I recently returned from a whirlwind trip of Europe and points east, courtesy of Wyndham Worldwide. The giant franchisor took me to
One thing all this travel affirmed is that hospitality is different when you leave the U.S. Sure, service here can be as good as the hotels that showcase it. But in Europe and Dubai, service seems routinely ingrained, not merely learned. In addition, hospitality is a career to aspire to rather than a dead end. One cab driver in Malta who handles a lot of trips from hotels to airports told me he badly wants to work at the Corinthia San Gorg, a deluxe oceanfront hotel recently acquired by Wyndham. That way he won't be so irked by speed trapsÃ¢€”and he'll make more money.
I also discovered that a Days Inn in Dublin is very different from one in suburban
The idea of the trip was to see how cultures and benefit each other. Travel is indeed illuminating. And I haven't even begun to describe Dubai, the boom town to beat all boom towns (Las Vegas, move over). I look forward to writing stories about my trip.