On the road to relaxation - My Family Travels

Joshua Leatherwood


On my summer vacation in 2010, I went to Blue green resort in Orlando, Florida. It was quite the experience. It wasn’t too far away from Disney World or Sea World and it was near a lot of great stores and scenery. Orlando lit up a night, the cars were abundant, and it was quiet yet busy. It felt like I was having an adrenaline rush in the middle of an examination so in short, everything was exciting.


We soon got to see the resort. It was beautiful although, my room had a terrible view, looking right at the elevator, the other windows had beautiful views of the pool, the city, and even just over some buildings for we were on the sixth floor. The amenities were close together and abundant. The food was ok, and the prices were fair. So overall it was more pros than cons. This made the uncomfortable ten hour ride worth it.


At the time I was fixed on being in the hospitality industry so this trip was very significant to me. I wanted to learn about this place and find out the inner workings of the resort. So, in effect of my curiosity I asked some questions. I asked questions that were general like how long have they been in the industry and some that were “too confidential” like how is the business structure of this resort set-up? With this in mind, just know I didn’t get everything answered but I did learn some things. Among the first things I learned is that partnerships may be the way to go unless you cannot find a good one. The second is that being a resort that is close to another popular resort is actually advantageous. If the other resort is so popular, it may get full and you’ll have the remains of the tens of thousands of people that couldn’t fit in the thousand room resort across the street.


I did learn that managing a hotel took a lot of work and planning and knowing who to work with. It was to my advantage that I not take it alone and go in the industry with someone reliable. The next thing that I learned is that your hotel or resort can become popular by “riding the coat tails” of another. This new knowledge made me more curious and in love with the idea of owning a hotel.



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