Oooh! Aaah! Eurostar?READERS of our regular Passenger Portfolio feature will no doubt be familiar with the continuing efforts of train operators worldwide to keep their business clintele supplied with the creature comforts that they have come to expect. Eurostar (UK) appears to have gone one better than at-seat video or power points for laptops by offering first class passengers a massage during a two-week trial period from June 18.With a ’special massage chair’ located in a dedicated area of one first class coach on the weekday 09.53 London and 17.10 Paris departures, a 15min hand and arm or neck and shoulder treatment was available from British cosmetics company Molton Brown for £15. ’This is yet another way for customers to relax and enjoy some of the three hour journey time from London to Paris in a useful and beneficial way’, said Mark Furlong, Marketing Director at Eurostar (UK). ’Reaction to the service will be carefully monitored’, he added, suggesting that a pre-booking service for Premium First customers might be implemented if massages were to be offered on a regular basis. o
Submit Related Articles Betting turns to Tote dynamics to engage esports crowds February 12, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Betsson strengthens diversity commitment with AIDP membership May 7, 2020 Payment Expert brings together industry leaders to conclude Digital Summit Payments track April 29, 2020 Kelly Kehn – All-in DiversityThis week, employers across the country participate in ‘National Inclusion Week’, which aims to promote wider diversity and inclusion across a number of different sectors. For global gambling, All-In Diversity Project (AiDP) continues to work towards establishing more inclusive corporate frameworks and cultures.Kelly Kehn, Co-founder of All-In Diversity, assess how incumbents have progressed on its inclusion directives, tackling complex issues that challenge the foundations and future development of the industry…_________________The last few years have seen the topic of diversity and inclusion go from one company -NetEnt committing to 50% gender parity in 2015 to a topic that is covered in the trade press just about every month. I think we can all accept the business case that workforce diversity is beneficial to a business’s commercial success. Just to offer some statistics: Boston Consulting Group ran a study in 2018 that found that diversity is beneficial to your bottom line, 19% more to be exact; while a McKinsey study of 22,000 publicly-traded companies in 91 countries, found that companies with 30% female executives take in as much as 6% more in profits.And here are the two that get rolled out at every panel discussion on the topic: Gender diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform their non-diverse competitors and; racially diverse companies are 35% more likely to outperform their non-diverse competition. We get it. We want more diversity. Check. And let’s say we get what want. Let’s say the tides turn and everyone wants to work in betting and gaming. Let’s say we wake up tomorrow and we have a workforce that reflects our customer base. Now what? Have we won? Time to put our feet up and watch the profits roll in? All that innovation we were missing, is it on the way? The obvious answer is no but I think a further examination of the topic might reveal where we as an industry have significant room to grow. Not only do we need representation, but we need the involvement of that representation in order to be successful. Inclusion is the part where we value the talent at all levels of our business, the part where an employee is contributing positively to the business, the part where he, she (they) is engaged in the work. Inclusion speaks to the very culture of a business and if we don’t embrace the need for change, we suffer when it comes to talent management, profitability, innovation, managing risk and of course, there’s that pesky image problem. Are we, as an industry, inclusive? The short answer is not yet. Is progress being made? Yes. Can we be inclusive? Absolutely. Here’s why I think so. Let’s start with gender. We as an industry aren’t closing the gender pay gap. In the UK, the median pay gap for the industry is actually up 0.5% and the number of bonuses paid is up 0.4% for men and down 0.4% for women. That said, the number of women at Board and C level is slowly increasing, and conferences and expos are starting to shed their outdated practices and making things friendlier for women in business. Still, all conferences in our industry still have an overwhelming majority of men as speakers, magazines still favour the male experts, and in a recent article by Ewa Bakun, just 4 of the 280+ startups who have participated in pitches at Clarion events over the years have been female. Finally, I recently was part of a discussion about the gender makeup of recruitment databases and in the process of selling their services, one recruiter pointed out that women generally command £20-£30,000 less than their male counterparts so it only makes financial sense. (I’ll pause here and let that one sink in). In the 2018 All-Index report on industry workforce, the study revealed that overall, the industry is almost 50/50 male/female. (Box ticked). Look closer though and the roles which carry decision-making power are still 80% male. suggesting that the way we value one over the other is grossly unbalanced. I, unfortunately, don’t have as many compelling statistics to demonstrate the same for race, disability, sexual orientation, etc. I don’t hear conversations about how we are falling down in these areas but then again, I don’t see many who may be from these