Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Travolution@PhoCusWright 07 - Things to do in Orlando when you're jetlagged

At dawn there is actually very little to do, especially at the Radisson Celebration, so:

#1 Read old media - the local organ here is The Orlando Sentinel, left outside every hotel room at 4.30am. Incredibly, even the Wednesday edition is like a mini-Sunday Times from the UK, featuring seven sections (news, local and state, business, sports, cooking and eating, working, and classifieds). Today's splash: "Tax Cut frightens some cities".

#2 Learn some Spanish - the bulk of the low-paid jobs in hospitality in this area are generally staffed by Hispanics.

#3 Watch CNN/Fox News/local cable news - with thanksgiving just around the corner in the US it is no surprise that the news shows have suddenly picked up on the Bird Flu story from the UK.

#4 Learn some witty retorts - when asked last night what might the chef be able to knock up for a vegetarian, the waiter said: "I would question why you came into a steakhouse, sir". Indeed...

Thankfully the main conference sessions start in less than four hours.

Kevin May, editor, Travolution

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