Clear off

Everything under control

My “Next please” part of this blog is dedicated to new ideas – products or services I think the market is calling out for. A couple of years ago I said it was finally time for hotels to offer a new service, and prevent arguments between tourists from different nations.

Well, well. What’s happened now?

There is a chain of hotels that really does clear away towels from the swimming pool in the morning. It has clearly understood customer needs.

Having now seen this pool “service” in action, it was interesting to see some cultural differences in reactions.

The Germans stuck to the rule. Without exception. I didn’t see any of them lay out towels in the morning. The Dutch and English? Most were obedient, but I saw two groups consistently ignoring the signs and doing the typical “see if I care” thing – after all, rules are they to be broken… 

Anyway, since the classic English advertising campaign, and many spoofs, a German channel has now done a “revenge of the Germans” sketch. The sun bed battle continues, they’re fighting by the pool, they’re fighting by the beach. Will they ever surrender… ?

Enjoy…

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