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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.

Mohawk Industries, Fabric Sources Partner to Create Medical Gowns

CALHOUN, GA.—Mohawk Industries and Fabric Sources International (FSI) are combining resources to address urgent medical supply needs at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Ga. and Emory Healthcare in Atlanta during the COVID-19 outbreak. Using fabric provided by FSI, Mohawk Home’s Dalton-based rug manufacturing facility is providing industrial sewing equipment for their skilled employees to produce vitally needed medical protective gear for doctors, nurses and other care providers. “During the developing COVID-19 crisis, we came together as a team to look at our current capabilities and see if there was any way that we could help the medical groups in our communities,”...

Los Poblanos Launches Lavendar Hand Sanitizer

LOS RANCHOS DE ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—After over a year of development, Los Poblanos Lavender Hand Sanitizer is here, and the timing couldn’t be more serendipitous. Lavender has been used for thousands of years for its natural healing and antiseptic properties, and effortlessly lends itself for use in a sanitizer. The Los Poblanos Lavender Hand Sanitizer pairs perfectly with the signature Los Poblanos Lavender Hand Soap and Lavender Lotion for the ultimate hand cleansing experience. After several rounds of thoughtful development, the production team at Los Poblanos has crafted a sanitizer that not only refreshes hands, but offers an aromatherapy boost with a...

15,000 U.S. Hotels Sign Up to Support Healthcare Community

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) announced today that more than 15,000 hotels have signed up for its new initiative—“Hospitality for Hope”—which identifies hotel properties that have offered to provide temporary housing for emergency and healthcare workers as the COVID-19 public health crisis grows. While the program will primarily focus on housing for the healthcare community, some hotels could potentially be used as “Alternative Care Sites” such as an emergency hospital or place for those quarantined to stay if needed. AHLA's “Hospitality for Hope Initiative” was created to boost collaboration between the hotel industry and local, state and...

Hilton, American Express to Donate Up to 1 Million Rooms to Frontline Medical Professionals

MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton and American Express announced that the companies, in partnership with Hilton’s ownership community, will donate up to 1 million hotel room nights across the United States to frontline medical professionals leading the fight against COVID-19. Beginning next week, Hilton and American Express will make rooms available without charge to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical staff who need a place to sleep, recharge or isolate from their families through the end of May. Hilton is initially working with 10 associations that collectively represent more than 1 million healthcare workers to provide access to the program, designed to...

Lots of Good News to Be Found in Sea of Bad

One thing there is no shortage of at this trying time is good deeds—and many of them are coming out of hotels, hotel companies, and suppliers to hotels. I have received many press releases about, and read elsewhere about food donations, cash donations, executives giving up their salaries, companies committing to pay their employees during the shutdown, etc. Of course there have been tens of thousands of layoffs as well but at such a dismal time it helps to grab onto glimmers of goodness and hope. For those of you still working on the front lines of our industry, a...

UNWTO Launches Call for Action for Tourism’s COVID-19 Mitigation & Recovery

MADRID—The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released a set of recommendations calling for urgent and strong support to help the global tourism sector not only recover from the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 but to “grow back better”. The Recommendations are the first output of the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, established by UNWTO with high-level representatives from across the tourism sector and from within the wider United Nations system. Recognizing that tourism and transport has been among the hardest hit of all sectors, the Recommendations are designed to support governments, the private sector and the international community in navigating the unparalleled social and economic...

Hydro Systems Launches Coronavirus Microsite

CINCINNATI—Hydro Systems, a world leader in chemical dispensing equipment, software and services, published a free microsite containing helpful tools and resources to combat the global pandemic caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The microsite highlights cleaning best practices, educational materials and the benefits of using chemical dispensing systems to prevent the spread of infection. To access the microsite, visit https://hydrosystemsco.com/COVID-19/. “Stopping the spread of the coronavirus infection is crucial, and there’s a lot of varying information out there about how to best accomplish that,” said Matt Hayas, Global Product Manager, Hydro Systems. “Our microsite serves as a one-stop resource guide that...

Green Seal Offers How to Stay Healthy During COVID-19 Advice

The COVID-19 crisis has certainly made cleaning and disinfection a top of mind topic in the hotel industry and everywhere else. Green Seal has put together an excellent list of resources on how to “Stay Healthy During the COVID-19 crisis.” Be sure to check out their site which includes a "How to Safely Disinfect for Coronavirus" page. Other topic groups include: “Resources for Healthy Homes,” “Resources for Healthy Schools and Workplaces,” “Resources for Green Seal Certified Producers,” “Resources for Green Seal Certified Cleaning Service Providers,” and “Resources from Our Stakeholders.” Under “Resources for Healthy Schools and Workplaces,” there are links...

Las Vegas Sands to Pay Team Members During Shutdown

LAS VEGAS—Las Vegas Sands last week announced that, out of an abundance of caution and in line with recent guidance from federal and state governments, it is closing its Venetian and Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas until at least April 1. A decision on whether to extend the closure or re-open will be made later. The company said it is committed to paying its team members while the buildings are closed. No layoffs or furloughs are being contemplated and the closure will not impact health care eligibility. “These are clearly challenging times for our country and our community,” said Rob Goldstein,...

Serta Simmons Bedding to Donate 10,000 Mattresses to Hospitals

ATLANTA—Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), the nation’s largest bedding manufacturer, will donate 10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals and temporary medical facilities fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is calling on its peers to do the same. While the healthcare system’s shortages of masks and ventilators have been heavily publicized, bedding is also expected to soon be dangerously scarce as the coronavirus spreads and hospitalizations surge. That is particularly the case in New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo last Tuesday said the state would soon require as many as 140,000 additional hospital beds; it currently has 53,000 in use. Beyond its...