Sustainability in the hospitality industry has increased in awareness and to the point sustainable operations from corporate travelers, meeting planners and leisure guests may now be expected.
Almost all hotel franchise groups, hotel management companies and individual hotel operators have taken steps in their journey to reduce their environmental impact. While the green movement is growing, many hotel owners and investors still remain skeptical of vendors, consultants and technologies that are pushing green and environmentally friendly products and services.
Proven hotel energy technologies funded by incentives is creating opportunity for green hoteliers to utilize rebates, incentives and low interest funding to reduce water and energy use. I am a veteran hotel operator who had the privilege of being General Manager at the first LEED Certified Hotel in the country back in 2001.
It’s easy to argue that social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have robbed us of “community.” Gone are the days when people sit on their front porch and wave as the neighbors go by. Instead people answer friend requests and talk to people all over the country.
Attempting to fix the issue of “community” is Nextdoor.com, a newer social network that allows neighbors to learn each others names, share advice such as the names of good babysitters and landscapers and even protect a community by posting about break-ins and other issues of nuisance.
In the infographic shown below Nextdoor.com and InfographicsLabs take a close look at how social networks and community interact to both alienate and potentially help one another.
"Believe it or not, Facebook may help you plan your next trip. Recent studies reveal that what matters most when planning a trip is notwhere you’re going, but rather who you know that has already traveled to that destination. Without a doubt, the ubiquitous marketing tool’s unique brand interaction is setting a new beat to the travel pulse."
Blogs, websites, & apps dedicated to eating have made the business of food more competitive in an industry known for tight profit margins. We take a closer look at how old & new media is changing the way we eat.
Maps have a transformative power – they are a relentless source of visual creativity, especially in the travel industry.
They are one of the most intimate forms of infographic, and arguably the earliest form of standardised information design. At a fundamental level, maps tell us about what exists in the world, what matters in it, and where we belong relative to it.
NB: This is a guest article by Maria Wasing, vice president of marketing in Europe at EPiServer. Lots of talk recently around how consumers are ploughing through various stages of the search, shopping and experiencing of travel products.