The issue of raising the minimum wage has been attracting increased attention and debate - but is it the best way to boost the economy and help low-income workers make enough to support their families?
As a conference speaker and hospitality industry trainer, I have often experienced the anxiety of flying into a foreign country with a different language for the first time. Although I (regrettably) have not yet managed to learn any languages beyond my American English, I cannot once remember flying into an airport that I could not easily find my way around.
Most of us will breeze through those 'Best of..' lists, marveling at the choices, categories and finalists. However, we will pay attention when Travel & Leisure, the AMEX publication, compiles their lists and winners. We do learn from this resource.
Where are consumer expectations now as we travel into a New Year? Are they touching a nadir or scratching at that apogee? Two wonderful words at extremes of the pendulum of Customer Satisfaction and expectations met. In our various Hospitality businesses we do have some basics, which every customer and guest should anticipate.
Success in the marketplace has always been about bringing value to the Consumer Experience. If you travel by air, your sensibilities have been challenged at every step of the journey. However, we still hear about successes airlines which have understood key behaviors of their passengers and have adopted retail customer service approaches, resulting in market share and consumer satisfaction.