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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.

Green Key Global & Choice Hotels Canada Announce Partnership

OTTAWA, ONT.—In a significant move to bolster sustainability within the hospitality industry, Green Key Global has partnered with Choice Hotels Canada, one of the country’s leading hotel franchisors. This collaboration extends preferential access to Green Key Global’s esteemed sustainability certification program to Canadian properties. Green Key Global, a best-in-class sustainable certification body for hotels, is powered by the Hotel Association of Canada and the American Hotel and Lodging Assn. The program’s certification process evaluates hotels based on four critical pillars: sustainable management, environmental impacts, cultural impacts, and socioeconomic impacts. Green Key Global’s certification process is designed to lend credibility to hotels’ corporate social responsibility...

Amex Global Business Reveals Travel Trends

NEW YORK—A recent forecast from the U.S. Travel Association found that the business travel industry is expected to recover to pre-pandemic levels by 2025. And with corporate travel and business travel spending poised for a full recovery, the business travel industry is rapidly evolving. From sustainable practices to cutting-edge technology, Amex Global Business Travel identified seven travel industry trends that are redefining the future of the travel industry and reshaping business travel solutions. 1. Employee Health and Well-Being are a Priority in the Post-pandemic World—One of the biggest business travel trends to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic is a growing investment in solutions...

Wynn Resorts Releases 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance Report

LAS VEGAS—Wynn Resorts has released its 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report and Corporate Responsibility Review outlining the company’s 2023 responsibility programs. The reports showcase ongoing initiatives including nationwide philanthropic efforts and impactful sustainability practices. The Wynn Resorts ESG Report presents information that references select Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and Sustainability Accounting Board Standards (SASB). The Corporate Responsibility Review recounts commitments to employees, the positive impacts of Wynn’s activities in the communities in which it operates, and long-term goals of doing the right thing for the planet. “If you look at our Core Values and Behaviors in this report, you will see that...

NeoCon to Include Climate Positive Solutions Gallery

CHICAGO—The 55th edition of NeoCon, June 10 to 12, at THE MART in Chicago, is shaping up to be a rich experience with over 400 leading and emergent brands. This year, 18 companies are set to unveil new permanent spaces, from establishing inaugural new showrooms, to reimagining, renovating, and expanding existing footprints. Exhibitors are pulling out all the stops with groundbreaking product launches and immersive displays, leveraging their presence at THE MART and NeoCon to capitalize on the event’s capacity to drive growth and foster quality business opportunities. The 7th floor, organized by product category, serves as a premier venue...

Host Hotels & Resorts Acquires 1 Hotel Nashville and Embassy Suites By Hilton Nashville Downtown

BETHESDA, MD.—Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., the nation’s largest lodging real estate investment trust, announced that it has acquired the fee simple interest in a two-hotel complex comprising the 215-room 1 Hotel Nashville and the 506-room Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown (together, the “Property”) for approximately $530 million in cash. The acquisition price represents a 12.6x EBITDA multiple or a cap rate of approximately 7.4 percent on the Property’s 2024 estimated results. The Property is expected to be among Host’s top-25 assets based on estimated full year 2024 results, with expected combined RevPAR of $275, Total RevPAR of $435, and EBITDA...

WTTC’s Hotel Sustainability Basics Reaches 3,400 Verified Properties

MILAN, ITALY—The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced that its Hotel Sustainability Basics has achieved a significant milestone, with 3,400 properties now verified across almost 80 countries. Designed to help hoteliers on their first steps to improve their sustainability ratings and raise the bar of sustainability across the global hospitality industry, this independent global sustainability verification program is overseen by internationally recognized verifiers Green Key and SGS. It empowers hotels of all sizes to follow a 12-step program aimed at reducing carbon emissions, promoting nature conservation, and ensuring local communities benefit from a hotel’s operations. This latest achievement marks a pivotal...

New Research Backs Importance of Third-Party Emissions Auditing

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.—Before companies even think about planning to reduce their carbon emissions, there’s an important first step that many are missing: getting third party validation of their reporting. Accurately reported carbon emissions are a critical indicator for actually reducing climate impacts. In new research based on data from Clarity AI—a global sustainability tech platform—Florian Berg, research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Jaime Oliver Huidobro, lead data scientist at Clarity AI, and Roberto Rigobon, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, found that companies that verify their emissions by third-party auditors initially demonstrate higher carbon emissions (13.7 percent) and intensities (9.5 percent)—but...

Radisson Hotel Group Releases Its 2023 Responsible Business Report, Details Goals & Accomplishments

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM—The release of Radisson Hotel Group’s 2023 Responsible Business report marks the 35th anniversary since the Group issued its first pioneering environmental policy—the first ever in the industry. The 2023 report outlines key initiatives and milestones the Group achieved throughout the last year in the areas of Think People, Planet, and Community, and the progress in its transformation to become Net Zero by 2050. As a global Responsible Business Leader, the Group continues to transform its hotels and processes to be more sustainable and meet the growing demand of consumers for green travel, including the roll out of the Hotel Sustainability Basics (HSB). Following the approval...

SCP Corcovado Wilderness Lodge Debuts on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

CORCOVADO, COSTA RICA—Soul Community Planet (SCP) Hotels, a holistic hospitality company serving those who value wellness, social good and the environment, announced the grand opening of SCP Corcovado Wilderness Lodge (CWL). CWL uniquely sits at the intersection of two thriving ecosystems: Corcovado National Park, which is known as the world’s most biologically intense terrestrial ecosystem, and the Isla del Caño Biologic Reserve, a vibrant marine ecosystem. The all-inclusive 189-acre private reserve is 100 percent off the grid, offering a blend of environmentally conscious accommodations, local and sustainably sourced gourmet cuisine, first-class service, and a range of immersive adventures from professionally guided interpretive...

How to Manage Cultural Diversity in Hospitality

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Globalization, increasing freedom of movement between countries, and the growing interdependence of national economies have boosted cultural diversity in many industries. Nowhere is this paradigm shift more evident than in hospitality. How to manage cultural diversity effectively in hospitality is crucial in light of these changes. The hospitality industry is a unique melting pot of cultural diversity, both in terms of the workforce and its customers, with people from all over the world coming together. But while diversity brings great opportunities and is something to celebrate, it also creates significant challenges. Hospitality staff must be intimately aware of cultural differences...