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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 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...

Dealing with ‘The Riff-Raff’

Every hotel has them - the guests who disrupts every other guests stay, uses foul language everywhere, drinks excessively or is just generally an unpleasant human being. But what happens when 'the riff-raff' come to stay? In my career, I have interacted with many 'unpleasant' people...

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...

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...

Mental Health and Your Staff

This is an article prompted by the recent episode of Restaurant Wars on BBC2 (aired 21st April 2014) - for those unfamiliar with the show, it is basically following the pre-opening and launch of 2 restaurants by celebrity chefs, both being opened in Manchester (and...

Overbooking is more hassle than it’s worth!

Firstly for my regular readers - sorry for the lack of posts recently; lots of stuff going on in my life and lots of working hard!  But here I am again with another ramble on about hotel practices! I regularly review what drew people to my...

Dealing with complaints: The Compensatory Complainer

It is all too common to find certain complainers who immediately demand a refund, compensation or discounts; this is a compensatory complainer and they can be pretty much anyone that complains! ...