Top 5 tips for achieving your New Year's Resolutions

Author: Jarya Kotyleng

The beginning of a new year is the ideal time to turn a page, which is likely the reason why more people set New Year's resolutions. The start of a new year is usually perceived as a new beginning and a perfect opportunity to break bad habits and implement new routines that will allow you to thrive emotionally, physically, psychologically, mentally, or even socially. Naturally, it is much easier to set resolutions than stick to them and come to the end of the first semester of the year, the majority of us will have given up on our resolutions and reverted to our old ways of doing things.

Here are some tips to help you keep your New Year's resolutions this year. 

Pick a precise goal

There are millions of adults every year who vow to " weight loss," " increased productivity," or " fitness" in the year ahead. One of the best ways to do this is to concentrate on a more practical goal that can be reached in a meaningful way, instead of picking a goal that is so unclear. That means you need to decide on a goal that is highly specific and feasible.

For instance, consider pledging to lose 10 kilograms, write a list of daily tasks, or start running a mini-marathon. Be careful that the goal is achievable rather than overly radical. Setting a tangible, reachable target will also allow you to schedule and plan ahead for how precisely you are going to stick to your objective throughout the year.

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Focus on one goal at a time

Reaching a modest goal can help to reinforce your self-confidence. Instead, consider breaking down bigger goals into more manageable components and achieving them one step at a time. Similarly,  According to the American Psychological Association (APA), focusing on a single habit at a time is also considered to be more effective for long-term success.

Getting involved in more than one action at a time can be overwhelming and daunting. By focusing on a precise objective, sticking to a resolution is much easier. 

Develop an overall plan

One of the most important things you can do is to develop a plan. If you start pursuing a particular goal without a plan, you may quickly abandon it when you hit a roadblock. For instance, if your goal is to run four times a week, what will you do if you miss four days in a row? A good place to start is by actually writing the goal down, compiling a checklist of things that would be helpful in reaching it, and identifying any potential challenges that might be encountered in the process. With the knowledge of what you want to achieve and the potential difficulties you may encounter, the better you are prepared to follow through and overcome any challenges that may cause you to deviate from your resolution.

Baby steps lead to success

Once you've decided to run a race, begin with a couple of short sprints twice or thrice weekly. Progressively increase to more intense runs and increased number of days of exercise per week.

When attempting to become a more health-conscious eater, replace some of the less healthy foods you love with more nutritional ones. Once you've done that, address another component of your diet, including increasing the variety of vegetables, cutting back on portion sizes, and/or avoiding fried foods..

While it may appear to be a rather slow start, these gradual, small changes facilitate the sustainability of your new habits and improve your chances of long-term success.

Learn and Adjust

One of the most prevalent reasons why people break their New Year's resolutions is because they fail. Should you unexpectedly fall back into a previous pattern, do not consider it a failure. The journey to reach your goal is often uneven, and often you will encounter a few minor glitches along the way. Remember that slips and slumps are learning opportunities.

When maintaining a resolution journal, record key insights regarding the time of the setback, the factors that may have prompted it, as well as the potential things you might do better in the future. Gaining a better awareness of the difficulties you are facing means that you can deal with them more effectively in the future.

At the end of the day, this annual ritual of setting resolutions is not necessarily a yearly setback. On occasion, it is simply a question of setting the appropriate goal and using the corresponding approach to attain it. Overall, don't forget to be gracious and accommodating with yourself as well as recognize and celebrate the positive strides you're currently achieving in the process. The end goal alone is not significant, however, the progress you make along the way is the key.

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5 Reasons for Studying Hospitality Management in 2022

Author: Jarya Kotyleng

It is essential to consider a successful career and therefore, you need to be practical and choose a career based on its appeal. Also, if you want a career that offers a number of opportunities, it would be great to opt for a degree that offers unlimited job opportunities. This will allow you to discover greater career opportunities as well as great benefits, mobility, and challenges. Hence the relevance of a career in the hospitality industry.

All you need is the drive and outstanding social skills to pursue a hospitality job. If you thrive in this field, then a career in the hospitality industry will be a praiseworthy path for you. Once you do that, you will need to know which options are readily on offer in the hospitality industry. This may come as a great surprise to many of you, but it is actually true that Hospitality is one of the most rapidly growing industries in the world. 

