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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? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.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? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Greenview Releases Green Lodging Trends Report

SINGAPORE—Greenview has released its 106-page Green Lodging Trends Report 2018. The Report is the lodging industry’s annual exercise to assess and catalyze green innovation, best practices, and awareness regarding the state of sustainability across hotels worldwide. 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. Greenview received data for 4,544 hotels across 61 countries. Of the overall data set, 2,202 properties were classified as City/Urban Hotels, 814 as Suburban Hotels, 607 as Resorts, 296...

Solution to Prevent Human Trafficking Free for 6,500 Washington Association Members

OLYMPIA, WASH.—A powerful solution to end human trafficking is proving to be effective inside Washington state hotels—when staff members are trained in what to look for. The Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation is partnering with the nonprofit Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) to increase access to human trafficking awareness training for the state’s hotel employees. Starting this month, which is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, BEST’s training will be offered to the 6,500 Washington Hospitality Association members and their teams free of charge. Washington is Leader in Trafficking Prevention Both the association and BEST participate in the Washington State Task...

World’s First ‘Vegan Suite’ Welcomes Guests at Hilton London Bankside

LONDON—Following guest feedback, a vegan suite is now available for reservation at the design-led Hilton London Bankside. The suite, created in partnership with multi-sensory design experts Bompas & Parr and given the thumbs up by The Vegan Society, offers a vegan experience throughout, from a plant-based check-in desk and keycard to vegan-friendly bedding and eco-cotton carpet. Responding to evolving values, the whole suite has undergone a complete refurbishment. Reimagining the aesthetic associated with a contemporary vegan lifestyle, everything from the pillow options and toiletries to the in-room menu and minibar offerings have been redesigned to create a boutique, luxurious and...

ASHRAE to Begin Renovation to Create New Net-Zero World HQ Building in Atlanta

ATLANTA—ASHRAE announced board approval of a $15.7 million budget to begin a renovation of its new world headquarters building in metro Atlanta, with the intent of being designed for net-zero energy efficiency. The building located at 180 Technology Parkway in Peachtree Corners, is approximately 10 miles north of ASHRAE’s current location. The 1970s-era building was selected from existing building stock with a goal of retrofitting it into a modern, high-performance building. “ASHRAE is excited to demonstrate innovative leadership in our industry by transforming an existing commercial building into a state-of-the-art built environment,” said 2018-2019 ASHRAE President Sheila J. Hayter. “We want...

Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas Completes Renewable Energy Project

GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA—In line with the sustainable tourism philosophy of Costa Rica Tourism Institute (ICT), Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas has implemented a mass solar panel installation on its path toward entirely renewable energy. The project, one of the largest solar energy undertakings in Central America, was completed in December and will provide Tamarindo’s premier eco-boutique hotel with 1,400 solar panels estimated to offset 34 tons of the hotel’s energy usage. “Travelers are more socially and environmentally conscious than ever, seeking vacations that have minimal impact on the planet’s resources,” said General Manager Federico Pilurzu. “At Cala Luna, we...

Caesars Entertainment & ImpactNV Launch Fund to Support Victims of Human Trafficking

LAS VEGAS—Caesars Entertainment announced the creation of The Shared Future Fund, a new and innovative investment model that will be used to create long-term positive change for adult and child victims of human trafficking. The fund will be controlled and managed by ImpactNV, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Southern Nevada dedicated to mobilizing cross-sector leadership to address pressing social needs and building a better community. The Shared Future Fund will be initially resourced by in-kind donations and direct financial support from Caesars Entertainment and an inaugural fundraising event in spring of 2019. The self-sustaining model is designed to catalyze solutions to...

Major New Report on Overtourism Due in March

BRISTOL, ENGLAND—The Travel Foundation has partnered with Cornell University and EplerWood International to analyze how the more damaging impacts of tourism’s rapid growth can be better understood and managed globally. After decades of steady growth, international tourist numbers surpassed 1 billion for the first time in 2012. The report shows that destinations across the world are not prepared for the unprecedented demands this has placed on them, leading to alarming reports of overtourism. With growth set to continue exponentially, reaching 1.8 billion tourists by 2030, a global crisis is looming. While overtourism is an important symptom, the use of vital natural,...

MGM Resorts Earns Top Spot in ‘50 Best Companies for Diversity’

LAS VEGAS—For 2018 BLACK ENTERPRISE (BE) magazine has named MGM Resorts International one of the “Best Companies for Diversity” in the United States based on MGM Resorts’ diversity and inclusion practices. The 50 companies featured in the publication’s special report demonstrate a commitment to diversity in one or more of four key areas, including: Board of Directors mix, employee diversity, senior management mix and supplier diversity. “We are incredibly honored to achieve this recognition from BLACK ENTERPRISE,” said Phyllis A. James, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts International. “As a responsible corporation we strive daily to embed diversity...

Sands China Ends Its Use of Plastic Straws at All Properties

MACAO—Sands China Ltd. has discontinued its use of plastic straws at all its properties to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics. The company’s ban will eliminate the use of 2.2 million plastic straws each year—saving 1 ton of plastic annually. Laid down end-to-end on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, that’s enough straws to stretch from Macao to Hong Kong 10 times. The move is one of several new initiatives to curb the use of single-use plastics at Sands China’s properties, which employ more than 28,000 team members and received more than 92 million visitors in 2017. “Our company is constantly looking for...

Lodge at Chaa Creek Named Belize’s Hotel of The Year

SAN IGNACIO, BELIZE—The Lodge at Chaa Creek has once again been named Belize’s Hotel of the Year by the Belize Tourism Board at the country’s recent National Tourism Awards. This was the third time since 2010 the western Belize eco-resort was recognized as the Hotel of the Year by the BTB, according to Chaa Creek’s Public Relations Officer Denise Duran. Belize’s National Tourism Awards is an annual event that recognizes outstanding contributions by the country’s tourism professionals, with honors that include Tour Guide of The Year, Tour Operator of The Year, Restaurant of The Year, Tourism Site of the Year,...