Hospitality and tourism are growth industries.  Millions of people travel back and forth across the globe every year, both for business and pleasure.  Regardless of their reasons for traveling, people expect a certain level of service and professionalism—a skill that is not obtained over night.

Most universities offer degrees in hospitality management, from bachelors to masters.  Although the specifics for each school may vary slightly, the program requirements themselves are generally the same.

Students are required to take a variety of classes including; math, statistics, intro to hospitality management, hotel operations, food management, hospitality law, and corporate accounting.  Like many … Read the rest

Anyone who eats out on a regular basis knows that restaurant bills can quickly eat up a large portion of a household’s budget.  Most people probably can’t afford to eat out nearly as often as they would like, let alone try new restaurants or dining concepts that might be offered in their city. Some even spend hours on money management websites looking for ways to squeeze more out of their monthly budgets.

restaurant dinersThe solution is dining plans that offer package discounts for one price.  In some cases this takes the form of a discount card that, when swiped, takes a … Read the rest

Auto racing, like football or any other sport, is exciting to watch; the thrill of cars speeding around the track at 200+ mph and not knowing who is going to win until the very end.  Of course the ideal situation would be to experience the race in person—really embrace the sights and smells of the track—but if that doesn’t work out the next thing is to gather a group of fellow fans and friends to watch the race together.

sports bar in NYCOne option is to have everyone over to your place for the race; however that brings with it the responsibility of … Read the rest

SbarThe dream of owning a bar or pub seems to be nearly universal amongst men of a certain age. It is even a running joke on hit sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” that the guys want to open a bar that does everything that other bars don’t – until they turn their apartment into a bar for New Year’s Eve and quickly discover that they have to do all those things like raising drink prices, in order to stay open for just one night.

If you are thinking of investing in a bar or opening and running a bar … Read the rest

If you are considering buying a bar or restaurant you may have driven around your favorite neighborhoods looking for the perfect place.  Perhaps you have seen one you really liked and perhaps attended an open house at it.  You love the space but are unsure of your next step.  Do you look for a loan?  Do you put on offer on it?  What is your next step?

Well the obvious next step is to find a realtor to work with.  He will guide you through the process of finding a property and be your representative in all transactions.  He will … Read the rest

poolProhibition couldn’t end it and a recessed economy can’t deter us from partaking in it. One of the nation’s most consistent, and favorite, pastimes, is having a drink with friends. And it’s even accepted that a glass of red wine is actually good for us and as long as we drink alcohol in moderation and responsibly, then it can be a healthy part of our lifestyles. In addition to the tannins in red wine that can be good for heart health, a moderate amount of alcohol can relax us and help us to let go of a particularly stressful day. … Read the rest

Freezing temperatures are the worst time to discover that the heating system in a home is broken. No one wants to have to call for repairs during a cold spell let alone completely replace the heating system. Anyone who finds themselves in this position will want immediate relief, but they do need to take several things into consideration before purchasing a new system.

The most important point to remember is that all the HVAC units in a home work together. This means that if the problem is in the outdoor unit, homeowners shouldn’t succumb to the temptation to replace only … Read the rest

On my last trip to New Orleans, while my friend was out and I was trying to get some sleep, I had a telephone call from downstairs, the hotel management asking for my help with a problem in the phone lines.  They asked me to keep the phone off the hook as they dealt with it; after a moment, I could only hear breathing on the other end of the phone, and so I hung up.  They called back and insisted I keep the phone off the hook.  I unplugged the phone and then got a call again; there was … Read the rest

At least, not for the majority of people.  Sure, the drivers spend countless hours preparing for the event, but what about all those people in the crowds?  There is a lot more going on at a given race than the thunder of engines and the scream of tires—there’s also the party.  So what is a party at the racetrack like?  Well, it’s a lot of fun.

Tailgating is a time-honored American tradition where spectators at a sporting event show up early—sometimes as early as dawn—to set up their RV’s, grills, coolers and camping chairs.  It’s a great opportunity to relax, … Read the rest

If you own a smart phone, you already know what they are capable of and you likely have apps for a variety of things from maps to news apps and more. But what about restaurants? Restaurant apps have exploded in the past few years, and there are literally thousands of restaurant apps out there that allow you to find out where to dine, what to eat, and what looks good – especially if you are in unfamiliar territory or don’t know the nearby restaurants.

Here are just a few of the most highly rated and high quality restaurant apps on … Read the rest