Business Travel: EyeforTravel Europe 2018

What is EyeforTravel Europe Summit?

As we steadily progress through 2018, Europe’s largest conference for hospitality and data-powered travel is at our doorstep bringing together the entire European travel industry under one roof. The event attracts a high attendance from various companies throughout the hospitality sector such as travel suppliers (hoteliers, airlines, car hire services, rail companies), intermediaries (specialised OTAs, tour operators, full-service OTAs, white label inventory, travel agents, metasearch and corporate travel), technology or service suppliers (marketing solutions, data solutions, consultants, as well as press associations and investors). Last year’s edition of the summit saw a high number of attendee seniority with speakers such as CEO’S, CMO’S, and managing directors from various enterprises associated with hospitality and travel (Hilton, Uber, Ryanair and Emirates). The 2018 edition will be held in June for a span of 3 days from 4th-6th at the Park Plaza Victoria, London.


Why should you attend this event?

A 450+ person event, EyeforTravel is setting the tone for promoting digital innovation as well as enabling partnerships that generate pure profit. The conference programme will be split into 3 days, each covering important aspects and trends regarding practices in marketing, distribution, technology, data and revenue management.


What topics will the conference cover?

EyeforTravel summit will kick on the 4th of June with the opening evening keynote set on how companies need to react to trend changes, means of creating brand loyalty as well as understanding and acknowledging the importance of digital takeover of the everyday business.  Brands such as Hilton, and Airbnb are set to speak on its first day to share their knowledge of how travel is sold.

The second day is scheduled to cover the economic success of travel giants and how start-up enterprises can flourish.  Topics such as how companies are preparing for the future growth, influencing the traveller’s perception and also how companies can effectively make use of OTA’s to get maximum control of its data and profits.  In addition, the second day will host various speakers in 3 key sectors (distribution & partnerships; marketing and technology) to discuss the importance of these aspects that are behind every successful hospitality organization.

The event’s final day will target specific affairs that companies need to perfect in order to assure a steady and healthy growth. The data and analytics section will discuss in depth about the fusion between data and AI for a customer first approach, overcoming the implementation of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) such as how to maintain the right processes in order to stay compliant as well as setting up the right visualisation of your brand in order to convert insight into profit.


Overall, EyeforTravel 2018 promises an intriguing event revolving around digital innovation and networking to further enhance the European market of the travel industry. With over 20 years of experience, the EyeforTravel organization understands the importance of business development and aim to share ideas for the relevant companies on various fields (technology, marketing, pricing and retail trends) as well as educating the future generations on the importance of the travel business present in today’s everyday life. For more information about the event or regarding the full summit schedule you can visit their official website.


By Catalin Neamtu, Short Stay Citizens 

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EyeforTravel 2018 official schedule brochure

The difference between professionally managed serviced apartments, privately owned apartments and hotel rooms

As many of you might already know, the serviced apartment industry has boomed in the past years and has almost reached its maturity. Yet, many people still struggle to understand the difference between a professionally managed serviced apartment, a hotel room and a privately owned apartment.

Short Stay Citizens, a serviced apartment platform, has developed in the past years with the sole purpose to supply serviced apartments, studios and suites to corporate travellers.  In order to help you in understanding the distinction between these types of properties, we want to share our expertise about the industry.


Professionally managed apartments

Generally speaking, these apartments are privately owned and available for both short and long stays. Its convenience becomes even greater when the apartment is booked for a longer period of time. Usually, they provide the same basic services as hotel rooms but additionally, they offer amenities such as fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms or living and working spaces. These extra amenities combined with a more personal touch and service, provide the perfect solution to corporate travels issues. Contrary to privately owned apartments, serviced apartments guarantee and provide full safety during the reservation process to allow the final user to arrive in a safe, organized and fully functional apartment. The companies providing such service enjoy a partnership with the owners of the apartments and this constitutes a fundamental reason why serviced apartments have become the number one choice for corporate travels.

In conclusion, the professionally managed apartments are those accommodations which make you feel at home even when you are far away.

Privately owned apartments

Privately owned apartments are essentially apartments owned by private individuals who decide to rent out those apartments to people. The main difference, in this case, is that these apartments could be rented out for a period much longer than you would expect from a serviced apartments. Therefore, the difference is in the way the apartment is managed by the owner. These accommodations will still include the basic amenities of an apartment in the majority of the cases, but they will not provide all the amenities and the same level of service as the professionally managed apartments.

