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  • Whirlwind welcome: 5 secrets for last-minute holiday hosting
    Whirlwind welcome: 6 secrets for last-minute holiday hosting
    Most people marvel at the unruffled holiday host or hostess, who welcomes unexpected guests at a moment’s notice with open arms and seemingly effortless hospitality. Such folks appear unfazed by unannounced holiday drop-ins, inviting them in...
  • 10 low-cost tips for a teen Christmas party
    10 low-cost tips for a teen Christmas party
    Hold the phone! A holiday houseful of teenagers may sound somewhat daunting to parents, but this merry mayhem can be plenty of fun. Tons of teens enjoy hosting and attending Christmas parties each December, inviting friends and classmates and...
  • 9 terrific toasts for Thanksgiving gatherings
    9 terrific toasts for Thanksgiving gatherings
    What welcoming remarks might a Thanksgiving host make, after inviting your family and friends to sit at his or her table for a tremendous Turkey Day feast? Toasting is a traditional element of holiday hospitality.Remember, an individual need not...
  • Holiday pet etiquette: Should you take your pet to a host’s home?
    Holiday pet etiquette: Should you take your pet to a host’s home?
    Holiday travel and social plans often include parties, seasonal gatherings and visits with family members and friends. Pet owners may wonder whether it is appropriate for them to take their cats, dogs, or other animals along with them for such...
  • 12 famous and festive prayers for Thanksgiving graces
    12 famous and festive prayers for Thanksgiving graces
    As folks gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving many will likely ponder the Mayflower Pilgrims and also the many blessings of their own lives. Countless will sit down together to enjoy fancy feasts of turkey and all the...
  • Couple claims Texas BBQ restaurant barred them for being gay
    Couple claims Texas BBQ restaurant barred them for being gay
    Good service apparently goes out the window at a restaurant in Pittsburg, Texas if you are gay. According to a report by local CBS affiliate KRLD on Thursday, a couple claims they were told not to come back to Big Earl's restaurant because...
  • Traditional hotel room service is changing
    Room service - or no room service
    Whether you are a frequent business traveler or a yearly vacationer, hotel room service has been one of those amenities you always look forward to; whether it is after a late check-in, a long day of meetings, or a busy day exploring a new place....
  • Castlewood: an elegant guesthouse on Ireland’s southwest coast
    Castlewood: an elegant guesthouse on Ireland’s southwest coast
    Outside, a strawberry and cream-colored fishing boat bobs gently in the lapping waters of Dingle Bay. Inside is breakfast heaven.Such is the picturesque southwest Ireland location of guest house ‘Castlewood’ and the culinary talents of...
  • Hustle and bustle
    Hustle and bustle
    Jesus took a couple of disciples up the mountain to have a holy experience that they could observe. His clothes and face shown maybe like it did when He had lived in heaven. Moses and Elijah were there also. They were talking for a while.Then...
  • The very first Courtyard hotel
    The Courtyard hotel brand celebrates 30 years of greatness
    Last week, I braved Atlanta’s infamous rush-hour traffic to drive across town for an event at the Courtyard at Marriott Atlanta Perimeter Center hotel. The celebration was the culmination of a daylong global party commemorating the thirtieth...
  • The Executive Corner: Mark Conner
    The Executive Corner: Mark Conner
    If you've never had the pleasure of meeting Mark Conner owner of T-Hospitality and OurExtendedStay.com, then you are missing out on one of the most innovative and knowledgeable individuals in the hospitality industry. With more than 25 years...
  • Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson
    20 questions with Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson
    “Arne is always the smartest guy in the room.” That’s how Marriott Hotels & Resorts’ CEO Arne Sorenson was described to me by one of the executives at a company conference in Orlando back in June. Others colleagues...
  • Hotels Curated NYC | Damon M Banks for Examiner
    A New Kind of Hospitality Convention: Hotels Curated NYC
    As hotels continue to evolve with the changing times, we are seeing new ways of approaching this multi-billion dollar industry. Even with the large brands, we are seeing a more personable approach to the industry, and an ever-growing importance to...
  • Hospitality and Social Media
    Modern hospitality and social media
    It’s pretty remarkable that by 2015 nine out of 10 consumers will have a mobile phone—and they’ll use their phones to make travel purchases. About 29 percent of travelers have found flight plans through mobile apps; 30 percent...
  • I am Macon
    New Macon program designed to improve service in hospitality industry
    Most businesses see customer service as a way to bring their own company quality and profits to the next level. However, for some industries, the service customers receive may encompass a much broader impression overall. The hospitality industry...