Trends we spotted | Week 10


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  • North America's 50 Best Bars 2022North America's 50 Best Bars 2022
  • Hotels for Trees - credits A. MesureurHotels for Trees - credits A. Mesureur
  • Fletcher Hotel Rotterdam AirportFletcher Hotel Rotterdam Airport
  • Chefswissel Bentinck - v.l.n.r Kevin, Frank, MeesChefswissel Bentinck - v.l.n.r Kevin, Frank, Mees
  • Change of the presidential suites at Ritz-Carlton hotels in THE FIRST LADY SuitesChange of the presidential suites at Ritz-Carlton hotels in THE FIRST LADY Suites
  • Accor is opening hotels in China - The Fairmont Sanya Haitang BayAccor is opening hotels in China - The Fairmont Sanya Haitang Bay
  • Accor is opening hotels in China - Raffles at Galaxy MacauAccor is opening hotels in China - Raffles at Galaxy Macau

At 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’.

Featuring links this week to articles including the launch of North America’s 50 Best Bars, by Perrier and the presidential suites at some Ritz-Carlton hotels will be turned into First Lady suites, named after the series with the same name on SHOWTIME.

China is getting 350 new Accor hotels, divided among the various brands of Acccor. And if you are in Paris, drop by the Broadway Caffe where you can dine in an iconic yellow taxi and be seated a swings!

Fast Casual Restaurant Shake Shack is going to test whether letting people pay with cryptocurrency attracts more young visitors. And the Michelin Guide Germany this year has more stars than ever, a whopping 327 with a new 3 Michelin star restaurant, restaurant Schanz in Piesport!

DAD in London delivers vegan dishes for less than £5. All meals come in compostable packaging and are delivered by bicycle. And also in London, in Soho opened The Thin White Duke Bar, inspired by David Bowie.

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The launch of North America’s 50 Best Bars | sponsored by Perrier

50 Best will be landing in North America with a list for the first time in its history, with the launch of North America’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier. The awards will be held in New York City on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. The launch of North America’s 50 Best Bars will mark the first time since 2016 that 50 Best unveils a new bars list and awards program.

Change of presidential suites in THE FIRST LADY Suites as in the SHOWTIME anthology drama series

SHOWTIME and The Ritz-Carlton, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 brands, announced today a first-of-its-kind collaboration, reimagining the iconic concept of presidential suites in celebration of the new SHOWTIME anthology drama series THE FIRST LADY. Beginning in April, select Ritz-Carlton properties will feature presidential suites reimagined as The First Lady Suites, offering members of Marriott’s award-winning travel program, Marriott Bonvoy®, as well as the public a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the worlds of the First Ladies portrayed in the series. More in the press release, link in the title.

Accor is expanding its presence across Greater China with 350 hotels under development

Accor is advancing through 2022 with a continued focus on expanding its presence across Greater China, offering more hotels to travelers and loyalty members than ever before, from acclaimed brands such as Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel, MGallery, Pullman, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, and ibis. Accor’s new project signings in China reached an all-time high in 2021 – leading to more than 520 hotels now in operation and an additional 350 under development. Accor is also on track to drive even greater momentum and growth success this year. More in their press release, link in the title.

At the Broadway Caffe in Paris you can have dinner in a New York taxi!

In this article at Paris Secret images of the Broadway Caffe at the 112 Boulevard du Montparnasse in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. Here you can have dinner in a New York taxi! It is also possible to eat on swings. The yellow taxi enthroned in the middle of the establishment particularly attracts guests attention. Check out the images in the link in the title.

Shake Shack’ experiments with cryptocurrency

An article on Fast Casual about Shake Shack. They’re getting in the bitcoin game in an effort to reach younger customers. Customers are offered the use of cryptocurrency if they’re making purchases using the Cash App, a digital wallet. It’s an experiment to determine if Shake Shack should begin to accept bitcoin as payment. Customers will receive 15% in the form of bitcoin on any Shake Shack purchase made with Cash Card, a debit card available to Cash App users and from buying items via Cash Boost, a rewards program available to Cash Card members. More in the link in the title.

DAD | One menu option vegan meals delivered by bike for under £5

In February Marjolein van Spronsen wrote a blog about ‘healthy cooking for the community’, DAD in Central, North and East London is another example for this kind of delivery!

Launched during the pandemic, DAD offers vegan lunches for GBP 4.85, including delivery. All meals come in compostable packaging and are delivered by bicycle. DAD also eliminates decision fatigue; there’s a new menu every day, but no choice in dishes. Read the ‘Trend Bite’ in the article at Trendwatching, link in the title.

The Thin White Duke | A David Bowie inspired bar in Soho

A new all-day bar, cafe and recording studio is set to open on Great Windmill Street in Soho later this month, named after one of David Bowie’s most controversial personas. Check out the article at The Standard, link in the title.

Guide Michelin Germany | More stars than ever

Imagine hearing from friends about a top restaurant in the Mosel area in Germany. It seems very nice and you are thinking of booking next weekend. And then the restaurant gets 3 Michelin stars in the week before booking! It happened to me last week and I suspect that we will not be able to book at restaurant Schanz by chef Thomas Schanz in Piesport for when we wanted to go. ^Marjolein

The restaurant with a hotel already had 2 Michelin stars and the cuisine is modern-classic. So last Wednesday they received their third star in Hamburg. There is also a new record number of Michelin stars in Germany: 327 restaurants have 1 or more stars. Last year there were 310 restaurants and when Michelin was introduced in 1966 in Germany: 66.

Hotels for Trees Foundation acquires ANBI status

The ANBI status of the Foundation ‘‘Hotels for Trees” have recently been approved! Hotel partners and small hotel chains join ”Hotels for Trees”.    . The foundation now has more than fifty hotel partners in various European cities, who together have already made more than 10,000 trees possible. We wrote about ‘Hotels for Trees’ before.

Fletcher hotels open doors of new hotel at Rotterdam Airport

Today, 11 March, the new Fletcher Hotel Rotterdam Airport will be opened, it is located close to the airport and a stone’s throw from the center of Rotterdam. The hotel has 126 hotel rooms and several modern technologies for e.g. the mini-market and the power supply. Very suitable as a base for guests going on vacation, and also for business guests. Fletcher has also made available a ‘Park and Fly’ package, whereby the car is parked safely under cover during the stay. More information about this option can be found at

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