Monthly Archives: February 2017

What is Hospitality Interior Design and Who Uses It?

In the hospitality industry, interior design performs a similar function. The layout of a lobby or guest room in addition to the color scheme, lighting, and furniture choices, greatly affects how a guest feels and how they view their surroundings.

Hospitality interior design covers a variety of different venues. It is used in restaurants, hotels, even retail stores. Every design aspect from the floor plan to the color of the walls and the style of furniture makes a difference in affecting a certain tone or atmosphere. Depending on the tone a business wishes to set, an interior designer might choose a bright, vibrant color pattern paired with modern furniture and innovative decorative accents or he might select a subtle, more muted color palette paired with plush furniture and simple wall decorations to inspire feelings of calm and comfort.

Lighting and color palette go hand in hand when it comes to hospitality interior design. Most interior designers have been educated to know what types of lighting to pair with bright color schemes versus those which are more subtle. The lighting of a venue may also be affected by furniture choices and the actual architecture of a building. Rooms with vaulted ceilings might require wall fixtures which direct the light upwards while smaller rooms might utilize overhead lighting or corner lamps. Not only does the type and placement of lighting affect the atmosphere of a room or building, but the degree of illumination is also important. A soft glow is more relaxing while bright or colored lighting inspires feelings of excitement and energy.

In addition to lighting and color palette, several more factors come into play within the realm of hospitality interior design. The type of furniture selected dictates whether a room is meant to be more decorative or functional and the arrangement of said furniture plays a role in establishing atmosphere as well. An open floor plan into which the furniture is sparsely placed induces an airy, free atmosphere while small groupings of furniture might incite feelings of intimacy. When considering different styles of hospitality interior design there are myriad factors to think about but the most important decision to make is what kind of atmosphere should be affected. A good interior designer will be able to make all aspects of hospitality interior design work together in order to create a cohesive feel the subscribes to a certain tone or atmosphere.

Holiday Packages – Advantages and Disadvantages

Finding the right holiday can be as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack with so many holiday locations, packages and special offers crowding your computer screen begging for your attention when searching the Internet for your planned vacation.

Finding the place to holiday is only half of the mission, after you have decided where you want to spend your quality time relaxing you need to think about suitable accommodation, transport to, from and during your holiday, meals, entertainment and no doubt tourist attractions .

Deciding all of this is so time consuming it is no wonder that all inclusive and half board holiday packages are gaining popularity amongst tourists.

Holiday packages tend to allow a greater level of flexibility, with the dates and activities its very much a more comfortable way of planning your next holiday.

By allowing the travel agent to take care of everything you will guarantee yourself a stress free and enjoyable vacation.

Most people will buy holiday packages for this reason alone, travel agents tend to pick reputable businesses which are already tested by there clients.

It is also worth noting that tour operators are able to negotiate sizeable discounts from the attractions, accommodation and affiliated industries.

Because they have large buying power which means the discounts can be passed along to the customer and with so many of these companies operating competition amongst them for our custom ensures that the prices remain relatively affordable.

Adding to this it might be difficult for you to obtain event tickets or speciality tourist activities a tour operator has more connections and deeper pockets this means they are more likely to be able to secure these for you which I am sure you would agree is a more than useful service.

Keep in mind that it's not all roses with travel agencies, there are some pit falls to holiday packages.
Inclusive holidays can take the fun out of researching and understanding your holiday and such there might be things you would have liked to have done but have had itineraries organised for you which are not entirely suitable.

Personalised experiences are not catered for, holiday packages are for the masses and therefore no special treatment should be expected.

Some of the activities included may not be suitable and therefore you may be wasting money on activities you will not be partaking in which will evidently cost you more money.

At the end of the day, you might not be able to find complete suitability in a holiday package and there not the most flexible but they can remove the elements of stress allowing you to truly relax and enjoy your earned vacation.

Baseball Coaching Digest – Can a Baseball Player Ruin His Baseball Swing by Playing Golf?

One question that I am frequently asked is whether a baseball swing can be ruined by playing golf. I have rather strong feeling concerning this topic. It is my opinion that playing golf can ruin a baseball swing in certain circumstances.

