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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.

Aramark to Manufacture Essential Protective Gear to Support COVID-19 Response

PHILADELPHIA—In keeping with its 84-year history of answering the call for assistance in times of need, Aramark announced its Uniform Services division has redeployed production lines in order to manufacture essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for the heroes working in hospitals and in other critical roles across the United States. Aramark, a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, converted its uniforms manufacturing plants, which ordinarily produce lab coats, work shirts, pants, and coveralls, to produce respirator and medical masks, scrubs and isolation gowns. In just one week, Aramark converted its facilities to design the products, re-engineer and configure...

Radisson Announces Hotels Safety Protocol, Cleanliness Label

BRUSSELS—Radisson Hotel Group announces its Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol, a new program of in-depth cleanliness and disinfection procedures, in partnership with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. One of Radisson Hotel Group’s highest priorities is the continued health, safety and security of its guests, team members, and business partners. The company has conducted a thorough review of all existing health and safety processes and worked with a team of experts to develop and validate additional protocols. These enhanced protocols, operational guidance and comprehensive health and safety procedures validated by SGS, will be adapted based on local requirements and...

Caribbean Has Achieved COVID-19 Containment, Says Researcher

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS—The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been contained in the English-speaking Caribbean and Haiti, according to a leading researcher and academic. However, Dr. Clive Landis, pro-vice-chancellor for undergraduate studies and research, and professor of cardiovascular research at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill campus in Barbados, and the chairman of the UWI COVID-19 task force, says this does not mean that the Caribbean is out of danger. Landis, the guest on last week’s Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) podcast, COVID-19: The Unwelcome Visitor, led the research into the progress of the virus in the 15-member Caribbean Community, as well as...

Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz Donates $2.5 Million to Support Employees

BROOMFIELD, COLO.—As individuals and communities contend with the severe impacts of COVID-19, Vail Resorts’ CEO, Rob Katz, and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Elana’s Pantry, announced a donation of more than $2.5 million to provide immediate support for both Vail Resorts employees and the mountain towns where the company operates. Katz will donate $1.5 million in immediate emergency relief grants that will benefit more than a dozen local organizations providing critical services in Eagle, Summit and Gunnison counties in Colo.; Park City, Utah; Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Whistler, B.C.; Vermont; Stevens Pass, Wash.; and Jackson...

Global Wellness Institute Launches Wellness Q&A Series on COVID-19’s Impact

MIAMI—The Global Wellness Institute launched the first in a series of weekly Q&A interviews with wellness leaders and thinkers across the globe seeking to discover the impact of COVID-19—now and far into the future. The series is part of GWI’s PositivelyWell online resource and initiative to empower health and wellness in the age of Coronavirus; the interviews will be conducted and curated by Beth McGroarty, VP Research & Forecasting. In the first Wellness Q&A, world-renowned architect Bill Bensley explores how the travel industry will change post-virus and cites critical silver linings that will emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, not only for the tourism industry...

Six Senses Laamu Launches Home-Based Junior Marine Biology Program

LAAMU, MALDIVES—Starting early last month, budding conservationists began getting ready for a new type of home school program where turtles are teachers and reef fish can be made out of egg cartons and bottle tops. Sad to not be greeting their usual students on the beautiful shores of Six Senses Laamu, the resort’s team of marine biologists are hosting short videos and demonstrate activities that anyone can try at home. The course is open to everyone and there is content available and suitable for all ages. The team is expecting some very special events on the island, including turtle hatching this...

May 7 Webinar: Cutting Utility Costs for Hospitality Businesses During COVID-19

RALEIGH, N.C.—With COVID-19 mandated closures and slow re-openings, many of North Carolina’s tourism and hospitality businesses are struggling to cut operating costs, including utilities. This webinar on Thursday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. provides a real-time, peer-to-peer forum to hear from leading hospitality businesses and Duke Energy. Learn, hear and Share: How hospitality businesses are managing utilities under their current operational constraints. Smart approaches to controlling utility use and costs during closures and upon re-openings. What are the latest savings programs and advice offered by Duke Energy. How businesses are renegotiating waste services for improved cost controls. Panelists...

Florida For Good Launches National B Tourism Network

ORLANDO, FLA.—Florida For Good (FFG), an organization that helps bolster the business for good movement in the state, has just launched the B Tourism resource platform for sustainable tourism businesses to connect, share best practices and during these trying times, provide free resources to those companies dealing with negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the For Good Movement Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, FFG was founded on the principles of helping businesses in Florida become more conscious, sustainable and focused on people and the planet instead of just profit while putting a strong sense of community at the core...

American Express, Hilton, World Central Kitchen Partner to Support Frontline Healthcare Workers

NEW YORK—American Express and Hilton recently partnered together to donate up to 1 million hotel room nights to medical professionals on the frontlines fighting COVID-19. Since April, hundreds of thousands of room nights have been booked. Now, the two companies are extending this important work through a $1 million contribution from American Express to José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen (WCK), to provide healthy, freshly prepared meals to the frontline healthcare professionals who are staying at participating Hilton properties in cities across the United States during the coronavirus pandemic. World Central Kitchen began this free meal program at select Hilton properties...

AHLA Releases Industry-Wide Hotel Cleaning Standards Through ‘Safe Stay’ Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) introduced Safe Stay, an industry-wide, enhanced standard of health and safety protocols designed to prepare America’s hotels to safely welcome back guests and employees as the economy reopens. Safe Stay represents the top priority for the industry, the health and safety of guests and employees. The standards of Safe Stay were developed under the guidance of an Advisory Council, comprised of industry leaders representing all segments of the hotel industry, and in conjunction with public health experts to advance best practices for protecting against the coronavirus. This initiative represents a new level...