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Eco-Friendly Practices: Now More Than Ever

Eco-Friendly Practices: Now More Than Ever

One theory about the pandemic states that future viruses are more likely to originate and flourish due to global warming. If true, the urgency to accelerate the adoption of eco-friendly practices is greater than ever. Of course, there are many other reasons to create a sustainable operation, including reduced utility costs, savings on operational costs, healthier and happier guests and employees, and positive publicity, marketing and community goodwill. Many hotels are introducing innovative programs into their operations - from recycling bins in guest rooms to starting a roof top garden. Other hotels are using eco-friendly cleaning products, reusing towels and sheets, sourcing locally grown food, supporting the use of electric vehicles, and permitting guests to refill their reusable water bottles with clean, filtered water. Finally, some hotels are encouraging guests to get involved by making it possible for them to participate in local community clean-up projects. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.



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Last month's feature articles...

Shayne Paddock

Establishing connections across your property(s) or brand is more than just shuttle service to the airport. Connections can be an apt metaphor for person-to-person interaction, the guest experience as a whole, and even the way technology can support lasting guest relationships. In fact, the argument could be made that hospitality is an entire industry of connections. READ MORE

Scott Parisi

COVID-19 pandemic guests now require and demand a much safer experience when staying at hotels for business and leisure travel. With solutions and vendors marketing to the hotel industry evaluation and proof of effectiveness is extremely important. All hotels must have an indoor air quality strategy to insure guests are staying a safe and clean environment. READ MORE

Natasa Christodoulidou

Industry 4.0 trends around the Internet of Things are paving new ways to make hospitality operations more sustainable. In particular, the guest room, as the biggest energy and water consumer in the hotel environment is set to undergo a transformation; intelligent connected devices can now use their newly found ability to gather and exchange data to optimize resource consumption in ways that not possible just a few years ago. READ MORE

Sara Southam

Sustainability can seem overwhelming to implement, especially considering the pressures operators face with the pandemic, staffing levels, and reduced revenue streams. How we can traverse the gap in bite-sized and financially viable ways? This article touches on how properties can create partnerships within their communities and supply chains to leverage industry scale. Sustainability and financial profitability are not mutually exclusive. READ MORE

Matthew Lobach

Although conventional wisdom would propose that the global pandemic dissipated a focus on sustainability within the hospitality sector, Hersha Hotels and Resorts recognizes that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) will be one of the most essential aspects of "building back better" through the recovery of our industry and the economy. Hersha's sustainability program, EarthView, was created in 2010 and is the driver of Hersha's ESG strategy. READ MORE

Suzanne Owens

Extended stay properties offer a kitchenette equipped with a 2-burner cooktop. These cooktops can be green, socially responsible and sustainable, yet they do not carry Energy Star ratings, which may seem contradictory. By changing and upgrading older properties away from coil cooktops, savings attributable to the newer technologies can be both fiscally beneficial and socially responsible and sustainable. Read on! READ MORE

Jan Peter Bergkvist

Are you ready for the Sustainable Hybrid Meeting Market? Across the globe a consensus is building up amongst business leaders, politicians, NGOs and the majority of the global citizens. A green restart is the only way forward post-COVID. And when paradigm shifts occur there is no time to lose, you need to be prepared to become a winner! READ MORE

Paloma Zapata

Gone are the days when hotels could encourage guests to reuse towels and call themselves "green." As travelers become more aware of the environmental impacts of their actions, they are increasingly choosing brands that adopt eco-friendly practices. With climate change at the forefront of the global conversation, hotels should be taking these three steps to become carbon neutral. READ MORE

Katie Davin

As travelers return to the road and the skies, they have new and traditional expectations for hotel service. They are worried about their safety and health and therefore expect options for low-touch and no-touch service. However, they still expect personalized, attentive service. This article offers six ways for hotel leaders to meet and exceed the expectations of the post-pandemic traveler. READ MORE

Hans Pfister

This article covers some lessons learned about "how sustainability really mattered" in the past year and how this has prepared us for a strong comeback. It focuses on stakeholder relationships and the importance of treating employees right no matter what. It also explores the opportunities in innovation and how the pandemic has been acting as an accelerator. READ MORE

Taryn Holowka

The COVID-19 pandemic has been felt around the world and has shaken the hotel and lodging industry. In anticipation of the "next normal," hotels around the world are revisiting their strategies in an effort to evolve their business and operations practices. In fact, many hotels are turning to green building as a way to demonstrate their re-entry plans and safety measures to guests. READ MORE

Ranjit Gunewardane

Climate change is real, and it is spectacular in how it is changing our weather norms around the world. So, at this point, we need all possible assistance to combat the climate crisis. Hotel Managers could contribute heavily towards battling against this factual threat. Simply understanding that the decisions hotel managers make about how to operate the hotel have important consequences and help determine the gravity of climate impacts. READ MORE

Fred Lounsberry

Who could have predicted that the most desirable hotel amenity of 2021 would be a complimentary COVID-19 test? As the tourism industry bounces back, hotels and resorts across The Bahamas are reinventing the guest and guest service experience through innovation and adaptability, writes Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board CEO Fred Lounsberry. READ MORE

Mark Johnson

Most hotel marketers agree that if a consumer has a "connection" with a brand, they will buy more from that brand over their lifetime. Mark Johnson, CEO of Loyalty360, the trade association for customer engagement and loyalty programs, says the benefits of these relationships are obvious: those with high levels of emotional loyalty do not easily switch to other brands. READ MORE

Robert O'Halloran

The discussion of sustainability, green and or eco-friendly has been happening for years but many of these initiatives did not get integrated into the planning and thought processes of a lot of hotel management teams. The practice of eco-friendly hotels is sometimes aligned with an organization's mission and ethics. The discussion in this article offers steps to identify resources and plan for operating an eco-friendly hotel. READ MORE

Coming up in June 2021...

Sales & Marketing: Playing the Long Game

During an economic downturn, it is tempting to slash marketing budgets to make up for lost revenue. But smart hoteliers play the long game, knowing that companies who stay engaged with their customers will be the first to benefit from a rebound. Therefore, now is the time to renew and revamp sales and marketing strategies in order to be ready for what lies ahead. For example, this is a perfect time to refresh website content, social media and SEO.  The same for hotel blogs where content can be updated to give customers inspirational ideas as they begin to travel and meet again. Multimedia assets should also be revised with new photo/video shoots that provide accurate information about how setups, room configurations, and onsite offerings have changed to accommodate safer meetings and social distancing. The June Hotel Business Review will focus on the sales and marketing strategies that some hotels are adopting in anticipation of a recovery in 2021.