In this article, you will find five reasons to study hospitality management this year

1. A growing industry

The travel and tourism industry represented the second-fastest-growing sector in 2018, producing an estimated 10.4 percent of global economic activity. Despite the condition of the world's economy, the growth trend in the hospitality industry is not likely to decelerate. Oh, and over the coming decade, the hospitality industry is projected to be the leading global employer, making travel and tourism the provider of over 150 million jobs alone by 2029, predicted Gloria Guevara, president of the World Travel & Tourism Council.

2. You will have the opportunity to see the world

Majoring in hotel management offers you the perfect opportunity to travel the world. A luxurious hotel in a metropolitan area? A beachside restaurant in an exotic location? A hospitality management qualification has the potential to take you places. On top of that, the world tour begins as soon as you enter the world of hospitality, which can take you to work just about anywhere in the world, from New York to the Santorini.

During the coming decade, the world tourist population is projected to reach 1.8 billion. Which translates to high demand for hospitality professionals around the world. The opportunities are thus infinite. You may find yourself working in Dubai, Paris, Barcelona, Qatar, Miami, Cape Town, Sydney, and any other city you can think of. 

3. You will learn essential skills

Professional skills, including leadership and teamwork, are very useful in all industries, especially the hospitality industry. To be successful as a hospitality professional, you will have to incorporate hard skills with soft skills. In other words, you will learn to be a leader rather than a follower, as well as an excellent listener. In addition, you will be trained to be flexible and able to work in a variety of departments. The soft skills you will learn will greatly benefit guest/client satisfaction, while the hard skills will be crucial to the success of an entire company.

4. You will get to meet people from all over the world and have the opportunity to improve their lives.

If management is your passion, yet you also want to connect with new people face-to-face, then hospitality is the right job for you. Every day new people will be coming and going, and those you impress the most will return from now and then to reacquaint with you. Then you will truly feel that you have made a difference in the lives of others. Best of all, you will always be learning and traveling - and when you become a hotel manager, it will be a pleasant surprise to realize the number of other hotels in which you have the opportunity to stay!

5. You will never get stuck in a routine

Hospitality management is among the friendliest and most innovative types of leadership imaginable. This is because there are numerous challenges to overcome and each day and every guest is unique and has specific new needs. While on one side, this means thinking quickly to solve problems as they arise, and on the other side, it means having the ongoing commitment to be the creative leader of your hotel's overall ambiance.

Interested in embarking on a career in the hospitality industry?  Enroll now in our MBA in hospitality management in Barcelona Spain or our MBA in Hospitality Management & Innovation in Miami, and get the opportunity to travel the world, and work in some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants! The world is yours: live, learn, work and enjoy!

How to write the perfect cover letter

Author: Jarya Kotyleng & Leonie Wandelt

A cover letter, also known as a motivational letter, is the first impression we give when applying for a job. It is a one-page letter written to the person or organization offering the position you're applying for. A well-written cover letter should introduce you and encourage the person reading it to take a look at your resume as well.

Cover letters help employers screen candidates to see how interested, passionate, and knowledgeable you are about the position or industry. If your cover letter impresses, the recruiter will spend time reading your CV, which could end up landing you an interview for your dream job. If you would like to get some tips on how to write a good CV have a look here.

Back to your cover letter - so I'm assuming that you want to give that perfect first impression but maybe you are not sure yet how to write a cover letter like that, then don’t worry and just keep reading as we will show you step by step.

Even though every cover letter should be tailored for the job that you are applying for, there are a few things all of them should include.

Things to Keep in Mind

Now you should know everything in order to write the perfect cover letter! If you should still need help finding the right internship in hospitality then reach out to us!

It's never too late to make your dreams come true, start your journey in the hospitality industry by sending a message to academy@pihospitalityacademy.com and we will contact you soon.

Top 5 Tips for a Good CV

Author: Jarya Kotyleng & Chris Robinson

Curriculum Vitae, or ‘the course of your life’ in Latin, is a structured overview of your life and a must when applying for work, as it is a standardized tool employers use to screen candidates - potential employees. A good CV will not only stand out, but it might also increase your chances of getting invited for an interview or even hired. Here are 5 tips on how to make yours perfect.

