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Green Lodging News provides a forum for anyone in the lodging industry to offer their take on a particular topic. All are welcome to participate. Submissions should be approximately 700 to 1,200 words and should include a photo of the writer. Authors can include a paragraph about themselves and their company at the end of the article. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

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Home Guest Columns
Green Lodging News provides a forum for anyone in the lodging industry to offer their take on a particular topic. All are welcome to participate. Submissions should be approximately 700 to 1,200 words and should include a photo of the writer. Authors can include a paragraph about themselves and their company at the end of the article. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

The Light at the End of the Covid 19 Tunnel

“Let me start by making it clear that today and for the coming months every government and industry action must be focused on a total response, repeat total response, to the global enemy of COVID-19. To health issues: livelihood issues: family issues and business survival issues. It is war. Nothing is more important than coherent national and international response, where coordinated, joined up action is the only path open.” As the pandemic crisis intensifies, pulling the world economy towards recession, it’s clear that the travel and tourism sector is in the center of the maelstrom. Airlines are slashing flights. Cruise...

Why Panic Buttons Are the No. 1 Must-Have Technology

Safety has become an important discussion topic across our industry as reports of unsafe working environments for hotel staff have begun to emerge in the media. Surveys around the nation show that housekeepers are sexually assaulted at over twice the rate of workers in other industries. With incidents of injury, assault or harassment against hotel staff being notoriously high across the industry, it is imperative that hotels seek out every opportunity to protect their team, and their reputation, from unnecessary risk and harm. Embracing the industry-wide call for improved policies and resources, hotels around the United States have taken swift...

How Brands Can Manage a Travel Industry Crisis

Travel isn’t always a bed of roses. There are natural disasters, tainted products, bad actors, data breaches, regional and global viruses, and events big and small that require industries to step up, speak up, and do whatever it takes to take care of their employees and customers. As the coronavirus outbreak tops 93,000 in dozens of countries, it’s an appropriate time to offer advice on how to handle an industry crisis. Protect Your Employees, Guests, & Brand Brands have a responsibility to ensure life safety for associates and guests. Government safety regulations vary around the world, but standards, processes, communications and training...

Sustainable Tourism: Why Should Hotels Lead in This Effort?

The tourism industry has one of the highest growth rates out of all industries in the world, accounting for 10.4 percent of global GDP and 319 million jobs (10 percent of total employment in 2018). (This column was written prior to the coronavirus outbreak.) In 2018, 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded (up 47 percent from the 2010s’ 950.8 million) and the number is expected to rise to 1.8 billion in 2030. Hotels are only one of the many actors that play a big role in the industry. Hotels Play Vital Role in Sustainable Tourism The demand for hotels is...

Consider the Environmental Footprint of Your IoT Solution

Have you ever wondered what the environmental footprint of your IoT (Internet of Things) solution is? Significant investments are being made by the lodging industry into IoT for the purpose of enhancing the guest experience, improving staff efficiency and for reducing the energy consumption of buildings. But besides the functional objectives of your IoT initiative, how can one understand the environmental footprint of these systems and how can one compare these footprints as part of a competitive IoT evaluation? Are there greener IoT systems than others? This brief article attempts to provide some thought-provoking insights into this topic. Over its entire...

Silicone Textiles: the Future of Coated Fabrics

For many years, coated fabrics have been defined as either Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) or Polyurethane (PU) textiles. They are two different polymer-based platforms—which have their own strengths and weaknesses. Both platforms are used in upholstery applications from residential to contract, and hospitality to healthcare. PVC has long been recognized as the go-to workhorse for extreme use conditions, especially in public spaces. Polyurethanes are recognized for their soft hand, unique surface feeling, and versatile design options. Both continue to thrive and offer robust options to the end-users. However, new to our industry are silicone coated textiles. Silicone has been around for...

Women in C-Suite: Navigating Invisible Obstacles

In 2013, some colleagues and I published a research study in the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly concerning the lack of advancement of women into the C-Suite in the hospitality industry. Our work was borne out of a curiosity about the reported career obstacles that modern female executives faced. In the present era of “Me Too,” it seems appropriate to revisit that research to shine a light again upon the issues that might hold women back, as well as to re-examine the ways business leaders can help women to navigate those obstacles successfully. Barriers to Women’s Advancement Our review of the research has...

Four Opportunities to Improve Waste Management in Your Hotel

The hospitality industry has immense scope of embracing sustainability and going green. Waste management is a critical aspect and has a huge impact on any hotel’s environmental as well as financial bottom line. Irrelevant of your hotel size, effective waste management can help you optimize operations, save resources, cut down expenses and enhance your brand value, which can attract more customers. There are numerous areas within which you can work to improve your waste management. Listed here are four key areas which are solid opportunities for you to make substantial positive impact on the way your hotel handles waste. ...

Conventional Cotton Versus Organic Cotton—Their Impacts

A recent report by The Soil Association communicated via “Just Style” highlights some of the key environmental impacts from the use of conventional cotton. In this report details have emerged around the consumption of water and land cultivated with the use of insecticides during the cotton production process. This, therefore, raises some interesting points for hotel owners to consider for improving the guest experience. Cotton is a key textile within the hospital trade. Specifically, hotels, lodges and health spas are key consumers of cotton, used within bedding, robes and towels. Conventional Cotton Versus Organic In the report and among our sources, there...

Waterless Urinals: A Conservation Practice Now Widely Accepted

Several years ago, when many hotel properties around the world were first starting to get serious about sustainability, they paid close attention to a book, Responsible Hospitality, written by Rebecca Hawkins and Paulina Bohdanowicz. This book is considered the first book to bring together environmental and sustainability concepts and help define how far the hospitality industry should go to achieve them. The book listed taking conservation measures, many of which were revolutionary for the day. Among them were the following: Older windows should be replaced with double- and triple- glazed windows to reduce energy consumption. High thermal mass construction materials...