Category Misc

Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry – gimmicks or real change?

The overload of information that we are currently fed about the environment and the negative impact that we are having on the planet is simply overwhelming. Dire forecasts about the subject abound. In order for the next generation to survive we need to be concerned with so many issues affecting the planet, from climate change, […]

The Influencer…What’s That?

I was recently enlightened to a new term, which those of you who frequent social media will be well aware of – The Influencer. So, after emerging from my social media hole in the ground and rubbing the sand from my eyes, I consulted the oracle (now known as Google) to find out more. An […]

New Life for Abandoned Hotels?

Continuing our series of articles about abandoned hotel and resorts (see our earlier posts – The Incongruous Idea of Abandoned Hotels… and Abandoned Hotels – Part 2, to follow are some hotels that were abandoned but now show signs of life, either as new attempts to get the properties up and running or re-purposed as […]

Are Opinions Worth Listening to?

Throughout my life I have been known to have an opinion about almost everything! I guess that’s the way I was brought up, to speak my mind, and I have done that even when my opinions have not been sought or when they can be construed as being somewhat controversial. In the oh so ‘politically […]

Instagram worthy Hotel Rooms around the Globe…

The internet abounds with photos of hotel rooms, both good and bad, but the game changer most definitely has been Instagram. It seems that no weekend break or holiday of a lifetime is complete without a myriad of photos of your bed, bathroom or view from the balcony – all with an excess of hashtags […]

Who’s in charge?

  Having worked in all kinds of environments and cultures, I am constantly fascinated by the comments I see from guests about their hotel stay. Here are some odds and ends from the daily routine of a typical resort operation – unbelievably, they are all real comments!   The weather: – “your brochure sells sunshine. […]

Hipster Culture is Killing the Hospitality Industry!

According to the dictionary, a hipster is a usually ‘a person who is trendy, stylish, or progressive in an unconventional way; someone who is hip’. The hipster subculture is stereo-typically composed of young adults who reside in gentrified neighbourhoods and are broadly associated with indie lifestyles, non-mainstream fashion, hold pacifist and green views, are often […]

Dreamtime (not a Movie) or a Real-Life Documentary…

Sometimes one comes across candidate emails and resumes and you have to sit back, take a deep breath and wonder if they are part of the real world or live a fictitious life in a parallel universe. It is amazing to see how many people are living a life of ignorance or are completely out […]