Its that time again – Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are already hitting the street. From coast to coast and around the world, hotel staff are sharpening their pencils and filling out select paperwork from a mountain of NBTA forms with the hope of winning business.
RFP season is a familiar ritual for veteran hoteliers. Each summer it’s the same old song and dance, answering the same old standard questions about room count, location, ratings, taxes, amenities, ADA compliance, etc.
But we at EcoGreenHotel are pleased to see the requests for proposals require even more sustainable information from the past year. Hotels must now outline their environmental initiatives, green certifications. That’s right… your “Green Hotel Checklist” has just become critical ammunition in your NBTA bidding war arsenal!
Knowing the energy and water usage per guest, POR, and PAR is very important as it will be asked more frequently than ever as companies come out with CSR (corporate social responsibility) statements and policies. NBTA’s 2012 RFP’s will also include green questions such as:
- Top environmental programs employed (such as linen reuse, reusable key cards, energy efficiency efforts)
- Environmental certifications your green hotel has earned, with a preference given to certifications that require on-site audits
- Details about hotel’s recycling program
- Use of environmentally responsible cleaners
- Water conservation efforts, such as linen reuse and/or water saving fixtures
Obviously, hotels that can demonstrate strong environmental programs stand to rank higher in the competition than those that can’t. In fact, it’s very clear that not having a sustainability plan in effect might cost your hotel big business next year.
If you want to boost your hotel property’s green profile – and your chances of winning large national accounts in 2012 – contact EcoGreenHotel right now. Our team of seasoned green hospitality specialists can quickly, efficiently and affordably set the wheels in motion to get your environmental program rolling today. Even if you’re on a tight budget, you still need to answer the RFP usage questions. A useful energy-usage measuring tool is ENERGY STAR’s benchmarking platform. Our team can quickly get you prepared to answer those tedious RFP questions.
Don’t put your green initiative off another minute. The planet – and your hotel’s bottom line – depends upon it.
EcoGreenHotel (Robbinsville, NJ), is a privately held company specializing solely in the hospitality industry by providing solutions for a broad spectrum of sustainability issues from energy efficiency to online marketing and green hotel products on www.EcoGreenHotelStore.com. The company provides information, tools, checklists, current news and trends to the hospitality industry through its website, www.EcoGreenHotel.com. EcoGreenHotel also provides customized consulting services tailored to the needs of the hospitality industry in the areas of energy efficiency and certifications, including LEED, Green Seal and Energy Star. For further information, email info@EcoGreenHotel.com or call 888-229-0213.