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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.

the green o Off-the-Grid Retreat Set to Open in Montana June 1

GREENOUGH, MONT.—Created by the founders of The Resort at Paws Up and set in the heart of Montana’s Blackfoot River Valley, the green o is slated to open on June 1, 2021, as a year-round, off-the-grid contemporary luxury retreat, primed for small-group buyouts. An array of customizable itineraries ideal for intimate weddings, milestone celebrations, incentive retreats, family office meetings, private board meeting getaways and more will be available. Designed for maximum privacy and seclusion, the green o will offer exclusive experiences in 12 design-forward accommodations—from the elevated Tree Haus to the Green Haus with a rooftop deck perfect for stargazing, the Round Haus with a sunken living room and the Light Haus with a glass-enclosed bedroom....

Hotel Industry Honors Star Employees After Devastating Year

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) honored the women and men across the country who selflessly led their teams and supported their communities during a year unlike any other with the 2021 Stars of the Industry Awards Ceremony. Despite this monumentally challenging year for the industry, nearly 300 deserving hotel employees representing every job from front desk agents to housekeepers to general managers and servers were nominated for the industry’s highest honors. The event raised funds to support the AHLA Foundation’s mission. The evening’s premier accolade, the North Star...

Sustainable Travel Statistics: Six Facts to Open Your Mind

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—What do industry professionals need to know about the “new norm” in tourism? In this article we take a deeper look at six sustainable travel statistics. While COVID has upended the $8 trillion global travel industry, the pandemic has also paved the way for tourism and hospitality professionals to reflect, rethink and reshape the sector, making it better—and ultimately more sustainable—for people and places around the world. As UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “Sustainability must no longer be a niche part of tourism but the new norm for every part of our sector. That means an opportunity to build...

ASID Tackles Changing Industry Landscape with 2021 Outlook, State of Interior Design Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following a tumultuous 2020, all industries are seeking insight and assurances as 2021 gets into full swing. To keep interior design practitioners and professionals on the cusp of these relevant changes as related to global trends, economic indicators, and beyond, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has released its annual Outlook and State of Interior Design Report. Compiled by the Society’s dedicated research division, the compendium reviews the state of the interior design industry, business, and profession to offer a comprehensive outlook for the year ahead to guide practitioners. The report studies topics such as the U.S. economy...

ASHRAE Forms Task Force for Building Decarbonization

ATLANTA—ASHRAE recently formed a task force to address climate change through responsible decarbonization strategies for the built environment. The ASHRAE Task Force for Building Decarbonization (TFBD) has been established to develop technical resources and provide leadership and guidance in mitigating the negative carbon impact of buildings on the environment and the inhabitants of our planet. “In a similar vein to how ASHRAE took the lead in responding to the energy crisis of the 1970s era and defined the energy efficiency journey, ASHRAE has much to offer with respect to paths for responsible decarbonization strategies,” said 2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge...

Soul Community Planet Acquires 138-Room Hilo Seaside Hotel in Hawaii

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIF.—Soul Community Planet (SCP) has announced the purchase of the 138-room Hilo Seaside Hotel, located in Hilo, Hawaii. The hotel will undergo a $4.6 million renovation and reopen as the SCP Hotel Hilo on June 1, 2021. Steeped in the rich Hawaiian tourism legacy of the William and Matilda Wassman Kimi family and their six children, the 2.23-acre seaside property was founded by Hawaiian native and tourism visionary Richard Kimi in 1956 and was continually operated by the Kimi family until this acquisition. Under the family’s management, the Hilo Seaside Hotel cultivated a deep spirit of Aloha...

National Cleaning Week to Elevate & Celebrate the Cleaning Industry

NORTHBROOK, ILL.—ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is gearing up for National Cleaning Week, a week-long event designed to change the way the world views cleaning. Taking place March 28 to April 3, 2021, National Cleaning Week is offering countless ways for industry professionals to celebrate the value of clean, recognize front-line essential workers, explore training opportunities, support charitable causes, and more. ISSA also invites everyone in the industry to attend the Virtual Clean Advocacy Summit, March 30 to 31, 2021. “National Cleaning Week is a time to recognize the ongoing efforts of frontline cleaning professionals, provide essential workers with...

Barry Sternlicht’s Treehouse Hotel to Open First U.S. Location in Brickell, Miami in 2025

MIAMI—SH Hotels & Resorts, an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group led by Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht, announced that it will open its award-winning Treehouse Hotel in Miami, the brand’s first U.S. location, in 2025. Treehouse Hotels debuted in London in 2019. Treehouse Hotels are about freedom and fun—the wondrous, childhood feeling of climbing into a treehouse and making up your own rules. Designed to appeal to the child in all of us, Treehouse Brickell will be imaginative and nostalgic—inspired by simple joys. Urban yet earthy. Responsible and caring. Dreamed as a space where travelers can converge...

Keystone, Concord Hospitality Project Takes Advantage of C-PACE Financing

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA.—​Keystone Property Group​, a leading real estate developer and investor of mixed-use properties, announced it has broken ground on the new Hotel West + Main, part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, a significant milestone in its 520,000-square-foot SORA West development. This $325 million mixed-use project includes a new global headquarters for Fortune 10 pharmaceutical distribution company AmerisourceBergen, the reuse of a 146-year-old historic firehouse, and a 12-story public and private parking garage. A groundbreaking event is scheduled for March 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EST and will also be accessible via livestream​. Keystone has partnered with ​Concord Hospitality Enterprises​...

IHG: People More Mindful About Traveling Consciously Following Pandemic

ATLANTA—People are more mindful than ever about traveling consciously following the COVID-19 pandemic, reveals a new global survey by IHG Hotels & Resorts. The commissioned research is part of IHG’s launch of “Journey to Tomorrow”: a 10-year action plan comprising a series of far-reaching new commitments to make a positive difference in communities around the world and help shape the future of responsible travel. More than half of the 9,000 adults surveyed across the United States, United Kingdom, China, the UAE, Germany and Australia—with almost two thirds in the United States—agree 2020 and COVID-19 has made them more socially and environmentally conscious about...