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10 Green ways to deal with a tough economy
Some hotels are already feeling a pinch from the tight economy. And as a sign that things might get worse before they get better, an analyst from Goldman-Sachs recently lowered expectations on the entire hotel sector for 2009 and through 2010, based on the growing supply of hotel rooms and weakening business travel trends - estimating that revenue per available room will drop 4% in the U.S. during 2009 and dip another 1% in 2010.
"Those hotels that have positioned themselves as ‘green' will have a heads-up on the competition from both an operations and consumer perspective," says Ray Burger, President of St. Charles, Mo.-based Pineapple Hospitality. "Travelers are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental footprints, and prefer to stay where they can minimize their environmental impact. More so, hotels that have gone green have discovered significant savings - demonstrating that going green will keep you in the black."
To help you not just survive, but thrive, Pineapple Hospitality offers hoteliers its
1. Energy Efficient Lighting - For those of you that have not already retrofitted every socket and fixture with Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLS), L.E.D.s, Cold Cathodes or switched from T-12's to T-8's ... Are you waiting for energy costs to go down? Why not cut related costs up to 70% today!
CFLs are available in various wattages from 3 to 42. Pineapple can prepare customized "lighting made easy" order forms for each of your properties. See our LIGHTING Special offers at www.PineappleHospitality.net/specials.
The Guestat programmable digital thermostat is one popular option saving hoteliers 25% or more. These thermostats display an exact desired temperature allowing guests to control the comfort of their rooms, but can be programmed with temperature ranges and setback periods which to saves energy.
More options and information are available at www.pineapplehospitality.net/energy.html.
With an ozone laundry system:
Find out more at www.pineapplehospitality.net/uploads/OWT.pdf.
You can dedicate 10% or more of your rooms to be sold at a premium each night. This program has proven to increase revenues and repeat business for nearly 60 hotels. We offer a No Capital Cost program.
Headquartered in Saint Charles, Missouri, Pineapple HospitalityTM is the co-founder and host of the annual green hospitality conference, an epa energy starTM partner bringing fresh ideas to hospitality guests' doors and owner/operators' bottom lines - including FreshStay® (www.freshstay.com), EcoRooms & EcoSuites (www.EcoRooms.com) Environmentally Sensitive AmenitiesTM, EO®, Neutrogena® and greenSPATM amenities and AVIVA dispensers, energy efficient lighting and controls, custom linen & towel re-use programs, green key cards, energy management systems and controls, high performance showerheads, the nature's mistTM deodorization system, zero odor, and dozens of other products and programs. for more information, please visit www.pineapplehospitality.net, or call us at 636-922-2285.
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