If there are any hospitality researchers our there reading this, I’d love to see a poll that asks hotel managers what they think of AirBnb. Obviously there would be sour grapes, especially among those who feel that market share has been lost and professional standards have been compromised. There would also be small percentage of forward-thinking hotel managers who think AirBnb has been overwhelmingly positive, and that the industry is better for it. But the majority, I’m guessing, would be pragmatists who think there are pros and cons to the ways in which this maverick startup changed (and continues to change) the industry.
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.Read More
If you ask a hotel manager to compare an online travel agency to another life form, the response will generally not be flattering. Lianas in a tropical rainforest, for example. These are the woody vines that climb trees and slowly strangle them, using the trunk and branches as a scaffolding to position their own leaves in the sun. What better analogy for a group of massive sales firms that collectively own the majority of global hotel bookings, and take 15-30% commission on every room they book?Read More