groups. Are we good here? Or is it more that we as an industry we haven’t even begun to address other forms of diversity? I can’t say that I’ve ever heard one conversation about making our industry more accessible or how progressive policies like same-sex partner health coverage are game-changers for how we recruit/retain our best. Those points haven’t been raised because we haven’t included these needs as important to our strategy. To my point above, we don’t value the talent equally. I said in the beginning of my argument that this industry has the potential to be inclusive and I believe that is the case. In the last 5 years, I’ve seen HR become part of the C-suite and have a say in business strategy. This is the first step in making progress. I see companies investing significant amounts of time and money in learning and development. I see a focus on graduate programs and employer brand. We need the talent and we are young enough that culture shift isn’t undoing centuries of bad habits. If I were to end this article with one piece of advice, I’d say this: The companies that are most successful in this area make diversity & inclusion part of their whole company ethos. It’s part of every department at every seniority level. It’s pervasive throughout their culture. They don’t appoint one person to “do D&I” and then walk away with their fingers crossed. The senior leadership makes it part of the culture and part of the brand. If we want to be a better more “inclusive” industry, then we have to work on how we value our talent across the board, how we support everyone (not just the ones who look like a CEO) and how we engage them every day.__________________Kelly Kehn – Co-founder of All-in Diversity Project
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Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down Tax Payer · 240 weeks ago So if all the wonderful tournaments raise so much money then why does the course need more in tax money? Why is it such a sin to request that the course pay it’s own way by charging the people that use it instead of raising taxes on people who have no desire to play the game nor care if the course is here or not?. Report Reply 1 reply · active 240 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 240 weeks ago Tax payer when was the last time you flew a plane into the airport? Just asking. … Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down jay · 240 weeks ago who cares about the airport, only the rich people use it, its like the golf course these 2 things don’t make wellington grow in anyway. Wow the golf course made 8,,500 in one tournament but the don’t pay its bills. Long live wellington right, as our leaders run it to the ground. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 240 weeks ago I didn’t know how it would happen, or how the justification would be drawn…..but there if it is. Lol. The “it’s for the kids” argument. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Eric · 240 weeks ago If on average $30.00 are spent in Wellington by out of town golfers $30×4000(rounds)= $120,000 / year. Not bad for a “amenity” you don’t use. Us out of towners enjoy the Wellington Golf Course though! I’ll fight to keep it and I don’t even live there lol Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 240 weeks ago “or let the big dog eat while feeling it ring deep in your loins.” Yeah, I guess I’ll have to go to my grave not knowing about this. Report Reply 1 reply · active 240 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 240 weeks ago Bobby, I for one thank you for this piece defending the Wellington golf course! I am not a resident of Wellington, nor do I golf, but I can sure see how having the course helps your local economy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down credence · 240 weeks ago Nice article Bobby, but I would like to see some documentation about the value. Most times these numbers are usually slightly over rated. Most of the negative comments relate to the frustration the local taxpayers are feeling right now with all the issues down at City Hall and they are looking for ways to save tax dollars. I do believe the course does provide some value to our community through the ways you have identified, but I too would like to see the course be more self supporting. I know Cueball, it is only .01% of the total budget, but what does that equate to in actual dollars? I think if the information Booby has provided is compared to the City’s tax support, people may understand situation better. Just saying. Report Reply 2 replies · active 240 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 240 weeks ago Credence I would have to do some research on that. If your asking to track what each fundraising tournament made. This would obviously depend on the number of people playing and what the entry fee is per player minus the payback or prizes. DH would have a schedule of all the tournaments from last year. The point is there are so many that on some dates they have them in the morning and afternoon. The main point was the fact that people who do not play golf benefit from those who do. Yes it is a quality of life issue. It adds to our community. I just don’t understand the attitude of just because one doesn’t use something makes it useless or not important. I disagree. Like I said I will never use the airport but it seems enough do to justify giving it ten times the money the golf course receives at least this next year. