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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.

Project Save Hospitality Launches to Aid 8 Million Workers Unemployed by Pandemic

NEW YORK—The hospitality industry has been devastated by COVID-19, with 7.7 million jobs lost and 47 percent of hospitality professionals laid off. A new initiative called Project Save Hospitality seeks to shine a light on this hardworking, talented workforce, and show HR professionals and recruiters just how easily their skills can transfer over to other industries. Project Save Hospitality was founded by Melissa DelBuono and Kingsley Egbuchunam, who were laid off from their jobs in the hotel industry and decided to come together to help their colleagues. They realized that many of their peers will not have jobs to return to,...

Soul Community Planet Announces Strategic Investment to Support Growth

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIF.–Soul Community Planet (SCP), Inc., a Holistic Hospitality company, announced it has agreed to terms for a strategic investment that will provide up to $210 million to pursue growth opportunities. SCP was founded on the core values of wellness (Soul), kindness (Community) and sustainability (Planet). SCP provides hand-crafted venues comprising hotels, coworking, restaurants and fitness. The new investment follows a successful introduction of SCP, which has seen travelers, members, and associates enthusiastically embrace the values-based concept. The new investment, coupled with prudent levels of property-level debt, gives SCP upwards of $500 million of capacity to grow its Holistic...

Apple Hospitality REIT Enhances Corporate Responsibility Disclosures

RICHMOND, VA.—Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. announced that it has published enhanced disclosures related to the company’s ongoing commitment to the environment, social responsibility, and corporate governance. “Apple Hospitality has always worked to uphold high environmental, social and governance standards, and we are pleased to provide additional detail regarding our ongoing efforts in these areas,” commented Justin Knight, CEO of Apple Hospitality. “We are committed to minimizing the environmental impact of our company and the hotels that we own and are dedicated to making a positive impact throughout our company, the hotel industry, our local communities and the many communities our...

Virgin Hotels Reaffirms Commitment to Prioritizing Diversity & Inclusivity

MIAMI—Virgin Hotels, the lifestyle hotel brand by Sir Richard Branson, announced its formal diversity, equality and inclusivity framework. By publicly laying out guidelines, commitments and goals at https://virginhotels.com/diversity-and-inclusivity/, Virgin Hotels is establishing a clear path forward as it continues to work in a more positive direction. “I’ve been part of the Virgin Hotels family from the very beginning, and from its inception I have been proud of the diversity and inclusion that lies at the heart of everything Virgin does,” says Raul Leal, CEO of Virgin Hotels. “Diversity is one of the fundamental principles of the Virgin Hotels brand and...

Sundance Mountain Resort Announces New Ownership, Reaffirming Commitment to Conservation, Arts & Sustainable Future

SUNDANCE, UTAH—Robert Redford has agreed to sell the Sundance Mountain Resort to Broadreach Capital Partners and Cedar Capital Partners. The agreement, announced by Robert Redford, who founded Sundance Mountain Resort more than 50 years ago, is the result of a long-term, strategic plan designed to preserve and build upon the Redford legacy at the resort, including a continued commitment to balancing responsible development and land preservation. The 2,600-acre resort includes 1,845 acres of land preserved through a conservation easement and protective covenants. “As stewards of this unique place, it has always been my vision that the Sundance Mountain Resort would be a place where art, nature and...

Employment Data Reveals Paycheck Protection Program’s Failure to Keep Workers on Payroll

LOS ANGELES—UNITE HERE Local 11’s analysis of internal hotel worker employment levels in Los Angeles County, Orange County, and Phoenix from May to October reveals that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) failed in its primary goal of returning workers to their jobs, and instead bailed out large hotel chains on a massive scale. The pandemic has devastated tourism and travel more than any other economic sector. Unemployment remains near 90 percent and with further restrictions of hotel use as the pandemic worsens, it appears even fewer jobs will exist in the next six months. Local 11 analyzed new data released on...

Choice Hotels Re-Enlists with Operation Homefront for Third-Straight Year to Support Military Families

ROCKVILLE, MD.—Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world’s largest lodging franchisors, is once again joining forces with Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit whose mission is to create strong, stable and secure military families. Building on the company’s ongoing support since the partnership began in 2018, Choice Hotels expects to raise over $100,000 and will donate 500 room nights to assist military families by year-end. As part of this year’s donation efforts, the company is holding a “Season of Giving” holiday drive, where members of its award-winning loyalty program, Choice Privileges, can redeem their points to help servicemembers, and...

Industry Organizations Issue Statements on Bipartisan COVID Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AHLA), Asian American Hotel Owners Assn. (AAHOA), and the U.S. Travel Assn. (USTA) have issued statements in response to the House & Senate compromise on the coronavirus relief package. The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, President and CEO of the AHLA: “On behalf of the hotel industry, we applaud the House and Senate leadership, along with the Administration, for reaching a bipartisan compromise on this COVID economic relief package. This short-term relief package is a vital step toward helping the hotel industry survive this crisis. The proposed measure provides temporary relief over...

Hurting Travel Industry Welcomes COVID Relief Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the announced bipartisan agreement on a COVID relief package: “Washington is delivering a huge holiday gift to U.S. businesses and workers after an incredibly challenging year. It’s been a difficult road to get another round of much-needed legislative relief moving in Washington. We applaud the bipartisan group of senators that drove progress forward, and the congressional leadership for striking a bipartisan agreement to produce this desperately needed assistance. The agreed-upon provisions will give many suffering businesses a bridge to 2021. More will be needed to restore...

Marriott Announces Covid-19 Testing Availability & Optional Health Protocols for Groups in Expansion of Connect with Confidence Initiative

BETHESDA, MD.—As part of ongoing steps to help instill confidence and provide exceptional experiences and solutions for meeting professionals and attendees, Marriott International has identified health protocol options, including COVID-19 testing, which meeting professionals may select for group meetings at certain Marriott branded hotels in the United States beginning in January 2021. These optional health protocols build upon initiatives already in place as part of the recent launch of Connect with Confidence, a program empowering meeting professionals to identify and tailor solutions that best meet the needs of their attendees. Meeting professionals may select optional health protocols for meetings and...