Toasteroid: writing on toast


Everybody knows the saying: Have breakfast like a king, lunch as a prince and dine as a beggar. No meal is more important that your breakfast, reason enough to make it as fun as possible. The Toasteroid, a smart, app-controlled toaster will imprint text and images onto bread. We think it might be a great gimmick for hotels at their breakfast buffet! read more

Jupiler’s ‘Refilltje’, a smart beer coaster


Jupiler introduces a beer coaster with a little slit in it. You can put the refilltje on your glass the moment you’re ready for a refill. So no more waiting times, the waiters will bring a new beer immediately! read more

World’s largest indoor theme park opens in Dubai


The world’s largest indoor theme park opens its doors at the end of August in Dubai: IMG Worlds Of Adventure. The completely indoor park consists of 28 football fields, with 17 rollercoasters, a cinema and live shows. read more

The world’s largest hammock in Scheveningen



Cool initiative on the hottest day of the year in the Netherlands: record attempt for the world’s largest hammock. Today at 12 am the hammock is open for public at the Indigo Beach Club at the Zwarte Pad in Scheveningen. The current world record is a hammock of 20 meters in the U.S.A. The hammock in Scheveningen is going to be 22 meters long and 10 meters wide. Promoters and those who will relax in it: have fun!!! read more

Samara by Airbnb, this think tank starts an urban planning project


Airbnb announced its innovation lab called Samara, whose first project is a novel community centre. The first community centre will be located in the city Yoshino in Japan. The first building can be seen at the House Vision exhibition in Tokyo this summer, and will be relocated to Yoshino to open in October. We wonder when we will be able to visit these kinds of community centres and community Airbnb’s in other countries. read more

Unique pictures with the magic photomirror


Are you throwing a party or getting married and do you want to give your guests an original photo to remember the night? Than the magic photomirror might be what you’re looking for. An interactive experience where your guest is photographed on a fun, unique and original way. read more

Unique cutlery for your restaurant


Over the years chefs have distinguished themselves with the presentation of their dishes at the most beautiful plates and in cups. We’ve seen the craziest and most creative plates pass by. Now in addition to the creative set of plates, we will also be able to choose from the unique collection of cutlery of the ‘Steinbeisser Collection’. This unique cutlery is developed by 35 different International artists. It took them 4 years to design and develop this collection. read more

Trends we spotted this week – week 33


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At Horecatrends we spot a lot of national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write articles about, the smaller trends we use in our column ‘Trends we spotted this week’. This week French fries served with soft ice cream, and a six course dinner served in a dumpster.

If you like to read the whole article, click the title. Enjoy reading! read more

The Modbar: coffee machine with ‘taps’


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Without eye contact no hospitality. But in most coffee shops and restaurants they use those great baristas machines where the barista barely has the opportunity to stay in contact with the guest. To change this two Americans introduced the Modbar, one of the most advanced coffee systems in the world. With success because next to a lot of coffee shops in the USA and the UK we spotted the Modbar also in the Netherlands. First at coffee bar deli Roekoekoe, FG Restaurant in Rotterdam recently was the first restaurant with the Modbar. read more

Barco Escape: experience a movie with a panorama view


Another reason to go see a movie in the cinema! Lot of chances in the last couple of years in the movie and cinema world. The public started to enjoy watching movies at home but with these developments they successfully lure the public back in the cinema! With the IMAX screens, 3D movies, virtual reality and now Barco Escape movies, the cinema offers a whole new movie experience. No ‘normal’ cinema from a single screen, with Barco Escape you will be drawn in the story. This due to two additional screens that are attached at the main screen in an angle of circa 140 degrees, a panoramic view.

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Bed time stories


  • Worry Dolls by the Omni hotel La Mansion del Rio
  • Fa-Raon (Bristol Hotel Paris)
  • Poem Palace Hotel Dubai
  • Fa-Raon (Bristol Hotel Paris)

The ultimate bed time stories to read in hotels are stories which takes place in the hotel….. Don’t you agree? We once philosophized about starting our own hotel and one of the ideas that came up was writing a story which took place in the vicinity of the hotel. And sending this story to every guest two weeks prior to their arrival, to enhance the anticipation. Imagine the kind of stories that could be written about your hotel or the hotel you love to visit as a loyal guest. We haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying such an idea as guest yet but it’s quite interesting to see what is done with storytelling in the hospitality industry.

We made a small list with successful storytelling examples! read more

Too Good To Go…


The Too Good To Go app lets you eat food which restaurants normally throw in the bin at the end of the service. Take away from your favourite restaurants for next to nothing: that’s the idea behind this new app and meanwhile preventing food waste! read more

Playground WIP/WAP beer – create your own unique beer


One box, two beers and a unique flavour. That, in a nutshell is the WIP/WAP beer from the VandeStreek brewers in Utrecht (the Netherlands).

WIP/WAP beer is created to mix, that’s why they are sold in one box. WIP, the White IPA has the fruity and fresh aroma of American hops, is full of flavour through the wheat and thirst-quenching as a white beer. WAP, the oaked Barley Wine is high in alcohol and has a full, round flavour. Create your own beer by mixing both beers and be surprised by the balance. read more

Great examples of how to use the Olympic Games in your benefit


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We have seen quite a few examples of restaurants, hotels and leisure centres using the Olympics in their benefit. The Olympic Experience on the beach of Scheveningen is a great example. As well as storytelling in advertisings! One of the best is probably the Olympic anthem of Samsung.

We checked the web to see what has been organized in the hospitality and leisure world with the Olympics in mind.

Did you spot other great examples or did you organise an inspiring Olympic event? Let us know, we like to complete our list! read more

Trends we spotted this week – week 32


  • Trends in het kort

At Horecatrends we spot a lot of national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write articles about, the smaller trends we use in our column ‘Trends we spotted this week’. This week among others about a rooftop bar in London you will be able to sip a cocktail in the nude and Yannick Alléno about fermentation to enrich his sauces.

If you like to read the whole article, click the title. Enjoy reading! read more

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