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How to Manage Your Waste Collection When You Run a Hotel

How to Manage Your Waste Collection When You Run a Hotel

How to Manage Your Waste Collection When You Run a HotelRunning a hotel is a tough job. Anyone that tried – knows. There are so many things a manager should worry about, from marketing and getting enough guests, to throwing out the garbage can every day.

Visitors in hotels usually see the place all tidy and in order, but they never see all the logistics needed for the hotel to look perfect. One of the most challenging obligations a hotel manager has is taking care of the waste. A full hotel has a lot of waste at the end of each day, and all this must be disposed in time and in order to keep the place clean and lovely. If you skip throwing away the garbage one day it will start smelling and guests will feel it. Nothing is a worse marketing for your business as an unsatisfied guest.

The waste problem is a serious issue for another reason. Global warming and preserving nature are becoming a number one priority for everyone in the modern world. Keeping nature clean and safe is very important and should be for every hotel owner. Waste disposal is on top of the list considering this problem. Here’s what you can do to perfectly manage your waste:

The Three R’s That Are So Important

Reduce, reuse, and recycle! The three R’s are very important for every waste management. They’ll keep your budget in order and the environment safe.

Reduce

Reduce

Make a list of all orders you make for your hotel. Starting from the kitchen and end with the toilet supplies. If you analyze them one by one, you’ll see that there are many things that can be left out or at least changed with something more convenient. For example, it’s very important to change all the lights with LED lights that save energy. Also, switch to refillable dispensers. Stop ordering soap, shampoo, and other toiled supplies that are used only once and thrown away, but install a dispenser that will be used by the guests and refilled from the staff when it’s empty. This way you save money for the hotel and you preserve nature.

Reuse

You probably already know how much food is thrown away each they from restaurants and hotels. It’s an amazingly high number. Knowing that millions of people in the world suffer from hunger, food waste going in garbage cans is simply inhumane. You might think that you only run a small hotel and you can’t make much of a difference, but this is not true. Every little step can make a difference. Donate the food waste to homeless shelters, animal shelters and reduce the food waste while you feed someone at the same time.

Another idea for reusing is old and overused sheets, towels and blankets. All these can be donated or used as cleaning rugs for your maintenance personnel.

Recycle

Should we even get into this one? Is there still someone not recycling? No one right? The battle now is how to be more efficient. Try making some motivational games for your employees to make them do a better recycling job. You might even reward the ones that do a great job. Also, look for the best recycling company that fits you the best. Analyze the hauler frequency and the amount of your waste and see if you find the best solution. This will both be good for your economy and for society.

Useful Tips on Garbage Disposing

An ordinary hotel guest produces around 2 pounds of garbage during the night. That’s a lot of waste. At least half of it is paper and plastic. For easier recycling, make sure all different types of waste go to a proper place. Make a different container for plastic, glass, paper, and ask the employees to follow the rules strictly.

When all the garbage material is collected from the rooms it must be stored somewhere before the hauler arrives. Make sure the waste containers are far enough from the hotel rooms so the guests won’t feel the smell.

Another idea about managing your waste collection is not having any. Sure, this is not possible, you must have a garbage bin if you’re a hotel, but you can reduce as much as you can creating that waste. Look for the three R’s again and think about reducing and reusing anything you can. For example, if you serve your guests coffee in mugs instead of paper cups, you won’t have as much waste as expected. Also, toilet accessories used only once and thrown away. Change them with a refillable dispenser as we already mentioned.

In short, make as little waste as possible, try to reuse some of it, and finally sort them well before it’s recycled. It’s not complicated, you just need devotion.

Some of the Worst Hotels on Earth

Some of the Worst Hotels on Earth

You can check all the booking sites online and all the comments and reviews for the hotel you’re about to visit, but nothing will be comparable to what your personal experience will be. Sometimes, we expect one thing but get a completely different one from the hotels we visit. Sudden layoffs, change of management, unsatisfied employees, anything can happen right before we arrive, and hotel conditions might become unbearable for us while we stay there.

Some of the worst hotels in the world are easy to be recognized before you go there if there are enough reviews about them on the internet. But, what if you book somewhere and there are no reviews whatsoever about that place. What if there are few reviews that are okay, and when you get there, it’s a completely different situation? What if there are bugs in the bed, no hot water in the shower or even worst, no water at all. Maybe no electricity. What if you face owner that want to charge you more than you agreed? These are extreme situations, but they are more common than you might think. There are all kinds of hotels and so many different travelers’ experiences. Here are some of the worst hotels in the world, and how to handle problems that might happen to you in them.

