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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.

Innovative Suppliers Help Make Portable Food Heaters Safer, More Efficient

NATIONAL REPORT—For banquets and other gatherings, the number of eco-friendly portable food heating and warming solutions has grown in recent years. Some use electricity, others use greener versions of the more traditional fuel gels, while at least one company uses what it calls a Chafo that burns natural gas. Green Lodging News has reported on fuel gels in the past. Some are toxic, hazardous in numerous ways, and can even impact the taste and quality of the food being heated. “The traditional alcohol gel is like an aerosol can putting out CFCs,” says David Moreland, “Chief Bottle Washer” at SMART...

2nd UNWTO Report on Gastronomy Tourism: Sustainability & Gastronomy

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN—Sixteen good practices in Gastronomy Tourism from different countries are showcased in the 2nd UNWTO Report on Gastronomy Tourism, touching on issues such as seasonality, training and innovation, ICT-related initiatives and wine-related itineraries. The publication stresses that in terms of tourist motivations, experiencing gastronomy is now at a similar level to visiting a museum, enjoying music and admiring the architecture of a destination. In this sense, gastronomy tourism has strong potential to improve destination management, promote cultures and contribute to other sectors such as agriculture and food manufacturing. The commitment of gastronomy tourism towards the principles of sustainability...

Imprint Plus Survey: Travelers Prefer to Stay at Green Hotels

NATIONAL REPORT—To determine what’s important to travelers when selecting a vacation or business trip location, a recent survey of 1,000 men and women in the United States was conducted by Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS) for Imprint Plus, a leading manufacturer of customized, eco-friendly, name badge and signage systems. When asked if they preferred to stay at eco-friendly establishments, an overwhelming 71 percent of the respondents reported that it was important. The survey also reported that breakfast included in the rate was considered to be an important offering in selecting a place to stay by 41 percent of the...

IH&RA’s 53rd Congress to Take Place in Hangzhou, China

HANGZHOU, CHINA—The President of the International Hotel & Restaurant Assn. (IH&RA) Dr. Ghassan Aidi signed an agreement with the President of the China Hotel Association, Mrs. Han Ming, to organize IH&RA’s 53rd Annual Congress to be taking place at the Dragon Hotel, Hangzhou, October 13 to 15, 2017. The Dragon Hotel was the venue for the G20 Summit which took place in September 2016. Founded in 1859 in Koblenz (Germany), the IH&RA is the only business organization representing the hospitality industry worldwide. Its members are national hotel and restaurant associations throughout the world, and international and national hotel and restaurant...

Javits Center Releases First Sustainability Report

NEW YORK—New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCOC) President and CEO Alan Steel announced the issuance of the Javits Center’s first-ever Sustainability Report, which outlines the efforts to green the largest convention center in New York. The 31-page report details a host of sustainable initiatives implemented at the Javits Center, including a significant reduction in the building’s energy consumption, the creation of a wildlife sanctuary and the establishment of partnerships with educational and community institutions, as well as customers and other government organizations. To read the entire report, visit www.javitscenter.com. Since 2014, 26 bird species have been observed on or...

Eco-Focused Resort, Marina Coming to Cortez, Fla.

CORTEZ, FLA.—A new recreational focused resort and marina is coming to Cortez from the developer behind Mirabella, the LEED Platinum certified, 160 home, adult community in nearby Bradenton, Fla. The 148 cottage community, named Hunters Point Resort and Marina, will also feature 49 boat slips, a public marina and community center, all designed to provide a modern, environmentally respectful and energy efficient fishing village style community to the historic town of Cortez, Fla. Of the 148 “Cracker” cottages, 62 are designed as hotel rooms for short term rentals. The development seems to be in line with the long-time quest of...

Marco Beach Ocean Resort Recertified as Florida Green Lodge

MARCO ISLAND, FLA.—The award-winning Marco Beach Ocean Resort, located along the Gulf of Mexico’s famous white-sand beaches, has been recertified as an environmentally friendly destination, receiving a Two-Palm rating from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging program. Known for its Gulf views, intimate environment and personalized service, the 93-suite Marco Beach Ocean Resort was originally certified as a Florida Green Lodge in 2010 and has received the triennial designation since. The certification recognizes the resort for voluntarily adopting initiatives to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources. Properties Must Address Five Core Standards The Florida Green Lodging’s environmental guidelines are designed to...

Green Lodging Trends Report Survey Approaches Closing Date

NATIONAL REPORT—The survey that is the basis for the annual Green Lodging Trends Report has launched and will remain open through 7 p.m. EST June 20. Click here to participate! The Green Lodging Trends Report is the lodging industry’s annual exercise to assess and catalyze green innovation, best practices, and awareness regarding the state of sustainability across hotels worldwide. Participants benefit from a free compare report—an opportunity to learn how their property is aligned with best practices, and where it is behind among peers locally and worldwide. Participants also have an opportunity to discover new innovative practices that hotels are...

The Many Reasons Why Hotels are Getting on Board with Sustainable Development

NATIONAL REPORT—For a sizeable number of today’s one billion tourists, the prospect of pristine mountain slopes, sun-drenched beaches and nature at its best is worth traveling long distances for. Yet for all the good they do for local economies, a steady stream of tourists can also have a significant environmental impact as infrastructure springs up to accommodate their needs while increased water consumption and waste generation put pressure on local resources. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) estimates hospitality’s annual footprint to total around $4 billion in energy use, 1.2 trillion gallons of water and millions of tons of waste. The global hotel...

Clean the World Launches Hygiene Kits for Veterans

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World, a leader in global health, has launched new Veteran Hygiene Kits to improve the lives of veterans. These life-saving hygiene kits are specialized for veterans and include basic hygiene products as well as important protective items, too. The kits feature resealable bags, two bars of new soap, bottles of repurposed shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razor and shaving cream, comb, socks, deodorant, and inspirational note cards. “Many of our veterans lack the basic hygiene amenities needed to keep them safe and healthy,” said Shawn Seipler, Founder and CEO for Clean the World. “It is our duty...