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Each week, Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, will address the hottest industry topics. Sometimes hard hitting, his column will challenge the industry’s leaders to take action. At other times, he will lift up the industry’s environmental champions. “Point of View” is a column you will not want to miss. To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Publisher's Point of View

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Each week, Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, will address the hottest industry topics. Sometimes hard hitting, his column will challenge the industry’s leaders to take action. At other times, he will lift up the industry’s environmental champions. “Point of View” is a column you will not want to miss. To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Men Still Hold Most Top Jobs in Hospitality, Pay Gap Shrinking Slowly

“Let’s make it years not decades,” a report detailing the results of a survey of 10,442 companies, created in collaboration with PwC, WiH2020 and UKHospitality, recently found that men still hold most of the top jobs in HTL (hospitality, travel and leisure). The current pay gap is 7.6 percent compared to 8 percent last year. According to the report, the gender gaps reflect the fact that there are far more men than women in the best paid senior positions (CEO and CFO in particular) and technical roles (e.g. airline pilots) and far more women in low paid and unskilled jobs...

Quartet of Trade Shows Begin with Our Industry’s BDNY & HX

In a span of 10 days, four important trade shows will take place around the United States. I will attend the first two: BDNY and HX: The Hotel Experience. BDNY and HX will take place November 10 to 11 at the Javits Center in New York City. Watch for coverage following the trade shows on Green Lodging News. Together, the two shows will feature 950 exhibitors featuring products ranging from amenity dispensers to energy management controls to recycling containers. BDNY and HX evolve every year. I have attended almost every show since 1989 and always look forward to seeing...

Pay Attention to Noel Asmar Group’s New Uniform, Robe, Towel, Sheet Recycling Program

It was 12 and one-half years ago that Green Lodging News first reported on a supplier-driven textile recycling program. It was then that Valley Forge Fabrics introduced its FRESH: Fabrics Redefining Environmental Standards (for) Hospitality program. FRESH fabrics are made with synthetic yarns derived from post-industrial and post-consumer recycled products. Because of their unique construction, FRESH fabrics are recyclable. As part of the FRESH launch, Valley Forge promised the pickup and delivery of FRESH fabrics to a recycling facility at the end of their life cycle. Fortunately, textile recycling did not stop with Valley Forge Fabrics and over the years...

Key Meetings & Events Trends Revealed in New CWT Report

CWT Meetings & Events, the global meeting and events division of CWT, just released “The Future of Sustainable Events.” Within it are nuggets of information worth sharing to the entire meetings and events community. Be sure to take a look at the report. First, CWT Meetings & Events concludes that sustainability will continue to be an ever more important business consideration for the $840 billion meetings and events industry in 2020. “The sustainability of the meetings and events industry, in fact of the entire travel industry, is at the forefront of companies’ and planners’ minds in 2020,” said Derek Sharp, Senior...

Prince Harry Leads Formation of Travalyst—A Catalyst for Change

In case you missed it, Prince Harry last month led the launch of a new sustainable travel initiative called Travalyst. According to its website, Travalyst is founded by Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa, with the ambition to change the impact of travel, for good. No specific agenda has been announced but the site states the following: “We believe in the power and importance of travel and that we also have a shared responsibility to our planet and to each other. That’s why we’re coming together as a catalyst for change. We want to be the driving force that paves...

TripAdvisor Updates Animal Welfare Policy to Further Protect Dolphins, Whales

Living here in Florida, I am blessed to be able to see dolphins almost every time I go to the beach. They are beautiful animals and it is always great to see them swim freely. I have yet to see a whale swim in the wild but if I did, I would feel the same about their beauty and freedom. Unless held for rehabilitation, there is a lot wrong about holding cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) captive. Two days ago, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel platform, updated its animal welfare policy and announced it and its Viator brand will no...

Climate Week Reveals Big Apple’s Seriousness About Carbon Reduction

This past week I was invited to moderate a panel discussion at an inaugural Climate Week event at New York City’s Javits Convention Center. The overall event was very well attended. The title of the session I moderated: “Responsible Hospitality for a Sustainable Stay.” The travel and tourism track was organized by NYC & Company, the destination marketing organization for New York City. Climate Week NYC was the largest climate week in the world. Concurrent with the sessions focused on various aspects of travel and tourism were sessions on green roofs, sustainable aviation and more. Did your city hold a similar...

Hilton Passing Tops Busy Week of Industry Announcements

This past week was a big news week with five announcements to note. First, Hilton announced the passing of Barron Hilton, a legend in our industry who led the Hilton company from 1966 to 1996. During his leadership, he transformed the company and generated an average annual rate of return to shareholders of 15 percent with dividends. More importantly, with his business acumen, he helped grow his father’s 1979 bequest of $160 million in Hilton stock into an endowment of more than $2.9 billion to support the philanthropic work of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. In 2007, Hilton announced that,...

It’s Viva La Honey During Lincolnshire Marriott’s Sweet September

The late summer honey harvest season has been a good one for the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in Lincolnshire, Ill. Executive Chef Pierre Daval told me this past week the resort’s 600,000 bees have produced 500 pounds of honey so far. “We are about halfway through the season,” he says. This is the eighth year the bees have produced honey. What do you do with so much of the sticky stuff? The kitchen and sales teams got together and came up with a honey-themed celebration called Viva La Honey. “We all love it,” Daval says. “We have honey everywhere.” In honor...

Florida Event Kicks Off Busy Conference, Trade Show Season

This coming weekend begins my busy travel season and one of the most important times of the year for trade show activity. I will be attending the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show in Orlando (September 15 to 16). There is a long list of green suppliers among the more than 400 vendors who will be attending. Available will be items ranging from paper, silicon and stainless-steel straws to electric vehicles to Tree Free paper products. Be sure to watch for coverage of this show on GLN. Also coming up in Orlando is the third annual Sustainable Hospitality Summit on...