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

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Releases Luxury Travel Trends for 2020

LONDON—Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has released its annual Luxury Travel Trends Report, looking ahead at what will be shaping the luxury boutique experience in the coming year. From bio-architecture and conscience-free cuisine to dispersed hotels and ultimate relaxation methods, the report has been crafted from the creative, inspiring and novel elements introduced by the luxury brand’s more than 520 independent hotels that together reflect the emergence of a movement or burgeoning trend. For 2020, these small, nimble and progressive hotels continue to set the standard for luxury in the ever-changing travel landscape. The full report is...

IHG & Pro-invest to Bring Sustainable voco Brand to New Zealand in Mid-2021

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND—IHG’s colorful voco brand is coming to New Zealand in mid-2021, following the signing of a franchise agreement between IHG and Pro-invest. voco Auckland City Centre will incorporate all the elements of the voco life, including 200 guestrooms that are designed around the “Me Time” concept with premium beds for a quality sleep experience, superior showers, innovative lighting and user-friendly technology. Beyond guestrooms, the hotel will feature an all-day restaurant and bar, and guest gym. Located in the very heart of Auckland’s center, at the corner of Albert and Wyndham Street, voco Auckland City Centre will not only look...

Soul Community Planet Depoe Bay Opens Following Renovation

DEPOE BAY, ORE.—Soul Community Planet (SCP), a Holistic Hospitality company providing fair-priced lodging centered on the values of personal wellness, social good and the environment, announced the newly renovated SCP Depoe Bay has opened. Located near many of Oregon’s top surf breaks, most picturesque shorelines and best fishing, the new lodge features bohemian-style guestrooms, a communal coworking space, fitness and yoga studio, and Provisions market. “Each SCP venue uniquely embodies the values of Soul, Community and Planet,” said Soul Community Planet Co-Founder and CEO Ken Cruse. “SCP Depoe Bay has been renovated into an intimate surf lodge—ideal for coastal adventure-seekers...

Virginia Green Travel Conference, Travel Awards Set for March 19 to 20

RICHMOND, VA.—The 7th Annual Virginia Green Travel Conference & Travel Star Awards will be held March 19 to 20 at the Hilton Richmond Downtown. The event will include a green tourism business expo and many educational sessions and workshops. The first day will feature a Virginia Green Travel Certification course, a sustainability tour of the Hilton Richmond Downtown, an update from the Virginia Green Travel Alliance, and a keynote on Climate Change in the Commonwealth. Also on the agenda the first day: a general session on sustainability in the lodging industry, general session on recycling myths and facts, and workshops...

Javits Center Announces Creation of New Lip Balm Infused with Honey from Rooftop Hives

NEW YORK—The Javits Center announced the creation of a new lip balm infused with honey harvested from beehives atop the convention center’s 6.75-acre green roof, one of the largest of its kind in the United States. The lip balm was produced by team members of Cultivated, the venue’s new dining and hospitality team powered by Levy Convention Centers and CxRA. Known as Jacob’s Honey Lip Balm, this lip-servicing item exemplifies the Javits Center’s commitment to a sustainable environment and serves as a pre-cursor to the opening of a one-acre rooftop farm, which is being constructed as part of the...

National Center on Sexual Exploitation Files Suit Against Wyndham Hotels, Super 8, Motel 6 for Profiting from Child Sex Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Center on Sexual Exploitation Law Center has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, seeking damages against Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Inc., Choice Hotels International, Inc. and G6 Hospitality, LLC., for facilitating and profiting from the sex trafficking of a minor. The plaintiff, B.M., was 16 years old when her trafficking began at the defendant hotels in 2014 and lasted for years. “Corporations must not be allowed to profit from repeated and commercialized rape of children,” said Benjamin Bull, General Counsel for the National Center on...

Textile Advancements Make Towel, Robe Laundering Less Resource Intensive

NATIONAL REPORT—Advancements in textile technology are making it easier for hoteliers to incorporate towels and robes into a property’s sustainability program—product that requires less water and detergent to wash and less time to dry. The textile fiber type can vary but suppliers are currently offering material ranging from Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, to microfibers derived from plastic bottles, to TENCEL+Plus Lyocell derived from eucalyptus and other botanicals. In just the last few months, Majestic International began selling earthright towels and robes made from ELS cotton. According to Wendy Thompson, President, Majestic International, towels come in bath mat, wash cloth,...

U.S. Green Building Council Releases Top 10 States for LEED

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As cities and states continue to work toward climate action goals, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced its list of Top 10 States for LEED green building. For the first time since 2011, Colorado took the top spot on the list, which ranks states based on the number of LEED certified square feet per person. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world with more than 100,000 projects engaged. This year’s top states are home to more than 105 million people, including more than 80,000 LEED green...

Hilton Grand Vacations Eliminates Plastic Straws

ORLANDO, FLA.—Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. has fulfilled its commitment to eliminate single-use straws from its 34 branded properties as part of its continued effort to reduce its overall environmental footprint. According to the EPA’s Trash-Free Waters Program, one-third to two-thirds of debris found on beaches comes from single-use, disposable plastic packaging from food and beverage-related goods (plastic cups, straws, bottles and utensils). Plastic straws are number five on the top 10 items found during beach cleanups. Of all trash, plastic trash has the greatest potential to harm the environment, wildlife and humans. “As we expand our corporate social responsibility program, HGV...

Hilton Celebrated Lunar New Year with Release of New “Room 702” Episode

MCLEAN, VA.—Timed to coincide with the Lunar New Year 2020 (Saturday, January 25), Hilton has released the latest installment of its acclaimed “Room 702” video docuseries, profiling Nick Li, Manager of Safety and Security at the Hilton Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province. In this episode, viewers are introduced to Li, who grew up in a small village in the mountains of western China. After leaving high school to join the military, he came to recognize the value of education and made the decision to return to school. Access to education was an opportunity that his sister, Fulian Li, sacrificed in order...