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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.

Sands China Assists Holy House of Mercy with Post-Typhoon Aid

MACAO—Sands China Ltd. presented a check to Macau Holy House of Mercy Tuesday to help with the cost of restoring its elderly home, which was severely damaged when Typhoon Hato tore through Macao in August. Sands China Ltd. President Dr. Wilfred Wong and Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Affairs Winnie Wong presented the check to Macau Holy House of Mercy President Antonio Jose de Freitas, member of the Fraternity’s Board of Trustees Bruno Nunes, and doctor of the elderly home Rogerio A. dos Santos at the elderly home. While there, Dr. Wong had a chance to meet some...

Mark Hopkins Named a San Francisco Green Business

SAN FRANCISCO—The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco has been named a San Francisco Green Business, making it the largest hotel by square footage and second largest building in the city to receive the recognition. Under the direction of Chief Engineer Shane Caldwell, the hotel spent more than two years working alongside the San Francisco Department of Environment to audit its existing practices and implement new programs and procedures to become a more sustainable property focusing on the areas of waste management, pollution prevention, conservation, water management, and energy efficiency. To date, the hotel has replaced more than 8,000 lightbulbs...

HD Expo 2018 Registration Now Open

NEW YORK—Registration is now open for the 2018 Hospitality Design Exposition and Conference (HD Expo), the hospitality design industry’s premier tradeshow. Thousands of designers, architects, purchasing agents, owners, operators, brand executives, and other hospitality design professionals from across the country will come together May 2nd through 4th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to see exceptional products on the show floor, learn from and be inspired by the people and projects moving and shaping the industry today, and networking at the various networking events. Conference highlights include the show’s signature Owners’ Roundtable that puts attendees face-to-face with hotel owners,...

MGM Resorts International Announces New Program to Fight Hunger

LAS VEGAS—Yesterday, MGM Resorts International, in partnership with Three Square Food Bank, announced a new standardized program for safe collection, preservation and service of surplus banquet food that will help reduce hunger in Southern Nevada. This new program, in which MGM Resorts donates surplus (prepared but unserved) hot banquet food to Three Square, is expected to provide 800,000 nutritious meals by 2020 to people combating hunger. Food insecurity is one of the most serious public health challenges in the United States, according to statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture. One in seven Americans is unable to meet their...

WeTravel Launches Public Retreat Directory for Wellness Tourism

SAN FRANCISCO—WeTravel, a payment platform for travel organizers and companies, officially launched RetreatCenterDirectory.com, a free, public directory of thousands of wellness centers worldwide. Every listing has a detailed description, photos, and contact information. WeTravel launched the directory to respond to the increasing popularity of and demand for wellness tourism. The Global Wellness Institute estimates that wellness tourism is expected to grow annually by 7.5 percent (compared to conventional tourism’s 3.4 percent annual growth rate) and will account for $808 billion dollars in the United States alone by 2020*. The wellness community, especially individuals and organizations actively engaged in mind-body and fitness...

MGM Resorts Sponsored MLK Parade in Downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS—Thousands of Las Vegans lined downtown streets yesterday to cheer on participants of the 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. For the eighth consecutive year, MGM Resorts International returned as the presenting sponsor of the parade, themed “Living the Dream—Building a Bridge to Unity.” Hailed as one of the nation’s largest parades west of the Mississippi River celebrating the ideals and life of Dr. King, the parade kicked off at 10 a.m. Wendell P. Williams, founder of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, the nonprofit organization that plans and hosts the parade, said “As we all strive...

Extend the Life of Your Mattress, Box Spring Investments with Encasements

NATIONAL REPORT—Been sleeping around a lot? That is what just about every hotel mattress and box springs does every night and the results can be not only unhealthy but creepy as well. Dust mites, bed bugs, other insects, bodily fluids of one kind or another—at some point in time a mattress and box springs will experience these. Mattresses, especially, impacted by such things, often are thrown away—far short of their intended life span—not recycled, and end up in the landfill. Fortunately, hoteliers can easily extend the life of a mattress and box springs with encasements that form a protective...

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awards More Than $29 Million in Grants

LOS ANGELES—The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced that 23 grants and one program related investment totaling more than $29 million were approved in the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing the total amount of grants awarded in 2017 to more than $121 million. This surpasses the dollar amount of grants awarded in 2016 by more than $10 million. “We are pleased to end the year announcing more than $29 million in new grants to organizations doing incredible work locally, nationally and globally,” said Peter Laugharn, President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. “As 2017...

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Named World’s Most Sustainable Hotel Group by Green Globe

REDONDO BEACH, CALIF.—Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has been named the world’s most sustainable hotel group for the second year running by certification body Green Globe. The international hospitality firm has also been hailed a “global sustainability leader” in the ‘Green Globe Report 2017’, with more than 50 percent of its certified properties worldwide achieving the entity’s prestigious ‘Gold’ status—an accolade bestowed on hotels and resorts that have achieved Green Globe certification for five years or more. These properties have been independently audited across 385 performance indicators and consistently met or exceeded the standards and criteria this rigorous certification process entails. “This year...

Soneva Launches Plastic Recycling Program in Maldives

BANGKOK—Soneva announced that it has started recycling plastic as part of the ‘Soneva Maker Programme’. Beginning at Soneva Fushi, this programme will see Soneva join the grass-roots ‘Precious Plastic’ global initiative to increase plastic recycling, by fabricating their open source machines from locally available, low cost materials. In due course the programme will be extended so that Soneva resorts recycle plastic collected from neighboring islands as well. At Soneva Fushi’s Eco Centro, the first machine has been constructed which remolds plastic waste into fun, functional and artistic items. The Soneva Maker Programme is part of Soneva’s plan to encourage guests...