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Welcome to the Emerald Forest Hotel!

This is the homepage of your simulation in Tallinn, March 2015. English is meant as a way of communication so not always totally correct. But do you see real big mistakes on this platform? Please tell us.

Run the EmeraldForestHotel

You have to run your hotel, trying to do better then has been done in the past. Last years decisions and results are available as a point of reference. The hotel is located in your own country in two fictitious cities called Amstelburg and Budano.

You should run the hotel by:

  • making decisions on prices, decisions on expenditures etc;
  • by explaining why and how you do things;
  • by running your communications, website and social media in a proper way;
  • by live-actions during the game.

All of this is evaluated each year by the coaches in a creativity and entrepreneurship mark. These marks, together with your decisions, the activities of your competitors and some other elements like the demand in the market, are used in algorithms. This leads to your results: the occupation rate in your hotel and to the profit (we hope) and lots of ratio's and a complete operating review.
To get grip on things we have divided your managing the hotel in a number of tasks which you will do in the four (fictitious) years you run the hotel.
This platform is the database with all information on the hotel; you can navigate to information needed: all blue links are clickable and will bring you to another page inside of this platform. For instance clicking on Photos and videos will jump to this page with photos and videos of the hotel. All blue links with a small arrow will open a new tab in your browser with an internet site outside of this platform: for instance hospitality trends 2015 or more hotel trends in 2015.

Use in all your decisions real sources and benchmarks like:

The navigation left-hand site will always stay active: and you can use back in your browser. By now there is 4,038 pages in this platform, so if you're new follow the steps preventing you from getting lost. First now some tweets and pictures related to your game, then your tasks.

Always check the news: latest news always on top

March 1st

Welcome to the platform, all international teams in Tallinn! Congratulations to the winning teams

  • on creativity Amstelburg Medella Hotel.
  • on profit Amstelburg EightyEighty Hotel & Sport Resort. And overall winning team on profit: see their interview:12EE_Interview_winning_teams


  • on creativity Budano Emerald Park Inn. And overall winning team on creativity: see their interview: 12EE_Interview_winning_teams
  • on profit Budano also the Emerald Park Inn.

Photos of the 3-minutes in Tallinn 2015 [1]
Photos of the finals in Tallinn 2015 [2]

Your tasks

So what to do first? Do the tasks underneath step by step.
In time the simulation is divided in two parts:

  • tasks to be done before the game starts on Thursday the 12th of March;
  • tasks to be done during period 12th March - Sunday the 15th. During these days all team members must be available all of the time.

Your tasks before Thursday the 12th of March

First check in six minutes the main explanation of all of the elements in this simulation :

You will receive team information from your coaches on:

  • the teamnumber of your hotel, which is also the username (login name) on this platform. This will look like 12EE-A02:
    • so your competition (12EE is the 12th competition in Tallinn, Estonia) your team number for instance A02
    • so your hotel is located in a city starting with letter A, which is the fictitious city of Amstelburg.
    • your hotel is hotel number 02 (out of ten hotels, which are all your competitors).
  • you'll get a team password for editing your hotels' teampage on this platform. This password will look like ve7r99 and is case sensitive.
  • you'll also get a (secret) hyperlink to your private teamsheet (a spreadsheet) where you make your decisions and can see your own results. This will look like

The example shows the team information from a finished competition in Latvia:

With this information you can start meeting with your team, dividing the tasks, checking out this platform etc. Make sure you have your team well organised and the tasks well divided.

Before Thursday the 12th next tasks must have been finished.

  • Task 1: Meet with your team members

Plan meetings with your team to make preparations and plans for who is going to do what. Managing a hotel is having your team and hotel well organized.
So you are joining with your team, nice! Check the video with explanations on your competition:

  • Task 2: Study E-manual

Study this E-manual: here you will find what you need to read before taking any action.
Login with your username, go to the top right-hand corner of this page, click "My Preferences" scroll a bit down until you see e-mail, e-mail options. Change this e-mail address in a real e-mail address of one of your team members and use the save button at the bottom. This e-mail might comes handy in some cases. Do not change the password or anything else in this section.

All team members can login using the same username: multiple users at the same time with the same username is no problem. To just read the content of this platform you don't need to login at all, by the way (only if you want to edit). If you look for information on any subject you can search with the searchbox top-righthand corner: click the GO-button for a special page on the searched-for item, or use the Search button which will show all pages where the search item is mentioned. No answer found? Ask your coaches.

  • Task 3: First actions

After reading, discuss your strategic plans with regard to the hotel and come to a conclusion. First have a look at the example 12EE Example teampage. Then start filling out your own teampage: this has to be ready entirely Thursday the 12th at 19.00. Also check your private teamsheet using your secret hyperlink and fill out your chosen hotelname in the teamsheet there (cel B1)!
From time to time you might see that we have changed-helped you on lay-out or outlining.

A short instruction video on how to edit the teampage of your hotel in the Emerald Forest Hotel platform is available. This video is a bit longer, like 10 minutes. But you can skip things or scroll forwards. Open the video (which is on this platform) in a new browsertab: Help on editing your teampage. It takes some time to get grip on this editing, it is not WYSIWYG but very, very stable. And don't worry, editing your teampage is the only thing which might annoy you because of the unfriendly way it works. All other elements of this simulation are done in Facebook, Google docs and other platforms which are probably much more logical and user friendly :-)

  • Task 4: Prepare Trade Fair

In the game week, your hotel will be presenting itself at a Trade Fair on Thursday. So think this over well in time and prepare for the Trade Fair: check this page for more information. This is an important fair, one which will influence your success in the game. This offers you the opportunity to present your (new ideas on the) hotel. Be creative, and have a look at the pictures of Trade Fairs from other competitions. All team members must participate in the Trade Fair.
To make your appearance at the Trade Fair as useful as possible, your preparations on your teampage must be ready before acting on the Trade Fair. You can do small changes on your teampage afterwards on Thursday and even Friday.

Tasks during the game-days: 25th February - 28th. February

  • Task 5 to 10

On the page 12EE Tasks and decisions you can find all tasks which are to be done during the game week, day by day.

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