Thanks to Back of House in DBX, a startup Dubay hotel employee’s Blog [ED: and since dissappeared] , I noticed Guests Behaving Badly in Australia:
Guests Behaving Badly Pty Limited (GBB) is a member based organisation designed to minimise the occurrence of anti-social, intimidatory and destructive behaviour that currently affects guests, service providers and their staff within the hospitality industry.
Our members are hospitality providers who offer short-term lettings and holiday accommodation of various types. The GBB Online Register is used by our members to identify guests that have a recorded history of inappropriate behaviour. Additionally members have the ability to lodge a complaint against a guest, which once verified by GBB, can be accessed by our other members via the GBB Online Register.
GBB seeks to identify individuals who have demonstrated antisocial behaviour whereby the well being of other guests and staff has been jeopardized, or alternatively have behaved in a manner prejudicial to the operation of that facility.
Not a bad idea, but in the Netherlands the laws on privacy would probably not allow such a register. On the other hand the Dutch police is nowadays actively seeking damages if someone from the general public attacks them, causes them harm, or simply mutter a not so nice word…..Local hotels here in The Hague usually only send out a warning for non-paying guests….
Last edited by Happy Hotelier on March 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm
Kate Connolly reports in the Guardian of today No room at the plush Austrian inn for Russians and their rubles that 16 out of 20 of Kitzbuehel’s four- and five-star hotels have agreed to limit Russian tourists to 10 % of total.
Sepp Schellhorn, president of the Austrian Hoteliers Association, condemned the Russian quota as “absurd” and “shortsighted”. “This is not in line with the wishes of those who promote Austria or the Austrian economy,” he said.
But the head of Sporthotel Mayr-Reisch, Rupert Mayr-Reisch, said: “We’ve learned from other resorts, like St Moritz. You get a bit of a nationality imbalance when one nation gets the upper hand. It’s more pleasant when there are not too many people from one country in the same hotel.”
However, Mr Schellhorn said that it was ridiculous to speak of a mix of nations: “Think about it: Kitzbuehel has a large number of Germans, but no one has ever thought of trying to limit their numbers.”
If I hadn’t seen it, I wouldn’t believe it: For many people the ultimate experience of a hotelroom is the first jump in the plush luscious bed, according to Hotel Bed Jumping HQ:
This Site Celebrates Hotel Beds. And we poke fun at them too.
There is something completely intoxicating about todayâ€™s hotel bed. Plush, deep, luscious, thickâ€¦and oh so bouncy. Donâ€™t deny yourself the indulgent luxury of taking a running start and launching up over that mattress and box-spring that will surely propel you back up into the stratosphere.
More and more people tend to book via Internet and more and more word of mouth will help the lonely traveler behind the computer screen to get an idea of where he might go.
Therefor sites with more or less independent hotel reviews will attract more and more attention.
The site Weekend Hotel takes care of this with respect to smaller independent hotels in The etherlands and Belgium.
Hoteldesign (UK) was created by Patrick Goff, who had a lot of experience with hotel design. The site is financed by ads from hotel suppliers and provides a lot of useful content by extensive reporting of various hotels and their design.
Update August 2016:
Patrick Goff has sold his site. It is more or less the same, but many reviews have disappeared from the site since.
Travel intelligence used to be a site with a heap of professionally written hotel reviews. It was very reliable and it is a pity that it has lost this in the internet dungeons when it was sold to (I don’t know, but you end up in a site of travel zoo, which seems to be what its name indicates: A Zoo.