INNOVATIONS IN HOTEL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
WRANGLING WASPS AT BARONA VALLEY
Nestled just outside San Diego among the rolling hills of the Barona Indian Reservation, the Barona Valley Ranch Resort and Casino boasts some of the finest gaming, accommodations and culinary offerings in southern California.
Given the resort's large size and its status as an exclusive destination, vigilant pest control is a top priority. Since 2001, Barona has partnered with Orkin Commercial Services to manage pests; today that partnership protects the entire property, from the casino and resort to the golf course. But how the two parties first came together starts simply — with wasps.
“Because we're in a rural area, wasps are common. Back in 2001, we noticed we had a large population around the grounds,” says Barona Executive Director of Property Management Jim Ruecker. “We wanted to nip the problem in the bud. We heard that Orkin had successfully implemented a wasp control program at a zoo here in southern California. We decided to give them a try.”
The first year of service saw Orkin trap close to 11,000 wasps at Barona. After bringing the wasps under control, the pest focus shifted to other areas such as fly, mosquito and rodent control. “Our Orkin technician has become like a staff member and that makes a big difference,” Ruecker says. “He's out here five days a week and works so closely with us. Anybody could put out traps or spray where necessary, but he understands our business and can effectively shift the focus to a ‘hot spot’ or address any signs of increased pest activity before it becomes a problem.
“Our whole program revolves around the tailored strategy that Orkin has put in place for us to be successful,” says Ruecker.
Classic Coffee Concepts presents the Classic 1600-watt model 18300 hair dryer. Features include a low-voltage night light, three fan speeds, two temperature settings, a “cool shot” feature to quickly set the hair, an easy-remove lint filter, a GFI reset button built into the unit, plus easy cord storage in the back of the unit. The dryer automatically turns off when the handset is returned to the wall.
Life Fitness says its 95Xi elliptical cross-trainer has earned a 2005 Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. The model was developed with a dynamic look and superior biomechanics. The machine is the sixth Life Fitness product that has been give the award.
Symmons' Signature Design Studio takes the ideas and sketches of renowned architects and designers and turns them into custom-manufactured bathroom fittings for some of the most exclusive properties in the world, including hotels like the Mandarin Oriental, the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton. The Signature Design Studio offers a unique way to harness the expression of any property's attributes.
ATM Systems provides traditional and contemporary designed cabinets to blend an ATM with the hotel's décor. The company offers a variety of ATM solutions for the hospitality industry.
The P&G Pro Line Daily Cleaners Program is built around well-known brands that are easy to use. The cleaners were designed to increase productivity by multi-tasking, minimizing rework and reducing training to help professional cleaners save time and money. Cleaners come in a variety of sizes, both ready to use and concentrate, and are available through distributors nationwide.
The Malish grout scrub with swivel handle is said to make cleaning grout faster and easier. The tool is designed to scrub even the narrowest grout lines, removing dirt and debris. It features a stiff polyester trim chiseled to a point for precision cleaning.
FSR Inc, a provider of video and audio equipment, has developed seamless switching capabilities. With eight analog video inputs, and more, one can literally bring any video source into the Eagle 100/HD, the company's switcher technology solution.
Dometic Corp. introduces the Grapevine Ambient Basket, a wicker basket that allows hotels to offer additional products outside the refreshment center, while monitoring usage. The basket is an accessory to the Grapevine and GrapevinePro systems that monitor refreshment center usage and provide notification if there has been any activity.
Odor Killing CFL
Pineapple's Fresh Bulb is an energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulb that fights odors. Each bulb is dipped three times in titanium dioxide and allowed to dry. The coatings react with the fluorescent when the bulb is turned on and within 10 minutes the bulb begins eliminating odors ranging from tobacco to burned popcorn.
Combining high brightness and a full feature set, Sharp's new Conference/ Classroom Series XG-MB65X and XG-MB55X projectors are ideal for corporate and educational customers. The portable projectors feature Texas Instruments' DDR DLP technology for high image quality as well as XGA native resolution that is ideal for any meeting room setting.
GE Insurance Solutions announces a new primary insurance product designed for specific segments of the hotel industry. Offered through Klein Insurance Services of West Paterson, NJ, and available only through insurance agents and brokers, the comprehensive, multi-line property/casualty program is designed to cover risk exposures for hotels that cater to business and short-stay leisure travelers.
The C-Kure Ice Tote from C&K Products Division of Tomlinson Industries is an ice container designed to provide sanitary ice transportation. It is clearly marked “ice only.” The tote features a heavy-gauge stainless steel wire handle. It has a six-gallon capacity that can transport up to 25 pounds of ice.
The KIMCARE Continues Air Freshener from Kimberly-Clark Professional is self-powered and lasts for 60 days on a single cartridge, says the company. There are no moving parts that can break, no dispensers and no batteries to replace. Five scents are available.
Swingframe Mfg. has added new metal profile sizes to its line of changeable graphic Swingframes. The wall-mounted Swingframes come standard in several large format sizes and are offered in a Wide-Face metal profile. Six standard anodized finishes are available.
Pineapple Hospitality's fluorescent bulbs, digital in-room thermostats and motion-sensor nightlights are said to provide paybacks measured in months with ROI typically 8-10 times the initial investment, not factoring in rebates from some utility companies. GE fluorescent bulbs reduce lighting expenses up to 75 percent; Guestat programmable digital in-room thermostats cut related costs up to 50 percent; and the Watt Stopper WN-100 motion sensor nightlight is said to reduce bathroom bulb replacements and related lighting costs up to 25 percent.
Swanstone has added two new three-dimensional patterns to its collection of solid-surface decorative panels for tub walls, shower walls, wainscoting, kitchen and bath back splashes and more. The Tangier panel features rows of vertical rectangles, while the Barcelona has raised and recessed circles set in a variegated pattern of alternating raised or smooth-surfaced squares.
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