Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Challenges Faced By Boutique Hotels When Implementing Technology

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The hospitality industry is very competitive. Hotels are competing with each other to gain customer attention; they even compete with entities that are not actually hotels. Online travel agencies are promoting boutique resorts and luxury hotels but at the same time they are also calling the attention of consumers to Airbnb including Uber that has disrupted the transport industry.

Technology has changed the traditional booking system for boutique resorts and it is now trying to influence the job of the hotelier. One example is Hilton with its robot concierge that makes use artificial intelligence and the ability to learn through guest’s interactions. Most hoteliers still prefer to interact with their guests but considering the strong impact of technology on daily lives, guests are looking for speed and convenience that only technology can provide.

Guests have many expectations particularly those who want a personalized and intimate experience. Ironically, as expectations change because of new technology, smaller boutique hotels that have budget and staff limitations have to face a lot of challenges. The fierce competition for online bookings means that it is about time to embrace technology.

Before a boutique resort embarks on the use of technology, it is important to determine what kind of guest experience it is willing to provide. There must be careful consideration before technology is implemented whether it will enhance guest experience. Will the technology chosen generate more online bookings and will it ultimately gain trust for the brand?

For boutique resorts where the goal is to provide guests with a personalized experience, trust is a very critical commodity because customers cannot just return the product back if they are not too happy with it. However, the presence of user-generated content online allows prospective customers to learn directly about the experiences of previous guests but people are also sharing bad experiences and the worst aspects of the hotel, which requires hoteliers to address their online reputation.

If you want to book for a suite in a boutique resort in Thailand, booking is available on the hotel’s website. Booking directly with the hotel has its advantages because you can avail of free Wi-Fi, welcome drink and discounts for foods and beverages including spa.

Weddings, More Expensive And Elaborate Today Than Yesterday

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Majority of couples who are wishing for a unique wedding have never experienced planning an event of this calibre. Since a wedding is usually a once in a lifetime event, hiring a wedding planner helps keep stress at bay. Years ago, a little over 10% of couples have opted for a wedding planner but today at least 31% have hired one for the wedding preparations.

Weddings are becoming more elaborate and expensive with some couples going to the extent of using drones to cover the event. Couples are spending almost double the amount spent 10 years ago even if the guest list has stayed almost the same. According to Wedding Wire, an online wedding planning site, ten years ago, couples would spend $16,000 on their wedding with 110 guests. Nowadays, couples have to spend $28,000 for 124 guests.

A research undertaken from nearly 15,000 couples, who got married 10 years prior to 2016, revealed that only 8% chose destination weddings. Now, 34% are more inclined to head out their state to celebrate their wedding. 10 years ago couples chose to be engaged for 8 months before the wedding; now they get engaged for an average of 13 months. It seems that long engagements have something to do with the elaborate weddings that couples today are now planning.

One of the most important elements of weddings today is personalization and couples take their time to figure out what they want for their wedding and when they want it to happen. They don’t mind waiting longer as long as their wishes come true.

More extravagant weddings may be harmful to the budget but by choosing a wedding planner couples are able to stay within the budget because the wedding planner gains discounts through relationships with vendors. Although couples today and couples 10 years ago feel the same pressure, the wedding planner makes sure that everything is properly prepared and organized.

A creative wedding planner in Sydney is on hand to design, plan and manage a wedding for you. They can take away the stress and frustrations of planning events without affecting your work, your family and lifestyle.

Health Advantages Of Danang Beach Villas

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There are several health benefits of booking at one of those Danang beach villas in Vietnam. Some of these benefits include the following:

Calms the mind and body

Studies show that the sound of the crashing waves lapping on the sand alters the brain patters of a person. It sends a person to a deep relaxed state which is why you can easily fall asleep while lying on the beach. With ample relaxation, your mind and body is revitalized.