There are four circumstances that determine how harmful or detrimental playing golf is for a baseball swing. Those four different circumstances are:

1. How hard did the baseball player have to work to master his baseball swing? Was it difficult for the player to perfect his baseball swing?

The chances that the golf swing will harm the baseball swing are greater if the player is less skilled, a mechanical learner, or had a difficult time learning to swing the baseball bat properly. And if a young kid has not yet mastered the baseball swing, the last thing he needs to do is to go play a couple rounds of golf. If the player is a baseball player that has to work hard at keeping his swing tuned, I would recommend that the golf be played after he season is over.

2. What time of year is the golf being played?

Timing is everything! That certainly can be said for playing golf in the middle of baseball season. I would strongly try to discourage baseball players from taking to the links right before a big game, the league championships or just as the playoffs are beginning.

I do not see anything wrong with playing golf out of season. But I would not experiment with my golf game during baseball season. I have two reasons for this; 1) Muscle soreness may result from swinging the golf club. 2) The player may pick up a bad habit that may hurt his baseball swing at a crucial time of the season.

3. How much golf is being played?

The main reason I ask this question is that I want to know what is being neglected to get the time to play golf. If golf is becoming a daily activity, then what time sacrifices are being made? Has the player cut back on baseball practice time to play golf? Is the player taking his golf more serious than his baseball? I want my players eating, breathing and sleeping baseball. I do not mind if they play an occasional round of golf. But, if it is being taken to the extreme, I need to know. I want that player to stay focused on what he needs to do to help his baseball team. If he is considering playing golf over baseball, then that is an off season decision that he and his family must make. In the meantime, I need his full commitment and his "sense of urgency" should be in the sport of baseball.

4. How athletic is the player?

Some kids are such a gifted athlete that playing golf every day of the season does not affect their baseball swing. They know that both the golf and baseball swings are basically the same swing but the ball is just at a different level. They feel that playing golf helps them to learn to better focus their eyes on the baseball. These players are so talented and skilled they feel that that each swing type helps the other by relating back certain points to focus on.

Therefore, I feel that the more talented, more athletic, and more mentally confident a player in, the less the chances are that his swing will be harmed by playing golf.

Coaching Point: In all of these factors, there is a mental side to the controversy. You and I know that every player has heard or been told, more than once, "If you play golf, your baseball swing will suffer." If he does go to the course and plays a round of golf and his first couple at-bats are bad ones, there may be a beginning of a "mental slump" or the player may question, in his mind "" Is my swing as good as it was? "

So in conclusion, you may ask, "Should I allow my Child to Play Golf"? My answer is simple, consider, the factors I have discussed and make the best decision for your child. However, if you child shows the potential to be a future prospect in baseball, keep him off the golf course, and in the batting cage instead.

I hope that you found this article to be informative and interesting. I really appreciate you taking the tile to read it. I wish you and your team the best of luck in the coming season. Have a great day, Nick.

Fire Retardant Fabrics in Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts – Regulation or Sensible Precaution?

Since 2006 there has been much controversy in the UK about the new regulations introduced in fire safety law. Many in the industry see the changes as over-the-top and part of the 'nanny state'. In this article we'll briefly look at both what the law requires and consider the benefits of taking precautions, even when the law does not explicitly demand it.

Over many years the UK government has increasingly targeted all forms of fire risks, with the aim of reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by fire. In the postwar years there was a steady rise in these numbers and the government took notice. The number of deaths from smoke inhalation was of particular concern, as this rose sharply from the 1950s onward.

The reasons for this trend are disputed, but the fact that modern fabrics and fillers caused heavily toxic smoke when burning eventually prompted the government to regulate the supply of fabric and furnishings, because the more toxic the smoke from a fire the faster a person is incapacitated .

It is perhaps obvious that manufacturers and suppliers must comply with government regulations on fire retardant fabrics, but in 2006 the new regulations changed requirements for all business premises. Fire safety law was implemented by the 'Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005'. Now, businesses are no longer required to have fire certificates but instead must conduct a risk assessment to prevent fires by reducing risk. The law makes it the responsibility of the business owner to ensure the safety of everyone who uses their premises.

