Forbes Travel Guide is seeking exceptional candidates to join our global team.

To apply for an open position, email your cover letter and resume to, unless otherwise noted in the listing. Please include the job title in the subject line of the email.

Independent Contractor Evaluator (China/Macau)

Forbes Travel Guide seeks a mainland China- or Macau-based independent contractor incognito evaluator to work on its annual Star Ratings and client evaluations. Forbes Travel Guide's professional team of evaluators travels the world to assess hotels, restaurants and spas based on 900 objective standards that determine our coveted annual Star Ratings and provide feedback to industry clients on a regular basis.

The person in this role will be responsible for gathering all information required to conduct and complete reports for assigned evaluations. The independent contractor is compensated per evaluation executed. Though the ideal candidate will be based in mainland China or Macau, and the position involves extensive travel.
Evaluation Operations
Based in mainland China or Macau; remote work
Independent contractor
5-7 years

  • Execute unannounced incognito evaluations by objectively answering pre-determined standards and submitting report to home office; writing style of reports is straightforward, factual.
  • Manage travel itinerary based on assignment; complete evaluations in cost-effective manner, following departmental policies and procedures.
  • Maintain meticulous notes regarding property and logistics to assist evaluation planning department in future execution.
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and home office to ensure timely and accurate reporting; regular communication required with U.S.-based headquarters and fellow team members.
  • Position requires consumption of food and drink as required for evaluation purposes.
  • When assigned, conduct post-evaluation debrief discussing high-level strengths and areas of opportunity with client leadership. Evaluators must be able to articulate their experience and maintain a strong understanding of Forbes Travel Guide standards.
  • Maintain a professional and appropriate demeanor on behalf of Forbes Travel Guide.
  • Weekend/weekday and international/domestic travel required.

Skills Required

  • Hospitality experience (luxury hospitality experience preferred)
  • Strong writing skills required; experience or familiarity with luxury travel and writing about travel, spa, food, wine, style or design preferred
  • Low profile; preferred candidates do not have prominent social media personalities or an online presence connecting them to the industry, including bylines. Chosen candidates will be required to maintain a low profile and possibly reduce their online footprint.
  • Ability to multitask and handle significant daily deadlines
  • Extremely organized, mature, self-motivated and independent worker
  • Detail orientated with a strong ability to keep meticulous records and prepare accurate reports both manually and through electronic channels
  • Well-travelled globally, experience traveling independently
  • Strong communication skills
  • Exceptional English-speaking and -writing abilities; knowledge of Mandarin and/or Cantonese preferred
  • Technologically proficient
  • Experience with Forbes Travel Guide standards and reports a plus
  • Evaluator must be near a major airport for cost-conscious, flexible travel

Submit resume and cover letter noting relevant experience to Note position in subject line.