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By: Rodney Thompson, Shelbyville Free Press
Travel Tips: Tips for a great hotel stay!
With the holidays fast approaching, many of you may be travelling for the holidays, with this, I thought I would share a few of our “Insiders Tips” to make your stay more enjoyable.
Hotels Travel Tips:
1.Do Not Book Your Reservations Using third Party Websites: Third party travel sites spend millions each year on television and internet marketing, have you ever wondered where that money comes from? The answer is YOU!Third party websites, advertise that they will save you the most money on a hotel room per night, however in 98% of the cases, the website is charging you the hotels Standard Rate, which they charge to your Credit Card immediately. In turn, the website has a contract with most hotels that they will pay the hotel a rate which is on average 20% off the Standard Rate, it is that 20% plus any booking fees they charge you is how they stay in business.
There are policies and procedures in dealing with a Bed Bug Complaint. Most hotels follow this procedure:
2. The room is treated by the pest control company, and set out of service for the period as instructed by the pest control company guidelines.
3. The linens are transported to the hotel laundry and washed separate from all other hotel laundry to prevent cross-contamination. They are then placed in a dryer that exceeds 140 degrees for 40 minutes as Bed Bugs cannot survive in extreme heat.
4. The room is re-inspected by the pest control company on its follow-up visit and once cleared of visible evidence, re-opened.
A hotel that does not follow these procedures is very likely to have a cross-contamination infestation. A majority of hotels, like one here in Shelbyville have concrete floors, walls, and ceilings, which also aides in preventing room to room migration of the insects. Many newer hotels are wood or metal framed for their rooms walls, and this is an easy way for the insect to migrate, as they normally use electrical outlets to get from one room to another.
The most important thing to remember, is that when you read a review that a guest had a bed bug problem, the insects were brought to the hotel by someone, either on their luggage which could have been in an airplane hold, or other means, but rest assured that the majority of hotels that have experienced this problem, take it very seriously and are trained on how to deal with it.
So all in all, we do hope that you take the above referenced tips to heart when choosing and then using lodging facilities across the country, and from our family to yours we wish you safe travels and a very happy holiday season!
About the Author: Rodney Thompson is the Editor & Publisher of the Shelbyville Free Press. Mr. Thompson also has worked and currently works in the Hospitality Industry and is a Certified General Manager. He has 20 years experience in the Hospitality & Special Events Industry, and serves on numerous Travel Related Boards and committees.