Green Hotels & Smoking

Green Hotels & Smoking

December 5, 2008

Question: Should Green Hotels be 100% Non Smoking?

Answer: I don’t know, but we may be headed in that direction.

What do you think?

Keep in mind:

1) Non-smoking hotels have tripled in the last three years in the U.S. with AAA reporting that over 8,000 properties are now smoke free.

2) I recently listened while several hoteliers discussed how much business they would lose from smokers if they went 100% smoke free. They did not discuss how many of the 89% of guests that prefer a non-smoking room would not consider staying in a hotel that is not 100% smoke free.

3) If we consider that the trend toward better indoor air quality began when Holiday Inns mandated that 10% of all rooms be non-smoking in the early 1980’s, how long will it be before all hotels are 100% non smoking?

What will continue to drive the trend? Greenies, NGO’s, local, state or federal government, meeting planners or hoteliers that think it is a good business decision?

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