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  • Letter from the HFTP Global President: At the End of the Year, We Reflect on the Best of the Year

    As we prepare to transition to the new HFTP Global board at the 2018 Annual Convention in October, I would like to take the time to reflect on my year serving as HFTP Global president.

  • Members Only: 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report

    By Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. Results to the biannual survey conducted by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Information includes data on compensation and benefits trends for finance and technology professionals in the club and lodging industries.

  • IT Spending in the Lodging Industry Three-year Analysis: 2015–2017

    By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Arlene Ramirez, CHE, CHAE; and Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. PART II: An analysis of IT spending data in the lodging industry based on reporting in the new USALI Schedule 6 — Information and Telecommunications Systems.

  • HITEC Special: Revenue Strategy: Not Just a Fancy New Name for Revenue Management

    By Cindy Estis Green. A strategic view of revenue calls for proactive business mix planning and decision-making around deployed resources, well beyond reacting to what comes over the transom. Excerpt from the 2018 HITEC Bytes Special Report.

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Hotel Water Systems - Designing for Safe Water

Hotels University·25 July 2018
There are an estimated 8,000 to 18,000 cases a year of Legionella Disease in the United States. Legionella bacteria, the cause of Legionnaires’ Disease, is commonly found in water. If your hotel’s domestic hot water system is not properly designed and maintained, Legionella can find a way to multiply and colonize in the system. Any outbreak of Legionella leaves your hotel vulnerable to serious liability and potential legal retribution.
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Hotel Boardroom Design Reimagined!

Hotels University·18 July 2018
Guest preferences continue to evolve! As designers continue to reimagine more functional guestrooms and interactive common spaces, the underutilized boardroom also has begun to change shape. The formerly stale feel of boardroom design has been rapidly progressing into a multifunctional and creative space. Indeed, your hotel could offer dynamic boardroom space useful for any kind of board meeting, presentation, brainstorming session, or social event.
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Hotel Rooftop Pools: Design Considerations

Hotels University·11 July 2018
Because of rising land costs, rooftop swimming pools are becoming a popular space-saving design option. Setting up an elevated pool, especially one over habitable rooms, involves many design considerations.

High-Rise Design Requirements

Hotels University·28 June 2018
High-rise hotels have the potential to increase your guest capacity. My last newsletter explained when a hotel becomes classified as a high-rise. In this newsletter, I present key design considerations for high-rise structures (above 75 feet), including egress points, emergency systems, and structural integrity.
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Is My Hotel A High-Rise?

Hotels University·19 June 2018
As land costs continue to rise, hotel developers are looking for new ways to maximize density on new projects. One way to increase guest capacity is to add stories to the hotel. Zoning restrictions limit the height potential on some projects; however, others have high-rise possibilities. In this article, I discuss the implications of moving into the high-rise classification.
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Does My Hotel Need a Generator?

Hotels University·12 June 2018
Hospitality leaders must prioritize the safety and comfort of their guests! One important consideration is your provision of an uninterrupted power supply. Guests expect hotel power will be functioning, regardless of natural disasters or other unforeseen electrical malfunctions. During unanticipated power outages, maintaining a reliable power source is vital to serving your guests. In this newsletter, I focus on the basics of hotel generators.
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Why You Need a Guestroom Master Switch!

Hotels University·18 May 2018
Forty-four states require hotel guestroom master switches of some type. The code requirements behind master switches can be confusing as there are varying requirements by state. Additionally, this area of the code constantly changes to meet new energy regulations.
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Hotel Energy Management Systems - How Much Do They Cost?

Hotels University·26 April 2018
Energy is the second largest hotel expense! Only staffing costs you more than your energy expenses. As I’ve discussed in my last two newsletters on this topic, reducing energy through an EMS is a great solution to help reduce wasted energy. But here’s the bottom line: What does it cost?
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Hotel EMS - Conserve Energy Without Sacrificing Guest Comfort!

Hotels University·18 April 2018
In my last newsletter, I discussed Energy Management Systems (EMS) as an option to reduce energy waste in your hotel. One of the most common concerns about an EMS is that they shut off while hotel guests are sleeping due to lack of motion in the guestroom. After all, no hotel owner wants guests’ complaints in the middle of the night about their AC unit not working due to a faulty occupancy sensor reading. While this was a concern with earlier occupancy sensors, sensor technology has become infinitely more accurate in the past few years. A good sensor setup with supplemental sensors can result in a very accurate room reading.

Hotel Energy Management Systems - Saving Hoteliers On Operating Costs

Hotels University· 3 April 2018
A typical hotel room can be unoccupied nearly 70% of the time! In addition, hotel guests are much less concerned about saving energy in your hotel than at their home. Therefore, many hoteliers pay to heat, cool, light, and power TVs for a guestroom with no one in it. How can hoteliers avoid this? One great solution is an Energy Management Systems (EMS).

Select the Right Elevator for your Next Hotel!

Hotels University· 7 March 2018
Passenger elevators play a vital role in hotel guest circulation. In this article, I discuss some basics of elevator design and selection to ensure you make the right decision for your next hotel. We often receive questions from hotel developers about proper elevator selection. Here I address some of the most common questions we receive. For now, I focus this discussion on low-rise hotels (three to seven stories).

Should You Consider ICF Construction for Your Next Hotel?

Hotels University·22 February 2018
Insulating Concrete Form Construction, also called ICF, has proven itself as a high-performance wall system, offering economic and environmental benefits. With rising building costs across the US, many hotel owners are exploring the use of ICF for upcoming projects. As Base4 is currently designing several ICF hotels, I take this opportunity to explore potential ICF possibilities.

What is a Hotel Photometric Study?

