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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.

Outrigger Increases Room Donation to $500k for Hawaii State Nurses & Respiratory Therapists

PHUKET, THAILAND—Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is inviting up to 1,500 Hawaii nurses and respiratory therapists to enjoy a stress-free, cost-free stay in Waikiki as a way for the hospitality brand to show its appreciation for the frontline healthcare heroes. Eligible individuals must book by Sept. 30, 2020 to take advantage of this offer and stay dates can be anytime from September 15, 2020 to January 31, 2021 with some restrictions. “During this COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaii is indebted to the medical professionals who serve selflessly to help ensure the wellbeing of our island community,” said Sean Dee, EVP and CMO at...

Park MGM/NoMad to be Las Vegas Strip’s Only Smoke-Free Casino-Resort

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced that Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas will open their doors on September 30, completing the reopening of all of its properties around the world following closures earlier this year amid the Covid-19 crisis. Upon reopening, Park MGM/NoMad will be The Strip’s first fully smoke-free casino resort. “Opening Park MGM and NoMad represent significant milestones, as they are the last of our properties to welcome back employees and guests alike,” said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts CEO and President. “The last six months have presented extraordinary challenges and I could not be prouder of the MGM...

Dutch Caribbean’s Harbour Village Recognized as Leading Eco-focused Resort

BONAIRE, DUTCH CARIBBEAN—Harbour Village, a charming boutique resort set on Bonaire’s only private beach, has been recognized by the Bonaire Chamber of Commerce as a Blue Destination, which is awarded to resorts that have shown a strong dedication to sustainability. The resort has held a long-standing commitment to leading the way in eco-forward efforts on the island of Bonaire and plays a vital role in maintaining the destination’s environmentally sound initiatives. “We are honored to have our efforts recognized by the community. Ensuring that our tropical paradise can be enjoyed for decades to come has been a top priority for...

Hilton Named ‘Most Socially Responsible Hotel Management Group of China’

SHANGHAI—Hilton was recently named the “Most Socially Responsible Hotel Management Group of China” at the 15th China Hotel Starlight Awards. Hilton won additional accolades at the property level, with Waldorf Astoria Beijing and Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund named among the “Best Luxurious Hotels of China,” and Hilton Shenzhen Futian and Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun recognized as one of the “Top 10 MICE Hotels of China”. “Being named the ‘Most Socially Responsible Hotel Management Group of China’ amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic is an immense honor, as well as a testament to the hard work of our Team Members who...

United States Set to Lose $155 billion from Missing International Tourists & Visitors, says WTTC

LONDON—A devastating $155 billion looks set to be lost from the U.S. economy due to the collapse of international travel during 2020, according to latest research conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, says the massive decline in the number of international travelers and tourists visiting the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic, could result in international visitor spending dropping by a staggering 79 percent. This catastrophic loss to the American economy equates to a shortfall of $425 million a day, or nearly $3 billion a week, to the...

Micro- and Nanoplastics Detectable in Human Tissues

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Plastic pollution of land, water and air is a global problem. Even when plastic bags or water bottles break down to the point at which they are no longer an eyesore, tiny fragments can still contaminate the environment. Animals and humans can ingest the particles, with uncertain health consequences. Now, scientists report that they are among the first to examine micro- and nanoplastics in human organs and tissues. The researchers presented their results recently at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting & Expo. It featured more than 6,000 presentations on a wide range of science...

AHLA Named One of ‘100 Associations That Will Save the World’

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) was named to a national list of “100 Associations That Will Save the World” in recognition of the association’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The list, compiled by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), recognizes AHLA and 18 other associations as leaders in the “Coronavirus Response” category. “We are honored by ASAE’s recognition of our team as one of the 100 associations that will save the world,” said Chip Rogers, President and CEO of AHLA. “In these unprecedented times, we are working night and day to support our members and help our...

Meliá Hotels in 100 Percent Compliance with Anti-COVID Standards and Measures

PALMA, SPAIN—Bureau Veritas, a market leader in inspection, certification and testing, has completed the certification of the Meliá Hotels International ‘Stay Safe with Meliá’ program of preventative measures to combat COVID-19 and has also confirmed a level of compliance of 100 percent in company hotels. At the launch of the program in May, Meliá announced it was working with Bureau Veritas to guarantee compliance with the most rigorous health and safety standards. Bureau Veritas certified the suitability of the program, and after having completed an audit in a large sample of hotels, has now certified the correct adaptation of operating...

Selection of Virus-Zapping Machines Utilizing UVC Light Keeps Growing

NATIONAL REPORT—Earlier this year the Westin Houston Medical Center announced it was using LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots to sanitize and disinfect its guestrooms and common areas to help combat the threat of coronavirus. The robots use intense germicidal UV light to disinfect rooms by quickly destroying microscopic bacteria and viruses that may be missed during the manual cleaning process. Operated by hotel staff, the robot uses pulsed xenon (a noble gas) to create intense broad-spectrum UV light. The room disinfection technology was provided by Xenex Disinfection Services. Xenex Disinfection Services is just one of a number of companies now selling UV...

Organic Spa Media Announces Inaugural Virtual Summit: The Wellness Experience

NEW YORK—Organic Spa Media, the leading authority in wellness travel, natural beauty and eco-living, announces the debut of The Wellness Experience, a new virtual summit featuring a roster of top industry experts and interactive live-streaming experiences. Developed in partnership with prominent virtual events platform 6Connex, the two-day event on October 20 to 21, 2020 will feature wellness content from a variety of leading international authorities. For the first time ever, consumer wellness aficionados, travel advisors and media are invited to interact with some of the brightest minds in the industry, with programming carefully curated by Organic Spa Media. The summit...