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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.

Report: State of Hotel Industry Six Months into COVID Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released an analysis on the economic and human struggle  of the hotel industry six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with millions of employees still furloughed or laid off and travel demand lagging far behind normal levels. Key findings of the report include: Four out of 10 hotel employees are still not working. Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of hotels remain at or below 50 percent occupancy, which is below the threshold at which most hotels can break even and pay debt. Consumer travel remains at all-time low, with only 33 percent of...

Organizations Join to Address Safety of UVC Germicidal Devices

NORTHBROOK, ILL.—With a shared commitment to the safety and performance of electrical lighting, UL, a leading global safety science company, the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. (NEMA) have released a new position paper due to an increased demand for sanitizing and germicidal capabilities in the face of COVID-19. The position paper has two goals: to bring attention to ultraviolet light device safety risks; and to help manufacturers, retailers and consumers understand which devices are safe and under what conditions they can be operated safely. The paper, “Ultraviolet-C (UVC) Germicidal Devices: What Consumers Need To Know,” provides a deeper look at...

MGM Resorts Named to The Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index

LAS VEGAS—The Diversity Best Practices (DBP) Inclusion Index has named MGM Resorts International as one of 98 organizations to earn a score of at least 60 percent and a place on the index. This recognition highlights MGM Resorts’ work and leading practices in the following major areas such as recruitment, retention and advancement of talent, corporate culture, workforce demographics and transparency. Organizations submitted data to the DBP Inclusion Index and were measured in three key areas: best practices in the recruitment, retention and advancement of people from underrepresented groups—women, people from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people;...

Banyan Tree Group Partners with Grassroots Pantry to Lead Curve in Sustainable Food Sourcing

SINGAPORE—Banyan Tree Group announces an F&B partnership with Grassroots Pantry, a pioneering brand in Hong Kong which is at the fore of plant-based cuisine in Asia’s fine dining scene. Grounded on the passion for a sustainable future through food, this partnership leverages the post-COVID quest for better health and wellbeing, where food choices and nutrition are ranked as the top areas for change. It aims to lead the curve in elevating sustainable food sourcing and plant-based cuisine for living and eating well. Bringing personal wellbeing experiences and the greater good for the planet to another level, a capsule menu based...

Survey: Frequent Travelers Cite Priorities for Hotel Stays

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) conducted by Morning Consult shows that a number of improvements to health and sanitation protocol at U.S. hotels would have considerable impact on guests’ comfort levels staying there, with the top three including face coverings for employees (87 percent a lot/some impact) and guests (85 percent), suspending daily housekeeping of rooms (86 percent), and utilizing technology to reduce direct contact (85 percent), are the top priorities among frequent travelers to staying in hotels during this pandemic. These priorities align with AHLA’s Safe Stay Guest Checklist and...

First WELL Lodging Doing Quite Well One Year After Certification

ENCINITAS, CALIF.—A year after receiving Platinum WELL Certification for her Inn at Moonlight Beach—the first lodging establishment in the world to do so—owner Shangwen Chiu Kennedy has no regrets about the investment. Well Certification is a result of the International WELL Building Institute’s collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. According to the Institute, there are currently 4,421 projects encompassing over 623 million square feet that are applying WELL across 63 countries. There is at least one additional Well hotel project. The boutique Inn at Moonlight Beach consists of five modern suites, 10 distinct gardens, and an owner’s quarters. The Inn...

Concord Hospitality Announces ‘PureStay by Concord’ Cleanliness Initiative

RALEIGH, N.C.—Concord Hospitality Enterprises, an award-winning hotel development and management company, has announced the launch of new cleaning protocols in their hotels, branded as “PureStay by Concord.” Developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health and safety of guests and associates at Concord properties across North America, the program outlines procedures for guestroom and public space cleanliness and protocols. “Concord has a long-standing reputation for having the highest standards in hotel hygiene and cleanliness as the health and safety of our guests and associates has always been a top priority,” said Mark Laport, President, and CEO of...

Hotel Paso del Norte Among First Hotels to Open with Pathogen-Removing Air Filtration System

EL PASO, TEXAS—In El Paso, Texas, a historic hotel built in 1912, Hotel Paso del Norte (Marriott Autograph Collection), has been undergoing a multi-million-dollar, multi-year renovation to bring it to the grandeur of yesteryear with a wide array of modern amenities. As part of the final touches before re-opening later this year, the hotel will be among the world’s first Marriott Autograph Collection Hotels to install a state-of-the-art air filtration system throughout the hotel’s entire HVAC system. The Plasma Air system has been shown to remove 99 percent of bacteriophage in the air after 10 minutes of use. Common...

Great American Outdoors Act Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, made the following statement following the ceremony where President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law: “Today we celebrate a watershed moment in the conservation community. Enactment of the Great American Outdoors Act affirms our shared commitment to caring for America’s national parks and public lands. Tackling our parks’ long overdue maintenance needs will ensure they are safe and accessible for all, offering inspiration for generations to come. The National Park Foundation is grateful for the bipartisan action that made success possible and looks forward to...

Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn Announces Non-Toxic, Sustainable Hygiene Solution & a More Holistic Approach to Hospitality

BIG SUR, CALIF.—Post Ranch Inn’s 40 rooms and suites on 100 acres of pristine Big Sur land ensure maximum guest privacy and natural social distancing. Many guestrooms are individual structures, with no interior corridors or elevators, and separate entrances. Guests rarely encounter others when walking the property or hiking the miles of dedicated trails. Post Ranch Inn has long been a leader in sustainable hospitality, including the importance of creating a healthy environment for guests and staff. In the wake of COVID-19, the management team, along with an advisory panel of experts, worked around the clock to reevaluate every aspect of...