Energy Usage and Potential Savings; Great Art in Hotels; Lifestyle Hotels;
The Minimum Wage Issue; Quote of the Month
|By Stanley Turkel, MHS, ISHC
1. Energy usage and potential savings - This year, Americans will consume close to four trillion kilowatt hours of electricity. In addition, we will burn through a hundred and forty-three billion gallons of gasoline, which at current retail prices will cost us some three hundred and sixty billion dollars, and twenty-six billion gallons of jet fuel, worth fifty billion dollars. To heat our homes and businesses this winter, we will purchase sixty two billion dollars worth of natural gas and heating oil, and just to grill our weenies we will buy some seven hundred and seventy one million dollars worth of charcoal briquettes. In 2007, total energy expenditures in the U.S. will come to more than a quadrillion dollars, or roughly a tenth of the country’s gross domestic product. Is there a way that hotel developers can build less wasteful hotels?
One hotel developer who has learned how to build new hotels that meet LEED standards is Vail Resorts, Inc. who announced one of the most ambitious “green” development projects in the North American resort industry to date, to be called “Ever Vail.” The $1 billion project will transform the 9.5 acre site, currently known as West LionsHead, into a truly “green” multi-use resort village consisting of residences, a hotel, offices, retail shops and restaurants, mountain operations facilities, a public parking garage, a new gondola and related skier portal and a public park. The name, “Ever Vail,” was thoughtfully chosen to reflect the project’s guiding principle of sustainability – that is, pairing Vail Mountain’s enduring preeminent position in the resort industry with an ongoing commitment to minimize the Company’s foot print on the land. If approved, Ever Vail will be the largest LEED-certified project for resort use in North America and is one of the first proposed projects for consideration in LEED’s new “Neighborhood Development” certification program.
The “LEED for Neighborhood Development” rating system, established on Feb. 1, 2007, integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national standard for neighborhood design. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a development’s location and design meet accepted high standards for environmentally responsible, sustainable development. LEED for Neighborhood Development is a collaboration among the U.S. Green Building Council, the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Currently there are no projects registered in the LEED Neighborhood Development program. Ever Vail would be one of the first projects under this newly formed certification. Vail Resorts plans to develop 100 percent of the project’s buildings to meet LEED criteria.
As Pogo wrote, “we stand here confronted by insurmountable opportunities.”
2. Great Art in Hotels - four hotels and a university club where masterpieces are on exhibit:
Unlike a manufacturer, a motor inn in the United States can not relocate to China when its labor costs rise nor can it outsource bed-making or salad tossing. Until a machine is developed to clean a guestroom and to sauté the vegetables, it will be hard for employers to replace workers even if Congress agrees to increase their pay to $7.25 an hour from $5.15 over a couple of years.
Just take notice of the Los Angeles City Council which recently approved a living wage ordinance for workers at hotels near the Los Angeles International Airport. It guarantees wages and benefits of at least $10.64 per hour to workers at 18 hotels- along Century Boulevard.
It may be time for hotel industry leaders to share some of their recent spectacular profits with the hotel employees who help to make it all possible.
5. Quote of the Month-
“Don’t ask yourselves what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Stanley Turkel, MHS, ISHC operates his hotel consulting office as a sole practitioner specializing in franchising issues, asset management and litigation support services. Turkel’s clients are hotel owners and franchisees, investors and lending institutions. Turkel serves on the Board of Advisors at the NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. He is a member of the prestigious International Society of Hospitality Consultants. His provocative articles on various hotel subjects have been published in the Cornell Quarterly, Lodging Hospitality, Hotel Interactive, Hotel Online, AAHOA Lodging Business, Bottomline, New York Times, etc. If you need help with a hotel operations or franchising problem such as encroachment/impact, termination/liquidated damages or litigation support, don’t hesitate to call 917-628-8549 or email email@example.com.
Stanley Turkel, MHS, ISHC
|Also See:||Nobody Asked Me, But - No. 25 / Guestroom Design & Amenities, Get a Human, Best Luxury Hotels in the U.S., Turnpike, The Pineapple as Symbol of Hospitality, Fair Franchising / Stanley Turkel / February 2007|
|Nobody Asked Me, But - No. 24 / Loose Cannon, Fair Franchising, Manhattan Hotel Profits, Hotels of the Future, Interesting Miscellany, Quote of the Month / Stanley Turkel / January 2007|
|Nobody Asked Me, But - No. 23 / Biting The Hand That Feeds You?, By The Numbers, Shortage of Hotel Rooms, There is No Free Lunch, Iron Laws of Business Travel, Happy New Year / Stanley Turkel / January 2007|
|Nobody Asked Me, But - No. 22 / Smart Elevators, Tony Marshall’s Memorial, Women in the Hospitality Industry / Stanley Turkel / December 2006|
|Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 21 / The Drake Hotel in New York, Fair Franchising is Not an Oxymoron, By the Numbers, Another Secret Underground Shelter, Passing of Anthony G. Marshall / Stanley Turkel / December 2006|
|Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 20 / Turnabout Is Fairplay, Secret Underground Shelter, By the Numbers, Genuine Fair Franchising/ Stanley Turkel / November 2006|
|Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 19 / International Society of Hospitality Consultants, Great Miami Hotels, Reduce Carbon Monoxide Emissions, Turn Gray Into Gold / Stanley Turkel / November 2006|
|Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 18 / John Q. Hammons, Save the Belleview Biltmore, Chinese Tourism, CFLs, Ernie Byfield, Guestroom Entertainment in 1905 / Stanley Turkel / October 2006|
|Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 17 - AAHOA's 12 Points of Fair Franchising, Protected Territories, / Stanley Turkel / September 2006|
|The Newest Independent (and Oldest Partially Independent) Franchise Association in the Hotel Industry / Stanley Turkel / September 2006|
|In Hotel Franchising, Reality Trumps Wishful Thinking / Stanley Turkel / August 2006|
|Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 14; Impact Studies, Stretching Segments, Short-Stay Rentals, Smoke-free Marriotts, Franchising in China, Save the Belleview Biltmore Hotel / August 2006|
|The U.S. Population Age 65 and Over is Expected to Double in the Next 25 Years; What Does this Mean for the Hotel Industry? / Stanley Turkel / July 2006|
|Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 12; Portman, Women Homeowners, Minimum Wage, Tipping, Brooklyn Bridge, Chinese Tourism, Impact Studies / Stanley Turkel / July 2006|
|Do Hotel Franchisees Need Independent Franchise Associations? / Stanley Turkel / June 2006|
|Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 10 / Chinese Tourists, Gasoline Prices and Alternatives, GLBT Segment, Travel Agents, FAC's, Manhattan's Record Breaking Year, Impertinent Questions / Stanley Turkel / June 2006|
|Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 9 / Blang, Bathtubs, Best Green, Arbitration, Best Western, AAHOA, State Franchising Laws, VFR / Stanley Turkel / May 2006|
|Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 8; Bathtubs, Smokefree Hotels, Maps, Saving Water, Nevada Revenues, H.P. Rama, Ritz-Carlton, Statler Service Code, Mother’s Day / Stanley Turkel / April 2006|
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