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.

Creativity Does Impact Your Bottom Line

Awards are often associated with ego. Ever been told not to hire an agency that touts its awards? If you’re nodding, let me challenge you for a moment. Have you ever thought about returning your hotel’s awards? That TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence or those Four Diamonds from AAA? Absolutely not. Those awards help the world […]

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Is dynamic pricing good for restaurants and hotels?

According to the theories in classical economics, an equilibrium price of a product will be reached in a free market when supplies meet demands. When supplies remain stable, an increase in demands will result in a higher selling price for the product. Restaurants and hotels offer service products that are perishable in nature (e.g., restaurant […]

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Hotel mergers and acquisitions: Which hotel chain will be the next?

In mid-January, Wyndham announced that it would purchase La Quinta’s franchise and management business for $1.95 billion. Currently, Wyndham Worldwide operates more than 8,100 hotels in 79 countries, with a total room inventory of more than 705,700 rooms. The company’s portfolio includes 19 brands, ranging from the economy segment, such as Super 8 and Days Inn, to the […]

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DMO services to hotels: How valuable are they?

Destination marketing organizations (DMOs) are responsible for the management and marketing of a tourist destination. As a means to promote a destination, DMOs provide a variety of services to the tourists as well as other hospitality and tourism businesses in the area. While DMOs usually operate in different geographical and administrative levels — namely in […]

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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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