Mike Hall became the fastest person to ever circumnavigate the globe by bicycle, completing his tour in just 92 days. Hall, who was competing in the first Quick Energy World Cycle Racing Grand Tour, travelled 18,000 miles and smashed the previous record by two weeks.
Social media’s popularity has skyrocketed and hospitality brands have finally begun to capitalise on this opportunity. In the past two years, companies have harnessed the power of everything from Facebook through to foursquare to engage with and attract customers. Starwood’s Steven Taylor, InterContinental Hotels Group’s Nick Ayres and Mac Joseph of Mandarin Oriental tell Elly Earls how to formulate a consistent and ever-current social media strategy.
Multi-Michelin-starred chef, honorary Italian and dedicated oenophile. On the back of confirming his place on the judging panel for our European Hospitality Awards 2012, Heinz Beck talks to Ross Davies about his personal food philosophy, aversion to celebrity chef status and the balancing act of running restaurants in London and Rome.
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Following a five-year brand repositioning programme, Sofitel is set to enter key markets worldwide. CEO Robert Gaymer-Jones sits down with Phin Foster to discuss long-term thinking, a newfound kinship with French fashion houses and making indulgence accessible.
With hotel spas offering medical treatments and minor surgery, the line between clinic and wellness retreat is blurred. Andrea Ashfield talks to Danubius Hotels’ Anikó Nagy, Mandarin Oriental’s Andrew Gibson, ESPA’s Susan Harmsworth and Roland Staehler of BIMC Hospital about the rise of the medical spa.
The refurbished Hilton Barcelona has recently reopened, with the breezy lobby and bar area designed by Matteo Thun. Originally famous for his work in the postmodernist Memphis Group, the Italian architect tells Abi Millar how he has since brought his multidimensional skill set to bear on hotels great and small.
Castello di Casole in Tuscany is finally due to open this summer following a six-year restoration. General manager Bart Spoorenberg describes the operational challenges of transforming a one-time Etruscan castle into a boutique hotel and why hotel management is in his blood.
Award-winning practice Jestico + Whiles is celebrated for its playful take on hotel design. Abi Millar meets founding director John Whiles and associate director James Dilley to discuss how the firm is committed to replacing mediocrity with theatricality in its hotel projects across the globe.