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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.

What an Adventure These Two Weeks Have Been

What an adventure the past couple of weeks have been for all of us—with news developments impacting our industry dramatically—a new president who immediately announced a new COVID-19 advisory task force, the news that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could be up to 90 percent effective, yet day upon day of records for new virus cases that are certainly keeping travelers from wanting to travel to hotels in those hot spots. Without getting political here, please keep up the mask wearing, the hand washing, the social distancing, and require those of your guests. I dropped my son off at his after-care program...

WTTC: U.S. Looks Set to Lose 9.2 Million Jobs in 2020 Due to COVID-19 & Travel Restrictions

LONDON—A staggering 9.2 million jobs could be lost in the U.S. Travel & Tourism sector in 2020 if barriers to global travel remain in place, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed. The new figure comes from WTTC’s latest economic modelling, which looks at the punishing impact of COVID-19 and travel restrictions on the Travel & Tourism sector. According to the latest data, 7.2 million jobs in the United States have been impacted. If there is no immediate alleviation of restrictions on international travel, as many as 9.2 million jobs—more than half of all jobs supported by the sector in...

AEX Named U.S./Canada Distributor of AiroDoctor Purification System

CHICAGO—Chicago-based company AEX Technology Solutions LLC, a leader in innovative business technology, announces the launch of the AiroDoctor photocatalytic UVA LED air purification system for the United States and Canada. “We are extremely excited to bring AiroDoctor to North America,” says Vishal Goyal, Co-founder of AEX Technology. “Despite the significant increase in the demand for air purifiers, many of the units on the market are consumer-grade only yet are being used in commercial settings. AiroDoctor is a scientifically tested and cost-effective solution specifically designed for commercial environments, providing significantly cleaner air and a sense of comfort to you, your colleagues,...

American Cleancoating Launches Anti-Germ Coating for Hospitality

BENSALEM, PA.—American CleanCoating Company announced that it is now offering its exclusive, XTI-360 nanocoating technology to the hospitality industry. With this focus on the hospitality sector, XTI-360 hopes to play a part in helping companies deliver peace of mind to guests eager to meet, dine, socialize, and stay at their facilities, as well as to their employees. The company kicked off its hospitality sector XTI-360 launch in late October at Connect Marketplace, one of the nation’s largest gatherings of planners, suppliers, and experts across the Meetings and Events industry. The company also provided the attendees with its StaClean brand...

Tolley Brothers Announces New Antimicrobial Product Line

LOCKHART, TEXAS—Tolley Brothers, an antimicrobial copper research firm, has launched a full range of germ-mitigation products designed to protect electronics devices and office workspaces from harmful microbes. This new product line consists of peel-and-stick EPA-registered antimicrobial copper designed to be applied to any surface, eliminating the need for complete resurfacing. The antimicrobial properties of this technology provide immediate and continuous germ protection for cell phones, work spaces, and other surfaces as long as the product remains in place. Additionally, the company has developed a timer-based UV-C light that’s designed to douse your workspace overnight, effectively killing germs while the user sleeps. Effectiveness...

New Hand Towels from Papernet Help Reduce Spread of Germs

HORSHAM, PENN.—Defend Tech hand towels from Sofidel’s Papernet brand are the latest solution launched to support the new standard of cleanliness. The hand towels are infused with orange essential oils, which can kill germs captured on the paper itself. Essential oils have many applications because of various properties—they are antimicrobial, stress-relieving and gentle on delicate skin. “Sofidel, with its professional brands including Papernet, is positioning itself as the leader in innovative hygienic solutions with an emphasis on sustainability,” said Fabio Vitali, Vice President, Marketing, Sofidel. “In addition to our award-winning Bio Tech, Dissolve Tech and Freshen Tech products, Defend Tech...

Best Western Enhances We Care Clean Program With P&G

PHOENIX—Best Western® Hotels & Resorts (BWHR) continues to enhance its industry-leading cleaning program, We Care Clean, through its partnership with P&G Professional, the away-from-home division of Procter & Gamble. BWHR announced the addition of Microban 24 Professional to its cleaning protocol. Starting this fall, all 2,300 Best Western-branded locations across the United States and Canada will have access to Microban 24 Professional, adding an extra layer of protection for hotel guests. “Now more than ever, there is nothing more important than providing a safe and clean home away from home for our guests, and creating a healthy environment for our hotel...

Ecolab Receives EPA Approval for Sink & Surface Cleaner

ST. PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services, received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. The product is the first registered by the EPA to kill the virus that causes COVID-19 in 15 seconds—the fastest product available. Ecolab’s advanced chemistries, including Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer, are key to helping restaurants and other businesses meet heightened expectations for cleanliness and more stringent regulations to help reduce the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 and other viruses. Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer...

WTTC: U.K. Set to Lose 2.4M Tourism Jobs in 2020 Due to COVID-19, Travel Restrictions

LONDON—A staggering 2.4 million jobs could be lost in the U.K. Travel & Tourism sector in 2020 if barriers to global travel remain in place, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed. The new figure comes from WTTC’s latest economic modelling, which looks at the punishing impact of COVID-19 and travel restrictions on the Travel & Tourism sector. Already in present circumstances, 1.9 million jobs in the U.K. have been impacted. If there is no immediate alleviation of restrictions on international travel, as many as 2.4 million jobs—more than half of all jobs in the sector in the U.K. in...

More Than 130 Building Projects Turn to LEED’s Safety First Credits in Response to COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As companies, organizations and governments focus on safe and healthy reopening plans in response to the pandemic, more than 130 LEED projects have engaged the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Safety First pilot credits to support those efforts. The credits provide sustainable and healthy best practices that align with public health and industry guidelines and help address critical operations including indoor air quality, water systems, cleaning and re-entry. The Safety First credits are part of USGBC’s economic recovery strategy and reinforces that healthy people in healthy places is the fastest way to rebuild a healthy economy. The Safety First...