Unconstrained Conversations – An IDeaS Podcast

By , Chief Evangelist & Development Officer

Season 1: COVID-19 and the Hotel Industry – Episode 1: “Now What? – How One Hotel Handled Its Closure  

When 2020 began, nobody could have expected only a few months later the world would be at a standstill. Healthcare and economic woes are far-flung, and the hospitality industry now faces unprecedented challenges in uncharted territory. While you might feel alone during this time of crisis, rest assured many of your peers around the world are either going through the same experiences or have gone through them over the last few months. Our aim is to bring these stories to you with the hope this will enable you to apply them to your particular business and personal situation.     

Join me, Klaus Kohlmayr, for Unconstrained Conversations – An IDeaS Podcast as I invite hoteliers and hotel technologists to share realworld stories about how they have coped during this early stage of the crisis and provide actionable advice about the current and future state of the industry—advice we hope will help you better manage the current crisis and put the right actions in place to help you succeed. 

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Listen now to episode one: “Now What? – How One Hotel Handled Its Closure” 

In this first episode, I speak with Robert Herr, general manager at Burgenstock Hotels and Resorts, one of Europe’s premier travel destinations. Like so many hoteliers over the last few weeks, Robert had to make extremely difficult decisions for Burgenstock’s multiple properties perched high above stunning Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. Hear how Robert and his team went through their decision-making process and the steps they are taking to be ready for recovery.  

Stay Tuned 

For hoteliers. By hoteliers. Unconstrained Conversations is the hospitality industry’s collaboration point for real-world stories and actionable advice in revenue management, total profit optimization and commercial functionsAlready running as a YouTube series since January 2018, I am eager to continue this journey as a podcast as we uncover first-hand, real-time experiences from hotel industry thought leaders. Watch for episode two coming soon as we explore further how hoteliers are coping during the COVID-19 crisis. 

For additional resources and guidance from IDeaS’ industry experts, please be sure to visit our COVID-19 hotel industry hub. 

Klaus Kohlmayr
Chief Evangelist & Development Officer

Klaus began his experience in the hotel industry while studying at the Hotel Management and Catering School in Austria. He also studied business at Henley Management College, real estate investment and asset management at Cornell, and finance and strategy at the Singapore Management University. Klaus participates in various advisory boards, including HSMAI in the Asia Pacific and the Americas and the Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management in Singapore.

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