The right structure and formatting

On average a recruiter spends 30 seconds on a CV, scanning through hundreds of CVs every day. So how you visually present your skills matters.

Be honest & keep it real

Even though lying on a CV is quite a common practice, you will be in big trouble if you get caught (yes, even if it’s a white lie, so don’t even say you’re proficient in excel if you are not). Keep it real, show off your best traits and skills, but do not get too honest, and don’t include any negative information or bad experiences you have had career-wise.

The right content and context

No matter how good the CV looks from the outside, the content of it is what truly matters and when good content is wrapped in the right context, you are guaranteed to succeed. Keeping in mind the position you are applying for, show off your education (seminars, certificates, awards included) and key skills which will help you excel at the job, and most importantly - state your experience in terms of achievements rather than responsibilities, though include those as well.

Personal statement

A personal statement is a separate section at the beginning of your CV with your name, professional title, and contact details. It can also include a short description of who you are and what your career objective is. In short, it is there to show how your experience relates to the job you are applying for and what you can offer to the company.

Keep it up to date

A CV should not be written in stone but updated and adjusted as time goes by and your life cycle as well as positions you are applying for change. For example, as you acquire new experience, include only the most recent or relevant one for the position you are applying for.

Want to improve your resume, both in terms of the writing and the experience it includes? At Hospitality Academy, we are dedicated to helping you prepare for the workplace by empowering you with the right education, paid work experience at top luxury hotels and restaurants, and have career coaching specialists to help you prepare for your next job.

It's never too late to make your dreams come true, start your journey in the hospitality industry by sending a message to academy@pihospitalityacademy.com and we will contact you soon.

5 Reasons why you need to study in Spain in 2022

Author: Jarya Kotyleng & Chris Robinson

Deciding to study abroad is a long process and one that can be very daunting for potentially globe-trotting students. One of the reasons why this choice is so intimidating is the great number of options that we have when it comes to choosing! Now that the global travel industry has become so advanced, we have the world at our fingertips, and this can make choosing just one country to settle on a very difficult process. Well not to worry, I am here to help! Today I will be explaining to you why Spain should be on the top of your list right now, a country that I moved to two years ago myself and never looked back!

1. Studying abroad can boost your career prospects 

Now, let’s begin with the obvious: Studying abroad is great! Ever since traveling abroad became an option, students across the world have opted to pack up their textbooks and take their education elsewhere. While many do this for fun, adventure or to just generally “find themselves”, many choose because it can make a meaningful difference in their career. 

Toledo, Spain old city over the Tagus River.

While the advantages of studying abroad often come to be more anecdotal and opinion-based, there is a large amount of research done on this. Studying abroad can make a noticeable boost to your career, both by looking at the employability statistics and the overall consensus of students who have taken part in such programs. Out of the sample of students in the study, those who took part in study abroad programs had a whopping 24% higher chance of finding employment post-university. Interestingly, the study found that this difference was most pronounced among students who came from a more disadvantaged background. The reason for this is that students from this type of background would be able to gain a large range of skills during their placement that they wouldn’t normally have access to (e.g. intercultural competence, global awareness, foreign language skills).

Therefore if you think you could use a boost of these types of skills to your resume, a study abroad program is the way to go! However, this does not mean that you should pack up your things and move to the next country that catches your eye. When choosing a location to study, you should always try to find a country that either match (or preferably improves upon) your home country’s standards of education.

Accordingly, as a founding member of the EHEA, the Spanish government has set itself to the highest standards expected of European education, and boasts one of the highest populations of international students in the world!

2. Spanish is the language to learn in 2022

So we have established that studying abroad is great, now why should you do it in Spain? Let’s start with the language: the official language here is Spanish. Aside from being considered one of the most beautiful languages in the world, Spanish is also on the rise to becoming the most useful for your career. Currently, Spanish is the second most natively spoken language in the world and the fourth most widely spoken language overall. With the majority of Latin America speaking Spanish, multiple European countries, and even a sizable portion of the USA, Spanish has comfortably secured its position as a titan of business language.

