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  • Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle Introduces PanEarth Initiative

  • The Pacific Northwest region has always been at the forefront of the green revolution, and at Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, we felt it made good business sense to offer sustainable services and options that were in line with our customers’ wants and needs. Since opening in 2006, the team at Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle has put a significant focus on being globally responsible and on collaborating with our local community. In 2010, we made a mindful decision to implement a property-wide sustainability program called PanEarth.

    The PanEarth program incorporates all aspects of community and environment into corporate decision-making and honors of the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. The triple bottom line is a set of values and criteria for measuring organizational and societal success based on economic, ecological and social impact. While other hotels often adopt environmentally friendly practices as cost saving initiatives, Pan Pacific implemented the PanEarth program because we truly value sustainable practices and believe that our customers know the difference. After an initial cost benefit analysis, our leadership team concluded that it made business sense to invest in a wide variety of initiatives and we have already seen direct returns from our initial investments. For ...

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Food & Beverage: Going Casual
According to industry tracker PKF Hospitality Research, food and beverage sales represent the second- largest source of revenue for full-service hotels behind rooms. Given its financial importance, hotel operators are constantly adapting and evolving their F&B operations in order to remain current with industry trends and to meet (and exceed) guest expectations. Recent food developments which continue to proliferate include the farm-to-table movement; customized menus for those who are vegan, vegetarian, paleo or gluten-free; the appearance of smaller dishes on tasting menus; and creatively- prepared comfort foods served in more casual settings. In fact, there is a growing emphasis in the entire industry on more casual food operations. Customers are eschewing the typical breakfast-lunch- dinner/appetizer-entrée-dessert model in favor of "fast-casual" menus and service (think Panera, Chipotle or Cosi as examples). Even better if these menus are also available throughout the property, especially in social-gathering areas like the lobby, pool or bar. Some hotels are also experimenting with "pop-up" restaurants - a temporary dining option with edgy menus and design served in unexpected locations (like rooftops or lobbies) - as a way to keep things energetic and fresh. Another trend which applies to both food and wine is the option to purchase food and beverages in multiple sizes. Some operations are giving their customers the opportunity to choose - a three ounce pour of wine or a nine-ounce pour; a six-ounce filet or a twelve-ounce - the customers decide their portion size and pay accordingly. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document all these trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.