The City Hospitality Toolkit is developed from different subjects of the Research Centre. The tools and examples will help to develop city visions and programmes with better hospitality experiences as a result.
The toolkit exists of the following components:
- Choice and Focus
The steps from the toolkit have a logical connection, but they don’t have a set order. Feel free to randomly go through the topics to get inspired by ideas and visions.
Hospitality is in the heart of mind of the city
The Ritz-Carlton hotel is one fo the top hotels looking at Hospitality. Why? The way they involve the stakeholders and specifically the employees. Every employee has the right to spent $2000 only to give the guest that WOW experience. Involvement of the tourist information office creates more hospitality in the city and eventually the guest will spend even more!
Research shows that a (more than) satisfied guest
- Stays longer
- Spends more
- Returns more often
- Brings more visitors
- Has a higher quality of living
There is a clear understanding of the hospitality experience of the city's core target groups.
Create a Persona on the different core objectives of the city. Look at the city from the perspective of the people with eye for the ups-and-downs. Take the whole persona journey into consideration and look at the whole journey, not only the stay in the city but also before and after that; orientation-travelling-arrival-stay-departure-memory
Before you can work on strategies it is important to realize; where are we now? Where are the ups-and-downs of my city experience? How is my city hospitality experienced looking at the following 3 perspectives?
Choice and Focus
There is a clear strategy chosen whre the city is heading
Find the match between three factors and make this the base of choice and focus. The following questions should be answered:
- Where is the city in 10+ years?
- What are the goals, ambitions?
- What does the city want to achieve?
- What are the demands of the core objectives groups?
- How can they be achieved?
- How can the city of the target market give an unforgettable experience?
- What makes them really happy?
Strategy is about choices: You can't be all things to all people.
- Michael Porter
Before an execution plan can be developed, it is important to make choices to make sure that the city can make the difference for the core objective groups.
Use this model as tool: [triangle model]
The city has a clear vision looking at City Hospitality
Read the city visions from other cities as an example.
City Hospitality only works when there is a clear vision and if this vision is implemented whithin the colleage plans and the vision and plans of the executing organizations. It is of essential importance to adapt tothe experience world of the different stakeholders with the goal to create value. To achieve this goal, strategic choices need tob e made. But how do you make those choices? ( Choice and Focus)
There are coherent and SMART goals that are regulary being evaluated
There are a few examples on how cities made goals into concrete programs with regards to
To develop a better hospitality experience in a concrete way and to make the chosen strategy into a tangible experience.
There is a SMART goal frame that will be evaluated regularly
Survey the goals of the city and look at the achieved results. Visualize the information in a clear way and intuitive manner to make it clear for all parties.
Use the pyramid to set priorities in the chosen indicators.
With a dashboard it is clear which programs need attention and which need tob e adjusted. By mkaing the dashboard intuitive everybody gets involved in the process.