Embracing Domestic Tourism in Africa

For a long time, Africans have perceived traveling as non essential especially within the continent thus only reserved for the high net-worth persons. Attributed mostly to their supposedly low spending power, Africans are said to believe that money should be spent on ‘more important priorities’ which exclude traveling (in this case considered as leisure). Therefore, […]

The hostel grows up: ‘Poshtels’ make their way to USA

For many people, the word hostel evokes images of grungy backpackers, uncomfortable beds, shared bathrooms and snack machines. But that’s a hostel for another era. These days, hostels are more like boutique hotels at a bargain price. The upscale hostel trend was born in Europe. To attract younger travelers, hoteliers started outfitting hostels with bars, coffee […]

Marriott Receives Antitrust Clearance from the European Union to Acquire Starwood

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide (NYSE: HOT) today announced they have received unconditional clearance from the European Union for Marriott to acquire Starwood in a merger transaction. In announcing the decision in a press release issued by the European Commission, the Commissioner for Competition, Margaret Vestager, said, “This is […]

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel As You Know It Is Over

KEYSTONE-FRANCE VIA GETTY IMAGES, The Waldorf Astoria, still under construction. As the saying goes: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” New York City’s landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel will close for up to three years while most of its rooms are gutted and turned into luxury apartments, according to The Wall Street Journal. Once […]

Swiss International enters the Kingdom of Bahrain with the signing of the Swiss International Palace Hotel

The well-known Palace hotel, located in the Gudaibiya area of Manama will be rebranded to receive its guests as the Swiss International Palace hotel, effective July 1, 2016. The Palace hotel (formerly known as the Ramada Palace hotel) concluded a franchise agreement with Swiss International, with effect from July 1, 2016. The signing took place […]

Dubai Tourism – Statistics And Trends [Infographic]

Holding some of the biggest modern manmade marvels, Dubai is one city that can’t be missed to visit. It homes 7 of the 10 tallest hotels in world and the tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The Building is so tall that people on the top floors have to wait a while longer than those on […]

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  • Studio HBA designs two coastline-inspired properties in Santa Monica

    Courtyard Marriott Santa Monica and Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica were designed to complement each other. Studio HBA, a division of Hirsch Bedner Associates, is slated to complete two properties in Santa Monica, Calif. Courtyard Marriott Santa Monica and Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Monica were designed to complement each other, with the former said […]

  • How a smart D.C. is smart on sustainability

    I frequently point to the many smart programs that my hometown of Washington, D.C., is using to achieve one of the highest degrees of sustainability in the country. Aside from paralyzing traffic and a broken metro system, the city has had a string of relatively unsung achievements in sustainability, many of which have strengthened the […]

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  • Blind tasting menus surprise, delight guests

    Chef Gabe Charpentier Windsor Court Hotel Chef Gabriel Charpentier experiments with spontaneity at New Orleans’ Grill Room. In a restaurant-packed town like New Orleans, hotel venues need to work a little harder to win over locals. Gabriel Charpentier accepted that challenge in May when he was named chef de cuisine of The Grill Room, the […]

  • Hospitality Isn’t Consolidating, It’s Converging

    If you haven’t heard the iconic Thomas Friedman quote about technological change, it’s about time you heard his poignant reflection back to just several years ago. “When I said the world is flat, Facebook didn’t exist. Or for most people it didn’t exist.  Twitter was a sound. The Cloud was in the sky. 4G was […]

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  • How to Help Your New Manager Build Respect

    Building a strong manager and management team is an obstacle you’ll constantly face. If this isn’t something you’ve been focusing on, put it on your radar now. Management Goals. A major goal for your business should be to develop a team around you that enables it to function while you’re not there. Preferably to function […]

  • Encouragement = the “Miracle Grow” of Employee Morale

    Encouragement = the “Miracle Grow” of Employee Morale

    Complaint after complaint is heard about today’s workforce; they are lazy, spend too much time on social media while on-the-job and they have no work ethic. True or not, it is a fact of business. Today’s employees; regardless of their social status, geographic makeup or millennial segmentation, face a vastly different work environment that those […]

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  • Beware: That In-Room Coffee Just Might Cost You

    As hotel fees hit record highs, even the free in-room coffee is no longer sacred. For Laura Schooling, the only thing worse than being jet-lagged in a hotel room and finding no coffee is discovering that in-room caffeine is available — but for $3.50 a K-Cup. “I went to get my coffee in the morning […]

  • Sourcing consistent product

    Ray’s Boathouse , Café Fregola Sarda  At Ray’s Boathouse in Seattle, a lot of what goes on the menu — seafood and fresh produce — is seasonal. The type of product, the supply and the quality can vary significantly. Eliminating inconsistency is a challenge. This makes it extremely important that shelf-stable products in the recipes […]

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