INNOVATIONS IN HOTEL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
PLASMAS ENHANCE GREENBRIER
The historic Greenbrier resort in White Springs, VA is undergoing a $50-million renovation. As part of that, guestrooms are being equipped with new Panasonic widescreen, high-contrast plasma displays. “We view plasma TVs as the ultimate in-room amenity, especially for a clientele increasingly sophisticated about viewing options,” says Ted Horan, director of operations.
The Greenbrier's purchase comprised 650 37-inch and 50 42-inch plasma displays as well as 700 plug-in tuner boards (with Smart-Plug capability) compatible with the resort's existing LodgeNet pay-per-view system.
Director of Purchasing Dan Bird identifies the appeal of the Panasonic plasmas as both technical and aesthetic. “The 37-inch plasma is tailor-made for our hundreds of standard rooms,” explains Bird. “The speakers-on-the-bottom design, facilitating the placement of larger displays in a smaller space, means we can make use of our existing armoires. The resort entertains many families with small children, so we preferred the hard, scratch-resistant glass surface of the plasmas.
“Panasonic's innovations include picture-enhancing technologies that produce deep, rich blacks,” continues Bird. “The display's wide viewing angle produces images that look the same throughout the room, again being distinct from LCDs.”
The Greenbrier is installing the 42-inch plasmas in the resort's suites and estate houses, where the displays will rest on stands placed atop dressers.
Key benefits of these models include: exceptional brightness even in bright rooms; an ultra-compact design with the speakers positioned under the screen; an ultra-wide viewing angle; a durable, “child-friendly” surface; and the flexibility of a multi-function slot architecture for adding connectivity options and features, including a tuner board compatible with the major in-room pay-per- view systems. Circle 170
The Next Generation Front Desk Unit (FDU) from Kaba Lodging Systems provides all access management functions in one easy-to-operate device. The fully integrated FDU encodes keycards, stores audit data, programs locks and maintains locks. USB ports allow it to communicate with other systems, such as printers and PCs. The USB connectivity also allows for instantaneous on-site upgrades and configuration changes. Circle 171
The Procter & Gamble Professional Lodging On-Premise Laundry provides lodging facilities the cleaning power of Tide, the softness of Downy and the whitening capability of Clorox Bleach. A variety of sizes are available, both ready-to-use and concentrate. Circle 172
PhoneSuite, a division of Call Management Products, offers a hospitality telephone system designed by innkeepers for innkeepers. It's ideal for motels and limited service hotels up to 220 rooms. Features include answer detection, T1 digital trunk support, wake-up calls, PMS interfaces, call accounting, voice mail and more. Circle 173
TV JAPAN is the only 24-hour Japanese language TV channel available to hotels everywhere in the U.S. and select cities in Canada. TVJAPAN broadcasts live news from Japan's public broadcasting network, NHK, to keep Japanese guests connected to national and international events. Circle 174
ADA Cosmetics International launches a new line of hotel cosmetics from Comptoir Sud Pacifique: a premium French cosmetics brand. Described as a “South Sea oasis,” the line includes body lotion, shampoo with conditioner, conditioner, cream soap and transparent soap. Circle 175
The new 44-gallon Brute from Rubbermaid Commercial Products features venting channels that help decrease the force required to lift a full can liner by more than 50 percent when compared to traditional containers, claims the company. The channels break the vacuum when a full can liner is removed by allowing airflow down the sides and underneath the can liner. Circle 176
UltraGlas is said to turn any surface into a one-of-a-kind work of art. It also provides an unexpected alternative to traditional materials, and is especially attractive for its recycled materials and LEEDS-friendly aspects. The durability of UltraGlas, as well as the variety of textures, patterns and colors available, mean endless possibilities for personalizing any surface. Circle 177
Equal sweetener is available for back-of-the-house applications. The product is available in convenient six- to 11-pound bulk boxes for use in bakery products, dressing and marinades. Equal measures like sugar, browns like sugar and bakes like sugar, without the calories, says the company. Circle 178
Meyda Lighting offers the Rustic 18-Candlelight Ring Chandelier. The chandelier is designed of sturdy steel in a ring design featured in an Amber Dark Roast finish. The fixture is accented with 18 faux candles. It's 48 inches in diameter with a height ranging from 36 to 50 inches from the ceiling. Circle 179
Uncle Ben's brand offers a wide variety of delicious and healthy whole-grain products recognized by the Whole Grains Council's Whole Grain Stamp. Flavors include Uncle Ben's Infused Chicken & Wild Rice Pilaf, Whole Grain Brown Rice and International Grains 100-percent Pure Wild Rice. Circle 180
Tropitone Furniture Co. launched its Cabana Club seating collection aimed at offering today's resorts and luxury hotels a modern and modular casual furniture collection designed around a stainless-steel frame rather than the company's traditional extruded aluminum frame. Slender, tailored cushions complement the pieces. Circle 181
Acrilex, producers and distributors of high-end custom-colored acrylics, offers its Acriglas Pastel Frost line of acrylic sheets. The sheets are ideal for use in point-of-purchase displays, store fixtures, furniture, lighting and in architectural applications where tempered glass would not be a practical material choice. Circle 182
Smucker Foodservice offers Smucker's Sugar Free Blueberry Syrup for patrons who desire a sugar-free choice. Sweetened with NutraSweet, the syrup is a low-calorie food ideal for topping pancakes or waffles, or to swirl into hot oatmeal. Circle 183
Kinetics introduces the ResortPort self-service hospitality device, which enables lodging guests to fulfill the check-in and check-out process independently, on their time. ResortPort also enhances the guest experience with additional functionality including CheckinHere — multi-airline check-in and boarding pass issuance; Way Finding — dynamic mapping solution to guide guests on property; Amenity Upsells — presenting guests with property-specific options for upgrades, packages and promotions; and Room Alert — alerting guests by mobile phone when their rooms are available. Circle 184
Armstrong Commercial Floor Products introduces its Linoleum collection with NATURCote, a new durable top layer that guarantees resistance to scratches and scuffs and helps to maintain the floor's appearance at a low maintenance cost. With the new top layer, Armstrong Linoleum colors maintain their clarity and intensity while generating a smooth and tight surface on the floor that resists dirt build-up. Circle 185
Architectural Area Lighting (AAL) introduces the Venere Series of wall sconces. Made of cast aluminum, each fixture in the series features egress illumination, an integral secondary source for use during power failures. Available in lines of contemporary and traditional design styles, the wall-mounted fixtures are designed to provide versatile, high-performance exterior lighting for accenting doorways and building entrances. Circle 186
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