Talk on Marketing at National Hotel Marketing Conference

On Friday 28 June 2013 I attended and spoke at the National Hotel Marketing Conference which was held at Hilton at St. George’s Park Burton upon Trent.

I was also invited to deliver a talk to the delegates and share my thoughts on marketing during off peak and peak periods.  I emphasised the importance of always planning continuously, including analysing your competition, segmenting, targeting, positioning, executing and measuring.

I thoroughly enjoyed delivering this talk and meeting many people.



Chicken Ceasar Salad at Hilton London Tower Bridge – Amazing!

A couple of weeks back I was at Hilton London Tower Bridge for meetings and they have this great take-away salad bar at lunch times!  The salads are huge!  Mine was a chicken ceasar salad was great, so tasty, great value for money – about £7.  If you’re ever in London and by Tower Bridge it is well worth heading down there!

See the pic below:

Chicken Ceasar Salad - Hilton London Tower Bridge

Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona

I stayed at Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona in late July to early August 2009 (a week long break) and had an amazing 8 days!  I have been to Barcelona on several occasions previously and have done all of the tourist stuff.  I now use Barcelona as a city to visit for relaxation, especially when there is pretty much guaranteed sun during July and August and temperatures in excess of 30 degrees.

The best part of the break was the hospitality received at Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona – it really is a magnificent hotel. – and less than 5 minutes walk to the beach – and a 30 minute walk to the Olympic Port.

The entire stay at the hotel is a real pleasure.  The breakfast is second to none with an amazing selection of fresh fruit, meats, bread, cheeses, cakes, yoghurts, juices and cooked breakfast – and of course a good coffee!  The food overall was exceptional, with a pool bar serving excellent lunchtime dishes.

The guest rooms are extremely spacious with very large king size beds, wide screen tv’s and either a view of the beach and sea, or the mountains and the city – an excellent view in the evening when the sun is setting.

We spent most of the afternoon each day by the swimming pool on the roof of the lower part of the hotel.  It was the perfect place to relax and read a good book as well as drink a range of refreshing drinks.

We had access to the Executive Lounge and this really was an excellent benefit from this stay at the hotel.  Throughout the day a number of fresh snacks, cakes and nibbles were served, and we chose from a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Other facilities and areas in the hotel are a large lobby, lobby lounge and bar, expansive meeting facilities, gym, spa treatments, swimming pool, restaurant.

The level of service from the staff was of the highest standard and this really is something that to me makes this by far the best hotel in Barcelona.

Holiday Inn… Snoop, Ludacris, Chingy

Just remembered this song by Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Chingy.  I thought… “What great endorsement and promotion for Holiday Inn!!”  The song is about the hotel as is the video!!  I wonder how much Holiday Inn paid for this!