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Hotel Technology Trends To Watch For 

Much like all business across the U.S., the hospitality industry is changing and for the better. With new technology at disposal of hotel management, hotels can now more than ever offer consumers a fantastic and connected experience during their stay. 2012 saw many new developments within consumer technology and within the hospitality industry, and this consumer technology could pave way for new hotel trends during 2013 that benefit guests and increase business for hotels at the same time....

MGM Grand Adds Extreme Wellness Room Option 

For a $30 charge, guests at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, get some of the newest wellness amenities. Features like vitamin C showers, light therapy and water filtration systems are included in 42 new STAY WELL Rooms that opened in late October....

5 Things Meeting Planners Want in 2013 

“People might be doing more meetings, but they’re still very uncertain and very cautious about what meeting budgets are going to look like next year,” says André Fournier, senior vice president of sales & marketing for Destination Hotels & Resorts. “There’s growth, but it’s cautious growth. It’s still growing over last year, but not like it was in January. That upward climb is starting to flatten out a little bit.” ...

Behind the Scenes Nov. 15, 2012 

Operational Insight to help hotel owners and operators keep their property running at full speed....

Biophilia Drives Westin’s New Lobby Concept 

“People have an innate need to connect with nature,” says Erin Hoover, vice president of design for Westin and Sheraton brands. “As people spend more time indoors, they’re starting to disconnect. Our challenge was to incorporate the principals of biophilia into the internal environment. The goal, ultimately, is to reduce stress and enhance moods.” ...

Report on Your Sustainability Efforts 

It began with reminders encouraging us to reuse towels and unplug phone chargers when not in use. It grew to include low-flow showerheads, on-site organic gardens and local sourcing of meats, fish and poultry. Across the lodging industry, owners and management ...

Marriott Opens First Volume-Built LEED Property 

Opened in late April, the Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River boasts two firsts. It’s the first volume-built LEED-certified Courtyard by Marriott. And, poised at the edge of Scottsdale, the property is the first Marriott-branded hotel on U.S. tribal land....

How to Evaluate Sustainable Technologies in Hotels 

As a global hospitality consultancy, HVS is oftentimes asked to comment on emerging sustainable technologies that are potentially applicable to hotel and resort operations. Here are six questions that hotel owners and managers can use to ...

Behind the Scenes June 15, 2012 

Operational insights to help keep your property running at full speed...

Why Water Conservation Matters to Hotels 

Hotel properties are often “caught between a rock and a hard place” when it comes to conserving energy and water. They want to keep guest satisfaction high and are aware that, unfortunately, some conservation methods are not generally well-received by guests; however, they also understand they must take steps to reduce consumption, both for the greater good and because energy and water costs are escalating throughout the country....

Best Western Is Latest to Partner with Soap Recycler 

Best Western International has partnered with Clean the World to recycle hotel soap and bottled amenities and provide poor folks around the world with hygiene care. Clean the World is a non-profit that collects used soap products from hotels, remanufactures them and distributes them to U.S. and Canadian homeless shelters as well as missions in 45 countries. ...

2012 Design Awards: Building Success 

The amount of new openings in recent years has dwindled as a result of the credit crunch, but three new developments persevered through the downturn to open last year and ultimately prevail in this year’s Lodging Hospitality Design Awards contest....

Behind the Scenes March 15, 2012 

Operational insights to help keep your property running at full speed...

$65 Milllion Turns NYC’s Helmsley into Westin 

By early summer, the Helmsley Hotel in New York City will be no more. The circa 1981 building is undergoing extensive renovations and will become the Westin New York at Grand Central. This marks Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ second Westin in the city. The first is the nearby Westin New York at Times Square....

Kimpton Chief Talks Adaptive Reuse 

CEO Mike Depatie claims Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is likely the biggest adaptive-reuse boutique hotel company in the country. Of the company’s 52 properties, 12 are adaptive-reuse projects. The latest project is the Schofield Building in the heart of Cleveland, OH. Built in 1902, the 110-year-old office building will open this year as a 161-room Kimpton-style boutique hotel with a chef-driven restaurant. The yet-unnamed property, owned by CRM Real Estate, will include 25 luxury apartments and ground-floor retail....

LH Design Awards Call for Nominations 

It’s once again time for Lodging Hospitality’s annual Design Awards competition. The Design Awards will run in the April 15 print issue and online, and we need your help identifying the year’s best hotel and resort design. ...

The Time Has Come for Amenity Dispensers 

One of my favorite authors is Malcolm Gladwell, who among other books wrote The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. As Malcolm adeptly put it, the “tipping point” is that magical moment when an idea, trend or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Another definition of tipping point is “the point at which the buildup of minor incidents reaches a level that causes most to do something they had formerly resisted.” ...

Lessons For Hoteliers From Other Sectors 

Hospitality, government and education are very different verticals, with their own missions and operating procedures. Despite the differences, they also have a lot in common—in particular, concerns about standards, time, sustainability and budgets. Here’s a look at common challenges during renovation projects, and how best practices can be shared across industries....

Scheinblum, Cambean On a Green Mission 

Brian Scheinblum, the head of Cambean Hospitality, views his Clifton South Beach hotel as a magnet for tourists seeking a travel experience based on sustainability. A 35-room boutique structure in the city’s Art Deco district in which Scheinblum invested $2.5 million, the Clifton is the first LEED Gold ...

Hampton Flexes Its Hotel Marketing Muscle 

For Phil Cordell, innovation is a guidepost. As global head of focused service, Hampton brand management, Hilton Worldwide, it’s up to Cordell to execute the company’s elastic vision. The 15-story, 221-room Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell Downtown embodies it....

Behind the Scenes Oct. 15 

Operational insight to help keep your property running at full speed...

IHG Updates Online Tool Innovation Hotel 

Who knew soap dispensers could be so controversial? IHG found out just how much when guests to their Innovation Hotel website debated the environmental benefits vs. hygiene concerns of the resource-saving measure....

Design Elements Sept. 5, 2011 

A roundup of design and architecture news and notes....

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