Category Food and Beverage

8 Foods to help regulate your mood and stress levels…

    The hospitality business is well known for being a stressful industry, and keeping that happy smiling face even in adversity can be as simple as eating the right things. Here are some suggestions: 1. Fish like salmon are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that they may also help boost mood […]

Drink these wines at your (financial) peril!

Just in case there is one of these bottles hidden in the depths of your cellar somewhere, here are a few of the world’s most expensive bottles of wine … 1992 Screaming Eagle $ 80,000 At auction in ‘Napa Valley 2008’, a charity event, a lot of six magnums of Screaming Eagle were sold for […]

Using Instagram in Hospitality – a bit of a No-Brainer!

Many people thought Mark Zuckerberg crazy for spending US$1 billion to buy Instagram back in 2012, but now it has established itself as a leading social media channel. According to Statista (statista.com) Instagram had more than 700 million active users as of April 2017 and was continuing to grow at a pace. Whilst originally skewed […]

Gazing into the Crystal Ball… what’s in store for the hospitality industry in 2017

Each and every year between November and February I watch with interest to see the various reviews of the past year and predictions for the year ahead. Will the hospitality industry live to survive another year? What will be the next ‘big thing’ or destination? Will it be massive development for luxury resorts or the […]

Why so Pretentious? The Continuing Decline of the Restaurant Menu…

Growing up in the UK I recall a big push in the late 70’s and early 80’s for the adoption of “plain English”. The idea of this radical movement was to translate centuries of incomprehensible jargon, gobbledygook and corruption of the language into a simple understandable form that real people read, write and speak. The […]

5-star hotels in different parts of the world…

Following my recent journey through Europe and the Middle East I noticed the many different hotel standards that all claimed to be either 5-star or 4-star superior… For the trained or untrained eye, it was painful to see what so-called 5-star hotels have become over the years; something regular travellers have been rightly whinging about […]

Observations of an Independent Holiday Traveller…Part 2

Having finished my sojourn through Europe with various short or long stays and a good taste of the hospitality industry on the continent I was ready to start my tour through the Middle East beginning in Amman. I had always had a soft spot for Amman as it was instrumental in the direction my life […]

The Increasing Influence of Social Media and Review Websites…

In past posts on The Elite Hotelier we have discussed the importance of paying attention to reviews on social media and the major review websites. It is a well-trodden path and much written about subject and apparently everyone understands the increasing power of these sites and the importance to correctly manage the social media presence […]