It Makes Good Business Sense to Show Employee Appreciation

I have never been the type of traditional boss that most people think of. When people meet me for the first time for an interview, they are surprised to see that I wear a brightly colored bow tie and I have a long ponytail. I do things like rent a Toronto Platinum Party Bus for our Christmas parties or I even shut down the office early and take everyone to a movie. My workers never know what to expect, and I really think they enjoy working for me.

When I was young, I remember listening to my dad talk about where he worked. He was often bored with the day-to-day work life, but that was mostly to be expected back then. A lot of companies did not think outside of the box, and going out of the way to do things to show employees they were truly appreciated in a way that was believable was not the norm. Continue reading

Party Around Toronto in Style

Toronto is a wonderful city and if you have a party or event going on there then you might want to consider renting a party bus from the Toronto Party Bus Company. Whether it’s a bachelor/bachelorette party, the wedding day, a trip to the big game or traveling to a concert in style then they have the Party Bus for you. Party busses come in various sizes to accommodate your party needs and all busses are fully appointed with date of the art sound systems, comfortable lounge seating, lighting that makes the party shine and mini bars to keep that party going down the road.

Whether you are gathering friends together for an event or party that has one location or many locations the Party Bus is the safe way to go. Continue reading

Top Hotel Room Service

At these top hotels, fine dining is delivered right to your room.

Sumptuous restaurant meals are one of the decadent pleasures of traveling. But there are times—say, after a long day of exploring or business meetings—when the idea of eating dinner in a bathrobe seems equally compelling. Happily, now that many of the world’s top hotels offer five-star room service, there’s no need to sacrifice haute cuisine for comfort.

Once considered the last resort of weary business travelers (and the subject of Marx Brothers’ comedy), room-service dining has finally come into its own. Gone are the days when hotel guests could expect only defrosted seafood and soggy breakfast pastries on their trays; now, sophisticated dishes made with artisanal ingredients are making their way upstairs. Some are even whipped up by superstar chefs; at New York City’s Chambers Hotel, for instance, guests can order sublime French-Asian dishes from Má Pêche, the ground-floor restaurant run by David Chang (of Momofuku fame).

Among the many other room-service treats you won’t need to lift a finger to enjoy (unless that finger is helping to hold a fork) are lunchtime specialties like Wagyu-pastrami sandwiches (at the Little Nell in Aspen) and custom-mixed cocktails (at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel). The delivery is as memorable as the food at Twin Farms in Vermont, where servers light candles, uncork wine and dim the lights for a private romantic dinner. The pièce de résistance, though, may well be at Le Taha’a, a French Polynesian getaway, where ukulele-strumming canoeists deliver breakfast to guests’ overwater bungalows.

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Hotel trends for 2016

1. Hotel restaurants get interesting

Michelin stars and hotels have long been an apposite pairing (Paris and London hold constellations), but in 2016, many hotels are saying goodbye to cloches and cheese carts and turning the idea of a resident hotel restaurant on its head.

Following Rene Redzepi’s successful Noma residency at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo last year, chefs of similar acclaim are setting up temporarily at hotels. Grant Achatz, three Michelin-starred chef at Chicago’s Alinea, will take over at the new Faena Hotel Miami Beach, while Albert Adrià, of the inimitable elBulli in Spain, will host a 50-day dining concept at London’s Café Royal.

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10 Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk

1. HOTELS ARE RAKING IT IN.

The fact that a hotel could fail to be profitable astounds me. Why? The average cost to turn over a room, to keep it operational per day, is between $30 and $40. If you’re paying less than $30 dollars a night at a hotel/motel, I’d wager the cost to flip that room runs close to $5. Which makes me want to take a shower. At home. That $40 turnover cost includes cleaning supplies, electricity, and hourly wages for housekeepers, minibar attendants, front desk agents, and all other employees needed to operate a room as well as the cost of laundering the sheets. Everything. Compare that with an average room rate, and you can see why it’s a profitable business.

2. STAYING FOR JUST ONE NIGHT? YOU MIGHT GET “WALKED.”

The term “walking a guest” sends shivers down any manager’s spine. Since the average no-show rate is 10 percent daily, hotels will overbook whenever possible. The sales and reservations departments are encouraged to book the property to 110 percent capacity, in the hopes that with cancellations and no-shows they will fill every room. What happens when the numbers game doesn’t play in the hotel’s favor? Someone gets walked. The hotel will now pay for the entire night’s room and tax (plus one phone call—how cute is that?) at another comparable hotel in the area.

A guest is more likely to get walked if:
1. He booked using Expedia, hence he has a deeply discounted rate and is less important.
2. He never stayed here before and may never visit the city again.
3. He’s a one-nighter.
4. And this one is so much more important than all the others: He is acting like a jerk.

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Hostelling International – Austin

Hostels are cheaper alternatives for travelers in different cities. They are popular among students that migrate to another city since they get the company of other people and the rates are cheaper than getting a hotel room. Hostels are also good options among short time vacationers.

In the city of Austin, Texas, there is only one existing hostel. Although there are other homes of the same set-up, they serve as dormitories rather than hostels. This hostel is known as the Hostelling International – Austin or Hi-Austin. There are also people who refer to the place as Austin Hostel since it could only refer to one and the same establishment.

Hi-Austin is located in Town Lake, where the environment is peaceful. From downtown Austin, it only takes a few minutes to reach Austin Hostel. From the hostel, you can simply walk your way to the Colorado River or to the bus lines. The music district of Red River is just 10 minutes away from Hi-Austin, as well as the Barton Springs Pool, Austin Greenbelt and the South Congress.

