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Sustainability Hasn’t Translated Into Travel Policies, But Is an Important Topic for Travel Managers

the Global Business Travel Association | November 21, 2019

Alexandria, VA (November 21, 2019)— Sustainability is a hot topic, but it is one that has not translated into the overall corporate travel program, according to new research out today from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in partnership with SAP Concur. With more emphasis expected on sourcing with sustainable suppliers in the coming years, this is yet to be rendered into the overall travel policy with one-third (33 percent) of travel managers saying that they either mandate (6 percent) or encourage (27 percent) travelers to book with suppliers using sustainable practices. Nevertheless, sustainability is very important to tra...

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Publishes Inaugural ESG Report

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust | November 12, 2019

BETHESDA, Md. --Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) (the “Company”), the leading owner of urban and resort lifestyle hotels, today announced that it published its inaugural Environmental, Social & Governance (“ESG”) report covering the Company’s ESG performance in 2018 and its commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices and social responsibility to its employees and other stakeholders. “As a leader in the hotel industry, we recognize the important role that our hotels and resorts serve in our environment and communities,” said Jon E. Bortz, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pebblebrook Ho...

Hyatt Launches Three Global Initiatives to Significantly Reduce Single-Use Plastics

Hyatt Hotels Corporation | November 12, 2019

CHICAGO - November 12, 2019 – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) is announcing a series of initiatives to reduce waste at Hyatt hotels globally, including introducing large-format bathroom amenities and reducing single-use water bottles by June 2021. The following initiatives will be introduced as soon as possible in properties around the world, and no later than June 2021: Transitioning to large-format bathroom amenities to replace traditional small bottles of shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and lotion. Increasing the number of water stations in key public spaces at hotels for guests who wish to refill reusable water bottles. S...

Incorporating Sustainability Through Gradual Change

Larry Mogelonsky | September 25, 2019

By Larry Mogelonsky, MBA, P. Eng. (www.hotelmogel.com) Climate change activism is no longer niche. Youth around the world are taking to the streets and, moving beyond blanket demands for more action from governments, they are starting to target and boycott corporations that are failing to act. If you think it’s going to stop at paper straws and replacing mini shampoo bottles with dispensers, you are gravely wrong. This is just the start with the end goal being total transparency of waste practices and carbon neutrality. To avoid getting your hotel in the crosshairs and to ensure you have a future – as younger travelers will be more ...

Hotels Are ‘Going Green’ in Significant and Lasting Ways

Fran Worrall | August 7, 2019

New sustainability report cites government regulations, guest demand among driving forces By Fran Worrall, Contributing Editor A groundbreaking new report by the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. explores sustainability in the hospitality industry and examines ways in which hotels are incorporating eco-friendly best practices into both operations and construction. The study includes insights from leading hotel owners, developers and investors. Entitled Sustainability in Hotels: Opportunities and Trends Shaping the Future of Hospitality, the 32-page report outlines the business case for sustainability, provides performance metr...

End of the Road for Bathroom Miniatures as IHG Opts for Bulk-Size Amenities to Reduce Plastic Waste

IHG | July 30, 2019

IHG takes industry-leading step to remove 200 million miniatures from estate each year July 30, 2019 -- IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has today announced that its entire hotel estate of almost 843,000 guest rooms will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities, with the transition to be completed during 2021. Building on its efforts to reduce plastic waste as part of a broader sustainability agenda, this pledge makes IHG the first global hotel company to commit all brands to removing bathroom miniatures in favour of bulk-size amenities. Keith Barr, CEO, IHG, commented: “It’s more imp...

How Today’s Hotel Ownership Model Clashes With the Need for Green Energy Investments

HEBS Digital | April 15, 2019

by Jason Price, EVP, HEBS Digital April 15, 2019 The hotel industry was an early adopter in embracing energy conservation and other earth friendly practices. However, sizable capital investments like HVAC upgrades, energy generation, or smart materials in renovations exceeds the short-term revenue models for today's hotel investor. As of now, what a hotel can do has been done - switch to LED light bulbs, key entry-driven lighting, and reduced turnover of towels and linens. Although these efforts generate cost savings and matter to the environment, the investments are limited compared to what is being committed in residential and in new ...

Hilton Brands to Recycle 1 Million Bars of Soap by Global Handwashing Day

Hilton | March 18, 2019

Partnering with Clean the World, Hilton's participating brands will recycle soap and donate to communities in need around the world MCLEAN, Va. – March 18, 2019 – Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton and All Suites brands are launching the Clean the World Challenge in partnership with Clean the World, a global health leader dedicated to sustainability and water, sanitization and health. Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton will challenge hotel owners and Team Members to collect bars of soap left behind by guests to be recycl...

