The hotel management has surprised everyone
and made you the manager of their new star hotel.
Here's what you need to do to make them not regret it.
Maximize the long-term profit of the hotel,
and protect the company name,
the best way you know how.
What do you do?
You need to predict the tourist demand for rooms.
You need to get good prices for workers and animals
from the Sout Spratly Island villages.
You need to protect your guests from "The Curse."
WHAT YOU DO:
Each year, you'll decide how many tourists you'll prepare for this year,
then make contracts with village leaders for workers and food animals.
You'll decide whether or not to offer game animals on the hotel
restaurant's menu this year.
You keep track of your progress on your worksheet.
AT THE GAME START:
You need to pick a name for your hotel.
You start with $4800 in cash.
INTRODUCING: YOUR WORKSHEET
The worksheet keeps track of what you need to run the hotel at the level
you think you'll need, and the contracts you make with villagers (and
possibly Morris Chang) in order to get what you need.
As you go down the worksheet rows, there are three main
activities: Predicting Tourist Demand, Negotiating Your Contracts, and
Carry over the cash total from the bottom of last year's worksheet
and write it at the top of Section 3 on this year's worksheet.
If this is the first year, you have $4800 in cash at the beginning of
Now listen to the China Sea Report. What might happen
this year, do you think?
What kind of business do you think the hotel will do this year?
FIRST ACTIVITY: PREDICT TOURIST DEMAND
Based on the China Sea Report and on Reservations (ask the moderator
tell you how many reservations have been made for this year),
predict your occupancy level. (Company accountants say that,
once the hotel is established, 60% is a conservative figure.)
The percentage you pick is your occupancy target: from it,
use the chart on your worksheet to determine how many workers, pigs,
ducks, chickens etc. you'll need to procure for the hotel this year.
SECOND ACTIVITY: NEGOTIATING YOUR CONTRACTS
When the Village Leaders begin to decide what
their clans will do this year, you need to make sure
they send enough clans (from any and all villages) to work
at the hotel and support your occupancy target.
Do you want to offer game animals on your restaurant
(This is an important profit center for the hotel.)
If so, you need to encourage clans to go hunting - you'll want to make
you have plenty of wild ducks and boar to buy for your restaurant.
The Hotel has guests coming, and you'll need food animals
for its restaurant.
When the Village Leaders begin to offer to sell their animals to you,
to make sure you fill your quota of each type of animal.
(Again, look at your Occupancy Target to see your animal quotas.)
If you're short on animals, or if the villagers' prices
are too high, you can negotiate to buy anything you need from Morris
Chang, the captain of the tramp steamer the "Hesperus Trader."
Morris is always available to buy or sell things - but don't expect
to get any deals. (Morris is played by your moderator.)
THIRD ACTIVITY: FIGURING PROFIT/LOSS
Once you have finished negotiating your contracts, you can finish
for the year by figuring your profit (or loss).
First, find out from the moderator what the ACTUAL demand
was for your hotel rooms this year. If it's greater than your target,
it means you turned away some guests. If it's less than your target,
it means you had rooms ready that were never used!
You'll use the ACTUAL DEMAND number to calculate your
Use the column on your worksheet:
Start with your cash from last year;
add your domestic profit (actual demand x 225);
if you offered game, add wild profit (actual demand x 15);
subtract your overhead (it's always 4000);
subtract what you paid for working clans;
subtract what you paid for pigs;
subtract what you paid for ducks;
subtract what you paid for chickens;
subtract what you paid for wild ducks;
subtract what you paid for boar.
The number you end up with is your end-of-year cash.
Did you make a profit? Congratulations!
ONE LAST NOTE: THE CURSE
It's possible the Curse will strike your Hotel, and may even strike
If this happens, your moderator will help you figure out the outcome.
If a significant number of guests are struck by the Curse,
you can bet Company HQ may be giving you an unpleasant call!