Hotel rooms

Perhaps, it is the most common type of accommodation existing so far. Most of the people have stayed in a hotel room at least once and know what kind of services are offered by hotels. Although most of the basic services are similar to the ones offered in serviced apartments, they often lack the sufficient space needed by corporate travellers during their trips. It becomes even more important if the trips are extended to several months. For this reason, hotels are losing their grips and their attractiveness towards corporate travellers and their needs.

Are you planning on visiting London for your next business travel or anywhere else in the world? Contact Short Stay Citizens and reserve your next accommodation with us! We are happy to help you!


By Valerio Marinone, Short Stay Citizens

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The latest news in travel and serviced apartment industry


The serviced apartments market is already performing well, with expectations of more than 10,000 serviced apartments to be developed between 2017 and 2019. The UK alone is expected to open 2,000 serviced apartments this year. Not only are providers looking to expand across the land, but they now want to venture into space!

The US Hotelier Robert Bigelow, the owner of Budget Suites of America extended stay brand, will launch an ‘inflatable space hotel’ into orbit around the Earth by 2021. It will consist of two 17-meter models that will be linked and provide a capacity double that of the International Space Station. It is estimated that the cost will go into eight figures per passenger. The company mainly focuses on hotel suites in America.


The Serviced Apartment Summit Europe 2018, which is the only one of its kind in Europe, will take place at the Park Plaza Victoria, London on July 10th – 11th this year. It includes serviced apartments, extended stay hotels/aparthotels and short-term accommodation sectors. It has been hosted since 2013 and grows rapidly each year. It is stated that more than 350 CEOs and senior level delegates and speakers from all around the world will be present.


Looking at trends, in the future smart technologies will be used more and more frequently in homes for easier automation, regulation, comfort and being controlled remotely. There is also a risk that some consumers will prefer face-to-face interaction which could become a trend again if the world becomes too digitalized and people miss a personal touch. People are looking for modular and smaller apartments while maintaining the same facilities. It is possible to include a normal home (full kitchen, living and sleeping space) in under 20 sqm.

With global warming and environmental conditions becoming more extreme all around the world, serviced apartment providers must think about ‘green living’ due to stakeholder pressures. The stakeholder that is influencing the most change is legislation, as breaking the rules results in fines and penalties. And consumer demand for them, as consumers will drive their profits.

By 2020, people will more and more frequently suffer from insomnia. Solutions to this problem are projected to be an 80-billion-dollar industry by 2020. This includes facilities such as smart beds for regulating body temperature, as well as dream machines for monitoring and enhancing sleep. Hotels could take advantage of this by coming up with their own solutions to incorporate into hotels to help visitors with trouble sleeping. Short Stay Citizens accommodations are not equipped yet with the tech for this, but there are some ideal locations for getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. These can be in less crowded areas or at high locations to give visitors a sense of awe and looking at the big picture from above everyone else.

Virtual reality can be used for educational, facilitating research and entertainment purposes. Room prototypes can be tested with consumer groups in 3D, and virtual spaces could replace the residents’ lounge.


Looking at travel news, something to keep in mind (especially with global warming) are that different airports are equipped differently for dealing with snow. Sweden’s largest airport may have delays or restrict flights to only arrivals, but they have never fully shut down the airport. British airports can shut down for less severe problems, due to problems associated with the weather and not being able to deal with them. These can include clearing snow and ice, low visibility and needing to slow traffic levels to manage airport capacity while maintaining safety. Heathrow regularly runs at its full capacity, so small deviations have large ripples of effects due to little room for flexibility.


By Haris Wahid, Short Stay Citizens

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Short Stay Citizens congratulates Amsterdam and EMA

Congratulations to Amsterdam for becoming the new home for EMA - European Medicines Agency. It's a true success for the Netherlands, and for EMA as well - we believe you got your best bid.

As well, we would like to wish best of luck to IN Amsterdam and Rotterdam Expat Centre, The Hague International Centre, and all other Dutch expat centres. We believe you will make all 900 EMA expats and their families feel as welcome and comfortable as possible in their new home!

Read more about how the Netherlands is preparing to welcome EMA here: