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Snippets from History: The Savoy London Andreas Augustin

Snippets from History: The Savoy London

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20 Years ago I lived at The Savoy London and researched its history. After a few weeks I had a very clear understanding of the historical dimensions of the house, where the old courtyards have been hiding, where they are today. 

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THE NEXT STEP — IMPERIAL HOTEL NEW DELHI Andreas Augustin

THE NEXT STEP — IMPERIAL HOTEL NEW DELHI

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Collectively, we have to promote tourism and keep spreading the message of safe and secure environment in the hotels. The management of THE IMPERIAL, the social hub of the Indian capital, developed the ‘I Care’ Program and is focusing on Ultra High Net Worth clientele.

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Terror Attack spurs Vienna’s Talent for Hospitality Andreas Augustin

Terror Attack spurs Vienna’s Talent for Hospitality

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After an IS sympathizer shot four people in downtown Vienna, Austria, on Monday 2 November 2020 evening before the police could neutralize him, there was panic in the streets. But the Viennese hotel scene immediately demonstrated humanity. A short report from the capital of Austria.

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THE NEXT STEP — PARIS — PRINCE DE GALLES Andreas Augustin

THE NEXT STEP — PARIS — PRINCE DE GALLES

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Is there an alternative to shut-up-shop? Corona is again at the doorsteps of our industry. Today we look at Paris. Surviving stock market crashes and one world war, the pandemic had forced the jewel of art-deco of Paris, Hotel Prince de Galles, to close from mid-March until mid-September, for the first time in its 91 years of history.

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THE NEXT STEP — PREMIERE PALACE KIEW, UKRAINE Andreas Augustin

THE NEXT STEP — PREMIERE PALACE KIEW, UKRAINE

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"I need to admit, Premier Palace was one of a few hotels, which never closed. We became a safe shelter for international and domestic travelers, who appeared in Kyiv these days. It was crucial especially last days before lockdown as guest were worried about getting home and no one knew whether this trip will be safe. ...

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THE NEXT STEP Andreas Augustin

THE NEXT STEP

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How do our hotels survive the current crises? I want you to meet the innovative managers and to learn how they cope with this unprecedented situation. I will introduce you to the ideas of the hoteliers of The Most Famous Hotels in the World. And we start with Claridge's in London. General Manager Paul Jackson sent me these lines.

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Galle Face - Pimm’s o’clock Andreas Augustin

Galle Face - Pimm’s o’clock

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We mustn’t forget: there have been days and times of frolic and laughter — and they will return. A look in the more recent history of one of our hotels — history researched — book prepared — launch postponed.

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Feuilleton 385: The Long Term Stay Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 385: The Long Term Stay

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In the current tourism crisis hotels are fighting to survive. Many of the most famous hotels survived various crisis, such as wars, 9/11 and 2008. In order to be able to pay your staff, suppliers and electricity bills why not invite guests for a long-term stay at very reasonable rates? Looking back there was the long-term-booking opportunity for the long term resident, and the rates advertised were called „terms negotiable“. I see a revival of this historical term. So let me tell you how it works. The guiding lines for hoteliers and tenants

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October News Andreas Augustin

October News

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With the summer over, and Corona not, the present of global travel looks grim and the future uncertain. In contrast, history is a stabile source of information. Our history books present the best stories and a solidly researched history of each hotel, its location and its people. In 2020, our online bookstore has received an unprecedented run of interested buyers, who didn’t want to spend endless months at home without visiting their favourite hotel – and be it from their rocking chair.

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The Façade Competition: does Size matter? HOTELS

The Façade Competition: does Size matter?

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The Façade Competition: famous hotels are sometimes architectural giants in every respect. Often their façade dominates the surrounding. Does size matter? We have meassured and listed the most famous protagonists of the trade.

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Bond of Brothers — the First Asian Hotel Chain PERSONALITIES

Bond of Brothers — the First Asian Hotel Chain

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Arriving from Armenia, settling on the island of Penang, the Sarkies created the first Asian hotel chain — The Story of A Family

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Hanoi: The Opening Riddle Andreas Augustin

Hanoi: The Opening Riddle

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The Metropole in Hanoi confronted us with the most challenging project. The material was scattered all over the world, from London to Paris, from Washington to Aix-en-Provence. But not at the hotel left alone in Vietnam itself.

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