June, 2023

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Insightful Solutions to Reservation No-Shows

Horizon Hospitality

If you work in the restaurant industry, we don’t need to tell you how irritating, and usually financially detrimental, reservation no-shows are. It can throw operations out of balance and often creates staff resentment toward diners. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are several ways you can control the rising rate of reservation no-shows.

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Fake hotel reviews – what’s being done to fight review fraud

eHotelier

Top review sites continually make massive efforts to reduce the number of fake or malicious reviews and hoteliers and guests can also play a role in attempting to curb this ongoing problem.

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Sommerro appoints general manager

Boutique Hotel News

Norway: Luxury hotel Sommerro has appointed André Julseth as its general manager, effective 1 July 2023. For the past three years Julseth served as general manager of The Well Spa & Hotel, located on the outskirts of Oslo. He played a key role in the launch of the hotel in 2021. Between 2015 and 2020, Julseth worked with Sommerro’s parent company Strawberry at a sister hotel THE THIEF.

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How to Build Social Proof for Your Restaurant Business

Modern Restaurant Management

The restaurant industry has generally seen an increase in online orders since the start of the pandemic. Although this is a welcome development, it also means more competition. It means more restaurant businesses now have an online presence. So, how do you attract more customers to your restaurant in the competitive market? One way to do this is by building social proof.

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Top 5 Ways to Optimize Your Loyalty Strategy

Speaker: Lauren Barash, Vice President, Brand Marketing

In an ever-evolving industry, building and retaining loyal customers is critical to the success of any restaurant business. Join Lauren Barash, VP of Brand Marketing at Full Course, as she delves into the world of restaurant loyalty programs, and reveals the top five essential strategies to optimize your approach! This webinar will explore: Loyalty trends and what you should be focusing on 📊 Actionable insights and ideas to help you develop the most powerful and effective loyalty program

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Great Wolf Resorts Partners with APS to Modernize Reservations Technology

Hospitality Net

Great Wolf Resorts, North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts, has selected Above Property Services (APS®) to modernize its technology across their 19 properties across the country. Great Wolf Resorts’ strategic decision to partner with APS was part of an ongoing effort to enhance capabilities and the overall guest experience.

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Web Exclusive: Getting to know a hotel pastry chef

Hotel Business

Chef Joshua Cain, the Caribe Royale Orlando’s executive pastry chef, is changing the game for hotel pastry chefs. He’s revamped the resort’s pastry and chocolate program, following Caribe Royale’s $140-million reimagination, and just recently, he competed as a contestant on the Food Network’s “Spring Baking Championship.” Soon, he will be launching hands-on chocolate programming he’s designed for the resort’s Chocolate Room.

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3 reasons why successful teams earn your trust

eHotelier

3 reasons why successful teams earn your trust - Insights When you are confident in your team and communicate the operational needs clearly, they will do their best to serve the customer as expected.

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Finding Joy in the Garden

EATER

My first experience of gardening was a lesson in scarcity and sustenance. Returning to it years later, as an adult with a connective tissue disorder, I would also discover the joy. The summer stretched long and hot in southeastern Ohio, where the Appalachian hills begin their climb. The dirt road painted everything white with dust; a drought had hit us early and promised to cling late.

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Revolutionizing Dining: The Future of AI in the Restaurant Industry

Modern Restaurant Management

When people think of the way AI is currently used in quick service restaurants – such as fast-food chains – they might think of AI-powered voice bots utilized at drive-thrus or AI tools to forecast inventory needs based on demand. AI-based technology can be an incredibly valuable resource for the restaurant industry when utilized properly.

