The Chinese New Year period in 2018 runs from Friday February 16, 2018 (New Year’s Eve) The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar. Traditional celebrations usually occur from Chinese New Year’s Eve, which falls on […]

It looks like a new era is fast approaching in the hotel industry and this has worrying implications for professional hoteliers, General Managers in particular… The purchase and acquisition of a number of medium sized international hotel companies by the industry megaliths over the past 18 months has resulted in an unprecedented consolidation in the […]

Modern convenience? evil necessity? cancer threat? explosive in our pocket? money maker? baby sitter? GPS? computer? TV? movie theatre? music machine? Or what? The mobile phone has become a part of our life, and for many, has taken on a life within their life. Imagine, a mobile phone free day once a year, a month […]

  As the end of one year finishes and another new year begins, I eagerly wait for the avalanche of articles on the trends and predictions for the year ahead. I optimistically read each article with an open mind and absorb the wisdom of these writers and influencers, product pushers and visionaries, as they gaze […]

  The quest for youth is never ending –  here are some anti-ageing super foods from the fruit and veggie patch that you really should be adding to your next menu…   1. Blueberries Blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat to fight aging. With the highest concentration of antioxidants of all […]

The job of a manager in the hospitality industry is never done. An increasing complex environment, the 24/7 nature of the work, the digital age driving the necessity for instant response or action, health & safety, budgets, staff counselling, endless administration, oh and I nearly forgot, guests…need I go on? Whether it’s the GM or […]

I recently read an article that evaluated the job requirements for positions in various industries and to my surprise the hospitality industry is still considered to be in its infancy. Much has changed since the 70s and 80s when it was commonplace to move from a dishwasher to a General Manager and if you were […]

As if you needed reminding, social media in its various forms pervades the whole of our business and personal lives. The channels are seemingly endless – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, together with the many review style websites that directly address the hospitality business such as TripAdvisor, Zagat, Yelp, Dimmi, Zomato and many more… More […]