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The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

“The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence” is a phrase I have been using as my mantra since I was very young. It has helped me push my limits in pursuit of that excellence that my mother instilled in me at a very early age. Pursuit of Excellence in Hospitality How can...

A Hotel Owner’s Guide to Building Maintenance

A Hotel Owner’s Guide to Building Maintenance

Hotel asset value is determined using multiple calculations, math problems, and sometimes magic tricks, but there are three critically important aspects of the physical plant that can make or break a hotel investment.  As an owner or asset manager, keep these...

How Hospitality Can Close the Food Gap

How Hospitality Can Close the Food Gap

The Food Gap There is a disparity today between food knowledge and food preparation skills.  The pre-pandemic state of affairs, which is reasonable to expect will return as vaccines become more available and cases decrease, provided us the opportunity to...

Strategy Before Tactics: A Lesson for Hoteliers

Strategy Before Tactics: A Lesson for Hoteliers

We must be more strategic!You’re not strategic enough!Get out of the tactics and think strategically! Sound familiar? Let’s take a minute and ground ourselves first. Strategy = a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.Tactics =...

Why Now Is The Best Time To Finance

Why Now Is The Best Time To Finance

Winter is officially over, and although the capital markets for hotel and resort refinance, acquisition and new-build construction lending have been frozen, they have been stealthily thawing out since the first of the year. Since the start of the pandemic, short-term...

Ramping up Hotel Internal Controls Post-Pandemic

Ramping up Hotel Internal Controls Post-Pandemic

With two major “black swan” events within 12 years of each other, we can learn from the 2008 financial crisis to help ensure internal controls and business processes are working properly as the hotel industry ramps back up. To survive the COVID-19 pandemic, most...

A Story About Spanish Tapas

A Story About Spanish Tapas

Fernando Salazar started getting involved with Spanish tapas 15 years ago as VP of F&B of Omni Hotels and Resorts. He developed an annual international gastronomic trip for chefs and Food and Beverage directors of Omni Hotels. The first year consisted of a 10-day...