Anyone who has Spanish on their resume can expect a huge step up from the rest of the crowd. As the birthplace of this globe-trotting language, Spain is the perfect place to learn Spanish! With a language school on almost every corner of the main cities, a friendly population who will forgive your linguistic mistakes, and neighborhoods just begging to be explored, you could not ask for a better classroom! Within a few months, you will be able to ditch the language dictionaries and order your Tapas and Sangria solo in no time, which brings us to our third reason for studying in Spain. 

3. Food, Fun, and Festivals!

The 3 F’s make Spain such an amazing country to live in! One could spend hours and multiple blog posts as to why Spanish culture is truly incredible, but I am going to restrain myself and try to sum it up. Let’s start with food.

Food in Spain is not only a meal but an experience! In any city or town in Spain, you will be able to see groups of friends and families enjoying their food outside in the sun. No trip to Spain (or even Europe!) could be complete without sampling the Spanish way of dining and at the forefront of this are tapas. For those who don’t know: tapas are small dishes of food to be shared with a group of friends, often with a beer, wine, or sangria.

Generally, a group would order a couple of plates each and the members at the table would help themselves (if you don’t like sharing, then this might not be for you!) before making their way to the next stop to sample more. Aside from tapas, there are numerous culinary options for the hungry traveler to choose from and each region of Spain has its unique style of cuisine.

Spanish tapas and sangria on wooden table, top view

From the decadent little pintxos (one-bite snacks, similar to tapas) of Catalunya to the simple but delicious Bocadillos de Calamares (baguettes stuffed with golden brown fried squid rings) of Madrid, you will never run out of things to try when in Spain! Speaking of trying new things, Spain has some of the most unique street festivals in the world for the fun-loving ex-pats reading this article.

Here is just a few of the more famous examples: Feria de Sevilla (Sevilla): In what can only be described as an explosion of Spanish culture, La Feria de Sevilla is a yearly festival in April celebrating the beginning of Spring. Filled with music, flamenco, and extravagant dresses, it’s a must-see for anyone in Andalusia (South of Spain).La Tomatina (Valencia): No one can speak about Spanish festivities without mentioning La Tomatina!

Feria de Sevilla (Sevilla)

A festival in the little town of Buñol outside of Valencia, involving thousands of strangers pelting each other with tomatoes, what a glorious time of the year!Festes Major (Barcelona): This is a collection of festivals that happen all across August in the various neighborhoods of Barcelona.

The most famous of which is in Gracia, an already beautiful neighborhood, which becomes transformed into a multicolored paradise of the senses during the festas, as each street competes to be the most impressive using elaborate displays of cardboard and paper-mache. You can see what I mean in the video below!

4. Spain: Living in Europe for beginners!

Another reason why we should all love Spain is that it is so darn easy to live here! It is a perfect combination of the accessibility and development of Western Europe without the obscenely high costs of living it’s famous for. Spain is, by all definitions of the word, a very developed country, meaning you can expect to live very comfortably within it. With a robust transportation system, universal and high-quality healthcare, and a wide range of commercial outlets, it is very unlikely that you will be left wanting more, no matter where you live in Spain.

Toledo, Spain old city over the Tagus River.

In addition to its high availability of services, Spain is (for the most part) very cheap in comparison to its neighbors. While it’s hard to give you an accurate monthly budget of the country (as the price of goods varies greatly from the cheaper South to the more expensive North). I have taken the liberty of comparing the average price of a meal (a fairly universal unit of measurement in my opinion) in Spain’s capital, Madrid, with some of its neighbors using the cost of living calculator Numbeo

CityPrice of a meal (inexpensive restaurant) 
Madrid12 euros 
London (UK)16.20 euros
Paris (France)15 euros
Rome (Italy)15 euros
Lisbon (Portugal)8 euros 

While most of us do need much more than restaurants to survive in a country, you will see that in most aspects, Spain ranks much lower in costs in comparison to other countries of similar economic status. 


