dimanche 31 janvier 2010

Article Summary #6: People believe that airlines should charge Fat Tax

I found this article really interesting because depicts what could become a trend in the T&T industry.

Indeed, we know that the number of obese people increases each year and it concerns now all the countries in the world (before, western countries were mostly concerned, now, even Asia is reached)

I do not know if the "Fat-Tax" is a fair measure or not but what is sure is that obese people will be likely to be considered as abnormal passengers. It can be considered in a way as a kind of discrimination.

On the other hand, airline companies could catch the opportunity to develop services adapted to obese people, such as larger seats, more copious meal, etc...

As a conclusion, we can ask ourselves if all people with specfic characteristics could raise new opportunities. That is to say, will airline companies create special airplanes for blind people in which everything would be written in Braille?

Are new segments raising? Let's see what will happen.

dimanche 17 janvier 2010

Article Summary #5: Why Google has played the China situation brilliantly

This article has caught my attention as I spend some years in China. When I lived there, I witnessed the Chinese Government control on Internet. Indeed, China is a country that is still strongly ruled and Internet is regularly censored.

This governmental censure does not represent a problem for Chinese people, but for foreigners, it does. Indeed, in the Western mentalities, freedom of expression is a right and has to present on Internet. Censure is considered as the symbol of an authoritarian system.

Censure on Internet leads to information distortion, what has a really negative impact on business. Indeed, business is based on information and trust.

By threating China to give up the market, Google underlines those bad impacts on business and dissuades foreign companies and investors to make business with China.

China had better to consider Google call to order if it wants to keep its economical increase.

dimanche 10 janvier 2010

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On Twitter and in the Workplace, It's Power to the Connectors

This article is very interesting as it shows the new trends change the rules in business and on Internet.

Indeed, a few years ago, if people wanted to be successful in their career, they had to prove their value by themselves. People with a lof of experience were also favored. Nowadays, a good and relevant network can compensate for some lack of experience or competence. Having a good networking induce to be a good communicator and to be able to unify people around same interests.

Today's generations grew with advanced technologies and Internet expansion. For them, online networking is a leisure activity and a way of thinking. They just have to learn how to use their networks in a relevant way that will help them to develop their professional career.

For me, 'formal assignments' and 'connector skills' are linked in the way that connector skills allow people to unify each other. People belonging to the same network feel like they have to help each other. This reaction allow them to ask others formal assignments in order to help them. As a matter of fact, when someone use his network to help him to do something, there will have a kind of compensation in return.

samedi 9 janvier 2010

Article Summary #4: Sol Meliá opens the Gran Meliá Shanghai

This article has caught my attention because I am really interested in China (and Shanghai in particular as I leave 1,5 year there). Moreover, I plan to go back there in order to work in the hospitality industry. So, a hotel opening could be an opportunity for me.

Shanghai will welcome millions of tourists during the Universal Exhibition (from May 2010 to October 2010). The real challenge for the city is to develop its hospitality industry in order to be able to face those tourists' hordes.

In order a hotel to competitive in this context of hotel field increase, it has to propose both high quality services and innovation to the guests. Shanghai is the economical capital of China and hotels in that city are numerous. As a matter of fact, being innovative is a real challenge.

samedi 2 janvier 2010