Lots of sun and vitamin D

Sunlight provides vitamin D which is vital in strengthening the bones and immune system. Inadequate levels of vitamin D are associated with a number of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and thyroiditis. With sunlight touching your skin, it reaches your endocrine system or the part of the body that releases endorphins or the hormones that naturally make you feel good.  With a positive feeling, you tend to relax and stress is naturally reduced from the mind and body.

Fresh air

Sea air is rich with healthy negative ions that increase the body’s ability to absorb oxygen. The negatively charged ions helps in balancing serotonin levels or that chemical associated with moods and stress. Negative ions from the sea air is mainly the reason why after a holiday at the Danang beach villas, you go back to your urban life more relaxed and energized. With ample fresh air, you easily fall into deep sleep thereby promoting deep relaxation and rest.

Therapeutic seawater

Seawater is proven to heal wounds, soothes pain, reduced infection and many other healing benefits. Bathing in seawater allows potassium to enter the body and promote better flow of urine. Seawater also strengthens respiration which is why those with asthma, pulmonary infection, cough or colds are advised to regularly bath or swim on the beach. To get all the therapeutic benefits of the sea, book at one of those Danang beach villas and get into a healthy and enjoyable vacation by the sea. Search for a beach villa through the internet or from your local travelling agency.

How A Facility Was Destroyed After A Boiler Explosion

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Three weeks after an explosion occurred at Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services facility in Petersburg, Va. where of most of the buildings were destroyed with 3 employees injured, cleanup has not been completed. During the preliminary cleanup and investigations, it was found out that the blast came from a boiler at the facility.

According to Petersburg Fire Chief Brian Sturdivant, debris on the site has prevented the inspectors to investigate the boiler room and determine the specific cause of the blast. Hopefully, they will be able to access the boiler room after the third phase of cleanup.

Cleanup is being performed in three phases on predetermined areas of the facility to ensure the safety of the cleanup and the deconstruction crew. However, Sturvidant said that based in their preliminary investigation, it was definitely the boiler. A more thorough investigation will be performed as soon as they gain access to the boiler room.

It was two o’clock in the afternoon on March 31 when a call was received from the first responders regarding a blast at the facility of Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services. Firefighters immediately arrived on scene to mitigate the initial incident from a blast containment standpoint. Those that were injured were treated and transported to the nearest hospitals.

Once the firefighters deemed the safety of the structure meaning that electricity and gas were cut off, they left it to Curtis Bay to hire internal employees for cleanup. There was a big debris field not only within the building but the surrounding areas. The explosion has compromised the building resulting into serious structural issues.

The local fire marshal was still in the process of evaluating the structure but it is expected that he will turn it over to building officials for demolition plans.  Fortunately, there were no chemicals or hazardous waste that was released when the one-year old boiler exploded.

There are different reasons why boilers explode. However, the most important thing is to ensure that boiler repairs are handled by professional heating engineers instead of ordinary tradesmen. To make sure that you are working with a reliable heating engineer, listen to the recommendations in your community regarding the quality of work done or read customer testimonials online.

Holistic Retreat – Travel Back To The Basics

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You are planning on a holistic retreat and yet you cannot avoid using the mobile phone to check on what is happening in social media. When you go to a holistic retreat, you return to the basics. You start the morning with a series of postures flipping and spinning mid-air and pause at the exact moment to perform some meditation. The retreat can be a farm where everything that is grown is organic or a resort that is far from the crowds.

In a yellow farmhouse-styled cottage that is called the Sunflower House, there is flat screen TV and internet connectivity but can you avoid using them? The purpose of the retreat is to disconnect yourself from daily life and everything that takes place in your home. Instead of using the Wi-Fi to post travel photos on Instagram, you have get lost in the moment.

Those who are not successful to disconnect themselves from technology are more focused on taking photographs of the scenery so that they can share it to their friends back home. It is this type of lifestyle that requires digital and mental detoxification. Farm inspired escapes can be the new way to detoxify.

Working Weekends on Organic Farms offers the opportunity of a unique experience. You connect with volunteers on the organic farms across the globe that specializes in everything from cheese-making to the pig rearing. You can volunteer for days or months so that you will learn the basics of living. Meanwhile, hotels offer fitness and meditation by practicing yoga and other holistic activities.

