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Experts: The hotel minibar may soon be extinct
Los Angeles Times
There is little financial reason to keep minibars. Hotel consulting firms estimate that minibars generate no more than 0.24 percent of total hotel revenue, with much of that eaten up by the cost to check and restock the bars. Companies that build and sell automated minibars that electronically charge guests when a drink or snack is removed from the bar say they can cut labor costs, but still, industry experts say minibars won't be around for long.
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RFID door locks still going strong into 2014
Hotel Management
Last year was a big year for RFID door locks, and industry experts expect the trend to continue into through 2014this year. RFID locks are more secure than mag-stripe locks because mag-stripe cards can be cloned or demagnetized, said Matthew Mrowczynski, vice president, global hospitality, Salto Systems. Additionally, since RFID locks rely on a chip, hoteliers can be creative with how they use them.
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3 ways to retain employees in the hospitality industry
HR.BLR
The Hospitality Industry is commonly grouped into the "high turnover" category. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid having your employees being another statistic that continues to support the notion that the hospitality industry has one of the highest turnover percentages. There are three key ways to not only beat the industry averages, but to help change the way the industry is viewed as a whole.
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LA expected to soon debate raising minimum wage for hotel workers
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles could soon take the national lead in dramatically raising the minimum wage — with members of the City Council expected to propose that large hotels be required to pay roughly $15 an hour to their workers. That rate would more than double the national minimum of $7.25 an hour and push far above California's rate of $8.
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Google confirms Web address breach
Hotel News Now
Web addresses for thousands of hotels on Google Maps and Google Plus were changed recently by a third party without the hoteliers' consent, Google confirmed. A representative from Google said via email the company is aware of the issue and is working to fix it but would not comment further. During a time when Google is putting much emphasis on its hospitality vertical, the issue brings security issues for the search-engine giant to light.
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Future proofing 'FrankenBuildings'
Today's Facility Manager
In many of today's buildings, even those incorporating some type of building management system or more efficient components, most major systems are siloed in a system-by-system approach. For facility managers, the complexity of managing these facilities has increased exponentially in the past decade.
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4 tips on avoiding ADA trouble zones
Facilities.net
The ADA is a must-know for facility managers and building owners. Take advantage of these four tips to avoid one of the most troublesome segments of ADA compliance: restroom accessibility woes.
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Retrocommissioning: A new tool in the quest for energy efficiency
Facilties.net
As the search continues in many large institutional and commercial buildings for improved energy efficiency, one group of buildings faces challenges in its efforts. Medium-sized and small buildings have similar needs for controlling energy costs, but maintenance and engineering departments in many of these buildings might not have the time, money, and expertise to effectively track down and address energy waste.
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Global standards to measure commercial property to be introduced
Property Observer
With variations across the globe in the way property is measured it can be undoubtedly difficult for anyone trying to get a grip on the property market. However, difficulties caused by these variations are expected to become a "thing of the past" as a new global standard will be implemented later in 2014.
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