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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.

Winners of Green Hotelier Awards Announced

LONDON—Marking the end of Responsible Business Week, Green Hotelier magazine has announced this year’s winners of the Green Hotelier Awards. The annual Awards by Green Hotelier magazine changed format this year to align with the International Tourism Partnership’s Goals for 2030. ITP’s Goals invite the hotel industry to align their corporate social responsibility efforts with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also called the Global Goals. Applications were invited from hotels of any size anywhere in the world, and were judged on their initiatives to reduce energy and water consumption, their waste output, their roles as responsible businesses to...

Maryland Tourism Groups Get Together for Tourism Week

ANNAPOLIS, MD.—Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) teamed up with Annapolis Green to promote enhanced environmental stewardship during the U.S. Travel Association’s May 6 to 12 National Travel and Tourism Week celebration. VAAAC President and CEO Connie Del Signore says this year’s theme, “Travel Then and Now,” provided the perfect opportunity to showcase ongoing environmental initiatives that are underway in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. “Savvy, environmentally-conscious travelers patronize destinations that share their same concern for Mother Earth,” Del Signore said. “They look for destinations with strong environmental track records and plan their trips accordingly. Tourism Week provides the...

Westin Maui Resort & Spa Makes Waves with New Wellness Program

LAHAINA, HAWAII—Following on the heels of Earth Day, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa announced a new program, allowing guests to participate in thoughtfully-designed ocean adventures with paddle boarders, boat captains, canoe racers, and others who want to share their respect for the water and passion for the environment with travelers, while giving back to the local community. These watermen and women will also lead guests to learn about the national marine sanctuary fronting Ka’anapali Beach and the importance of “malama aina” (“protecting the land”) through the beach clean-up activity as the sun rises above the majestic Mauna Kahalawai...

Phoenix Center’s Efforts Result in $175,000 in Rebates

PHOENIX—The Phoenix Convention Center, a LEED-Silver certified green building, recently completed several upgrades throughout its campus by converting outdated lighting to energy efficient LED light technology. This past year the Phoenix Convention Center participated in Arizona Public Service’s (APS) Solutions for Business energy rebate program and received more than $175,000 in rebates. The Phoenix Convention Center, a City of Phoenix facility, took full advantage of APS’s rebate program by converting to LED lighting in several areas of the campus including meeting rooms, loading docks, stairwells, food court, garages, production kitchens and its grand Atrium. “Providing a positive guest experience and...

Booking.com Survey: Where Sustainable Travel is Headed in 2018

AMSTERDAM—To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Booking.com, a global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of places to stay, released the findings from its most recent global Sustainable Travel Report.* The report indicates that the green travel trend continues to gain momentum with a large majority of global travelers (87 percent) stating that they want to travel sustainably, and nearly four in 10 (39 percent) confirming that they often or always manage to do so. However, 48 percent indicate they never, rarely or only sometimes manage to travel sustainably, suggesting that while promising strides are being made...

Global Wellness Summit Announces 2018 Theme: ‘Shaping the Business of Wellness’

MIAMI—The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the foremost gathering of international leaders in the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy, announced the theme of its 2018 conference: “Shaping the Business of Wellness.” The 12th-annual gathering of wellness industry leaders, being held from October 6 to 8, 2018 at Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy, will focus on the current business landscape and future trends for the 10 diverse segments that make up the global wellness economy. During the Summit, dozens of keynotes, panels and roundtables will take a deep dive into the big businesses of beauty, healthy eating, wellness tourism, fitness/mind-body, preventive/personalized...

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa Partners to Provide Reef-Safe Sunscreen Dispensers

MAUI, HAWAII—Continuing efforts to help preserve Hawaii’s marine ecosystem and its special location at Pu‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock), Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has partnered with Raw Elements USA, a certified-natural, mineral-based, reef-safe sunscreen company, to offer reef-safe sunscreen dispensers throughout the resort. Pu‘u Keka‘a, fronting the resort, is one of the top destinations on Maui to see tropical marine life and vibrant coral reefs. Implementing reef-safe sunscreen dispensers, complimentary for resort guests, is one of the many sustainability initiatives the resort has introduced at a property level to educate guests on ocean conservation and encourage environmentally-conscious choices. In August 2017,...

How to Mitigate Risk & Save Money Through Proper Energy Procurement

Energy markets aren’t simple; with market conditions, regulations, and prices that change quickly, it can be overwhelming for anyone trying to manage spend, forecasts, several contracts, and risk across different regions. There are hundreds of local delivery companies (LDCs or energy utilities) in North America, and each has its own set of tariffs and pricing mechanisms that can affect negotiable energy supply. In addition to saving money, proper procurement of energy will enable hotel properties to better access renewable or cleaner fossil-fuel-generated sources of electricity. The money saved through effective energy management can be redirected toward other operations, to...

Corporate Responsibility Magazine Announces 100 Best Corporate Citizens

NEW YORK—Corporate Responsibility Magazine (CR Magazine) announced its 19th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list, recognizing the standout environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of public companies across the United States. Microsoft tops the ranking, followed by Accenture, Owens Corning, Intel and Hasbro. Fifteen companies are new to the list in 2018. Biggest gainers include Becton, Dickinson; IBM; Owens Corning and Biogen. No. 82 on the list is MGM Resorts International. At No. 100: Walt Disney Co. Access the 2018 100 Best Corporate Citizens here.  “CR Magazine is proud to present the only ESG ranking list that doesn’t rely on self-reporting,” said Dave Armon, Publisher...

More Voices Call for Investment in Human Capital

NATIONAL REPORT—What should public companies do with at least some of their tax savings? The pressure grows for greater investment, not just in employee bonuses, but in human capital. In early February, the highly respected Barrons financial weekly published its first “100 Most Sustainable Companies” report showing that organizations that focus on their human capital significantly outperform the stock market in share price performance. This comes on the heels of the release, by its sister financial publication, of the “Wall Street Journal Top 250” in December, compiled by the Drucker Institute based on ratings of customer satisfaction, employee engagement and development,...