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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.

WTTC: International Travel Can Safely Restart, Without Waiting for Vaccines

LONDON—The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and major international industry bodies have joined forces to call for the immediate restoration of international travel using proven processes and without waiting for or requiring vaccinations. WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, along with Airports Council International (ACI), the World Economic Forum (WEF), and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), say the world cannot wait for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. WTTC recognizes that public health is paramount and welcomes the recent rollout of the game changing vaccines, which in the long-term will play a major role in combating coronavirus and restoring international...

Travelport Launches Hotel Stay Safe Filter

LANGLEY, U.K.—Travelport, a leading technology company serving the global travel industry, has added a new Stay Safe feature for agents connected to its API or industry leading Smartpoint agency desktop solution. Stay Safe is a searchable amenity which enables hotels to highlight to travel agents that they have signed up to industry-wide safety initiatives, within the agent’s booking workflow, making it easier for travel agents to share information important to travelers in their hotel shopping decisions. Jason Toothman, GVP and Managing Director, Sales at Travelport said, “One of the key imperatives in the industry right now is ensuring our customers...

Some Ways to Bring Back Pre-Pandemic Bookings

If real, achievable, disinfection measures increase confidence, the public will return. People are placing health as a top priority. Almost 85 percent make their travel decisions based on health safety. Some 40 percent are unsatisfied with the communications they’re currently receiving about safety protocols according to PWC. Half of consumers are also willing to pay extra for more safety. To get the public back, business has to have high level safety protocols and make people aware of them. The devastation to the hospitality industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic is illustrated in a survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association...

Two Newly Available, & Portable, Green Cleaning Systems to Consider

Green cleaning has certainly been one of the most talked about subjects in the history of this publication, especially in the last year. Oftentimes the cleaning solution involves just water, electricity, ozone and/or minerals. When compared to the cleaning chemicals that have been used for the most part in our industry, these options are safer to use, just as or more effective, better for your bottom line, and better for the environment in many ways—less waste, smaller carbon footprint, etc. Until this year I was only aware of cleaning systems that required larger machines but have since found very...

Vioguard Releases Consumer Survey Report

OTHELL, WASH.—Vioguard, Inc. released a consumer survey report that shows the importance of increased sanitary protocols really matter to travelers ahead of the 2020 holiday season. The leader in UV-C technology conducted a survey with over 1,000 respondents to better understand the importance of heightened sanitary protocols and implementation of sanitation technology to travelers during the pandemic. Key findings from the survey: A strong majority (more than 79 percent) of travelers believe it is very important to understand a travel company’s sanitation protocols before a purchasing decision is made. Three out of every four consumers (74 percent) state that...

Forbes Travel Guide, Sharecare Issue Health Security Verifications to Hotels, Resorts

ATLANTA—Forbes Travel Guide, the global authority on genuine Five-Star service, and Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, announced the first hotels in the world to successfully become Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED with Forbes Travel Guide. Also listed at www.forbestravelguide.com/verified, they are: Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) Atlantis, The Palm (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, Calif.) Baccarat Hotel New York (New York) Boston Harbor Hotel (Boston) Carillon Miami Wellness Resort (Miami) City of Dreams –  Nüwa Manila (Manila, Philippines) Crown Towers Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia) Drake Bay Getaway Resort (Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica) The Goring Hotel (London) Fairmont...

Non-Toxic Aqueous Ozone for Cleaning Made Easy with Portable Spray Bottles, Chargers

NATIONAL REPORT—For safe, non-toxic cleaning you cannot get much better than water—but it first must be converted to aqueous ozone. The cleaning and disinfection properties of ozone have been known for a long time, but it has often been inconvenient to access. At least two companies have recently introduced sleek rechargeable, reusable spray bottles, however, that make using aqueous ozone portable and easy. The first company is Donastar Enterprises, LLC. Its EnozoPRO, after an AC charge, detaches from its base and kills 99.9 percent of most harmful bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces in 30 seconds.* “Ozone is capable of...

TIME Names Carrier’s OptiClean a Best Invention of 2020

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA.—Carrier Global Corp., a leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions, announced that its OptiClean Dual-Mode Air Scrubber & Negative Air Machine has been named as one of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions of 2020. The OptiClean was developed through rapid innovation in early 2020 to help support infectious isolation rooms in hospitals. TIME featured OptiClean in the Medical Care category of its prestigious annual list that recognizes 100 ground-breaking inventions that are making the world better and smarter. “We are honored the OptiClean is being recognized by TIME for a product...

New from iCleanse: New Mini Chemical-Free Disinfection Products

AVON, CONN.—iCleanse, the leader in chemical-free UV-C disinfection technology for over ten years, announced the Swift and Swift Mini, two new patented chemical-free UV-C disinfection products for mobile devices and other personal items for use in hospitals, government buildings, and other businesses. Like the original popular Swift XL disinfection unit, but with a much smaller footprint, the Swift and Swift Mini kills 99.99 percent of pathogens, like COVID-19, in as little as 30 seconds. At two-thirds the size of the Swift XL, the Swift and Swift mini are much more portable and versatile for hospitals and businesses that don’t...

Aimbridge Hospitality Collaborates with International WELL Building Institute

DALLAS—Aimbridge Hospitality, the leading, global, third-party hotel management company, announced a collaboration with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), enrolling the first 100 portfolio hotels in the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management, building a foundation for enrolling additional properties from Aimbridge’s vast portfolio. This collaboration will advance health and safety in the hospitality sector, address the challenges and expectations presented by COVID-19, and create well environments for productive associates and satisfying guest experiences now and in the future. As a global, third-party operator, Aimbridge is uniquely positioned to comprehensively address COVID-19 concerns for their properties, with a...