This hostel in Austin makes a distinction between the members of Hostelling International and not and charges different rates or each group. As for the members, their current rate is at $19 per night. Internet access is already included in this rate. An additional $3 is charged for their non-member guests. Recently, the hostel had also added a 15 percent additional costs of Lodging tax in abidance with the laws of the state of Texas. Additionally, $10 is charged on top of the regular rates if you should check in after 10 PM.

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Check Out These Commonly Made Mistakes by Network Marketers and Avoid Them to Save Time and Money

Network Marketing allows ordinary people to enter into a home based business at a relatively low capital cost. This rather humble beginning may one day be giving you a huge international distributorship from many countries that will provide you with a residual income for a life time. Here are the top seven commonly mistakes made by independent distributors. It does not matter what you sell. The root cause for most of the mistakes made lies in marketing and your personality type.

Before Joining

Number 1 Mistake:

Choosing the wrong sponsor. Often times, new distributors have no idea what it takes to build a successful home business especially if that was the very first time they were about to enter into the entrepreneurship world. Consequently they don’t know what attributes a quality sponsor should have. Most of the time, a sponsor seeks after them. They were being hunted instead of being the hunters. Very often they join because they have a good relationship with that sponsor. Because of their limited exposure to the direct sales industry, it is rather difficult for them to gauge the quality of potential sponsors and the MLM companies they represent. I was in that position. Even though I have worked with large corporate strategy and accounting forces during most of my career, direct sales industry requires a different set of skills. I did not have a clue.

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Top 7 Ways to Earn Money As an Artist

Included in this article are the 7 most successful ways to market your art. Remember to always be professional no matter what path you are pursuing. These are the 7 steps you should follow:

1. Create a Professional Marketing Package.
2. Find a Gallery.
3. Become a member in an art club, association or organization.
4. Advertise for free or inexpensively.
5. Apply for juried shows.
6. Make prints of your work and other ways to leverage your work
7. Find Corporate Art Representatives or Rental Programs.

1. Create A Professional Marketing Package.
Included in your package should be a biography, artist statement, resume, slides or digital images, business cards, stationary, and a portfolio. An Artist statement is a brief description of why you do your art and what it means. A resume should include awards, exhibitions, collections, education, memberships, and commissions. Use high quality paper for your resume and business cards. You want your marketing package to be as professional as possible. Your slides or digital images should be high quality as well.

2. Find a Gallery.
Commercial galleries have a small stable of artists therefore it is difficult to get in, but not impossible. Attend openings in galleries and always make sure you have your business cards with you. Introduce yourself and your work to the galleries that you have selected. It helps if you have insider connections with people in the arts; a gallery owner, or a museum director. Stay away from the galleries that want to charge you a fee upfront. These “vanity galleries” are not respected by other galleries.

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Staying in Discount Hotels

Discount hotels can be wonderful places to stay, while allowing you to save money on your hotel stay and have more to spend sightseeing or on other travel adventures. If you think that you might be interested in staying in a discount hotel it is important to do your research to make sure you select the right hotel, and get the best deal possible.

Most discount hotels are discounted through a particular club or organization, and are discounted primarily for its members. If you are a part of any types of groups or organizations check with them to see if they have any deals set up with hotels, and if so what types of discounts those particular arrangements will supply you with. In many cases you can get a discount if you stay a certain number of nights in the hotel, or if you stay in a particular type of room. If you choose the wrong combination of those things however, you can often be denied the right to the discount.

Make sure you fully understand what is required for you to get the discount before you make your reservation. Often times if you do one thing incorrectly, such as book the wrong type of room, or stay one day less or more than is required you can forfeit your right to the discount. Pay careful attention to the rules, and make sure to tell the hotel that you plan on using the discount when you make your reservation. That way, if you are doing something incorrectly the hotel can possibly catch it before it’s too late, and the hotel clerk can make a note that you are getting the room reservations for a reduced rate.

Another type of discount hotel, will offer discounts through coupons or just in general to all of their guests should they choose to come visit the hotel during certain times, or stay in certain rooms. In some cases a discount hotel will always be discounted, but it will also lack some of the things that you might have become accustomed to in their hotels. By discounting the price of a nights stay, they also take away some of the perks of staying in a hotel. What you don’t gain in amenities however, you will gain in discounts.

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Choosing the Right Hotel

Whenever you book a vacation, choosing a hotel is key to your level of enjoyment. Hotels are usually rated with a star system, and this generally correlates with the hotels’ price. When choosing a place to stay, ask yourself the following questions: How much time will I spend in the hotel? What amenities are most important to me? Am I looking for a home away from home or just a place to lay my head for the night? Knowing your own expectations can make choosing among hotels a lot easier.

Five-star hotels generally are the most expensive. You are paying for luxury. These hotels usually offer butler service, large bathrooms with soaking tubs, spa-inspired bath products, and high-end bed linens. Lobbies in five-star hotels are laden with marble and fresh flowers. Service is impeccable.

Still quite elegant are four-star hotels. Usually the difference is slight. Maybe the rooms are a bit smaller, the linens a slightly lower thread count, and the shampoos less expensive. The biggest difference seems to be in the price.

Three-star hotels offer clean and comfortable accommodations but may not offer the same amenities as their pricier cousins. Guest rooms are less elegant, but comfortable nevertheless. Bathrooms are generally pretty standard. (If you’re looking for a rain shower, you probably won’t find it here.) Service is fine, though the staff doesn’t bow at your feet quite the same way. Many guests find this level of service more comfortable; others miss being treated like royalty.

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