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Who of you can honestly say that they have changed their eating habits and that they are now looking more at the contents of foodstuffs? Who also can say that they are moving regularly and making a point of loosing a couple of kilos? And who is smoking less? One of my colleagues Sabyne, working here as a Sales Manager told me yesterday she found the column a bit boring! I asked her what she would like me then to write. “Talk about the outdoors!” Spring is finally there and then the summer. It is time to get the winter clothes in the cupboard and to get the outdoor activity stuff from under the layer of dust. Indeed, we should take opportunity in all the nice things that can be done in the outdoors in and around Vilnius. I personally enjoy horse riding at Elena Railiene’s stables. We often go outside in the fields or woods. Now it is ideal as the fields are soft and lush, a bit muddy maybe. In the hall she gives us lessons and my jumping has improved. An hour on a 500kg horse is like running a marathon! Next to this have we purchased mountain bikes that are perfect for the rugged terrain around the hotel.


Bobble is a stylish, reusable bottle that filters water as you drink, using an ingenious replaceable carbon filter. When water passes through the filter, the carbon removes chlorine and organic contaminants. bobble is intended for municipal tap water making water better, with every sip.

bobble is a beautiful, sleek alternative to single-serve plastic water bottles, which harm the earth (and your wallet). Every filter equates to 300 single-serve bottles. After a year, you’ve removed thousands of bottles from the environment, simply by filtering the water from your tap. bobble is free of BPA, Phthalates and PVC. And it is guilt-free as well.



Trend no. 7 : next generation globalization
Not long ago, globalization meant that hotel brands from
highly developed nations expanded into developing nations,
whether through master franchises or by acquiring local firms.
Globalization is now flowing in the reverse direction, as brands
from developing nations are expanding to developed nations, as
well as to other developing nations. To name just a few brands, 

Jumeirah now manages the Essex House in New York, as well

Source: Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne Yearbook 2012


Trend no. 5 : sustainability goes mainstream
For those who thought two years ago that sustainability would
flame out as a trend (as has occurred in the past), it is now
clear that customers’ demand for sustainable hotel operations
has taken root and expanded. The hotel industry has taken
notice, as demonstrated by a push for consistent reporting
standards and industry best practices coming from our industry
roundtables in both Asia and North America. In that regard,
meeting planners and corporate planners are now requesting
that hotels provide sustainability-related information (such as
energy use or recycling policies). Third-party certification of
green claims has become an important part of sustainability
reporting, as demonstrated for instance by Travelocity’s Green
Hotel Directory, which does not recognize self-certified hotels. 

Source: Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne Yearbook 2012

Food For Thought

Olive oil is best when it is extra virgin olive oil. Olive oil of the highest quality can become expensive but note that each drop of it is good for the body and soul! We use for the restaurant extra virgin olive oil from the brand “De Cecco”, “Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva”.

Hospitality Trends

Trend no. 4 : customers’ search for value through
social couponing and daily deals
Value comes in all forms, but in the current economic
environment, it means special offers and discounts, which are
a form of customer engagement. The rise of the daily deal sites,
notably Groupon, melded social media with customers’ desire
to get a « deal ». This trend will continue regardless of whether
Groupon survives, because dozens of other websites are also
offering social coupons. For hoteliers, this means developing
packages that will provide value for all stakeholders, including
both customers who seek a deal and those who are « regular »
customers, as well as the hotel itself. Strategies include creating
packages that are not directly comparable to existing services
and controlling cost structures so that the social coupon is not
a money-losing proposition. Although social coupons do involve
some cannibalization of existing customers, recent research has
demonstrated that they bring in new customers and encourage

Source: Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne Yearbook 2012

From Chaos to Collaboration

‘From Chaos to Collaboration’ research study, commissioned by Amadeus finds augmented reality, gamification, intelligent passenger records, biometrics to drive change in the next decade, heralding a new era of travel collaboration
A major new global study released today outlines how transformative technologies and evolving social values and trends will combine to establish a new era of collaborative travel over the next decade and beyond.
‘From chaos to collaboration: how transformative technologies will herald a new era in travel’, demands increased partnership across the travel industry, in turn removing the stress, uncertainty and chaos which is usually associated with travelling in the 21st Century, as well as providing much richer, deeper and more personal travel experiences at the same time.
Developed by The Futures Company and commissioned by Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, the report details a set of discrete ‘enabling’ technologies and innovations.
Key findings



Social media, which have grown exponentially in the past
two years, will continue to be a force, but the big electronic
development for hotel distribution and operations is mobile
devices, particularly those with radio frequency identification
(RFID) chips. Because of the remarkable plunge in the cost of
RFID, we anticipate that this will break out as its own trend soon
enough, and the combination of RFID and mobile apps will allow
guests to use their smart phones to book a room, check in,
open their guestroom door, and settle their folio – all without 

direct contact with your staff. Even without RFID, guests’ use
of mobile devices will create opportunities for innovation by
hoteliers, including new services and operating efficiencies.
Most critically, the dominance of electronic distribution as
summarized in trends 1 and 2 will solidify the major trend of
access to, and transparency of, information. 


Expanded role of online travel intermediaries and portals
Two years ago, we noted in The Hotel Yearbook that the hotel
industry would need to determine how to work with OTAs. That
has become only the tip of the distribution iceberg. The industry
has seen the growth of major intermediary sites such as
Expedia and Travelocity, properties have increased distribution
through opaque sites (such as Hotwire and Priceline), and hotel
brands have built up their own websites. The entry of Google
has added a new dimension to hotel room distribution, since
users can book directly from the search results page, instead of
clicking through to another site. Going forward, hotels may find
themselves being distributed much like package goods. Many
guests will go to a travel purveyor for hotel rooms, just as they
go to a food market for groceries. 


An Organic Egg Really Does Do Your Body Good

An Organic Egg Really Does Do Your Body Good

If you've been staying away from eggs because of the fear of high cholesterol, it may be worth your while to get cracking. Cracking organic eggs, that is.

Regarding the cholesterol issue, if you haven't already joined me in realizing that conventional guidelines on cholesterol are inadequate, be sure to read my article on cholesterol.

Organic eggs are power packed with significant quantities of the following healthy nutrients:
• Healthy protein and fat
• Vitamins A, D, B12, B2, Niacin, and Folic Acid
• Lutein and zeaxanthin, which are yellow or orange carotenoids that reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration
• Choline, which is a nutrient that is essential to normal cell structure and function and proper signaling between regular cells and nerve cells

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