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Accor Group’s
& Design Department
The Fatal Weapon
Exclusive interview with Michel Gicquel,
Artistic Director – Innovations and Design Department,
Accor Group
Optimising Internet
The Crisis Buster
Y Natacha Froger Max Starkov Leo Brand

Interior Architect, Chief eBusiness CEO,
Atome Associés Strategist, HeBS Swisscom Hospitality
May/September 2009
On cover: Michel Gicquel,
Dear Readers,
Artistic Director – Innovations and
Design Department, Accor Group
This edition of the “Hotel - Innovations & Technologies”
SMARTreport marks a turning point in the history of
technological publications dedicated to the hotel
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Technology in itself is not interesting for hoteliers
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unless it is taken in a global context. Innovations
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and Technologies go hand in hand and speaking of
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one without the other has little sense. Integrating
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