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Win More in 2024: Your Guide to Restaurant Marketing Success

Your Guide to Restaurant Marketing Success Start maximizing ROI and doing more with less with Olo’s ultimate guide to restaurant marketing. In this guide: Strategies to level up in 4 key areas: data, audiences, content distribution, and loyalty Interactive checklists to help you track your progress throughout the year Tips for leveraging guest data across your entire business What you’ll learn: Level 1 | Beginner: Learn how to collect guest data, build a healthy subscriber list, launch personali

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Student portrait - from army leadership to hospitality excellence

Hospitality Net

Emilien Dombele’s journey at EHL has exceeded his expectations with its international atmosphere and strong sense of community. With a diverse background and work experience in banking and the Swiss army, Emilien wanted to challenge himself and explore his passion for managing people. Emilien has formed deep connections with his fellow students, creating a vibrant student portrait that celebrates diversity and fosters personal growth.

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A change is as good as a rest: the popularity of hotel repositioning

Hotel Owner

Back in 1899, the head of the US Patent Office, Charles Duell, secured his place as a little footnote in history. His organisation got smaller and eventually closed down completely, and when it did, he said it was “because everything that can be invented has been invented”. While that story might be apocryphal, it’s a sentiment that is often on show in the hospitality world.

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Cornell honors Meyer and Kyricos

Hotel Business

The Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration held its 15th annual Cornell Hospitality Icon & Innovator Awards at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York at the close of the 45th annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. The event honored restaurateur Danny Meyer , founder/executive chairman/former CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) with the 2023 Cornell Hospitality Icon of the Industry Award and Mia Kyricos , president/chief love officer,

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Fentanyl in hotels: what you need to know to keep guests and staff safe

eHotelier

Life-threatening effects can occur within two minutes of use, so it crucial to identify the symptoms as quickly as possible and you must train hotel staff about this deadly drug.

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Unlock Restaurant Success: Mastering 7 Vital Employment Laws

As a restaurant leader, your plate is full with responsibilities, from staff management to serving up delicious dishes. But amidst the hustle, there's a crucial area you can't afford to overlook – employment laws. In this comprehensive eBook, we'll unveil the seven essential employment laws every restaurant leader must master. We'll break down the intricacies of each law, showing you how it directly impacts your business.

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Five Best Practices to Increase Market Share and Gain Loyal Guests for Resorts

Lodging Magazine

Today’s hospitality markets have new challenges to overcome—especially resorts. No sooner have they begun to regain market share in a post-pandemic world when an economic recession is causing guests to become more cautious of where and when they spend their money and time. The good news is that they continue to spend. According to American Express Global Business, during the third quarter of 2022, business travel reached 71% of pre-pandemic levels.

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Menu Engineering: The Secret to Maximum Profitability

Modern Restaurant Management

Not all menu items are created equal, nor do they contribute the same profit to the bottom line. Some dishes are more popular and increase revenue, while others carry a smaller margin or might not be ordered as often. It is important to understand not only the profitability of each item per serving but also its overall contribution according to the total servings sold.

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Welcome to Diner Land

EATER

Enter the world of Americana. Of vinyl booths and bottomless coffee. Of late-night pancakes and all-hours hot dogs. Of all-ages dining and no-frills service. Of chrome trim and cash-only. CREDITS Editorial lead: Brenna Houck | Project manager: Lauren Saria | Art director: Lille Allen Contributors: Adam H. Callaghan, Ashok Selvam, Amy McCarthy, Andy Meek, Asonta Benetti, Beth McKibben, Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Emma Orlow, Erin Perkins, Farley Elliott, Hillary Dixler Canavan, Jackie Gutierrez-Jones

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The Elms Hotel & Spa joins PoB Hotels collection

Hotel Owner

PoB Hotels has confirmed that The Elms Hotel and Spa in Worcestershire has joined its collection of independent hotels. The Elms Hotel has recently completed an extensive refurbishment project, and offers guests a holistic luxury experience “encompassing the key attributes of a PoB Hotel”. The site is an independently owned and managed boutique hotel, and its features include “beautifully preserved” Queen Anne architecture, manicured lawns and acres of parkland.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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Why Brands Need to Embrace Travel Advisors as the Real Travel Influencers

Travel Pulse Destinations

We as travel advisors educate the masses, problem solve and provide travelers with excellent service based on our connections within the industry.

