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Tuesday , December 19 2017

Management

DoC increases Great Hike Hut fees

New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DoC) has announced it will increase charges for huts and campsites on some of the Great Walks to ease the strain on the ecosystems caused by a surge in the number of visitors. Due to the increase in tourism, rising costs of maintenance have forced the price hike. During the past three years there had been a …

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Ramada Encore brand debuts in New Zealand

Wyndham Hotel Group has announced the introduction of a new brand – Ramada ENCORE – to New Zealand, reflecting the hospitality giant’s intent to broaden its portfolio in the country. The soon-to-be Ramada ENCORE Christchurch Colombo Street is being developed under a franchise agreement with Lepdon Holdings and is slated to be completed in late 2017. Once finished, it will …

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Respect your housekeepers: they work hard

Every hotelier knows that housekeeping is a vital aspect of any property’s operations. All it takes is just one look at an online review site to see just how sensitive guests are to errors in this regard. Even though we all know how important the role of the housekeeper is, seldom do we managers actually know how to do what …

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Are you giving your guests enough RevPAH?

As I often say in my hospitality workshops, we in the hotel industry are in a very unique business of selling space and time, so we had better be REALLY good at the intangibles. Although we charge them for rooms, the guests are buying an overall experience that is made up mostly of human interactions. With hotel brands so quickly …

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Common issues with wifi in resorts and hotels

In the vast world of wifi technology, many resort and hotel owners are left scratching their heads as to what they need to do to provide their guests with a decent wifi connection. In this article, we will go through some common core issues with wifi in resorts and hotels. One of the main issues we see is the overuse …

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Why do our rates change? We discount when it’s slower!

hotel rates

Every day your hotel sales, reservations and front desk colleagues are fielding questions from both prospects and guests regarding why it is that the rates are so much higher during certain periods as compared to other dates. For convention hotels, the question might be “Why are the rates so much higher in mid-October than July?” For the catering sales manager …

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How can smaller hotel chains compete with mega chains?

five star service

Hotel guests are increasingly valuing the digital experience – often more than other amenities a hotel might offer – but how can smaller hotel chains implement the technology to compete with ‘mega chains’?  Derrick Lee, VP global and vertical accounts at ALE, shares his view on how new developments in digital communications technology are enabling smaller hospitality companies to embrace the …

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Does your dirty laundry need airing?

laundry

Every day, thousands of sheets, pillowcases, towels, bathmats and face cloths are changed and laundered in accommodation facilities across the country. However, with the rising cost of utilities and labour, as well as the harsh chemicals used in the laundering process, it is becoming less cost effective to keep laundry services in-house. The supply and management of linen for any …

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Hospitality lessons from the final frontier

Star Trek hoteliers

Can hoteliers learn from Star Trek? What does this have to do with the world of hospitality? What can we learn from the good captain and his crew? Beam me up, Scotty! The original television series “Star Trek” ran 79 episodes in the late 1960s. After being cancelled due to poor ratings, it was revived and spawned a slew of …

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