality, companies are scrambling to develop infrastructure.

‘Gordon Ramsey Burger’ will soon be available at Harrods, it’s the second location of his gourmet burger restaurant, the first one is in Las Vegas. And Japanese robots serve soft ice cream!

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Nxt Museum | The first new media art museum in the Netherlands

16-10-2020

  • Biometric Mirror by Lucy McRae and Dr Niels Wouters. Part of the inaugural exhibition at Nxt Museum, Shifting Proximities © Peter Tijhuis
  • Habitat by Heleen Blanken with Naivi and Stijn van Beek. Part of the inaugural exhibition at Nxt Museum, Shifting Proximities. © Heleen Blanken
  • Dimensional Sampling #1 by Yuxi Cao (James). Part of the inaugural exhibition at Nxt Museum, Shifting Proximities. © Peter Tijhuis
  • Dimensional Sampling #1 by Yuxi Cao (James). Part of the inaugural exhibition at Nxt Museum, Shifting Proximities. © Peter Tijhuis
  • Dimensional Sampling #1 by Yuxi Cao (James). Part of the inaugural exhibition at Nxt Museum, Shifting Proximities. © Peter Tijhuis
  • Distortions in Spacetime by Marshmallow Laser Feast. Part of the inaugural exhibition at Nxt Museum, Shifting Proximities. © Marshmallow Laser Feast

Opened on August 29, Nxt Museum in Amsterdam. Visitors can immerse themselves in the futuristic world of the first museum dedicated to New Media Art in the Netherlands. Their inaugural exhibition is ‘Shifting Proximities’. The museum is located in the up-and-coming North of Amsterdam and it presents eight large-scale, multi-sensory art installations, four of which have been commissioned by and are premiering at Nxt Museum. Each of the multi-disciplinary installations has been created in collaboration with local and international artists, designers, technologists, scientists and musicians, fusing creative ideas with pioneering academic research and technological innovation.

For those who love new art installations the Nxt Museum is a new ‘must visit’ museum in Amsterdam. So the moment you can safely travel to Amsterdam after Covid this museum must be on your bucket list! We have really enjoyed our visit to the Van Gogh exhibition in the museum L’Atelier des Lumières in Paris, an art installation that gave an insight in a couple of paintings with technology. The first exhibition in Nxt Museum looks much more futuristic though! In the first couple of weeks they welcomed some 4.500 people to enjoy the installations.

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Great Scotland Yard hotel | Announced a ‘Grand Unlocking’ this September

1-9-2020

  • Great Scotland Yard hotel in London
  • The 40 Elephants, the destination bar of the Great Scotland Yard hotel in London
  • Great Scotland Yard hotel in London

The Great Scotland Yard hotel, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt is one of London’s top 5* hotels and has announced plans to reopen with a ‘Grand Unlocking’ on Monday 7th September. The hotel is located in Westminster. The re-opening of the hotel will coincide with the launch of a new seasonal snack menu alongside its signature cocktail menu at The 40 Elephants, the destination bar in the heart of the hotel, which will be open to both guests and the public throughout the week.

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Trends we spotted | Week 35

28-8-2020

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

With this week, a link to an article about the changing view on hospitality due to the pandemic, apps are getting more and more important. But also a campaign by Airbnb in the USA to offer online experiences at home, led by artists around the world.

Great design for the new Starbucks location in the Circles Ginza Building in Tokyo, it features a ‘Smart Lounge’ to work in! And are you a member of a book club that had to stop meeting because of the pandemic? Check out the online ‘Words & Wines’ book club!

Just Salad is the first U.S. restaurant chain that carbon labelled its menu. London has a the first float-in cinema in the UK and in the V&A museum an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ exhibit will open March 2021, fall down the rabbit hole! 

A glimpse inside the new Felix Roasting Co., known for its specialty coffee (like theespresso tonic’ and the hickory-smoked s’mores latte), at 104 Green Street in SoHo!

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THE TOKYO TOILET Project | Transforming 17 public toilets in Shibuya

27-8-2020

  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu(Katayama) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu(Katayama) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu-higashi(Maki) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu-higashi(Maki) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Haruno-ogawa(Ban) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Haruno-ogawa(Ban) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Yoyogi-Fukamachi(Ban) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Higashi Sanchome(Tamura) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation

The Nippon Foundation has launched THE TOKYO TOILET project to build public toilets that can be used by anyone. The project will build new toilets at 17 locations in Shibuya, Tokyo, as a way of moving toward the realization of a society that embraces diversity. Some toilets have been available for use by the general public since August 5.

A great project concerning public toilets which most people always try to avoid using! We wonder whether this project can make a difference and if it does, who’s going to create ‘Toilet projects’ in the rest of the world? It might be a great sponsoring project for design and architectural firms in collaboration with city councils and a cleaning company.

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Trends we spotted | Week 34

24-8-2020

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

This week, among other links to articles about healthy, immunity boosting shots whose popularity are growing rapidly. And we spotted a new environmentally friendly bentobox made from cocoa been peels which looks great for high end take-away meals!

For those who want to visit a corona-proof cinema, the ice cream company Blue Bunny created a food truck with outdoor movie screen! We would love to see a food truck like that next summer in the Netherlands!

We spotted a lot of new hard seltzers on the Dutch market this summer, with the latest addition, White Claw from the USA! Coca Cola will also release a Hard-Seltzer in the USA and we even spotted a Cannabis infused hard seltzer by Rebel Coast Winery.

In Seattle citizenM opened a new hotel, with a link to images at the website of concrete Amsterdam.  And we spotted another opening: the Sour Patch Kids store that will soon open for all candy lovers in New York!

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Trends we spotted | Week 31

30-7-2020

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

This week, among other links to articles about the Robot Rosé that delivers wine to your room at hotel Trio in California and about a sustainable wine bottle made for 94% out of paper.

Select Palladium Hotel Group properties in the U.S.A. offer free medical insurance to guests and The new Tony’s Chocolonely Super Store is located in the heart of Amsterdam at the Beurs Building. With a video of the theme park they’re developing!

Pentatonic is a design and technology company that makes purpose from waste, they created furniture and textiles out of store waste for Starbucks and last year they created the Burger King Meltdown in the UK.

 We spotted a new hotel brand: the LyvInn, an extended-stay and transient hospitality concept and initial locations for this brand include Amsterdam. And an interesting read about apps trying to solve the surplus, here in the Netherlands we know ‘Too good to go’ but for example the app Karma makes an extra effort to prevent products going to waste.

For those living in London: there are about 45 Michelin star restaurants where you can eat out and pay partly with the ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ discount.

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Trends we spotted | Week 30

24-7-2020

  • trends we spotted this week

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

This week, among other links to articles about the ultimate post-lockdown party at East Asian Kitchen & Bar Lan Kwai Fong in london and ‘Cinéma sur l’Eau’ in Paris.

In the Chicago area, the fast food brand white Castle will start testing their Flippy ROAR (ROAR stand for Robot On A Rail) and in London at Fitzpark we spotted the parklets, created by Arup.  A high quality temporary space!

The Indian company Techmax Solution created a touchless elevator panel to fight against COVID-19 and in Stockholm a developer has made a new social distancing app for drinkers, called Byevid, it will help people track pub crowds in real time.

The Dutch solar designer Marjan van Aubel has introduced solar panels that look as if they are made from stained glass, as part of The Netherlands’ pavilion for the World Expo 2021 in Dubai. And IKEA will start selling their Swedish plant-bases meatballs this summer.      

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