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8 ways to boost direct conversions with an effective hotel website

eHotelier

Having a strong online presence is essential for the success of a business. A well-designed and optimized hotel website can significantly boost direct conversions. It can also help establish a direct connection with potential guests.

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Parking Profits: As Occupancy Stalls, Hoteliers Increase Revenue From Drive-In Guests

Lodging Magazine

Based on our February 2023 Hotel Horizons report, CBRE reports that total hotel revenue for the average U.S. hotel returned to pre-COVID levels in 2022. This occurred even though the average occupancy for U.S. hotels is not expected to exceed 2019 levels until 2026. With occupancy levels lagging during the post-COVID recovery and guest counts depressed, hotel owners and operators have had to look for alternative sources of revenue beyond the rental of guestrooms to […] The post Parking Pro

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The Tipping Point: Tech Tipping Causing Tension

Modern Restaurant Management

Half of customers felt manipulated or tricked into leaving a tip at checkout, according to Capterra ’s June 2023 survey, which was conducted to learn more about how the overuse of tablet tip screens is changing the way consumers approach tipping culture. Among the insights: Over-asking for tips is alienating customers: 50 percent have felt manipulated or tricked into leaving a tip or tipping more than they intended to.

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Diving into Diversity: Decoding the Foundations of Inclusion in Hospitality Talent Acquisition

Speaker: Lauren Fernandez - CEO & Founder, Full Course

Companies all over the world, including Marriot International and Hilton Worldwide, are aware of the value of including DEI in their talent acquisition strategy. However, despite these initiatives, there is still plenty that the hospitality sector can do to promote DEI. When comparing the hospitality industries in India, Iraq, the UK, and the US, you will see that there is a consistent underrepresentation of persons from different ethnic, gender, and disability origins across all levels of the i

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Here Is the Full List of James Beard Awards 2023 Winners

EATER

A group of students from Kendall College as well as past Beard Award winners pose on the red carpet at the 2023 James Beard Awards. | Barry Brechiesen Congratulations to all the chef and restaurant winners At a red-carpet event tonight at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, the James Beard Awards honored restaurants and chefs in categories like best new restaurant, emerging chef, and regional best chef categories.

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‘More important than ever’: Clermont Hotel Group on the benefits of hospitality training

Hotel Owner

Can you tell us more about The Academy? How does it work? Is it open to everyone or, if there is a selection process, how does it work? We have a dedicated space within The Tower hotel, which comprises a high-spec classroom and mock reception area, to provide a base for face-to-face learning, as well as an online app-based platform – Flow. The online platform – Flow – shows a list of ‘recommended for you’ courses – depending on the employee’s job role, and based on courses that other people in t

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How the Caribbean Has Earned a Reputation as a Foodie Destination

Travel Pulse Destinations

The Caribbean has always been home to great food, and the recent efforts to highlight local flavors at resorts means that Caribbean cuisine is now gaining more recognition and attracting foodies, festivals, and fans of great food.

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The rise of innovative transportation in transforming the guest experience

eHotelier

Whether it’s a leisurely drive through scenic landscapes or a chauffeured tour of a new city, luxury ground transportation transforms ordinary journeys into extraordinary adventures, leaving guests with cherished memories that they will fondly recall for years to come.

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Utilizing Technology: Improve Customer Experience and Increase Points of Profit in Your Restaurant Business

Speaker: Hillary Holmes - SpotOn Operator in Residence; Troy Hooper - CEO, Kiwi Restaurant Partners; Jason Berkowitz - Founder and CEO of ARROW UP Training

Running a restaurant is hard work, so it can be discouraging when you see how little of that work shows up in your bottom line. The most efficient way to improve your restaurant's profit margins is to implement flexible technology. Hard work can’t cut the fees from third-party delivery apps or get orders in and out of the kitchen faster, but technology can!