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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.

Sunday, November 10 is Big Day for Green Conversations at HX, BDNY

NEW YORK—HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY) are just a month away. Both events will be held concurrently at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City from November 10 to 11. Under the ownership of Emerald Expositions this year, the two shows will together feature hundreds of exhibitors—many of which will be offering products to green up your property’s design and operations. Products available will range from Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee to bicycles to wallcoverings. In addition to the trade shows, HX and BDNY will both offer education sessions. Enhanced by a new partnership...

WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards Finalists Announced

LONDON—The WTM World Responsible Tourism Gold and Silver Award finalists have been announced for 2019. After an extensive process, the panel of expert judges have decided on 14 global businesses, destinations and organizations to receive the prestigious awards. The esteemed panel of industry professionals filtered through masses of applications to find the best of the best to fit within six categories; Wildlife and Nature Conservation, Reducing Carbon & Other Greenhouse Gases, Benefiting Local People, Transparent Reporting, Reducing Plastic Waste and Coping with Success, Dealing with Overtourism. The 2019 WTM World Responsible Tourism Gold and Silver Award finalists are: &Beyond – Luxury...

Barry Sternlicht’s First Treehouse Hotel to Debut Next Month in London

LONDON—Treehouse London, Barry Sternlicht’s newest hotel brand, is set to open next month on Langham Place in Marylebone—one of London’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Designed to appeal to the child in all of us, Treehouse is playful, curious, rustic and nostalgic, inspired by simple joys. The hotel will feature Toca Madera, an acclaimed Mexican restaurant and the spectacular rooftop bar “The Nest,” with 360-degree views of central London. SH Hotels & Resorts, an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, will operate the hotel. Every detail is imagined through the carefree, optimistic lens of childhood and balanced with a...

Wyndham Destinations to Eliminate Plastic Straws, Other Single-Use Plastic

ORLANDO, FLA.—In conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day, Wyndham Destinations, the world’s largest vacation ownership and exchange company, announced it would eliminate plastic straws and other single-use plastic from food and beverage operations at its timeshare resorts around the world. To support the company’s environmental sustainability initiatives, Wyndham Destinations’ vacation club resorts plan to remove single-use plastic straws starting October 1, 2019. The effort will eliminate more than 750,000 single-use plastic straws in North America alone and 1.1 million across the globe. Earlier this year, the company’s Asia Pacific resorts removed disposable straws from 33 managed resorts. “The switch to biodegradable...

Arabella Sedona Adds Artist in Residence Program

SEDONA, ARIZ.—The Arabella Sedona recently announced a partnership with Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art to develop their Artist in Residence program. Celebrating the State of Arizona and its regional artwork, this partnership creates a network of beauty, inspiration and creativity. In order to compliment the property’s new renovation and provide an experiential adventure for visitors, pieces from notable local artists were strategically placed throughout key locations on their grounds. At the same time, the hotel regularly invites the actual artists onsite in order share their stories, artwork and expertise with guests and neighbors. The newly renovated property is currently...

Global Wellness Institute Launches White Paper Series: ‘Understanding Wellness’

MIAMI—The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a nonprofit research and educational resource for the world wellness industry, has launched a new white paper series: “Understanding Wellness.” The new research papers are designed to become the go-to primer for policymakers, businesspeople, researchers and students to understand—in clear and simple terms and backed by rich data—the major force that wellness has become around the world and how it will evolve in the future. This first paper, “The Global Forces Driving the Growth of the Wellness Economy,” examines the four macro forces that are propelling consumer demand and the ongoing, surging growth of the...

Easy Hotel Access to Menstrual Products Critical for Women Travelers

COLUMBUS, OHIO— According to a study conducted by Free The Tampons, 86 percent of women have started their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they needed. The Free The Tampons website includes many stories of women and young teens caught by surprise by their period. Claire Coder, after getting her period unexpectedly in public, decided to do something to make sure women always have access to the menstrual products they need. She started her own company, Aunt Flow, to provide tampons and pads made from 100 percent organic cotton. Applicators are made from cardboard, instead of plastic. RSA...

Hawaii Tourism Rolls Out Campaign to Educate Visitors

HONOLULU—Every destination has its own set of unwritten rules regarding cultural etiquette. Hawaii is no different. Sharing the do’s and don’ts with visitors for their time in the Hawaiian Islands is the goal of a visitor campaign launched through a partnership between the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB). It’s called the Kuleana Campaign. Kuleana means responsibility and it’s the personal and collective commitment to the people of Hawaii and the place we call home. The campaign includes 15-, 30- and 60-second videos that are aimed at curbing some of the challenges each county is...

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Wild About First Resort in Galápagos Islands

BANGKOK—The Galápagos Islands are home to some of the world’s most amazing wildlife encounters. The isolated chain of 19 islands emerged alone from the rest of the world and its ecology developed in its own unique way. Guests at the upcoming Six Senses Galapagos will therefore experience a one-of-a-kind (literally-anywhere-on-earth) natural environment. Six Senses Galapagos is located in Cerro Verde on the northeastern coast of San Cristobal Island. This is the quietest of the main islands, blessed with a relaxed, tranquil vibe. UNESCO recognized the Galápagos Islands as a World Heritage Site in 1978 and a Biosphere Reserve in 1985, and...

Wynn Las Vegas Becomes Only Casino Resort In Las Vegas to Earn Great Place To Work Certification

LAS VEGAS—Wynn Las Vegas has been certified as a “Great Workplace” by the independent analysts at Great Place To Work, the global authority on evaluating corporate culture and employee fulfilment. The certification is based entirely on anonymous feedback from an extensive survey asking employees to describe their feelings about working at Wynn. “We believe that true luxury is defined by people, not buildings, and so we have focused on our Company’s greatest asset: our employees. One of our guiding principles is to ‘care about everyone and everything,’ which makes our Great Place To Work certification very meaningful to me,” said Wynn...