Category Trivia

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.   […]

Did they really just say that??

As a global hospitality recruiter, we have the pleasure to connect with people from all nationalities, backgrounds and cultures. This is largely a pleasurable experience, but occasionally we come across things and people that just make us scratch our heads with disbelief and sometimes amusement… Here are some extracts from actual candidate resumes & emails […]

Abandoned Hotels – Part 2

Our recent article looking at abandoned hotels was widely read and following feedback that this was of interest to followers here are a few more for your reading pleasure…. Bokor Hill Station – Bokor Palace Hotel, Cambodia Bokor Hill Station was a Cambodian resort town built in the early 1920s by colonial French settlers, the […]

The Bold and the Beautiful…. an ode to the Executive Housekeeper

For many years, female Executive Housekeepers were an integral part of a luxury hotel operation. Starting at the very beginning of the post war hotel industry and going back to the days when Juan Trippe pioneered 5 star hotels to accommodate his PAN AM passengers and a gutsy Texan by the name of Conrad Hilton […]

Is your job under threat from a robot?

Advances in technology have seen robots replacing humans in a variety of industries over the past 50 years – that is a fact. Just a quick look at the changes in the automotive business and you can see the enormous upheaval to whole industries and communities that these changes bring. … but surely we are […]

The incongruous idea of abandoned hotels…

The past 40 years has seen unprecedented growth in tourism and business travel, resulting in the development of thousands of hotels and resorts in all parts of the globe. Even in times of economic difficulties new hotels continue to pop up somewhere in the world… So when you hear about once great and luxurious hotels […]

From Hotelier to President….a comparison not to be taken lightly!

So, hotelier Donald Trump is President – who would have thought and who said our industry doesn’t provide opportunities? Well at least it does in the United States of America, the land of the free and home of the brave! With a new President recently installed, the world is waiting to see how he will […]