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Anantara Launches Coral Protection & Regeneration Program in the Maldives


BANGKOK—For over 15 years the team at Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has been committed to protecting the local environment, communities and culture around each of its hotels and resorts while creating authentic, luxury travel experiences and indigenous adventures for modern travelers. With four luxury resorts in the Maldives—Anantara Kihavah Villas, Anantara Dhigu Resort, Anantara Veli Resort and Naladhu Maldives—guests can take their pick from some of the best locations and experiences in the Indian Ocean, including getting up close and personal with the local marine life and vibrant coral reefs, snorkeling with manta rays in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, free diving with whale sharks or cruising the house reef 18 meters below the surface, just a few strokes out from the shoreline. In line with the luxury hospitality brand’s philosophy that environmental responsibility begins at home, the Anantara team in the Maldives joined forces with marine biologists from Coral Reef CPR—conservationists, biologists and ecologists whose mission is to reduce threats and promote sustainable management and rehabilitation of reef ecosystems—in October 2015.

HX Partners with New York City Hospitality Alliance


NEW YORK—HX: The Hotel Experience, now in its second year of a multimillion dollar rebrand, and the New York City Hospitality Alliance have formed a partnership, through which the Alliance will produce restaurant and foodservice content for the show, November 13 to 15, 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The Alliance will create and present sessions for both HX: ONSTAGE-RESTAURANT, the show’s on-floor center for foodservice education, and chef demos at the new HX: COOKS, the show’s culinary theater.

A New Environment Focused Brand Emerges: The Light Human Hotel


NEW YORK—The Light Human Hotel, a new eco-friendly brand and concept created by two France-based entrepreneurs—Jean-Pierre Bandeira, CEO of Light Human Hotel and Julien Veyron, Architect and CEO of atelier arcau—will make its first appearance in the United States later this year in Miami. That 80-room hotel on Collins Ave. will be the first of now eight Light Human Hotel properties to open. Additional hotels are planned in the next few years for Miami, San Antonio, Los Angeles, New York, Sao Paulo, Antibes, Rio de Janeiro and London. Bandeira says Light Human Hotels will go beyond LEED in regard to building health and efficiency. Designed for both new construction and retrofits, Light Human Hotels will offer electric vehicle charging stations, optional housekeeping in some cases, farm to table restaurants, fitness centers with bicycles that generate electricity, and the integration of “live” plants into exterior building features. “Light Human Hotel is not a generic brand of hotel,” Veyron says. “Our vision is that Light Human Hotels are shaped for people to live, to share, to work and to have fun together.”

Harbour Village Beach Club on Bonaire Announces Partnership with Ocean Conservationist Fabien Cousteau


BONAIRE, DUTCH CARIBBEAN—In observation of World Oceans Day, Harbour Village Beach Club, Bonaire’s only luxury resort, announces a partnership with noted filmmaker, explorer and ocean preservationist Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau, in an effort to raise awareness for ocean conservation efforts among discerning Caribbean travelers. “This partnership perfectly complements Harbour Village’s ongoing conservation efforts,” said Frank J. Gonzalez, Managing Director of Harbour Village Beach Club. “As recipients of the PADI Green Star Award and proud members of Project Aware, we’re excited to supplement our legacy as an environmentally-conscious resort by working with Fabien Cousteau, ultimately achieving our mission to enhance the conservation, education and exploration of our world’s oceans, while exceeding guests’ expectations.” As the resort’s environmental ambassador, Cousteau will collaborate with the resort on a wide range of issues including ocean preservation and climate change topics through a series of high-level Global Ocean Summits held on Bonaire at Harbour Village. Continuing their shared commitment of researching and exploring the world’s oceans, Harbour Village will also host “Fabien Cousteau Voyages.”

