Opportunities For Sustainable Building Practices Consistent With Green Key Guidelines

1340 Words Sep 27th, 2015 6 Pages
Opportunities in renewable energy in tourism Our initial assessment for The Birchwood Hotel down town St. Petersburg focused on examining key areas for sustainable building practices consistent with Green Key guidelines. The areas assessed were corporate environmental management, housekeeping, conference and meeting spaces, food and beverage, engineering and maintenance. Summing up the condition of each system served as a target for the property owners to make improvements for their short and long-term needs that will align the property’s mission and goals to be more in line with Energy Conservation and Sustainable Business practices. The refurbished property has been able to achieve its own décor and exclusive identity, but after the assessment was graded, it was only able to earn one Green Key certification.

Problems Boutique hotels and resorts are independently branded and operated often creating a difficult situation to achieve the required economies of scale; and in these present hostile economic and political problems it results in fierce competition amongst other hotels. All give you similar options, almost identical pricing, and one-of-a-kind experience. This property has been able to achieve adequate performance when the market was good, but now that things are tougher, they are suffering due to poorly conceived. The property doesn’t have the size and scale to undertake international marketing and sales at competitive levels, and lack of cash flow means low…
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