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SAN FRANCISCO—The Orchard Hotel, one of San Francisco’s most stylish, green hotels, is now offering its guests an allergy-friendly option with 10 new hypoallergenic rooms by PURE Solutions.
DEARBORN, MICH.—Boxed Water is Better, the sustainable boxed water company, announced that the adoba Eco Hotel & Suites Brand, the eco-friendly independent hotel brand with a commitment to green responsible design, has added its single-serve, boxed water product to its 773-guestroom Dearborn, Mich. location. The hotel selected Boxed Water because of the product’s focus on sustainability, environmental awareness and its distinct package design.
PORTLAND, ORE.—The Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) announced its annual Sustainable Meetings Conference will be held in San Francisco, April 15 to 17, 2014. The event theme will be “bridging the gap” between conceptual sustainability and real world practices at the industry scale. The host hotel for the event will be the San Francisco Hilton. The conference will be geared toward event planners, suppliers, service providers, and destination representatives with an interest in learning the latest green meetings best practices and technologies. “The GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference continues to innovate not only on showcasing sustainable event practices, but on the overall integration of event design with a sustainability filter to guide the process,” said Paul Salinger, President-Elect of GMIC Board of Directors and Vice President of Marketing at Oracle. “The conference will deliver a unique experience that facilitates collaborative learning with ideas from different sectors and a learning space which takes advantage of the collective wisdom of our community while challenging participants to come up with game changing solutions to transform the event marketplace.”
ENGLEWOOD, COLO.—In the company’s second annual “State of the Meetings Industry” survey, Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest hospitality management company in the United States, forecasts major meetings trends to watch for in 2014. Based on input from more than 180 corporate, association, independent, and government planners nationwide, the report provides insight on a number of key topics: budget; lead time; location; technology; culinary; teambuilding; and environmental sustainability. Twenty-six percent of the survey participants forecast expenditures to be greater in 2014, an expected increase from the 20 percent who forecasted the same for 2013 funds, while 55 percent expect the budgets to remain the same in the New Year. Another core change is longer lead time, expected to range between two and six months in advance for 2014 bookings. The survey results indicate that rate is no longer the clear-cut feature in determining which hotel to pick for a meeting. Although still not an overwhelmingly dominant factor, 43.4 percent of the survey participants list location as the top priority.
DEARBORN, MICH.—In the chic, historic Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Mich., Adoba Hotel is looking to create a better customer experience through their focus on sustainability and corporate responsibility. Among the myriad elements in this evolution are 10 allergy-friendly guestrooms from PURE Solutions, which reflect Adoba’s emphasis on wellness and healthy travel.
NEW YORK—New York State Division of Tourism’s iconic “I Love New York” heart logo has had a green makeover to celebrate the launch of responsibletravel.com’s new guide to responsible tourism in New York State. The guide encourages travelers to escape the confines of the Big Apple and to discover an even bigger secret—the rest of New York State’s 11 regions. Searching out wilderness hiking trails connected to the city by mainline railways, motor-free lakes best explored by kayak and enthusiastic local New Yorkers dedicated to sharing and preserving their local environments, the guide highlights the best, most inspirational travel experiences which also support local New York State communities. The guide, written by Catherine Mack, is now live at responsibletravel.com/holidays/new-york-state/travel-guide. I Love New York celebrated the launch of the guide by showcasing the green heart logo as sponsor of the “Best in Water Conservation” category at the World Responsible Tourism Awards, held at World Travel Market, London on November 6, 2013.
NEW YORK—Underscoring sustainable hospitality and the importance of honeybees for the environment, InterContinental New York Barclay and The Center for Sustainable Design Strategies at Pratt Institute announced the launch of the Barclay the Bee comic series. Aiming to educate and sensitize children to the environment in a fun way, student artist Olga Andreyeva, a senior Illustration major at Pratt, has created sweet, savvy bees-in-the-city characters that playfully highlight the vital work of bees against the backdrop of their New York City home. Printed locally on 100 percent recycled paper using non-toxic inks and renewable wind-powered energy, the comics, starting with book one, are for free to download from the hotel’s sustainability blog New York Barclay Buzz and also available in print at the hotel for a $5 donation to support the Honeybee Conservancy. The first comic book, released this month, introduces the reader to the Barclay Bee character as she goes foraging in the city. Together with her young hive mate Cami, Barclay collects nectar for the hive and meets various city characters, both insect and human.
TORONTO—Tourism Toronto has become the first convention and visitors association outside of the United States to reach a new international sustainability standard. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Certification is awarded to destinations that achieve high standards in environmentally sustainable meetings, trade shows, and conferences. Tourism Toronto has been recognized as achieving Level One certification.
SAN DIEGO—Courtyard by Marriott and MindClick Global, a leader in supply chain sustainability performance and sourcing solutions, announced the launch of the Rest Better sustainability program, a MindClick initiative to educate travelers on the environmental impact of implementing green hotel purchasing practices.
ITHACA, N.Y.—An analysis of sales and rates for 9,000 hotels has demonstrated a net neutral effect for the hotel industry’s efforts to implement sustainability. The analysis was made possible by a massive database maintained by Sabre Holdings, including Travelocity. The Cornell study concluded that the hotel industry’s fears of losing business due to implementing “green” operations is unfounded. However, on average, hotels also don’t see a revenue boost from going green. The study, “Hotel Sustainability: Financial Analysis Shines a Cautious Green Light,” by Howard G. Chong and Rohit Verma, was published by the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) and presented at the 2013 Sustainability Roundtable, at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. The study is available at no charge from the CHR. The roundtable, held on October 18, 2013, brought nearly three dozen international industry executives and researchers to Cornell to discuss the status and prospects of future sustainability efforts. Sabre has created a green “Eco-Certified Hotel” label for hotels that have earned any of a dozen international sustainability certifications.
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