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The Restaurant and Hotel Guests from Hell!!

The internet loves a horror story. The pages of the Daily Mail are full of stories about our industry and the problems encountered on a seemingly hourly basis! Rude staff, foreign object in meals, woeful restaurant hygiene, bed bugs, why you should unpack your luggage in the bathroom (yes, really!) and many more… If you […]

Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Dog.

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 […]

There is a new wind blowing – perhaps a cold breeze of change?

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 […]

Imagine… A Day Without a Mobile Phone…

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 […]

Hospitality Trends for 2018… what’s really going to happen!

  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 […]

7 Ways Not to Handle Negative Social Media Feedback in the Hospitality Industry…

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 […]

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 […]

A day in the life of an expat General Manager or it’s lonely at the top…

The hospitality business of the 70’s and 80’s is, in many ways, unrecognisable from the environment we see today. Technology, increasing labour costs (and decreasing staffing levels), increased tourism and travel, and the rise of the hotel management behemoths, just to name a few, have all played their part in the re-shaping of our industry.   […]