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The Logbook. July 2024 Issue.

EDITORS NOTE.

Considering how unstable the landscape of the travel and hospitality industry has been since 2020, this year has emerged as one of resilience and revitalization. As the world continues to rebound from the profound impacts of the pandemic, the travel sector is  experiencing a significant surge, breathing new life into distressed hotels across the globe. A renaissance period that is particularly evident in key regions such as Europe, America, and Australia, where tourism has boomed, providing a much-needed boost to the industry. Not only in a fiscal sense, but also in confidence. 

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Frankly, the resurgence of travel in 2024 has been nothing short of extraordinary. With the easing of travel restrictions and the successful implementation of vaccination campaigns, not to mention thousands of employers allowing their staff to work remotely, creating an entire industry of permanently travelling professionals, the world is caught in the grip of wanderlust. This renewed enthusiasm for exploration has had a cascading effect on the hospitality industry, particularly benefiting hotels that had been struggling to stay afloat. 

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In Europe, cities that once echoed with the absence of tourists are now bustling with activity. Destinations like Paris, Rome, and Barcelona are witnessing a resurgence as travellers flock to their historic streets, iconic landmarks, and vibrant cultural scenes. The revival of tourism in Europe has been a lifeline for distressed hotels, which have managed to capitalize on the influx of visitors by enhancing their services, offering attractive packages, and embracing innovative approaches to hospitality. From luxury boutique hotels to charming bed-and-breakfasts, the hospitality sector has shown remarkable adaptability and creativity in meeting the evolving demands of modern travellers.

Across the Atlantic, the United States has also experienced a travel boom that has breathed new life into its hospitality industry. Iconic destinations such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Orlando are once again bustling with tourists, filling hotel rooms and reinvigorating local economies. American hotels, some of which faced unprecedented challenges over the past few years, have rallied by upgrading their facilities, implementing advanced health and safety protocols, and leveraging digital technologies to enhance guest experiences. The rise of domestic travel has also played a crucial role, as Americans explore the diverse landscapes and attractions within their own country, further driving the recovery of the hospitality sector.

Meanwhile, in Australia, the travel and hospitality industry has experienced a renaissance of its own. Cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, along with the stunning natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the Outback, have drawn both domestic and international travellers in droves. The Australian hospitality sector has responded with vigour, revitalizing distressed hotels through strategic renovations, personalized guest services, and sustainable practices that resonate with environmentally conscious travellers. The synergy between tourism growth and hotel recovery in Australia underscores the resilience and ingenuity of the industry.

In this edition, the Lost Executive team reflect on the remarkable journey of the travel and hospitality industry in 2024, and the dedicated suppliers, vendors and subcontractors that have bolstered, supported and driven them throughout this period.

We salute you.