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Philip Farina

Luxury properties are wrought with upscale amenities from lavish architecture and furnishings designed to transform your world, exotic foods and ingredients to satisfy even the most squeamish and discerning palates, rare wines and cocktails procured specifically to take guests on a euphoric journey. Even what you smell, what is in the air, has been carefully selected to entice guests to embrace the full experience and pleasure of what the hotel has to offer. Yet with no expense being spared on providing these amenities; the security and safety for guests often falls short. Read on...

Alan Zajic

The guests that rent rooms in our hotels have an expectation that the proprietor has done some form of due diligence in screening the employees who have access to their valued possessions left in a hotel room. It really does not matter to them that you may provide an in room safe, install expensive door hardware and have appropriate window stops if you have not taken the time to investigate the employees that you grant access to their personal and often treasured possessions. The hospitality industry is sometimes fragile and susceptible to large revenue losses as a result of a single negative event such as theft of valuables of a guest who just happens to be with a large convention group. Word travels quickly with these groups and meeting planners can be quite adept at researching these issues when deciding on a hotel for their convention. Read on...

Frank Meek

The new year is just around the corner, so why not make a New Year's resolution to re-examine your current pest management program? As a best practice, take time to outline a strategy for the coming year that will help you safeguard against an infestation and protect your facility's reputation and bottom line. Learn tips on how to work with a pest management professional to avoid bad word of mouth, implement staff training and stay on top of the newest pest management treatments and technologies. Will you be prepared for pest management in 2012? Read on...

James Filsinger

In a world where everyone is increasingly engaged with online transactional systems, it is readily apparent that the convenience afforded by live information sharing and online payment services must be balanced and underscored by a solid security framework. In the hotel sector, where card payment technology to book rooms and for actual transactions during guest stays is common, it becomes a much higher priority. Smart hoteliers can combat this risk by adhering to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Read on...

Frank Meek

The weather's warming up, which means peak travel season is approaching for the summer vacation set. Ensure your hotel remains a destination hot spot for clientele and not for cockroaches, which are especially active during the warmer months and can hitch a ride into your facility on guest luggage and deliveries. Learn how to identify these unwanted pests and what health hazards they pose to your guests. Stay up-to-date on cockroach management with a program to prevent cockroaches from "checking in" and tips to safeguard against an infestation that can wreck both your brand's reputation and your bottom line. Read on...

Frank Meek

Bed bugs. You can't turn on the television without hearing about this insidious pest. They're everywhere, and businesses nationwide have been affected. Bed bugs have made their way from the bedroom to the boardroom - not to mention, retail establishments, schools and even airplanes. But the fact remains that bed bugs are still a large problem for the hospitality industry. Read on...

Frank Meek

In the hospitality industry, word-of-mouth can be your best friend, but it can also be your worst enemy. While guests are quick to talk about your attentive service and efficient staff, they are even quicker to talk about any encounters they may have had with bed bugs, rodents or other pests during their stay. A pest problem can be detrimental to your hotel's brand and credibility. However, a few simple steps can help any hotelier work through a pest crisis and some even simpler steps can help them prevent the issue from ever coming to a head. Read on...

Venkat Rajagopal

Cleaning is important not only from the point of hygiene but also from the point of safety, security and complying with legislation. Hygiene is an important issue to all kinds of accommodation seekers irrespective of whatkind of accommodation they seek. When the accommodation provider continues to ignore hygiene that will meet guest expectations, no guest is going to return back. Key to any successful cleaning programme is the employee should learn about the brand's core value for which they are working. Accommodation providers should conduct regular audit on hygiene and keep staff well trained on what to look on their daily rounds. Read on...

Frank Meek

Hotel renovations often focus on guest-pleasing amenities, new design considerations or technologically advanced upgrades. While these will certainly draw more clientele, you want to attract the right customers. Renovations can appeal to another type of guests entirely - pests. But, there's good news: Pest management doesn't have to wait until your hotel is up and running. You can start preventing pests beginning at preliminary stages. With so many details to monitor during a renovation, it's important to not let pest control slip through the cracks; otherwise, you'll have pests coming through the cracks at your hotel. Read on...

Bob Carr

As cardholder data breaches at hotels occur with increasing frequency, it is more important than ever to take precautions to keep your hotel and guests secure. First, become familiar with threats to card data security - and the consequences of a compromise. Next, learn the requirements for Payment Card Industry compliance put in place to help protect cardholder data. Finally, apply these requirements by taking steps to alleviate some of the confusion surrounding PCI compliance. Read on...

Frank Meek

They are the centerpiece of your marketing and the crux of your competitive advantage. Your hotel amenities define the guest experience and can be the reason that guests choose a stay at your property over others in the market. Amenities like fitness centers, spa facilities, swimming pools and foodservice areas provide your guests with comfort, convenience and relaxation during their stay. These added-value services earn you bookings, but they may also attract unwanted guests to your property. Find out why pests see the essentials for survival - food, water and shelter - in many of your extras. Read on...

Frank Meek

Are your potential customers reading online reviews before booking a stay at your hotel? Are they ruling out your establishment because of a bad review about poor customer service or a pest sighting? These are the questions that concern hoteliers like you every day as more and more consumers use online reviews to make their purchasing decisions. Orkin recently partnered with national hospitality and linguistic experts to determine the frequency of pests mentioned on hotels review blogs and the impact of these encounters on customer loyalty. Read on for the full results of the study and how you can preserve your hotel's five-star reputation. Read on...

Peter Goldmann

Hotels, restaurants, casinos and resorts are notoriously desirable targets for thieves and con artists, mainly because of the large sums of cash flowing through these businesses. And, indeed, statistics do show that theft and fraud take a serious financial toll on the bottom lines of most hospitality entities. According to industry statistics, as much as 5% of annual food and beverage revenue is lost to fraud by hospitality companies. The good news is that there is a lot that hotel management can do to prevent and detect illegal activity that they're not doing now. Read on...

Frank Meek

With hybrid cars, energy-saving appliances and recycled products on the rise, the environmentally friendly movement has never been more popular. What many people don't know is that the pest control industry, for several years, has been making its own move toward "greener" alternatives to traditional techniques. But what does this mean for your hotel? It means better pest control results with less risk. Newer techniques and technologies are much more tailored to the biology and behavior of each target pest than treatments in the past. Consequently, they are more effective, virtually unnoticeable to your guests and much less likely to pose health risks. The days of spraying baseboards with pesticides and often malodorous treatments are over. Read on...

Frank Meek

Summertime and the living is easy by the pool - unless guests are forced to swat pests while they tan. As warm weather brings mosquitoes, flies and stinging pests out in numbers, hoteliers need to prepare themselves to fight back and make sure their guests' relaxing poolside experiences aren't ruined by buzzing insects. Read on...

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Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.