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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.

HX: The Hotel Experience Announces Launch of New Conference

CINCINNATI—In the first of several brand extensions it intends for HX: The Hotel Experience, Hospitality Media Group (HMG), has announced plans for a new two-day standalone industry conference, November 11 to 12, 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. “Survey data revealed that attendees are seeking more content from HX,” said Dan Hogan, HX Brand Leader. “HX: The Conference will provide unparalleled information to those who create the guest experience by exploring the latest trends, disruptions and successes within the hospitality industry.” HX: The Conference will feature an Opening General Session and 18 breakouts over the two...

Travel & Tourism Created 7 Million New Jobs in 2017

LONDON—WTTC’s annual Economic Impact Research, released last week, shows that Travel & Tourism was responsible for the creation of 7 million new jobs worldwide in 2017. The report also shows that 2017 was a bumper year for the global Travel & Tourism sector, which grew at 4.6 percent, much faster than the economy as a whole (3 percent growth during 2017). Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO said, “Travel & Tourism creates jobs, drives economic growth and helps build better societies. Our research shows that our sector was responsible for the creation of one in five of all jobs globally....

In 2018-2019, Iberostar Removing All Single Use Plastics from Its Hotel Rooms

PALMA DE MALLORCA—In 2019, Iberostar Group’s portfolio of more than 110 hotels will be free of single-use plastics, following an initial implementation by the chain’s 36 Spain hotels by June this year. Reducing plastic pollution is one of the key objectives of the sustainability policy on which Iberostar’s business strategy is based. Together with promoting certified sustainable fishing, the protection and conservation of coral reefs and care of the Mediterranean Sea, reducing plastic pollution is one of the key actions included in the “Wave of Change” initiative, part of the Iberostar Group’s sustainability policy that channels its commitment to...

MGM Resorts International Donates $150,000 to Civil Rights Museum

TUNICA, MISS.—MGM Resorts International, parent company of Gold Strike Casino Resort, donated $150,000 to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. The funds will support the Museum’s programming surrounding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which took place at the Lorraine Motel, now the location of the National Civil Rights Museum, as well as enhancements of the museum’s physical plant. The National Civil Rights Museum, in conjunction with partner organizations and civil rights leaders across the country, has structured a year-long program of events and activities to encourage others to continue...

Hotels, Resorts Line Up Activities for Earth Day

NATIONAL REPORT—This Sunday is Earth Day. Members of the hospitality industry will be joining to mark the occasion—properties ranging from 1 Hotels in Manhattan, Brooklyn and South Beach to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alberta, to The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va. All are planning activities. Here is a list of examples of celebrations throughout North America. 1 Hotels, a mission-driven, nature-inspired luxury lifestyle brand with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and South Beach announced the launch of its Earth Day Every Day campaign, a year-long initiative that will include activities across all properties focused on raising awareness...

WTTC Global Summit to Debate Tourism Sustainability Challenges

BUENAS AIRES—The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)’s 2018 Global Summit takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina April 18 to 19 and will look at destination management and sustainable jobs amongst other issues. Industry leaders from the public and private sector will discuss the theme of “Our People, Our World, Our Future”, debating how the travel and tourism industry is placed to create sustainable jobs in a future of transformational technology, increasing environmental pressures, and in a world where security concerns are paramount. This year’s event is organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism of Argentina and the National Institute...

Saunders Hotel Group Wraps Green Initiatives into Genuine Responsibility

BOSTON—The Saunders Hotel Group, a strong proponent of hotel sustainability since 1989, has expanded its sustainability program into a broader program called Genuine Responsibility. “We’ve been involved in sustainability initiatives for many years now,” says Samantha Sorrin, Director of Responsibility. “Genuine Responsibility is a natural way of expanding it.” Genuine Responsibility is a broadening of the company’s efforts to reduce resource consumption to more of a concentration on supporting local businesses and caring about the wellbeing of the local community, travelers and employees. “There is a lot of overlap between these,” Sorrin says. This year the Saunders Hotel Group has...

New Market Research Shows Best Tools for Rating Suppliers’ Sustainability

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) released a free market research guide that allows organizations to easily identify high-quality tools for rating the sustainability of their suppliers. The guide allows users to compare third-party sustainability rating tools to find the one that best meets their organization’s needs. Each of the rating tools included in the guide were screened against 40 criteria that SPLC’s members determined were important for the credible use of supplier sustainability ratings within procurement and supply chain contexts. The rating tools included in the market research guide can be used to evaluate suppliers on dozens...

Green Voice Conversations Planned at HD Expo

NEW YORK—HD Expo, taking place May 2 to 4 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, announced the 2018 panel lineup for its Social Hub. The heart of the show floor, the Social Hub serves as a platform for attendees and exhibitors to engage in a series of conversations about top-of-mind industry topics. In true hospitality design form, the panels will take place in a beautifully crafted space—think co-working meets greenhouse—by Meyer Davis. “Each year, the Social Hub is a favorite spot for attendees to listen in on engaging discussions spanning timely issues such as social media and sustainability,” said...

Many Sign Care2 Petition to Keep Florida Beaches Public

FLORIDA—A Care2 petition is calling for the repeal of a new Florida law that will give hotels, condos, and private residences more control over their beachfront property. The Care2 petition says the law will give property owners too much leeway to shut out the public from Florida beaches; it has gathered over 22,000 signatures. “Beaches are an integral part of Florida’s tourism and should be open for all to enjoy,” the Care2 petition reads. “Sixty percent of Florida’s beaches are already privately owned. This new law will put even more power in the hands of landowners to further restrict where,...