There are specific guidelines for 'sleeping accommodation' which directly apply to curtain material. Hotels must meet the requirements of BS5867 Part 2 Type B when furnishing a room with curtains. This is a test where a flame is applied to the fabric for 15 seconds. In summary, this requires that if the fabric were to come into direct contact with a flame it would have a fire retardant quality for a short time by not burning to the edges or falling apart whilst burning.

There are basically two types of flame retardant (FR) fabrics:
1) those which have been treated after manufacture; and
2) those in which the FR quality is 'built-in'. These are called 'inherent FR fabrics'.

Where a fabric has been treated it must also be able to hold its FR quality after repeated washing.

Purchasing flame retardant fabrics from a reputable company with products that more than meet the requirements ensure fire safety and conform to the law. Look for products labelled 'FR' and ask whether they meet the safety standards for hotel use.

Unlike the requirements for curtains, for bed linen the new regulations only state that certain safety standards should be considered for 'sleeping accommodation' as a matter of fire prevention. The law does apply, though, to all the components of the actual bed (including head-boards, mattresses, sofa-beds, futons and other convertibles). Perhaps less obvious is that it also applies to pillows and even throw cushions.

Yet fire retardant bed linen is still worth considering as a matter of fire prevention, because even when prohibited people still might smoke in a hotel room – particularly if they are leaving the next morning. When you can not control how a guest behaves prevention is the only sure cure.

Protecting your investment is one important factor, yet safety is even more vital and protecting the lives of guests and staff should matter. If as the owner you sleep in your B & B then your own safety is also at risk. FR fabrics are widely available for bed linens and cost just a little more than a standard cotton-product. They could end up saving more than pounds and pence.

Bed Bugs In Your Hotel Are Not Your Biggest Problem

The hospitality industry has been repeatedly slammed hard over the past few years. Starting with 911 and on through the SARS and bird flu alerts and for the past 5 years, bed bugs. Without trying to defend hotel operators, they should be given a break. Most hotel / motel owners try to provide satisfactory services commensurate with the prices they charge. You are not going to find silk sheets and marble bathrooms for 75 bucks a night, but you should expect a clean, comfortable room.

For the sake of argument, let's just concede that most hotel operators inspect their rooms and treat any infestations they find. So how come there are so many complaints and lawsuits concerning these miniature vampires?

News reports about bed bug attacks never have the victim bitten once or twice, it's always many bites. Many bites are caused by many bed bugs. Many bed bugs do not just magically appear in a hotel room, An infestation takes time to develop. They are hitch hikers, they hide in luggage or belongings and travel from one place to another. Remember, we're not talking one or two bugs, we're talking tens or hundreds. So, If a hotel room has a few bugs, those could have been carried in by the previous guest and it would be almost impossible to prevent that. But, if a hotel has an infestation, many bugs, then that is the fault of the hotel for inadequate inspection and treatment. The only explanation for an infested room would be the hotel was negligent in prevention and treatment.

Now to the gist of the article.

If a hotel has an infestation that means that:

– Previous guests either did not notice the bugs or did not feel the bites, which is possible, not all people feel or react to the bites.
– Housekeeping did not inspect or did not see any signs of a problem.
– The head of housekeeping, who should periodically inspect the job that their employees are doing, did not inspect or see bugs.
– The laundry facility did not notice any signs, brownish smudges of dried blood, of bugs.
– This hotel does not have a pest control company on it's payroll, at least one that is doing it's job properly.
– And this is the big one, if this hotel's employees, and laundry could not find or did not bother to treat for bed bugs, what else is on the sheets or in the room that will make you sick?

Presently, there is no proof that cimex lectularius can transmit any of the 28 disease pathogens they have been found to carry. I say presently because bed bugs are a recent problem. Scientists are just starting to understand their biology. Why can not they transmit diseases, or can they but we just have not discovered any proof yet? But, MSRA and E.Coli are harmful and have been found in many hotel rooms in many studies. So far, viruses and bacteria present more harm to your health than bed bugs, but the bugs get all the press. Post why? Because we can see bed bugs. If you wake up with red spots all over your body and then find a bed bug, case closed. But, if you get diarrhea or the flu while traveling, how can you trace it back to the sheets, towels, or the TV remote in your hotel room.

