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Responding to Reviews

Regular readers will remember many moons ago my original post about responding to TripAdvisor reviews, which featured some golden rules about how to respond to reviews.  In general these guidelines should be used across all hotels, but why should you respond in the ways that...

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...

Stress – it’s not all about you!

Stress is something that everyone encounters, but have you ever thought beyond yourself when considering the effects of stress? Some people thrive in a world of stress, using certain types of stress to drive them on and push them forward.  I am one of these people...

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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 annoy a receptionist!

Well, it has been a busy few months for me with the starting of a new job and the run up to Christmas but now I have returned with a fairly tongue-in-cheek post aimed at everyone who ever stays in a hotel. The world of Reception...

Outbooking – the results are in!

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

Walkouts – Avoiding the Bad Debtor!

Well, it has been a while since I last posted due to taking a bit of a hiatus from online activity and using my down time to relax (and binge watch seasons of 24!); but now I am back and wanted to write about an all-too-common...

The Hotel Standards Compendium

2014 is the Year of Hotel Standards Coming on 1st March 2014 – the first ever book to lay down a definitive set of Hotel Standards for hoteliers launches across the globe with the publication of ‘The Hotel Standards Compendium’   The Hotel Standards Compendium – The first ever set...

Dealing with complaints: The Empathetic Complainer

I have previously spoken about Silent, Professional, Social and Aggressive complainers, all types of complainer that can intertwine with each other to create a very 'difficult' situation.  Now I want to talk about the type of complainer who most assume to be the easiest to...