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Springfield’s Krystal Aire Inn & Suites Introduces Another Fresh Idea
All Non-Smoking Hotel Installs Energy Efficient,
Odor-Neutralizing Light Bulbs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 15, 2006 --- Less than two years after opening as the first all non-smoking hotel in Missouri’s third-largest city, Springfield’s Krystal Aire Inn & Suites recently introduced yet another amenity designed to provide guests with even greater comfort during their stays—specially designed light bulbs that eliminate airborne odors.  

The Fresh BulbTM light bulbs, developed by Aurora, Ohio-based Technical Consumer Products and introduced to the hospitality industry earlier this year by St. Charles, Mo.-based Pineapple Hospitality, Inc., are titanium dioxide-coated fluorescent light bulbs that consume one-fourth the wattage of a regular light bulb—cutting lighting costs by as much as 77 percent.  The coating reacts with the fluorescent lighting when the bulb is turned on, eliminating room odors within minutes.

The spiral-shaped light bulbs have been installed in all 102 rooms and all common areas in the 102-unit Krystal Aire Inn & Suites hotel, which is located on the southwest corner of Interstate 44 and North Glenstone Avenue in northeast Springfield.

“The Fresh Bulb light bulbs are yet another way we are serving health conscious travelers who demand the highest quality amenities and an excellent price value,” said Bethany Martorana, general manager, Krystal Aire Inn & Suites.

“Fresh Bulb ensures a higher quality guest experience by ensuring a well-lighted room that is free from odors,” adds Ray Burger, president of Pineapple Hospitality.

The Krystal Aire Inn & Suites is owned by Drury Properties, Inc. and managed by Rolling Oaks Hospitality, Inc., both of Springfield.

The hotel has 95 double and king rooms and 7 suites, a conference room, fitness center and swimming pool.  In addition to a smoke-free environment, the hotel offers a hot breakfast served daily.  Each room is equipped with a work desk with ergonomically designed chair, speaker telephone with voice mail, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, 25-inch television and free high-speed wireless Internet access.  For reservations and information, visit the Krystal Aire Inn & Suites Web site at or call (417) 869-0001.

Headquartered in St. Charles, Mo., Pineapple Hospitality is an EPA Energy StarTM partner, bringing fresh ideas to hospitality guests’ doors and owner/operators’ bottom lines—including FreshStay® ( , Environmentally Sensitive Amenities, the greenSPA luxury amenity and dispenser system, Energy efficient lighting, Guestat programmable thermostats, Oxygenic water-efficient showerheads, the Nature’s Mist deodorization system and dozens of other products and programs.  For more information, please visit or call Ray Burger at (636) 922-2285.


Ray Burger
President & Founder
Pineapple Hospitality, Inc.
 (636) 922-2285

Also See: FreshStay® Online Network Unites Hotels Worldwide,Fuels Smoke-Free Movement: Kentucky is the 48th state to join the FreshStay® union of nonsmoking lodging properties / June 2006
Turn Trash into Cash; Pineapple Hospitality® and Midas Consulting Identify Eight Red Flags For Hotel Operators to Improve Environmental Practices and Reduce Waste Management Expense / June 2006
PURE Solutions Signs On As A Corporate Sponsor Of FreshStay™; FreshStay™'s rapidly growing online directory of non smoking hospitality properties is the perfect match for the PURETM Rooms program, which converts guestrooms to allergy-friendly rooms within 24 hours / May 2006
Pineapple Lights Up Hotels' Bottom Lines; Hospitality Properties Reap Significant, Sustained Economic Benefits By Embracing Environmentally-Friendly, Energy-Efficient Bulbs; Lighting Retrofits Reduce Costs & Bolster Guest Satisfaction / May 2006
Top 5 States and Top 10 cities for Non Smoking hotels in the U.S.; adds 25 non-smoking properties during April -California is the number 1 state and Seattle the number 1 city / May 2006
Zontec™ Sponsors to Identify Best Places Where Guests Can ‘Breath Easy, Sleep Great™’ / April 2006
200 Smoke Free Hotels Join the Online Directory in 1st Month / March 2006
120 Smoke Free Hotels Join the Online Directory in 1st Month / February 2006
Fresh Air: The New Hospitality Amenity; Pineapple Hospitality Launches FreshStay™, an Online Directory of Hotels Offering Better Indoor Air Quality / January 2006
Gift of the Year: Pineapple Hospitality’s Energy $aving Trifecta / December 2005
Pineapple Hospitality is Now the Exclusive U.S. Supplier of Environmentally Sensitive Amenities™  / November 2005
Got Pineapple? Hotelier-turned-industry-innovator Ray Burger Launches Pineapple Hospitality™ — bringing fresh ideas and business-building products and programs to your guests’ doors and your bottom line / September 2005

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