And there will be a resurgence in hotel renovation, so it is important to be aware of possible inconveniences caused by noise and odor levels. “When I’m traveling, I often call to ask: ‘Is renovation under way? Will my room be near construction?’ ”Bjorn Hanson, dean of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at New York University said. Also, because a record number of hotels will be rebranding in 2011, business travelers might consider inquiring about it when reserving a room, if brand is important. And while moderate rate increases are expected overall, rates may go up substantially depending on when and where travel occurs, he said. Adam Weissenberg, vice chairman and U.S. leader of tourism and hospitality for Deloitte, a consulting firm, said the industry needs to become more sensitive to younger travelers. “Their travel habits are much different than those of the older travelers,” he said. “Gen X and Gen Y business travelers care more about the environment,” he said. Hotels may have lights and the radio on for arriving guests, “but there’s lots of discussion going on that it is such a waste of money.” Get the full story at msnbc