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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.

Copper & Silver & the Ever-Changing Mattress

Beyond topical or air spray cleaning and disinfection in the guestroom, how far have you gone to accommodate your guests during this pandemic? I am curious to know. I have traveled some in recent months and certainly touchable items such as pens, and pads have been removed. I have stayed at a Hilton Home2 Suites in Orlando a couple of times and the TV remote was wrapped to indicate it had been sanitized. The hotel bathroom there still had its soap, shampoo, and conditioner dispensers. Have you backtracked on dispensers and transitioned back to the wasteful individual plastic containers?...

Zeftron Nylon Releases eBook for Designers, Facility Managers

DALTON, GA.—Zeftron Nylon, a premium nylon 6 solution-dyed yarn system for commercial carpets, is introducing an educational eBook, “4 Reasons Carpet Matters Now.” The free resource provides insights on how designers and facility managers can utilize carpet to improve the health and safety of commercial environments. The easy-to-read document consists of articles, research, and practical tips. It shows how carpet can be designed to create socially distanced and wellness-focused spaces. Research contained in the eBook shows how carpet contributes to improved indoor air quality, and how carpet can best be properly maintained to achieve maximum performance and aesthetics. “With the onset...

How Display Solutions Will Help Fuel Hospitality’s Comeback

There is not one aspect of society that has not been significantly challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the hospitality industry has undoubtedly been hit harder than most. When the pandemic reached our shores, thousands avoided travel and local governments instituted regulations at restaurants and other venues to ensure health safety. But slowly, as restrictions ease and the public grows more comfortable venturing out, hospitality will make a comeback, and visual communications—digital signage, wayfinding, video walls—will lead the way towards a safe return. Here are a few things hospitality professionals should consider when working with technology providers to adopt necessary...

Ava Robotics Launches UV Disinfection Robot for Workplace

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.—Promoting employee and customer confidence in the workplace through new health and safety standards is a prominent business priority for 2021. A leader in creating intelligent robots for the workplace, Ava Robotics is now accepting pre-orders for its newly launched ultraviolet (UV) disinfection robot to manage COVID-19-related and other cleaning needs. Allowing for autonomous UV disinfection in workplace settings, including corporate offices, warehouses, and other work spaces, the UV robot features: Applications that disinfect both air and surfaces. A disinfection rate of approximately 9,000 square feet per hour, with 99 percent effectiveness against COVID-19. Full autonomous operation and safe...

FreshAir Announces New FreshCheck Room Inspection Verification App

LEBANON, N.H.—FreshAir, an industry leader in the development of sensors to detect and alert for hazardous chemicals, announces the release of its new FreshCheck room inspection verification app. Using FreshAir's connected devices and an easy-to-use mobile app, managers can now verify room inspections. “It is common knowledge within the hotel industry that cleanliness drives guest satisfaction and thus customer loyalty. This has become even more important with COVID-19,” said Joseph BelBruno, Chief Technology Officer of FreshAir. “By developing this new app-based technology, we are enabling hotel management to ensure those high levels of cleanliness by verifying daily room inspections.” The FreshCheck...

Honeywell Survey: Cleanliness & Hygiene Top Priority When Choosing Flights, Hotels

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A recent Honeywell survey conducted by YouGov PLC finds travelers are placing an increased focus on cleanliness and hygiene when selecting which airlines to fly and which hotels to book. Although cost also remains a top motivator in travel decisions, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted travelers’ focus toward safety as they make travel decisions. The Honeywell survey, which was conducted online among adults in the United States and United Kingdom, sought to better understand these shifting motivations. Enhanced Cleanliness & Safety Boosts Traveler Confidence When U.S. survey participants were asked about their criteria for selecting a travel brand or company, cleanliness/hygiene was the...

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino Accredited by Global Biorisk Advisory Council

INCLINE VILLAGE, NEV.—Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, the only full-service waterfront resort in North Lake Tahoe, has received Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Facility Accreditation. The resort has also been recognized as Hyatt Corporate’s 2020 “Hotel Team of the Year” in North America. The GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation recognizes organizations that showcase a commitment to transforming the cleaning industry into an essential part of their business, and those that ensure a clean, safe, and healthy environment for employees, customers, and stakeholders. The accreditation illustrates the resort’s priority and commitment to infectious disease prevention and to minimize...

Study: Dexwet Pure Air Filters Effective Against Airborne Pathogens

NEW YORK—A recent study conducted by renowned European air filtration expert, Dipl. Ing. Peter Tappler of IBO Interior Analysis OG, said that Dexwet’s patented Pure Air Filters tested effective in capturing nano-fine dust particles and airborne pathogens carried by aerosols including allergens, bacteria, and viruses such as the coronavirus. Dexwet Air Filters is an air filter manufacturing and technology company making “Pure Air Filters” for use in homes, commercial properties, and custom business applications in Europe for more than 15 years. Dexwet, with more than 60 patents worldwide, announced its plans to make the filters available for purchase in the United States in...

Project Save Hospitality Launches to Aid 8 Million Workers Unemployed by Pandemic

NEW YORK—The hospitality industry has been devastated by COVID-19, with 7.7 million jobs lost and 47 percent of hospitality professionals laid off. A new initiative called Project Save Hospitality seeks to shine a light on this hardworking, talented workforce, and show HR professionals and recruiters just how easily their skills can transfer over to other industries. Project Save Hospitality was founded by Melissa DelBuono and Kingsley Egbuchunam, who were laid off from their jobs in the hotel industry and decided to come together to help their colleagues. They realized that many of their peers will not have jobs to return to,...

Green Lodging News Adds Donastar Enterprises as Founding Sponsor

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added Donastar Enterprises LLC as a Founding Sponsor. Donastar is a North American leader of hot and cold beverage service and installations. Donastar is working with Enozo (see video). The Enozo is a way for any business to stop using plastic bottles and aerosol cans. The EnozoPRO is a portable spray bottle that replaces six cleaning products and kills 99.9 percent of all viruses and bacteria including the virus that causes COVID-19.* One need only fill it up with tap water and then recharge it. Call for more information at (833) 366-2782 or e-mail enozo@donastar.com. *DISCLAIMER:...