September 11, 2006


The Colors Of Friendship

Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel. All claimed that they were the best. The most important. The most useful. The most beautiful. The favorite.

Green said:
"Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees and leaves. Without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."

Blue interrupted:
"You only think about the earth, but consider the sky and the sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace, you would all be nothing."

Yellow chuckled:
"You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me there would be no fun."

Orange started next to blow her trumpet:
"I am the color of health and strength. I may be scarce, but I am precious for I serve the needs of human life. I carry the most important vitamins. Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangoes, and papayas. I don't hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to any of you."

Red could stand it no longer he shouted out:
"I am the ruler of all of you. I am blood - life's blood! I am the color of danger and of bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire into the blood. Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon. I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the poinsettia and the poppy."

Purple rose up to his full height:
He was very tall and spoke with great pomp: "I am the color of royalty and power. Kings, chiefs, and bishops have always chosen me for I am the sign of authority and wisdom. People do not question me! They listen and obey."

Finally Indigo spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but with just as much determination: "Think of me. I am the color of silence. You hardly notice me, but without me you all become superficial. I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace."

And so the colors went on boasting, each convinced of his or her own superiority. Their quarreling became louder and louder. Suddenly there was a startling flash of bright lightening, thunder rolled and boomed. Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colors crouched down in fear, drawing close to one another for comfort.

In the midst of the clamor, rain began to speak:
"You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don't you know that you were each made for a special purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to me."

Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands.

The rain continued:
"From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of color as a reminder that you can all live in peace. The Rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow." And so, whenever a good rain washes the world, and a Rainbow appears in the sky, to let us remember to appreciate one another.

If we practice and eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless. -Mahatma Gandhi.

July 27, 2006

The Art of Concierge Certificate Program Offered by The International School of Hospitality In Conjunction with UNLV and the Venetian Hotel Resort Cas

The Art of Concierge Certificate Program Offered by The International School of Hospitality In Conjunction with UNLV and the Venetian Hotel Resort Casino

Introducing the only certificate program dedicated to world class concierge service in Las Vegas, and one of very few such specialized programs around the world. With internship support from the world-famous Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, this program offered in conjunction with the Hospitality Outreach Services Division of UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration is designed specifically to develop a cadre of professional graduates well versed in the delivery of exceptional customer service.

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) July 26, 2006 -- The International School of Hospitality (TISOH) is proud to introduce a new certificate program in the Art of Concierge, announced Timothy Lam, Director of The International School of Hospitality.

This groundbreaking program is operated in conjunction with the Hospitality Outreach Services Division of UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. The Art of Concierge is designed to provide thorough hands-on training in world class concierge service skills, along with the required supervisory and communication skills to succeed in hospitality operations. It is suitable for participants with little or no experience, as well as for those seeking specialized knowledge for advancement.

The inaugural program begins September 5, 2006 on the campus of UNLV. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8pm for a period of ten weeks. Participants are required to successfully complete the classroom program and an internship (waived for industry professionals on request) to receive the Certificate. Within the 10 modules that comprise the program, topics include becoming a concierge, training, tools, ethics, professionalism, guest responsibilities, food & beverage, communications, management and career management.

“A Certificate from TISOH opens doors to graduates looking for new careers or advancement opportunities. It is a clear demonstration of a candidate’s initiative, drive and interest,” said Patricia Norman, CMP, Academic Director of TISOH. “We’re excited to be one of the very few schools offering a quality program specifically designed for this occupation”.

From November 2006 onwards, the program will be offered online for participants outside of the Las Vegas area.

About TISOH:
The International School of Hospitality, licensed by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education, is dedicated to training individuals for careers in hospitality-related industries. The School’s condensed, career-specific courses are suitable for new entrants to the industry as well as for established veterans to hone their skills. From January 2007, TISOH will operate from a custom-designed training facility currently under construction. The School is operated by Hospitality Experts Consortium, LLC (HEC), a hospitality consultancy based in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. HEC is comprised of a unique group of university and industry professionals with years of managerial, teaching, researching and publishing experience. HEC provides national and international consulting, expert witness services and specialized educational programs.