Bed bugs are not the only parasite to be found in hotel beds. The scabies mite is so tiny, you can not see it without magnification. Unlike bed bugs, scabies is a major health problem if you contract them.

Unfortunately, this whole bed bug epidemic has monopolized media coverage and hotel budgets. Every time you read about some retail store being infested with bed bugs, it's probably just not true. A few bugs were found and the place was treated, simple. But bed bugs are a real problem in the hospitality industry. Hotels are spending millions on pest control for a problem that can be managed more efficiently with education, rigorous inspection and focused treatment. But, proper inspection means trained personnel, which means higher wages which means lower bottom line. It's cheaper to hire a company to spray, and litigate on that basis.

Here is another question to answer. How much, of which pesticide, are you exposed to when staying at a hotel which is being, or has been treated for parasites A few months ago a New Jersey pest control company was fined for illegally using poisonous pesticides not approved for indoor use, indoors . Are hotels legally obliged to notify guests if pesticides are being used on the hotel premises or in the rooms. Has a desk clerk ever told you that the room you're about to check into has recently been treated with Pyrethroids, which are the go to pesticides of choice for most infestations. And while we're asking, what bleaches and detergents are used in laundering the bedding and what chemical cleaners are used in the room and the bathroom.

For the average traveler, exposure to any of the hundreds of chemical pesticides or detergents will be uneventful or cause sniffles, a little rash or itching. Passed off as nothing, the traveler goes on their merry way giving it no second thought. Maybe it will impact their health later on, maybe it's cumulative or maybe it will have no adverse effects at all. For people with chemical sensitivities, it's another story. Ever wondered why you got itchy skin after staying in a motel on a road trip or why, all of a sudden, you have a runny nose.

Some will say you can get hit by a bus in front of your home so why worry about stuff you can not control. When I cross the street I look both ways. When you're tucking your kids into a hotel bed, have you looked both ways. Blind trust or ignorance is not the way to go. I would never think of not traveling, but, just as I take travel insurance, I educate myself and take precautions to ensure a healthy, happy trip.

Do not be shy to ask the desk clerk about bed bugs or treatments to your room. Check the room and mattress for signs of past or present infestations. Wipe down the surfaces and things you will touch with anti bacterial wipes. Or carry with Use you a sleep sack or travel . Sheet by just in case you need one 's . There are many articles you can access to educate yourself about how to inspect and protect against parasites, bacteria and viruses.

Exploring the World of Mills Pride Closet Organizers

Mills Pride offers a number of effective organizers for the closets within your home. This company understands that closets often experience the burden of disorganization. Seeing that closets are the most mismanaged and abused areas of the home, Mills Pride offers an extensive collection of closet organizers that can add simplicity, innovation, and organization to the home. Whether you have a large, walk-in closet, or a basic, small closet, this company has something for you. Here, we will explore the world of Mills Pride closet organizers.

If you want to find a closet system for a particular room in the home, Mills Pride has many that are available. You can choose closet organizers that are for the home office, the bath area of ​​the home, the kitchen, the dining room, the family room, the master bedroom, the guest room, a room that houses children, and even a recreational room! You can make use of the large selection of Mills Pride closet organizers in each and every room in your home, depending on the needs that you have.

There are numerous styles of closet organizers that you can purchase from this particular company. They have many closet modulars designed for different sizes, shapes, and depths of closets around the home. For example, if you have a large, walk-in closet, there are many styles that are suitable for this type of space. However, if you have a simple and small kitchen or bathroom closet, you may select a number of closet organizers, or just buy base components. You should carefully measure the amount of space that your closet has prior to ordering a closet organizer to ensure that you are buying a suitable product for your home.

Mills pride closet organizers are created using the finest materials and innovative designs. This company tests all of the products that are selected to be placed on the market, prior to being sold to customers. Mills Pride takes great satisfaction in being able to guarantee the quality of their work, their materials, and their finished product. If you want to purchase a closet organizer that is sturdy, built to last, is checked for quality, and comes with a guarantee of high quality, Mills Pride is the best place to shop!

