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COVID-19, caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, has hammered the lodging industry harder than any event ever before. Every element of a hotel’s operation has been impacted—from cleaning & maintenance to food and beverage. Many hotel companies are responding aggressively with revamped operations plans. What we all can agree on is that hotels may never be the same again. This area of Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and trends. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

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COVID-19, caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, has hammered the lodging industry harder than any event ever before. Every element of a hotel’s operation has been impacted—from cleaning & maintenance to food and beverage. Many hotel companies are responding aggressively with revamped operations plans. What we all can agree on is that hotels may never be the same again. This area of Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and trends. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

UMF Corporation’s Micrillon Microfiber Eliminates Risk of Recontamination

SKOKIE, ILL.—UMF Corporation’s Micrillon microfiber, made in the USA, is setting a new standard as the first hospital-grade microfiber that can be converted into a wide range of long-lasting, reusable products, including: towels; cubicle curtains; socks; gloves; walk-off mats; reusable N95 rated face masks; and color-coded microfiber cleaning products. Leading manufacturers are using these high-performance microfiber yarns to develop a new standard for materials targeting infection prevention in hospitals, hotels, cruise lines, long term care, and many other industries. “The introduction of Micrillon microfiber puts an end, once and for all, to any question about recontamination related to reusable products,”...

Wynn Resorts Announces Corporate Sustainability Goals with Release of Environmental, Social & Governance Report

LAS VEGAS—Wynn Resorts issued its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, which includes the company’s collective pledges and defined goals to decrease emissions and confront the mounting risk of climate change. The report also outlines how Wynn Resorts’ ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic ran parallel to achieving a gamut of progressive ESG and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) goals, with significant strides made in community outreach and crisis relief efforts, responsible business practices, and protecting human rights. In the report’s forward, Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox remarked, “A truly great company, one founded on the belief that excellence is...

Should Hotels Require Proof of COVID Vaccinations?

NATIONAL REPORT—When you operate a hotel or hospitality venue, your top priorities, along with an excellent overall guest experience, are likely the safety of the people who stay with you. This isn’t a new concept. For example, you’ve probably been cautious about scenarios involving premises liability and making sure you’re frequently checking your location for potential hazards. Now, there is something relatively new that’s a consideration for hotel operators, however, which is how to deal with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. In the early days of the pandemic, many hotels and hospitality locations were closed. Then, they might have reopened when there...

Diversey Oxivir Tb Recognized on Best Infection Prevention Products 2021

FORT MILL, S.C.—Diversey, a leading provider of hygiene, infection prevention and cleaning solutions, has been recognized by Newsweek and the Leapfrog Group for its leading Oxivir Tb, which has been rated as a Best Infection Prevention Product in 2021. Diversey’s Oxivir Tb was evaluated and selected, using four criteria: effectiveness, safety (to both patients and healthcare workers), successful real-world implementation and the stability of the company. “A clean environment is critical to minimize the risk of infection,” said Carolyn Cooke, Vice President of Healthcare in North America, Diversey. “Oxivir disinfectants powered by Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) technology, provide an alternative to...

Most Leisure Travelers to Reduce Trips Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. leisure travelers plan to significantly pare back travel plans amid rising COVID-19 cases, with 69 percent planning to take fewer trips, 55 percent planning to postpone existing travel plans, and 42 percent likely to cancel existing plans without rescheduling, according to a new national survey conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Nearly three in four (72 percent) are likely to only travel to places within driving distance. While leisure travel historically begins to decline after Labor Day, it remains critical throughout the year. The new survey highlights the ongoing negative effects of...

Bradley Survey Finds Office Workers Taking Coronavirus Precautions

MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS.—As office workers in the United States continue returning to their places of employment, Bradley Corp. conducted its Healthy Handwashing Survey and found that coronavirus concerns persist, especially as new variants emerge. In response, employees are taking preventive actions. A total of 86 percent are bringing a mask with them to work and 73 percent have been fully vaccinated. In addition to masks, office workers are packing a few other personal protection items: 66 percent have their own hand sanitizer; 39 percent are taking cleaning wipes; and 29 percent are prepared with disinfectant spray. The survey also revealed that,...

National Restaurant Association: Use Science to Make Your Case for Mask, Vaccine Mandates

CHICAGO—The National Restaurant Association’s recent webinar on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic featured Larry Lynch, its SVP of Science & Industry, and Drs. Vishnu Chundi, Stephen Ondra, and Edward Linn of the Chicago Medical Society. They talked about how the delta variant is causing an increase in positive cases—mostly among unvaccinated populations—and how state and local mandates requiring proof of vaccination and/or face coverings are also on the rise. The four said to rely on the science behind the effectiveness of the precautions when enforcing mandates, and use the information to develop consistent, effective messaging that explains the...

HFTP Implements Extra Health Safety Measures for September In-Person Events

AUSTIN, TEXAS—Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) announced additional steps to increase attendees’ comfort level at its upcoming meetings. Co-located are the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) North America and the HFTP Annual Convention, September 27 to 30, 2021 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. In consideration of the ongoing pandemic, health safety guidelines and protocols are in place for the protection of all attendees. This includes a strong recommendation for attendees to be vaccinated. For the adversely hit hospitality industry, these meetings are critical for industry professionals to share their experiences and strategies face-to-face, and to meet with...

Purdue Researchers Develop Energy-Efficient Method for Using 100 Percent Outdoor Air in Buildings

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.—By now, it’s well known that circulating outdoor air in buildings is safer than recirculating indoor air. That point was driven home by the pandemic. Problem is, it is just not cost-effective. That may soon change. Purdue University engineers have proposed a system that combines new membrane technology with the latest HVAC systems to make 100 percent outdoor air systems more energy-efficient and economically feasible—especially in warm, humid climates. They say their system could save up to 66 percent in energy costs for large buildings that choose to use the safer outdoor air. Previous research at Purdue has shown that...

Acuity Brands Filtered Far-UVC Module UL Certified

ATLANTA—Acuity Brands, Inc. announced that its Care222 filtered far-UVC module with patent-pending dosing electronics is the first germicidal UV (GUV) source in the wavelength range 200-230 nm (i.e., “far-UVC”)  to be UL LLC Certified to meet U.S. and Canadian standards for germicidal equipment for use in occupied spaces. When properly installed and administered, the module is in the Exempt risk group for photobiological hazards, as described in the IEC 62471:2006, Photobiological safety of lamps and lamp systems. “This tremendous technical achievement has come at a time when the worldwide awareness of the need to control pathogens has never been greater. Substantive pathogen...