Hilton Prize Coalition Releases New Film


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Hilton Prize Coalition, an independent alliance of the 20 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, announced the release of its short documentary film, “On Shifting Ground,” about the disaster relief efforts of development organizations in Nepal following the 2015 earthquake. The film premiered at Devex World 2016 in Washington, D.C. on June 14. On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. The earthquake and aftershocks killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. Among those who mobilized staff and resources in the world’s response to this disaster were six Hilton Prize Coalition member organizations that were embedded in Nepal—BRAC, Handicap International, Heifer International, HelpAge, Operation Smile and SOS Children’s Villages. Operating in Nepal before, during and after the earthquake, these organizations bridge the humanitarian divide between first responders and development agencies. The staff leveraged their longstanding history and roles in the impacted communities to achieve uniquely localized relief efforts, which helped to mitigate the long-term damage and loss of life.

ARDA Grants ARDY Award to Sunset World


CANCÚN, QUINTANA ROO—The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) awarded Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park, in the Riviera Maya with the prestigious ARDY award in the Green Sustainable Program within a Resort category. As part of the 2016 ARDA World Convention, held in early May in Hollywood, Fla., the eco-tourism property, part of Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences received the coveted award as the hotel with the best sustainable practices internationally and was also a finalist in the Special Events and Interior Design categories among the top contenders in the vacation club industry. “The ARDY awards honor those who have reached the highest levels of excellence and those whose achievements and dedication stimulate the industry to reach greater heights,” said Annie Arroyo, Corporate Director for Branding and Communication at Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences. “The sustainability and environmental care program presented by Hacienda Tres Ríos surpassed the proposals by important tourist industry groups such as Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Wyndham Vacation and Sheraton Vistana Resort.”

Cornell Study Issues Call for Sustainability in China’s Hotels


ITHACA, N.Y.—Even though growth in China has eased, the nation’s hotel industry continues to expand at a rate far exceeding other parts of the world. However, many of the new hotels in China do not meet international sustainability standards, according to a new analysis published by the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. The report, “Environmental Implications of Hotel Growth in China: Integrating Sustainability with Hotel Development,” by Gert Noordzy, Eric Ricaurte, Georgette James, and Meng Wu is available at no charge from CHR.

Hyatt Joins Forces with Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman to Take Healthy Hospitality to New Level


CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman announced they will work together to support guests’ health and well-being on and off the road. The collaboration will focus on making it easier for guests to continue their routines, or try new ones, while away from home. By embedding healthy options throughout the travel journey, Hyatt and Be Well’s goal is to help travelers be their best wherever they are. “Our guests are embracing healthier lifestyles and are increasingly looking to integrate healthy habits into their travel experiences,” said Global Chief Marketing Officer Maryam Banikarim, Hyatt Hotels Corp. “Wellness is not a one-size-fits-all concept, and it can be difficult. We are committed to listening to our guests and giving them easier options to make the best choice for them. Working with the Be Well team is helping us bring their passion for making healthy living simple into everything we do.” As an internationally recognized pioneer in integrative and functional medicine, Dr. Lipman draws from a career that blends traditional and alternative methods to help people reclaim their natural vitality.

Republic, Mirage Hotel & Casino Unveil New Recycling Exhibit


LAS VEGAS—Republic Services and The Mirage Hotel & Casino unveiled a new recycling exhibit inside the Sustainability Discovery Center at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. The exhibit is part of an ongoing commitment made by Republic and MGM Resorts International to increase awareness of sustainability throughout Southern Nevada and among roughly 42 million tourists who visit annually. “MGM Resorts International and Republic have partnered to increase awareness of the positive impacts of recycling, and the important role each individual can play,” said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of MGM Resorts International. “The Mirage Sustainability Discovery Center serves as a valuable educational resource for the Las Vegas community and the hundreds of guests who visit the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat each day.” The Sustainability Discovery Center features diverse interactive displays that engage and educate visitors on consequential topics ranging from wildlife preservation to water conservation, as well as addressing the increasingly serious effects of ocean pollution.

Benchmark Forms Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters


HOUSTON—Inns have always served not only as havens for weary travelers, but also as centers of community life. At the local inn, business was done, information exchanged, meetings and celebrations held. From its inception, the U.S.-based hospitality management company, Benchmark Hospitality International, has honored this tradition, giving back to the communities in the 40 domestic and global destinations it serves.

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