When you purchase entire closet organizers that are created in a modular design, you will receive an assortment of hanging areas for your clothes, storage bins to place handbags and shoes in, drawers in all sizes, and even an assortment of shelves. This makes it quite easy to easily store all your clothes, accessories, and many other items. If you purchase certain models, and move or decide to implement the use of a larger closet, Mills Pride will allow you to upgrade your current unit.

As you can see, Mills Pride is a great place to purchase an assortment of closet organizers. You can select from single piece organization units, to large modular sets for those bigger closets. You can also select units that are specific to various rooms throughout your home.

6 Ways Travel Will Change Your Life

Once you start travelling, you will realize the change in your life. Every experience in life teaches a new thing. Through travelling you explore; new cultures, new people, new experiences and it provides a great opportunity to discover ourselves, you learn many things through travelling and it definitely plays an important role in changing your life and the way we think. So here are 6 ways how travel will change your life.

Travel changes your perspective:

Your way of viewing your own life experiences will change by seeing the way other people live. You will not only be more appreciative for the life you have, but you will also have a new sense of wonder and understanding for other cultures and countries. You will realize that things are different everywhere in the world, you will assess your own values ​​and this will broad your perspective.

Live in the moment:

Travel teaches you to live in the moment, whether you are seeing the pyramids of Egypt or exploring the beautiful canals of Amsterdam, it teaches you to take in the moment of awe and make the most of it. Travelling makes you stop and live in that moment, teaches us to unplug and explore new parts of ourselves.

Become more social:

When you are travelling, you have to step out of your comfort zone; you meet new people, see new cultures and face many things. So eventually you become very good at making friends out of new acquaintances. You will become more confident meeting unknowns and you will bring this with you.

Confidence:

Travelling is a process of increasing self-knowledge and self-confidence where you are a participant and a researcher of your inner process of growth. When you are travelling, you learn so much from your experiences, you do so much that you feel more confident in your ability to achieve your dreams. You will be home with a new, fresh attitude and ready for the new challenges.

You will become more employable:

Through travelling you can learn those skills that can not be taught in a classroom. You have travelled the world, you have the best experiences of your life, and you have communicated with different types of people and have experienced the different situations that can actually make you more employable.

More open to different ways of life:

No country lives the same way, they have different cultures and different beliefs, but when you travel to different destinations around the world, you will see that how same we all really are. No matter how different the way they live, how different the society is, there is that inherent goodness in most people.

Rewarding Practice in Bermuda, a Tropical Paradise

Would not it be nice to practice medicine in a tropical paradise? You can- by becoming an island locum tenens physician. This flexible, rewarding way of working provides a chance to see the world while earning a good income. Lasting between nine months and a year, each international locum assignment can bring a new adventure.

The first step is to connect with a locum tenens recruitment agency. They’ll have many options available to you, including those in tropical settings. One of the most desirable places to be a locum tenens is Bermuda. Of course, these island physician jobs are English speaking-making the transition into your new locum assignment very comfortable.

In this territory, consisting of approximately 138 islands, you’ll find endless opportunities to work and explore. Bermuda locum tenens typically practice on the main island, which consists of 11 small towns.

You’ll fall in love with the Bermudian people as you come to know the history and culture of the territory. England colonized Bermuda in the early 17th century, and the island still shows the remnants of that British influence. Bermuda’s quaint streets, lined with tidy cottages, are evidence of this-creating a nice mix of both worlds. You’ll love Bermuda’s fresh cuisine, as well. After a day of island adventure, you can enjoy a delicious meal accompanied by live entertainment in the restaurants downtown. With vocal artists, jazz bands and dance floors, Bermuda’s nightlife is sure to please all tastes.

Fill your Bermuda locum days off soaking up the rays on one of the island’s famous pink beaches. Visit the popular Horseshoe Bay beach with private coves and breathtaking views. Or make your way to John Smith’s Bay-a quieter, more secluded beach where you can float in the calm waters and enjoy the sounds of the ocean.

Go parasailing, windsurfing or jet skiing to feel the unbeatable rush of racing on the water. And take a glass bottom boat tour for an up-close view of the coast’s marine life. The water sports and exploration opportunities are endless.

