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Pre-Constructed Canyon Lodge Units Enter Yellowstone National Park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK—The large structures arriving in Yellowstone National Park’s Canyon Village are tangible indications that the Canyon Lodge & Cabins redevelopment project is truly taking shape. Constructed in Boise, Idaho by Guerdon Enterprises, the modules will eventually comprise five multi-story lodges featuring stone and wood that blend into the surrounding area. The first three lodges will open in 2015 and the remaining two the following year. The modules are being created in a controlled environment that allows for year-round work while minimizing waste and maximizing efficiency. As part of its concessions contract with the National Park Service (NPS), lodge operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts is overseeing the $70 million project that will replace more than 300 cabins with five modern lodge buildings as well as a trail system conducive to pedestrians and bicyclists. Trucks are departing the Guerdon factory Mondays through Saturdays through late September. They stage in West Yellowstone, Mont. and can enter the park after midnight, when traffic is light.

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Hotel Laundry Made Easy With UniMac®

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Hotel laundry made easy with UniMac--a Hampton Inn case study from Boulder, Colo.

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As Summer Winds Down, Conference Season Heats Up

With the summer winding down it is time to make your reservations to attend this fall’s green conferences and trade shows. The first event on the calendar is the Mid-Atlantic Green Hospitality Conference from September 15 to 16 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Del. The itinerary for the inaugural conference is still being assembled but many of the details can be found by clicking here. Highlights include a farm-to-fork dinner and many educational and networking opportunities with industry peers and suppliers. The Lodging Green + Sustainability Conference & Expo is set for October 28 to 30 at Aria Las Vegas. This will be the second year for the event and is once again being organized by Lodging Magazine. Assisting this year will be EcoGreenHotel, NEWH Green Voice, and Green Lodging News. Almost 50 speakers will present on topics ranging from waste management to corporate responsibility. There are three tracks for educational sessions: design, finance, and engineering.

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An Analysis of the Many ‘Green’ Upsides to Adaptive Reuse Projects

Considered the largest sector of the travel and tourism industry, the hotel business will be increasingly challenged in its effort to keep up with demand without causing damage to the environment. There are various challenges that the hospitality sector faces with regards to green initiatives, including rapid growth in the travel industry, transient occupants, and long hours of operation. Nevertheless, strong efforts have been made throughout the industry to realize the environmental and financial benefits of upgrading existing buildings to improve energy efficiency, reduce water consumption, and improve the quality of the space in terms of air, noise and natural light. While innovative construction and design methodologies continue to optimize environmental performance in new-build developments, a significant contribution that the hotel industry is making in the area of sustainability is by making better use of pre-existing infrastructure.

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Starwood to Launch Dual-Branded Aloft & Element Hotel Development in Ohio

STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced plans for a dual-branded hotel development in Columbus, Ohio, featuring its Aloft and Element brands. Owned by Indus Hotels, the 136-room Aloft Columbus and 123-room Element Columbus will be located adjacent to The Ohio State University, minutes from downtown Columbus. Marking the debut of both the Aloft and Element brands in Columbus, the hotels are slated to open in early 2017. “Our fast-growing Aloft and Element brands are a perfect fit for the lively city of Columbus and will help meet the demand for high-caliber lodging generated by The Ohio State University and the city’s thriving business community,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood.

upcoming events
American Lighting Association Conference
Omni Nashville Hotel

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mid-Atlantic Green Hospitality Conference
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Dover, Del.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Minnesota Hospitality Expo
Saint Paul RiverCentre

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

HD Americas Conference & Trade Show
Miami Beach Convention Center

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Sanderling Resort Welcomes New Chef to Culinary Team

DUCK, N.C.—Sanderling Resort, the Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond property on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, welcomes Chef de Cuisine John Botkin to the Lifesaving Station culinary team. The restaurant, which reopened last spring in conjunction with the property’s redesign, embraces the coastal Carolina region through its seafood-centric menu—a fitting destination for Chef Botkin and his expertise in seafood. At Lifesaving Station, Chef Botkin will continue the restaurant’s focus on S.O.A.L. cuisine—sustainable, organic, artisanal, and local—under the aegis of Executive Chef Jeffrey Russell. Menu highlights include the Grilled Carolina Grouper with hoppin john, smokey spinach, and maque choux; Sweet Onion Crusted Flounder with ravioli, mushrooms, sweet corn, and cajun butter sauce; and Shrimp and Grits with grilled North Carolina shrimp, surry sausage, Anson Mills grits, smoked tomatoes, and mushroom. “I’m excited to build menus around our S.O.A.L. cuisine concept,” says Botkin.

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MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Delos Build on Stay Well Concept
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Earlier this year, the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Delos completed an expansion of the Stay Well room collection at the MGM Grand. The entire 14th floor—171 rooms—now consists of Stay Well rooms and suites. These unique accommodations include more than 20 health and wellness features. A few examples include: Stay Well Vitamin C Infused Shower with shower water infused with Vitamin C which neutralizes chlorine to promote healthy hair and skin; Stay Well Air Purifier, a HEPA-standard air purification system that reduces allergens, toxins and pathogens, creating better air quality and breathing; and a water purification system which reduces disinfectant byproducts, chlorine, pesticides and some pharmaceutical and personal care products. The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Delos just announced that they are expanding the Stay Well concept to meetings. Stay Well Meetings, created by Delos, offers healthy environments for meetings with meeting rooms and spaces designed to optimize the health and well-being of attendees.

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