ONTARIO — A study out of the School of Hospitality Business Management in Pullman, Washington, found that major chain hotels are far ahead of independent hotels when it comes to adopting green and sustainable operating practices, according to a press release.
The study, conducted by student Stefani Svaren and published in issue of the International Journal of Hospitality Management, found that chains like Hyatt, Marriott and Hilton are more likely to use energy-efficient light bulbs and water-saving bathroom fixtures, as well as environmentally preferable cleaning products, the release stated.
According to the release, the study concluded that independent hotels are so far behind chains that they may lose their competitive advantage in drawing customers.
"This is because on both a corporate level and a personal level, if costs and features are competitive, more travelers prefer to stay in a green hotel," said Mike Sawchuk, vice president of Enviro-Solutions Ltd.
"Some independent hotels, for instance, are reluctant to switch to energy-efficient light bulbs because it can take years for them to see a return on their investment. However, a large chain may discover cost savings almost immediately," Sawchuk added.
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