Monday, July 27, 2015

Hostels: Another alternative for investors and travelers

Hostels are getting more popular among travelers and investors.  Often being perceived as a cheap lodging alternative, hostels provide a great option for young or single travelers who want to meet new friends.  Now, more family travelers are also choosing to stay in hostels.

Meanwhile, investors are putting money in it too.  That's why we have seen more "high-end" hostels in the market.

What really drives the demand of hostels?  Will hostels continue to grow?

Stay tune for my follow-up discussion about hostels next week.  I will share more insight of this lodging product from the perspectives of a friend who is actually working in a hostel.

#Hostels #Travel #Tourism #Trends #青年旅館 #旅遊 #潮流 #酒店

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Huffington Post Released New Family Travel Trends

On July 10, the Huffington Post released the results of a survey about family travel.


  • 75% said they "stole" overhead bin space of others' (because airlines are charging a big price for check-in luggage?)
  • More than 1/3 said they brought their own food to eat on the plan (not sure if it includes snacks)
  • 72% of family travelers have either booked other accommodation options than hotels, such as hostels or home and apartment rentals (Have you or will you? Why?)


Are there any results that surprise you? 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Efforts of Minimizing Waster: A Case of New Zealand

Earlier this month, I attended the 13th APacCHRIE (Asia-Pacific Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education) Conference in Auckland, New Zealand. I was impressed with the country's effort of minimizing waste. As shown in my discussion on MultiBrief.com, I listed three examples I witnessed during the trip, including:
  • The bio loo (toilet) that collects, stores, and compost human waste. 
  • The "Make a Green Choice" program at the Rydges Hotel Auckland.
  • The two-button water-flush system in the city of Auckland. 
Interested in the pictures I took about the bio loo during this trip? Check out the photo album on my Facebook page.

sustainability, tourism, travel, New Zealand, bio loo, sustainable

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Travelers are now taking more short road trips

More travelers are taking more short road trips. Would you agree? There are good reasons behind that, as what I suggested in my recent discussion on MiltiBriefs
  • It becomes more troublesome and more expensive in air travel. 
  • Gas price is getting cheaper this summer.   
  • The green trend of #staycations and #staylocal continues to grow. 

In addition, my friends added the following explanations of this trend:

  • Americans are using less vacation time for real vacations. Instead, they use the vacation time for other things, such as the school events for kids, doctor's appointments, home improvement, etc. 
  • It is getting more expensive to take a long vacation, and the middle class is shrinking in the U.S. 

Do you see this trend coming? If so, what are your explanations? 

#Summer #Travel #Tourism #Trend #RoadTrips

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Finding a Dream Job = Dating for the Perfect Match

Finding a dream job is not about what others tell you what is the best for you. It is all about "fit." If you find a perfect-match (employer), you and your employer will be happy, and you will be successful in what you are doing at work. So, forget about the stereotypes others put on you. For example, just because somebody else has a good experience with an employer, or because an employer is perceived to be "superior" (e.g. a luxury hotel chain vs. a limited service hotel chain), it does not necessarily mean you will be happy working for this particular employer. 

Imagine if you were a vegetarian and forced to eat a filet mignon or a lobster tail. No matter how tasty everybody else tells you, would you be happy and able to finish the meats on the plate? Likewise, if you were a meat lover, would you be happy to eat veggie meals for the rest of your life? 

Visit http://bit.ly/lk052115 for the full discussion. 

#JobSearch #Career #Advice #PersonalityFit

Friday, May 15, 2015

Is Your Hotel Taking the Water Sense H2Otel Challenge? (By Karen Valeria Sandoval)




From 2011 to 2014, Californians can see how drastic the severe drought our planet has been facing is. Before Governor Brown declared in 2015 the Drought State of Emergency California was in, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commenced the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge in the month of February of 2014. The principle of this challenge is to motivate all hotels to “ACT: Assess, Change, and Track.”. Since the last time I personally stayed at a hotel, I remember how water captivated an elegance on the premises. On the other hand, water isn’t only used as a decoration, but for different departments and functions in a hotel. Some of the biggest uses for water within these departments are kitchen/dishwashing, pools, cooling/heating, laundry, and landscaping. Unfortunately, during these past 10 years, the cost of water has increased and the 15% of total water that is used within these institutional facilities would have to begin undergoing water-efficient techniques for the variety of water needs hotels encounter. As WaterSense teamed up with EPA in this H2Otel Challenge, many hotels across the United States have been informed, challenged, and signed up for the pledge to “ACT”. Yet, hotels need to prove if WaterSense can have an effective influence on them and if facilities can promote these water-efficient changes and new techniques.