When you are ready for a spiritual renewal, you can head off to the sweat lodge that holds purification ceremonies. Counsellors guide guests on the right path towards health and fitness by designing a plan that will allow you to be physically and mentally recharged after the end of your stay.

At the Phuket holistic retreat, the focus is on offering experiences that will enhance the quality of your life. The retreat is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is surrounded by an enchanting evergreen wonderland. After the holistic experience, you can seek for some fun at the beaches of Kamala and Patong.

New Trends For Serving At A BBQ Buffet In Patong

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Patong is stably growing and evolving into one of Thailand’s popular tourist destinations. To begin with, Patong is a town filled with a great number of beach resorts that is located at the west coast of the island of Phuket. And since it’s facing the Andaman Sea, the entire town is sandy which explains the presence of beach resorts left and right. But aside from the beach resorts, what makes the town of Patong stand against the rest of the beautiful tourist destinations in Thailand is the fact that it’s also filled with different types of cafes, restaurants and bars. In fact, you can treat yourself to a BBQ buffet in Patong.

To begin with, why are BBQ buffets, not just in Patong but in the rest of the world, getting popular nowadays? Let’s face it. Everybody loves BBQ. And if you happen to be in Patong for a vacation, you can enjoy a fulfilling BBQ buffet in Patong for only 80 Thai Baht per person. If you want to enjoy eating BBQ along with a glass of fine wine, you can do so only for 95 Thai Baht per glass or, 360 Thai Baht for half a litre.  Nowadays, there are various new trends which BBQ buffets in the world are employing to enable them to adapt in the world’s evolution as long as the change of tastes of the BBQ lovers. Belong are some of the newest and latest trends that a typical BBQ buffet in Patong could use to pick up the pace and keep up in the ever growing competition of buffets:

  • Barbecued sausages are becoming popular among true BBQ lovers around the world. Gone are those days when we are eating those plain and boring sausages. Nowadays, barbecuing sausages of different types and shapes is now a craft to some. You will see sausages that are double smoked or served with cheese on top.
  • One of the most trending ways to prepare BBQ, whether it’s meat or seafood, is through using the smoking method of barbecuing. The secret in this method in the wise choose of wood that will be used to grill. Mesquite wood for example, is helpful in providing a richer flavour to the meat.

Tips In Booking At A Luxury Spa In Bangkok

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Booking at a luxury spa in Bangkok is one of the best ways to rejuvenate and get yourself some relaxation that you deserve. Thailand is known for its traditional massage and wellness techniques that some people even travel just to experience the mental, physical and physiological benefits of traditional Thai massage. If you are planning to have a day of relaxation in a luxury spa, here are tips that you can use to make the experience even more worthwhile.

  • Book your spa depending on your length of stay at the hotel. If you are going to book for an overnight stay at the hotel or resort, it would be best to schedule the spa treatment early in the morning.
  • Some luxury and popular treatment spas remained booked the whole year round so you might want to place your booking at the spa ahead of time.
  • If you would be travelling with kids, find out if the hotel has facilities for children’s enjoyment. Some of these facilities are kiddie pool, playground, children’s club and even day care centre. You can find a luxury spa in Bangkok that caters to the enjoyment and recreation of the entire family including kids. All you have to do is conduct some research to find the most suitable luxury spa for you.
  • On the other hand, there are spa destinations that target couples and adults such as those who want to spend their honeymoon or quality time alone. These types of resorts or luxury spa destinations may have limited facilities for children.
  • To support your wellness and the start of your health habit, choose a luxury spa that offers healthy diet and supports wellness food regimen. These types of diet usually involve fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat and fish.
  • Find out if you are fit for regular to heavy exercise. If your physician advices that you can get into physical exercise, you can find fitness centres at a luxury spa in Bangkok for free and you might want to take advantage of this. Book ahead to ensure that you can enjoy all the facilities in the hotel free of charge.