INNOVATIONS IN HOTEL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
The Berlin Fruit Box Company, Samuel Patterson Baskets, introduces its new American Black Cherry Collection of fine baskets. There are currently four baskets in the collection, including Memories (with picture-frame lid), Standard Tissue, Tank Top and Small Picnic, with more styles to come.
WORX by Red Wing Shoes offers the 6331 Service Athletic Shoe-Men's designed for the hospitality industry. It features the Star Grip Sole, which is said to deliver maximum slip resistance and help prevent slips and falls with independent laboratory testing confirming superior performance in dry, oily, wet and oily/wet conditions.
Classic Coffee Concepts introduces a new one-cup in-room coffee program. The program eliminates the need for cleaning or replacing glass decanters by brewing the coffee directly into an insulated disposable 12-oz. cup. A heavy-duty, dishwasher-safe brew basket is provided.
Digital Two-Way Radios
Motorola introduces the DTR Series digital on-site two-way radios. Delivering the benefits of advanced digital technology, the DTR Series provides quality and affordability to small- and medium-sized hotels while driving employee productivity. The DTR Series operates without monthly fees, service contracts or per-minute charges.
ATM Systems provides elegant, custom ATM solutions for the hospitality industry. Whether one prefers traditional or more contemporary designs, the company ensures that it will provide ATMs an elegant appearance that blends nicely with hotel décor.
Folding tables from Midwest Folding Products feature heavy-gauge ABS plastic table tops, with extra-thick protective edges designed to withstand rough handling. Strong, all-welded, wishbone-style legs with double cross bracing and spring-bolt leg brace mechanisms ensure long-term durability.
Showtime fills the guestroom with unlimited entertainment. The lineup includes what it calls “Hollywood Hits No One Else Has,” critically acclaimed original series, original pictures, one-of-a-kind live events and championship boxing.
Front Office Textbook
The new seventh edition of Managing Front Office Operations, published by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, reflects the increasing role of technology in front office operations. A new section addresses e-commerce and a chapter-length appendix presents basic Internet principles.
Bartech's dual-door Combo Bar includes 24 product positions in the automated minibar section and accepts all product types and sizes in the refrigerator. The side door fits a quart of milk or a 1.5-liter bottle of water. Its flexible design allows for multiple configurations, including a top dry section and a selection of finishes.
Workout Station Makes Splash at Spas
At the Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, AZ, guests find healing in the water. The resort's 11,000-square-foot aquatic center features three Watsu pools, a cross-training pool with conditioning equipment, two aquatic therapy pools and a whirlpool. The Aquatrend Water Workout Station, manufactured by Tequesta, FL-based Aquatic Trends, is one aquatic device that is making a big splash with guests.
“Water is the wave of the future,” says Karma Kientzler, an aquatic therapy expert and outside consultant for Canyon Ranch. “People are using their bones and joints to such excess that water will become the means for most people to stay healthy. Likewise, the Aquatrend Water Workout Station is a means to quick, safe rehabilitation and relaxation for many of our patrons.” Aquatrend, a scientifically designed piece of stainless steel equipment, was installed at Canyon Ranch about 10 years ago to help take the work out of workouts. “It makes working out a pleasurable experience, especially for those suffering from arthritis, knee and hip replacement or sports injury recovery,” says Kientzler. “For those already fit but who enjoy the benefits of working out in water, the Aquatrend simply provides a more efficient and safer way to exercise.”
The water workout station provides 10 body sculpting exercises; a cardio circuit, which provides 13 exercises; and the power circuit, which incorporates aerobic and muscular conditioning.
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