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Ever wonder if the hotel safety and security measures taken at your establishment are enough? Here are 5 effective ways to keep both your guests and your employees safe.

Hotel Safety and Security: 5 Ways to Keep Guests Protected

Protect your guests and your business from trouble by establishing strong hotel safety and security procedures.

When guests book with you, they’re expecting a high level of hotel safety and security. After all, patrons are entrusting you with the well-being of themselves and their loved ones, in addition to the protection of their belongings. Precautions like extra secure room keys and peephole covers are the minimum when it comes to security but it’s the hotels who go above and beyond that really stand out. Guests sleep easy knowing hotel safety and security is a top priority for you and your staff. Keep your guests free from harm and satisfied with their experience with these safety tips.

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3 Effective Ways to Gain Return Customers at Your Hotel

Running a successful hotel is reliant on building meaningful relationships with satisfied guests, who then become return customers.

Happy guests become return customers at your hotel. Repeat business means guaranteed income and less money spent on attracting new guests. The National Law Review found it costs 5 times more to gain a new customer than it does to keep your current clientele happy and content. Hotel owners know return customers are good for your bank account and for building your establishment’s positive reputation.

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Looking for energy saving solutions for your hotel? Every hotel owner should try these simple ideas that are good for the environment and your bottom line.

Energy Saving Solutions Every Hotel Owner Should Try

The idea of implementing energy saving solutions at your hotel sounds great in theory; but in practice, it can raise concerns.

Guest experience is important and not every visitor wants to feel like they’re “roughing it.” We all know running a hotel is expensive and as an owner, you’re looking for ways to save. Cutting corners to implement energy saving solutions at your hotel can negatively impact guests’ experience and result in less-satisfied customers. It’s important to find a balance. Here’s how to adopt energy saving solutions without sacrificing your guests’ comfort.

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How to Run a Family-Friendly Hotel (and Why You Should)

Family-friendly hotels are a growing trend in the hospitality industry.

Implementing special activities and perks specifically for kids and families is a great way to attract more people and expand your customer base. Providing kid-friendly travel amenities doesn’t mean completely reinventing your establishment as a daycare center. The most popular family hotels offer benefits for all ages including adults, teenagers, and young children. Incorporating specialized pricing options, discounts and conveniences for a variety of guests are some simple ways to begin transforming your establishment into a family-friendly hotel. Here are 5 of the most suitable ways to increase the child-friendliness of your hotel, that ALL your guests will appreciate.

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8 Hotel Room Amenities to WOW Your Guests

As every hotel owner knows, the hospitality industry is very competitive.

Hotels must stay up to date on the popular trends and hotel amenities to keep vacancies down. Offering extra room amenities doesn’t mean you need to invest in every trend or latest invention. Oftentimes, popular room amenities start with simple necessities like an excellent variety of toiletries or quality towels, bedding and pillows. Make sure you’re providing all the basic luxuries before expanding your hotel room services. Here are 8 popular amenities to entice your guests and keep them satisfied.

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Hotels are an integral part of travel, so make sure your hotel keeps an eye on these top hotel trends to attract guests.

10 Top Hotel Trends to Attract More Guests

Wondering about the latest top hotel trends?

The hospitality industry is changing and with alternative options like Airbnb becoming the norm, hoteliers may worry about relevance. Rest assured, many travelers still enjoy staying in hotels for the privacy, amenities, and experience. Here’s what you need to know about attracting guests and filling your rooms.

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How Hotel Operators Can Prevent Pool Injuries

Regardless of intent, proper pool safety is a must for hotel operators.

The pool is one of the biggest attractions that lures guests to a hotel. A pool might be part of your fitness area, allowing travelers to keep up with their workouts, or it might be a family space, allowing parents and kids a place to splash away, even if rainy days change vacation agendas. Regardless of intent, proper pool safety is a must for hotel operators—not just to protect your establishment from bad experiences and bad reviews, but also to protect you from liability issues. Taking steps to ensure safe pool operation ahead of time frees up resources for serving guests and ensuring their experiences are the kind they’d like to repeat.

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Housekeeping: Overlooked Tasks When Cleaning Guest Rooms

Your housekeeping staff works hard to ensure the best experience for your guests.

Humans are a messy species. Your housekeeping staff likely has some fascinating anecdotes about the strange things left behind by guests at your hotel. They should have a checklist of all the common things they need to do after a guest checks out, like change the bedding and towels. But there are a lot of other small things that should be considered while your staff is in the room. These small tasks can add up to big savings by keeping guests happy and avoiding the hassle of switching rooms or offering refunds should the guest find something amiss.

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The Importance of In-House Restaurants To Hotel Profits

Take the time to go beyond customer expectations. Hotels CAN offer much more than great room service.

On the list of reasons to stay at your hotel, your restaurant is likely ranked pretty low. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Hotels are expected to have restaurants even if most guests think they only need them for breakfast and room service.  The rooms division of a hotel will always be the leader in profitability but other revenue streams can make the difference between scraping by and looking to expand. Taking the time to make your hotel’s restaurant stand out can mean not only keeping more guest dollars in house, but representing your local community.

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Prepare for Competition: How to Survive When New Hotels Come to Town

We have a few tips for how established hotels can stay ahead of new hotel competition.

There will always be new competition for your clientele. Whether your hotel exists in a tourist town, near an airport or other public transportation, or in a drive-through city that resides along the route of a popular road trip, your hotel can’t rest on its laurels for long. Newcomers always challenge decade-long-standing hotels—all thanks to novelty. Hotels with a few years under their belts can do a few things to push back against new hotel competition and fight to stay on top of the market.

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