5. One of the global capitals of hospitality 

Now we have seen how amazing Spain is, it should come as no surprise that it attracts a large number of tourists every year. In fact, according to the UN World Tourism Organization, Spain was the second most visited country of 2018, earning 74 billion USD in revenue in the calendar year. With so much money going into it, the tourism industry of Spain requires a lot of workers to maintain and the hotels are always looking towards the domestic universities for their recruitment.

Front of Barcelona from the air with the port vell, the business center, and the W hotel

On this note, Through this school, Hospitality Academy you will be able to get an accredited qualification and take part in paid work in Spain without having to worry about the visa, how?

Well, through the allowances of the Spanish student visa, international students can obtain traineeships in the country without applying for a separate visa. If you wish to remain in the country after completing your studies, you will be able to apply for a residency visa if you have stayed in the country long enough.

So if you are wishing to gain a hospitality career in Europe, Spain may be the best choice for you. Grab this opportunity and enroll in a program here to start your Spanish hospitality adventure!

How to Become a Top Chef Abroad: Behind the Scenes of a Chef's Life

Thinking of becoming a chef and entering the world of good food? Maybe you even dream of becoming the new Gordon Ramsay or fancy yourself as a millennial Anthony Bourdain. Chefs across the country explain what goes on in their jobs and lifestyles and what it means to work in one of the busiest and hardest industries.

“Most days start with some activity”

Working as a Chef often means working inside a kitchen until late at night daily, which is why it is important to start your mornings with something that takes your mind off of it - a nice breakfast, a stroll outside, or some exercise. 

Executive chef and co-owner of New York’s Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad in New York and Los Angeles, Daniel Humm, dedicates his mornings to going outside and working out. “Most days start with some activity: a run in Central Park, a bike ride around the city or along the Hudson. It sets me up for success and gives me space to get away, to wander in my thoughts and clear my head,” Humm says. 

Morning run

“It’s a labor of love”

“I don’t think people know the hours that go into the job,” Chris Shepherd, co-owner and executive chef of One/Fifth and Underbelly Hospitality in Houston say. “It’s long. It’s a labor of love: the hours, money, everything.”

Becoming a chef surely means giving up on many events and holidays. A 70-hour workweek isn’t unusual in the industry - a common day for Shepherd consists of going to work at 8:30 AM and then working until closing time, adding up to a 16-hour day. Are you ready to dedicate most of your time to your job and call the people you work with your new family?

Multi-Michelin starred chef Gordon Ramsay

“There is a team behind every chef”

Being just a good cook is not sufficient to consider yourself an exceptional Chef. There are a lot of other responsibilities and skills that you’ll need in this industry. Time management, hospitality knowledge, communication skills are only some of them. And then there's being a boss. “A successful chef needs to be able to lead a team, to inspire, to critique, and to praise,” Daniel Humm says. “It’s about managing people just as much as it is about putting together a menu and having the ability to cook delicious food.”

Erling Wu-Bower, executive chef and co-owner of Pacific Standard Time in Chicago, puts a lot of importance on being a mentor and teacher daily. “There is a team behind every chef,” he says. “I work with a big network of farmers, purveyors, designers, dishwashers, cooks, and so many more every day. They all contribute hugely to what our guests taste on their plates.” 

Chefs in kitchen

“It’s a dance choreographed at the moment”

Communication is essential in most workplaces and so it is between the kitchen and the dining room. “Without it, our timing would never work. Our team knows the cues for when to get dishes ready, how long a dish may take to prepare, and there’s a constant conversation between the kitchen and dining room to ensure we don’t miss a beat,” Humm says.  It's all a matter of communication between all staff members - chefs, cooks, waiters - and diners. “The expeditor orchestrates the timing of everything that happens in the kitchen,” Wu-Bower says. “It’s a dance choreographed at the moment.” This can be insanely difficult but not impossible! 

Chef holding discussion with her team in the kitchen

“You want to get a taste for the place you’re in”

Chefs have busy schedules and are around food all day. They also have to travel a lot which leaves them with little time to cook at home. So it’s only natural that they would rather spend their free time away from the kitchen. 