When you’re ready for a break from the water, play a round of golf on one of the island’s many courses. Bermuda has more golf courses per square mile than any other place in the world. Politicians, celebrities and royalty alike have enjoyed this golfer’s paradise. From John F. Kennedy to Babe Ruth to Britain’s royal family, Bermuda golfing has been a worldwide attraction since the 1940s.

Bermuda also has one of the highest concentrations of limestone caves in the world. In 1884, two young boys went looking for their lost cricket ball and instead stumbled upon the Crystal Caves. These caverns’ clear ponds and remarkable stalactites are things you will not want to miss.

Known as the “Shipwreck Capital of the Atlantic,” Bermuda offers one of the most thrilling scuba diving destinations in the world. You’ll travel back in time as you explore some fascinating shipwrecks dating back as far as the 15th century.

Laidback culture of The prime the vacation destination this Could be the perfect place for your next island physician job . Residents and seasoned physicians alike can benefit from becoming island locum tenens. It’s a great way to make a smooth transition from residency to practice, from one practice to another, or even from full-time to part-time practice. Many choose locum physician jobs because they provide an excellent opportunity to explore the medical world, while offering a fresh, new, diverse work environment. Make sure to find a recruitment agency that helps you meet all of your needs-and do not wait any longer to live your dream in a tropical paradise. Become a bermuda locum today!

Reduce Air Travel Costs With Split Tickets

Split ticketing or split-city ticketing is buying two separate round-trip tickets for a single trip. The two round-trip flights take advantage of the airline's pricing schemes to create a lower total airfare. In addition to paying less, there may be other benefits to booking split-city tickets.

An example to illustrate the split ticketing strategy:

A friend found $ 600 fares to fly from San Jose, California to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I checked a couple of sources and confirmed that $ 600 was the lowest available fare. I also discovered that all flights connected through Los Angeles or Phoenix. I then researched two separate itineraries:

1. (San Jose-to-Los Angeles) AND (Los Angeles-to-Cabo)

-OR-

2. (San Jose-to-Phoenix) AND (Phoenix-to-Cabo)

At that time, Los Angeles-to-Cabo round-trip flights cost $ 198 and San Jose-to-Los Angeles flights were $ 98 (a total of $ 296). By simply buying separate round-trip tickets through Los Angeles, anyone could save 50% – over $ 300 ($ 600 – $ 296). I concentrated on using Los Angeles as an interim airport, since there more options – airlines and flights – and better prices.

These, and most, split ticket flights are not less convenient, since the through fare (in this case, the $ 600 fare) required changing planes in an interim airport (ie, Los Angeles) anyway. In fact, not only are split ticket flights usually as convenient but often include some advantages.

One advantage is that travelers can book flights with preferred airlines and add points to active frequent flyer accounts. At the time, only two airlines offered San Jose-to-Cabo flights while several offered San Jose-to-Los Angeles and Los Angeles-to-Cabo flights. Instead of paying $ 600 to fly on one of two undesired airlines, buy separate round-trips on airlines you like and pay $ 298. This is very typical of split city routes.

Another advantage of split ticket itineraries is that travelers can create stopovers, which are not permitted on most discounted round-trip fares (such as the $ 600 fare). For instance, fly from San Jose to Los Angeles the night before flying to Cabo. Spend a day in Los Angeles before taking an afternoon Los Angeles-to-Cabo flight. The time spent in Los Angeles is a created stopover. Create a similar stopover on the return flights, if you wish. Stopovers counter the major potential difficulty of split ticketing, possibly missing the connection flight if either flight into Los Angeles is canceled or delayed.

With split tickets, travelers usually must claim baggage from the first airline, carry them to the second airline, and check in with the second airline. Bringing only carry-on baggage is the best way to eliminate this disadvantage but travelers must still check in with the second airline.

Some typical split ticket routes include:

  • East coast US cities to Hawaii, Australia, or Asia (through San Francisco or Los Angeles)
  • US cities to South America (through Miami or New York)
  • US cities to Europe and Africa (through London or Paris)

There are countless routings that offer split ticketing advantages. Try it while researching your next trip. You may be pleasantly surprised.