Grand Hotel Pristina, Kosovo

Grand Hotel PristinaIf you have to, for some strange reason, go to Kosovo, you might be offered to stay at the Grand Hotel in the center of the Kosovo capital – Pristina. You’ll be amazed when you see the five stars sign on the front door, but then you’ll be frightened how big of a lie it was. This hotel built decades ago and never renovated is mostly abandoned, and only a small part of it functions. It isn’t maintained at all, and you’ll probably have to stay in a bed that others used before you but the employees didn’t wash the beddings. They probably just made the bed so it looks it’s maintained.

The first advice in a situation like this is to run for the nearest exit. If this option is not possible and you absolutely have to spend the night there, make sure you have clean sheets and something to cover the pillow. Use some of the clothes to cover yourself if it gets cold during the night. Use public toilets and shower later – when you find a better place to stay.

Hotel Printania, Paris, France

Hotel PrintaniaAh, Paris, the city of love. Not if you booked a room in this place. Guests are describing this hotel as a horrible place where it smells disgusting and the ceiling might fall down on them any moment. Probably no one maintains the rooms and everything is so dirty that it will make you wonder how these people are still in the business.

When a place looks dangerous and you have absolutely no option to leave, you have to find an alternative solution. Places like this usually have lots of free rooms because guests left before you. Ask the manager to give you a room that will look better. Owners will never give you trouble about this because they know you’ll leave if they don’t give you another room. Choose from 2 or 3 different rooms and make it through the night.

Waldhotel Ziegstadel, Augsburg, Germany

Waldhotel ZiegstadelA lot of people look for a vacant hotel near Munich during the famous October fest. This hotel is offering some relatively affordable prices for their beds and it’s only an hour away from Munich. If you look on their website, the hotel looks just fine, but in reality, it’s a place without basic cleanliness, no hot water, no food even it says there’s a restaurant inside, and it’s amazingly hard to find.

We talked about the cleanliness, but if you find yourself tired and sweaty, and you simply must shower,  think about a simple solution called tankless water heaters. Tankless water heaters will provide hot water in minutes and are really easy to be installed on the shower. They are usually pretty small and lightweight, so if you’re not sure where you’re headed, a tankless water heater is a smart option.

Guests argued that this hotel also didn’t give them a receipt for their stay. This is actually overcharging as guests will pay for their stay but the owner won’t display this money to the authorities. If you encounter this, just tell the owner that you’ll go to the bank and withdraw money, but instead, go to the police. You’ll probably end up not paying at all for your horrible stay at a place that you expected to be beautiful.

Tropical Destinations Can be a Tricky Vacation Place

Tropical Destinations Can be a Tricky Vacation Place

Tropical VacationTropical zones around the world offer some of the most beautiful places with amazing hotels for vacationing. Beautiful seas, tremendous nature sights, hot weather and sun throughout all year round. However, tropical destinations can also be a tricky vacation place. Why you might ask? Here’s why:

The tropical line across the globe is a place with constant hot weather no matter the tie of the year. Even in winters, the temperatures are around the 77th degree Fahrenheit. In summers, the temperatures go up and reach extremes in some places. As the temperature goes up, the humidity also goes up and make the conditions unbearable. Of course, not all tropical destinations are rainforests and places without basic living conditions. For example, Sri Lanka which is very close to the Equator has an average yearly temperature of around 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

So, what are the most important things you should know before you visit some of the tropical paradise destinations and what measures you should undertake to be completely safe and feel great?

Rainy weather

If you decide to visit Cambodia for example, you should know that some parts of the year are known as wet months. This is a time when rain falls for days, and sometimes even weeks. Tourists usually visit Cambodia and its historical monuments in the dry months when the temperature is bearable and the rains are not so common. However, it’s not strange for the rain to suddenly start falling even if there was nothing showing that this might happen. That’s why it is smart to pack lots of clothes and be sure you don’t forget the raincoat right next to your bathing suit. Also, ask for your hotel if they can provide a good quality small dehumidifier for your bedroom so you can relax in peace.

Dry weather

The tropics also has places with a lot of dry weather. For example – the Kalahari Desert. One of the most attractive places for tourism in Namibia is the Kalahari desert which is one of the places on earth with the least rains throughout the year. There are many hotels and desert tours for visitors who like to learn more about this popular place. However, the hot sun and the dry weather sometimes are unbearable and it is wise to always have cold water with you. Also, make sure the owner of the hotel where you’re staying has humidifiers that will regulate the humidity in your room.

What kinds of humidity problems / solutions are there?

Humidity is very important for people’s health. Dry weather makes serious problems to the skin and the respiratory system. This is a serious problem for all people and especially children who might suffer very dangerous illnesses if the air is not humidified well. That’s why a simple humidifier is the only and the best solution. A small apparatus on your room desk will regulate the air humidity while you sleep and this is just enough to feel better for the rest of the day outside.

