Since prehistoric times human beings have moved towards other geographical areas for commercial purposes and exchange, for which they needed shelters to stay with the primary objective of resting. This need gave rise to establishments which were the precursors of hotels. Rest is a vital human need that replenishes and recharges the human battery. The ...Read more
Over the years, facility hotel and building managers have introduced many different and unusual methods for saving energy. Some were extremely expensive, while others were more or less just common sense. Some ideas that have been suggested in the marketplace could literally be characterized as outright fraud, where salespeople espouse that their magic black box ...
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The criminals were good. They almost got away with the most elaborate data breach and identity theft scam I’d seen in all my years as an FBI agent and hotel security director. The victim was a nationally branded hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. A gang of thieves from Baltimore infiltrated the hotel in 2004. An associate ...Read more
Worldwide phenomenon Airbnb (and others like VRBO and HomeAway), the website that allows people to rent out lodging spaces (typically privately-owned residences), has established itself as a disruptive force in the hospitality industry. It allows travelers to enjoy unprecedented flexibility at substantially reduced costs, and via a proven profile rating system has earned itself a ...Read more
Co-authored by Joelle Olson Sixty years ago, bed bugs were eradicated from the U.S., largely due to the use of DDT, a once common and very potent insecticide. Since DDT was banned by the EPA in 1972, bed bugs have reemerged. Their populations are again flourishing due to increased domestic and foreign travel and discontinuation of older, ...Read more
There are certain, reasonable expectations we have when paying for a hotel room, such as a good night’s sleep, clean sheets, decent water pressure and the assurance that no one is going to break into our hotel room and make off with our iPods, laptops, wallets or jewelry. But we’ve seen Ocean’s 11 and 12 ...
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We wrote about the hazards inherent in hotel balconies last week, but that isn’t the only potentially troublesome amenity that hotel owners and operators must review. Hotel swimming pools seem innocuous enough to most guests and hotel staff, but as a deep body of water, they present a drowning hazard nonetheless. Hotel management should consider ...Read more
No guest wants to feel insecure about the safety of his/her person, belongings, and bank account when staying at a hotel. No hotel owner wants his/her guests to feel this way, either! But the threat exists, and in our world of rapidly advancing technology, it evolves by the day. Hotel owners must take effective, adaptive ...Read more
Co-authored by Brian L. Belt Changes in federal securities laws—namely, the loosening of rules on solicitation and advertising—may have opened up a new vista for investors and speculators, such that the sale of hotel condominium units could become both more profitable and more common. What follows are details of these changes and their expected impact. ...Read more
At the recent 26th Annual Hunter Hotel Conference in Atlanta, Russ Rivard served alongside other hotel buyers, lenders, appraisers, and advisors on a panel discussion of “Hotel Values in a Rising Market.” While we shared insights from our various perspectives on the U.S. hotel industry as of early 2014, it became very apparent that there is a surge ...Read more