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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.

Report Makes Business Case for Building Green

LONDON—The World Green Building Council launched a new report highlighting tangible economic benefits of green building and showcasing improved occupant satisfaction when companies implement new health, wellbeing and productivity features in existing green structures. Doing Right by Planet and People: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building examines case studies of 11 facilities around the globe that have one or more green certifications including LEED, Green Star and BREEAM. The report evaluates health and wellbeing features that were integrated into the facilities, such as: enhanced fresh air ventilation, acoustic privacy, increase of daylight penetration and use of biophilic design elements such...

Wynn Las Vegas Outlines Increased Sustainable Energy Practices at Global Meetings Industry Day

LAS VEGAS—Leaders from the top resort companies in Las Vegas recently convened for the 2018 Global Meetings Industry Day to share current investments and future advancements that will help Las Vegas remain the number one trade show destination in the country. At the event, Wynn Las Vegas’ Director of Energy Procurement, Erik Hansen, outlined the company’s approach to sustainable energy and eco-friendly meetings and conventions practices after announcing Wynn’s new 280,000 square foot meetings space expansion. “Our meetings and conventions clients are increasingly concerned about their impact on the environment, prioritizing clean energy use, responsibly supplying and using data, and...

Airbnb Launches Global Office of Healthy Tourism

SAN FRANCISCO—Airbnb launched the Office of Healthy Tourism, an initiative to drive local, authentic and sustainable tourism in countries and cities across the globe. Along with the launch of the Office, Airbnb is also releasing data that shows the benefits of healthy tourism for hosts, guests and cities around the world, as well as announcing the creation of its new Tourism Advisory Board, which will be made up of travel industry leaders from around the world. Since the company was founded 10 years ago, travelers have discovered new destinations and neighborhoods off the typical tourist path, bringing the economic benefits of...

AccorHotels Plans Rollout of Unbleached Linen

PARIS—To mark Planet 21 Day, AccorHotels announces the rollout by 2021 of a new range of eco-friendly linen. Not chemically bleached, it will approach an unbleached color: the natural color of cotton. Novotel, Mercure, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget will equip their rooms with bed linen and towels that respect the environment. The first global hotel group to offer its guests natural colored linen, AccorHotels is marking a turning point in the hospitality sector by declaring “Natural is the new white!”, as part of its overall policy to reduce the carbon footprint generated by its rooms. The new textile products...

ECI Development Planning Marriott-Branded Oceanfront Property in Belize

AMBERGRIS CAYE, BELIZE—ECI Development announced plans to introduce the Marriott Hotels’ namesake brand to Belize with a project designed for customers seeking a relaxed Caribbean lifestyle. The hotel will grace Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island known for its world-class scuba diving, fishing, water sports and white sandy beaches. “We are thrilled to bring the Marriott Hotels’ brand to Ambergris Caye, one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful island destinations with famed access to the Belize Barrier Reef and dive sites,” said Michael K. Cobb, Chairman and CEO of ECI Development. “Known for developing inspired residences for adventurous souls across Latin America...

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Makes Pledge Against Single-Use Plastic

SINGAPORE—In commemoration of Earth Day, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts announced a pledge against single-use plastic. This is in support of the Earth Day 2018 theme End Plastic Pollution and directly addresses the detrimental effect that plastic is having on the environment and marine life. With this declaration, the premium hotel operator and developer will implement a plan for all its properties to phase out the use of disposable plastics by Earth Day 2019. This will include plastic straws, plastic water bottles and disposable plastic cutlery. Since its inception in 1994, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has embarked on a...

MGM Resorts International Hits Responsible Gambling Milestone

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International hit a major milestone during this year’s Problem Gambling Awareness Month (March 2018). Since launching nationwide late last year, GameSense—the company’s innovative responsible gambling program—has already sparked more than 160,000 conversations with guests. By implementing GameSense, responsible gambling education and support is integrated into MGM Resort’s guest service culture. It’s all designed to help guests make informed decisions and keep gambling fun. GameSense comes alive through personal interactions between guests and trained staff based at each property’s M life Rewards desk. In addition to speaking to trained employees, guests are also utilizing interactive GameSense touchscreens and picking...

One-Time Butler Developing LSW Hotels—a Luxury, Sustainable, Wellness Brand

MIAMI—Seventeen-year hotel industry veteran Tatyana Li first started working as a butler for the St. Regis New York. She worked her way up to Director of Sales for several hotel brands and is now founder of LSW Hotels. LSW stands for luxury, sustainable and wellness hotels. Li is still in the process or raising funding for her first hotel—to be in Miami. “I have approached investors, but it is challenging,” Li says. “We are getting closer. The toughest part is finding the right investors.” Li estimates the cost of her first 100-room hotel at $375,000 per key. The property will also...

Caribbean Association Calls for Nominations for CHIEF Awards

MIAMI—The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is inviting the region’s hospitality sector to submit nominations for the coveted Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) Awards, to be presented in Miami this summer. “The CHIEF Awards shine a spotlight on the four areas we consider critical to the resilience and healthy growth of the tourism and hospitality sectors, which are the bedrock of our region’s economies,” CHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy said. The awards honor the best practices in Environmental Sustainability, Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Social Responsibility. “This year, judges will be looking for submissions that also highlight the value of...

New Research Finds Hotels Saved $7 for Every $1 Invested in Reducing Food Waste

WASHINGTON, D.C.—New research on behalf of Champions 12.3 finds there is a compelling business case for hotels to reduce the amount of food they throw away. For every $1 hotels invested in programs to reduce kitchen food waste, on average they saved $7 in operating costs. In a first-of-its kind analysis for the industry, The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Hotels evaluated financial cost and benefit data for 42 sites—including Sofitel, MGM and more—across 15 countries, finding that nearly every site realized a positive return on its investment to reduce food waste. Within just one year, the...