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Confessions of a Food Warrior

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By: Guy Rigby
As part of his job Guy Rigby travels a great deal, not only all over the Americas but also internationally. Wherever he is, he sees the latest and greatest restaurants — cool trends and really amazing ideas as well as some things that are pretty bad, where an opportunity to do something great was missed. This blog details Rigby’s experiences with the good and the bad in restaurants and provides insights regarding what hoteliers might learn from these examples.

The World Is My Oyster

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By: Tom Roelens
With more than 25 years of experience in the luxury hospitality field, Tom Roelens has traveled to 53 countries and has worked in the world’s most luxurious and exotic destinations. Whether living in a metropolis or an island paradise, Roelens has a unique perspective on the opportunities, challenges and best practices of the ever-evolving hospitality industry.

All in a Day’s Work

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By: Debrah Dhugga
As managing director of the Dukes Collection, Debrah Dhugga takes pride in her attention to detail and excellence in service delivery. Drawing upon more than 30 years of experience running top 5-star hotels, restaurants and spas, her blog covers hotels and their people and her experiences from all angles.

The Independent Mind

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By: Mark Grenoble
Mark Grenoble is president and CEO of 360 AMI, a global real estate and infrastructure asset management company focusing on the planning, development and operations of large-scale projects. Its offices are in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Montreal. He offers perspective on what makes independent luxury resorts and spas click for contemporary travelers. This blog shares his tips and "no cookie cutters here" thinking.

From Across the Pond

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By: Tony and Jason Potter
This father-and-son partnership provides a view from Europe of the global hospitality industry and with a special focus on the consumer, world-class service and modern communication strategies. With combined experience of over 50 years, Tony and Jason Potter provide a view of both traditional and cutting-edge management techniques that make things happen through their partnership and global network.

Food Trotter

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By: Stéphane Bellon
As Stephane Bellon travels the world, there is no destination where he does not stop at the local market, experiencing new tastes, new techniques and — most important — people who are passionate about food. This blog reflect all of these distinctive, delicious experiences.

Hotel and Resort Investor

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By: Ivar Yuste
This blog takes a pragmatic look at development, investment and finance trends from new angles. From his European perspective as a consultant, Ivar Yuste leverages his 20-year track record in the tourism and hospitality sector to expose challenges faced by real estate developers, investors and hotel operators beyond the obvious.

Applied Ideas: Commentary from the Classroom

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By: Donna Quadri-Felitti
College classrooms are revered by some and feared by others, but there is no doubt they are places where future business ideas are germinating on both sides of the desk. This blog explores ideas that are percolating in my classroom and those of colleagues among hospitality management students today, offering insights into what the current generation considers relevant and compelling hospitality trends.

Design Musings From Asia

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By: Ed Ng and Terence Ngan
Ed Ng, right, and Terence Ngan are co-founders of AB Concept, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Taipei. With projects spanning Asia, the Middle East and Europe, the duo's blog shares insights on international hotel design from the perspective of Asian designers fluent in the aesthetics of East and West.

Growing with Guest Intelligence

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By: Josiah Mackenzie
Hoteliers today have access to an unprecedented amount of guest data as travelers share their needs, wishes and preferences 24/7, both directly and indirectly. But data only benefits those who know how to use it. This blog shares examples of how guest intelligence is improving the guest experience and driving revenue growth.

What’s the Deal

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By: Daniel Lesser
With more than 35 years of expertise, Daniel Lesser has provided a wide range of hospitality services — operational, investment counseling, valuation, advisory and transactional — in connection with more than 15,000 lodging assets throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This blog explores metrics and trends of U.S. hotel investment activity including single-asset trades, portfolio sales and corporate mergers and acquisitions. Lesser also offers real-time analysis and commentar

Re:Think

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By: Inge Huijbrechts
Inge Huijbrechts, VP of responsible business for Radisson Hotel Group, explores how we can rethink travel and tourism to be sustainable. Huijbrechts is passionate about responsible business and is a world citizen who has traveled on sea and land in both basic and luxury fashion. This blog will look at sustainability novelties and best practices for the hospitality industry.

Consequences of design

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By: Herbert Mascha
As one of the founders and CEO of MRP hotels, Herbert Mascha, a member of ISHC, has more than 20 years of hotel industry experience. This blog will share news, trends and information related to the development and construction of hotels. Mascha's goal is to help readers implement better solutions and avoid problems already experienced by others.

Worldwide Web of Wellness

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By: Anna Bjurstam
"Wellness Tourism" is sky rocketing and many travelers are choosing travel destinations and hotels based on their wellness offers. As a result, hotels are trying to sell wellness beyond the four walls of the fitness and spa. This blog aims to decipher what "Wellness Tourism" really means for the hotel industry.

