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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
MCLEAN, VA.—DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton Worldwide’s 13 brands, celebrated National Pay it Forward Day last week with the launch of “Nice Travels,” an integrated, multichannel movement driving random acts of kindness to prove that “nice” is contagious. The idea behind “Nice Travels” is that when a guest stays with DoubleTree by Hilton, “nice” stays with them, starting with the warm chocolate chip cookie welcome that each guest receives.
NEW YORK—In celebration of Earth Day 2016, Booking.com revealed findings from its global Sustainable Travel Report, identifying what the term “sustainable travel” means to consumers, how sustainable accommodations are viewed, and what the future holds for eco-conscious travelers. Nearly half (47 percent) of American respondents said they consider themselves to be sustainable travelers, rising to 72 percent amongst Chinese respondents and dropping to 25 percent amongst the Japanese, with findings showing a wide spectrum when it comes to what people understand “sustainable travel” to mean. More than half (58 percent) of Americans consider the act of staying in eco-friendly accommodations to be sustainable travel with just over two-thirds (68 percent) confirmed they would be more likely to choose accommodations if they knew they were eco-friendly. A third (33 percent) of Americans said they don’t plan to stay in an eco-friendly accommodation in the year ahead, and of these travelers, 38 percent said it was because they did not even know sustainable accommodations existed.
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