2018 was an exciting year, and all you hoteliers deserve a well-earned rest.
Here at Hotel News Now, we’ve spent a lot of time and energy lately looking back.
That’s a normal thing for any news organization as the year’s end nears and you’re given the opportunity to review the year that was, but it’s been a particular focus as HNN just marked its 10th anniversary covering the hotel industry.
Those sorts of retrospectives are great reminders of all the changes and news that come out of a constantly evolving industry like hotels, but its’ also a valuable reminder of just how fun and exciting working in this industry can be.
To give you a little background, before I joined HNN a bit over three years ago, I was a long-time newspaper reporter covering primarily crime. Reporting on the hotel industry is a decidedly different way of life than writing about crime for a daily newspaper.
So without any interesting insights or sweeping takeaways from all the exciting news we covered in 2018, of which there was plenty, I just want to take a moment to speak to you, our readers, and say thank you. Thanks for sticking with us throughout the year. Thanks for caring about what we do in much the same way we care about what you do.
I’m sure 2019 will bring much of the same excitement and unexpected twists and turns. Hopefully, they’re for the positive. And if they’re not, hopefully you’re all positioned well enough to weather the storm with a little help from your colleagues.
For those of you with the opportunity to take a little time off at the end of the year and enjoy the holidays, you’ve earned this respite. It’s been a fun but taxing year in a lot of ways.
For those of you tasked with keeping the gears turning even as others rest, as a veteran of working night shifts on many, many Christmases and Thanksgivings, I can say I empathize with that. Your work is not unappreciated or unimportant. And hopefully you’ll get your chance to rest and recharge soon.
This is the last time I’ll write one of these columns before the end of the year, so I’ll just wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a great start to what’s hopefully a fruitful new year.
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