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Marriott International Joins The Envelope Please in Support of Hotel Room Attendants

BETHESDA, MD.—A Woman’s Nation (AWN), together with Marriott International, announced that Marriott International will be the first partner in AWN’s The Envelope Please initiative, which is designed to encourage and enable hotel guests to express their gratitude by leaving tips and notes of thanks for hotel room attendants in designated envelopes provided in hotel rooms. Hotel room attendants often go unnoticed, as they silently care for the millions of travelers who are on the road at any given time. Because hotel guests do not always see or interact with room attendants, their hard work is many times overlooked when it comes to tipping. The Envelope Please makes leaving them a gratuity simple and secure. Beginning this week, Marriott International will place signature envelopes in more than 160,000 guestrooms at participating Marriott-managed hotels in the United States and Canada, making it easy for guests to express their gratitude and leave a voluntary gratuity for their room attendants. Mar¬riott has also invited its franchise hotels to participate in this initiative.

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Drought in California ‘Exceptional’ in Many Different Ways

Eight months ago Governor Jerry Brown declared the drought in California a “State of Emergency” and asked Californians to reduce their daily water consumption by 20 percent. Six months later the California Hotel & Lodging Assn. debuted a “California Water Resources” page on its website to help hoteliers in California link to water conservation ideas and rebates and incentives that make it easier to invest in efficient fixtures and other water-conserving items. (One example: In San Diego County, the SoCal Water$mart Program provides commercial customers with $100 per toilet rebates for replacing select older, inefficient toilets with new 1.28 gpf toilets that can reduce water use by 20 percent.) The California Hotel & Lodging Assn. did a great job putting together its page. This past week I posted an article about the drought and what several hoteliers in California are doing to address it. Be sure to read it.

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Why Beekeeping is Relevant to Hotel Sustainability

If you frequent Green Lodging News, you are likely someone who appreciates innovative best practices that not only have curb appeal, but also have a real opportunity to occur. The trend in urban beekeeping within the hotel industry might just be slated for that kind of trajectory. Over the past two to three years, we have seen an increase in articles highlighting hotel beekeeping as a growing trend among popular brands, such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Mandarin Oriental and InterContinental to name a few. This trend continues to gain popularity among hoteliers as I have seen myself in the hundreds of hotels I have visited over the past two years tracking practices related to sustainability. So much so that my company, Greenview, conducted a study on urban hotel beekeeping earlier this year. That study is available for download. From the study, we found out several interesting facts.

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Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort Adds Two Bee Colonies

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M.—Bees can bring to mind sci-fi like headlines, and thoughts of painful stings. In reality honeybees are important contributors to the many fruits and vegetables that we eat. Earlier this summer, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa added two colonies containing 20,000 bees each to its grounds, furthering Tamaya’s mission of being an environmentally friendly resort. Honeybees are the major pollinators of the resort’s many flower beds and its on-site orchard, vegetable and herb gardens. It’s estimated that in the first year, these bees will produce 70 to 80 pounds of honey as well as beeswax. While the bees will need much of this honey for the winter months, as much as 25 to 30 pounds will be harvested by the resort and used in the Tamaya Mist Spa and Salon and in the resort’s kitchens.

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Auberge Resorts Collection Appoints Ken Springer Vice President of Design and Construction

MILL VALLEY, CALIF.—Auberge Resorts Collection, owner and operator of boutique luxury hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs, announced that Ken Springer has joined the company as Vice President of Design and Construction. In this newly created position, Springer will oversee all aspects of new construction and capital expenditures on current and future Auberge properties. “Ken possesses a reputation for the highest degree of attention to detail and design, as well as timely execution at each step of the development process,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “His professionalism and experience will be invaluable to Auberge as we move our strategic expansion plan forward. We are delighted to welcome him to our senior team.” Springer brings more than 25 years of hands-on hospitality design and construction project management experience to Auberge.

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Swiss Company Catches My Attention with Launderable Mattress
6 days ago

I often hear from folks representing startup companies. Sometimes the ideas they have are good ones but not practical. I recently received a press release about a toilet seat that includes a fan to help reduce the smell in a bathroom. The seat requires a connection to a hose leading to an outside area that can be vented. Would you buy these for your hotel? I also get pitches about products that just might make it in hospitality but are not green. One established company recently came out with a product in a fogging can that can be released in a guestroom that has an odor issue. The company says the product is non-toxic and safe for the environment. I put in a call to the company to see if it is safe to be in the room when the fogging is taking place. Nobody returned my call. That product, pitched as a green product, is supposedly being used in more than 300 hotels.

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