Lodging News - June 2012

Sustaining an Advantage

Sustaining an Advantage

Although luxury has been and probably always will be important to travelers and their hosts, a growing number are also concerned about the health of the planet that they are exploring. Leading-edge lodging operators continue to provide them with comfort away from home - just in an increasingly responsible, thoughtful manner.

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Greener Lodging

Greener Lodging

There’s a theory spreading that “sustainable practices” will eventually become standard practices and that “greening” isn’t a trend anymore but an accepted philosophy. Lodging operators are putting sustainable practices into place not only because it’s the socially responsible thing to do, but it also makes sense to their bottom line.

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Surveying Issues

Surveying Issues

ORLA recently conducted two surveys of industry stakeholders. The first was a statewide poll regarding online travel companies (OTCs), and the second a poll specific to industry folks in Curry County on the proposed sales tax being considered as a way to help save the county from insolvency.

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Are Millions Hiding in Your Hotel?

Is Your Hotel Hiding Millions

If you’ve recently done energy efficiency upgrades or are planning to, are you aware of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct), section 179D tax deduction and how it might save you thousands of dollars? The savings gained from energy efficiency projects can be found on an annual P&L statement - the EPAct is one of those “below the line” savings.

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Challenging Federal Issues

Challenging Federal Issues

Members of ORLA have traveled to our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. twice this spring, and it seems to be paying dividends. Oregon hospitality members attended the AH&LA Legislative Action Summit meeting with legislators and getting their voice heard in D.C. Whether it is Congress or the federal courts, it seems to be a common occurrence that federal government agencies are being told they went too far.

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Who's Got Your Back?

Whos Got Your Back

Whether it’s a box of office supplies or cleaning products or a tray filled with food for room service, lifting and carrying are routine jobs in the hospitality industry. Almost every day, your workers have to pick up items that are heavy, awkward or difficult – and carry them across wet floors, tight spaces and/or crowded kitchens.

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