Hospitality Trends – 2015

Professor Cathy Enz, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, recently defined trends for the 2015 travel season.

First, Millennials are the new “power segment” , who will represent 50% of all travelers by 2025.

Technology is essential for this demographic and they expect power check-in, payment, eating and shopping.

A distinctive subset of this market, are foodies looking for unique and novel experiences along with a gourmet experience at reasonable prices.

More travelers will depend on concierge services integrated outlets, usb ports and wireless technology integrated with their hotel,. TV services are basic, but don’t forget the simple clock.

As more travelers prefer technology to human beings, bypassing the front desk, using a digital concierge, and saying good-bye to bellmen is about here. I can’t image art festivals are exempt.

Local tourism businesses need to ask themselves:

Do I provide on-line booking?
Is my system by date, and type of room or exact room?
Do I make it easy for the customer to spend money?
What room upgrades do I offer?
Do I offer charging stations, phone/tablet usb ports?
Do I have a choice of pillows – hard or soft?
Are there adequate suitcase racks or dresser tops?
Do I have room safes?
Do eateries join my network on TV by food type? If I don’t have a TV system, do I offer that on paper?
Do I have maps of local basic business, including the library, etc. in all my rooms?

10 Stacks doesn’t stack up. 2/8/2015 My Review

10 Stacks To Success: How to Achieve Success One Goal at a Time by Jerome Jay Isip

I was intrigued by the title and Mission of this book. I had hoped it would enlighten me on the mindset of the Millennia’s and what motivates them. If you’re going to be in the retail market you need to understand your buyers. After I acquired it I couldn’t decide what market he was writing for. 10 stacks #1

The mission statement was intriguing, but the language was unnecessary. He indentified 10 steps (what he called stacks) to having a beautiful life. I was curious how they might differ from mine and other generations.

It was a disappointment, to say the least. He may be speaking to a target market of younger, less educated and lost souls, but it certainly wasn’t a generation I know. It might get read at a public library, but the language would probably keep it from being offered. 10 stacks # 2

And for me, he lost me at stack 4 (Dream a Little Dream). His primary question was “What do you want from this world? I don’t want anything from this world – it should be what can I give to this world this week? How can I make a difference?10 stacks #3

His opening quote should have made it clear where he was going and the attitude of the writing. Hopefully, for his sake, his target market can relate to him. I could not.

Save your money and time for a book that is more worthy than this one.

Until next time – – -

The Boys in the Boat – Book Review 2/2/15

The story of ordinary men doing extraordinary deeds is always enjoyable, but this one is exceptional. From the inclusion of historic events and social values of the times to the details of rowing, the story is so well written you are there with them for every beat of the oars.Boys in the Boat Cover

What spoke to me most was the “swing”. If you’ve ever had the opportunity/priviledge to be involved with a group and have a “swing” moment, it gives you a senes of belonging like none other. In High School, our award winning marching band competed for awards and placement in the Annual Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Hours of marching, learning music, polishing shoes, and instruments – no detail was too small.

The drum major practiced throwing his mace by the hour. Rain or shine, we marched; we played; we cleaned; we marched some more. Perfect diagonals – perfect rows – perfect music – perfect uniforms; and the ultimate challenge was 125 students stepping off the competition line as one. All in step, same length, same style, same beat, as one – it was our “swing” and we did it. – Jjst like the boys of the boat.

What a wonderful opportunity to share in their triumph and remember our own after almost 50 years. Great job Daniel James!!!

Best Seller Books and My Budget – 2015

“We Shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.” B.F. Skinner

Whether you’re a lover of hardcover books or e-readers, it’s nice to know people still love to read. If you follow the USA Today top selling books column you can watch what people are reading. Most of those titles you can get in your “big city” library system.

For those of us in rural America, our e-readers are priceless. Yes, we have a book mobile that comes twice a month, a local library (with minimal books and one month requests from other libraries) but choices are few and non-fiction mostly not available.

While my 91 year old mother thought the Kindle would be great, she prefers her hard covers. I doubt she’s read one complete book on the Kindle. And reading is a passion for her. She visits her public library every two weeks for a fresh round of murder, mayhem and mystery.

For the rest of us, we’ll continue to download. Our only hindrance is our budget. It’s sooooo easy to spend more than we should. Whether it’s fabric, yarn, rocks, or books, keeping to our budget is work. Especially when you start watching the best-seller list and say, wow, I’d like to read that one, and that one, and that one — – – – – . My “Want To Read” list on Good Read is way too long, but I like using it because it helps me stay organized (what I’m reading, what I’ve read, what I’ve reviewed, etc). But you won’t find many Best Seller List Books there. One of those is half of one month’s budget, so I limit myself to 4 a year.

My 2014 Best Seller List Reads were:
• The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown (My favorite)
• The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks (Second Best)
• If I Stay by Gayle Forman
• All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

My 2015 list starts with:
• Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The rest of my reading is provided by the 00 cent and free Kindle offerings. I keep 4-6 in my “To Read” folder on my Kindle at all times. No matter where we travel I always have a pile of books hand, which is more than “enough”.

“It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read”. Lemony Snicketbookworm

Until next time — – – -

Beginning Again – A New Year 2015

We’ve had our retail operation closed since Oct. 31st and I miss meeting people, helping them and retailing in general. But these old bones can’t take the standing anymore.

We were blessed in completion of our closure plan. It took about 18 months to implement Phase I. Now for Phase II – clean out the commercial building. We need to get our dream out of the way so someone else can bring theirs in. We’ve made one huge load to the storage facility, now we’ll take a load every time we go to Cedar City.

In addition, the small amount of misc. giftware will go up on ebay. Tracy has finished photographing everything. We’ll get started in the new year. There’s about 25 small pieces of Navajo Potter, a couple of baskets of beads, a basket of baskets, and misc.

Phase III is to alter the product line, focus on beaded basketry and Jewelry and spend quality time together. It feels good to laugh and play.

Wishing you all an excellent New Year. It is a time of change. We have written our goals and dreams for 2015. I’ll tell you how that goes as the year proceeds.

Many blessings to you all.