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Chinese Oil Interests Force Closure of Indigenous Tribe’s Award-Winning Ecolodge


QUITO, ECUADOR—Seismic explorations planned by Chinese Oil Company Sinopec have led the Ecuadorian eco-tourism company, Tropic, to close the internationally recognized and award-winning Huaorani Ecolodge, a community tourism program operated in conjunction with the Huaorani people on the fringes of Yasuní National Park. Tropic Ecuador will halt until further notice welcoming guests to the Huaorani Ecolodge (at the headwaters of the Amazon in the remote jungles of Ecuador). The announcement was made by Jascivan Carvalho, Founder and Director of Tropic Ecuador, a National Geographic award-winning ecotourism company based in Quito. Since 1994, Tropic has led tours through the country’s most engaging landscapes including into the rainforest region occupied by the Huaorani who, since 2008 with partner Tropic, have worked to stabilize a heretofore ecologically threatened region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, considered one of the world’s most biologically diverse. Planned seismic explorations for oil are scheduled to take place virtually atop a landscape that for millennia has been home to the Huaorani who only in the middle of the last century were introduced to civilization beyond the rainforest.

Thousands of Marriott Volunteers Get in Spirit to Serve


BETHESDA, MD.—Tens of thousands of Marriott International associates worldwide have begun delivering Marriott’s brand of hospitality beyond hotel doors as part of the company’s 18th annual Spirit To Serve Our Communities Day volunteer initiative. Globally this year as part of Spirit To Serve, Marriott anticipated record breaking engagement, with nearly 35,000 associates in 50 countries expected to deliver about 90,000 volunteer hours—the equivalent of 30 years of work. The Spirit To Serve Our Communities Day took place on May 18.

Green Key Global, EcoStay Certified, Greenview Partner


OAKVILLE, CANADA—Green Key Global, EcoStay Certified and Greenview, three leaders in hospitality sector environmental stewardship, announced a triple partnership that will encourage hoteliers across Canada and beyond to join forces in meaningful sustainability. The partnership will enable property owners and managers to fund important conservation projects, measure their progress, and be a part of a shared environmental legacy of nature and beauty.

Meliá Hotels Says New Serengeti Lodge to be ‘Off the Grid’


PALMA, MAJORCA, SPAIN—Meliá Hotels International recently announced three new hotels in Africa, Indian Ocean and Central Asia. The property in Africa, the Meliá Serengeti Lodge in Tanzania, scheduled to open in June 2017, will be Meliá Hotels International’s first green hotel. Located on the natural terraces on the southern slopes of Nyamuma, with spectacular views over the peaceful valley of the Mbalageti River, the hotel will be 45 minutes from Seronera Airport in the Serengeti National Park, the oldest and most popular National Park in Tanzania, on the western border of Lake Victoria, considered a World Heritage Site. To be located 700 meters below the peak of Nyamuma, the hotel will offer a perfect viewpoint for the annual migration of one million blue wildebeest, lions, leopards and 250,000 zebras which pass through the valley every year in search of rains and cooler pastures. Meliá Serengeti Lodge will sit on three natural terraces that descend from an elevated plateau, with the lodge located on the middle terrace.

HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards Open for Entries


HONG KONG—Burba Hotel Network (BHN), Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events, co-hosts and organizers of the annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), announced that entries for the HICAP 2016 Sustainable Hotel Awards are now being accepted. The deadline for Awards submissions is August 1, 2016. The 27th annual HICAP will be held October 19 to 21, 2016, at the InterContinental Hong Kong.

Barclay Hotel Reopens Following 20-Month, $180 Million Renovation


ATLANTA—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the opening of the newly-renovated, InterContinental New York Barclay, which made its grand debut to New York society in 1926 as one of the original “Railroad” hotels. For generations the hotel served as one of New York’s most preferred addresses and now, The Barclay is celebrating its return following a $180 million, 20-month top-to-bottom renovation with more than 420,000 square feet of redesigned interiors. The revitalized hotel brings to life The Barclay Experience—quintessential New York sensibility, sustainable practices and a celebration of the thriving, fast-paced local culture, while continuing to offer international expertise. These touchpoints are expressed in all design details and service offerings at the renewed property, continuing its tradition of offering international travelers a residential experience of discreet elegance. In a responsible approach to business and service, the new Barclay aims to be the first hotel to align with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Becoming the benchmark of the hospitality industry, The Barclay is using the IHG Corporate Responsibility Pillars: Green Engage, IHG Academy and IHG Foundation.

Hilton Awards $320,000 to Properties Around the World


MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton Worldwide awarded more than $320,000 to the 117 recipients of the 2016 Travel with Purpose Action Grants. Grants are awarded to Hilton properties and corporate offices that submit the most creative ideas to drive value for their hotels and strengthen the local communities where they operate.

Twenty-four Villa, Solar Powered Six Senses Fiji to Open in 2017


BANGKOK—Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas announced the latest project in the group’s expanding portfolio in the island country of Fiji. This small archipelago in the South Pacific is comprised of 332 islands and nearly one million inhabitants spread throughout the major islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Approximately one-third of the islands are uninhabited, ranging in size from 3,800 square miles (10,000 square kilometers) to tiny islands or spits of sand a few hundred acres (meters) in circumference. Known for its idyllic crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, thick tropical forests and excellent climate, Six Senses Fiji is located on a superb beach site on Fiji’s Malolo Island. Six Senses Fiji will feature 24 spacious pool villas ranging in size from 800 square feet (74 square meters) to 1,950 square feet (180 square meters) and 66 residential villas situated on the west side of the island. The resort is located along a private sandy beach that stretches 2,100 feet (650 meters). The property will include a restaurant and bar plus a wine cellar and tasting table.

RCI Announces Winners of Annual RCI Green Award


PARSIPPANY, N.J.—RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, announced the winners of its annual RCI Green Award program, recognizing Wyndham Ocean Boulevard with the highest honor. Now in its fifth year, the RCI Green Award program recognizes the most environmentally-conscious resorts within the company’s exchange network. The application process includes a thorough audit of green practices with stiff competition among the many properties that admirably implement sustainable business initiatives.

Photovoltaic Project Nears Completion at Fairmont Kea Lani


WAILEA (MAUI) HAWAII—Fairmont Kea Lani’s commitment to responsible tourism practices and sustainable hotel management will take another leap forward next month with the completion of a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) project. The Fairmont Kea Lani’s latest sustainability project includes the installation of 1,528 rooftop PV solar panels. The 500 kilowatt solar installation is expected to offset more than 10 percent of the resort’s current energy demand and reduce CO2e emissions by 457 metric tons of CO2e annually. This reduction in CO2e emissions is the equivalent of 96 passenger cars or 138 homes. “At the Fairmont Kea Lani we are committed to being socially responsible and taking care of one of our greatest resources—the environment in which we live and work,” says Fairmont Kea Lani General Manager, Charles Head. “Our location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean keeps us keenly aware of our impact on the environment and the ongoing need to be good stewards of the land. The completion of our photovoltaic project allows us to take a major step towards reducing the overall footprint of Fairmont Kea Lani.”

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