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AXIS Hospitality International
Toronto, Canada
International hotel & resort operator, developer, turnaround specialist & brand positioning advisor
Interests: Tourism, Sustainability, Youth employment, Poverty alleviation, Ocean & Reef Health, Golf, Tennis and Cricket.
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THE PALM TREE STOOD TALL AND STRONG.........LIKE THE DREAM BEACH RESORT PROJECT The Majestic Palm was strong and erect. Thrusting upwards from a coconut birth through several pregnancies to become one of many in its family to line this beach... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at AXIS Hospitality International
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THE LAUNCH OF A LUXURY RESORT IS A SCIENCE.....AND POTENTIALLY A BLACK HOLE Too many Developers have lost their fortunes from the belief that resort development is quite simple and all they need to do is design the resort, hook... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at AXIS Hospitality International
INGREDIENTS 10 Acres of owned land 100 Metres of virgin beach 1 Local Developer with good ears +/-10% Equity including land 1 Experienced development team 1 International resort real-estate agency 1 Luxury Brand/Operator 1 super-detailed development plan $100K for Planning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at AXIS Hospitality International
FOREIGN INTEREST IN ELECTIONS IN OTHER COUNTRIES Politics and religion are subjects that sane hotel employees never touch. The 'involvement' of the Russians in the US Election prompted a thought for me about a future in which leaders of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at AXIS Hospitality International
POLITICS AND RELIGION These two topics are subjects that hoteliers around the world are taught to avoid. Many require no guidance for it is common sense to the majority. The adverse effects on a business are huge. All of our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at AXIS Hospitality International
WRITING THE CHEQUE IS THE EASY PART! Buying a hotel and resort is quite simple really as long as you know how to do an inspection of the property in 30' and a performance review in 6'. Making it work... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at AXIS Hospitality International
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CAN YOU IMAGINE THE DAY WHEN TECHNOLOGY WOULD ALLOW OUR INDUSTRY TO FORM A GROUP OF ENTHUSIASTIC YOUTHS WHO WANT TO WORK IN OUR BUSINESS BUT CAN'T BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO EXPERIENCE? Hang on a minute!! There's no reason why... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at AXIS Hospitality International
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WE LOVE YOU, WE CARE FOR YOU BUT ONLY IF YOU WORK FOR US. As an industry that has huge issues in attracting people to work in our industry, why is it that those that profess to be human resources... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at AXIS Hospitality International
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.............OR HOW THE STARWOOD HOTEL OWNERS CAN FULLY INTEGRATE WITH THEIR FORMER OPPONENTS. IS IT TIME TO MEET AT THE NET, SHAKE HANDS AND HUG? OR IS THERE ANOTHER APPEAL OPEN FOR A VIDEO REPLAY? WHERE IS JOHN MCENROE WHEN... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at AXIS Hospitality International
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RESTAURANTS OR DINING ROOMS, CAFES OR BISTROS. WHAT ARE WE THINKING ABOUT WHEN WE DESCRIBE OUR RESTAURANT AS 'FINE DINING'? Do we really mean that the food is fine, the service is fine, the decor is fine or the china... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at AXIS Hospitality International
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MY FIRST JOB IN MY CHOSEN CAREER PAID $3 PER WEEK PLUS ROOM AND MEALS. Why are our children taught that service jobs are not real. It is almost criminal that the young are actively discouraged from taking a service... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at AXIS Hospitality International
IMAGINE THE DAY WHEN ALL THE STARS LINE UP TO FORM A PERFECT PROJECT AND THEN IT TURNS INTO A NIGHTMARE. Picture if you can inviting 3,000 people to a Congress and then realising that your Convention Centre is not... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at AXIS Hospitality International
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IT IS TRAGIC TO SEE INTELLIGENT BUSINESS EXPERTS THROW ALL CAUTION TO THE WIND AND BLOW THEIR BRAINS OUT WHEN DEVELOPING A RESORT. Acting as we do as the first line of defence in a developer's quest for financing, we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at AXIS Hospitality International
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HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THROWN AWAY BECAUSE THE RESORT DEVELOPER IGNORES THE FORMULA FOR SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT Hundreds of projects waiting to happen, wrecked on the rocks of a dream, a great location, new potential sustainable employment for hundreds.....and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at AXIS Hospitality International
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THE ‘RIGHT TO USE’, WHERE SOME CLAIM THERE ARE NO RIGHTS? The day when one could drive from Miami down through the Keys, hop a car-ferry again into Cuba, drive along Havana’s legendary Malecon, through the tunnel built by the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at AXIS Hospitality International
WHERE IS THE REAL TOURISM CREATIVITY HAPPENING AND WHY? As I look at my Order Pad for project financing, I realise that development imagination and financial risk is geographically concentrated outside of the developed world where there is huge energy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at AXIS Hospitality International
Temporary Foreign Worker Program In Canada we are confronted with two problems, a lack of visitors coming into our country, particularly from the United States, and insufficient staff to serve our guests. At the outset I would like to express... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at AXIS Hospitality International
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FINANCING A HOTEL SUCCESSFULLY IS LIKE COOKING A STEAK PERFECTLY. It is quite simple. Timing, ingredients, the market and experience is critical......but success is buried in the touch, the feel and the presentation. If you really know how to serve... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at AXIS Hospitality International
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IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A HOTEL OR RESORT, YOU NEED EIGHT THINGS. MOST PEOPLE ONLY HAVE THREE. Developing a hotel or resort is like making an Omelette. You must have Eggs, a Pan, a Recipe, some Heat, a Fork,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2013 at AXIS Hospitality International
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WHY DO SPONSORS ENDORSE ARROGANCE A wild generalisation that is proving true. Why put your name and identity on the jacket, the pants, the helmet and gloves of someone that does not share your values. As a recreational cyclist who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2013 at AXIS Hospitality International
HOSPITALITY.......WHAT A WONDERFUL LIFE. Where most mistakes are not life-threatening. Where everyone around you are making similar blunders. Where you celebrate a blunderless day. Summarising a career in less than a page was the first challenge. Finding a relevant photo... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2013 at AXIS Hospitality International
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REPOSITIONING A LUXURY/UPSCALE BRAND AGAIN. WHEN WILL THEY GET IT RIGHT? Shooting oneself in the same foot twice causes what the French describe as a 'Blessure' or a wound. In this case it is being named 'Bleisure' which I must... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at AXIS Hospitality International
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AS A VOCAL CRITIC OF OUR INABILITY TO INNOVATE, I NOW TAKE PLEASURE IN OBSERVING EXPLOSIONS OF CREATIVITY POPPING UP EVERYWHERE. What a thrill to see the industry acting irrationally and creatively for a change. Allow me to take off... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at AXIS Hospitality International
LOOKING AROUND THE DEVELOPMENT LANDSCAPE, MOST GREAT DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES LACK TWO FUNDAMENTAL INGREDIENTS, EXPERTISE & FINANCING. Isn't it strange that the door to success for so many great projects is closed for two such simple reasons. Experience & Financing, particularly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at AXIS Hospitality International
THERE IS ALWAYS A NEED FOR INDUSTRY DIALOGUE AND I BELIEVE THAT THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY HAS STOPPED COMMUNICATING BETWEEN THEMSELVES. The need for interaction between Operators, Owners, Financiers, Developers, Academics and the Specialists & Technicians amongst all of them has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at AXIS Hospitality International