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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.

Cryptocurrency Container Tokens to be Used to Raise Funds for Shipping Container Micro Hotels

ANN ARBOR, MICH.—Successful developer, businessman and visionary Darius Smith has launched ASJ Homes, a new leader in modern shipping container houses. Smith is also introducing a new cryptocurrency called Container Tokens, which will be used to raise funds for a new chain of shipping container boutique micro hotels. Ground is expected to be broken on the first container hotel by 2023. After many years of renovating homes and obtaining 200 percent-plus returns on development flips, Smith is venturing into new home construction via shipping containers, which makes building less expensive and quicker. ASJ Homes will offer one- and two-story options and carefully take into...

Hilton Offers Event Planners COVID-19 Testing & Health Screening Resources for Their Event Attendees

MCLEAN, VA.—Event planners continue to look for solutions that help simplify the complex task of organizing in-person or hybrid events in the current environment—particularly as it relates to COVID-19 testing and health screenings. Throughout the pandemic, Hilton has been listening and responding to the needs of its customers, and now Hilton is providing vent planners with COVID-19 testing and health screening resources for their event attendees. “As more customers book in-person meetings and events, there has been a steady increase in requests and questions around COVID-19 testing and screening options for event attendees,” said Frank Passanante, Senior Vice President, Hilton...

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Welcomes New Season with ‘Springtime Celebrations Around the World’ Display

LAS VEGAS—Spring is in full bloom at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens as the resort debuts its new display, “Springtime Celebrations Around the World.” Beautifully designed floral creations represent renowned springtime celebrations in The Netherlands, England, Thailand, and the United States. An abundance of blooming spring flowers, cherry blossom trees, hummingbirds and whimsical butterflies fill the Conservatory, representing growth, resilience, and the dawning of a new season. Designer Ed Libby and Bellagio’s horticulture team meticulously designed “Springtime Celebrations Around the World,” bringing to life cherished spring traditions from different cultures. “As we leave the dreary winter months behind, we spring forward...

Scandic Hotels Tops Swedish Sustainability List

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Scandic continues to secure its position as industry winner as Sustainable Brand Index recently published the official ranking of Sweden’s most sustainable brands in 2021. This is the eleventh year in a row that consumers and decision-makers have named Scandic the most sustainable brand in the category; Hotel. As early as 1993, Scandic decided to become the leader within sustainability and has since then driven the development of sustainability forward in the global hospitality industry. In 2020, Scandic took the next step towards continuing to be a sustainability leader, by launching a new sustainability strategy to continue to meet...

WTTC, Carnival & Hilton to Present the 2021 Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19

LONDON—The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), together with Carnival Corp. and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., announced the 2021 Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19. The free live virtual forum, which is open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, April 15, 2021. The 2021 Global Scientific Summit on COVID-19 will bring together top global scientists and health experts discussing the latest discoveries, evidence-based insights and best practices for living in a world with COVID-19, and will build on a well-received similar forum hosted last year by WTTC and Carnival Corp. This year’s event...

MGM Resorts, BetMGM Announce Unified Commitment to Promote Responsible Gaming

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International and BetMGM announced a unified commitment to responsible gaming and to providing the tools needed to help players make responsible, informed decisions while playing. This comes as MGM Resorts and BetMGM join the National Council on Problem Gambling in promoting Problem Gambling Awareness Month throughout March. With sports betting and iGaming rapidly expanding access and growing in popularity across the United States, BetMGM is prioritizing responsible gaming by integrating education and outreach into the player experience and through customer service. As part of a new joint-initiative, BetMGM and MGM Resorts’ employees will participate in a weekly...

Oppenheim Architecture’s Crystalline ‘Jewel’ Towers Revitalize Gold Coast

MIAMI—Rising to extraordinary heights, in both altitude and achievement, the “Jewel” is the first beach-front development on the Gold Coast of Australia in over 30 years. Designed by architect Chad Oppenheim, FAIA, of the international firm Oppenheim Architecture, The Jewel towers rise in unison on the city’s shores, joining luxury residences with a five-star hotel—all spanning across a three-tower crystalline complex. The mixed-use development sets a new standard of luxury living among a spread of business amenities, dining experiences, and health and wellness services, all while paying tribute to its surroundings. Oppenheim Architecture was selected as a winner of developer...

Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership Established

BETHESDA, MD.—The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation together with Howard University announced the establishment of the Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership in honor of Marriott International’s beloved president and CEO, Arne Sorenson, who tragically passed away in February from pancreatic cancer. The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation will provide a $20 million endowment to launch the Center at Howard University, one of the nation’s leading historically Black colleges and universities. In addition, Marriott International announced the creation of the Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund which will support the critical programmatic and career development elements of the...

Igloo Mountain Lodge to Expand Its Eco-friendly Resorts into Whatcom County, Washington

WHATCOM COUNTY, WASH.—With the success of its exclusive beachfront resort in Costa Rica, Igloo Mountain Lodge announced its upcoming expansion into the United States. Construction on 50 of its uniquely styled self-check-in air form domes and a geodesic greenhouse used for social space will commence in Washington State in early 2022. Having stayed open throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Igloo Mountain Lodge has selected a site in Whatcom County Wash. as the location for its first U.S. branch, costing around $5 million to complete. Visitor spending was $705.7 million in Whatcom County in 2018, with lodging accounting for over 10 percent. The...

Sands ESG Report Utilizes Key Performance Metrics to Demonstrate Commitment to Responsible Citizenship

LAS VEGAS—Sands’ Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report summarizes its commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen through key performance metrics in the report’s namesake areas. Measuring and reporting ESG performance has helped drive results, supporting the management of the company’s utility consumption, ensuring the disciplined execution of efficiency projects and compelling it to explore innovations to its resort operations. Along with the key metrics covered in the ESG Report, Sands is currently in the process of broadening its company disclosures to incorporate an even wider range of metrics. The areas of emphasis in environmental performance, all reflected in the report, include...