Happy Sandwich Day

History of Sandwich Day
There is a commonly known story about the history of the word sandwich, and it’s attributed to John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. One piece of that history that’s rarely discussed is the meaning of the word Sandwich and the town it comes from. Sandwich is a city in the shire of Kent in England, originally the word was spelled Sondwic, and then Sandwic, and ultimately in 1086 as Sandwice. The name of the town came from its purpose and its claim to fame, it was a market town. So what does Sandwich actually mean? “Market Town on Sandy Soil”.

John Montagu was the 4th Earl of this town, a royal title that essentially means ‘chieftain’ and placed them in charge of a territory in the King’s stead. John was a well a known lover of card games, and it’s said he originally ordered his meat to be delivered to him between two slices of bread so that he would not get his grease laden fingers on the card, nor require a fork to eat. As people heard of this, they started ordering their food “The Same as Sandwich”, and eventually just “a sandwich”. From such things are legendary culinary delights born. Sandwich Day celebrates both the Earl himself, and the wonder he brought to us in the form of the sandwich.

I Had Another Birthday Poem

I had another birthday,
too many to count.
At least it works in my favor,
I now get a Senior discount.

I had another birthday,
I made it another year;
My thanks to all who sent good wishes,
From New York to Mt. Ranier.

I’m still making little baskets,
and weaving with tiny beads;
Watching Tracy grind on shiny rocks
None of it High-speed.

I had another birthday,
A day without party or stuff;
But a day with your love and friendship – thanks,
I’m wishing for your #enough!!!

Happy days to you all!!!

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?