This Week in Hospitality
Well, somehow it’s November. How did that happen? I feel like I was just working on my summer tan and now I’m putting away Halloween decorations and mapping out my Thanksgiving. Before you know it, the blog will be full of holiday trends and festive event planning themes. But, before I inundate you with cheer, I’ll share a few non-jolly, yet still worthwhile, hospitality news bits with you.
It’s finally happening
Late celebrity chef, author, and praised TV personality, Anthony Bourdain, died too soon in June of 2018. Bourdain first rose to fame after he published Kitchen Confidential, a book that dove deep into the real world of the hospitality industry. That book was for me like it was for millions of other hospitality industry professionals, a bible. Bourdain’s way of relating to people with his flaws and tell-it-like-it-is nature is what made him so relatable and eventually beloved. Now, Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville is spearheading a documentary about the late chef. To say I’m excited for this is a huge understatement. Unfortunately for now, the film’s title and release date are still unknown, but you can read more about it on Food & Wine’s website.
2020 trend alert
It’s that time of year again … cooler temperatures, holiday party bookings, and, of course, new year trend predictions. I’ll be sure to share relevant ones with you as they begin to flood my inbox. This report from Nightclub & Bar is the first 2020 trend prediction I’ve seen so far for bars and restaurants specifically. They’ve broken the trends down to five categories: operations, marketing, people, food & beverage, and guest experience.
Boost your influence
Social media influencers are helping to lead marketing initiatives throughout the hospitality industry and now you can add hotels to that list. Travel is a great way for influencers to boost their brand and gain more followers so it makes sense that the hotels they frequent can benefit as well. The more followers the influencer has, the more people their influence will touch, putting your hotel at the top of potential customers’ minds when booking their next vacation. eHotelier breaks down the process of attracting the right influencers for your hotel in their article, Three steps to curating your hotel’s social influencer strategy.
Looking for more trends?
Check out our past blog posts covering hospitality trends and topics. And don’t forget to download our events industry handbook guides on topics such as sustainability, cloud-based software for limited-service hotels, how to market your venue to corporate event planners, and more.