Çırağan Kempinski Hotel General Manager Ralph Radtke foresees a surplus in hotel beds number according to the enormous numbers of new hotel projects
“The latest official statistics show a drop in tourist
arrivals to Turkey and Istanbul. I believe that with all the new hotel projects
coming up, there will be an oversupply for a certain period. But what counts at
the end is the choice of guests, if you are delivering the quality that your
guests expect, and if you are doing your job with passion and excellence, then
you will be at the top of the business”
Asked how he would evaluate Turkey’s hotel sector overall,
Radtke said a lack of language knowledge is a continuing handicap.
“In many countries, English, the common language of the
hotel business, is taught from a young age on; this is not the case in Turkey.
We are in a global business, in a global market; English is the minimum we can
expect, especially in the luxury hotel business.”
When Radtke had been in Turkey for only a few months, he
took over the position of regional vice president, which added other countries
to his portfolio. He also participates in Kempinski’s Worldwide Development
Committee. Kempinski already has three hotels in Turkey and is searching for a
medium-sized hotel in Istanbul, as well as actively seeking partners to develop
other new Kempinski hotels. The company hopes to bring its brand to Ankara and
“We certainly are not closed to any interesting resort
destinations which might have a good future in tourism, particularly in
developing destinations. The major problems in emerging regions are logistics
and infrastructure, like airports, railways and highways,”
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