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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.

INOX Develops Antimicrobial Coating for Door Hardware

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—INOX is now offering an antimicrobial coating for its line of stainless steel products, including commercial and residential door levers and pulls, deadbolts, panic devices and push/pull plates. INOX MicroArmor Antimicrobial Coating is a powder coating infused with antimicrobial technology that is applied during the hardware’s manufacturing process and works to inhibit the growth and reproduction of harmful bacteria, mold and mildew by up to 99.9 percent. “In light of the current COVID-19 health crisis, it was incredibly important to us to focus our research and development on products that can help lessen the spread of harmful bacteria and...

LA Hotels Offer 10,000 Rooms as Temporary Shelter for Those in Need

LOS ANGELES—More than 115 hotels throughout Los Angeles County have volunteered their hotels to the County Public Health Department, providing access to more than 10,000 rooms as temporary shelter to support the COVID-19 response, the Hotel Association of Los Angeles announced. The unprecedented response by the Los Angeles hotel industry represents approximately 15 percent of all Los Angeles hotel rooms, which are available to protect and isolate population segments vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak. “Our hotel community response is just one more example of the extraordinary men and women behind the hotel business,’’ said Heather Rozman, Executive Director of the Hotel...

Things We CAN Control in a Time of Crisis

Like a Tsunami coming at us with nowhere to hide, we’re all facing COVID-19 head-on. There’s no way out but charging head-on through it. It is encouraging that some things are under our control. For our partners and customers, we offer the following food for thought. We Can Provide Healthy Air When fresh outside air circulates through a building, it helps maintain a healthy indoor climate, which is especially critical these days. Investing in high-quality air filters using the latest technology will go a long way toward promoting occupant health. According to Justin Lendowski, Sales Engineer at Telkonet, “the higher MERV rating, the...

Green Lodging News Welcomes GenEon Technologies to Product Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News welcomes GenEon Technologies LLC to its Green Product & Service Directory in the Cleaning & Maintenance/Equipment category. 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, safe, 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...

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches ‘Miami Eats’ Program

MIAMI—In an effort to support local restaurants amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) announced a program encouraging Miamians to enjoy Greater Miami and the Beaches’ vast dining options while at home. Miami Eats by the GMCVB was conceived to help restaurants inform patrons of their takeout and delivery offerings, and ultimately, stimulate business for locals’ beloved restaurants and most importantly—their owners, chefs and employees. With 270 restaurants listed and counting, Miami Eats by the GMCVB offers endless opportunities to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even wine, beer and cocktails, from the destination’s favorite restaurants....

T2 Site Amenities Now Offering Stay Safe Wipe Dispensers

HIGHLAND PARK, ILL.—Covid 19 has slammed the world. To avoid infections from this virus, we take the necessary steps. Social distancing and washing our hands. But when soap and water are not readily available, we use disposable wipes with at least 70 percent isopropyl alcohol. T2 Site Amenities now provides the dispensers for the wipes. The dispensers are made in the USA from 30 percent recycled content. They are available in stainless steel, powder coated steel or aluminum. Options include standalone and wall mounted versions. Go to www.t2-sa.com, e-mail gerri@t2-sa.com, or call (847)-579-9003.

Thoughts on COVID-19 Cleaning Technologies, Earth Day & More

In this space I have recently highlighted Bi Polar Ionization and ultraviolet radiation as technologies to consider to combat COVID-19. One of my clients recently highlighted his company’s Thermal Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation (TANCS) technology. Another client will highlight his company’s steam cleaning products this coming week. In an article I will be posting in the next several days, I highlight electrochemical activation (ECA)—the process for creating electrolyzed water using a low electric charge and natural minerals. Feeling lately like you need to be a scientist just to clean your hotel? I hear you. I urge you to consider all the...

Hilton Offers Corporate Response to COVID-19

McLEAN, VA.—Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. is taking decisive action to protect the core of its business and support affected Team Members until the novel coronavirus (COVDI-19) crisis passes and travel resumes. With travel at a virtual standstill, operations have been suspended across many managed and franchised hotels, and those hotels that remain open have reduced services for guests because of decreased occupancy levels. At the corporate level, Hilton is taking the following actions to significantly reduce expenses and preserve liquidity: President and CEO, Christopher Nassetta, will forgo his salary for the remainder of 2020; The Executive Committee will take a pay cut...

Tripadvisor Launches Initiative to Enable Diners to Help Communities Impacted by COVID-19

NEEDHAM, MASS.—Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform, launched the first of several initiatives to provide immediate economic support to local communities, enabling diners and travelers to assist in the long term recovery of travel and hospitality businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Tripadvisor has always been a platform where humans help other humans by generously sharing their experiences (both good and bad) so that the next person, a complete stranger, can benefit. In a time of incredible uncertainty, the very vibrancy and diversity that inspires people to travel is at risk. The local businesses, and people who work at them,...

Coronavirus Inactivated After One Wash Cycle in MEIKO Dishwasher

LAVERGNE, TENN.—Restaurants, bars and other types of foodservice operations must protect consumers against the transmission of pathogens that could pose the risk of infection. Wares used in food preparation and service such as dishes, pans and utensils must be properly cleaned and disinfected from germs acquired during food preparation and previous use. Dishwashing cleaning technology can vary considerably from manufacturer to manufacturer. But specific technological features and processing conditions are required to create the high level of clean that prevents the transmission of disease via food wares. HygCen Institute in Germany has certified that warewashing operating conditions, combined with the disinfectant...