If you are retiring after a lifetime in the hotel business, then you have a lot of experience to draw from and it would be a shame to let that experience go to waste, so why not get back into the wagon on your own terms? Here are some things you can do depending on the level and kind of experience you have had in the leisure industry:
If you were a chef or worked in a professional kitchen in any capacity then you have a bright future ahead of you if you join a team of restaurant consultants. These experts advise new owners and investors on what they could do to make their business profitable. If you were a chef then you can advise on menus, special draws for customers, sources for fresh vegetables and ingredients to make the perfect dish etc. If you were a manager, then you will understand the dynamic of external factors and internal conditions and how they affect the profit margins. Don’t just sit on the vast food knowledge you have; make use of it.
Service with a Smile
Front of house staff are usually the ones who look most polished because they have to be; they are also the ones who are most likely to know about the admin side of things. Most hotel managers started out as receptionists and other front of house staff and they know how the industry works. So once you have retired you could be a hospitality consulting Dubai expert who advises on the overall industry. As experts with experience, you can go in and ‘fix’ hotels that are struggling to get off the ground, or ones that once had a good run but now no longer pull in a good profit because of bad management etc. Use your service experience to make sure that your clients get the best service too.
Sweep under the Rugs
One of the most important standards for the leisure industry is cleanliness. In these days of user reviews hotels are even graded on how clean they are, starting with the bathrooms of each room to the cleanliness of the food serving areas. The upper-scale hotels have very stringent rules on how maids should clean hotels. They get instructions on which detergent and which cleaning implement to use on what. They are also instructed on how pristine each room should be when they leave it. So if you have worked in housekeeping or have managed that aspect in the hotel industry, you can easily start a cleaning service that caters to smaller guesthouses and big, luxury houses.