US Election year 2020 - The e-technology giants, who included the Chief Executive Officers of worldwide well known global acting businesses as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, in the first hours of the hearing.
The most powerful figures had to present themselves to a congress hearing in Washington D.C. USA. For over a year, US lawmakers have been investigating the four tech giants to determine whether the companies have abused their power and dominancein the online marketplace.
In e-technology were hit with tough questions and documents that raised concerns about their competitive tactics during a high-profile antitrust hearing on Wednesday.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, acknowledged, that Amazon may have improperly used third-party seller data to inform its own product decisions, a key concern over the company's approach to competition since quite a long time.
Here are the internal documents that Congress used to grill Big Tech. The Apple CEO Tim Cook, on the other hand, got off relatively light. Despite some early questions about whether Apple favours certain developers on its App Store, there were relatively few questions about Apple's App Store guidelines for developers, which have been a main complaint among critics.
The CEOs at the hearing, Mr Bezos' testimony was arguably the most highly anticipated as the world's richest person had never appeared before Congress. After avoiding any questioning for the first two hours of the hearing, Bezos fielded multiple sharp questions on Amazon's approach to pricing, acquisitions and how it uses data from third-party sellers. Mr Bezos acknowledged that there is a policy that prohibits the use of third-party seller data to support Amazon's own private-label business. But, he admitted, "I can't guarantee you that policy has never been violated." At various times in the hearing, Bezos either said he couldn't answer the question or couldn't recall the incident he was being questioned about.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was confronted about internal company emails he sent during 2012 about buying Instagram. In one of these Emails, Zuckerberg said Instagram could be "very disruptive" to Facebook. E-mail correspondence from Facebook's chief financial officer referenced neutralising a potential competitor, which Zuckerberg replied was part of the motivation. In response, Zuckerberg did not deny he viewed Instagram as a threat, but pointed out, that the Federal Trade Commission approved the deal at the time.
All the tech executives sought to drive home the point that their companies are by America, for America. Amazon’s CEO Bezos referenced the "trust" Americans have in Amazon. "We need American workers to get products to American customers," he said in his prepared remarks. America's top tech CEOs cannot agree on whether China steals from them knowledge, infrastructure, business, money and finally power. "Apple is a uniquely American company whose success is only possible in this country," Mr Cook, Apples CEO, said in his remarks, touting the number of US jobs it has helped create. And the US battle with China for tech supremacy informed part of Mr Zuckerberg's argument. "If you look at where the top technology companies come from, a decade ago the vast majority were American," the Facebook CEO said. "Today, almost half of them are Chinese."
The ultimate impact of it will depend on what steps Congress takes or not takes, or recommends to address the antitrust concerns that led to the hearing in the first place. Still to remember, 2020 is a year of US election and many political shows are organised to satisfy the political circus curiosity of millions. Text/Red.
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MARCH 1st 2020, a day we might remember for a long time:
ITB Berlin, the biggest Trade Fair worldwide, is definitive cancelled, over 10,000 companies from 180 countries are affected. Corona-Virus effects: Switzerland prohibited all big scale events nationwide. France declares all events over 5000 participants as prohibited. Air-Transport-Index is falling to the lowest level since years. Italian Tourism is deeply injured. Additional: Refugee Crisis in Syria and Turkey's border to EU.
Brexit: Starting trade relations negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union under unfair pressure from government in London and so on - definitely a lot of challenges for businesses all over the world.
Tourism business in all its levels and professions is under tremendous pressure from this challenging global circumstances. What's the best strategy for your brand or business?
Many companies are cutting costs, payroll as well as regular spending. Advertising should be seen under a new light, of course there is no real sense to promote a destination without honesty and authenticity, just to sell and get unhappy customers - even if they are booking.
Later on Travel Gourmet Magazine, we will see more articles at these topics. But the main issue is definitely to use this challenging situation in our days for benefiting your business in the future.
Stay tuned on TGM Business and follow Travel Gourmet Magazine especially on LinkedIn for not missing updates.
Indonesia is famous for its traditional cloth called “Batik”. It is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth.
Guest Writer: René Mayer / Fairmont Hotel Jakarta
It has diverse patterns, which are symbolic and influenced by a variety of cultures – this especially applies for Javanese batik which has a long history of acculturation and is probably the most developed batik in terms of pattern, technique, and the quality of workmanship.
In October 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The day, October 2, 2009 has been stated by Indonesian government as National Batik Day.
The late Iwan Tirta was a designer who dedicated his life to introducing batik to the world. He was a world-famous maestro well known for his legendary batik collections, exquisite fabric designs, and extravagant fashion shows. Every single batik cloth of Iwan Tirta Private Collection is arduously hand-made by experienced artisans who, in keeping with the high-standard tradition.
To pay tribute to such craftsmanship, Fairmont Jakarta collaborated with Iwan Tirta Private Collection (ITPC) in offering “Batik Afternoon Tea” to its guests at Peacock Lounge. It was an afternoon tea promotion that is inspired by the artisanal patterns of ITPC’s latest collection.
As an effort to create a sustainable awareness on batik, especially to the younger generations, companies in Indonesia encourage its employees to wear Batik to work every Friday. Many expatriates working in Indonesia like Rene also wears batik to work on Fridays, as part of their respect to Indonesian culture. Text: René Mayer
René Mayer | Director of Sales & Marketing, Fairmont Jakarta / Indonesia
What is your background in the hospitality industry?
