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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.

Hilton Invites World to Celebrate Earth Hour through #TravelwithPurposeContest

MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton today announced the launch of a global social media contest celebrating Earth Hour (8:30 p.m. to 9:30p.m. on March 25)—the worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Building on the core theme of Earth Hour—turning off the lights for an hour to save energy—contestants are invited to submit a photo and caption showing how they celebrated the event. The grand prize includes travel and accommodation, including a five-night stay at the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre in Iceland. The winner will enjoy the destination’s proximity to the Arctic Circle, as well as...

San Ignacio Resort Hotel Celebrates 40th Anniversary

NEW YORK—San Ignacio Resort Hotel in San Ignacio, Belize, recently celebrated its commemorative 40th anniversary and in doing so, continues to usher in a new wave of Belizean luxury hospitality. To celebrate its 40th birthday, the 26-room hotel, which is the only San Ignacio hotel located in the jungle, announced the completion of its major remodeling endeavors including the addition of two new suites with in-suite Jacuzzis to its portfolio. Additional renovations include a new contemporary and Mediterranean style lobby with a Baroque-themed Lobby Bar, a formal dining room, an extended outdoor seating area and renovations to its existing...

Research: Companies Save $14 for $1 Invested in Reducing Food Waste

PARIS—One-third of all food produced in the world is never eaten, which has tremendous economic, social and environmental consequences. New research on behalf of Champions 12.3 finds that for every $1 companies invested to reduce food loss and waste, they saved $14 in operating costs—concrete evidence of the clear return on investment from food loss and waste reduction. In a first-of-its kind analysis, The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste evaluated financial cost and benefit data for 1,200 sites across 700 companies in 17 countries, finding that nearly every site realized a positive return on their investment to...

New Report Finds Shark-Related Diving Generated Over $221 Million for Florida in 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Oceana released a new report finding that shark-related dives in Florida generated more than $221 million in revenue and fueled over 3,700 jobs in 2016. The independent report, commissioned by Oceana, highlights the stark contrast between the value of sharks to Florida’s dive industry ($221 million) and the total U.S. shark fin export market ($1.03 million in 2015). “Shark-based tourism, which depends on healthy shark populations, is a lucrative and rapidly growing industry in the U.S. as more and more divers recognize the beauty and awe of swimming with these magnificent creatures,” said Oceana Campaign Director Lora Snyder. “In...

HITEC Toronto Exhibit Space Officially Sold Out

AUSTIN, TEXAS—Global hospitality association Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), producers of the world’s largest hospitality technology conference Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), announced that its exhibit space for HITEC Toronto is officially sold out. HFTP’s HITEC Toronto is the second, and largest, of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place June 26 to 29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto. Several suppliers of guestroom energy management systems will be exhibiting. “Booth space for HITEC Toronto sold out quicker than ever before in HITEC’s 45-year history,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. “HFTP continues to reach new milestone accomplishments, and...

WWF, AHLA, The Rockefeller Foundation Join to Prevent Hotel Food Waste

WASHINGTON, D.C.—World Wildlife Fund (WWF), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), today launched a series of pilot projects aimed at further reducing food waste in the hotel industry. WWF and AHLA developed the projects in conjunction with a working group from AHLA’s Food & Beverage Committee and Sustainability Committee. Hotel brands participating in the projects include Hilton, Hyatt, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) and Marriott International, as well as Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Sage Hospitality and Terranea Resort. The pilots were also developed with the support of The Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise Initiative,...

Hyatt Announces Launch of ‘World of Hyatt’

CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced the launch of World of Hyatt, Hyatt’s new global platform grounded in the simple idea that a little understanding goes a long way. This reflects Hyatt’s purpose and reaffirms its commitment to building genuine and trusted experiences and engaging its community of loyalists in a way that is meaningful to them. “World of Hyatt is an expression of who we are,” said Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corp. “It’s a platform powered by our purpose—caring for people so they can be their best—and it inspires how we engage with guests, interact with colleagues and owners,...

ENERGY STAR Program on the Chopping Block

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Alliance to Save Energy vowed to fight budget cuts for federal energy efficiency programs proposed Thursday by the Trump administration, including the elimination of the successful ENERGY STAR program and sharp reductions at the Department of Energy (DOE). “This is a destructive proposal that walks away from decades of bipartisan support for energy efficiency going back to the Reagan administration and beyond,” said Alliance President Kateri Callahan. “We oppose these cuts in the strongest possible terms and will do everything we can to fight them in Congress.” “This budget ignores the fact that energy efficiency creates jobs and economic growth,” Callahan adds....

Green Venue Report Launches Fourth Annual Worldwide Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Green Venue Report, a leading group of event industry professionals committed to the advancement of venue sustainability, announce the launch of the third annual survey to compare sustainability practices and performance across convention and exhibition centers worldwide. Venues are invited to participate in the survey beginning March 15 through April 30, 2017. The 2017 Green Venue Report will offer these results in a comprehensive overview of convention centers around the world, building on the participation and momentum of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 reports. The report compares performance over a wide-range of areas, including: energy, efficiency, waste management, water...

Virginia B&Bs Benefit from On-site Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

SOUTH BOSTON, VA.—Electric vehicle charging stations are the newest amenity at Virginia bed and breakfasts that are catering to a more green-friendly clientele. This is the dawn of these new vehicles, and usage so far is rather scattered. But the inns expect a bigger influx of visitors as electric car sales pick up in urban and rural areas of the Commonwealth. At Oak Grove Plantation in South Boston, Va., shiny new electric charging stations are powered by the inn’s 48 solar photovoltaic panels. “We are hoping to appeal to visitors who are conscious of their lodging’s carbon footprint,” says innkeeper Pickett...