Hotels University· 6 February 2018
In out last newsletter, we discussed LED lighting as a popular energy saving component for hoteliers. Today I expand on how lighting design impacts the overall look and feel of a hotel. City officials often require hoteliers to show proposed exterior project lighting in order to analyze how new lighting will affect surrounding areas. The placement of light fixtures, the fixture selected, and the corresponding fixture intensity all can be adjusted to meet the overall project design goals. Lighting designers, including our in-house lighting team, use photometric studies to investigate different lighting options.
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LED Lighting: Cost-Savings Every Month

Hotels University·31 January 2018
As we discussed in our last newsletter, we strive to bring energy efficient designs to our clients. We want designs that are not only environmentally friendly, but also beneficial to the bottom line of a project. A popular energy-saving component is LED lighting.

Hoteliers Benefit from No-Cost Cooling!

Hotels University·23 January 2018
After receiving some great questions from our last newsletter, I wanted to dive into another energy-efficient hotel design solution, one that is often overlooked. This solution involves utilizing your hotel’s dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) for no-cost cooling. A DOAS is a unit typically mounted on a hotel roof that is used to condition (heat, cool, humidify, dehumidify) all of the outdoor air brought into a hotel for ventilation and then deliver it to each occupied space at neutral (70°F) temperature. A separate local HVAC unit (such as a fan coil, water-source heat pumps, or PTAC) in each space then provides cooling or heating to maintain the desired space temperature.
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Cool Roofs - Saving Hoteliers Energy Costs!

Hotels University·17 January 2018
Hoteliers in warm and sunny climate zones often face the challenge of high monthly cooling expenses. After publishing a series on energy efficient hotel solutions, I received some questions about how a cool roof could be used in a hotel application. Cool roofs are a roofing that reflects sunlight and heat away from a building to reduce roof temperatures and the corresponding heat entering a building.
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Efficient Hotel Design Tips - Save Monthly Utility Costs

Hotels University·10 January 2018
With construction costs on the rise, most developers are looking for ways to cut both upfront and operational costs. One way to drive down operational costs is to design a hotel as energy efficient as possible. While we see very few developers pursuing “formal” sustainable certifications like LEED, we do encourage all of our clients to at least evaluate “selfish sustainability” measures – design aspects that benefit both the environment AND the bottom line.

Hotel Shadow Studies Bring Added Value In Design

Hotels University·26 December 2017
Hotel developers do not want to enter their first summer season and realize their hotel pool sits in the shadow 90% of the day! Architectural shadow studies early in the design process will help you avoid this, as well as other costly design mistakes. See below for a shadow time-lapse video of a Hyatt Place recently designed by the Base4 visualization team. You can see the added value this feature brings by visualizing how light and shadows impact your project.
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Extended Stay Hotels On The Rise!

Hotels University·13 December 2017
In last week’s post, we discussed the popular U.S. hotel brands according to pipeline quantity. The most popular brand in the U.S. is an extended stay hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton. With more people staying in extended stay hotels than ever before, we wanted to explore this sector of the industry.
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What are the most popular hotel brands?

Hotels University·13 December 2017
According to a recent Lodging Econometrics report, the world hotel construction market is growing 8% year over year. The U.S market has played a big role in this growth. Here are the top 5 cities in the U.S. with the highest hotel construction:

Hotel Block & Plank Costs On The Rise

Hotels University·21 November 2017
Evaluate Your Construction Options To Reduce Project Costs I received some great feedback from our readers on our recent Rising Lumber Costs newsletter. We had lots of intriguing questions and wanted to continue this dialogue by sharing some similar information about pricing trends for CMU (Block) and Hollow Core Plank construction. I’d like to start by sharing some relevant data to help clarify overall picture. Our team designed three Holiday Inn Express hotel projects in the same geographical region for the same developer and GC using the same construction type (Block & Plank). The owners were kind enough to share the construction cost data on these projects, so we could better communicate the market trends we are seeing in numbers.

What Construction Type is Right for your Hotel?

Hotels University·16 November 2017
Hardly a day goes by where we don’t find ourselves talking to hotel developers about construction types. Whether it be wood, concrete, steel, block & plank, or ICF, construction costs continue to be on the rise and evaluating all your options for construction early on will help ensure you select the one that is right for your project goals and budget. HU works on hotel projects across the US. We thought it would be valuable to share some of the data we’ve collected on the construction types our clients are choosing for their new-build hotel projects. Below is a chart highlighting the last 100 limited & select service hotel projects our team has designed and the associated distribution by construction type. As the chart shows, wood framed and block and plank make up nearly 90% of the projects we’ve designed.
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Hotel HVAC Systems - What Are My Options? Part 2

Hotels University· 7 August 2017
This week, I expand upon our previous newsletter and continue the discussion about HVAC systems (PTAC, VTAC, and VRF). In this newsletter, I will discuss the basics of each HVAC system including their installation and basic operations.
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Hotel HVAC Systems - What Are My Options? Part 1

Hotels University·18 July 2017
Hotel owners estimate that hotel guestroom energy consumption accounts for approximately 40% to 80% of total building energy use. This is a very high percentage of a hotel’s operating budget so guestroom HVAC systems are not something that should be taken lightly. We often field questions about what HVAC system is right for a hotel so we thought it would be valuable to prepare a newsletter series to explore and discuss these options with you.
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Should You Go Modular With Your Next Hotel - Part 4

Hotels University·10 July 2017
I received some great feedback from our readers on our recent Hotel Bathroom Pods and Full Modular Guestrooms newsletters, which sparked a lot of new dialogue and questions. I thought it would be helpful to our readers to collect these questions and formulate a hotel modular construction FAQ list. Below is a collection of these questions and our responses:

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