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.

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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Tourism Place has a New Home

The Tourism Place Blog has a new home. It is now on the website for my journal, Tourism Geographies.  Click Here to go directly to the new Tourism Place Blog’s home. You may find that the content of the Tourism Place blog has changed. It is now more of a support site for the journal. […]

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Creating Original Content — First and Foremost for Blogging

Do you know many websites are built on a WordPress (blog) theme?  Oh yes.  People are very likely reading blogs when they browse contents on the internet, and blogging can be very effective in marketing communications and making sales.  Yet, how does blogging different from Facebook or Twitter updates?  What can we expected from a […]

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Integrating Mobile Technology into Customer Service

Today, 52% of the population have smartphones, of whom over 94% are expected to use smartphones in searching for local business, according to a recent newsletter I received from the California Lodging Industry Association.  Many OTAs (online travel agents such as Expedia.com and Priceline.com) and entrepreneurs are getting into the “app business,” and they are […]

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Moving Forward in 2014

In August 2009, I graduated from Texas Tech University and moved from Lubbock, TX to Syracuse, NY for a tenure track position at Syracuse University (SU).  Six months later, in January 2010, I signed up in all major social media websites.  I called that “ I am entering a new era.”  Thanks to social media, […]

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Interested in a Sales/Marketing Position? You’d Better Start Tweeting

Traditionally, companies promote sales by initiating one-way, and often persuasive messages to influence buyers’ purchasing decisions, but social media has destroyed the “one-to-many-communication” model. And because of that, if one wants to work in the field of sales and marketing, s/he must know how to communicate effectively on social media. Well, many people have already […]

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