Welcome to BlogNotions' Hospitality Blog

The BlogNotions Hospitality Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by thought leaders in the hospitality industries. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on the technologies being used for a variety of hospitality services, discussions of various problems and solutions, best practices for event planning and execution, tips and tricks for successful marketing, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

CHRS 2017: Opportunities in the era of disruption

I was in Ithaca, New York, last week for the 2017 Cornell Hospitality Research Summit(#CHRS2017), where a good mix of industry professionals and academic researchers shared their viewpoints on the outlooks of the hospitality business and findings of relevant research. This year, the conference’s theme was “opportunities in the era of disruption.” So, what are the disruptions? In […]

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MP&A Digital Named Agency of Record for Young Island Resort

Private, romantic Young Island Resort in St. Vincent and the Grenadines recently named hospitality marketing specialists MP&A Digital & Advertising as its agency of record. The full-service marketing agency is charged with providing a comprehensive communications plan to increase awareness, bookings and drive profitable revenue for the 29-cottage property. The cornerstone of the program is […]

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Lessons From A Billionaire’s Perspective on Teamwork

What can you learn about hospitality from a billionaire? Quite a lot as you might expect. One of my favorite lessons comes via Patrick Lencioni, an expert on leadership and corporate organizational health. He tells a story of a billionaire client who best expressed the power of teamwork this way. “If you could get all […]

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The great firewall of Mainland China

I am currently traveling in Mainland China for a few weeks. I will not be able to access the websites that do not meet the “standards” set by the Chinese government, such as blogger.com or Google. I will try my best to update this blog whenever I have a chance. Thank you for your patience.

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Can Airbnb help hotels increase revenue?

It is commonly believed that the growth of Airbnb has made a significant negative impact on the hotel business. There are also empirical studies that have documented Airbnb’s negative impacts on hotels. That makes sense. As a substitute of the traditional lodging products — hotel rooms — every transaction on Airbnb means a loss of revenue for hotels or online travel agents (OTAs), such […]

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The unemployment rate is going down and the minimum wage is on the rise — A blessing or a curse?

Impeccable service can only be delivered by a well-trained, friendly staff. Accordingly, the service industry is labor-intensive and employs a large number of skilled and unskilled workers. The recent employment report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also suggests that food services and drinking places (or restaurants), professional and business services, and healthcare are the three […]

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Independent Hotels Are Booming

If you follow hotel performance data then you know they are experiencing what can best be described as boom times. What’s most interesting is that independents are significantly outpacing their branded brethren. And in case you haven’t seen the data, here are a few highlights from a recent Lodging Magazine article. Independent hotel ADR growth […]

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Hotels, OTAs and Airbnb are firing up for a new war

By the time I finished writing the article, “Expedia, Priceline join battle against Airbnb,” hotel giants Marriott and Wyndham announced bold new strategic moves: Marriott is going to team up with Alibaba to serve Chinese tourists abroad. The deal will enable Chinese travelers to book a Marriott hotel on Alibaba’s travel service platform, Fliggy, and to process payments with […]

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Expedia, Priceline join battle against Airbnb

The growth of Airbnb has made a significant negative impact on hotel business, even though the hotel industry has also been enjoying a steady long-time growth since 2009, as measured in almost all performance indicators including occupancy, average daily rate, revenue per available rooms and number of new hotels open for business. For hotels, it is a loss […]

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