During several managing positions in Europe, where I worked at reputable brands such as Intercontinental Hotel Groups, Kempinski and Starwood and Director of Global Sales for Vienna International Hotels & Resorts before I moved to Asia and became the Director of Sales & Marketing for the Sofitel in Hanoi in 2011. In early 2017 I joined Fairmont Jakarta. As much as I love Bali, but I always knew my true passion lies in big cities like Jakarta. (Photo: Courtesy of René Mayer)
Tell us more about your current position at Fairmont Jakarta?
Since my latest appointment as the Director of Sales & Marketing at Fairmont Jakarta, one of my main objectives is to make Fairmont Jakarta be seen as the pioneer and market leader in Jakarta, as well as to gain brand awareness of the hotel. I’m glad that the hard work pays off as we were granted with several awards this year alone in 2018.
Two award platforms that have already been announced are the 2018 International Hotel Awards and 2018 World Travel Awards. We were granted with several titles in each platform such as ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Indonesia’, ‘Best Hotel Marketing in Indonesia’, and ‘Best Hotel Marketing in Asia Pacific’ at the 2018 International Hotel Awards. The latest additions are the titles of’ Indonesia’s Leading Hotel’, ‘Indonesia’s Leading Hotel Residences’ for our Sky Suites’ and ‘Indonesia’s Leading Suites’ for our Presidential Suites at 2018 World Travel Awards.
What was your strategy to earn those awards?
Creating brand awareness, especially if you want to put yourself out there for media exposure, you need content. Great content can be gained through organizing key unique events that only belong to Fairmont Jakarta.
We created what’s then to be the signature event of Fairmont Jakarta – a destination inspired events called “When Jakarta Meets”. The first series we had was in 2017 when we held When Jakarta Meets London, where we flew in key guest chiefs and mixologist directly from London to organize a series of different event every night within a week. Each event has its own characteristic and appeals to different types of customers, so there is something to everyone. We also worked with the right luxury partners that we want to be associated with. Each partner supports and helps promote the event, as well as brought their additional database and integrates their influencers to our event.
You put a lot of interests in digital marketing. What could you say on this subject? What does it fascinate you?
Digital marketing itself is an interesting subject. Digital globalisation is the new and more complex reality of our digitally connected economy and has created an entire new generation. The world is more connected than ever before since digital platforms have changed our entire life. Digital marketing has changed the way we do things; our personal life, our business life, our marketing initiatives and so much more. It also blurs the boundaries between personal and business life.
Our personal lives have been a public consumption through social media. Employers evaluate their candidates also based on what they see on the candidate’s personal social media. And the other way around, wherever you work, you represent your brand/company. Whatever you show on your personal social media reflects who you are as a representative of your company, too.
That means our private life influences our business life?
Yes, that’s correct. Digital marketing has a profound impact on the concept of a personal branding. You might not think of yourself as a brand but the truth is, you are. We are all brands in today’s world, and that means that you need to be knowledgeable of the importance of your personal brand to have a more promising career.
What do you think about upcoming trends in hospitality industry?
Treating our customers is all about personalisation, especially in five-star hotels that what you offer is not only the great product, but also the experience and great service. Personalisation is important in all service-focused industries. It involves fulfilling your guests’ preferences, customising unique experience in every destination, and overall making every moment special. I truly believe not long for now we will take personalisation to the next level.
Imagine sometime in the future, you enter your hotel room that feels like it is built just for you – the correct level of brightness of the lighting, the right temperature of the air conditioning, the style of music and its volume playing in the background, the temperature of rain shower just the way you like it, the firmness of the bed, the scent of the room, etc – only by tapping your key. It is guest preference done in another level, and everything is done automatically using the technology.
We appreciate your time and Interview, We are looking forward to see more in TRAVEL GOURMET Magazine about Fairmont Jakarta soon. Text/Red.
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Business culture is expressed in meeting quality - not quantity - and personal conversation, even the meeting agenda is not responsible for happiness.
BUSINESS & CULTURE, the terms which are established in the general terms and conditions of business of each company, are not the subject of this article. We are talking today about Business-Culture, no difference, you might think?
Quite a big difference, while the printed terms gives clear indications and security, the Business-Culture is the daily style of expression, communication and habits, which business people are producing interior of a company, with employees, shareholders etc and as well so much to the exterior like clients, contacts, suppliers and last but not least in the Human Resources communication. Global example in companies like "UBER" or "TESLA" or in governments in many capitals on our planet proves it daily.
Since quite a time, specially since the communication style and quality on global level has been deeply devaluated. First time in history so called "Leaders" of almost all political directions and nationalities, are communicating by social media channels - not with much of thinking, but fast - and in deed - without diplomacy and very often without respect too. Since words and expressions like to make "Deals" or not crossing "Red lines" is used in highly inflationary frequency - copied from one to others - it makes clear the global level of intellectual poverty.
Long time ago, lets say - since five or six years ago - in social media terms - ages - if people got messages for congratulations or blessings, they were capable to SAY or WRITE words, like: Thanks for thinking on my birthday, or maybe: We appreciate your kindness to congratulate us to our anniversary etc, today the perfect expression of educational (which might include intellectual) poverty is: The yellow thumb. It's the deeply unstylish and uneducated way to say - I am so busy and important but I accept your commend or congratulations in my generosity - and send like all Dumbs do, the yellow thumb. / Text: Red. bert