As reported today on Green Lodging News, Greenview has just released its Green Lodging Trends Report 2018. The Report highlights and summarizes responses to 115 survey questions in these categories: Energy Management, Waste Management, Water Conservation, Health & Wellness, Back of House, Communications, Staff Involvement, Community Involvement, and Climate Action & Certification. I highly recommend reading through the report. There is a wealth of information in it and I will be writing about it again in my upcoming Publisher’s Point of View column. The Trends Report is by far the leading global lodging report on sustainability.
One of the strengths of the Report is its updating of survey questions to match trends in operations and technology. For example, there has been a lot of conversation over the past year about phasing out single-use plastics (straws, utensils, etc.). According to the Report, more than 75 percent of survey respondents said they use reusable service ware for more than 90 percent of food and beverage facilities. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they have eliminated the use of plastic straws throughout the property.
Last year, Marriott announced a shower dispenser program for its Courtyard, Fairfield, Residence Inn, Springhill Suites and TownePlace Suites properties. According to the Report, 58.5 percent have bulk soap and shampoo dispensers in over 90 percent of their guestrooms. This practice is more prevalent in Asia Pacific (63.2 percent) than in EMEA (39.2 percent) and the Americas (23.2 percent).
Suppliers of hand dryers and makers of paper towels are always competing for the attention of hoteliers. This was fueled by a study last year that found that bacterial contamination was lower in public restrooms where paper towels were used versus those where high-speed hand dryers were used. According to the Green Lodging Trends Report, 35 percent of respondents have high efficiency hand dryers in public restrooms. Why not more? It would be interesting to find out with a follow-up question in next year’s survey.
These are just a few examples of survey questions that match up to current newsworthy events in our industry. Congratulations to the authors of the Report for staying close to today’s trends.