If there is something we are not lacking in the world, it is an array of beautiful, varied accommodations. What many of these accommodations are lacking, however, is good commercial ironing boards and equipment. You may read this and say, “Well, that is something so small, and not very significant”. An article I read in Executive Housekeeper (2010, vol.14) pointed me in the direction of Trip Advisor, the leading website for the travel industry, and as at today the 25th September 2013, when I typed the word ‘ironing’ into the forum search, 7,319 forum topics opened with many people posting with a question mark and several exclamation marks. There were so many disgruntled by being met with poor or non-existent ironing equipment provided.
Why is this so important? The first thing that comes to mind would be for ‘Business Travelers’ who need to touch up their shirts and pants that may have crumpled in the travel process. Thinking further on this topic, even a ‘casual ironer’ would probably iron more on a holiday than at home, for the sheer fact that they are going out to restaurants and/or events more frequently on their holiday or during their stay at a hotel, than what they would do at home. As parent of a young child, I like to iron on holidays as I’m always trying to cram as much as I can in my suitcase, and as a result both mine and my son’s clothes become terribly creased. Nothing frustrates me more than having to call up reception and request an ironing board, only to be brought up something with a cover so thin, the grill of the board is well and truly imprinted in the clothes, and the iron completely void of producing steam.
So therefore, coming back to when I looked on Trip Advisor, I can see I am not alone in this and a detail so small goes a long way with many travelers.