Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
Managing Editor for Odyssey Media Group: Odyssey eMagazine; Odyssey eMagazine MICE; and, the Asia Pacific News; Central & South America News; Europe, Middle East & Africa News; and, North America News sections of our website at: www.odysseymediagroup.com
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
We cover business travel and MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions & events) topics globally
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
We have noticed that you are a member of the New Zealand Group and in the travel business. We own and operate Lone Kauri Lodge Karekare, a small secluded B & B in the Waitakere Ranges, an area of exceptional natural beauty just under an hour from Auckland’s city centre and airport.
70% of our guests are from overseas and typically they stay with us at the beginning of their holiday to recuperate after a long flight or at the end to reflect on their time in NZ before the journey home.
Good question re tipping, Colin. This rang a bell, so I went back a bit on the Media Only comment wall, and sure enough, there was a pretty thorough discussion of this in November '09 (you can type in "Page 52" at bottom and it'll take you there). If after reading that you'd like to post another query on the topic, I'm sure you'll get some good back-and-forth from members who've joined since then, plus further thoughts from Tripatini originals.
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