A few weeks ago, I saw a travel editor tweet out what struck me as a strange appeal. She was looking for a local writer in a certain American city.
Fair enough. Local writers can have an excellent insight into what’s going on where they live – particularly in terms of bars, restaurants and new trends.
But the appeal was for a local writer to pluck out cool independent hotels in the city. And this is a job where I can’t see the benefits of being local. With a few honourable exceptions, most people don’t have a clue what the hotels are like in their home city. They never have to stay in them.
So why would it matter if the person writing about the cool, independent hotels was a local or an outsider? Surely it makes no real difference. There’s a danger of going for locals purely for the sake of going for locals – and a local isn’t necessarily the best person to do a particular job.
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