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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.

Innovations in Reducing Soil Erosion

NATIONAL REPORT—Soil is a vital resource. Crops require it for production of the world’s food, yet the very people who are fed by those crops often do things that permit erosion of the soil. The buildup of silt in waterways and municipal storm sewers has caused flooding and damage to property, resulting in an ever-growing need to reduce soil erosion. In the simplest terms, prevention of soil erosion comes down to two main features: Establishment of vegetation and management of water flow. Those two techniques are utilized in several different ways, including these common solutions. Runoff Management Perhaps the most obvious culprit...

HNA Group Sponsors Economist Intelligence Unit for The Sustainable Tourism Index Report

NEW YORK—HNA Group, a global Fortune 500 company focused on tourism, logistics and financial services, announced its sponsorship of a white paper entitled “2018 Sustainable Tourism Index,” using research carried out by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Tourism accounts for approximately 10 percent of world GDP and just under 10 percent of all jobs. Driven by rising wages in emerging markets, tourism is primed to power further global growth, however the industry can only realize its full potential through sustainable practices. Key findings include: France and Germany exhibit the strongest commitments to sustainable tourism while China and India’s high-growth tourism sectors could provide a...

Two New Tree Houses Offer Expanded Options at Skamania Lodge

STEVENSON, WASH.—The Columbia River Gorge’s Skamania Lodge, A Destination Hotel, recently unveiled its second pair of tree houses; the first pair opened in the summer of 2016. The new tree houses have an extra sleeping area complete with a queen bed in a nook that overlooks the Gorge and Skamania Lodge’s golf course. It allows for a broader range of options to those seeking to sleep among the trees. “We’re thrilled at the way our first two tree houses turned out,” said Skamania Lodge General Manager Ken Daugherty. “They became so popular, we wanted to be able to provide our...

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas to Open Six Senses Singapore

BANGKOK—Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has given two old buildings a complete restoration as part of a conservation project in Singapore. Ideally situated in the island city-state’s central district, Six Senses Singapore is located in the eclectic heart of Chinatown where socializing, dining and nightlife take center stage. Six Senses Singapore is split across two buildings that are an easy wander apart. Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell will mark the brand’s first city hotels, celebrating local Singapore culture and history while adding a touch of playfulness to the heritage properties. There is a diverse mix of Chinese, Malay...

ECPAT-USA & Marriott International Announce New Partnership to Protect Children from Trafficking

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—ECPAT-USA, the country’s leading anti-child trafficking policy organization, announced a new partnership with global hospitality company Marriott International to combat and prevent human trafficking and exploitation in all forms. Marking National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Marriott International signed ECPAT-USA’s Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code), an industry-driven responsible tourism initiative with a mission to provide awareness, tools, and support to the travel and hospitality industry in order to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. “Everyone has a role in fighting human trafficking and preventing child sexual exploitation,” said David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President and Global Chief...

Sands China Repairs 22 Typhoon-Damaged Coloane Homes

MACAO—When Typhoon Hato pummeled Macao in late August, the Coloane shoreline was among the first areas to face the devastating intensity of the storm. As a result, many of the homes near the shore were either completely destroyed, or suffered extensive damage, creating difficult or impossible living conditions for its residents. As the entirety of the Macao community—from residents and organizations to businesses and government—worked together to support each other in the aftermath, Sands China’s relief efforts included coming to the assistance of the residents of those Coloane homes battered by the storm. With the support and coordination of the Housing...

Wynn Las Vegas’ Paradise Park to Run on Solar

LAS VEGAS—Wynn Las Vegas will power its multi-use development, Paradise Park, with 100 percent renewable energy sourced from a new 160-acre solar energy facility, making it one of the most environmentally conscious planned developments in Las Vegas. Under the terms of the agreement with Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA), Wynn Las Vegas will begin receiving power in the first half of 2018 which will be used to offset up to 75 percent of the resort’s current peak power requirements until Paradise Park opens. This is the largest percentage of renewable energy used by any resort in Las Vegas,...

Best Western Hoteliers Contribute $1 Million to Charitable Initiatives

PHOENIX—In a year marked by giving back, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ hoteliers have committed approximately $1 million over the next five years in support of the brand’s charitable arm—Best Western for a Better World (BWBW). Portions of these funds were donated to the American Red Cross—the charity’s disaster relief partner—to aid victims in the aftermath of 2017’s powerful hurricanes and wildfires. “Since our brand’s beginnings, Best Western hotel owners have felt a strong sense of responsibility to the communities in which they work and live,” said David Kong, President and CEO of Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “Our employees and...

Virginia Green Travel Conference Set for March 1-2 in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.—The agenda for the 5th Annual Virginia Green Travel Conference & Travel Star Awards has been finalized. The event will take place March 1 to 2 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center and is being put together by the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. The event will feature two days packed with keynote speaker presentations, educational sessions, Green Tourism Business Expo, Travel Star Awards and much more. Highlights of the first day will include the Green Tourism Business Expo, Virginia Green Travel Certification Class, opening session, keynote presentation by Anthony Rossi, TerraCycle, Award Winners Forum, four roundtable workshops, tour...

Report Outlines Potential Doubling of Solar, Wind Capacity

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In the latest issue of its “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with data through November 30, 2017), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) notes that proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar could total 115,984 megawatts (MW) by December 2020—effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115,520 MW. At the same time, the FERC report suggests that coal might experience a net decline of 18,723 MW (equivalent to 6.60 percent of current capacity) while nuclear power drops by 2,342 MW (equivalent to 2.16 percent of current capacity). The numbers were released as FERC prepares for a January 10...