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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.

RosenCare Revolutionary Employee Healthcare Approach Could Boost Medical Travel to USA

ORLANDO, FLA.—High medical costs and an ineffective healthcare system in the United States have encouraged outbound medical travel and dissuaded many foreign patients from considering it as a medical travel destination. An innovative, self-insured employee healthcare model developed by Harris Rosen, the founder of Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Florida, has the potential to revolutionize medical care. Professors Frederick J. DeMicco, Ph.D. and Abe Pizam, Ph.D. examined what RosenCare offers. Harris Rosen, Central Florida’s largest independent hotelier, is widely recognized as an entrepreneur and passionate philanthropist. He also founded RosenCare, a self-insured healthcare model that has already saved the company $340...

Washington Hospitality Association Supports Providing Panic Buttons

OLYMPIA, WASH.—The safety and security of employees is a top priority for the hospitality industry, which is why the Washington Hospitality Association testified in enthusiastic support of the subject of Senate Bill 5258, a bill created to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault of certain isolated workers and providing panic buttons. “We are just as passionate about our team members as we are any other part of our business, and their health and safety is essential,” said Anthony Anton, Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO. “How do we take employee protection to the next level? By providing training, adopting policies...

Six Senses Zighy Bay’s Approach to Healthy Eating

MUSANDAM, OMAN—Six Senses Zighy Bay is in the kitchen with its sleeves rolled up and intentions set—healthy guts inside and healthy land outside. What’s cooking is always mindfully sourced and deliciously prepared with nothing wasted. Out with the palm oil, processed food and plastic. In with the planet. Guests enjoy delicious menus during their stay and learn simple ways they can adopt healthier habits at home. Eat, Drink and Be Healthy—Eat With Six Senses, the brand’s philosophy and approach to food and drink, is based on guiding principles of local and sustainable sourcing, natural ingredients and a less is more...

Prince’s Trust Canada, Marriott Partner on Youth Employment Initiative

TORONTO—Prince’s Trust Canada, a national charity established by HRH The Prince of Wales, and Marriott International, a leading global lodging company with more than 6,700 properties across 129 countries and territories, announced a new Canada wide partnership that will support youth employment and grow the hospitality-talent pool nationally. Prince’s Trust Canada works with innovative and dedicated employer partners like Marriott International to link young people facing barriers to employment with meaningful employment opportunities. Prior to the partnership announcement, the two organizations ran a successful pilot project in Toronto. The new Get Into Hospitality program saw 12 under-employed and underserved young people...

Caesars Goal: Eradicate Exploitation of Vulnerable Individuals

LAS VEGAS—Caesars Entertainment is strengthening its commitment to end human trafficking in partnership with two global organizations that lead the fight to prevent and eradicate the issue. In observance of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Caesars announced it has committed to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children by signing ECPAT’s Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code), and joined a premier consortium of hospitality leaders in the International Tourism Partnership (ITP), which provides a platform for companies to share best practices to end human trafficking. “Victims of human trafficking, including those involved in the commercial sex industry, do not choose...

Solar-Powered Kudadoo Maldives Now Open

LHAVIANI ATOLL, MALDIVES—Crown & Champa Resorts has opened its 100 percent solar-powered Kudadoo Maldives Private Island. The luxury resort is 200 meters long by 200 meters wide and was designed by Yuji Yamazaki. Included on the island are 13 one-bedroom residences and two two-bedroom residences. According to Crown & Champa Resorts, at every point in the design and operation of Kudadoo, the team has carefully selected and purposefully minimized its environmental impact. Together with architect Yuji Yamazaki, Crown & Champa has sourced exclusively eco-conscious materials for the residences, including wood from sustainably managed forests in Canada, New Zealand and Indonesia. Solar...

Neo-Gothic Metropolitan Building Becomes First Michigan Element Hotel

DETROIT—Element Hotels, part of Marriott International, along with Detroit-based Roxbury Group and Means Group, announced the opening of Element Detroit at the Metropolitan, marking the debut of the stylish and eco-focused hotel brand in Michigan. The hotel, which has been incorporated into a renovated 92-year-old neo-Gothic building in the heart of Detroit’s entertainment district, aims to fuel a balanced life for travelers on the road. Designed for today’s healthy, active traveler, Element Hotels has redefined the longer stay experience with a nature-inspired design philosophy that is clean, modern and bright. “We are thrilled to be bringing Element Hotels to Michigan...

Monterey County Tourism Makes Significant Strides Towards Destination Sustainability

MONTEREY, CALIF.—The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCCVB) has joined two initiatives that will further its goal of ensuring Monterey County is one of the world’s leading sustainable destinations by both setting ambitious goals and measuring long term impacts. The first is with Positive Impact, a global not for profit which exists to provide education and collaboration opportunities to create a sustainable event industry—and a vision to address the role of plastics in this industry. MCCVB is the exclusive destination partner for Positive Impact on this project which has already included collaboration with several United Nations bodies and in...

Coastline Properties Can Benefit from Sustainable, Resilient Design Techniques

NATIONAL REPORT—Coastline hotels, resorts and other properties in areas prone to wind and flooding damage from storms can help themselves by implementing sustainable, resilient design techniques. So says Tom Hook, Principal and Director of Landscape and Planning for B+H North America. Hook recently spoke on the topic at the Caribbean State of Tourism Industry Conference. Caribbean tourism is especially vulnerable to hurricane destruction. In fact, the World Travel and Tourism Council predicts the Caribbean will become the most at-risk tourist destination in the world between 2025 and 2050. Architects know how to design buildings to withstand strong hurricane winds but...

Radisson Rewards Launches Point Redemption Program in Partnership with SOS Children’s Villages

MINNEAPOLIS—Radisson Rewards, the global rewards program of Radisson Hotel Group, has introduced a new program with SOS Children’s Villages, allowing members to redeem Radisson Rewards points for monetary donations. SOS Children’s Villages is the world’s largest non-governmental organization dedicated to building loving, stable families for orphaned, abandoned, and other vulnerable children. Operating in 135 countries, including the United States, SOS Children’s Villages exemplifies Radisson Hotel Group’s commitment to caring for people and communities. “The points donated through Radisson Rewards will go toward furthering the SOS Children’s Villages mission of providing children with a stable and supportive family, a safe home...