Owner Equity

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By: Chad Crandell
The world of hospitality, through the lens of the hotel owner. This blog will discuss issues that Chad and team tackle every day in their asset management practice, while highlighting what owners should be thinking about to protect their “equity” and enhance investment returns, amidst an ever-evolving hospitality landscape.

Diary of a Curious Architect

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By: Luciano Mazza
Architect Luciano Mazza accumulates air miles around the globe in the quest to build unique hotels and resorts. However, architecture is not his passion; people, and their fascinating stories and traditions, are what truly inspire him. For Luciano, architecture is a wonderful tool for understanding and distilling cultural perspectives. He is excited to spark conversations about the inspirations, passions and people that shape our wonderful world of hospitality.

The Tao of Branding

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By: Piers Schmidt
For over 25 years, Piers Schmidt has advised some of the world’s most innovative businesses and brands in the premium travel and tourism sectors as well as in retail and luxury hospitality. Piers shares his insights into the art and science of branding – one of the most relied-upon yet least understood of business disciplines. Find provocative opinions, best practices and practical examples of how to master the Tao of Branding.

Guest Opinion: By the Numbers

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By: Barbara Bohn
Guest contributor Stephen Hennis is founder of Denver-based Hotelogy, which studies economic trends in travel and tourism that influence the hotel industry. Previously, he launched STR’s consulting arm and served as vice president of hospitality investments for Lowe Enterprises and Destination Hotels & Resorts.

Revenue Management from Behind the Curtain

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By: Trevor Stuart-Hill
As a pioneer in hospitality revenue management and intrepid global traveler, Trevor Stuart-Hill has seen a thing or two. This blog takes readers behind the scenes of the ever-evolving revenue management discipline to provide insightful commentary and practical guidance. Stuart-Hill’s ability to convey seemingly complex ideas in a simple fashion is refreshing and always educational.

The Hotel Opener

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By: Gert Noordzy
Gert Noordzy is a hotel opening process specialist and organizational project management expert with 25 years of professional experience in China and Southeast Asia. He is the author of “Project Management of Hotel Opening Processes,” and is founder and managing director of Northside Consulting Company Limited.

Guest Opinion: Caribbean Outlook

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By: Barbara Bohn
Guest contributor James Andrews is senior managing director of the Caribbean office of Integra (IRR) and practice leader for the Integra Hotels Specialty Practice Group.

Guest Opinion: Legal Matters

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By: Barbara Bohn
Michaelene Cody, an attorney in Hub International’s executive liability practice, serves hospitality industry clients and is based in southern California.

Cutting Against the Grain

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By: Christopher Henry
A lifelong hotelier and millennial, Chris Henry ruffles feathers by offering fresh perspectives to the industry. This blog covers a wide array of topics impacting guest experiences and operations. Read on if you want to see what others are not saying.

The Human Touch

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By: Robyn Pratt
We have all been taught that delivering on your promise is important. Keeping our commitments builds trust and loyalty. Robyn Pratt, founder of Impact Consulting Ltd., Malta, focuses on brand strategy and implementation, guest experience, change management and leadership. In this blog, she shares her perspectives on the many elements to be considered to close the gap between “actual experience” and what we promise in hospitality.

Sales Intensity: Most People Don't

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By: Bart Berkey
This blog focuses on the power and finesse that is associated with the selling of services. Postings share best practices for sales that come from personal, real life experiences. When we look, there are many successful organizations selling well. Best practices for our industry don't always need to come from within.

Design Zeitgeists

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By: Peter Joehnk
Many of JOI-Design’s projects are in Central and Eastern Europe — from Russia to Croatia to Luxembourg — as well as its native Germany. Peter Joehnk shares his perspective about the inspirations, observations and challenges of designing and working in these parts of the world, and hopes to generate conversations.

Editor’s View

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By: Jeff Weinstein
From my vantage point, I get to see all developments in the hotel world—both good and bad. Here, I offer my perspective about trends, ideas, design, investment, marketing, F&B and more. I comment on the players making news and offer links to interesting items. I will try to entertain you as well as provoke thought.

The Good, The Bad and The Funky

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By: Yvette Jong
This blog covers hospitality from all angles and leaves no stone unturned in the search of what works and what doesn't — from trend-spotting and paradigm shifts to cultural adaptation, design observations and environmental know-how.

Trend Whisperer

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By: Sherri Scheck-Merrill
Innovation ranks higher on hotels' agendas than ever before. The backbone of this blog is to provide inspiration, which is where all great products and ideas begin. Trends are spotlighted to help readers identify what could very well be the next big thing.

The Hotel Mogel

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By: Larry Mogelonsky
The Hotel Mogel's goal is to get hoteliers to start thinking, get out of the rut of the "tried and true," embrace technology and champion the guest through a commitment to customer service. With 30 years of hospitality experience, Mogelonsky's expertise in marketing is extended through a personal network of senior hoteliers worldwide.