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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

More on Dispensers, Even More on Crystal Springs Resort

First this week: In last week’s articles, “Research Conducted for Clean the World: Bacterial Contamination Common in Refillable Dispensers,” and “New Research Much Fuel for the Fire in Ongoing Dispenser Debate,” Clean the World CEO and President Shawn Seipler incorrectly used the word “fecal” to describe the bacteria contained in the refillable dispensers that were part of a study conducted by the University of Arizona. Those mentions have since been corrected. The Executive Summary of the larger report on dispensers to be published next year was a hot topic of conversation this past week. It would be great to see...

New Research Much Fuel for the Fire in Ongoing Dispenser Debate

As you consider whether to implement dispensers in your guestroom bathrooms, or what type of dispenser to install, consider the results of a new study conducted on behalf of Clean the World (CTW). CTW gave Green Lodging News exclusive access to the Executive Summary of the report that should be available in its entirety in early 2020. Research conducted by the University of Arizona (UA) showed a 100 percent bacterial contamination rate in refillable dispensers that contain shampoo, body wash, conditioner, hand soap, or lotion. Of 82 samples taken, 63 (76 percent) yielded bacterial numbers greater than 1,000 colony-forming units...

Try a Little Kindness, or More, This Holiday Season

I am dating myself with this reference but the song “Try a Little Kindness” was on my mind (gentle on my mind?) this past week. The song was a hit for Glen Campbell almost 50 years ago. I thought about the song for this reason: our industry’s endless acts of kindness. Maybe I hear more about them this time of the year, I don’t count, but they never grow old. Sometimes the gesture is small, sometimes enormous, sometimes the gesture is even a bit self-serving, but they all help make this world a better place. I will never have...

New Reports Offer Insights on Green F&B Trends

There were two notable restaurant industry reports released this past week: Restaurant Industry 2030: Actionable Insights for the Future, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ sixth annual Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast. The first report, issued by the National Restaurant Assn. (NRA) in partnership with American Express and Nestlé Professional, examines the key indicators shaping the future of the industry, identifies the most and least likely developments over the upcoming decade, and considers possible disrupters outside the industry that could transform it. The Kimpton report reveals the most anticipated and innovative dishes, flavors, ingredients and philosophies that chefs and bartenders...

HX, BDNY Filled with Impactful, Creative Examples of Product Innovation

The Boutique Design New York (BDNY) and HX: The Hotel Experience trade shows wrapped up this past week at the Javits Center in New York City. While HX looked the smallest it has ever been, together with BDNY the two shows were formidable to cover. On my radar this year was what was newsy and new. Here then is what I found most interesting at this year’s shows: The Humble Co. featured its bamboo toothbrushes, natural toothpaste and other products. The toothbrush handles are made of easily biodegradable bamboo and the bristles out of nylon, a durable material that degrades...

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...