When dining out, chefs aren’t necessarily looking for five-course meals, but they are drawn to cuisines they don’t cook in their kitchens. “You want to get a taste for the place you’re in. I live in a neighborhood in Chicago that’s exploding with new restaurants and it’s been fun to try them all,” Wu-Bower says. “I like to order what’s in season or specific to a city or that restaurant’s specialty,” Humm says. But just like any guest, the hospitality they receive, the surprise on the plate, and most importantly the time with others are what they love. “My favorite thing about eating out is enjoying a moment with friends or family,” he adds. “The convivial spirit of sharing a table, hands reaching for dishes, and the conversation that ensues. That’s what I love."

Meat dish with vegetables for catering.

Working as a chef may be the toughest job you’ll ever love. Jesse Schenker, chef-owner of Recette and the Gander in New York City, says that "the coolest part of being a chef is the rush of being in the kitchen and seeing my team put out great food, having an idea become a reality on the plate and seeing the smiles on the guest’s face when they eat my food."

Now that you know what it means to be a Chef, you are ready to step into the working world and take on this challenge. If you are a food lover who is aspiring to become a chef and earn an internationally recognized hospitality qualification in the United States or Europe, you can start your hospitality journey by registering with us.  Start the upcoming year on the right foot, apply now by sending an email to academy@pihospitalityacademy.com

Top 3 Delicious World Cuisines To Try Before 2022

Sushi, Pizza, and Tacos, we are all familiar with these tasty global delicacies. But let us broaden our food horizons and explore some of the more unknown, but equally (if not more) delicious cuisines of the world!  We bring to you a delightful, spicy, and flavorful compilation of 3 of the most delicious world cuisines you should consider trying before the end of the year!

1. Middle Eastern/Oriental Cuisine

If the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Middle Eastern food is Hummus, you are not wrong! We love hummus, but there are so many more delightful and delectable dishes than just Hummus! Ranging from the Persian delicacy Tahdig to Syrian stuffed vegetables Mahshi and Kuwaiti Quwarmah Al Bajaj, there is something for everyone to try and enjoy!

Here are some of our favorites:

Baba Gannouj - An eggplant dip, grilled pita bread, tomato slices, and a glass container of olive oil.

2. Vietnamese

Vietnamese cuisine centralizes around healthy meals which are full of herbs and flavor. Ingredients used are fresh, natural Vietnamese cuisine that has inspiration from neighboring countries such as Thailand, China, Laos, and Cambodia, and remnants of French colonialism, which have all formed the distinct cuisine. 

4 Vietnamese dishes you should consider trying: 

Banh Xeo (Xeo cake) - is a Vietnamese savory fried pancake made of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, diced green onion and green beans

3. South Korean

South Korean cuisine has also been gaining popularity in recent years. Korean cuisine, much like the Middle Eastern, is centered around tradition and recipes passed on through the generations. Korean cuisine showcases some of the best stews, meats, noodles, and fermentation techniques. Something is sure, this cuisine is delicious and flavorsome!

Let’s look into a few dishes we recommend you to try: 

Bi bim bap - Rice with mixed vegetables

There we have it, the 3 delicious world cuisines you should try before 2022. Which one are you the most excited to try out? 

If you are a food lover and aspire to become a chef or a culinary expert, you can start your hospitality journey by registering with us.  Start the upcoming year on the right foot, apply now by sending an email to academy@pihospitalityacademy.com

Top 4 Best Hospitality Industry Trends To watch in 2022

Author: Jarya Kotyleng

In essence, this year has been utterly dissimilar to all previous years - many refer to it as a "new normal", providing a lot of contradictions to the industry when looking at hospitality in relation to the pre-pandemic era. Therefore, in this article, we will tackle all areas, from the evolution of consumer behavior and expectations to trends in hotel concepts, in order for you to stay abreast of the latest hotel developments and hospitality trends.

Below, we'll explore 4 leading hospitality trends that we expect to shape the upcoming year and decade. 

1. Cleanliness comes First

Prior to the global pandemic, hotel incentive, and retention programs were significant contributors to profit. However, nowadays, cleanliness has emerged as the primary motto, with the emphasis on health and safety at the forefront. It is evident that the public is giving priority to being healthy throughout this pandemic, and will probably maintain that priority for a while afterward. Some notable developments in the industry including publications like the New York Times argue that the strongest buzzword in the hospitality industry now is "CLEAN" which can be translated into virus-free amenities. This remains relevant and competitive in the hospitality industry, both restaurants and hotels ought to live up to the customer's demands of cleanliness.

