Memorial Day has passed, summer has begun, and we have entered the meat of the leisure travel season.
From now through Labor Day, The Rose Hotel is festooned along its Main Street balcony with our festive bunting, ablaze with the colors of the American flag.
We are looking forward to another year of tourism growth, both locally and nationally. As estimated $926 billion will be spent on travel and tourism in the United States alone, according to the U.S. Travel Association, a $38 billion increase over the $888 billion spent during 2013.
Our prospects for attracting our share of that business were emboldened by a notification we received from TripAdvisor that it has awarded The Rose Hotel a Certificate of Excellence, an honor received only by those hotels and other hospitality establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. We are honored and humbled by this award, especially having come from the world’s largest travel site.
If you’re not familiar with TripAdvisor, its purpose is to help travelers plan “the perfect trip.” It’s site is famous for offering trusted advice from real travelers, who rate their experiences and offer candid comments — whether positive or negative — to ensure travelers have objective reviews and advice on hospitality establishments ranging from hotels and restaurants to theme parks and other tourist destinations. TripAdvisor and its affiliated, branded websites reach nearly 260 million unique visitors per month who share more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 39 countries worldwide, including China.
We invite you to visit The Rose Hotel page on TripAdvisor by clicking here.
We continue to raise our level of performance and our guests’ access to the services they need and value, such as our complimentary wi-fi internet access, which we just upgraded for faster speed to 20 mps. What does do 20 mps (or mega-bits per second) mean? Let’s put that in perspective with the comments of David Salway, director of the Broadband Program Office for New York State: 20 mps “will give you a good experience without delays. You can do lots of movie viewing on multiple computers or multiple devices and do things on multiple applications.”
We’re also doing our best to give back to our local community. Most recently, we did an Attic Spring Cleaning and donated slightly worn but still usable furnishings to the American Cancer Society thrift shop called the Discovery Shop, which is Pleasanton, California’s only thrift store. It was in need of donations and we obliged. With stores throughout California, American Cancer Society Discovery Shops help support the fight against cancer through the sale of high quality, gently used, donated merchandise. For more than 40 years the organization has owned and operated these specialty resale stores that feature items such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, artwork, antiques, collectibles and other household items.
The Discovery Shop is always in need of more donations. You can learn more about the Discovery Shop and how to donate by clicking here.
We sincerely hope this will be a memorable summer for all of you, and we look forward to hosting you soon.
Written by Mike Consol