Now more than ever before hotel guests find themselves with even more need of human connection and interaction than ever before. And post isolation, quarantine and lockdown, the urge for many to travel and re-connect with our humanity and by default, other human beings, once again comes to the fore.
I was scrolling through my recent blog posts musing that there has certainly been a lot to complain about lately! But I try to remain positive so I’m very happy to move onto more positive things. And we have done just that with our recent BIG move into Africa. We have been keeping ourselves busy with new ventures and exciting properties in West Africa, particularly Nigeria.
Wow! We have received such a hearty and warm response from media and industry personnel with regard to my father, Otto Stehlik, joining us at BON Hotels. Throughout our recent trip to Indaba, nothing but good wishes and heart-warming reactions from travel and hospitality people flowed: a wonderful feeling for my dad and I. We are both pleased and honoured.
I simply cannot avoid a topic that’s been weighing heavily on all of us these past few weeks. I’ve noticed a profound change in our demeanor: we as a nation are down, depressed, and dragging our heels and our hearts through this very tough time. In fact, such negativity on all media channels available to us has made many countrymen reconsider their options here. No one can be surprised or cast blame.
A major challenge has been keeping me awake at night, one that I have warned others about and yet one that has, quite frankly, landed us on the brink as a start-up. As an entrepreneur, I am often asked what I feel is the most important aspect of running a new business. And my answer is always CASH FLOW! Cash flow is ‘king’! But we have been jolted into a scary reality over the last month and we have to admit that we have not walked the walk.