Sustainability & High-Tech Design: A Leading Development
Trend in our Industry
Senior Editor, Developments Magazine
July 20, 2015
long years of absorbing existing inventory, the industry is seeing a
substantial up-tick in new construction. That is why this month’s Developments issue on Construction &
Design is such a welcomed topic!
This month’s magazine
explores design trends for the hospitality industry, as well as resort
amenities and services that travelers have come to expect and use to measure
their vacation. These trends and travel preferences have grown at lightning speed
over the past several years. As a result, timeshare developers are making more
frequent investments in resort design that incorporate sustainability features
and high-tech amenities than just a few short years ago. And the additional
investment is paying off.
rely on—connectivity while on vacation. And while resorts now offer Wi-Fi
capability throughout properties, resorts are also looking for ways to offset
energy consumption and employ more energy efficiencies through sustainable
measures, such as more efficient lighting sensors, multiple-unit charging
stations, and multi-media viewing capabilities through smartphone devices (among
other offerings). Additionally, indoor and outdoor design and resort
construction features more recyclable and sustainable materials than ever
before and from manufacturers and businesses that are eco-friendly themselves—a
factor that is important to many owners and prospects. Today, more resorts are
committed to sourcing sustainable materials for new build and renovation
projects. Read more in
Christine Blank’s feature article.
measures are also being undertaken by resorts through programs and initiatives that
inspire owners and guests to take active part. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, for
instance, has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation for the last five years via
a planting-tree program that invites owners to offset their carbon emissions
when traveling on vacation. From as little as $2 a day (tax-deductible) during
their stay, owners and guests can have a donated tree planted in one of the nation’s
state or national forests; these trees naturally absorb carbon dioxide, as well
as purify the air and clean the Earth’s water supply. WVO has already received
positive feedback from participating owners, who are passionate about green
programs. See full details in Lesley Harris’s July article.
If you haven’t
had a chance, explore the latest issue of Developments!