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments To the editor:First off let me say thank you for the three part series on the Wellington Golf Course. I have grown up on this course. Â I love golf and those that have dedicated themselves to making the game a healthy part of Wellington life. There were more than golf lessons learned from Gerald, Kathleen and Steve Gill while growing up. A group of us learned life has itâ€™s up and downs. The lie you receive isnâ€™t always fair but the only thing mattered was the next shot. That same philosophy holds true off the course in our daily lifes.Â Life is what we make of it. It is always fair but the challenge is to continue keeping the faith and hitting the next shot.Bobby WilsonAnyone that knows me understands my addiction, I love golf. Â I will defend the game, the course and its worth in our community with every ounce in my body.Â It isnâ€™t just a game to some of us it is a way of life and those we play with are not just golfers to us but part of an extended family.I can understand that some will never use the golf course. They will never know what it is like to hit a crisp iron shot, roll in a long putt or let the big dog eat while feeling it ring deep in your loins. I totally understand some have the attitude that golf is a rich manâ€™s game. I am here to tell you that it is not the case at all.The one thing that was never covered in the three part series that I find crucial to the argument of city intervention or funding is this. What is the golf courses role in our community. Letâ€™s take a look at just that.Â Â Letâ€™s talk fundraising. We golfers as some like to say should support the course. Pay for the course ourselves. I believe that we do a pretty good job of that. But what else do golfers support. Well we support the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, The Wellington After School Program, The Wellington Crusader Club, The Scott Rice Memorial Tournament, The South Central Cat Backers and the Lions Club to just name a few. We support these not because we get to play free golf that day. Most are already members of the Wellington Golf Club and can already play for free. Playing in these events are expensive but worth every dime. They fund scholarships, equipment, events and add to the quality of life for so many.Â The ones that benefit from these types of fundraisers are kids that are still in school. I would imagine that most have never played a round of golf.When we play in these tournaments usually food is catered in or purchased locally. The golf course allows it to be made in the pavilion at the course. It is just another way money stays local. I do not know if there is away to adequately track that kind of details. But I have had everything from Burgers, Steaks, BBQ, Mexican food to KFC. I appreciate all the vendors that support these charitable causes and make a meal part of the tournament. But again it is money being spent locally.So how much money does a tournament raise? Well according to the Scott Rice Memorial Staff they have raised $50,000 at the local golf course in six years. That is $8,333 per year as an average.Â The Scott Rice is one of the biggest tournaments that the golf course host each year. But the important thing is that I would go as far as saying that out of the 144 golfers to play that day at least half do not live in Wellington.There are several more examples of these types of tournaments. If you want to raise a lot of money in one day have a golf tournament.Â The one thing that makes this so incredible is not only the hard work of volunteers but of the Wellington Golf Club Staff. Derek Harrison or DH as we call him does a tremendous job marketing the golf course. He has brought new tournaments and ideas to the course.Last summer the Wellington Golf Club hosted the Kansas Boys Championships. The course was crammed full of young golfers that had made their way to Wellington. The tournament was an unbelievable success. I was at awe of the volunteers that came out to support the tournament. I do not know what the economic impact on Wellington was that week but I know we had families staying in our local motels and eating at our local restaurants.There are several â€œquality of lifeâ€ opportunities that the City of Wellington supports. I have never flown a plane into or out of the Wellington Airport but I certainly feel like it is important to maintain. I see the money that has been allocated for the airport is a much larger amount than the golf course. The swimming pool even though ran by the Rec Center still receives some city funding. I am glad to see that as well. Even though my swimming pool days have passed me by, I can remember some fun afternoons diving off a real high dive and also some timeouts on the famous grates. Kids need a place to swim even if it is water down the drain so to speak.My point is just because one does not golf doesnâ€™t mean that it should not be supported. I would venture to say that more money is raised at the Wellington Golf Course that benefits more programs in Wellington than any other place in town. If I am incorrect someone will surely post a comment. So as I said earlier there are more people who gain from the golf course than just a select few as some say who play the game.The Wellington Golf Club is a public golf course. The Wellington Menâ€™s Golf Association is a diverse group of men from all walks of life. I am a proud member and watched last fall as we awarded scholarships for college. We take pride in our support of the next generation of leaders that come from our community. We always have room for more.Â If you have never played the game give it a try. You donâ€™t have to have the best equipment to start. You might just find out why some of us call it the greatest game ever played.Bobby WilsonWellington, Kansas.Follow us on Twitter.