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Mr. Loch

Dylan Loch

Founder and President, Hotel Room Alerts, LLC.

Dylan Loch is the founder and president of Hotel Room Alerts, LLC. In this role, he serves as the chief operating officer and handles all business related aspects as well as all external communication and media relations. Hotel Room Alerts, LLC was founded in October of 2013 and has grown from 5,000 users in February of 2014 to over 11,000 users to date. It recently launched its services on mobile applications for both the Apple iOS and Google Android platforms. Prior the creation of Hotel Room Alerts LLC, Mr. Loch studied economics with a focus in business management and hospitality business at Michigan State University.

Mr. Loch can be contacted at 248-703-0704 or lochdyla@gmail.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.