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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.

Quick Take on Travel Survey Reveals Women Feel Unsafe When Traveling Solo

NEW YORK—Recent powerful movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have revealed the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault in our culture today. It should come as no surprise that some of the stories shared through these movements shine an uncomfortable light on how women experience travel. One such story that went viral came from a well-known Silicon Valley executive who posted her experience being harassed by a seatmate on an Alaska Airlines flight last November. A new Quick Take on Travel survey by independent marketing communications agency Eric Mower + Associates asked 400 U.S. women about their perceptions on safety when...

Green Building Initiative Acquires Global Rights to Green Globes

PORTLAND ORE.—The U.S.-based nonprofit Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced that it has completed acquisition of the global rights to Green Globes, a leading sustainability rating system for commercial and multi-family buildings. This acquisition from JLL now allows GBI to support existing Green Globes users in Canada, in addition to the United States, and to expand the reach of the rating system globally. “This acquisition is a clear win for GBI and our growing base of Green Globes users,” stated Vicki Worden, President & CEO of GBI. “Consolidating Green Globes under GBI was a logical and natural next step to further...

Squaw Valley Sets 100 Percent Renewables Goal

OLYMPIC VALLEY, CALIF.—To help achieve Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ goal to be powered by 100 percent clean, renewable energy sources, Liberty Utilities, the electric service provider in the Lake Tahoe region of California, is actively collaborating with resort leadership to identify and develop new renewable energy generation, storage and energy efficiency projects to benefit the Olympic Valley and surrounding areas. Subject to regulatory approval, the two companies intend to achieve the resort’s 100 percent renewable goal as early as December 2018. “Liberty Utilities is committed to furthering the renewable energy goals of the State of California and has already made...

Wynn Resorts CEO Steps Down

LAS VEGAS—The Board of Directors of Wynn Resorts announced yesterday that it accepted the resignation of Steve Wynn as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. The board has appointed Matt Maddox, currently President of the company, as its CEO, and Boone Wayson as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. “It is with a collective heavy heart, that the board of directors of Wynn Resorts today accepted the resignation of our founder, CEO and friend Steve Wynn,” said non-executive chairman of the board Boone Wayson. “Steve Wynn is an industry giant. He is a philanthropist and a...

Element Hotels Teams Up with Priority Bicycles to Bring Wellness to Guests Nationwide

BETHESDA, MD.—Element Hotels, part of Marriott International, is refreshing its Bikes to Borrow program by partnering with Priority Bicycles, a New York City-based company known for its high-quality, low maintenance bicycles. Custom Element Priority Bicycles will be available for guest use in all 25 Element Hotels across the United States beginning in February, free of charge, along with safety helmets. A natural partner, both Priority Bicycles and Element Hotels promote accessible wellness and fitness, and together, are making a healthy, balanced lifestyle more achievable for travelers. “Our properties allow guests to continue to live well while they’re on the road,...

California Passes New Housekeeper Injury Rules

OAKLAND, CALIF.—California’s workplace health and safety watchdog voted 6–0 recently to create new rules to reduce the injuries hotel housekeepers commonly experience. Cal/OSHA’s Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board approved Section 3345, Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention, at a meeting attended by hotel housekeepers from across the state. The move is part of a wave of efforts to protect housekeepers from workplace dangers including injuries, heavy workloads, sexual harassment, and assault. “Hotel housekeepers are the invisible backbone of the hospitality industry,” said Pamela Vossenas, DrPHc, MPH and Director of Worker Safety and Health for UNITE HERE, the hospitality workers union. “Overwhelmingly...

Hotel101 Resort-Boracay to Soon Rise in Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES—Hotel101 Resort-Boracay will soon rise on the beachfront of Boracay Newcoast featuring 1,001 rooms and is expected to become the biggest hotel in the Philippines in terms of room count. The project will sit on a two-hectare property on the beachfront cove and support environmentally friendly operations and sustainable tourism. Hotel101 Resort-Boracay is a joint venture project of Hotel of Asia Inc., a subsidiary of DoubleDragon Properties Corp., a property company led by Mang Inasal, Founder, and DoubleDragon Chairman Edgar Injap Sia II and Jollibee Founder and DoubleDragon Co-Chairman Tony Tan Caktiong, and Newcoast South Beach, Inc. led by...

Green Spa Network Announces Winners of 2017 Spa Sustainability Awards

ATLANTA—The Green Spa Network (GSN) announces its 6th Annual Sustainability Awards, which recognize innovation and leadership by the spa industry in support of a vital planet and vital people. With its annual awards, GSN celebrates the collective contributions to a more sustainable future. The 2017 GSN Sustainability Award Winners Include: Sustainable Building Winner: Mohonk Mountain House Other Finalists Include: The Omega Center Spa Anjali at The Westin Riverfront Innovative Sustainability Initiative Winner: St. Julien (Waste Reduction Initiative) Other Finalists Include: Eminence Forests for the Future initiative (GSN Platinum Sponsor) Blackberry Farm’s Agricultural Program Leadership in Sustainability Winners Day Spa: Complexions Spa Other Finalists Include: Spa Habitat Hiatus...

$563 Billion Wellness Tourism Industry Now Has Its Own Association

DENVER—A group of seasoned wellness industry executives have joined forces to create the Wellness Tourism Assn. (WTA). Registered in the State of Colorado as a not-for-profit, privately-held organization, the WTA has been established and designed to serve this booming travel sector. “Our mission is clear and concise,” says Co-Founder and Chairman Andrew Gibson, VP Wellbeing, Accor Hotels, “We plan to support and further the growth and development of the wellness tourism industry through networking, education, communication and marketing.” The new association will be a network of and for qualifying members of the wellness tourism industry. Its objectives will help to define...

Napili Kai Beach Resort Kicks Off Program to Provide Guests with Free Reef-Friendly Sunscreen

NAPILI, MAUI, HAWAII—Napili Kai Beach Resort, located on one of Maui’s most beautiful reef-protected bays, has introduced an educational program to encourage visitors to use reef-safe sunscreens. In recent years, coral reefs throughout Hawaii and the world have shown damage and bleaching due to a variety of environmental factors, including poisoning from chemical sunscreen. Many common sunscreen ingredients can lower reef tolerance to bleaching and interrupt the development of marine life, including the coral itself, which is a living organism. Starting in mid-December, Napili Kai now welcomes arriving guests with a free sample packet of Raw Elements reef-safe sunscreen, along with a discount coupon to purchase more and information about the damaging effects of...