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Whether an industry announcement, or a hotel accomplishment, Green Lodging News reports on the most up-to-date news and offers a unique perspective on trends—all with the purpose of making your company more profitable. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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Whether an industry announcement, or a hotel accomplishment, Green Lodging News reports on the most up-to-date news and offers a unique perspective on trends—all with the purpose of making your company more profitable. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Wynn Las Vegas Marks Opening of Wynn Solar Facility

LAS VEGAS—Wynn Las Vegas marked a new renewable energy milestone with the start of the commercial operation of The Wynn Solar Facility on Saturday, June 2. The new 160-acre facility is now offsetting up to 75 percent of the resort’s current peak power requirements, the largest percentage of renewable energy used by any resort in Las Vegas, and an industry first for a gaming operator in Nevada. The facility will eventually be used to power the resort’s new meetings and conventions space expansion, set to open in March 2020, with 100 percent renewable energy, making it one of the...

Six Senses Duxton Hotel Opens in Singapore

SINGAPORE—Six Senses Duxton, the first city hotel from Six Senses, is now open in historic Tanjong Pagar in the Chinatown area of Singapore. Along with sister hotel Six Senses Maxwell opening later this year, Six Senses Duxton seeks to engage with the surrounding neighborhood and provide a new level of sustainability practiced in Singapore. “Six Senses Duxton aims not only to deliver a five-star luxury hotel experience, but to actively improve the surrounding neighborhood and natural environment as we do so,” says Six Senses Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs. “Singapore has been my home for almost 20 years, specifically the...

WELL Building Institute Launches WELL v2

NEW YORK—Launched worldwide and celebrated with fanfare in New York, Beijing, London and Sydney, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) unveiled the WELL v2 pilot, the next version of its pioneering WELL Building Standard, the first rating system to focus exclusively on the impacts of buildings on human health and wellness. This second iteration includes a full suite of enhancements that advance IWBI’s global aim to build a healthier future for all. WELL v2 is informed by key lessons learned from the nearly 1,000 projects that are registered or certified in 34 countries across the world. Users can now register...

From Days Inn: ‘Days InnBrella’ with LED Lighting

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—April showers may bring May flowers, but across much of the United States June stakes claim as the rainiest month of the year, bringing unwelcome gloom at the start of the popular summer travel season. Days Inn by Wyndham is protecting summer trips from ill-timed drizzle with its exclusive Days InnBrella, a first-of-its-kind umbrella that blocks rainfall while simultaneously emitting lit-from-within LED beams to brighten even the dreariest days. This custom-created portable beam of happy is an overcast day’s worst enemy, thanks to light therapy-like illumination radiating from the inside. Rain stays out and sunshine stays in, making for...

Disneyland Resort Offers 36 Percent Increase in Starting Wages

ANAHEIM, CALIF.—The Disneyland Resort announced that it has proposed a wage offer that includes an increase to minimum rates of 36 percent over the three-year span of the contract. This would put its Master Services cast members at $15 per hour by 2020, two years ahead of California’s minimum wage. The offer was made in April as part of the resort’s ongoing contract negotiations with the Master Services Council, which represents the company’s two largest labor contracts, and includes approximately 9,500 hourly cast members. “Disneyland Resort has created 10,000 new jobs in the last decade—and that’s just the beginning,” said...

Hotel Sector Unites to Tackle Forced Labor

LONDON—The world’s leading hotel groups have united to address a critical human rights issue by supporting the International Tourism Partnership’s Principles on Forced Labor. The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) is launching the three Principles today at The Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment and Employment, in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. ITP’s Principles on Forced Labour are: Every worker should have freedom of movement. The ability of workers to move freely should not be restricted by their employer through abuse, threats and practices such as unlawful retention of passport and valuable possessions.II. No worker should pay for a job....

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Sets Out to Engineer the Perfect Night’s Sleep

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is engineering its hotel rooms around an elusive concept in travel: a really great night’s sleep. The brand is teaming up with wellness innovator Delos and designer Jeffrey Beers to outfit rooms that inspire rest, comfort and relaxation. A total of 47 million U.S. adults do not get a restorative night’s sleep. For travelers, it’s worse. Evidence shows jet lag, unfamiliar routine and the general stress of travel contribute to poor sleep and post-travel illness. A recent University of Texas study found disrupting sleep and impacting circadian rhythm—commonly caused by jet lag—not only leads to...

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa Honored with Hawaii Green Business Award

HONOLULU—Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa has been awarded a Hawaii Green Business Award for the seventh consecutive year. At an awards ceremony on May 3, 2018, the resort was recognized as one of 17 businesses from throughout the state that is striving to operate in an environmentally, culturally, and socially responsible manner in order to ultimately contribute to the sustainability and improvement of the island of Hawaii. Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is one of only eight hotels and resorts to receive this designation this year. “We’re thrilled to accept the honor of being named a...

Caesars Entertainment Commits to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 95 Percent

LAS VEGAS—Caesars Entertainment Corp., the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider, announced it has set science-based targets to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the company and throughout its supply chain. The ambitious goals demonstrate Caesars’ ongoing commitment to fighting climate change and mitigating long-term risk. Caesars is one of over 400 global organizations that has committed to business leadership and policy alignment on climate through the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), and one of just over 100 companies to have their targets approved. The SBTi is a collaboration among CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global...

Monterey County CVB Announces Sustainable Moments Collective

MONTEREY, CALIF.—Monterey County is known for its unmatched scenic beauty—a picturesque rugged coastline, majestic redwoods and lush fields. The awe-inspiring scenery is one of the region’s top attractions and draws millions of visitors to Monterey County every year. With more visitors traveling to the area, the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCCVB) announced the launch of the Sustainable Moments Collective in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and local organizations in an effort to preserve and protect this destination for generations to come. The Sustainable Moments Collective began this spring as an outgrowth of the MCCVB’s destination-wide initiative—Sustainable Moments. The program...