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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.

The Rooftop Gardening Concept Also Works in Five-Star Hotels

I shared several ideas of growing one’s own vegetables, such as urban farming, community-support agriculture, and rooftop gardening. I used to believe that these ideas would work better for independent restaurants or in the consumer market because chain restaurants are less flexible in menu engineering. It turns out that rooftop gardening can also work very […]

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The Best Tourism Places

The Best Tourism Places panel session turned out to be a blast! I had asked everyone to make the last slide in their presentation a list of what makes the best tourism places, though not everyone actually read or remembered my instructions. I went first and found it very demanding, exhilarating, and fun. I talked about Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, Malaysia, which is one of my favorite places. I selected KK because it is a major tourist destination that offers a range of opportunities for different types of tourists, from the recreational-leisure tourist to the avid cultural and environmental explorer. My own conclusions were that the best tourism places had the following characteristics:

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Secrets of a $1.4-Billion Chinese Fast Food Enterprise

Today’s ABC News video reveals the secret ingredients of turning Panda Express into a fast food enterprise that had $1.4 billion in sales in 2010 and sells 65 million pounds of sesame chicken a year. They are:   Healthy Life Style Continuous Learning Developing Others Acknowledging Others It is true. Healthy employees are more productive. […]

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Is It a Good Time to Open a Restaurant?

Recessions may create good opportunities for innovative entrepreneurs because the labor and operation costs tend to be lower than those in the good times. In the past, I discussed the mobile food truck opportunities and whether it is a good idea for hospitality students to start their own restaurant business upon graduation. Now that the […]

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Will TripAdvisor Disappear?

Last week when Expedia announced that it was spinning off TripAdvisor there was a lot of speculation as to what it meant for hoteliers. At the same time many investors were wondering how owning a piece of the travel industry’s 800 pound gorilla would improve the performance of their portfolio.

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Do You Want to Become a Social Media Officer?

I posted two news videos before about an emerging occupation — social media officer (one is in hotels; the other is in the public service sector). Today, I am sharing with you another Fox News video about a social media entrepreneur, a person who started a business by helping companies manage their social media presence.  […]

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A Must-Learn Guest Service Lesson

I stayed at the Courtyard Hotel at Greenbelt, MD for the SBP11 Conference last week. The hotel features the new lobby design and nice guestrooms, as what we discussed before. Everything looks great. I rated this hotel an A in terms of facility and checking-in and checking-out processes. However, I can only give this hotel […]

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Interview Tips 101

Before the interview: 1. Double check the DATE, TIME, and PLACE of the interview. Prepare your route and arrive 15 minutes prior to the interview time. Hiring managers expect this from excellent candidates. 2. Look up the company’s website and refer to what you’ve learned in the interview. Find out all you can about the […]

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Hotel Porn for the Thinking Woman

Back in January, Marriott International generated some buzz when it announced it was eliminating access to adult content on in-room pay-per-view entertainment systems over the next few years.  Reactions ranged from what’s-the-big-deal-you-can-get-it-for-free-online to congratulatory to speculation that the move was meant to support Mitt Romney’s run for the presidency. Well, I had two thoughts about […]

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