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Food Etiquette From Around the World

Jul 15, 13 | 12:04 am 


By Elise Lévêque

From sticking your chopsticks vertically in your rice, to timing your coffee consumption throughout the day; the world's food court is a minefield of courtesies and common practices that can have you unknowingly committing a tasty taboo. Here's a a quick guide to some of the oddest food related faux pas you can commit whilst travelling abroad.

In Thailand

It is considered bad manners to insert food into your mouth using a fork, as this should be used only to push food onto your spoon. Stand alone items that are not part of rice-based dishes may be eaten solely with a fork but apparently; the worst thing you can potentially do at a traditional banquet would be to use chopsticks, as it is considered tacky.

In Mexico

Never eat tacos with a knife and fork! It's considered a silly and snobby practice, so to be polite try to stick to eating this messy delicacy with your hands.

Performance Hotel

Two key factors are shaping today’s hotel performance – consumer technology and revenue management methodology. Increased use of technology has changed how consumers buy and hoteliers operate. With the adoption of revenue management, pricing is now established by market intelligence, not a hotel’s margin requirements. To get some control back over profitability, operators should use the rolling forecast as a management tool.

One area to manage costs is resources. Hotels are forced to adjust resource usage based on daily fluctuations in occupancy and revenue. For example, over staffing one day cannot be easily made up for the next day due to inflexible staffing structures and minimum service thresholds.

A 2011 Expedia survey of hoteliers indicated a 28% increase in “same day bookings” with 65% of transactions on mobile devices being booked the same day as check-in. As changes occur faster, guests book later and hoteliers do not know what the average price is for the next day, week or even month. Traditional budgets or even monthly forecasts do not offer sufficient predictability or accuracy of business.

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Davos 2013: Obesity Not a Problem for the Rich


At first sight, a photo of emaciated children in developing countries alongside obese people in the West might seem like an apt way to illustrate the massive gap between the rich and the poor.

But it is not, according to experts at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

A truer picture of wealth can be seen during lunch as the WEF is hosting some 2,500 political and business leaders, including many billionaires.

As these inappropriately dubbed “fat cats” tuck into modest portions of healthy food, sipping water or smoothies, it becomes clear that their wealth has not inspired excess – or at least not excessive eating.


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Ten Urban Legends About Flying That Aren't True

Jul 10, 13 | 12:04 am 


By Caroline Morse

From terrifying tales about airplane bathrooms to mid-flight door-opening fears, there are a lot of myths about air travel flying around out there. Here are 10 urban legends that just aren't true.

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Top Ten Meeting Considerations


One potent offshoot of the exponentially swelling internet is choice. Choice in hotels, choice in dining, choice in meeting venues. In this buyers’ market, customers demand nothing but the best in everything they purchase. Hotels are no longer the only entrants in the octagon for conference revenues, but the cage has been opened to restaurants, universities, museums, churches and unused office space.

Bron: http://www.hotelinteractive.com/article.aspx?articleid=29699

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