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Ms. Van Nielen

Vani Van Nielen

Asset Management Analyst, Global Asset Solutions

Vani van Nielen has just graduated with high honours from Ecole hotelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, with a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management. She specialises in Hotel Planning and Development, Sustainable Innovations and Influence.

Ms. van Nielen has conducted extensive research on group meetings and the MICE segment as part of her diploma work. Her other achievements include the HAMA Europe 2020 Student Award and a nomination for the American Real Estate Society's Alpha Sigma Gamma Honour.

Since March 2020, Ms. van Nielen has been working with the leading asset management firm, Global Asset Solutions, on a COVID-19 communications project. She has written numerous articles concerning crisis management practices for hotel owners, asset managers and operators, covering topics such as forecasting, balance sheets and sustainability during recovery. She is passionate about using data and digital solutions to optimise asset management practices.

Ms. van Nielen is currently looking for opportunities to begin her career in hotel asset management, development or consulting. Her other work experiences include an internship at the Front Office and events space at The Hoxton Holborn in London, as well as an assistant project coordinator role at an experiential marketing firm in New York City. Outside of her academics or work experiences, she has held a leadership role in a non-profit association and played a key part in the organisation of a three-day hospitality summit.

Ms. van Nielen has a very international background; she is both a Russian and Dutch citizen and grew up as an expatriate, speaking multiple languages as a result. She has lived in ten countries over her 22 years, including Cambodia, Finland and Nigeria.

Please visit http://www.globalassetsolutions.com for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vani-van-nielen/

Ms. Van Nielen can be contacted at +41 795528150 or vani.vannielen@ehl.ch

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.