I bring you some of the best—and most fun—best-of and forward-looking lists I’m reading now.
I enjoy very much reading other people’s end-of-year lists, but I never love compiling them myself. It’s so much pressure! Favorite songs? Favorite hotels? A few weeks ago our office did a favorite movies of the decade list and it was way too stressful. Half the movies I picked were from 2005 and the rest were from the last two months.
Of course, we publish them ourselves here at Hotel News Now and dare I say, they’re pretty useful (I mean, this list also is pretty useful, but you get my point). Over the last week in December and the first week in January, we’ll bring you a fantastic collection of our top stories of the year, plus compilations of all the brand launches and M&A activity the industry experienced in 2019. Then we’ll move on to some forward-looking stories that will get you all set up for Q1 expectations, maintaining profits in the new year and what changes to expect as the calendar turns.
But in the meantime, let’s have some fun with best-of/forward-looking travel-related lists. Here are a few I’m enjoying right now:
- Terry Baker lists: I particularly enjoy lists compiled by my colleague Terence Baker, who lists everything in his life, from birds he’s spotted in his lifetime to stories he’s written to kilometers he’s run (if you can guess that number, we’ll send you an HNN prize package; I’m serious!) Here’s his “best of 2019” post.
- Food trends: The Kitchn published this list of 2019’s top food trends and never have I felt more relevant, because probably everything but the celery juice and CBD trends made its way to the HNN office kitchen this year, not to mention to plenty of hotel restaurants and bars.
- Were you right? As an industry we often prefer to look forward rather than backward, but sometimes it can be fun and enlightening to check out last year’s forecasts now to gauge whether the year went as planned or took its own turns. Check out this look at hoteliers’ goals for 2019; this outlook on opportunities in Europe for 2019; and Jan Freitag’s “ADR, labor, climate change lead 2019 industry unknowns” outlook.
I really should save these forward-looking 2020 lists for January, but I’m impatient and I want to share them now:
- Baum + Whiteman’s F&B trends: My favorite out-there F&B consultants don’t disappoint with their 2020 trends in restaurant and hotel dining list. Apparently 2020 will be all about manufactured meat, zero-proof cocktails and ghost kitchens. You heard it here first, folks.
- Coworking space trends: Clutch published this take on coworking space trends in 2020, which includes some interesting data on usage, space layout and more.
- Top overall travel trends: This curated list of “The top travel trends for 2020, according to the experts,” published in the Independent is so far my favorite 2020 list in terms of predictions. In particular, I expect “friendmoons” and “micro-cations” to pop up more and more down the road.
What do you think: Were you right about 2019? Do you have a truly groundbreaking prediction for 2020? Care to hazard a guess at kilometers Terence Baker ran in 2019 for a shot at that prize? Comment below, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Twitter @HNN_Steph.
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