Tag Archives: Standards

Passion versus Profit?

When coming back from a well-deserved holiday, have you ever asked yourself, what are the moments you remember and what are the moments you would rather forget? Let’s start with the memorable moments: A reasonably pleasant flight on Qantas.  Very little can go wrong with a self check-in these days – contact with humans is […]

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 […]

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 poor etiquette killing your job chances? 

It is with passion that we, recruiters, read through resumes that come across our desk. This is especially true when seeking candidates for a very specific job which is proving difficult to fill and where quality candidates are as rare as a diamond without flaws. There are many ‘rough diamonds’ out there and available, but […]

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 1

Au contraire to many opinions, the independent traveller still exists! On a recent journey through Europe and further on to the Middle East I had several experiences that I would like to share – experiences that I found worth sharing for a number of reasons. To start, airports & tourist attractions… Airports and tourist attractions […]