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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.

Sands Named to CDP Climate and Water A Lists

LAS VEGAS—Las Vegas Sands has again been recognized by global environmental nonprofit CDP, on its Climate and Water A Lists. This marks the sixth consecutive year the company has appeared on the Climate A List, and the third straight appearance on the Water A List. Being named to the Climate A List highlights the company’s work towards cutting emissions, mitigating climate risks and building Integrated Resorts responsibly, while the Water A List designation recognizes Sands’ accomplishments in promoting water efficiency and conservation. Sands is one of only 64 companies to be named to both the Climate and Water A Lists. “Our...

Two Companies Join Together to Provide Luxury Treehouse-Style Experience in Tulum

BOULDER, COLO.—KAN Tulum, a vacation development, and SkyRun Vacation Rentals Riviera Maya, a premium full-service property management company, have come together to provide a sustainable luxury vacation experience in Tulum, Mexico. KAN Tulum, composed of 42 treehouse-style units based on an organic design, utilizes renewable energy sources to create a luxury experience while living at one with nature in the Mayan jungle. KAN Tulum’s sustainable design includes: The latest generation of solar to power air conditioning. A water-processing system that cleans wastewater onsite. Outer walls encased in bamboo that host climbing plants to keep internal temperatures low, and mosquitos at...

Honeywell Survey: Cleanliness & Hygiene Top Priority When Choosing Flights, Hotels

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A recent Honeywell survey conducted by YouGov PLC finds travelers are placing an increased focus on cleanliness and hygiene when selecting which airlines to fly and which hotels to book. Although cost also remains a top motivator in travel decisions, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted travelers’ focus toward safety as they make travel decisions. The Honeywell survey, which was conducted online among adults in the United States and United Kingdom, sought to better understand these shifting motivations. Enhanced Cleanliness & Safety Boosts Traveler Confidence When U.S. survey participants were asked about their criteria for selecting a travel brand or company, cleanliness/hygiene was the...

USGBC: Total Global LEED Hotel Projects Tops 2,100

WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, including hotels, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. LEED is for all building types and all building phases including new construction, interior fit outs, operations and maintenance and core and shell. LEED Zero is for projects with net zero goals in carbon and/or resources. Projects pursuing LEED certification...

Sandals Founder Leaves Strong Environmental Track Record Behind

The travel industry lost Gordon “Butch” Stewart this week. He was the founder of Sandals Resorts, the leading hotel chain in the Caribbean, Beaches Resorts, and their parent company Sandals Resorts International. He was also the founder and chairman of the ATL Group of Companies and the Jamaica Observer. Steward left behind a company strongly dedicated to green, sustainable practices. All the company’s resorts participate in the EarthCheck program. Resorts also adhere to the Oceanic Standard, a comprehensive guide to implementing sustainable practices in the hospitality industry, with a focus on reducing single-use plastics. Resorts have received the distinction of...

Hilton Among Best Workplaces in Greater China

SHANGHAI—Global research and consulting firm, Great Place to Work, announced that Hilton took the top spot on the list of this year’s “Best Workplaces in Greater China 2020”. This is the sixth consecutive year that Hilton has been named to Greater China’s “Best Workplaces” list, and the second consecutive year that it has been named as one of the country’s best workplaces for women. With its continued success on the “Best Workplaces” list, Hilton was granted the additional honor of being named “The Legend” by Great Place to Work. To receive “The Legend” designation, a company is required to have...

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino Accredited by Global Biorisk Advisory Council

INCLINE VILLAGE, NEV.—Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, the only full-service waterfront resort in North Lake Tahoe, has received Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Facility Accreditation. The resort has also been recognized as Hyatt Corporate’s 2020 “Hotel Team of the Year” in North America. The GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation recognizes organizations that showcase a commitment to transforming the cleaning industry into an essential part of their business, and those that ensure a clean, safe, and healthy environment for employees, customers, and stakeholders. The accreditation illustrates the resort’s priority and commitment to infectious disease prevention and to minimize...

Marriott Named One of Top 10 Companies for Executive Women

BETHESDA, MD.—Marriott International has been named one of the 2020+ Top 10 Companies for Executive Women by Working Mother Media, for the 17th year. The list celebrates companies that champion women’s advancement, with a focus on succession planning, profit-and-loss roles, gender pay parity, and programs that support work-life integration. Marriott International’s founders, J.W. and Alice S. Marriott, were partners in every sense, with Alice Marriott being a force behind every major decision and a “woman of firsts,” as the company’s first woman Vice President and Board Director. She set a high standard for the role women would play in company...

Sands China & Community Groups Assemble 40,000 Hygiene Kits for Clean the World

MACAO—Around 200 volunteers from Sands China Ltd. and local community groups recently worked together at The Venetian Macao to build 40,000 hygiene kits for Clean the World, an international social enterprise that provides hygiene supplies essential for good health to populations in need around the globe, helping prevent the spread of disease. Sands China’s hygiene kit build helps Clean the World distribute emergency response hygiene kits to assist with on-the-ground, immediate needs in times of crisis and disaster. In 2013, Sands China was the first integrated operator to launch such an event in Macao. Including this year’s event, the company and its community...

GRI Global Common Language of Sustainability Reporting

AMSTERDAM—GRI has welcomed research that shows a record number of companies, spanning sectors and geographic regions, are voluntarily choosing to disclose their sustainability impacts—with the GRI Standards the most widely used for reporting. The 2020 KPMG Survey of Sustainability Reporting found almost all (96 percent) of the world’s largest 250 companies (the G250) report on their sustainability performance. For the N100—5,200 companies comprising the largest 100 firms in 52 countries—80 percent do so. Across all companies surveyed, the GRI Standards is the only sustainability reporting framework that can demonstrate widespread global adoption. Around three-quarters (73 percent) of the G250 and two-thirds...