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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

Trying to Make Sense of Sustainability Fees

It was about 14 years ago that I wrote about the energy surcharges that some hotels were charging. Due to their unpopularity, they disappeared quite quickly. In a January 10 story on The Points Guy, it was reported that some Marriott hotels have begun tacking on a nightly “sustainability fee”. The Points Guy picked up the story from One Mile at a Time which reported about one hotel adding on a nightly $4.99 sustainability fee. “This fee isn’t referenced when rates are initially displayed, but rather it’s just added at the end of the booking process, as part of...

More Good Reasons to Stop Buying Canned Chafing Fuel

I have written about canned gel chafing fuel in the past on Green Lodging News. Is your hotel still using it, sending partially used containers to the landfill? Putting your guests and staff at risk? One industry expert told me this past week that upwards of 90 percent of the hospitality industry still uses canned gel chafing fuel to keep food hot and ready for serving groups of people. What prompted me to write about food heating again this past week was the discovery that at least two companies have developed better ways—more flexible ways—to keep food hot and, for...

Getaway Proves There’s Big Opportunity in Going Tiny

Put me in a tiny house permanently with my family and I think it would just be a matter of time—probably a very short period—before we all went crazy. I suspect many of you can relate and have seen some of the same tiny homes I have seen on TV. It does not help that my family is all tall. That said, you could put me in a tiny house or tiny cabin for a brief getaway in the forest and I would love it. That is one reason I chose to feature Getaway on my website this past week....

Hilton Launches Episode 2 of Eco-Travel Docuseries ‘Extending Our Stay’

Not enough companies and suppliers use video to highlight their programs and products. It is a missed opportunity. E-mails that include videos that have been sent out by Green Lodging News have consistently been opened and clicked through more than those without videos. Getting a message across that you want folks to remember is so much easier using video. In case you missed it, prior to the holidays, Hilton released the latest installment of its new “Extending Our Stay” video docuseries, which is focused on sustainable travel and creating meaningful change in the world as part of the company’s “Travel with Purpose”...

India’s New Ginger Hotel Led by All-Woman Engineering Team

A big tip of the hat this week to The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL). It has collaborated with Tata Projects Limited for the construction of the new Ginger Hotel at Santacruz, Mumbai by an all-woman engineering team. This marquee project is a significant step forward in promoting varied opportunities for women in otherwise traditionally male-dominated industries such as construction. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL, stated, “At IHCL, we are committed to providing equal opportunities for all. Today, the world is marching towards a future where women are continuing to push the boundaries across sectors. This partnership with Tata Projects Limited reiterates this belief. We are...

Two Top Ten Lists—Thanks to You & Yours Truly

Throughout 2021, an average of 35,000 different people visited our website each month. Throughout the year, there were certain articles that captured those readers’ attention more than others. In many cases those articles were from previous years which proves that Green Lodging News has truly become an archive for research. Here then are the top 10 articles that garnered the most page views in 2021. 1. Why & How Polyurethane is Environmentally Friendly for the Construction Industry. 2. Virgin Hotels Reaffirms Commitment to Prioritizing Diversity & Inclusivity. 3. Feeling the Heart of Hospitality Throughout the Year–Especially This Year. 4. Five Different Ways Hotels...

Rounding Third, Heading for a New Year—Happy Holidays to You

With this being the last column before many of you will be vacationing, I would like to thank you for your loyal readership of Green Lodging News in 2021. Once again it has been quite a tumultuous year with some semblance of normalcy and even better than normalcy in some markets. It was great to see a return to some trade show and conference activity. There certainly has been no decline in news about sustainability practices during the pandemic and I will be listing the top stories of the year based on readership in my next column. A big thank...

Think Twice Before Spraying Chemicals on Your Property

It has been almost eight years since I moved down to Florida from Ohio. One of the most common sights I noticed quickly when I moved here was the lawn service trucks. Just about everybody uses them to keep their lawns green, growing and weed and pesticide-free. The volume of chemicals poured on the state each year must be a staggering number. Soil is a common pathway to groundwater, and soil characteristics determine the rate at which chemicals move through it. Of course, in Florida the soil is mostly sand—very porous. The chemicals sprayed here feed algae and kill fish. Perhaps...

Number of Booking Sites Recognizing Green Efforts Continues to Grow

Is formally identifying your property as a green hotel becoming more important? That certainly seems to be the case with an increasing number of organizations saying they will recognize green or sustainable hotels on their websites. Back in September, according to Bloomberg, Google began labeling hotels as “Eco-Certified” in its global search results, with a leaf-shaped icon next to the hotel’s name. The new feature relies on 29 certification programs to establish a hotel’s green credibility. The term “green hotel” has quadrupled in search volume since March 2020, according to Google Trends. Earlier this month, Booking.com, one of the world’s leading...

Chefs Say Sustainability Will be Top Culinary Trend in 2022

This past week the National Restaurant Assn. released the results of its What’s Hot Culinary Forecast for 2022, which offers a detailed look at the topics, trends, and products expected to drive restaurant menus in the coming year across a variety of categories including daypart occasions, menu categories, beverages, flavors, global inspirations, packaging/off-premises trends and industry macro-trends. The What’s Hot survey was conducted in October 2021. More than 350 professional chefs of the American Culinary Federation rated 109 food items and culinary concepts compiled by Association experts and Technomic’s Menu Research & Insights Division. Download the full report here. After demand for comfort...