Project Management of Hotel Opening Processes



pmwj33-Apr2015-Campbell-BOOKBook Title: Project Management of Hotel Opening Processes
Author: Gert Noordzij
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
List Price:   $40.00
Format: Soft Cover
Publication Date:   2014
ISBN: 978-1495459375
Reviewer:     John Campbell
Review Date: February/March 2015





The initial reaction I had was one of glee as this book’s cover indicates that it deals with “Project Management of Hotel Opening Processes”. I have spent the last fifteen (15) + years in the management of Hospitality Projects for Hotel Owners of facilities rated 4+ stars. Once I opened the book however I discovered the contents of the book, all data gathered and statistics deal with the opening of hotels in Greater China. This should have been pointed out on the cover in my opinion.

The good news is that while the data in the Appendixes has been gathered from research on eight hundred and twenty five (825) individual projects located in Greater China and Asia, it is my opinion that the statistics relate, in similar strength, to the numerous projects that I have completed in the United States including Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into three (3) sections;

  1. The introduction, Root Cause of Problems and Application of the PMBOK©
  2. The Feasibility of a HOW-TO-MANUAL and
  3. Appendixes of Root Causes and the Introduction of a Proposed Extension to the PMBOK® for Hotel Opening Process, formatted to the PMBOK© Knowledge Areas.

Highlights: What I liked!

Chapter 6 contained Appendixes.

The appendixes contained interesting information regarding hotel openings, while they were for specific projects in greater China and Asia, in my opinion the data could apply across the board to hotel projects anywhere in the world.

Who might benefit from the Book?

The concept of following the layout of the PMBOK® Guide is beneficial to all projects, and certainly to Hotel Ownership and Management firms. The book offers an extension to the PMBOK® Guide that lays out suggested elements for the opening of Hotels however; in my opinion the opening of any commercial construction project could benefit from the suggested Knowledge Area extensions.


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About the Reviewer


John Boyd Campbell

Texas, USA



John Campbell
is a professional with 30+ years of progressive experience and proven leadership in professional ground-up and renovation construction project management of hospitality and healthcare facilities. Consistently exceeds goals for cost reductions, and schedule completions. Hands on management experience in seismic safety and hurricane regulated facilities. Lean implementation project management. Active in new product evaluations, business integration as a result of acquisition, outsourcing, and energizing highly motivated teams.

Specialties include Project Management; Project Leadership / Personnel Development; Personal and Professional Development; Communication & Reporting; Scope, Schedule and Budget; Results Driven, Goal Oriented, Self-starter; Quality Control; Lean Means & Methods; Risk Assessment and Management

John currently teaches Risk Management to Project Management Professionals (PMP’s) for Personal Development Units (PDU’s) as required to maintain their Certification. John can be contacted at [email protected] or on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jbcjr1pmp/


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