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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.

Marriott International Launches “Marriott’s Bridging The Gap” Hotel Development Program

BETHESDA, MD.—At the 44th Annual NYU International Hospitality Investment Conference, Marriott International announced the launch of “Marriott’s Bridging The Gap,” a multi-year, $50 million development program that aims to address the barriers to entry that historically underrepresented groups face in owning and developing hotels in the United States and Canada. Recognizing that access to capital constitutes a critical barrier to market entry, Marriott will offer financial and other incentives to qualified historically underrepresented owners and franchisees that will have a controlling equity interest in select branded projects. The incentives will apply to new franchise applications submitted after June 1, 2022....

Mogul Hospitality Announces Launch of Mogul Hotels and Residences

LOS ANGELES—Mogul Hospitality, a venture-backed startup, has announced the launch of Mogul Hotels and Residences, an (ESG) brand powered by a trailblazing elite talent engine. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 11.5 million job openings in the U.S., with an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent. Few industries are suffering the consequences of this labor crisis more than hospitality with 3 to 4 million annual job openings, 70 percent annual turnover, and a 6 percent quit rate. With rising labor costs and customer satisfaction at record lows, hotel CEOs agree that labor is the number one, long-term issue...

SmartFaucet Solves Sensor Faucet Problems, Saves Money, Prevents Waste & Water Damage

IRVINE, CALIF.—Sensor faucets may be smart, but they are not smart enough. So says Irvine, Calif.-based entrepreneur Joanna Boey. She is the VP Sales/Marketing for SmartFaucets, a company that focuses on improving the guest experience while reducing water consumption and related costs at the same time. You may have experienced malfunctioning sensor faucets—waving your hands with no response below the faucet. “Half the time the touchless faucet fails—the battery fails,” Boey says. The electronic eye can also get dirty, further increasing the chance of malfunction. The valve may also malfunction two or three times a year. Ultimately, the sensor faucet...

Ascott Residence Trust Issues Sustainability-Lined Bond of $200 Million

SINGAPORE—Ascott Residence Trust (ART) has issued its first sustainability-linked bond of S$200 million under its newly established Sustainability-Linked Finance Framework. ART is the first hospitality trust globally to issue a sustainability-linked bond. ART is also the first listed real estate trust in Singapore to issue a sustainability-linked bond. ART’s sustainability-linked bond is issued pursuant to its S$2 billion Multicurrency Debt Issuance Program and proceeds from the bond issuance will be used to refinance ART’s existing borrowings. With a fixed coupon rate of 3.63 percent per annum, paid semi-annually in arrears, the five-year sustainability-linked bond will mature in April 2027. ART has...

Hotel of Tomorrow Project Unveils Seven New Hospitality Concepts

CHICAGO—What will hotels of the future look like and how will they function? The Hotel of Tomorrow Project (HOT Project), a global think tank of industry leaders, seeks to answer that question. After an eight-month collaborative effort, which included regular and virtual reality meetups on a custom-built HOT airship in the metaverse, a team of more than 200 including representatives from Hilton, IHG and Marriott hotels, along with technology experts and hospitality school students has unveiled seven future hotel visions. “When you gather and collaborate with many of the most innovative minds in the hospitality industry from owners to operators to...

Sustainable Travel International Launches Embeddable Travel Carbon Calculator

SEATTLE—Sustainable Travel International released an embeddable carbon footprint calculator for calculating and offsetting travel emissions. Now, any company can power carbon offsetting directly from their own website. This new technology expands upon Sustainable Travel International’s suite of business climate solutions, providing a free and simple mechanism for companies to offer their customers high quality carbon offsets. Once embedded, visitors can use the calculator to calculate their travel emissions and purchase carbon offsets from Sustainable Travel International. In addition to flights, users can offset other high emissions travel activities including cruises, vehicles, liveaboards, yachting, and private jet charters. The new, embeddable calculator...

Silent Resorts & EcoIsland Development Announce World’s First Fully Sustainable, Zero Carbon, Solar-Powered Yacht & Residence Club

ELIZABETH ISLAND, BAHAMAS—Ushering in a new era for Caribbean vacation home communities, Silent Resorts and EcoIsland Development announce Club Ki’ama Bahamas, the world’s first equity club to offer ultra-sustainable solar residences and carbon neutral solar yachts. Club Ki’ama is located within the new Ki’ama Bahamas enclave on Elizabeth Island, minutes from Great Exuma. It represents a one-of-a-kind co-ownership opportunity that combines luxurious solar-powered, oceanfront homes with a fleet of solar-powered and crewed yachts, as well as electric day boats, a beach club, spa, and restaurant. Construction begins in May 2022, and, upon completion, Club Ki’ama will have the lowest environmental impact of any development in the...

Travel & Tourism Sector Expected to Create Nearly 126 Million New Jobs Within Next Decade

MANILA, PHILIPPINES—The World Travel & Tourism Council’s latest Economic Impact Report (EIR) reveals the Travel & Tourism sector is expected to create nearly 126 million new jobs within the next decade. The bullish forecast from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, also shows the sector will be a driving force of the global economic recovery, creating one in three of all new jobs. The announcement was made by Julia Simpson, President & CEO of WTTC, in her opening speech at WTTC’s prestigious Global Summit in the Philippines. The prediction was delivered in the...

WAYAM Mundo Imperial Highlights Eco-Hospitality as First LEED-Certified Hotel in Mérida

MERIDA, MEXICO—Earth Day is every day at WAYAM Mundo Imperial, where every inch of the hotel is carefully designed to offer guests the perfect balance of wellness and tranquility. As the first LEED-certified property in historic Mérida, WAYAM welcomes guests to coexist with nature and celebrate the lush landscape of its historic backdrop. From aromatherapy in common areas to a water tasting menu offering guests select local waters to sample, the amenities at WAYAM complement the hotel’s strategic location and green facilities. In addition to solar paneling, all the windows at WAYAM face east, generating a high solar reflectivity and therefore...

Choice Hotels Advances Franchising Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs with Newly Enhanced ‘HERtels By Choice’ Program

ROCKVILLE, MD.—Underscoring its commitment to increasing diversity across the hospitality industry and among its owner base, Choice Hotels International, Inc. is expanding its emerging markets development program with the launch of HERtels by Choice. For nearly 20 years, Choice’s emerging markets development program has been dedicated to extending the opportunity of hotel ownership to underrepresented populations, including women entrepreneurs. This newly enhanced program will provide dedicated training, education, mentorship, and financial assistance to advance and empower women entrepreneurs and ensure they thrive as Choice Hotels franchisees. According to the 2022 Castell Project Women in Hospitality Industry Leadership Report, for every nine...