iPhone app uses QR codes to track employee hours


TimeStation is a system that combines code-embossed ID cards with an iPhone app in order to  track employees’ hours on the job. Employees need to check-in with their i-phone by scanning the  QR-code. In this way companies can see who is on the job.

Horeca Trendgids 2012


This week, the Trendgids.com (Dutch) is presented and published. Tackle opportunities, creativity, collaborate and innovation dominate this edition. Trendgids.com is a free digital magazine in which experts, including Marjolein van Spronsen (Horecatrends / Van Spronsen & Partners), give their vision on hospitality in 2012. This magazine is intended to be a source of inspiration for entrepreneurs of the industry.

Research Dutch wellness visitors


Van Spronsen & Partners hospitality consultancy has researched the wellness branch in the Netherlands. The focus of this research is the visitors’ view. The results of 800 questionnaires provide a clear and honest picture of both the visitors and non-visitors. The Dutch report provides insights on the motives and thoughts of the non-visitors (and thus potential visitors) and gives wellness related companies the tools to anticipate on the expectations of their target group.

Restaurant in the backyard


Malibu Farm Dinner is a new restaurant-concept in Malibu in which everything is focused on the micro-environment. Guests are dining in the garden of the farm where the entrepreneurs live and the ingredients and wines literally come from the backyard. In addition a live-band performs each evening of which the son of the entrepreneurs is a part of. In this way Malibu Farm doesn’t feel like a formal dinner, but more like a nice party at a friend’s house.

Your ‘private tap’ at the pub


Grand Café Maria, located in Utrecht (Netherlands), offers their guests their own private beer tap. Guests buy their own barrel of beer. Besides the fact that this increases the experience of the evening, it is cheaper for the guests, and it reduces the work of the employees.


A great invitation


The owners of the foodhall Eataly in New York do invite President Obama to visit. They have a banner hanging in their foodhall with the invitation to come and toast at his 50th birthday with a 1961 Barolo. An original way to invite a President! A beautiful food hall by the way where you can eat Italian food and buy it!

Populairity breastaurants


Sex sells, even in the recession. This so-called ‘breastaurants’ are very populair in the United States and it even seems to be one of the fastest-growing restaurant categories. These are restaurants that features scantily-clad women as waitresses.


Self service soup


Townhouse Designhotel Maastricht is nominated for the Dutch Hotel Award. The Jury gave the three nominated hotels an assignment. They have to use social medie to let people know they are nominated for the award with the message self (&) service added. Townhouse is serving free soup during check-in at the hotel. Because of that, the website Self-service-soep.nl is launched, here all the social media traffic about Townhouse is gathered. Hans van Wolde , star master chef is asking people to send in new recipes for soup.

Rich Tasting


Inbev UK decided that they needed someone to taste the beer. Not for the brewery, but on festivals. On the job, the temperature, the way of serving the beer and the quality need to be checked before the beer can be served to the artists backstage. Nice job! Even more, because the wage is 10.000 pounds, for only six days. Nice example of promotion!


No damage from online reviews


ReviewPush allows owners of a business to stay on top of their reviews in an efficient way. There are so many user reviews sites, that it is more difficult for business owners to keep up with all of them. ReviewPush monitors most user review sites on a daily basis and alerts the business owner via a customized review report.

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