Timothy M. Lam, Director, The International School of Hospitality Tel: (702)-505-GURU Fax: (702) 269-0296

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Courting the Jet Set : by By SUEIN HWANG of the Wall Street Journal

Across the globe, a handful of developing nations, are subverting the traditional tourism model. Rather than allowing themselves to be pioneered by the budget backpacker crowd, only later to develop the infrastructure for big hotels, these nations are starting in the opposite direction. They're first wooing that minuscule slice of affluent travelers who will pay massive premiums for fancy digs far removed from the travel high value, low volume" tourism, the theory is to maximize the money derived from a small group of big spenders. In doing so, these countries hope not only to avoid damaging their natural and cultural attractions, but also aim to hang on longer to that exclusive cachet that will keep fickle luxury travelers returning for many years;

is a darling of luxury travel circles. It recently attracted Amanresorts, the super-luxury hotel chain, which is in the process of building five Aman resorts that will be scattered across the nation. The daily rate (including meals, fees and services): about $1,100. (Even at that price, there are no television sets or phones in the rooms, though iPods are provided upon request

a landlocked country bordered by ,among other nations, the government leases its prime wildlife-viewing areas to a handful of small lodges that offer top-drawer service at high prices. Vumbura Plains, a camp that opened this year, includes private plunge pools with each of its rooms. In an up-and-coming travel destination in southwestern known for its stark desert landscapes, a $1,000-per-night resort opened last year. And in the Seychelles< a string of Indian Ocean islands off East Africa, the only on its & has rooms that run over $3,000 a night.Luxury travel in developing countries isn't without controversy. To some, it is unseemly to build $1,000-a-night resorts in parts of the world where many people live in ;Each room at Vumbura Plains has a private pool

High prices don't always ensure a flawless vacation. In April of this year, Chantal Prunier, a retired real-estate executive in paid several thousands of dollars for a trip to & that she says included middling food, medium-grade bathroom facilities and in one case, limited electricity. Still, Ms. Prunier raves about the trip, which was organized by San Francisco-based Geographic Expeditions. &quot;The countryside and people are beautiful,&quot; she says. &quot;It is one of the most exotic places in the world

Botswana</st1:country-region>, the country's exclusivity strategy was inspired, some travel experts say, by the small, luxury camps that first popped up in

The government limits the number of visitors to its wilderness areas. Colin Bell, founder of Wilderness Safaris, the largest operator in
says one private reserve of 275,000 acres is allowed a maximum of 52 visitors at any one time. Mr. Bell says that his firm pays $300,000 a year plus over 20% of the lodge's profits to the local community for exclusive use of another safari area.

top-flight camps, the rooms are more like compounds, including a luxury tent, deck, indoor and outdoor showers and what's called a sala, a separate covered deck furnished with day beds for outdoor game viewing.

East Africa</st1:place>, but that doesn't seem to be scaring off customers. Mr. Bell says some of his camps are running at 90% occupancy. &quot;Many of the camps are showing limited availability for April, May, June of next year adds Ryan Hilton, a Sarasota, Fla.-based agent specializing in luxury safaris. &quot;There's no shortage of money and travelers prepared to pay
appears to be moving toward a high-end, low-volume strategy similar to &

the new Little Ongava camp's three thatched rooms are set amid 74,000 acres.&

An interior of a guest tent at the Mombo camp in <st1:country-region   w

It is unclear how long the countries will pursue the exclusivity strategy, however, especially when faced with increasing demand. Travel veterans point to Costa Rica
& and the Galapagos as examples of countries that began pursuing such policies only to fall off the wagon, tempted by the influx of dollars that bigger numbers bring. Richard Butler, professor of International Tourism at the City notes that such policies are easier to pursue if the appeal of a destination is naturally limited for other reasons, like the Caribbean which uses its off-the-beaten-path appeal to compensate for a lack of white sand beaches. Already, the place while still regarded as high-end, now boast a number of big hotel developments

In the meantime, some travelers are willing to pay for an experience that is a touch more exotic. Jules Rose, a retired supermarket executive in Ontario says he booked his safari 10 months in advance and paid a 15% to 20% premium more than he did for a safari in Kenya

In exchange, Mr. Rose says he got a much more intimate view of the animals and their lives, as opposed to &quot;six to seven Land Rovers in one spot in any given time. It's like everything in life,&quot; he says. You pay for what you get

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