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Whether an industry announcement, or a hotel accomplishment, Green Lodging News reports on the most up-to-date news and offers a unique perspective on trends—all with the purpose of making your company more profitable. Got news or a story idea to share? We frequently post contributed articles here. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

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Whether an industry announcement, or a hotel accomplishment, Green Lodging News reports on the most up-to-date news and offers a unique perspective on trends—all with the purpose of making your company more profitable. Got news or a story idea to share? We frequently post contributed articles here. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Housekeepers Reveal Toll of New Hotel Cleaning Policies in Digital Ad Campaign

NEW YORK—Hotel housekeepers are sharing stories about filthy rooms, painful workloads, and lost income as they ask guests to choose daily housekeeping in a new digital ad campaign by the hotel workers’ union UNITE HERE. The ads launched Monday, May 16 and will be served to frequent travelers and bookers of business meetings. Hotel guests might think it helps workers to skip cleaning, but housekeepers report that hotel brands’ decision to end automatic daily housekeeping makes rooms dirtier and harder to clean while also cutting jobs. Ads feature housekeepers from Marriott, Hilton, Caesars Entertainment, and more coming off shifts and...

Prince Resorts Hawaii Named Best Place to Work

HONOLULU, HAWAII—Prince Resorts Hawaii (PRH) has been named the number one Best Place To Work In Hawaiian Hospitality in the state and one of the Best Places To Work in Hawaii across all industries by Hawaii Business Magazine in its annual survey of the state’s employers. PRH is one of ten large companies named as the Best Places To Work and the only one to receive the Best Place To Work In Hawaiian Hospitality award. According to Hawaii Business Magazine, all nominated companies face two tests: a confidential survey of their employees, which accounts for 75 percent of each company’s...

Walter E. Washington Convention Center Becomes First to Achieve Well Health-Safety Rating

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced it has earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating for its three primary venues including Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Entertainment & Sports Arena, and the DC Armory through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and space types focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans to address a post-COVID-19 environment now and into the future. Designed to empower owners and operators across large and small businesses alike to...

Invest Islands Unveils Gran Meliá Lombok Beachfront & Hillside Resort

LOMBOK, INDONESIA—Invest Islands, the leading Asian real estate investment company, has unveiled Gran Meliá Lombok, a new beachfront and hillside resort. Conceived by Invest Islands’ project team in conjunction with Bali-based Inspiral Architecture & Design Studios, and managed by Meliá Hotels International, one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, Gran Meliá Lombok is a masterpiece of high-style, low-impact design that weaves seamlessly into its tropical surroundings. It is located at Torok Bay, a sheltered crescent-shaped stretch of sand on Lombok’s secluded south coast, overlooking the Indian Ocean and framed by emerald headlands and rippling rice fields. Guests and...

Report: Hipcamp Protects $274 Million in Ecosystem Services & Injects $3.2 Million in Visitor Spending Annually into San Luis Obispo County

SAN FRANCISCO—Hipcamp, the world’s largest provider of outdoor stays, released the summary of a report highlighting the positive economic and environmental impacts outdoor stays provided California’s San Luis Obispo County from March 2020 to March 2021. The report, commissioned by Hipcamp and authored by Earth Economics, highlights the benefits of low-intensity private land camping. According to an analysis of publicly available and internal data, Hipcamp infused the local economy with more than $3.2 million in direct and secondary spending across supplemental income, transportation, retail spending, and more, while enabling local landowners to preserve more than $274 million in ecosystem services...

Hotel Belmar Wins Latin America Responsible Tourism Award

MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA—Hotel Belmar, a family-owned and operated boutique hotel located in the Monteverde region of Costa Rica’s cloud forest, has won the Silver award at the Latin America Responsible Tourism Awards. Presented by World Travel Market (WTM) recently in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Responsible Tourism Awards showcase best practices in responsible tourism to inspire others across the industry, and Hotel Belmar was recognized for Sustaining Employees and Communities Through the Pandemic. “We are honored to be recognized by WTM for our efforts to support our staff members and our community during one of the most challenging times since opening our doors,” said Pedro...

Sonder Commits to Eliminate All Single-Use Plastic Amenities Within the Year

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—If we don’t act now, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. Humanity produced an estimated 9.2 billion tons of plastics between 1950 and 2017. Of this, approximately 7 billion tons are now waste, either deposited in landfills or accumulating in terrestrial and aquatic environments and ecosystems. To compound the problem, more than 98 percent of plastic is made from fossil fuels and plastic production is expected to double by 2050. Emissions from plastic alone will take up between 10 and 13 percent of the world’s remaining carbon budget to meet a 1.5-degree Celsius target under the Paris Agreement. In our...

Caesars Slots Launches Charitable Collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society

HERZLIYA, ISRAEL—Caesars Slots, Playtika’s free-to-play social casino game, will be donating a minimum of $17,000 and up to $35,000 to The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as part of a new collaboration to support the charity in its mission to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. Caesars Slots players will be introduced to a new in-game character, a cuddly pet panda. Players will name their pandas and enjoy their company while unlocking new features within the game. Throughout the campaign, Playtika will donate on behalf of Caesars Slots players, who will be able to collect balls through...

The Peninsula Hotels Launches Comprehensive New Wellness & Sustainability Platform

NEW YORK—The Peninsula Hotels, whose properties around the world have epitomized luxurious elegance for almost a century, will debut an extensive collection of new wellness resources for its guests in early 2022, inviting them to experience “Life Lived Best.” The brand-wide initiative will provide guests at all Peninsula properties with unprecedented opportunities to pursue their fitness, mindfulness, and nutritional goals—and to access those opportunities whenever they wish through a dedicated Wellness Portal and 24-hour Wellness Concierge service. “With this new Wellness program, we are breaking new ground in helping our guests to maximize their health and well-being,” said Gareth Roberts, Group...

LEED Gold Moxy Athens City Opens Its Doors

ATHENS—Moxy Athens City opened its doors boldly reinventing the traditional hotel stay in one of the world’s oldest cities. An important innovation of Moxy Athens City is its LEED Gold certification, making it the first “green” hotel in Greece that will receive this distinction. This new hotel will offer fun hunter travelers a playful stay in a city bursting with ancient history, vibrant culture and a thriving social scene. Moxy Athens City is located by Stadiou Street, the perfect starting point to discover the wonders of Athens from the Acropolis and the Parthenon to the picturesque neighborhood of Plaka. Just...