(Photo courtesy of travel.usatoday.com- Sanitization of hotel room)

2. Sustainability

Sustainable lodging appears to be gaining popularity with each passing day, with evidence that 73% of people who are global travelers are likely to spend at least one stay in an eco-friendly or "green" lodging as they hunt for their next trip to reservation. Furthermore, according to Booking (2019), 70% of travelers are more willing to reserve an amenity if they know that it's green, regardless of whether they're specifically after a sustainable stay or not.

The path to sustainability doesn't have to be a roller coaster ride. There are many ways for hotels to make a sustainable impact. There are considerable benefits to developing a sustainability-based concept if properly mapped out and marketed in the most appropriate way. 

3. Electronic guest experience & Contactless Technology

Applications (apps) are becoming increasingly important in the way hospitalians manage their guest service offerings and are now able to manage many facets of the guest lifecycle and experience. Naturally, the trend toward digital and touchless services has gained momentum this year. Traditional guest services are being overhauled with the increased use of technology-assisted features, including contactless payments, mobile check-in, voice control, and the use of biometrics.

Guests will soon expect the same convenience of access to hotel rooms. However, for establishments that wish to accommodate them, the cost of these upgrades can be high. Nonetheless, if you want to stay on the cutting edge, we recommend diving into the details and committing to this particular investment.

(Image source: Focus Hire)

4. Provision of facilities conducive to remote working

Various hotel groups have been innovative in introducing "work, stay, play" concepts to appeal to and accommodate the needs of the new digital nomads. The accommodations are marketed as both safe and serene for business, accompanied by food and beverage services as well as free on-site parking, along with other upgrades.

The Caribbean Islands such as Barbados, Bermuda, and Anguilla have rapidly seized on this trend, providing residency visas to telecommuters interested in exchanging their place of work for a convenient and temporary island getaway. It is anticipated that a large number of telecommuters will be more open to these offers in the upcoming year.

The world is constantly changing. As a result, the need to adapt to new technologies and learn new skills is a permanent fixture in the hospitality industry!  A great way to keep up with these changes is to be part of a team that implements them on a daily basis as well as the relevant education and learning experience. Therefore, to achieve that it is mostly recommended to work with the best professionals in hospitality! 

If this is your dream, it is not too late to kick start your hospitality career! If you are interested we kindly invite you to please send an email to academy@pihospitalityacademy.com!

The Top 4 Food Trends To Expect in 2022

Author: Jarya Kotyleng

As the food industry gradually adapts to the new normal (post-pandemic World) characterized by less commute and the Work-From-Home concept, we have great anticipation of a shift in consumer priorities toward healthier food and beverage products such as nutritional and functional tonics and sodas, as well as products to support a greater sense of wellness, including greens and vegetables grown using agricultural methods that foster healthy soils, said Sonya Gafsi Oblisk, chief marketing officer, Whole Foods Market. 

With that said, let's take a closer look at a few examples of what we believe will be the trends in grocery stores and restaurants in 2022.

Moringa

Frequently referred to as the "miracle tree," moringa is conventionally regarded as an essential herbal cure in India, Africa, and elsewhere. The leaves of moringa are loaded with powerful nutrients, and the rapidly developing, drought-proof trees have been harnessed as a valuable food source to address malnutrition in some regions of the world. It can be found in the form of a powder and can be a great addition to make some delicious smoothies, gravies, and pastries. You can mix your daily green boost with Moringa to your morning smoothie, and Voila!

Hibiscus

While you might have previously sipped on vitamin C-rich hibiscus tea, nowadays the culinary world has turned to creativity with the sweet and tart flavor of hibiscus (and its gorgeous vivid pink color) found in fruit spreads, smoothies, and other beverages. Try some Hibiscus Water, Vital Proteins Hibiscus Beauty Collagen, Hibiscus Kombucha Yogurt, and other hibiscus flavored products.

Fresh red Roselle fruit ( Jamaica sorrel, Rozelle or hibiscus sabdariffa ) in wooden bowl isolated on white background.

