We were delighted to be invited to the Serviced Apartment Recharge Event in Berlin as a guest of Dexter Moren Associates this January. The event consisted of multiple panels, interesting discussions and provided us with the opportunity to further connect with this exciting property sector.
‘Recharge’ is an important event for serviced apartment professionals in Europe, organised by Serviced Apartment News, it encourages new ways of thinking and promises an intense focus on collaboration and debate. ‘Recharge’ follows on from the main European ‘Serviced Apartment Summit’ event in July and provides a chance for key industry holders to connect with one another and empowers them to make an impact in this fast-growing sector.
Day 1 kicked off with afternoon tea and a tour of Adina’s Aparthotel and Vision Apartments, both very up-and-coming brands that are successfully penetrating the market and rapidly expanding their portfolio across Europe.
A game of Escape Room gave us a chance to get to know other industry professionals in a more casual and fun environment whilst trying to solve riddles and puzzles and escape the apartment. We were then kindly invited to a drinks party hosted by Smartments and the day ended with a dinner hosted by Dexter Moren Associates and Serviced Apartment News.
Day 2, the main event, had the perfect balance of informative speakers, panel discussions, group workshops and networking.
Our Director, Adam Lowenthal was asked to host a panel discussion on 'operator, investor and developer strategies', where he was joined by some big hitters and familiar faces from the sector including:
• Lisa Neubueser, Hotel Acquisitions and Development at Cycas Hospitality
• Vedrana Riley, Founder and CEO at Ciel Capital
• Martijn Vos, Senior Portfolio Manager at APG Asset Management
• Jan Winterhoff, Director of Hotel Development at GBI AG
Key takeaways from the discussion was that operators, investors and developers would love to be involved in more developments and opportunities across Europe, with plenty of funding and consumer demand. However, there are still some key hurdles for all three groups to overcome, including planning, the cost of building and a lack of suitable sites.
Other discussion topics throughout the day included Airbnb vs Aparthotels and whether there's space for everyone in the marketplace and of course the dreaded Brexit situation and how this may affect our sector.
The day ended with a closing drinks party and final farewell to old and new friends.
Overall, we were very impressed with Recharge and found it to be a fantastic and dynamic event that left us full of new ideas, contacts and knowledge. Well done to Piers and his team at Serviced Apartment News.