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Key Hotel Design Trends 2015 – Keep it simple

Megan Mackie | Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

This month we’ve explored some of the emerging trends and approaches in hotel design and discovered a growing movement towards simplicity, quality and sustainability. We firstly begin with simplicity…

With bigger hotel rooms becoming much more minimalist in style, hoteliers are focusing on high quality and simplicity of fixtures and furnishings as opposed to quantity and grand statements. Luxury is created by ensuring that every surface texture in the room has a crafted bespoke feel and that no one feature dominates.

Industry Latest – Hilton Worldwide makes changes to improve animal welfare in supply chain

Megan Mackie | Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to stop buying food from companies who use cages for egg-laying chickens and gestation crates for breeding pigs.

“We are committed to addressing key issues throughout our business and supply chain and responsibly serving our guests and communities in a range of areas,” said Jennifer Silberman, VP, Corporate Responsibility, McLean, Va.-based Hilton Worldwide. “With more than 2,000 restaurants in our global footprint, our goal is to have a considerable impact on sustainable sourcing in our industry as well as drive humane treatment of animals throughout our supply chain.”

Hotels in the Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton brands will be required to switch to buying product from suppliers who provide eggs from cage-free chickens by Dec. 31, 2017. Meanwhile, all pork products will be required to be purchased from suppliers that house breeding pigs in groups rather than gestation crates by Dec. 31, 2018.

Last year, Hilton announced a global ban of the sale of shark fin in all owned and managed properties. These actions are part of the company’s global responsible sourcing strategy.

Summer Nights – Help your guests get a great night’s sleep on hot summer nights

Megan Mackie | Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

With summer comes the holiday boom – beaches are filled with sun seekers, the city’s shopping destinations are bustling and all of these holidaymakers look forward to resting back at their hotel room after a long, hot day. With this, comes the struggle to sleep on a hot summer night; the long drawn-out days means light seeps in until the late evening and the noise of those outside can turn a happy traveller into a disheartened one.

Sleeping in the blistering heat can be a frustrating and uncomfortable experience, even when you’re in a familiar environment surrounded by your home comforts, so imagine how difficult it must be for guests when feeling flustered in a new surrounding. Over the coming weeks we will be exploring our top tips to help ensure your guests sleep soundly and keep cool during the summer nights. So to start…

Tip 1 – Place individually packaged disposable damp towelettes on a bedside table, or better yet, in the room’s mini fridge to allow guests to cool down after their journey to the hotel.

The Naturalmat Way – Manufacturing

Mark Tremlett | Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

We’re often asked at Naturalmat why we do things the way we do and the fact is, our commitment to sustainable manufacturing is by no means easy. Over the coming weeks, Mark Tremlett (Naturalmat’s co-founder) will talk about the trials and benefits of leading a green business.

How would you describe Naturalmat’s approach to manufacturing?

“Businesses often reach for profit by using the reduction of labour and material costs as the primary driver for efficiency and profit. We’ve always approached our business by asking ourselves, how can we make the best product with the lowest possible impact to the planet? Of course we look to develop our efficiency but it’s never a starting point and we believe it is the best way to establish a quality product offering.”