The challenge at work

WaterSense emphasizes that anyone, from an employee to a facility manager, can practice water-efficiency management for the better interest of the hotel. Many times, hotels do not have the control of how much water guests use within their rooms. A hotel cannot put a limit to the amount of water consumed by the guest for this will not solve the issue or spread awareness. An effective way to undergo this investigation is by following “ACT”.  What can be done first is an effective plan of “assess” and communication between the hotel and its guests regarding the water management goals. The key here is goals, not limits. This sets a clear line between what is to be achieved within the hotel with every guests stay without making them feel restrained from the consumption of water. After the hotel accepts the challenge to conserve water and be well informed of this monitor on water-use, the next step is to locate any equipment or water use/systems that pull large amounts of water consumption and commence some “changes” to lessen the intake on water. Next, monitor or “track” the process. Previous water bills can reveal if changes have been either effective or ineffective. To receive more feedback or a different point of view for new improvements, consider interviewing personnel, touring the facility, or checklists can help obtain more accurate calculations on the use of water intake.

One example of challenge participants 

From the many H2Otel Challenge Participants that pledged and were recorded as of April 15, 2015, one in particular has proven effective techniques and results for saving water. Kalaloch Lodge, located in Washington State, receives approximately 40,000 overnight guests each year. With that amount of guests, the lodge decided to get staff, guests, and WaterSense working together for a water conservation strategy that became a success for the hotel and a fun experience for the guests. The fun 5-minute shower challenge, timed with an egg timer and showerheads labeled with WaterSense, saved more than 1.37 million gallons of water, resulting in approximately $47,000 saved in water and sewer costs each year. Promotion of this conservation continues to expand towards the guests as Kalaloch Lodge tags in-room materials with slogans as “Water is Vital. Please Conserve.” to encourage and remind guests of the importance of water and its place at the lodge. With strategies like this, both guests and employees may express enjoyment and become educated while water consumption will reduce and the lodge finds pleasure in seeing the results environmentally, economically, and professionally. Hotel functions benefit from the water-saving ideas at Washington State.

Will you begin the challenge?

Many might not consider a change or different perspective on the use of water during the stay at a hotel. If the hotel makes this water crisis visible for the guests and is able to provide fun strategic ideas to captivate the guests’ interest, then there is a much higher chance of awareness for water conservation to take place that will benefit everyone. As simple as getting informed, any hotel can sign up to be a part of this H2Otel Challenge. “ACT” helps hotels to plan an effective connection between them and their guests about this subject. It is up to the hotels to demonstrate the work they put into the challenge, the effective changes that are made, and to track the results from the water-efficient techniques. Keep in mind, the goal is to guide and educate guests using creative ideas during the process. How will your hotel promote this WaterSense Challenge to your guests? 

About the author
Karen Valeria Sandoval

My name is Karen Valeria Sandoval and I am 19 years of age. I was born and raised in the city of Loma Linda, California. Two years ago, I decided to further my education in Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. With my HRT degree in hand one day, I wish to work in a luxury resort either out of state or in San Diego with intentions of becoming a manager. Currently, I am working as a waitress for special events at different reception halls for my parents’ family owned business. On time off from school and work, I enjoy traveling, taking photographs, surfing, and snowboarding. One day I hope to own a house near the beach and own a blue-eyed Siberian husky.

References

"EPA WaterSense | Commercial Water Use & Conservation | Tools & Training." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 4 May 2015.
"The WaterSense Current Summer 2013." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 4 May 2015.
"Top Story: State Urban Water Users Exceed 20 Percent Conservation Goal For December." California Drought. Web. 4 May 2015.