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THE FUTURE OF HOTEL DESIGN?

As hotels and resorts around the world have introduced meeting spaces and conference/banquet centers among their services, they have seen a significant increase in business and margins. The combination of a professional meeting space, corporate conference facility and ballroom enables a resort to become a multi-seasonal, multi-use destination that appeals to many types of groups. Many hotels are adding informal "break-out" meeting spaces, lobby gathering areas, and restaurants complete with indoor/outdoor views and garden areas.
Sep
09
2016

Picture of operable partitions inside the phoenix convention center ballroom inside their new hotel

Customer’s tastes are changing at an accelerated pace. In today’s sophisticated hotel and resort communities, a much wider array of features and amenities is required to satisfy the demands of discerning guests.

As hotels and resorts around the world have introduced meeting spaces and conference/banquet centers among their services, they have seen a significant increase in business and margins. The combination of a professional meeting space, corporate conference facility and ballroom enables a resort to become a multi-seasonal, multi-use destination that appeals to many types of groups. Many hotels are adding informal “break-out” meeting spaces, lobby gathering areas, and restaurants complete with indoor/outdoor views and garden areas.

Technology: In addition, guests are engulfed with changing technology in their day-to-day lives. They expect to find the same high-tech services when they travel, whether for business or pleasure.

For these reasons, the design of hotel spaces and conference facilities in a hotel is very important. The hotel and banquet facility designer must have a clear vision of the technical side of the equipment to be offered as well as the intrinsic experience expectations of the guest and group using the space.

The design of a corporate training facility or meeting space incorporates the functional and asthetic aspect of the facility. The environment must be soothing and relaxing, free of distractions and noise, leaving the guest with an unforgettable experience.

Sustainability: Hotels are, more than ever, establishing a strong identity with their surroundings. Environmental responsibility is embraced by many, making it important to combine full sustainability and compatibility with the natural surroundings. In consideration of that movement, many hotels have been designed with respect to the terrain by using local materials which reflect the sense of color and texture of the area. The use of environmentally friendly technologies is part of this new architectural language: solar and photovoltaic installations, fixtures that reduce heat loss and renovations that are completed with recycled materials.

The hospitality market needs to embrace a sustainable solution that fits the frequent design changes, strict timelines and tight budgets necessary to present a fresh look to guests, without the inconvenience of lengthy and disruptive construction. Adaptive reuse (or creating something new by using existing resources) is an emerging trend in hospitality renovations. Hufcor is leading the charge, providing hotel owners and property managers with options to salvage existing design elements and materials – such as ceilings, columns, doors and operable walls. When giving operable walls, acoustic panels and movable wall solutions new life, Hufcor can use micro-thin architectural overlays and laminates from a variety of manufacturers, including Toppan, Belbian, LG, WilsonArt, and more. These finish options impart the look and feel of natural surfaces, at a fraction of the cost of new materials.

With hotels and hospitality brands frequently refreshing locations and properties, hotels, restaurants and casinos need solutions that are quick, non-disruptive and economical. There is certainly a look to fit every brand – and Hufcor, a leader in operable wall service, design, and manufacture, has an excellent nationwide service and renovation team that can assist in a renovation plan that fits both your timeline and budget.

Aesthetics and creativity for designers. Durability for clients and users. Flexibility of application. Standard on nearly all of Hufcor’s product lines, these are industry-leading benefits of the new laminates and choices introduced by Hufcor. For samples, please visit Hufcor’s “Finishes” webpage or contact your local representative.

Build an ongoing maintenance relationship.

Hufcor offers complete local services that are available to assist your hotel and convention staff. All movable equipment needs routine maintenance to extend its life and keep it operating smoothly, and routine maintenance from Hufcor’s authorized local service technicians is highly recommended to preserve your investment and to ensure years of hassle-free operation. This is especially important for facilities that depend on revenues from their meeting rooms, ballrooms, and banquet rooms.

When you have a maintenance agreement, routine maintenance can be scheduled when it is convenient for your facility. Regular checkups can prevent serious problems from developing and causing untimely emergency repairs. Your Hufcor representative will be happy to discuss the benefits and costs of a maintenance agreement with you.

A Focus on the Future

“When you have a company that is as old as Hufcor, you want customers to acknowledge your past, but to also focus on the next hundred years,” said Kontranowski. “Timing is critical: this new strategy by our new management team can help answer the question of what Hufcor can do to have more impact. ...

Becoming One Hufcor

Things are only going to get bigger and better for Hufcor. February saw the launch of the company’s rebranding efforts, a move that is aiming to perpetually keep the industry informed on just how many options it has when it works with Hufcor, along with the value proposition all customers receive.

Hufcor is Not Your Typical Manufacturer

Hufcor and its goal to unite its message under its brand has led to a strong rebranding strategy in 2017. The new look and image has already sparked new interest for Hufcor in the industry by freshening up the brand and customer’s knowledge of the brand in the marketplace.