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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.

More on Serta Simmons Bedding & Its Pursuit of the Anti-Viral Mattress

I recently reported on two mattress makers and their inclusion of certain additives to make their mattresses anti-bacterial and anti-microbial—certainly positive attributes for mattresses to have given their use in hotels over the years by so many people. Of course, the elephant in the room given COVID-19 was whether either of the companies’ mattresses were also anti-viral. One of the companies mentioned in my article was Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB). At the time I wrote my article I was unable to reach the folks at SSB. Well, I did finally get a chance to chat with them yesterday. In a press...

Green Lodging News Adds GenEon Video to Vendor Videos Section

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added a GenEon video to the Vendor Videos section of its website. GenEon is a visionary corporation that believes that on-site generation (OSG) of electrolyzed water is the future of beyond-green cleaning. The company’s five systems, from a home unit to commercial, high-volume models, produce cleaners, a heavy-duty degreaser, sanitizer, and disinfectant that are effective, safer, sustainable, and chemical-free. On-site production eliminates repetitive ordering and significantly reduces cost and waste. Made from just water, select minerals and electricity, all products are safe for skin, eyes and lungs, pets, plants, and planet. The company’s portable...

PM Hotel Group Hotels Light the Night Amber to Support Covid Memorial

CHEVY CHASE, MD.—PM Hotel Group hotels from coast to coast adjusted their exterior light to glow amber last Tuesday evening to support the National Covid Memorial installed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. At 5:30 p.m. every hotel in the PM Hotel Group portfolio from New York City to Portland, Ore., accompanied iconic buildings across the United States to light the night amber in honor of the 400,000 Americans who have been lost to Covid. “Every American has been impacted by the pandemic. Honoring the lost family, friends, team members and neighbors is part of...

AHLA Releases State of Industry Report 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AHLA) released “AHLA’s State of the Hotel Industry 2021” outlining the forecasted state of the hotel industry in 2021 and into the immediate future. The report examines the high-level economics of the hotel industry’s recovery, the specific impact on and eventual return of business travel, and consumer travel sentiments. The pandemic has been devastating to the hospitality industry workforce, which is down nearly 4 million jobs compared to the same time in 2019. While some 200,000 jobs are expected to be filled this year, overall, the accommodations sector faces an 18.9 percent unemployment rate, according...

Academy for Hospitality Arts Launches COVID-19 Safety Training Courses

NEW YORK—The Academy for Hospitality Arts (AHA) has launched COVID-19 safety training courses to help hospitality workers prepare for re-openings. Foodservice professionals can now ensure hotels and restaurants reopen and remain open safely. Even while vaccine distribution is underway, COVID-19 remains an issue for dining establishments. The AHA has been working behind the scenes to: educate service industry workers on how to mitigate the spread of the virus; train front-of-house management with the highest standards of safety, sanitation, and compliance; and make sure restaurants, hotels, and events can re-open and remain open safely. The AHA has overhauled its education to meet...

Two Large Mattress Makers Incorporate Anti-viral, Anti-microbial, Anti-bacterial Properties

NATIONAL REPORT—As concern about COVID-19 has skyrocketed, so too has interest in wellness and one of the places that interest has been focused is the guestroom—specifically the mattress. Any company today must be careful about its anti-viral/anti-bacterial/anti-microbial claims but at least two mattress companies are offering options that include at least one or more of the above “anti” properties. The first company, Corsicana Mattress Co., is offering its Copper ProTech collection to the hospitality market. Corsicana, one of the top few mattress makers in the United States, has nine mattresses and a topper engineered with copper-infused foam. The copper included...

UMF Micrillonâ Yarns Shown to Inactivate Human Coronavirus

SKOKIE, ILL.—UMF Corp. announced that testing from award-winning contract research organization Integrated Pharma Services confirms that UMF’s Micrillonâ sheath and core fiber demonstrates significant antiviral properties against Human Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, and Human Influenza A H1N1 virus in just minutes. The Micrillon sheath and core fiber, spun into a yarn and knitted into a material, also demonstrates significant antibacterial efficacy (100 percent kill) against Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and E. coli 0157:H7. These findings have significant implications for numerous applications, including various yarn types for woven and knitted textiles such as towels, privacy curtains and personal protective equipment (PPE). “We...

ScentAir Launches ION Protect Air Purifying Systems

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—ScentAir, a global leader in scent marketing, announces the launch of ScentAir ION Protect active air purifying systems, using patented GPS Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) technology. The patented needlepoint bipolar ionization indoor air purifying technology has been tested to confirm a 99.8 percent reduction rate on a static SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) surface strain within 30 minutes, plus many other common airborne pathogens such as Norovirus, MRSA, E. Coli, Staph Bacteria and more. “ScentAir ION Protect active air purifying systems work to safely clean the air inside buildings of many sizes and types. This technology can give business owners comfort and...

Do Employees Feel Safe in a Workplace?

NEW YORK—A new survey shows that workers are not willing to take the risk that the spaces they work in will prevent them from getting coronavirus. The COVID-19 pandemic forced many workers to leave offices and employer facilities and instead work from home. Around the world many employees have returned to the workplace, which will become even more common as people receive vaccines and it is safe for colleagues to work side-by-side once more. But a majority of the global workforce—68 percent—does not feel completely safe working in their employer’s buildings, according to a Wakefield Research survey. The poll of 2,000 employees in buildings...

Amerlux Inks Partnership with Vyv to Offer Antimicrobial Lighting

OAKLAND, N.J.—Amerlux, an award-winning design-and-manufacture lighting company, announced a partnership with Vyv, a health tech company whose signature continuous-use, non-UV antimicrobial light technology will be added into Amerlux’s lighting fixtures. The partnership represents a groundbreaking venture for Amerlux, which in recent months has sought to broaden its product portfolio in response to customer demand for lighting that can help clean environments. Within 90 days, Amerlux will integrate Vyv’s antimicrobial light technology into a variety of existing and new product lines. The antimicrobial lighting targets microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, yeast, and mold while also meeting international standards for continual and...