Hope

By Brian Megaw | December 28, 2021

Hope I am writing this in that space of a few days between Christmas and New Year. Why I am writing is to reach out to those who follow River Valley and thank you for your support over yet another challenging year. While most of you may not have had the opportunity to visit, knowing [...]

Respect Goes Both Ways

By Brian Megaw | December 1, 2021

Respect Goes Both Ways Recently the New Zealand government came out with a new system of covid alert levels called the traffic light system. This new system will come into effect on the 3rd December 2021. There are plenty of details online about how it works in general, so I will not take up any [...]

What is Normal?

By Brian Megaw | August 12, 2021

Of late, I have been thinking about what is meant by the often used comment “when everything gets back to normal.” What I have been wondering about is, what is normal? I think it best that I use some examples to outline my thinking. Land Use and the Food We Eat Have you ever considered [...]

The Challenge of Staffing a Tourism Business as we plan for the 2021 – 2022 Season

By Brian Megaw | July 21, 2021

Some of the River Valley staff, pre-covid   There is no doubt that hospitality and tourism are people industries. Lousy service – there is a post for a future date! – can quickly break a business, damaging both its reputation and its finances. The key to excellent service is having great people. Having great people [...]

After Operating a Tourism Business for Over 30 Years, What Do I Think Success Means?

By Brian Megaw | July 1, 2021

Whether we are conditioned to believe, or whether it is innately within us, the desire for success can be strong but not uniform in humans. Of course, the rub is, the definition of success is a slippery thing, both changing over time and reflecting life circumstances. I have learned a few things regarding the pursuit [...]

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