Green Lodging News Launches Green Suppliers Spotlight E-blast

Green Lodging News | February 20, 2019

ODESSA, FLA.—February 20, 2019—Green Lodging News, lodging's leading environmental news source, announces the launch of Green Suppliers Spotlight, an e-blast to more than 20,000 subscribers that features the lodging industry's leading green products and services. The e-blast will feature multiple vendors—unlike the current Green Supplier Spotlight that allows one supplier to "own" the Green Lodging News subscriber list for one e-blast. (Click here for a Green Suppliers Spotlight sample.) Green Suppliers Spotlight will be published weekly on Thursdays beginning in March to general managers, owners, management companies,...

Top Luxury Eco-Friendly Sustainable Hotels and Why Travelers Love Them

Alan Young | November 5, 2018

By Alan Young Industries across the globe are witnessing the consumer transition into what we like to call the experience economy. Perhaps influenced by the impressive buying power and sheer numbers of the millennial generation, modern consumers are showing a definitive preference for experiential purchasing over material goods. As the Harvard Business Review describes it "within an experience economy, a company intentionally uses services as the stage, and goods as props, to engage individual customers in a way that creates a memorable event." This puts the travel and hospitality industry, specifically, in an exciting position to maxim...

IHG and IHG Owners Association Announce Renovation Donation Initiative

IHG | October 30, 2018

Industry-leading effort will help hotels manage removal of materials during renovations and make a positive difference in local communities IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) and the IHG Owners Association have launched the Renovation Donation Initiative, an industry-leading reuse program that is part of a shared commitment to operating responsibly. IHG-branded hotels undergoing renovation or property improvements in the U.S. and Canada will be able to donate furniture, fixtures and equipment to non-profit organizations, including United Way Worldwide and Good360. The Renovation Donation Initiative will reduce the amount of materi...

Verdant to Unveil a Simple, Smart and Intuitive Guestroom Thermostat at HX: The Hotel Experience

Verdant | October 23, 2018

Energy-saving thermostat is easy to install, easy to use and delivers concrete energy savings; Visit Verdant at Booth 3231 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York [Montreal, Quebec — Oct. 23, 2018] — Next month at HX: The Hotel Experience, Verdant will unveil a new guestroom energy-management thermostat. Smart, simple and intuitive, the new ZX energy-management thermostat leverages the powerful energy-saving features of Verdant's popular VX solution in a sleek and trendy design. Verdant ZX will be on display in Booth 3231, Nov. 11 – 12, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. "Hotel interior design...

Why Green Workplace Design Creates a Feel-Good Factor

JLL Real Views | September 27, 2018

For environmentally minded companies, good interior design is an intrinsic part of a greener office. In the Los Angeles offices of Cuningham Group architecture firm, natural daylight streams in through four skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, while discreet vents manage the flow of fresh air. Individual offices are set in upcycled shipping containers, with a central indoor garden that filters the air and enhances the space with morale-boosting greenery. "Sustainability in the office has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last five or ten years. Design measures that can enhance a firm's environmental credentials are coming to th...

Single-Use Plastics: Hotels and Airlines Are Cutting Down

Hospitality Insights | September 26, 2018

From plastic straws to the complete elimination of single-use plastics, more and more in the hospitality industry are opting to create a sustainable travel experience. The world is now producing roughly 300 million tons of plastic each year Plastic is one of the defining inventions of our time, yet there's no denying its negative impact on our environment. The low production cost and versatile range of applications make plastic a convenient comfort in the modern day. At the same time, the throwaway nature of these single-use products adds up to being one of the top sources of pollution throughout our oceans. In fact, about 8.8 million t...

PolyU Study Urges Hotels to Create a Green Culture

April 26, 2018

With the ever-increasing concern about worldwide environmental problems, the findings of a recent study by Dr Eric Chan, Dr Alice Hon and Dr Wilco Chan of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a co-researcher provide much-needed practical suggestions that should help hotels aiming to implement environmental management programmes. The researchers highlight that gaining employees' support for new environmental initiatives is key to ensuring success. Equipping employees with sufficient environmental knowledge is important to raising their awareness and concern, and should encourage th...

Mindful Tourism: How to Attract Eco-Conscious Guests to Your Hotel

Nina Simons | April 23, 2018

By Nina Simons The hospitality industry is heading into a new era as people worldwide have become more environmentally aware. Many travellers today expect their accommodations to be eco-friendly and sustainable because they strive to live by those principles at home. Environmental awareness is really what sets hotels apart from each other today, and with a growing number of people prioritizing a green lifestyle, it's becoming a key determinant in the success of your business. Especially considering that hotels are known for their conspicuous use of energy and resources, implementing green practices in your hotel as soon as possible will...

