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1st Person Interview with Bruce Slay

Sun River Resort is a luxury resort located in central Oregon. We are owned by Lowes Enterprises and managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, which is one of two brands within Two Roads Hospitality. I am proud to say our resort is currently celebrating its … READ MORE

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Average Hotel Maintenance Engineer Hourly Pay

PayScale, Inc. –  Is Hotel Maintenance Engineer your job title? The average pay for a Hotel Maintenance Engineer is $14.23 per hour.  READ MORE

Balancing Priorities

Facilities Management Journal – Mark Wetzelaer It is well-known that the facility management industry has a dynamic workforce: current staff are getting older, few skilled professionals are entering the industry and employees are leaving for higher wages. This creates the risk of knowledge…READ MORE

Watch For Roofing Risks

FACILITY EXECUTIVE – By Dan Hannan, CSP For over 20 years, falls from heights have been a principal source of serious injury and death in the workplace. Ladders, roofs, storage mezzanines, stairs, and loading dock platforms describe the most common places where people are seriously or fatally injured from falling. It doesn’t matter whether erecting [...]

Striking Marriott workers prepare for ‘day of mass action’

Hotel Management – Elliott Mest More than 7,700 workers at Marriott International hotels throughout Massachusetts, Illinois, California and Hawaii are preparing to mobilize Saturday as talks between the hotel company and union Unite Here continue to deteriorate…READ MORE  

Tips To Prepare Your Building for Winter

Buildings – Now is the time to do necessary maintenance and inspections and buy supplies. No matter what climate or location you live in…READ MORE

Chicago hotel workers vote to strike

Hotel Management - Elliott Mest - Chicago hotel employees have voted to strike this month as negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement fell through. More than 90 percent of Unite Here Local 1’s membership voted in favor of the strike, which will commence Aug. 31 should hotels fail to secure a new deal with workers. More [...]

Emergency Preparedness: A Plan For Failure

Facility Management Journal (IFMA) John Rimer – While much of our focus is on catastrophic events that grab headlines, such as active shooters and major storms, not much attention is given to the incidents that affect facilities on a routine basis.   READ MORE

Hospitality Case Study: Hospitality, California Style

Facility Executive: In the heart of the UCLA campus, a LEED Platinum conference center inspires collaboration and innovation. By Anne Cosgrove From the August 2018 Issue The resources of a world-class university, technical connectivity, and a commitment to sustainability distinguish the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, located in the heart of the UCLA [...]

Short-Term Home Rentals Win Customers Based on Better Prices, More Space, Increased Comfort

Hotel News Resource Travelers are choosing to book short-term rental accommodations with services such as HomeAway, VRBO and AirBnB for two primary reasons, according to a recent survey by The GO Group LLC, an international ground transportation provider. The survey of 343 travelers found that 31% have used short-term rentals at least once…READ MORE

Streamlining Maintenance Across an Entire Hotel Portfolio

Significantly growing a hotel portfolio comes with its own set of challenges. Oldham Goodwin Group found that out first hand after growing its hotel management portfolio to nearly a dozen branded, select-service properties. That’s when the team sought out a way to streamline its increasingly complicated maintenance processes across multiple properties…READ MORE

Six Myths of Concrete Floor Maintenance by James Flieler

Cleaning & Maintenance Management Concrete floors have evolved over the decades. They were originally restricted to the most functional facility areas, such as basements, warehouses, and industrial work areas. Now you see concrete floors just about anywhere…READ MORE

Marriott International to Remove Plastic Straws Worldwide by July 2019

Marriott International today announced that it has adopted a plan to remove disposable plastic straws and plastic stirrers from its more than 6,500 properties across 30…READ MORE

Hilton and Marriott Turn to the Internet of Things to Transform the Hotel Room Experience

Skift – It was only a matter of time before the big brands started rolling this smart-room technology. But what will be even more interesting is seeing which brand’s approach works better in a hospitality setting, and is more appealing not only to guests but to hotel owners, too. — Deanna Ting  READ MORE

The Inside Story of Hilton’s New High-Tech Hotel Rooms – And What It Will Mean For Travelers

Hilton News Room - Imagine being able to set your favorite TV channels, optimal room temperature and turn the lights off from the comfort of your hotel room bed, all on your own mobile device. It’s not a pipe dream: Welcome to Hilton’s Connected Room….READ MORE

Amazon has developed a new Alexa for hotels; Marriott and others are testing it out

USA Today The nightstand iPad was once the most advanced technological feature in a hotel guestroom. Now, Amazon is stepping in to change that. This week, Amazon announced that it has developed Alexa for Hospitality, a new version of its Amazon Echo smart speaker, for hotels, vacation rental companies and other players in the hospitality [...]

Design and maintenance: The missing link

Facilitiesnet What’s the connection between maintenance and design in institutional and commercial facilities? In most organizations, that connection is unfortunately limited, according to a new report from the U.S. General Accounting Office. The report highlights the disconnect that exists between those who plan and design buildings and those who are responsible for the facilities’ maintenance [...]

Viceroy Hotels Is Using Smartwatches to Be More Hospitable

Skift When guests check into the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills in California, they shouldn’t be surprised to find members of the hotel staff, from housekeeping and maintenance to the bellmen, all sporting the latest Samsung smartwatches on their wrists. That’s because the hotel is using those smartwatches as part of a strategy to improve the [...]

Understand the ABCs of LED retrofit kits

FacilitiesNet The benefits of LEDs are leading many facility managers to convert linear fluorescent fixtures (e.g., 2×4 troffers) to use LED lighting technologies or to consider doing so. The two options are tubular LEDs (TLEDs) and LED retrofit kits. (A third option is to replace the entire fixture.) Here’s a look at key points to [...]