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.

Why Aren’t We Speaking Out?

Deficits at the state and local government level are horrendous.  Knowing that wrenching decisions must be made, I got to thinking:  Why aren’t hoteliers educating state and local governments about losing out on tax revenues from rooms sold on OTAs? Typically, when a hotel sells a room to a guest, the state and local sales […]

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Thoughts and Advices from Three Hospitality Professionals

Yesterday, three hospitality professionals spoke in my Human Resource Management and Hotel Operations classes. One is the GM of a Hilton Garden Inn; the other two include a hotel entrepreneur in the State of New York and the Operations Director of a Sheraton Hotel. While they have distinguished career paths and come from different background, […]

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Tourism Incognita – The Importance of the Unexpected

My email inbox these days seems to be overflowing with more “all-inclusive” travel deals than I have seen in a long time. All-inclusive experiences are certainly attractive — no need to think about anything other than getting to your destination resort. They are also very popular — as evidenced by the continual growth in cruise […]

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Is There a Future for Landline Phone Service in Hotels?

Technology evolves very fast. Thursday, March 10, marked the 135 anniversary of the invention of telephone. This MSNBC News video helps us review the changing roles of telephones play in our lives. “Once upon a time,” people might feel bored, lonely, or odd if not being able to talk on the phone. Since 2007, however, […]

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The Outlook for the Hotel Industry

Starting from 2010, I heard from quite a few hotel managers and in a variety of cover stories that the lodging industry is recovering from recession. As ADR, RevPAR, and occupancy are slowly improving in major markets, March Gordon, the President of Morgans Hotel Group, Co., shared his experience of developing and managing boutique hotels […]

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The Manly Man’s Hotel?

A few weeks ago, I caught up with one of my old friends, Pam. One of the things we have in common is a fascination with gender norms, so we’ve been trading articles on the subject. One precis we read together was about research coming out of the Kellogg School of Management: Real Men Don’t […]

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Breaking the Hotel Addiction to OTAs

There are many things in life that, when used in moderation, are fun and even good for you. Chocolate, wine and sex are good examples. However, when taken to excess they can become addictive and hazardous to your physical and financial health. The same holds true in hospitality… Online travel agencies (OTAs) are a valuable […]

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Talk is cheap … so is a call, an e-mail or a text.

The first quarter of 2011 is going by fast! Time flies, and 2011 is looking to be an excellent year for the hospitality industry. One of the things I take pride in is great communication with the candidates I currently have in the hiring and, or job interview process. I also do the same for my […]

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