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The rise of the hotel bakery
Slate
The best hotels offer both something visitors can't get at home and a welcoming sense of hominess. And the design plan for the lobby of a new hotel scheduled to open in Barcelona, Spain, is centered on the appealingly homey and ingeniously simple concept of a working bakery.
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Hotels take on the breakfast battle
Hotel Interactive
Hoteliers have always sensed people desired to dine in the hotel they were staying in, but this time they're ahead of the trends and are introducing new concepts keeping people on site to create a new and potentially vibrant profit center. Major hotel brands consistently adding more and more breakfast items including hot foods. What started as a true continental breakfast featuring warm coffee and a muffin has morphed into a full spread with all sorts of items, especially hot items like pancakes and waffles.
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Intelligibility and mass notification systems
Today's Facility Manager
A mass notification system is designed to clearly communicate with people during a catastrophic disaster or threat, steering them away from danger and toward safety. There are two classifications of the MNS: wide-area, providing real-time information to outdoor areas, and in-building, providing information and instruction to people inside a building by way of intelligible voice communications and often, visible signals, text and graphics.
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Meetings said to contribute $130 billion to US travel industry
Travel Weekly
Meetings hosted by businesses, associations, nonprofits and governments contribute $130.2 billion to the U.S. domestic travel industry, PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a report. Hotels in 2012 generated $39.3 billion in revenue from meetings attendees, while food-and-beverage operators generated $29.8 billion, PwC said. Airlines generated $23.8 billion in revenue from meetings attendees that year.
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High-performing buildings require highly qualified engineers
By Peter Rojeski Jr.
Many buildings have been designed to be energy efficient, but without proper "tuning" they will never achieve their potential. Like high-performance race cars, a high-performing building has many delicate control points that need to be periodically monitored and adjusted in order to maintain peak operating efficiency. It is not uncommon for the engineering design team, the equipment manufacturer and the operating engineer to work for a year or more in an effort to tune up a new building so that it performs as efficiently as predicted by the design simulation.
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New sensor monitors indoor air quality, minimizes energy loss
Saarland University via The Medical News
A research consortium being coordinated at Saarland University is developing a novel sensor system for monitoring airborne contaminants that will provide high-quality indoor air without the energy losses typically associated with ventilation.
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Roof asset management
Facility Management Journal
Roof maintenance tends to be reactive in nature. Yes, visual inspections may be done a few times a year, but concern for roof failure often ranks low on the list of facility management's priorities until it happens. Current technology offers a proactive roof asset management platform that can provide companies with a clearer picture of a roof's life cycle and the ability to effectively manage this valuable asset.
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Millennials redefine hotel luxury
Hotel News Now
Hotel luxury is no longer a thing, such as a white tablecloth restaurant, but rather an experience, such as the opportunity to soak in local culture or cuisine, said Veronica Waldthausen, an associate in the London office of HVS. Like Waldthausen, who is 25, many but not everyone in this new breed of traveler are millennials or part of Generation X. What they have in common is a desire for experiences that are authentic, she said.
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Sources: Data breach shows industry liability
Hotel News Now
A data breach at hotel owner, developer and management company White Lodging is raising new questions and concerns about the preparedness of the hospitality industry at a time when cyberattacks on business enterprises are increasing dramatically, according to sources.
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Assessing risk in preparation for a disaster recovery plan
By Curtis Fease
Anyone involved in facility management knows how difficult it can be to manage a building properly. One of the most important parts of facility management, however, is also one of the most overlooked. Having a disaster recovery plan in place is essential for building managers, but there is no "one size fits all" answer to developing these plans. This is why it's so imperative for those who manage facilities to properly assess their specific risks when preparing a DRP, and the following four steps can assist in doing just that.
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Predictive energy optimization: Smart buildings, smart grids, smart cities
CleanTechnica
A weather system just passed by the wind farms out in the eastern hills. The turbines have been cranking all night. Not finding much demand, energy prices in the morning have plummeted. Alas, the bonanza won't last long, as the change in weather means the wind energy production is going to taper down in the afternoon; the warmer temperatures will result in skyrocketing demand later in the day.
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