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Stay up to date with all our GOOD news and what Guy Stehlik says in his blog. You’ll find all our press releases, articles and blog posts below.

Feathers, Fashion, and Bridgerton in… Oudtshoorn!

Season three of Bridgerton, everyone’s favourite racy Regency-era series, has just dropped, and we can’t get enough of it. But did you know there is a little piece of Oudtshoorn in this hot-on-trend Shondaland Netflix drama? The ostrich feathers quivering on the opulent hats and costumes, in the lush décor, and accessorising the lead heroine, Penelope Featherington (it’s even in her name), came from our humble Klein Karoo ostriches.

July 16, 2024

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Hospitality’s Leadership Extinction: Are We Training Dinosaurs in a Digital World? 

The hospitality service industry has undergone fundamental changes in the past five years. Guests today are more demanding, more experienced, less willing to settle for mediocrity. To keep up, hospitality leaders can't merely provide great service, they need to constantly anticipate the future. They need to be chameleons, adapting quickly to new expectations, technologies, and business models.  Fast forward to today, and the hospitality landscape has undergone a shift, disrupted by a tidal wave of technological innovation. From automated check-in kiosks and mobile room keys to AI-powered chatbots and personalisation algorithms, technology has permeated every aspect of the guest experience, ushering in an era of unprecedented efficiency, data-driven insights, and convenience.

June 25, 2024

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Preserving Hospitality’s Human Touch in a Tech-Driven World

As a child, I have vivid memories of family holidays that were steeped in the warmth of human connection. The genuine smiles and hearty greetings from hotel staff as we arrived, the friendly conversations with servers over meals, and the personal touches that made each stay feel like a home away from home. These were the moments that defined true hospitality for me – moments that sparked my passion for this industry and set me on a lifelong journey. Fast forward to today, and the hospitality landscape has undergone a shift, disrupted by a tidal wave of technological innovation. From automated check-in kiosks and mobile room keys to AI-powered chatbots and personalisation algorithms, technology has permeated every aspect of the guest experience, ushering in an era of unprecedented efficiency, data-driven insights, and convenience.

June 24, 2024

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African hospitality sector seeks freedom from Traditional management models

Traditionally rigid, long-term and onerous hotel, resort and lodge management models for mid-sized, mid-scale and mid-market  hotels, lodges and resorts  are no longer fit for purpose within much of Africa’s unique hospitality landscape. For this growing and thriving hospitality market segment, Guy Stehlik, CEO of BON Hotels, advocates for a shift towards greater flexibility and owner empowerment. He believes that many hotel owners throughout Africa should now be in a position to negotiate more control than being locked into inflexible, long-term contracts where owner involvement is shunned.

June 14, 2024

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How to budget for life’s big moments – from travel to matric dances and weddings

You want to celebrate life’s big moments and go on adventures, but when you add up the costs involved, it’s easy to start feeling completely overwhelmed. We hear you. It can seem like only those with champagne budgets can afford to have vacations, weddings, and matric dances. But don’t despair – there’s also a way to do it when your budget is Grapetizer-sized! We're ditching the recycled tips and giving you some unique strategies that will not only help with the practical side of things but also crack the code on budgeting decisions, dipping into a little of the psychology of spending.

May 28, 2024

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Where to Stay, Play, and Eat in Maboneng: Hallmark House’s GM Spills the Beans

We have great news for those culture-vulture travellers looking to experience Johannesburg's electrifying creative scene. The edgy Hallmark House Hotel has joined the ever-growing BON Hotels family!

April 25, 2024

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How to make your workation work for you: Five BON tips

“Excuse me, what is a workation?” We better answer this common question before we start on how it can add to your life. As the name suggests, it is a blend of holiday and work. It may not seem appealing at first, but it offers a chance to change your environment, explore a new place, pull the escape hatch on boring routines, and even avoid burnout.

March 27, 2024

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Hallmark House partners with BON Hotels

Hallmark House partners with BON Hotels to elevate iconic Joburg guest experience Steyn Entertainment's acclaimed Hallmark House has joined forces with BON Hotels to elevate the guest experience at the iconic Johannesburg art hotel. This partnership fuses the property's distinctive artistic flair with BON's hospitality expertise.

March 7, 2024

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