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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.

Marriott International Unveils New Sustainability & Social Impact Commitments

BETHESDA, MD.—From human rights protections to sustainable hotel development, Marriott International yesterday launched a new sustainability and social impact initiative designed to foster business growth while balancing the needs of associates, customers, owners, the environment and communities. Under Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, Marriott’s new Sustainability and Social Impact Platform seeks to continue the company’s 90-year commitment to the communities it serves, the planet and people worldwide. “As the global hospitality leader with properties and associates across 125 countries and territories, Marriott International has a global responsibility and unique opportunity to be a force for good in all...

Las Vegas Sands, Adelson Family Announce $4 Million Relief Fund

LAS VEGAS—Las Vegas Sands Corp. and the Adelson Family Foundation announced they are establishing a $4 million relief fund in memory of the people who lost their lives in the Las Vegas mass shooting, as well as honoring the courageous victims, festival-goers, first responders and medical professionals who joined together to save lives. Sands Cares, the global corporate giving program of Las Vegas Sands, and the Adelson Family Foundation, the charitable giving entity of Dr. Miriam Adelson and Las Vegas Sands Chairman and Founder Sheldon G. Adelson, will each contribute $2 million to organizations providing aid to victims and their...

Euro Disney S.C.A. & Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Open Villages Nature Paris

PARIS—On October 10, Euro Disney S.C.A. and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parks opened Villages Nature Paris. The ceremony was attended by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, State secretary to the Minister of Europe and of Foreign Affairs, and Valérie Pecresse, President of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France. The Villages Nature Paris project was born in 2003, and is the product of a vision shared by the founding groups, and based on harmony between man and nature. Each partner brings its individual and complementary knowledge: The Euro Disney group brings its expertise and creativity in theme parks, its mastery of the art of storytelling, and their...

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Unveils New Apiary & Beekeeping Experience

OJAI, CALIF.—Ojai Valley Inn & Spa recently announced the arrival of an on property apiary and launch of an immersive beekeeping experience for guests. In partnership with Ojai Valley Bee Club, the resort’s beekeeping excursion began at the beginning of last month. With each excursion, guests receive an immersive, hands-on beekeeping experience. The outings include an educational journey, tour of the hives, and raw local honey tasting on the patio of the Inn’s new apiary set amidst a lavender and wildflower-studded meadow. “We’re thrilled to introduce this distinctive new program and offer an immersive beekeeping experience to our guests,” said Heather...

ITB Berlin Joins Adventure Travel Conservation Fund

BERLIN—ITB Berlin announced their membership in the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF), an international nonprofit focused on funding on-the-ground conservation projects around the world. The ATCF provides members in the travel and outdoor industry an avenue to directly support projects that are critical to protecting the future of adventure travel. “Adventure and outdoor organizations have an opportunity to come together as members of the ATCF to protect international travel destinations where we all love to explore, learn and play,” says Soraya Shattuck, ATCF Executive Director. “We are thrilled to have ITB join as a member of the ATCF and demonstrate...

Wyndham Announces Cage-Free Egg Commitment

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, N.J.—Wyndham Worldwide Corp. has announced a global cage-free policy for all of its hotels’ and resorts’ supply chain. This policy is the result of exclusive conversations with The Humane League and members of its global coalition, Open Wing Alliance. The commitment will transition all the company’s 8,100 hotels to source 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025. The move will impact locations in 66 different countries on six continents. Wyndham explained that in the current egg production system, most egg-laying hens are held in wire cages and given space about the size of an iPad on which to live their...

New LCA Study Compares Fiber Sources for Apparel

LONDON—Leading third-party certifier SCS Global Services (SCS) announced the release of a groundbreaking Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparing the environmental performance of 10 different raw material sources of manmade cellulose fiber (MMCF). The study examined a broad range of environmental issues, from the time raw materials are obtained from global forests, agricultural operations or other sources, through the production of viscose (also known as rayon) and other MMCFs. Commissioned by luxury designer, Stella McCartney, the report is being made publicly available as a resource for all brands, designers and retailers interested in making informed fiber sourcing choices. This is the first study...

Diamond Resorts Steps Up to Aid Las Vegas, Hurricane Victims

LAS VEGAS—Las Vegas-based Diamond Resorts International, a leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, announced that the company will match all new donations made in 2017 to the Diamond Resorts International Foundation, a recognized 501(c)(3) organization, up to $1 million. Funds raised will provide assistance to those affected by the recent violence in Las Vegas, and to team members and communities impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria. “Diamond Resorts International is committed to serving and supporting the communities where we live and operate,” said Michael Flaskey, CEO of Diamond Resorts International. “The recent natural disasters and the senseless act...

ECPAT-USA Releases ‘No Vacancy for Child Sex Traffickers Impact Report’

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—ECPAT-USA released a report: “No Vacancy for Child Sex Traffickers Impact Report: The Efficacy of ECPAT-USA’s Work to Prevent and Disrupt the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Hotels.” The report details the results of ECPAT-USA’s work with the travel and tourism industry to protect children from sex trafficking. The first of its kind, the report shows what percentage of hotels in the United States have anti-trafficking training for their associates. Based on the findings of an evaluation study conducted by the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the report shows that half of all hotels in the...

Crescent Hotels & Resorts Packages 10,000 Dry Meals

FAIRFAX, VA.—Crescent Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel and resort management company that manages more than 100 properties nationwide, partnered with international hunger relief organization Rise Against Hunger to package over 10,000 highly nutritious dry meals. Executives and team members from Crescent Hotels & Resorts, along with community volunteers, came together on October 4 at the Cascades Conference Center in The Colony, Texas, to assemble the meals. More than 100 volunteers, including Crescent Hotels & Resorts’ Chief Financial Officer Rob Smith, Chief Operating Officer Mike Metcalf, and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Dawn Gallagher, joined the assembly line to help...