Announcing the Launch of H2 Sustainability Consulting

April 10, 2018

New consulting practice helmed by esteemed luxury hotelier Hervé Houdré provides hospitality industry ultimate insider knowledge and experience April 10, 2018 (New York, NY) - Hervé Houdré has taken his passion for Sustainable Development and 40-years of experience in luxury hospitality and launched H2 Sustainability Consulting. His focus is to help the Hospitality industry, Cities, Regions and the Academic world conceive, integrate and implement pertinent and profitable sustainability strategies -- aligned to the United Nations' Sustainable Development goals -- in their economic model. While taking the helm...

Effective Ways of Waste Management in the Hotel Industry and Its Importance

Erich Lawson | March 29, 2018

By Erich Lawson Hotels are chief consumers of resources, and they immensely contribute to the generation of waste. In the era of Green Economy and green strategies recycling would benefit not only the environment but also the industry. It is essential for a hotel industry to have an effective waste management system which focuses on reducing waste, reusing useful materials and recycling them. Commercial processes tend to generate a lot of waste and require regular maintenance and expensive waste disposal. Importance of Waste Management in Hotels Waste management in hotels is important as it is getting increasingly difficult to dispose o...

Green Is the New Black

Katie Scheer | March 7, 2018

By Katie Scheer Hotels- this one's for you! In 2017, we asked >2,500 hotels what they are doing to "go green." So we have good info for you... If your hotel isn't already pursuing green rankings and certifications, you are behind the "go green" trend. It's time for you to step up to the plate and make some changes to become better friends with our planet. It's a fact that hotel guests of today want to stay at hotels that are eco-conscious. This means more gained business for you from those guests ($ ca-ching, ca-ching $). Also, by going green, you also reap these two benefits (there's several m...

Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Teneo Members’ Green Efforts Span Coast to Countryside, Initiatives Preserve Beaches, Woodlands, Wildlife

Teneo Hospitality Group | December 14, 2017

Eden Prairie, MN, December 2017 … It started with organic soaps, recycling bottles, water conservation and signs urging guests to turn out the lights before leaving the room. Today, environmentally conscious hoteliers support holistic conservation strategies that reach into every corner of the property. Driven by technology and the demands of environmentally conscious guests, these initiatives have sharply reduced waste, conserved resources, saved money and educated guests to the importance of environmental efforts. The hotel industry has made remarkable progress, but beyond the bricks and mortar of member hotels and resorts lie ...

Hotel Industry Teams Up With World Wildlife Fund and The Rockefeller Foundation to Reduce Food Waste

the Project | November 13, 2017

12-Week Pilot Program Results in 10 Percent Decrease in Food Waste New York, New York – Today, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, unveil results from a set of projects demonstrating innovative strategies aimed at reducing food waste in the hotel industry. Based on the results, WWF, AHLA, and The Rockefeller Foundation are releasing a toolkit with strategies to help hotel properties and brands meet measurable, time-bound goals to reduce food waste. Ten hotel properties participated in the 12-weeks of demonstration projects, including a mix...

Green Lodging News, Greenview Launch Green Lodging Trends Report 2017

Green Lodging News | September 18, 2017

ODESSA, FLA. & SINGAPORE—September 18, 2017—Green Lodging News, lodging's leading environmental news source, and Greenview, a leader in advancing hotel sustainability, have released the Green Lodging Trends Report 2017. The second annual report details the results of the Green Lodging Trends Report Survey and is available at no cost by clicking here. The report is based on data from 2,093 hotels in 46 countries and provides industry trends on topics ranging from energy management to communication to—for the first time in its own category—Health & Wellness. The report includes results of 110 best practices...

What Hoteliers Need To Know About Conspicuous Conservation

Larry Mogelonsky | June 21, 2017

By Larry Mogelonsky, MBA, P. Eng. (www.hotelmogel.com) If you've ever taken a course in economics, you've likely heard the term 'conspicuous consumption' tossed around to describe the purchasing of goods or services as a means of publicly showing off one's power and increasing one's social status. Yellow Humvees, gaudy jewelry and bottle service at nightclubs are first to mind as is every other drug dealer cliché you can conjure. Now, however, this term has been retrofitted to account for the 21st century trend of people wanting to publicly signal their alleged altruism through the purchase of green or sustainable products. Altho...

Still Time to Participate in the Green Lodging Trends Report Survey

Green Lodging News | June 7, 2017

ODESSA, FLA. & SINGAPORE—June 7, 2017—With the deadline of June 15 approaching, there is still time to participate in the second annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey produced by Green Lodging News and Greenview. You can participate in the survey by clicking here. There is no cost to do so. Tens of thousands of green lodging establishments around the planet are being encouraged to benchmark their sustainability practices by completing this survey which last year saw more than 2,100 properties participating from 44 countries. The Green Lodging Trends Report Survey, which has the support of the Caribbean Hotel & To...

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