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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.

Sixth Annual ‘Fish to Fork’ Culinary Weekend Returns to Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

AMELIA ISLAND, FLA.—Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort announced the dates for its sixth annual “Fish to Fork” culinary weekend, May 9 to 12, 2019. This year’s event celebrates Mother's Day weekend with an all-female chef lineup. The resort will welcome visitors for a one of a kind “dock-to-dish” experience where they can unleash their inner foodie. In its sixth year, Fish to Fork welcomes a new lineup of all-star female chefs. Each chef will bring their unique styles to the event’s festivities, and three-time Fish to Fork competitor Kathleen Blake, owner and chef of The Rusty Spoon in Orlando, Fla., is making...

Hotelschool The Hague Celebrates Rescued Food with ‘Food Rescue Market’

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS—During the past two years an enthusiastic team of teachers and students have saved almost 40,000 kilos of food, which has been turned into delicious dishes and products. Recently, this team organized a Food Rescue Market to make the new students aware of food waste and to introduce them to the way Hotelschool encounters this. Ten different food rescue companies participated in the market, giving students the opportunity to taste dishes made of rescued food. Special guest at this market was a buck named Walter. Male goats are usually...

Hotels, Green Spa Network Line Up Activities for Earth Day

NATIONAL REPORT—The 49th Earth Day, to be held on Monday, April 22, is prime time for green hotels around the planet to shine a light on their sustainability programs. The following hotels and one green organization have announced plans for activities and special promotions. If your property has activities planned for Earth Day, Earth Week or Earth Month, contact editor@greenlodgingnews.com. In honor of Earth Day, the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa in Monterey (Calif.) is offering the following promotions: The hotel will give out a “Plant Your Pencil” to the first 100 guests who check in on April 22. The pencils come in five...

MGM Resorts Foundation Announces Dates for Women’s Leadership Conference

LAS VEGAS—The nonprofit MGM Resorts Foundation is gearing up for the 13th annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) on August 5 and 6 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The mission of the two-day event is to provide women, and men who attend, the developmental tools they need to continuously advance their lives and careers. The event had more than 1,600 attendees last year and sold out early. Conference organizers are encouraging attendees to register early to ensure a seat and take advantage of the early bird registration fee of $449. Early registration runs through April 30; after...

Frangipani Beach Resort Goes Green with 370-Kilowatt Solar System

ANGUILLA, BRITISH WEST INDIES—Anguilla’s Frangipani Beach Resort has announced the completion of a large-scale sustainable energy project to generate clean, reliable power to the hotel. The new solar panels system is projected to power 70 percent of the resort. Featuring 800 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, the 370 kilowatts (KWh) solar installation will offset a portion of Frangipani Beach Resort’s energy demand, taking up approximately a quarter of an acre of the hotel’s main entrance. In addition, two solar canopies have been added over the resort’s parking structure, which converts sunlight into electricity. “Sustainability has always been important to us, and we’re...

Creative Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles Emerging for Hospitality

NATIONAL REPORT—With all the attention given to plastic straws, stirrer sticks and cutlery over the past year, not enough attention has been given to plastic water bottle alternatives. Green Lodging News has reported on water filtration systems and glass bottle delivery of that water within the hotel. That approach is a great idea but can make only a tiny dent in the overall plastic bottle waste problem. According to Rob Koenen, Chief Marketing Officer for Boxed Water Is Better®, 69 billion bottles are created each year and 38 billion of them go into oceans and landfills. Up to 90...

SeaWorld Removes Polystyrene Foam Dinnerware from Theme Parks

ORLANDO, FLA.—SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment announced that all 12 of its theme parks have removed polystyrene foam dinnerware products, including bowls, plates and trays, from all its dining operations. As part of its commitment to protecting animals and habitats worldwide, SeaWorld has replaced polystyrene foam with products made from 100 percent recycled material in all its parks. With millions of meals served in the parks each year, the removal of polystyrene foam products, which are not biodegradable, helps keep them out of local landfills, as well as in the ocean ecosystem. According to Andrew Ngo, Corporate Vice President, In-park Revenue, “This change allows us to...

Wyndham Earns World’s Most Ethical Company Distinction

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—With a commitment to acting with integrity and a dedication to making hotel travel possible for all, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has been recognized as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. This distinction marks the first global accolade for the company and builds upon a strong Wyndham history of recognition by Ethisphere, a leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. “In our first year as a new public company, today’s recognition as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies is continued reaffirmation of the inclusive, values-driven culture instilled in...

AHLA Launches Campaign Recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this month, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) is launching a month-long campaign along with member companies and national partners to raise public awareness about sexual assault and reaffirm the hotel industry’s commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all employees and guests. AHLA’s 2019 Board of Directors launched this campaign by uniting against sexual violence with an open letter in The Wall Street Journal, and by wearing jeans as part of a social media movement ahead of Peace Over Violence’s Denim Day on April 24. AHLA’s Sexual Assault...

Expedia: Travel to U.S. National Parks Booming

BELLEVUE, WASH.—As the average person checks their phone 110 times per day, it’s no surprise that there’s a need to recharge and go off the grid, and a likely reason why wellness tourism is on the rise. Combined with people’s increased awareness of the growing threats to our natural resources and interest in eco-friendly experiences, traveling to America’s great national parks has never been more appealing. Based on recent Expedia Group data, travel to America’s national parks is booming, indicating the various opportunities for hoteliers to capitalize on the interest in key national park markets, including Moab, Yellowstone, Yosemite and...