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Raffles - Singapore’s icon is demolished Feuilleton

Raffles - Singapore’s icon is demolished

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Andreas Augustin is a hotel historian. Since 1986, he has been meticulously and devotedly researching the history of individual famous hotels and publishing a book about each. More than 60 books later, he is as active as ever and thinks back: It all began in Singapore.

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Feuilleton 398: Born to Survive Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 398: Born to Survive

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Now that we have waited long enough for the situation to change, I believe the time has come to change the situation. Reopening hotels isn’t enough. People are hesitant to travel, people don’t want to fly, tourism industry is going to the bins.

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Feuilleton 353 — Where is Elisabeth Guertler? Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 353 — Where is Elisabeth Guertler?

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For almost three decades Elisabeth Guertler managed the legendary Austrian Sacher hotel empire, the Viennese Opera Ball and the Lipizzan Horses at the Spanish Riding School. Remember: she had kissed the Viennese temple of hospitality, the Hotel Sacher, out of its sleeping beauty doze.

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Feuiletton 361 — Hotel Mumbai, American Hotels owned by Indians Andreas Augustin

Feuiletton 361 — Hotel Mumbai, American Hotels owned by Indians

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America — Hotel Mumbai - the new movie by Dev Patel +++ The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel (1893) is Encouraging Return of Stolen Items +++ The Indian Americans constitute less than one percent of Americas population and incredibly own about half the 50,000 hotels in the United States +++++

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Feuiletton 360 — The Letter Andreas Augustin

Feuiletton 360 — The Letter

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Time flies, only my father takes slow boats and sends letters via surface postal services. Yesterday an envelope arrived containing photographs, and an interview, typed on a typewriter! After the MS Serendipity has safely moored at the jetty of Colombo’s harbour, he has met the chairman of the Galle Face Hotel, Sanjeev Gardiner

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Feuiletton 358 — Anchored Feuilleton

Feuiletton 358 — Anchored

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The M.S. Serendipity has anchored at Colombo. For weeks we were accompanied by playful pods of dolphins, watched over a cup of tea at breakfast under the sunshade of our deck. Here we are on the Island of (Ceylon) Sri Lanka, the centre of spiritual Asia of bygone times and a hub of intellectual Sri Lanka of today.

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Feuilleton 352 — Mark Twain’s worst hotel on Earth Feuilleton

Feuilleton 352 — Mark Twain’s worst hotel on Earth

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It is a conversation between American writer and globe trotter Mark Twain and a fellow traveller on a train to Maryborough, a city and a suburb in the Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.  1895, November

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Feuilleton 351 — The Christmas Tree Extravaganza Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 351 — The Christmas Tree Extravaganza

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One never thinks that hotels have Christmas trees, too. But in fact there is a real competition of who has the largest and shiniest. Fine in countries of fur trees. But it could prove really difficult a 110 years ago, in Africa, for example ...

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Feuilleton 350 - Happy Birthday Famous Hotels Feuilleton

Feuilleton 350 - Happy Birthday Famous Hotels

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Today, let me lean back and conjure up 28 November 1986. Since early morning, a signboard at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore displayed: LAUNCH OF THE BOOK "RAFFLES"

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Feuilleton in Reflection of the Armistice — 11. November 1918 Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton in Reflection of the Armistice — 11. November 1918

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This is a weekend of remembrance and appreciation; it is “Armistice”. 100 years ago, World War I, the so-called Great War, ended on this date. The unthinkable war between European nations – Germany and Austria with its allies against France, England, Russia and the rest of the world – was over.

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Feuilleton 348 — Half Moon Jamaica - It’s all about people Feuilleton

Feuilleton 348 — Half Moon Jamaica - It’s all about people

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All that matters in hospitality are people. We meet them, need them, interact with them. We must not take it for granted that they serve us. They could merely do their jobs, but their smile can make our day, their effort by going the proverbial extra mile can change our life.  I have met a remarkable team at Jamaica's Half Moon.

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Feuilleton 347 - Ritzy Things You Should Know Andreas Augustin

Feuilleton 347 - Ritzy Things You Should Know

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Putting on the Ritz and others: Have you ever asked yourself what “Puttin' on the Ritz“ means? Or where the name „Ritz-Carlton“ originated. Glad you asked.

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