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  • Wednesday, September 09, 2015 3:57 PM | Deleted user

    A backlash to Milllennials' mindsets at work is causing some to get fired. Here's why.

    Click here to read the story.


  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015 8:32 PM | Deleted user

    Millennials are here to stay in the workforce and we must find ways to incorporate them into our hospitality culture.  Here is the first of several posts regarding this group of workers.

    Now that career-minded Millennials make up 50 percent of our workplace, it's safe to assume (like every other generation to enter the work force) they'll want to earn promotions as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, we're hearing across the board that a lot of Millennial workers aren't promotion material, citing a lack of drive and professionalism. However, the real problem lies in a lack of Millennial understanding of the power of perception

    Click here to read the full article.


  • Sunday, August 30, 2015 8:33 AM | Deleted user
    If you’re planning on taking a trip this Labor Day weekend, you won’t be alone, thanks to low gas prices and rising wages.


    Read the full story here posted on FoxNews.com.


  • Friday, August 28, 2015 12:12 PM | Anonymous
    If you’re feeling a twinge of midweek fatigue setting in (along with a thickening brain haze), you’ll be interested to know that a simple bio-hack can make a big difference in alertness. Its power lives right outside the office window and doesn’t require tossing back another venti Café Americano to enjoy.


    Click here to read the full story at forbes.com.


  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:48 PM | Anonymous


    The City of Tyler is pleased to announce that Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), a major health care organization, has chosen Tyler over multiple competing locations as the site of its new medical business office support facility. In addition to the already existing 120 jobs currently filled in FMCNA, the facility will add between 300-350 more new jobs to Tyler’s economy.

    “The additional 300-350 jobs that will be created with the expansion of Fresenius in Tyler is directly in line with the goal of the Industry Growth Initiative,” said Tyler Mayor Martin Heines. “Our goal was to capitalize upon Tyler’s strengths, including our robust medical industry, to attract well-paying jobs for the people in our community.”

    Click here to read news on the City of Tyler website.


  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 9:41 PM | Anonymous
    A conversation last week with a couple of senior industry professionals turned to the importance of empathy in being able to provide a great service to customers – and yet sadly how often it is a missing quality. It led on to a broader discussion about the best way of influencing a customer or a colleague, is through not influencing them at all.


    Read the full article from eHotelier.com here.


  • Saturday, August 22, 2015 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    How much time do you spend getting ready for your day… before starting it?

    Planning your day is one of the most important things you can do before heading out the door.

    In fact, spending just 30 minutes in advance, can save you hours later in your day.

    Read this helpful article by the Time Management Ninja, Craig Jarrow.


  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 5:53 PM | Anonymous

    The City of Tyler has been engaged in a project to build a new convention center for some time.  The process is going smoothly, but takes time to fit all the pieces together to complete the project.  Here is the update I promised at our luncheon today:

    The land has been acquired.  The conference center and hotel will be located between Gander Mountain and Loop 49 at the corner of Broadway Avenue.

    A contractor has been selected for the project and the City of Tyler is waiting for a final price to formally draft a construction contract.  It is estimated to be around $56 million with the City’s part to be no more than $17 million (for the conference center).  The City’s portion will be paid with bonds – probably with a duration of 15 years.

    The conference center will include a water feature in the front and the hotel will have about 210 keys or rooms.  The finance team is working on raising private equity funds for the construction of the hotel portion.  The conference center will be 24,000 sq ft (about a 600-800 person venue).  A separate PKF economic study was conducted to determine the optimal size.  The center is being built for day in and day out use, not peak use.  The conference center will be designed in such a manner to allow for future growth.

    The new conference center will not replace the Harvey Convention Center – it will remain open but will undergo some renovations in the future.

    The conference center will be self-supported and the City will not subsidize the operation costs of the center.  In the last State of Texas legislative session, a bill was passed allowing the City to receive a refund of all state hotel occupancy tax and sales tax collections from the new hotel and conference center for 10 years.  This rebate can be used by the City to pay the City’s part of the infrastructure costs for the project.

    The City will not operate any part of the project after opening, but will sign a management agreement with a management company to provide daily operations.

    Within the next 3 months they expect the private equity to be in place and final plans can then be made.  If the ground breaking is in the early spring of 2016, it would be the end of 2017 or early 2018 to complete the project.

  • Sunday, August 16, 2015 2:27 PM | Anonymous

    On August 14th, the federal General Services Agency (GSA) announced new increased federal per diem lodging rates for Fiscal Year 2016 effective October 1, 2015.  The average federal per diem rate increased by 5.8% for metro areas in Texas with an individually set federal per diem rate.  For smaller and rural areas of Texas operating under the standard continental United States (CONUS) federal per diem rate, the rate increased to $89 per night from $83 per night.  Tyler is included in the CONUS rates.

    Begin adjusting your reservation systems now to take full advantage of the federal per diem rate increase effective October 1, 2015.

    Click here to view the 2016 per diem rates for Texas.

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    Record-setting U.S. hotel performance, coupled with strong economic trends, has led to “a veritable party for this industry.”

    Click here to read the article from HotelNewsNow.

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