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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: 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? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

As Davos Focused on Sustainability, How is Real Estate Adapting?

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Sustainability was top of the agenda this year at Davos as governments and businesses around the world are grappling with ways to combat climate change. Of the four global issues the World Economic Forum has said “clearly stand out as urgent and important” at the annual meeting in Switzerland, the first two are how to address environmental challenges harming our ecology and economy, and figuring out how to transform industries to achieve more sustainable business models. The built environment has a huge role to play in developing and implementing solutions, with technology, investment and robust governance central to success, according...

MGM Resorts Sponsored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Parade

LAS VEGAS—On Monday, Jan. 20, the Las Vegas community came together to participate in the 38th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. MGM Resorts International was the presenting sponsor of the parade for the 10th consecutive year. MGM Resorts International’s “The Fabric of America” float entry in the 2020 MLK Parade paid tribute to iconic African Americans woven throughout history who spoke out and advocated for equality and human rights for all. This year’s parade theme was “Living the Dream—The Time is Right to Do What’s Right.” MGM Resorts has participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade since...

Las Vegas Sands Once Again Recognized as World Leader for Climate Change

LAS VEGAS—Las Vegas Sands has again been recognized by CDP, the international nonprofit environmental disclosure platform, on the Climate Change A List. This is the company’s fifth year in a row to attain a leadership position for Climate Change, a distinction shared by only 2 percent of disclosing companies. “The CDP provides a comprehensive framework that continues to inspire us to become leaders in our industry and provide guidance for strategic direction,” Katarina Tesarova, Senior Vice President of Global sustainability at Las Vegas Sands, said. “Among the thousands of companies that were scored this year, Sands is one of a...

Waterpark Giant Great Wolf Resorts Getting Greener One Phase at a Time

CHICAGO—A year and a half ago, Great Wolf Resorts announced it would replace plastic straws at all 17 of its indoor water park resorts with more environmentally friendly paper straws. That step completed by the end of 2018 stopped more than 5 million plastic straws from entering local landfills annually. Bob Holesko, Corporate Director of Engineering at Great Wolf Resorts, said there were very few complaints about the switch. Eliminating plastic straws is just one of many of the steps Great Wolf Resorts has taken to reduce its environmental impact as part of its Green Wolf program. Great Wolf Resorts...

GSTC Destination Criteria v2.0 Formally Released

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announced the release of the GSTC Destination Criteria v2.0, which had been under development for most of 2019. GSTC Criteria serve as the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. The Criteria are used for education and awareness-raising, policy making for businesses and government agencies and other organization types, measurement and evaluation, and as a basis for certification. To date, two sets of GSTC Criteria have been developed: Destination Criteria and Industry Criteria. They are the result of a worldwide effort to develop a common language about sustainability in tourism. They are arranged in...

No Matter How You Slice It, Minneapolis Convention Center is Green Through and Through

MINNEAPOLIS—When it rains on the 1.6 million square foot Minneapolis Convention Center, that water is collected in an underground rainwater storage area that holds up to 250,000 gallons of water. According to Jessica Klimisch, Marketing Manager for MCC, that water is used for irrigation around MCC and diverts an estimated 5.4 million gallons of runoff annually from the Mississippi River. The rainwater collection system is just one of many green initiatives at the LEED Certified MCC. For example, kitchen areas and restrooms have been upgraded with fixtures that use 50 percent less water. Atop the center are 2,613 solar panels...

Boston Hotel Owner & Operator Jeffrey Glenn Saunders Passes Away

BOSTON—For more than four decades, Jeffrey Saunders was President, CEO and co-owner of his family’s hotel business, Saunders Hotel Group, a third-generation hotel management business based in Boston known for its groundbreaking eco-innovations. A 1979 graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Management, he began his career with positions at the Ritz-Carlton Boston and Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City before joining the family business. He was the consummate hotelier, revered by his team and instrumental in building the group into Boston’s premier independent hotel management company. Saunders’ talents touched all areas of planning and operations for the...

Wyndham Garden Brings the Outside in with Refreshing, Cost-Effective New Prototype

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Garden, part of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with more than 9,200 hotels in over 80 countries, showcased Arbor: a cost-effective, new-construction prototype with a fresh perspective on guest experience and a smart layout designed to maximize efficiencies and challenge rising construction costs. As part of Wyndham’s efforts to maximize value for owners, Arbor aims to reduce construction costs while enriching the guest experience. The four-story, 110-room prototype is inspired by the harmony of nature, bringing the outside in with elements of dappled light, textured wood, natural fabrics and flexible outdoor space. The...

Hotel Industry, NFL Tackle Trafficking Prevention Ahead of Super Bowl

MIAMI—The hotel industry convened the National Football League, national and local Florida organizations and human trafficking prevention groups to kick off a month-long series of events to raise awareness about the scourge of human trafficking which affects 40 million people around the globe. In an effort to help spot and stop traffickers who exploit the travel and tourism industry, the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AHLA), in partnership with the Asian American Hotel Owners Assn. (AAHOA) and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Assn. (FRLA), convened a half-day summit with key stakeholders which included a training of hotel employees. Joined by Attorney General Ashley Moody, lawmakers and...

ADMARES to Deliver 16 Floating Hotels to Qatar to Serve Tourists & Fans for the FIFA World Cup 2022

TURKU, FINLAND—In preparations to host the 2022 World Cup, Qetaifan Projects, a Katara Hospitality owned company signed a memorandum of understanding with ADMARES; the world leader in alternative real estate with pioneering construction methods. Qetaifan Projects continues its series of local and international partnerships that would add to Qetaifan Island North and serve the tourism, hospitality, and entertainment sectors in Qatar. The Memorandum of Understanding includes the construction and operation of 16 floating hotels on the shores of Qetaifan Island North to provide accommodation for the masses within the fan villages during the 2022 World Cup. The hotels have...