Finishing 2020 on a strong note

Finishing 2020 on a strong note

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Following approval from the General Counsel of Tratok Ltd and Tratok Portal LLC, management is happy to announce that trading can now resume. We are delighted to report that we are fully compliant with the newest regulations that are being enforced. As such, the team have contacted the exchanges to request they re-enable trading at their earliest convenience. Furthermore, we are also happy to announce the following schedule with regards to Tratok’s travel ecosystem: September 2020: Senior Managament and Advisors will be hosting fortnightly webinars at which they will discuss new developments, enhacements and progress. These will be public webinars to which the community is invited to attend and ask questions.October 2020: Further pilot tests will be conducted for the flights, accommodation, car rental and experience modules of the ecosystem. The…
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What form will summer holidays take in 2020?

What form will summer holidays take in 2020?

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As summer approaches, everyone is keen to see what form these holidays, the longest for the year in many countries, will take. Uncertainty about the re-opening of borders, the availability of international flights, has triggered large scale campaigns, both at country government levels, as well as at hotel levels, for staycations – visiting and discovering one’s own country. For example, the French government, a country which traditionally relies on heavily on large international tourist numbers, has mobilized the government media to promote a different region or village of France after the daily 13:00 news, one of the peak television viewership. Sensitizing the population to the diversity and the beauty of their own country, the initiative, beyond offering a holiday solution, aims at driving business to regions to be able to…
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A summary of STR’s European Hotel Analysis

A summary of STR’s European Hotel Analysis

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As a result of the corona pandemic, 100’s of thousands of hotel properties find themselves in financial distress. But as hotels properties are hard to repurpose, they have no choice but to re-open and redefine the dialogue between the hotel owner and operator to find a way forward together. Hotel owners are the hardest hit in this crisis and need to assess the possibilities of restructuring the debt of their properties.  Key to this will be benchmarking:    How is the hotel performing compared to your comp set? What are the prospects of recovery? What is the quality of the Team running the property? Do we believe in the Team or do we need to replace them? We believe that demand will return in June, initially domestic travel but with further…
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The hotel world is being rocked by coronavirus shutdowns

The hotel world is being rocked by coronavirus shutdowns

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Seven out of ten hotel rooms in the United States are empty, and the industry has lost nearly 4 million jobs and more than $21 billion in revenue. Where does the hospitality sector go from here? The road to recovery is going to be a long one according to Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta. “A full recovery will take time and it could take several years to return to the hotel demand levels we experienced in 2019,” he said in an earnings call last week. Hilton posted revenues of $1.9 billion in the first quarter, down 13% from last year, and net income fell to $18 million from $158 million. “COVID-19 has created challenges that our industry has never encountered before,” Nassetta added. Other major hotel companies including Marriott, have noted the…
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Our Success: Belief, Trust & Simplicity

Our Success: Belief, Trust & Simplicity

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In our previous article, we showcased Warren Buffet’s decision to sell all his airline stocks in the face of the pandemic. To many, the decision of this investment guru to give up on the travel and tourism industry, came as a sign of defeat. It may have scared you. At Tratok, we prefer to look at the word crisis in its original definition, from the Greek “turning point in a disease”. We believe in the future of travel, but we know the present diseased model needs to be disrupted, revolutionized for it to succeed. As one of the fastest-growing industries, travel and tourism had already provided US$ 2.6 trillion to Global GDP in 2016 and indirect contributions amounting to an excess of US$ 7.6 trillion – that is 292 million…
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Decentralized Exchanges Disabled

Decentralized Exchanges Disabled

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Following the advice of our Legal General Counsel in reference to AML-CFT Law16.1(b); AML-CFT Decision24.2-4, 27.7, 28.1-2, 29.4, 37.1-3 as outlined by the central bank of the UAE, Tratok Ltd is locking decentralized exchanges out of the Tratok ecosystem. Having contributed less than 0.04% of activity on average over the last 12 months, we do not expect this to have much of an impact. This was a decision taken by Group Risk following a careful review of the law's application as well as previous case studies where the law has been neglected. As a licensed entity, Tratok has a responsibility of "going concern" as a business and will continue to adhere to all applicable laws and regulations
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Visit the world virtually

Visit the world virtually

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The desire to travel is one which is innate to man: a desire to learn, to grow one’s self and one’s knowledge. Tratok was developed to be able to democratize travel and tourism and offer this, so far unique, privilege to as many as possible, while offering travel service providers a much-needed respite from the inefficiencies of previous economic models. Our strong and vibrant community, all believers in making the world a fairer and more accessible place have already adopted this and act, every day, in solidarity with a suffering travel and tourism industry.  As more than half of the world is confined due to the Covin19 epidemic, cities and cultural spaces have had to re-invent themselves and mobilize their resources to allow people to continue to travel and to…
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A time of renewal

A time of renewal

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In a historic address to the nation on Monday, the President of France Emmanuel Macron highlighted the importance of knowing how to renew oneself in the face of the changing realities of the world. In his explanation to the French people and the international community in general, he addressed the mistakes we have made, and the inefficiencies we had tolerated and how we needed to use this time wisely to correct these, to be able to evolve into a cleaner and better world.  Nowhere is this reality greater than in the travel and tourism industry, the greatest victim of the international travel bans and closure of airspace. In business, when the market is great, it's a good time to engage in commerce and business generation. When the market is terrible…
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MENA Hotel Market Sentiment in April 2020

MENA Hotel Market Sentiment in April 2020

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By Nicholas Paillart, Chief Marketing Officer – Tratok. As the hospitality sector faces an existentialist crisis unprecedented in its history, one which has not only crashed occupancy, ADR and RevPAR levels to all-time lows, it is important to reach out to the hospitality industry to understand their views on the current situation, how they have responded to the pandemic and their thoughts on the market moving forward. Colliers International conducted a survey which the Research and Marketing Team at Tratok are pleased to analyze for you. Survey participants are from more than 25 cities in MENA. The majority of investments owned by respondents are in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. 65% of participants own operational hotels. The balance have hotels under development. As a result, to the…
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