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Hotels moving into old buildings
The New York Times
Reuse and recycle are taking on new meaning for hotels. The Lamb's Theater, a longtime fixture on West 44th Street inside the Manhattan Church of the Nazarene in New York, is now the luxury Chatwal Hotel. In Philadelphia, the previously empty Lafayette Building near Independence Hall opened in 2012 as the Hotel Monaco. In New Orleans, new life is being breathed into the Cotton Exchange Hotel off Bourbon Street. As the hotel industry shakes off recession doldrums and new hotels are being built, the once-standard chain hotel has a sibling, hotels repurposed from existing buildings like offices, warehouses and hospitals.
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HVAC trends: Controls conversion
Today's Facility Manager
Increased energy and labor costs provide facility managers plenty of incentive to consider upgrading to more efficient systems. A partial or full conversion from a pneumatic system to a digital building automation system will provide: more actionable data for intelligent building management; lower energy costs through greater operating efficiency; lower maintenance costs through less need for calibration and service of equipment; and higher income potential through better environment control, which results in improved occupant satisfaction.
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5 common fire code violations
Lodging
According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 99,500 non-residential fires in businesses ranging from health care facilities to hotels to multi-tenant office buildings, resulting in 65 deaths, 1,525 injuries, and more than $2.5 million in losses in 2012. Properly maintained fire protection equipment reduces the risk of loss, but there are many things that can make equipment noncompliant or even render it inoperable.
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How to regain continuity after a crisis
Hotel News Now
Once the critical moments of a crisis situation have passed, a sober realization usually sets in as people realize they must pick up the pieces and press forward. This difficult period is crucial in setting the course for recovery. This is a time for leadership and optimism. Depending on the nature of the crisis and the extent of damage done to your property and personnel, your recovery plan will vary. The following four guidelines, however, will provide a basic road map for a successful recovery.
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Maintenance and engineering: Key players in emergency preparedness
FacilitiesNet
Consider these statistics: 43 percent of businesses that close as a result of a disaster never reopen. And 28 percent of those that do reopen fail within three years. These statistics equate to a 59 percent failure rate for businesses closed due to disasters. One important factor driving the success of an organization after an emergency is the swift recovery of its facilities, and emergency preparedness is the key to ensuring this swift recovery.
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Emergency generator tips: Business protection from power outages
Buildings
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency? If not, now is the time to take the important steps necessary to prepare your facility for future disasters, including expected and unforeseen emergencies. To help businesses, communities and individuals protect critical facilities during a power outage, the Diesel Technology Forum has outlined several ways to ensure backup power in a crisis.
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Is your hotel ready for the millennials?
4Hoteliers
While the hospitality industry is clambering out of the recent economic downturn, a relevant question to ask your hotel or resort is, are we ready for the Millennials? Yes — the Millennials — and you may choose to add them to your dictionary. Also known as Gen X or Gen Y, these are folks born between 1980 and 2000, and are becoming a force to reckon with — be it in the workforce or as consumers.
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Making the move to dynamic pricing
Hotel News Now
Dynamic pricing, or time-based pricing, is a pricing strategy that prices goods, commodities or services based on time. It matches demand to supply to maximize top-line revenues for the organization. Dynamic pricing is widely used in hotels. A number of hotels in the United States and overseas have static pricing for each season. This article is primarily for hoteliers who want to move toward implementing an effective dynamic-pricing model that works for their properties.
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Hotels, restaurants respond to shifting customer base
By Linchi Kwok
Millennials have grown up. They are not only replacing baby boomers in the workforce, but they also are becoming an important source of business for the travel and tourism industry. Different from baby boomers, millennials are known for their chic, urban lifestyle and tech-savvy trait. Many hotels and restaurants immediately responded to the shifting landscape in the marketplace by taking one of more of the following approaches: new product development, acquisition and/or brand makeover.
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