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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Looking forward to a New year

With another successful Christmas at the Cloud Hotel behind us it is time to look forward to a New Year and a fresh start. I can't believe it has been over a month since I last wrote a blog but the lead up to Christmas was so busy with pre-Christmas parties and then getting ready for Christmas itself the time just flew by. It was a full house in the hotel and everyone enjoyed themselves so much so that if you are thinking of coming to the Cloud Hotel for next Christmas you will need to book soon, there are only three rooms available for Christmas 2012 as most people booked for next Christmas as they left!

The Hotel closed as usual on December 27th for two weeks to allow the staff to have a much earned holiday and to allow us to decorate the hotel, clean the carpets and generally do the annual maintenance ready for the coming season.

On December 29th I took the staff to the London Palladium to see the Wizard of Oz. Every year we go and see a show in London just after Christmas, it is my way of thanking them for all their loyalty and hard work. It was a fantastic show and the effects and scenery were amazing, unlike the days when I was in shows and the scenery came down from the ceiling or stage hands ran on and off with flats!

On Tuesday I was invited by Women 1st to a networking evening at the Dorchester Hotel Park Lane. I joined 60 other women all of whom like myself were voted one of the top 100 most inspirational women in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism last March to hear Shaa Wasmund give an inspirational talk about her life and her success. I came home highly motivated and buzzing with new ideas. I had a wonderful evening.

I'm looking forward to attending the Innholders Conference on January 16th and 17th at the London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane. I always love listening to the speakers at this conference and never fail to come away with new ideas as well as meeting my colleagues in the industry and having the chance to exchange notes. It is very much a male dominated conference but I can handle that after all these years!

The Cloud Hotel opens tomorrow Friday 13th and we are optimistic that we will have another busy year.  We look forward to welcoming our guests to the Cloud Hotel so they can unwind and relax in the beautiful New Forest National Park.

Avril