Insects and dangerous animals

Dangerous-Bugs

The tropical region offers the best living conditions for all wildlife. Starting from the flora, then the insects, and ending with some of the biggest land animals in the world – the elephant. Elephants are beautiful creatures, but lions, tigers, snakes, and crocodiles – as amazing as they look are not so friendly. You need to be constantly aware of the dangers in nature and be cautious at all times. Never go hiking and jogging alone in rough nature and be sure that it’s highly dangerous facing wild animals. 99% of the deadliest wild animals live in the tropical region, so have this in mind when going out.

Another very serious problem that might look like something that can be easily avoided is insects. Mosquitoes, flies, and similar small creatures carry deadly diseases that might kill you if you don’t do precautions. Insects living in tropical areas are the number one reason for health problems tourist face while on their vacations. The solutions for this are vaccines taken before the trip that will help you be immune to the most common diseases you might face, sprays against insects, and also taking constant care of where you go, and how you dress.

Heat

The heat is also one of the top reasons for health problems of tourists. The closer you get to the Equator, the hotter it is. The solution for this is really simple – always stay hydrated and avoid drinking alcohol. The hot weather will make sweat a lot, but except dehydration, the heat won’t cause other serious problems.

Is Rural Tourism Still A Thing?

Is Rural Tourism Still A Thing?

Not only it’s still a thing, but rural tourism is living the days of its glory. Like never before tourists are asking for tourist agencies to find arrangements across Europe and the World. Rural tourism is developed everywhere around the world, but it seems that Europeans pay the most attention to details and attract the most visitors. Because of its rich history and a tradition of living in rural areas, the Balkans have the most offers for tourists that love this kind of travels. Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, the countries from the former Yugoslavia, all have amazing destinations and villages that offer unforgettable experiences.

Rural Tourism

Some places that used to have hundreds of residents, now have only a few people living there all year round, but thanks to their rich history and fabulous architecture, these places were transformed into hotels. Some of them have more stars than others, but they all offer a great experience for adventure seekers and rural tourism lovers.

Even though rural tourism is a beautiful thing, one must be aware of all the pros and cons that come with traveling in rural areas. Unlike urban hotels, these places sometimes face power shortages, lack of comfort, water floods, and other unpleasant situations that probably won’t occur in city hotels. However, there are many positive sides too. Let’s see some of the pros and cons of rural tourism.

Cons of Rural Tourism

As we already mentioned, nature is a major factor in rural tourism as villages are not always ready for everything that might come their way. Here are some things that you should know.

Power outages

Power lines in rural areas work the same way as in urban, but when a line breaks, it takes much more time for workers to get there and fix it. That’s why it is recommended for all hotels working in rural areas to have power generators in case something like this happens.

Comfort challenges

Guests going on these kinds of adventures always live more luxurious than the places they are going to. Air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, 24/7 hot water are not always an option. Owners of village accommodations often have nothing to do, because some of these features are too expensive to be installed and also they will ruin the whole rural experience. So it is better for you as a guest to be ready for anything.

Floods

If we take the Balkans for example, we know that almost all the villages were built near rivers. Most of the locations where rural tourism is happening are close to rivers that might flood the area in some parts of the year. That’s why owners of village houses must have a good quality sump pump. Always ask for your agency when is a critical time for floods at the place you’re visiting, and ask if there’s a sump pump.

Why are sump pumps so important?

When heavy rains come, most villages have no irrigation systems to transfer the water. Lots of houses with basements get flooded and unless the water is dried very fast, the house will be ruined. The water will bring mud, dead animals and lots of diseases. If the flooding is extreme, houses might even collapse.

Pros of Rural Tourism

Pros of Rural Tourism

The good sides of rural tourism are much more important than the bad ones. The pros will surely happen to you, but the cons is not very probable that you’ll encounter. Here are some of the pros.

Learning

Probably one of the best things about rural tourism is learning about people’s history, tradition and way of life. Knowing that visiting villages that are often older than 300 or 400 years and talking to descendants that are directly connected to the people founded those places is priceless.

Food

Food is a major pro factor in rural tourism. Houses and hotels in rural areas very often serve food that’s made with 100% natural ingredients and by a recipe used hundreds of years ago. Just ask the owners what’s popular in their culture and you won’t make a mistake.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Visiting modern hotels with lots of stars offer luxury and enjoyment of one kind. Visiting Eco hotels and village house apartments offer a completely different relaxation. Rural tourism is always located in nature where the industry and human destruction is still out of the picture. Knowing that all of us come from cities where high buildings are blocking the view and noisy cars are damaging our ears, staying in a place where it’s quiet and surrounded by nature can be a real vacation.

Enjoy walking in forests, climbing the mountains, watching the birds, and of course, watching the stars at night as the light pollution is absent in rural areas.