Editorial Board

Mr. Jost

Julian Jost

CEO and Founder, Spacebase

Julian Jost’s career path was clearly plotted when he started his studies, and he’s followed it ever since. As a business and management graduate, his professional life began as a strategy consultant with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He was particularly successful in the areas of business development and project management. However, his experiences showed him how inefficient and uncreative the collaboration and meeting culture in companies could be. He began to organize multiple creative workshops for clients in exciting environments and discovered the potential that lies in the optimization of business events. As a born entrepreneur, he quickly decided to follow his ideas. After finishing his MBA at Oxford University, he left the consultancy and started Spacebase in 2014, the worldwide booking platform for outstanding meeting and event locations. Spacebase enables companies to easily and transparently book unusual meeting locations, host creative events and save valuable time while organizing. Today, the Spacebase portfolio offers over 2, 000 meeting locations in more than 30 cities across 12 countries. Together with business partner Jan Hoffmann-Keining and the well-known industry expert and travel veteran Stephan Ekbergh, he is changing the way we meet. His vision is to facilitate the right location and the right surroundings to create more flexible, more efficient, and more creative meetings, workshops, and events. With an eye for untapped potential, Jost and his team have made thousands of unconventional and previously unexplored locations available for meeting and workshop rental. His passion and entrepreneurial skill make him a force to be reckoned with; in fact, Spacebase is helping to form the meeting industry’s newest and most contemporary sector of offsite meeting locations. The Berlin-based start-up has been recipient of some of the meeting industry’s most treasured awards, such as Eye for Travel’s Start-up of the Year in 2015 as well as Web In Travel’s Start-up of the Year in 2014. Spacebase is definitely a company to watch as the meeting industry goes digital and the trend of unique meeting spaces continues to grow. Please visit http://www.spacebase.com/en/ for more information.

Mr. Jost can be contacted at 646-513-2879 or info@spacebase.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.