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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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com

Publisher's Point of View

Home Publisher's Point of View
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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com

Three Important Lessons from the Coronavirus

What should our industry learn from the coronavirus? I thought about that a little bit this week and would welcome your thoughts as well. Of course, one lesson is everyone’s lesson: paying attention at a heightened level when a country thousands of miles away has people dying from a new virus and having a crisis management plan in place to prepare for it. Don’t wait for government to tell you what to do. Be prepared with your own action steps. Who would have thought front desk, housekeeping, and other personnel would need to have personnel protective gear such as face...

Earth Hour Will Just Not be the Same This Year

Earth Hour will be marked globally this Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. locally. In the past hotels have extinguished non-essential lighting, created special drinks, held candle-lit dinners, etc. Earth Hour was part party, part reflection on the current state of the planet. Of course, this year’s Earth Hour will be much different with all focus on just staying healthy and safe. I suspect you have seen the numbers this past week—how devastating the coronavirus has been to the travel industry. According to the U.S. Travel Association, the coronavirus will cost the U.S. travel sector 4.6 million...

Green Cleaning Expert Offers Important Advice on Disinfection

Our industry is certainly going through a challenging time right now. Hygiene and disinfection are top of mind and even a matter of life and death in some cases. I reached out to Stephen P. Ashkin with The Ashkin Group—The Green Cleaning & Sustainability Experts to get his take on the current coronavirus situation and how to address the virus and he contributed the following very helpful six questions and answers relating to disinfection. Please read through his list—especially paying attention to disinfectant dwell time. Are we using the right disinfectant? US EPA has established specific guidelines for disinfectants that are...

Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Shares Its Eco Journey

I spoke with Kristen Pryor this past week. Kristen is the general manager of the LEED Silver Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley in Colorado. She has been General Manager of the 240-room property for almost five years and has overseen many of the property’s green initiatives. Several of the hotel’s programs caught my attention—some because of their uniqueness and others because they address issues that many of you are currently facing. First, the resort is in the process of phasing out all single-use plastic bottles. This will be done by May 1. No longer will plastic water...

Green Lodging News Adds Wellness Section to Its Website

I am excited to report that Green Lodging News has added a “Wellness” section to its website. Click here to access it. The section currently includes articles posted within the past year. To access articles farther back in time, search on “wellness” in the “search” box on the Green Lodging News website. Wellness is something just about everyone in our industry is talking about. I wrote about the topic in a previous column. Of course this past week was huge in the news with the continuing spread of the coronavirus around the world. Watch for an article in the coming...

A Conversation with the Force Behind ‘Kill Resort Fees’

When Lauren Wolfe traveled to Key West, Fla. with her family in early 2016, she paid $400 per night on Hotels.com for a hotel room. At check-in she was told she would have to pay an additional $20 resort fee per night or not be able to get her room key. This did not sit well at all with Wolfe, an attorney who has worked in Washington, D.C. politics. When she got home, she created the “Kill Resort Fees” website to educate the traveling public about resort fees. “It’s time to kill the resort fee, the most deceptive and unfair...

No Use Losing Sleep Over Wellness—Really

Whether you realize it or not, you are deeply involved in the wellness movement. If you do not provide an environment in your guestrooms that is conducive to sleep, your wellness score? Zero. How do your guestrooms stack up when it comes to Circadian Health? Yes, there is such a thing and it was the number one 2020 Global Wellness Trend, according to the Global Wellness Institute. Believe it or not, New York City’s Equinox Hotel has sleep coaches who analyze a guest’s circadian rhythm state. (I would love to see the resumé of a sleep coach. “GREAT at napping.”...

Industry Work on Human Trafficking Just the Beginning

Do a search on “trafficking” on the Green Lodging News website and you will find almost 130 articles that mention it. In recent months, human trafficking has been getting a lot more attention. That is mostly a good thing because the media attention primarily has been focused on efforts by hotel companies and associations to prevent, recognize and stop this madness that affects 40 million people around the globe. Just prior to Super Bowl, for example, the hotel industry convened the National Football League, national and local Florida organizations and human trafficking prevention groups to kick off a month-long series...

Accor Quickly Commits to Meet Global Tourism Plastics Initiative Goals

Some of the most read articles on the Green Lodging News website are the guest columns. These are not paid articles but contributions from consultants, suppliers, students and others who choose to volunteer their time to help educate and share their opinions. Our website currently has about 340 guest columns archived. They are posted approximately every two weeks. Green Lodging News is currently seeking contributions for 2020. If you would like to help educate our industry or express an opinion about a topic relevant to green hotel operations or design, give me a call at (813) 510-3868 or e-mail greenlodgingnews@gmail.com....

Still a Rare Event—A Brand New Sustainable Hospitality Brand

As ingrained as sustainability has become in our industry’s leading hotel companies, few individual brands have emerged as truly green brands. 1 Hotels comes to mind, of course, but there are few others. As reported on Green Lodging News last month, Lucky Shepherd recently launched its Shepherd Eco sustainable hospitality brand. The first hotel will open in 2022 in Miami. I spoke with Christine Menedis, Lucky Shepherd Co-Founder and CEO last week about her company’s new brand. Menedis told me the Miami property is one of several Shepherd Eco properties in development. The others will be in other cities. Ground will be...