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According to a report issued by the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

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According to a report issued by the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Victoria Kruse Named Sustainability Manager for Amilla Fushi, Maldives

BAA ATOLL, MALDIVES—Amilla Fushi, Maldives has appointed Victoria Kruse to the newly created position of Sustainability Manager, underlining a major new focus on sustainability and the environment as the new decade begins. Embodying the resort’s vision of becoming a leader and innovator for sustainable tourism in the Maldives, Kruse is already proving an invaluable asset in driving and developing an ambitious program of eco initiatives throughout 2020. Kruse returned to the Maldives in October 2019 after two and half years at Six Senses Fiji, where she was responsible for running the Wellness Kitchen for the newly launched resort. It was during this tenure...

Sustainable Tourism: A Long Road Ahead

Every single second, more than 30 tourists arrive at their destination worldwide. With more than 1 billion passengers projected to travel in 2020, the effect tourism has on the environment cannot be underestimated. “Sustainability” has been one of the biggest buzz words of the past decade in the industry. Yet, the proliferation of its use is not necessarily a good thing. Like other terms that are often used in marketing to promote some products or services of virtually any company, (e.g. “eco-friendly” or “green”), the word itself has in many instances lost its true meaning. According to the United Nations,...

USVI’s ‘Toxic 3 Os’ Sunscreen Ban Takes Effect

ST. JOHN, USVI—On Monday of this week, March 30, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ historic “Toxic 3 Os” Sunscreen Ban officially went into effect, making the territory the first in the United States to implement a ban of sunscreen chemicals that are known to destroy coral and cause health risks for people. Similar laws in Hawaii and Key West, Fla. are set to commence in January 2021. The USVI ban bars octinoxate in addition to the chemicals included in Hawaii and Key West legislation (oxybenzone and octocrylene), which ensures safer mineral sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are...

How the Corporate Race to Net Zero is Heating Up

NATIONAL REPORT—The drive to net zero is rapidly gathering momentum as more household names from across the business spectrum pledge to play their part in a low carbon future. For many companies, whether they’re coffee retailers, banks or ride-hailing companies, it’s about the steps they’re taking to cut their own emissions to zero. Corporate purchasing of clean energy contracts rose 40 percent last year to 20 gigawatts (GW) according to BloombergNEF, with companies also embracing carbon offsetting schemes and turning to electric vehicles across their delivery fleets. Real estate is equally in focus, with 45 firms now signed up to the Net...

MGM Pledges $1 Million for Employee Emergency Fund, Donates Close to Half a Million Pounds of Food

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced an array of initiatives intended to support those impacted economically by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including a $1 million crisis and disaster relief pledge into an employee emergency grant fund and donating the equivalent of 400,000 meals across the United States. “As we confront extraordinary events and an unprecedented  global pandemic crisis, we know that this is an extremely challenging and uncertain time for many of our employees, their families, friends and neighbors and we are committed to help those in need,” said Bill Hornbuckle, Acting CEO and President of MGM Resorts International. “We have...

Six Senses Bhutan Unveils its Final Lodge, the ‘Forest Within A Forest’ Six Senses Bumthang

BHUTAN—Less than six months after the opening of the “Traditional Birdwatching Bridge” in Gangtey, Six Senses Bhutan has opened its fifth and final lodge, Six Senses Bumthang. This opening marks the completion of a circuit that will take guests on a journey across the western and central valleys of the Kingdom. As the gateway to the east and the site of some of the country’s earliest settlements, Bumthang is considered as Bhutan’s spiritual heartland and is home to some of its most ancient monasteries and sacred monuments. This region is known for its four valleys, covered in pristine forests and meandering rivers,...

Greenbuild Releases 2019 Sustainability Report

Greenbuild just released its 2019 Sustainability Report. For those of you not familiar with Greenbuild, it is the world’s largest conference and expo for the green building industry. The report summarizes the environmental impact of the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo that was held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. One of the goals for Greenbuild in 2019 was to move it toward a Zero Waste Event. For the third year in a row Greenbuild achieved TRUE Zero Waste Platinum certification, which is awarded to tradeshows with a TRUE waste diversion rate of 90 percent or...

CTO Announces Partnership with George Washington University

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) announced a new partnership with The George Washington University’s International Institute of Tourism Studies that will give CTO members the opportunity to earn a professional certificate in sustainable tourism destination management at a discounted rate. “The Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region in the world, and it also faces unique challenges due to these destinations’ vulnerability to climate change,” says Seleni Matus, Executive Director of the International Institute of Tourism Studies. “We are delighted to provide this specialized program to local and regional industry professionals to support sustainable destination management throughout the Caribbean region.” “The...

Sustainable Tourism: Why Should Hotels Lead in This Effort?

The tourism industry has one of the highest growth rates out of all industries in the world, accounting for 10.4 percent of global GDP and 319 million jobs (10 percent of total employment in 2018). (This column was written prior to the coronavirus outbreak.) In 2018, 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded (up 47 percent from the 2010s’ 950.8 million) and the number is expected to rise to 1.8 billion in 2030. Hotels are only one of the many actors that play a big role in the industry. Hotels Play Vital Role in Sustainable Tourism The demand for hotels is...

Hotelschool The Hague, IHIF (Questex) & International Tourism Partnership Launch Sustainable Hospitality Challenge

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS—Hotelschool The Hague and IHIF (Questex) are joining forces, in collaboration with International Tourism Partnership (ITP), to enhance the development of sustainable hospitality. Through the Sustainable Hospitality Challenge, they will be challenging students from top-tier international hotel schools to provide innovative solutions to the environmental and social challenges the hospitality industry is currently facing. During the challenge the most renowned hotel schools will work together with the most respected technical universities around the world. They will share expertise and develop solutions to enable the hospitality industry to positively contribute to our climate, culture and people. The challenge finalists...