Archive | June, 2011

Will Expedia & Groupon Turn Your Hotel Into A Commodity?

When travelers sign up for the new Groupon Getaways with Expedia they are told this is the best thing to happen to travel since the inflatable neck pillow. That may be true for the traveler, but what does it mean for your hotel? Could the Expedia/Groupon combination turn your hotel rooms into a commodity like […]

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Paycheck shorted? There’s an app for that

HITEC, “the world’s largest and most outstanding hospitality technology event,” took place last week. No doubt there were plenty of whiz-bang technology marvels on display, including numerous smartphone applications. Wonder if the Department of Labor was an exhibitor. Huh? Yes, indeed. With little, if any, fanfare, the U.S. Department of Labor quietly announced its first […]

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Paycheck shorted? There’s an app for that

HITEC, “the world’s largest and most outstanding hospitality technology event,” took place last week.  No doubt there were plenty of whiz-bang technology marvels on display, including numerous smartphone applications. Wonder if the Department of Labor was an exhibitor. Huh? Yes, indeed.  With little, if any, fanfare, the U.S. Department of Labor quietly announced its first […]

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Time … is your friend, not your enemy!

Time … is your friend, not your enemy! By Kevin Kalstad, CPC  | Gecko Hospitality In the past 4 weeks I have seen not one, but two great candidates walk away from two great job offers / opportunities. True Story! Both situations were with different candidates and clients, but in essence it all boiled down […]

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“There is no such thing as a glass ceiling…”

so said my sister, Kathy Matsui, in a TEDxTokyo talk last month on her trademark topic, Womenomics. Slightly different context, but many of her principles apply to the U.S. hospitality industry. Where are the women? Sure, they’re there behind the front desk, cleaning guest rooms, selling meetings and banquets. But where are they in leading […]

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A Gourmet Chef “Turning Lack into Luck”

Today, I am sharing another CNN News video about a gourmet chef’s successful experience on entrepreneurship. This time, however, is not about starting up a restaurant business. Mary Moore is a gourmet chef herself. She noticed that there was a lack of good cooking utensils in the market and decided to pair up retail with gourmet […]

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Las Vegas as the Technology Hub

What comes to your mind when you hear “Las Vegas”? The Strip? Casinos? Games? Shows? Restaurants? Night clubs? Shopping malls? … I would probably call Las Vegas the Entertainment Center. I am not sure, however, if I would call Las Vegas the Technology Hub. Last week, I attended the Caesars Hospitality Research Summit at University […]

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Us and Them among Tourists in Taiwan

There are other places in the world where visitors segregate based on culture and ethnicity. There are Mediterranean resort islands that are almost all German-speaking next to an island that is all French-speaking, for example. And most of the tourists to Barbados in the Caribbean are British and Canadian, while visitors to nearby Martinique is mostly French, and St. Lucia is mostly American.

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