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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.

Hilton Introduces Hilton EventReady with CleanStay

SINGAPORE—For more than 100 years, Hilton hotels around the world have set the stage for the world’s most coveted and important meetings, events and entertainment gatherings—from star-laden award shows and movie sets to energetic political conventions, global conferences and wow-worthy weddings. Today, that tradition continues—even at a safe distance. To address safe group travel practices and evolve today’s event experience, Hilton announced a global, industry-leading cleanliness and customer service program specific to meetings and events. Hilton EventReady with CleanStay is the next phase of the company’s recently launched Hilton CleanStay and was shaped by extensive research and feedback. “At Hilton, we’ve always believed...

Shores Global Teams with Spry to Provide Virus-Blocking Soft Goods

MIAMI—Shores Global, a leading cruise line interior designer and furniture supplier, announced that it has expanded its portfolio to include Spry Therapeutics’ soft-surface filter technology, Pneumapure. This strategic alliance will allow Shores Global to promote the patented filter technology to the cruise and hospitality industry, throughout the United States. The introduction of Spry’s germ-blocking solution in the United States also enables Shores to provide safer, cleaner and more sustainable soft goods to cruise lines on a global scale, without compromising comfort. The emergence and spread of COVID-19 around the United States and the globe has spurred calls for new methods...

Rush to Disinfect Well-Intentioned but Potentially Harmful

NEWARK, DEL.—As states grapple with a surge in COVID-19 cases, does that mean we will start using disinfectants everywhere and anywhere? According to a June 2020 report released in Bloomberg Law, “businesses across the U.S. have begun intensive COVID-19 disinfection regimes exposing workers and consumers to chemicals that are largely untested for human health.”* The report says this is “alarming health and environmental safety experts,” because disinfectants can be harmful to cleaning workers as well as building users. Health risks include neurological, dermatological, and reproductive problems as well as an array of respiratory ailments. These businesses almost certainly believe they are doing...

Clean Touch Germ Key Helps Keep Casino Guests Germ Free

LAS VEGAS—Dallas based metal shop NoContactKey recently announced its launch of their clean touch germ key for the gaming industry. The owner of the company, Don Douglas shares excitement as they help gamblers get back to the casinos. Currently, the NoContactKey is the No. 1 hygiene tool already supplying most of the country with their no touch hand tools. NoContactKey’s shop is a large-scale production processing thousands of orders a day. The NoContactKey is a No Contact door opener tool stylus and germ-free door opener key made of metal antimicrobial brass. The NoContactKey will work as a germ-free key tool and clean-key. Because of...

SanitGrasp Offers a Hygienic, No-Touch Solution for Public Spaces

ATLANTA—SanitGrasp, a no-touch door pull handle, provides a hygienic solution for exiting public spaces. It can be found in Fortune 500 companies, offices, educational facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, and government agencies across the country. Demand has hit an all-time high as commercial and hospitality businesses prepare for reopening and need to implement safety measures across high-traffic areas that require the most interaction. As companies worldwide seek solutions that can help protect their staff, employees, and customers against the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses, SanitGrasp serves as a hygienic and affordable solution that is easy to install or...

Venetian Resort Announces Recycling Program to Keep Face Masks Out of Local Landfills

LAS VEGAS—The Venetian Resort expands Sands ECO360 recycling efforts as the first Las Vegas-based property, and one of the first in the nation, to develop an innovative program to recycle surgical face masks, which are being used by guests and Team Members as part of the resort’s Venetian Clean initiatives. As part of this pilot project, in partnership with TerraCycle, the discarded masks are collected on-site at The Venetian Resort and sent to a recycling facility where they are separated, shredded and densified into a crumb-like raw material. This material will be used to make repurposed products such as composite lumber for...

Quick Screens Offer Vital Space Solutions in 10-Day Lead Time

DELANCO, N.J.—With COVID-19 forcing designers to reimagine the ubiquitous open office and other public spaces, Stylex has stepped in with an instant solution: the Quick collection of upholstered screens. Created by Stylex’s in-house design team, Quick presents a simple way to carve out private, protected spaces within open-plan environments. With an impressive lead time of only 10 business days, Quick is essential design at a moment’s notice. “Designers need manufacturers to act fast so that they can foster safe, health-centered spaces,” notes Randi Pastrovic, Vice President of Marketing, Stylex. “Quick’s quality, usability, and availability make it a crucial, fast-acting addition...

Hy-Lite Adds Acrylic Block Rolling Privacy Panels

PENSACOLA, FLA – To support social distancing in medical, workplace and commercial spaces, Hy-Lite has introduced a line of Acrylic Block Rolling Privacy Panels. The portable privacy panels are made of architectural-grade acrylic blocks that allow light to flow through, while protecting privacy. The panels can be easily sanitized, making them ideal for a wide variety of businesses working to re-open under social distancing restrictions. “The acrylic block panels may be easily sanitized with bleach, hydrogen peroxide (up to 40 percent), soap and water, or isopropyl alcohol (up to 30 percent),” says Steve Beck, Plant/Technical Manager with Hy-Lite, a U.S....

Ready Railing Creates Temporary Boundaries for Indoor, Outdoor Spaces

RUSSIA, OHIO—Superior Aluminum Products introduces Ready Railing which instantly creates temporary boundaries to help with social distancing. Suitable for indoor or outdoor environments this lightweight aluminum product comes pre-assembled and ready to use, saving time and effort. Durable, high-quality aluminum does not rust or rot, and is available in multiple colors, shapes, and designs to help create the perfect atmosphere. Maintenance-free Ready Railing is ideal for restaurants, hotels, community events, outdoor venues, weddings, churches, funeral homes, and anywhere that architecturally appealing temporary barriers are desired. Dependent on the needs of the location, ready railing can be paired with single or...

Laurastar Irons Receive Germ-Killing Certification

MEDFORD, ORE.—Laurastar, a world leader in quality ironing systems, announced they have received official certification from Microchem Laboratory, confirming Laurastar’s exclusive hygienic steam can kill germs found on fabrics, including COVID-19. The certification solidifies Laurastar as an essential tool to protect users from the current COVID-19 pandemic. The certification was granted after Microchem Laboratory tested Laurastar’s exclusive Dry Microfine Steam (DMS), a unique technology of hygienic steaming. DMS is heated to over 285°F and pressurized up to 50psi. The water molecules are transformed into gas with exceptional energy that easily passes through textiles, transferring heat and energy into the fibers and naturally eliminating 99.9 percent...