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Session: Conventional Hotels
This is a Session within the Topic Meaningful Travel
 
 
“A man who stays the night in a strange place is still a member of the human community, and still needs company. There is no reason why he should creep into a hole, and watch TV alone, the way he does in a roadside motel.” A Pattern Language
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"Feudalism exists in the hotel industry. The guest wants to feel like a king."
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Feudalism exists in the hotel industry. The guest wants to feel like a king.

“The ideal of feudalism evidenced in housing and life-style is most strikingly expressed in the hotel industry. In exchange for his money, the affluent patron wants to feel, and is expected to feel, if not like the lord of a castle at least like a guest in one so that for the duration of his stay his boldest social dream-wish can finally be realized. Hence the attire of the reception personnel, at least of the doorman dressed in chevroned livery like a lord’s lackey; hence the manner of greeting the guest deferentially at the entrance and the fawning attention that follows for the duration of the stay. For this purpose swank hotels especially engage an authentic butler with matching mien and moustache. Hence also the pompous high-sounding names: in the Levant the shabbiest sixth-class lodging calls itself the ‘Palace Hotel.’

 

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"The global mass tourist industry is the world’s largest employer"
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The global mass tourist industry is the world’s largest employer

"In 1990, according to the World Tourism Organization,...429 million people—almost 8% of the global population—traveled from one country to another as tourists. The democratization of travel is a recent development. Seeing the world is no longer the exclusive prerogative of soldiers, sailors, traveling salesmen, a few professors, and a small leisure class." "The global mass tourist industry [is] the world's largest employer." This is very good. "Prepaid, all-expenses-included tours in which the dollars end up in London or New York...are cutting into the foreign-exchange earnings of some under-developed countries."
Barnet and Cavanagh, Global Dreams. See several page section beg. page 29.

 

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"Locks are not a universal necessity"
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Locks are not a universal necessity

An entire chapter is devoted to this topic in Mechanization Takes Command, Siegfried Giedeon. “There are societies that use locks, and societies that don’t. Even in a society that uses locks, there are things we lock up, and things we don’t. Locks presuppose theft, and theft presupposes not only private property but a situation in which....The lock is not a universal necessity. Its usefulness is grounded in certain political, social, and legal conditions.” Douglas Lummis, Radical Democracy, 80

 

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"Corporations have unfair advantages"
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Corporations have unfair advantages

You probably don't know that big hotel chains a long time ago lobbied that government should tighten regulations for bed and breakfasts. You had to have thick fire doors and fire mattresses, toxic by the way, and dangerous chemicals, and this is all to destroy the small scale competition.


 

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What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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This is the opinion of Helena Norberg-Hodge
 
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Text: Feudalism exists in the hotel industry. The guest wants to feel like a king.
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Feudalism exists in the hotel industry. The guest wants to feel like a king.

“The ideal of feudalism evidenced in housing and life-style is most strikingly expressed in the hotel industry. In exchange for his money, the affluent patron wants to feel, and is expected to feel, if not like the lord of a castle at least like a guest in one so that for the duration of his stay his boldest social dream-wish can finally be realized. Hence the attire of the reception personnel, at least of the doorman dressed in chevroned livery like a lord’s lackey; hence the manner of greeting the guest deferentially at the entrance and the fawning attention that follows for the duration of the stay. For this purpose swank hotels especially engage an authentic butler with matching mien and moustache. Hence also the pompous high-sounding names: in the Levant the shabbiest sixth-class lodging calls itself the ‘Palace Hotel.’
The same pseudo-feudalism characterizing hotels was until recently the hallmark of the big-city apartment houses, especially in the ‘better’ neighborhoods. Not even the builders of New York skyscrapers believed they could forego battlements and gothic or Renaissance form. Money was vainly poured out for tasteless ostentation, pompous staircases with imitation marble, while practical features like soundproof walls and ceilings were neglected (nobody could see them!). Ground plan arrangement and interior décor, in the same way, were imitation feudalism.
The criticism that up to now has been leveled against such practices has always been a protest in the name of taste and ‘authenticity,’ protesting their bogusness, their sham and their kitsch – that is, from the standpoint of ‘authentic’ feudalism, their feudalism was declared inauthentic because imperfectly imitated. Our protest is against the feudal ideal itself, and against setting it up as a model – not against the greater or lesser degree to which it may have been attained.”
Alexander Rustow, Freedom and Domination, 59


Alexander Rustow, Freedom and Domination, 59

 
 
 
 
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What is most important – and true – about each perspective, especially those you disagree with? Taking all this into account, how do you envision a beautiful hotel?
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