By Humphrey Carter
DO you run a small hotel but things are not working as well as expected? Well help is at hand.
Ricochet Films, one of the UK's top television companies, is looking for British expatriates in Majorca who have come to the sun to set up a small family-run hotel and have since stumbled across unexpected problems and discovered that business could be better. This scenario is for a new Channel 4 prime time documentary make-over series. Ricochet Films are looking for five or six family-run hotels in Majorca and Marbella, each with different problems, to “troubleshoot.” Producer Luisa Marshall said yesterday that the series will be different to the current run of make-over programmes because professional people will be involved. The series will cover the hotel owners' progress over the winter. The series is going to be presented by the troubleshooter who will be one of Britain's top hoteliers.
Channel 4 have a short list of three leading hoteliers and will shortly decide who will front the programme.
Filming will start at the end of the summer and the troubleshooter will spend a weekend at each of the participating hotels. “Obviously, on the initial visits, we will spend a few days so that the troubleshooter can find out what the problems are at the hotel and give the owners his advice,” Marshall said. “After that, we will be making regular return visits to see how the hoteliers are getting on, but we're not going to get in the way,” she said.
Apart from providing the hotel with some great publicity on prime time television, Marshall said that the hoteliers will also pick up some important tips and learn some helpful advice from one of Europe's leading British hoteliers. She said that the series “No Going Back” which they also produced for Channel 4, was a huge success for the participating business. All of the businesses featured, which attracted viewing figures of 4 million, are now booming. Ricochet produced “Super Nanny.” “It is going to be a serious business make-over series. While at first hoteliers might be worried about the bad publicity the programme might give their struggling hotel, come the end of the series, they should have the place running as expected,” she said. “It's the process of following people through their struggles which the television audience likes, they love backing the under dog and seeing them get everything right in the end,” she said yesterday. “It is going to be a year-long project and we think it will be a very positive experience for the hoteliers involved,” she added.
The programme will also be good publicity for Majorca.
Interested? Luisa Marshall can be contacted on 0044 207 251 6966

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