Tips for Hospitality Businesses to Prepare for the Summer Season from National Purchasing Partners

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Summer is fast approaching, and many business owners, especially those in the hospitality industry, are rushing to prepare for this busy season. As a group purchasing organization, National Purchasing Partners has experience in helping businesses find the necessary products and services for the summer and is releasing tips on how to prepare for the summer rush.

'Hotel owners should be preparing for the busiest season – the summer vacation season! Keeping everything fresh and your guests happy is one way to ensure good reviews and repeat business,' says Nick Roberts, Communications Manager for NPP.

Summertime: the kids are out of school and the weather is beautiful. For many people, summer is the most popular time of the year to go on vacation and, in turn, it’s oftentimes the busiest season for the hospitality industry. National Purchasing Partners regularly provides business owners with the services they need to prepare for this busy season, and NPP Account Manager and hospitality expert Ashley Ahlrgim has found the following tips helpful to hospitality businesses to prepare for the summer.

1.    Get your pools in tip-top shape. Ensure that the pool chemistry is at the appropriate levels, and be sure to store chemicals out of direct sunlight, in a cool, dry place. Ensure that the pump is cleaned, and check for cracks around the perimeter of the pool. Any cracks should be filled with caulk and sealed with silicon.

2.    Refresh your outdoor furniture. Consider purchasing new furniture with durable materials that are proven to hold up well against moisture and sunlight. Alternatively, existing furniture can be easily refinished to look new with spray paint. Add bright pillows and cushions for a luxurious, yet fun touch.

3.    Introduce new summer sales or promotions. People appreciate bundles while looking for vacation deals because they equate it with saving money. Generally items purchased through a bundle are cheaper than they would have cost individually. For instance, hotels can offer their guests free breakfast at their hotel café downstairs, or coupons to local attractions such as sporting events, plays, theme parks, etc.

4.    Conduct summer maintenance now to identify problem areas. Ensure that all the furniture in individual rooms doesn’t need to be replaced and be sure to attend to the landscape surrounding the hotel, like the gardens, trees, and any water features. Make sure that the A/C unit has been recently serviced.

5.    Refresh marketing materials. Make sure that your logo is present on all marketing materials because you want to have consistency with your branding. Review the hotel’s website to ensure that it’s optimized with keywords that your target audience is using to conduct searches and utilize social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

“Hotel owners should be preparing for the busiest season – the summer vacation season! Keeping everything fresh and your guests happy is one way to ensure good reviews and repeat business,” says Nick Roberts, Communications Manager for National Purchasing Partners and small business expert.

About National Purchasing Partners

NPP offers discounted contracts for businesses and nonprofits. NPP serves tens of thousands of companies nationwide in a wide variety of industries, among them construction, transportation, fire and rescue, government, energy, legal and hospitality. Membership is free, and there is no obligation to purchase.

NPP is owned entirely by non-profit hospitals. NPP’s revenue directly supports medical research and other healthcare initiatives.

Registering to become a member is easy. Visit to join. If you would like more information or have questions, contact NPP at customerservice(at)mynpp(dot)com, or call 800.810.3909.

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