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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 […]

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 […]