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Opening a Hotel in China: What Am I Doing, Really?
By Feature Writer Yoland Perras
I am working through finalization of the HOE, IT and POB budgets. I conduct regular walkthroughs onsite which, as you may know, raise concerns, however I am hoping that the possibility for corrections or adjustments will better the end product. Last week they removed the outside elevated crane and the two workers elevators. As a result, you now need to walk up the stairs. On my last walk, I did 25 flights, slow, real slow. Nevertheless, I was all wet after 3 hours. I was told that the service elevators will be operational soon.
What am I doing?
Some have asked what I actually do as a pre-opening GM. Given that my pre-opening period for the project has been extended, my current tasks are mainly focused on technical aspects, as below:
These are just a few. During this process, it depends how involved you are. The more you do, the more you learn and the more well rounded you become.
These are just a few of the items covered by the Critical Path.
Very light and most difficult part of the pre-opening tasks
These are not covered by any Critical path or agreement, yet they are equally important to feel the level the business in the city and its pricing as well as learning trends and preferences.
As for me, after more than 3 months:
All in all, everything is getting well on track and I have settled in. Same as in our business, remember to be highly adaptable to change. This is our world today.
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