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The Power of Choice

Every day, you make hundreds, if not thousands of choices and todays hotel guest is no different.  So I wanted to impart on you some advice regarding choice and enabling this and even using it to your advantage for complaint handling. A choice is made either...

Deserving versus Un-Deserving

Being active in Reception Management, I spend a lot of my time on the front line working the Reception Desk in the same manner as my team, but i had a very interesting conversation with one of my team members the other day that I...

The Joy of Bias

The title of this post is actually ironic - bias is not a joyful thing in most circumstances, but can be used to your advantage despite being mainly disadvantageous.  The rule of bias is simple - bias is defined as 'inclination or prejudice for or...

Sharing is caring

So, it has been almost forever since I last blogged, and quite honestly it's because I have been too busy with life and work! But I am back and will hopefully be able to blog more often now! The hospitality industry, as with many others, is...

Gift
All Feedback is a Gift

I have written before (many times) about handling feedback on TripAdvisor, but how about dealing with criticism in general? Someone once said to me that 'all feedback is a gift, no matter how it is presented' and I have always thought of this when...

How to respond when things go wrong!

It is not very often that I hear something that changes my ethos on customer service - every day I see hundreds of articles and tips that provide advice on handling situations, and indeed I have myself been guilty of writing a few of these...

Outbooking – the results are in!

How does overbooking and out booking affect guests? The latest results of an impact survey provide some revealing insights!...

Transference – why you may be the reason people hate your brand!

I have written many posts that delve in to the psychology of consumers and for this article I wanted to tackle the process known as transference and how this can affect a guests' perception of your brand. For those without a psychology background, transference is the...

Handling TripAdvisor Blackmail Threats

It is beyond doubt that TripAdvisor is the behemoth of hotel and restaurant reviews, but how do you handle the few cases where people blackmail your business with a bad review? Let me just disclaim myself here - there are few people who will deliberately blackmail...

Engage and Educate, Don’t Serve!

Trends change in hospitality on an almost weekly basis, with consumers quickly changing tactic on how they want to be served and what their ideals are.  Whilst this may seem fickle to some, it is the nature of the industry - what was novel and...