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ILE-DE-FRANCE—AccorHotels recently released the results of Planet 21, its sustainable development program, and renewed its commitments looking to 2020. Sébastien Bazin, the Group’s Chairman & CEO, stated, “The commitment and energy demonstrated by our teams in deploying Planet 21 worldwide, are both valuable levers for our sustainable performance. After five years, the results of the first phase of the plan are very encouraging. Today, we want to scale up our ambitions by banking on innovation and accountability. Planet 21 Season 2 must enable us to create wealth sustainably and curb our negative impacts through the mobilization of our employees, guests, partners and local communities. Our vision is to drive the change towards positive, more responsible and inventive hospitality, wherever we are.” As part of a policy of progress and transparency, the Group asked its customers for their views on these issues, updated its environmental footprint and assessed its socio-economic footprint for the first time to assess the challenges it faces and construct its new five-year program. The program for 2020 was drawn up in consultation with the teams. It reinforces some of the Group’s fundamental commitments, such as curbing its environmental footprint, and identifies new objectives which dovetail with both the changes to the business model and its strategic priorities, such as food & beverage and the sustainable management of its property portfolio through HotelInvest.
TROY, OHIO—Hobart introduces the new Advansys LXGe glasswasher, the first machine specifically designed to clean and sanitize glassware in bars and restaurants. The new Energy Star qualified washer produces cleaner glasses by eliminating chemical sanitizers, resulting in better-tasting drinks and an improved customer experience.
ST. JOSEPH, MICH.—The Fred Maytag Award was recently presented to Hercules Corp. at the Maytag Commercial Laundry 57th Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs, Fla. As the longest-running award in the commercial laundry industry, this prestigious honor recognizes one deserving commercial laundry provider with the upmost regard each year.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that several hotels and commercial laundries have joined the Xeros Million Gallon Club by each saving more than one million gallons of water using Xeros’ award-winning polymer bead cleaning laundry system. The patented, award-winning system delivers superior cleaning performance while using 80 percent less water, up to 50 percent less energy, and approximately 50 percent less detergent than traditional systems.
CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y.—BioHiTech Global, Inc., a green technology company that provides data-driven solutions for food waste disposal, recorded a new quarterly record with 20 new Eco-Safe Digester orders from commercial customers across the United States and abroad in the first quarter of 2016. Camelback Resort, an interactive mountain resort in the Pocono Mountains, has placed an initial order for two Eco-Safe Digesters adding to BioHiTech’s family entertainment customer roster.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, introduces Xeros Sbeadycare XTEND, a new commercial laundry linen management solution for hotels that has been proven to extend the life of linens and in turn, lowers linen replacement costs as compared with traditional aqueous based washing. Sbeadycare XTEND is a first of its kind product for the laundry industry combining physical and digital technologies into a comprehensive “phygital” solution that utilizes smart, connected washing machines, responsive cleaning programs, and new polymers designed to offer the most gentle and effective cleaning system available.
CHEVY CHASE, MD.—A new coffee is brewing at Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts across the United States. First Drop Coffee is proprietary and branded for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in America. It is made 100 percent from coffee beans harvested by Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in Mexico and Brazil.
PARIS—Next spring, 14 years after being conceived by Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs and Euro Disney, Villages Nature Paris will open 20 miles east of Paris. The resort will be a showcase for green design, geothermal technology and will be based on harmony between man and nature. Villages Nature Paris will open with 916 dwellings, more than two-thirds of which will be cottages and one-third family suites. The dwellings will be owned by individual and other investors and managed by Villages Nature Paris. According to Dominique Cocquet, CEO of Villages Nature Paris, within five years the development is expected to include more than 1,700 dwellings. Villages Nature Paris is expected to host more than 1 million visitors a year on its 444 acres. In addition to places to stay, there will be many attractions including the Aqualagoon covered water park and outdoor lagoon, shops and restaurants, farm, lake, spa and gardens. “We believe we will have mostly families,” Cocquet says.
NATIONAL REPORT—HVS conducts numerous walkthroughs of hotel F&B operations each year. In almost every full service property, it finds opportunities to significantly decrease utility costs through a combination of operating enhancements and capital projects. This article summarizes some of the more common F&B utility efficiency opportunities that HVS routinely identifies and addresses at its clients’ properties. It is important to begin by understanding the relationship between ownership and management. For example, is the restaurant or banquet department operated by the hotel management company, leased to a third party, or joint ventured in some manner? Correspondingly, which party pays the utility bills, and who owns the cooking equipment? It is important to ask these questions upfront to determine what is “fair game” for energy efficiency in the restaurant operation—acknowledging that in some cases opportunities that may appear attractive from a P&L perspective may be nonstarters if the restaurant operator is not on board. On a related note, HVS routinely encounters leased F&B operations where utility costs are not allocated equitably between the parties.
INWOOD, N.Y.—Laundrylux recently announced the addition of industry veteran Corey Simonson to its On-Premises Laundry division. Simonson has been hired as OPL National Sales Manager and is charged with growing business and supporting the Electrolux and Wascomat distribution network.
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