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Education

Creating a Path Toward a Formal Education for Hotel Employees

Due to the hotel industry’s fast pace and its opportunities for rapid career advancement, many hospitality professionals find themselves without a formal education beyond high school or a little bit of college. While these...
Verdical: Bringing the Farm to the Hotel

Verdical: Bringing the Farm to the Hotel

As the farm-to-table movement continues to evolve, hotels and restaurants are looking for ways for their chefs—and, by extension, their guests—to get closer and more familiar with their food and its sources. This is...
Single-use plastics, plastic straw

Sustainable Substitutes: Hospitality Is Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics

It’s no secret that items made from single-use plastic are bad for the environment. Luckily, as the topic gets more attention on a global scale, big companies are taking the initiative to reduce their...
Mountain Lake Lodge

Mountain Lake Lodge—Home of ‘Dirty Dancing’—Makes a Renovation Comeback

Located on an extensive 2,600-acre nature preserve in Pembroke, Va., Mountain Lake Lodge has an interesting history, to say the least. Opened in 1851 and purchased in 1936 by the Moody family, the 1986 filming of...
Air Quality

Three Ways To Improve Air Quality in Hotels

Due to their size—and the sheer number of factors at play—it can be a struggle for hotels to maintain high air quality throughout the entire property. However, more and more guests are conscious of...
The lobby at Hotel Nia (Photo credit: Hotel Nia)

High-Tech Luxury: Inside Silicon Valley’s Hotel Nia

With a name that means “bright light” in Gaelic, Silicon Valley’s Hotel Nia attracts both business and leisure travelers with its luxurious, but practical, technology-focused amenities. The 11-story, 250-room hotel offers guests smart amenities...