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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.

Recovery Fund Launched to Help Devastated Parts of the Caribbean

CORAL GABLES, FLA.—The travel and tourism industry has launched the Caribbean Hurricane Tourism Recovery Fund, uniting the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Industry with the noted Tourism Cares organization, which has helped to lead private sector efforts globally following crises. The fund will allow tourism industry stakeholders and friends of the region throughout the Caribbean and the world to pool their resources in support of vulnerable, devastated areas of the northern Caribbean that welcome millions of visitors in a region that supports 2.4 million tourism-related jobs. The Fund’s focus on the recovery of islands directly affected by Hurricane Irma complements existing relief...

Chefs Pledge to Keep Pacific Bluefin Tuna off Menus

MONTEREY, CALIF.—Leading chefs on five continents have pledged to keep Pacific bluefin tuna off their menus until there’s effective international action to manage the fishery in ways that reverse a precipitous decline in the bluefin tuna population. Nearly 200 globally prominent chefs and culinary leaders—including Brazil’s Alex Atala, James Beard Award nominee Michael Cimarusti of the United States and Annabel Langbein of New Zealand—say that Pacific Rim nations must act immediately to recover Pacific bluefin tuna. Bluefin tuna is among the planet’s most iconic and prized fish. In recent decades, global demand for Pacific bluefin tuna has driven the population down...

Choice Hotels Joins Two Groups to Aid Hurricane Victims

ROCKVILLE, MD.—Choice Hotels International, Inc. is donating up to 1,250 free hotel nights to the American Red Cross and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to assist first responders, volunteers and families displaced by recent natural disasters including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “Our thoughts go out to all those affected by these devastating natural disasters,” said Pat Pacious, President, COO and incoming CEO of Choice Hotels. “The hospitality industry is doing its part to monitor these storms, as well as support recovery efforts. We’ve been partnering with the American Red Cross and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for years...

Wyland Returns to Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

DANA POINT, CALIF.—The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents a curated exhibition of marine life art by renowned artist Wyland. The exhibit, titled “Hope for the Ocean,” recognizes his foundation’s new partnership with the United Nations Environment Program in support of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. On display from September 1 through January 4, 2018, the exhibit is open to the public and includes 25 original oil paintings, Chinese sumi brush paintings, giclees on canvas, aluminum, watercolors, a bronze sculpture, and a mixed media coffee table. “We are thrilled to welcome Wyland back to the resort,” said Shannon Gilbert, Director of Sales...

Little Rock’s Robinson Center Renovation & Expansion Achieves LEED Gold

LITTLE ROCK, ARK.—The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) announced that the Robinson Center’s renovation, restoration and expansion has exceeded original expectations to be LEED certified, and has achieved a LEED Gold rating. A press conference announcing this achievement was held last week. “We are very excited to achieve LEED Gold Certification, and believe that this rating demonstrates the commitment of our team of owner’s representatives, architects, engineers and construction professionals that have worked on this project,” said LRCVB President and CEO, Gretchen Hall. David Porter, AIA, Principal, Polk Stanley Architects, noted, “The design team is thrilled to be part of...

Stone Terrace B&B Deploys Tesla Destination Charging Station

EVANSTON, ILL.—Stone Terrace Bed & Breakfast, a luxury bed and breakfast located in Evanston, Ill., has joined Tesla Motors Destination Charging Program, making it the first in Evanston and first B&B in Illinois to deploy a vehicle charging station on its property. The installation includes two “pull up and plug in” wall connectors, which add up to 60 miles of range per hour. A universal adapter is available for non-Tesla electric cars. Electric vehicle (EV) owners can leave their vehicles at the charging station while at the beach, shopping or enjoying time as a guest at the property. The EV...

Women in Tourism and Hospitality Announces Speaker Lineup for Inaugural Conference

TORONTO—Women in Tourism and Hospitality (WITHOrg.com), an organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the tourism and hospitality industries, announced the program lineup for its upcoming inaugural conference taking place in Toronto on September 18, 2017, at the Park Hyatt Hotel. The roster of speakers and panelists includes Kirstine Stewart, CEO of Diply GoViral as the keynote speaker and Kathleen Taylor, Chair Royal Bank of Canada and past President and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels will open the conference. Marriott, Air Canada, Host Hotels and Tourism Toronto will all participate. Presented in association with Hotelier magazine and Sequel Hotels &...

Global Wellness Summit Announces Full Three-Day Agenda

MIAMI—The Global Wellness Summit, the annual event that attracts international business and industry leaders focused on the growth and opportunities to be found in today’s $3.7 trillion global wellness economy, released the agenda and speakers for its 2017 conference, taking place at The Breakers Palm Beach, Fla. this October 9 to 11. The theme of this year’s Summit is the business of “Living a Well Life,” and the three-day event will feature a lineup of over 50 speakers and presenters, each sharing his or her unique insights on how—and why—wellness is changing the way business is done and what the...

Clean the World, Guest Supply Partner to Provide 60,000 Hygiene Kits to Hurricane Victims

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World Foundation, a leader in global health, and Guest Supply, an industry leader in hospitality supply manufacturing, have partnered to provide 60,000 hygiene kits and linens to Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston. Guest Supply is a subsidiary of Sysco, which is headquartered in Houston and employs 3,000 people in the area. “With a long-standing relationship with Clean the World, coupled with our personal connection to the people of Houston, we are honored to join forces to get hygiene supplies and linens to those in need,” says Paul Xenis, President of Guest Supply. “We manufacture some of the most needed products...

Mayakoba Launches Coastal Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project

RIVIERA MAYA, QUINTANA ROO—The erosion of the Rivera Maya and Caribbean beaches have presented a problem that has worsened over the years. The effects of climate change have been the main culprit, affecting trade winds and ocean currents which has caused a loss of sand and beach corrosion. To combat the issue, Mayakoba Tourism Development is implementing an innovative and comprehensive project to rehabilitate its coastal ecosystems as a measure to address sea level not only in the Caribbean, but worldwide. For this project, a strategic alliance was made with expert scientists from the School of Engineering at the National Autonomous University...