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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.

Systems Utilizing UV Rays Can Help Disinfect, Combat Coronavirus

NATIONAL REPORT—Whether in fixed areas such as air handling systems or in portable devices such as air purifiers or germ-killing robots, ultraviolet (UV) radiation is being used to help combat the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19). UV radiation is present in sunlight and constitutes about 10 percent of the total electromagnetic radiation output from the sun. In manmade lamps, more highly concentrated UV rays can be highly effective at killing germs, bacteria and viruses. UltraViolet Device, Inc. (UVDI), in a press release issued this month, says coronavirus is highly susceptible to germicidal UV irradiation. The susceptibility of coronavirus to UV rays...

MGM Pledges $1 Million for Employee Emergency Fund, Donates Close to Half a Million Pounds of Food

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced an array of initiatives intended to support those impacted economically by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including a $1 million crisis and disaster relief pledge into an employee emergency grant fund and donating the equivalent of 400,000 meals across the United States. “As we confront extraordinary events and an unprecedented  global pandemic crisis, we know that this is an extremely challenging and uncertain time for many of our employees, their families, friends and neighbors and we are committed to help those in need,” said Bill Hornbuckle, Acting CEO and President of MGM Resorts International. “We have...

Six Senses Bhutan Unveils its Final Lodge, the ‘Forest Within A Forest’ Six Senses Bumthang

BHUTAN—Less than six months after the opening of the “Traditional Birdwatching Bridge” in Gangtey, Six Senses Bhutan has opened its fifth and final lodge, Six Senses Bumthang. This opening marks the completion of a circuit that will take guests on a journey across the western and central valleys of the Kingdom. As the gateway to the east and the site of some of the country’s earliest settlements, Bumthang is considered as Bhutan’s spiritual heartland and is home to some of its most ancient monasteries and sacred monuments. This region is known for its four valleys, covered in pristine forests and meandering rivers,...

Eight Cool & Captivating Hotel Lobby Decor Ideas That Scream Green

NATIONAL REPORT—Hoteliers know what it’s like to continually chase after the next big innovative idea for their property. Sometimes that could mean inviting local fitness instructors to teach classes in the hotel a few times a month or renovating for an on-site five-star restaurant. It all depends on what guests want and when they want it. To learn more about their needs, hospitality professionals can look to current trends and reflect them on each property. Going green is one of the biggest lifestyle trends to date, with many people embracing sustainability as a moral code and not just an interior...

CTO Announces Partnership with George Washington University

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) announced a new partnership with The George Washington University’s International Institute of Tourism Studies that will give CTO members the opportunity to earn a professional certificate in sustainable tourism destination management at a discounted rate. “The Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region in the world, and it also faces unique challenges due to these destinations’ vulnerability to climate change,” says Seleni Matus, Executive Director of the International Institute of Tourism Studies. “We are delighted to provide this specialized program to local and regional industry professionals to support sustainable destination management throughout the Caribbean region.” “The...

Hotels Nationwide Sign Up to Provide Housing to First Responders

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In an effort to support communities across the country during this unprecedented public health crisis, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) announced a new initiative—Hotels for Hope—to connect hotel properties with the health community, struggling to find housing and support as the COVID-19 public health crisis grows. The newly launched initiative, just announced in partnership with AHLA partner state associations across the country, has identified over 6,500 properties nationwide located in close proximity to established healthcare facilities that are at the ready to assist government efforts and work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),...

Hard Rock International Honored by Forbes As One of America’s Best Employers for Diversity

HOLLYWOOD, FLA.—Hard Rock International has been recognized as one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes Magazine in the category of Diversity within the travel and leisure category. The business magazine in partnership with Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data, created this prestigious list of the top 500 companies employing at least 1,000 people in the United States. The results are based on an independent survey from a vast sample of more than 60,000 U.S. employees representing more than 1,700 organizations. Survey respondents were asked questions regarding their employer and topics of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability,...

Company Deploys Sensors to Optimize Building Efficiency Production

NATIONAL REPORT—Let’s assume you just opened your hotel. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, within two years your mechanical systems will be 25 percent less energy efficient. “Over time, energy performance always dips,” says JJ Steeley, Executive Vice President of Customer Experience for Carbon Lighthouse. That dip may be because of deferred maintenance, an operational change to the building, or maybe the building management system needs to be reprogrammed. The good news, according to Steeley, is that those energy inefficiencies can be pinpointed using sensors and then addressed by experts. Getting the mechanical systems in a...

Pechanga Resort Casino Donates Nearly $100,000 Worth of Food to Local Charities

TEMECULA, CALIF.—Dozens of giant 25-pound bags of onions, carrots and celery. Pallets of fresh ripe strawberries and blackberries. Thousands of pounds of cantaloupes and honeydew melons. Ten thousand dollars in milk (461 gallons) and dairy products alone. All of this and a lot more was sent last week by Pechanga to three charities in Riverside County that regularly support disadvantaged and homeless people in the region. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, these groups have been even harder hit. Pechanga Resort Casino’s temporary closure announced on Saturday, March 14 shut down the casino, hotel, spa, golf course, as well as...

Hilton Partners with Leading Companies to Find Temporary Jobs for Displaced Hotel Team Members

MCLEAN, VA.—As the hospitality industry responds to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Hilton is partnering with leading companies to connect workers from temporarily suspended hotels with hundreds of thousands of short-term jobs created by the global pandemic. Hilton Team Members, and others in the industry seeking employment, will be given direct access and in some cases expedited access to temporary jobs on the Hilton Workforce Resource Center at companies such as Albertsons, Amazon, CVS, Lidl, Sunrise Senior Living and Walgreens. These partners recognize the power of a service culture and the value of hospitality skills training Hilton Team Members are known to receive. With a...