The Case for Reading MORE About the Hotel Industry (yes more!)

How did hoteliers know about industry trends before the Internet came about? Cyberspace may not have existed in 1970, but there were plenty of trade journals and books to go around. Travel Trade, Travel Week, Travel Digest, Hotel Weekly…. The list goes on. Promotional materials from other hotels were another way to collect valuable information and if all else failed, we could book a room at that hotel and see for ourself what the competition was doing. Of course travel and hotels were also featured in newspapers and reading magazines from Conde Nast made hotels seem magical.

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How to Make Hotels More Human

Isn’t it strange that technology designed to bring people together could have the opposite effect? As smartphones and tablets have become more engrained in daily life, prospects for real human interaction feel strangely diminished. Why strike up a conversation – or look out the window, for that matter – when there’s always a task, a search, or a social media post to absorb your attention? Academics and researchers have been saying plenty about this in recent years. The Media Consumer Survey 2017 by Deloitte found clear patterns of fatigue amongst social media users in Australia, with nearly half of the study’s respondents stating that they spend more time on social media than they’d like to, and nearly a third admitting that they spend more time cultivating relationships on social media than they do in real life.

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The Biggest Mistakes Hotel Managers Make

If you’re looking for a career where no two days are alike, managing a hotel ought to be right up on your list. The number of details involved in our profession is mind-boggling; virtually every decision we make is an opportunity to strengthen the operation as a whole – or to weaken it. In order to be a successful hotelier, you have to be able to change directions quickly and solve problems on the fly.

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