April 2013

Cover Story:

Four Degrees of Separation: Green Becomes Mission Critical for Hotels

Abigail A. Lorden, Editor-in-Chief

Recently typically conservative world organizations have acknowledged that global temperatures are rising beyond natural patterns, and that we're now moving closer to a future of extremes, where global temperatures will rise by 4 degrees Celsius. The lodging industry - and its IT executives in particular - have a role to play in preventing Climate Change. HT talks to Auden Schendler, VP of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company, about the unique opportunity the lodging industry has in using the latest technologies to reduce their energy consumption.


The Mother of All Good Things: Going Green

Abigail A. Lorden, Editor-in-Chief

Getting the hospitality industry to embrace sustainability has been - and remains - an uphill battle. The changes that businesses need to make, might not be easy, but they are a necessity and hotel technology executives can play a large part in "getting green done" at their companies.

Property Wide:

Hotels Share Key Strategies for Meeting Bandwidth Demands

Lin Grensing-Pophal, Contributing Editor

Better connectivity is a standard battle cry for today's hyper-wired travelers. With demands for cheaper, faster and comprehensive access mounting, hoteliers big and small are feeling the pressure. Here hoteliers share their strategies for keeping up with the constant calls for premium connectivity.

Executive Insight:

How Restaurants Can Reduce Maintenance Costs with Hybrid POS


Spartan Computer Services general manager, Heidi Nagy, answers questions about how the company is accommodating demand for quality service with manageable costs through a hybrid services plan. Nagy reveals how mission critical equipment is covered with fast, on-site repairs while other devices can be swapped out with an exchange plan.

Point of Sale:

Restaurants Make the Move to Cloud POS

Tammy Mastroberte, Contributing Editor

Restaurants are beginning to embrace cloud-based point-of-sale as the available solutions catch up to the hype. HT talks to a mixture of operators about the benefits of going server-free, and takes a predictive look at what's next. Between the overall move to mobile POS, and the growing availability of all-in-one cloud solutions, many believe traditional POS terminals will eventually be eliminated.


Guestroom Tech: New Releases


Guestrooms account for the largest portion of a hotel's technology budget. Not surprisingly, most hotels are funneling those guestroom investments into adding bandwidth, but several other technologies are ranked as high priorities in 2013. Among them are electronic locking systems and room control devices. In this technology report, HT showcases new solutions from three leading guestroom technology suppliers, including RFID/NFC-ready locks and a new all-in-one multi-media device for charging and playing guests' tablets and mobile phones


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