Turmeric

It would be an understatement to label turmeric as "trendy," given that it traditionally has been used in Ayurveda and conventional Chinese medicinal practices. Although spice has been around for centuries, turmeric is now gaining a trendy touch in products like cereals, spreads, ice cream, and more.  Look out for Turmeric Ginger beverages, golden  (Turmeric) bread, Turmeric potato kale salad, more. 

Yuzu

Yuzu (Citrus Junos) is a hybrid citrus fruit also referred to as Yuja. Originally grown in China over 1,000 years ago, today it is cultivated in Japan, Korea, and other regions of the world. Yuzu is a remarkable aromatic citrus fruit for its tart taste, health properties, and a pleasant aroma. Although there is limited evidence from human studies, it has been reported that its extracts and compounds have been associated with a multitude of benefits, such as brain health, cardiovascular health, and anti-cancer properties. Its pulp, juice, and zest are suitable for a variety of dishes, including salad dressings, seasonings, infusions, and beverages. It can be an effective substitute for many other citrus fruits.

Next year looks quite interesting in terms of the variety of food and delicacies. We hope you are excited about the year ahead.

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Top 5 Best Culinary TV Shows

Author: Chris Robinson

To be a successful chef, you must fulfill yourself in your art, not just in the kitchen, but in every aspect of your life. Now, to clarify, I’m not saying you should be trying to perfect the dangerous art of sleep-cooking or any other form of work in your own time. Home time is sacred! And finding a work/life balance is crucial for any hospitality professional- but there are ways to let the culinary world into your home life without burning yourself out!

One way that has gotten much more popular (thanks to the pandemic!) is culinary tv shows, primarily through Netflix and similar streaming services. These tv shows allow you to get entertaining, digestible information from some of the best chefs in the industry, all from the comfort of your own home!

1. Chef’s Table  


This Emmy-nominated series shows culinary stars around the world who are redefining gourmet food with innovative dishes and mesmerizing desserts. Each episode adds an emotional component by delving into a famous chef's backstory. Making meals may not always be pretty, but this docuseries exposes the passion behind the meal. There are 6 seasons released on Netflix with each episode lasting for about 45 minutes to an hour each. This series will surely get you hooked!

2. Street Food​




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3. The Final Table​




The Final Table is one of the most grueling cooking reality shows to hit the airwaves since the infamous Masterchef by Gordon Ramsay. The premise centers around pitting professional luxury chefs against one another in a competition to impress judges with a, particularly critical palette, using dishes from various countries. This show is a great watch for anyone wanting to experience the ambiance of controlled chaos that can be found in most modern kitchens, without being the one in the firing line!



4. Ugly Delicious​

Star chef David Chang leads his friends on a mouthwatering, cross-cultural hunt for the world’s most satisfying grub. Ugly Delicious takes the pretentiousness out of food programming, highlighting the importance of the ugly and delicious world of home cooking. Chang isn't the only host of the series, though, giving a collection of unique voices a chance to shine. And that's great, especially for those out there who find his brash sensibilities an acquired taste. There are currently 2 Seasons of this on Netflix with each episode running for 45 minutes to an hour each. You can still catch up!



5. The Chef Show​


For those who are looking for a less intense outlook into the modern luxury kitchen, the chef show may be straight up your alley! The premise of the Chef Show is an exploratory, glance into some of the most fascinating, delicious, or iconic dishes and cuisines across the world. This premise makes for a fascinatingly varied and fun tv series that allows for the hosts to let their hair down and talk about culinary topics that strike a chord with the viewer


A lot of the charm of the series comes from the hosts themselves: Jon Favreau and Roy Choi. Favreau is a famous American actor and Roy Choi is a luxury chef, famous for popularising his signature dish: the Korean Taco. Choi mentored Favreau for his role in the (now very successful) film, Chef, and the two have remained friends since. The two hosts share both charisma and charm that is hard to replicate but makes for great tv! So for anyone wanting an expert and entertaining insight into their craft, this is the perfect show for you!

While every single one of these tv shows can give you a great insight into the kitchen, they cannot compare to accredited, culinary education from a dedicated hospitality school. Apply now to register for a program at our campuses in Miami or Barcelona!

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