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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.

Hilton Ranked #1 on DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity List

MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton has been recognized for its commitment to diversity and inclusion by DiversityInc, placing #1 on the 2021 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. This award marks the company’s seventh consecutive year on the list, which highlights the nation’s top companies that hire, develop, retain, and promote a broadly diverse workforce. Hilton also placed as a Top Company on a record 12 Specialty lists, including: Latino Executives (#2), Mentoring (#3), Philanthropy (#3), Native American/Pacific Islander Executives (#3), Executive Diversity Councils (#5), People with Disabilities (#6), Board of Directors (#6), Sponsorship (#7), Employee Resource Groups (#8), Veterans (#10), Asian American Executives...

The Pad, a New Colorado Boutique Hotel/Hostel, Set for July 30 Ribbon Cutting

SILVERTHORNE, COLO.—The Pad team isn’t just talking about their commitment to sustainability for their new boutique hotel/hostel that opens this summer (July 30) in Silverthorne, Colo., they’re taking action and joining more than 4,000 global sustainability leaders in pledging to adopt a new business model and culture that prioritizes purpose alongside profit. The Pad, a 36-room boutique hotel with hostel-style rooms, was recently certified as a pending B Corp with plans of achieving the full certification when they become eligible after being open for 12 months. The Pad is on track to becoming the first Certified B Corp. in Summit County,...

MGM Resorts International Enters Agreement to Purchase Infinity World’s 50 Percent Interest in CityCenter for $2.125 Billion

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Infinity World Development Corp’s 50 percent interest in CityCenter Holdings, LLC for $2.125 billion. The purchase price represents an implied valuation of $5.8 billion based on net debt of $1.5 billion, after giving effect to the recently closed sale of a two-acre parcel. The agreement will make MGM Resorts the 100 percent owner of CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip, which is comprised of Aria Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel and Spa. “CityCenter has consistently elevated the Las Vegas experience over the years, contributing to this...

Company Touts Advantages to Using Radiant Floor Heating Systems

NATIONAL REPORT—Forced hot air heating has been the traditional way of heating spaces but the pandemic along with an increasing concern for efficiency is leading more hotel owners to choose radiant heating systems for space heating—the Atlantis Casino and Spa in Reno, Nev., and the Rush Creek Lodge in Yosemite, Calif., being two examples. Both were spa installations. “Our radiant heating solutions are perfect for hotels and spas in new construction or remodeling,” says President of STEP Warmfloor, Monica Irgens. “With forced air, you are just blowing air around which aggravates allergies. We are actually warming the air with gentle heat...

Tharaldson Hospitality Management Raises Minimum Wage in California Hotels

CALIFORNIA—Tharaldson Hospitality Management (THM) is excited to announce that as of last month, they have increased minimum wage for all associates in California to $15 an hour. This change comes seven months ahead of the state-wide minimum wage increase, which the state of California has slated to begin on January 1, 2022. “We are increasing the minimum wage in California to $15 an hour now—seven months ahead of the California mandate—as our way of thanking our essential employees,” says Aimee Fyke, Chief Operating Officer of THM. “Our company could not have survived the pandemic without our essential staff members. We want our...

MGM Resorts Launches 100MW Solar Array, Delivering Up to 90 Percent of Daytime Power to 13 Vegas Resorts

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International, a global leader in the battle against climate change, launched its 100-megawatt solar array, the hospitality industry’s largest directly sourced renewable electricity project worldwide. The array’s clean energy now produces up to 90 percent of MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas daytime power needs, spanning 65 million square feet of buildings across 13 properties and more than 36,000 rooms on the Las Vegas Strip, including Bellagio, ARIA, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and The Mirage, among others. “With MGM Resorts’ significant scale and resources, we’re positioned to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change, and we...

MyHotels Makes Permanent Move to Four-Day Workweek

MAKKAH, SAUDI ARABIA—MyHotels (https://www.myhotels.sa/) recently announced it was shifting to a four-day workweek, after having tried the hybrid model as a cost-saving, efficiency measure beginning in March of 2021. MyHotels quickly noticed a sharp increase in productivity and employee satisfaction along with reduced operational costs related to a decrease in electricity and other utility consumption in just a few months. Citing multiple studies that outline the benefits of the reduced workweek, including reduced employee stress, increased quality of work, and employee retention, MyHotels plans to continue using the new model indefinitely. MyHotels is the leading Saudi online travel agency (OTA), which has recently created a popular no-hassle...

Soul Community Planet Opens SCP Hilo Hotel

HILO HAWAII—Soul Community Planet announced the opening of its new SCP Hilo Hotel. The 138-room property brings SCP’s unique brand of holistic hospitality to the Hawaiian Islands. The hotel now is accepting room reservations with the special introductory Aloha SCP offer with rates starting at $245 per night for a limited time only. “We are excited to bring Soul Community Planet to one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The new SCP Hilo Hotel is a wonderful destination in its own right and is an ideal base for adventure-seekers and explorers looking to experience all the Island of Hawaii has to...

Thanda Island Combines Barefoot Luxury with Conservation of Marine Reserve

TANZANIA—Facilitating “wildness” and the practice of “rewilding” emerges as a preferred method for making altered landscapes wild again. An essential action is the restoration of natural processes, which can lead to increased self-sustainability of an ecosystem. The 20 acres Thanda Island shows that even a tiny private island can significantly impact the conservation of sea life and communities of the Indian Ocean. Located 16 nautical miles off the coast of mainland Tanzania and surrounded by the underwater wonders of the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, Thanda Island has always had a strong focus on conservation. Indeed, Christin and Dan Olofsson, the philanthropic Swedish...

Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Tips for Your Eco-Friendly Hotel

NATIONAL REPORT—As of 2020, about 74 percent of international travelers planned to stay in eco-accommodation, according to statistics on ftnNEWS. There are plenty of ways to make your hotel more sustainable to attract tourists focused on sustainability. You may choose to invest in solar power installation, waste management, or eco-friendly decor. However, there is nothing quite inviting like the sight of a well-designed landscape. Beautiful landscaping is part of the brand experience that makes visitors more relaxed during their vacation. With this in mind, you may want to integrate sustainable landscaping practices to enhance the customer experience and grow your business. To achieve...