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7 key trends emerging in the hospitality industry
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The hospitality industry is growing steadily and surely, and the outlook is better than ever with new hotel and lodging businesses expanding the horizons every day. While 2012 saw an average addition of 30,000 new hospitality jobs per month, the figure rose to 55,000 per month in 2013. In many ways, 2014 is poised to bring far-reaching changes to the hospitality industry, and some of them have already been evident in first-quarter performances. Here is a quick glimpse at what is shaping the present and future of the hospitality industry.
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Commercial building automation systems transformed by digital technology
KNXtoday
The automation of various building systems — including HVAC, lighting, fire and life safety and security and access controls — promises to improve energy efficiency and optimization, as well as enhance the comfort and health of occupants. Like the broader computing and voice, video and data communications markets in previous decades, commercial building automation systems have reached a tipping point, where embedded computing and digital communications are driving accelerating adoption of these systems.
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12 ultra-efficient lighting strategies
Buildings
You don't always need a flashy renovation or a deep retrofit that requires gutting your building to boost energy efficiency. Sometimes the best things come in small packages — like these strategies by practicing FMs and green experts.
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DOE cites initiatives to advance solar technologies for cutting energy use
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The U.S. Department of Energy has released a report which lists 15 priority initiatives to advance solar thermal and other building-integrated solar technologies, in an effort to support its goals for reducing energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings. Many of the research and development needs identified by DOE's Building Technology Office involve controls and software, including tools to compare the benefits of solar thermal and other renewable energy technologies in a given installation.
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Electrical submetering is smart energy management
By Jeannea Jones
Submetering allows for monitoring of the electrical consumption of individual components within a building, such as heating and cooling systems, lighting, refrigeration and more. This method utilizes individual "submeters" that allow facility managers to observe the energy use and performance of their equipment, creating opportunities for energy and capital expenditure savings. While metering programs do not provide direct energy savings, they are an enabling technology that can provide indirect benefit.
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Groupon pushes hotels front and center in updated mobile apps
Skift
After some A/B testing, Groupon for the first time has added a distinct ‘hotels’ tab to its mobile apps as a way to better-merchandise its lodging offerings. The hotels tab defaults to users' current locations for a same-day booking, although the offerings, as a rule, aren’t tonight-only deals.
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Preparing a plan for painting projects
Facility Maintenance Decisions
The proper selection and application of paints and coatings helps maintenance managers achieve two important goals: extend the life of capital components, and maintain the desired appearance of institutional and commercial facilities. Both goals are essential elements in the long-term management of a facility.
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Study: Eco-certified hotels tend to run more efficient operations
Cornell Center For Hospitality Research via Hotel News Resource
A new study from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research at the School of Hotel Administration has documented an unexpected benefit when hotels earn a certification for environmental sustainability: they tend to run more efficiently. In the study, Cornell's researchers tested the operating efficiency of U.S. hotels using financial performance data from PKF Hospitality. Hotels that had earned the "Eco-Leaf" designation from Travelocity.com were more efficient in several areas of resource use than hotels that did not have eco-certification.
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Non-refundable room rules leave some hot about hotels
USA Today
Many hotels still offer customer-friendly policies, including the ability to cancel a room without penalty, often until 6 p.m. on the day of arrival. But times are changing. The 6 p.m. deadline is sliding up to 4 p.m. for a lot of hotels, and budget properties are offering modest discounts in exchange for the room being completely non-refundable, often with poor dis-closure.
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Empowering the customer through self-service technology
Facility Management Journal
Customer service is an important part of a facility management professional's role. But the growing global trend for self-service technology is revolutionizing that aspect of facility management, and with it, the way people select and purchase products and services.
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