Sustainability Gains Traction in the Hotel Industry


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US Green Building Council

The executive vice president of the JLL Hotels and Hospitality Group based in San Jose, California, Daniel (Dan) Fenton possesses more than two decades of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. Dan Fenton maintains a commitment to sustainability and joins other industry professionals in implementing sustainability initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of hotels and tourism.

While tourism provides a significant boost to local economies, it can also produce a detrimental effect on the environment and a strain on local resources. Hotels and other infrastructure that accommodate the needs of tourists disturb wildlife and natural ecosystems.

Statistics from the US Green Building Council show that the global hotel sector produces approximately 1 percent of global emissions. The hotel industry’s annual footprint amounts to $4 billion in energy, 1.2 trillion gallons of water, and millions of tons of waste.

As sustainability becomes more mainstream, it is gaining traction in the hotel industry, due in part to an increased focus on the environment and social responsibility in the corporate world. Corporate peer pressure influences large chains to make changes in their policies and adopt sustainable practices that reduce their environmental footprints. The combination of climate change and extreme weather events can affect the attractiveness of tourism destinations and damage both natural settings and the hospitality industry.


JLL Consults for Proposed Jacksonville Convention Center


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Jones Lang LaSalle

Daniel “Dan” Fenton brings more than two decades of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry to his position as executive vice president of JLL Hotel & Hospitality Group in San Jose, California. Under the direction of Dan Fenton, JLL provides strategic planning and advisory services to convention centers and destination marketing organizations in San Jose and beyond. The company’s recent projects include a convention center study conducted in June 2017 for a proposal in the downtown riverfront area of Jacksonville, Florida.

The city’s Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) is requesting proposals for the construction of the convention center, which will replace the City Hall Annex, County Courthouse and parking lot site on East Bay Street. Plans include a 350-room full-service hotel, public convention space, and parking garage. The public convention space will feature at least 45 breakout rooms, a 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall, and a minimum 40,000-square-foot ballroom. In addition, the plans propose food and beverage services.

The DIA previously hired JLL to complete a convention center study, which estimated the exhibit hall will cost between $250 million and $430 million, and parking spaces will cost between $34 million and $52 million. The study also outlined financing models such as increases in hotel taxes, entertainment and ticketing fees, and general obligation bonds. Additionally, the report identified the City Hall Annex as the property site.

Features and Amenities of the Raleigh Convention Center


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Raleigh Convention Center

As the executive vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Hotel & Hospitality Group in San Jose, California, Daniel (Dan) Fenton keeps stakeholders informed of developments in relevant markets. Recently, Dan Fenton contributed to the release of the Destination Strategic Plan for Wake County, North Carolina, where the Raleigh Convention Center plays a central role in attracting visitors.

The Raleigh Convention Center is a four-story complex that offers locals and visitors a comfortable place to gather. The 500,000-square-foot facility features a 4,100-square-foot mezzanine that overlooks a 150,000-square-foot exhibit hall. The fourth-floor, a 32,617-square-foot ballroom, can be divided into three separate rooms as needed.

The convention center offers 20 meeting rooms, each featuring high-end audiovisual equipment and welcoming décor. The exhibit hall, which can hold 700 booths, may be reimagined for banquet meals, performances, and many other events.

The convention center features high-speed wireless Internet, and all rooms have advanced lighting and sound systems that have received silver certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the US Green Building Council. Blending function with comfort, the Raleigh Convention Center serves visitors as well as the community.

Benefits of Convention Centers in US Communities


Dan Fenton, San Jose

Since 2011, Daniel (Dan) Fenton has served as the executive vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Hotel & Hospitality Group in San Jose, California. Dan Fenton has played a key role in the development of JLL’s recent Destination Strategic Plan for Wake County, which includes a highest and best use analysis of amenities such as the Raleigh Convention Center.

When a city builds a convention center, the area becomes an increasingly appealing destination for visitors. A convention center serves as an investment for the city, bringing in visitors who patronize area hotels, restaurants, stores, and other attractions.

Convention centers that provide flexible usage options are the most successful in attracting visitors. The Raleigh Convention Center in North Carolina, for example, offers a spacious ballroom that can be divided into three smaller rooms. When combined with inviting common spaces that feature an open feel and energy-conserving lighting, such adaptable setups can draw a diverse range of groups and diversify the city’s visitor set.

To support and benefit the community, a convention center must help visitors feel connected to the host city. For this reason, venues such as the Raleigh Convention Center include large spaces that feature views of the surrounding area. As a result, visitors will feel less enclosed and may be more interested in exploring the city.