Ithaca, NY (June 16, 2010) – The Statler Hotel, a 153-room property on the campus of Cornell University, has installed ActiveGuard™ mattress liners on 200 beds and box springs. Each year, the hotel welcomes a clientele that includes global leaders in business, government, and academia, along with alumni, prospective students, and families of current students. Additionally, The Statler Hotel serves as a learning laboratory for students in the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
“Cornell is the finest and most innovative hospitality training institution in the world,” said Gus Carey, Managing Director at Allergy Technologies, manufacturer of ActiveGuard. “We are thrilled The Statler Hotel has installed ActiveGuard to protect the wellbeing of its guests, while providing students with an experiential learning opportunity about how to combat the bed bug epidemic.”
The Statler Hotel is a primary teaching tool for the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, allowing faculty members to work closely with hotel leadership to integrate operations into the curriculum. The hotel also enables students to gain practical experience by working alongside professionals in the field while earning their degrees.
“Bed bugs are a tremendous problem facing our industry, and we recognized the need to educate our students on the best ways to address this issue,” said Rick Adie, General Manager of The Statler Hotel and a 1975 graduate of The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. “ActiveGuard’s unique technology offers a proactive approach to keep bed bugs out of the hotel, protecting the quality of life of our guests and ensuring The Statler Hotel remains a world-class property.”
“You can’t just cover bed bugs up,” added John Nurthen, Director, Hotel Relations at Allergy Technologies and a 1979 School of Hotel Administration graduate. “Hotels need a preventative solution that continuously kills bed bugs that gravitate to the mattress and box spring. ActiveGuard has proven to be the perfect companion to existing treatment methods, helping eliminate this major problem in the hospitality industry.”
Prior to the installation, which was part of a major renovation at The Statler Hotel, Allergy Technologies conducted its educational seminar, “Bed Bug Treatment Protocols for Hotels,” to further educate staff and students on bed bug biology and behavior, as well as business issues related to an infestation including profit loss and damaged reputation. “Bed bugs are a serious problem, negatively affecting hotel revenues,” concluded Nurthen.
Impregnated with an active ingredient, ActiveGuard mattress liners kill bed bugs and prevent infestations on mattresses, box springs and sofa beds. They are made of a soft, odorless, and durable material that can be easily installed over a mattress by one professional. The product’s design and slow-release formulation provide maintenance free protection, killing bed bugs for up to two years.
For more information, visit www.allergytechnologies.com.