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LED Source® Completes Lighting Retrofit at The Chatwal Hotel; Reduces Lighting Energy Use by 90%

LED Source | July 24, 2014

Uses Rebates and Incentives Program to Lower Costs to $1 Per LED Lamp (New York City)---LED Source®, the leading North American LED lighting solutions provider specializing in architectural, entertainment, and retrofit applications, has recently completed a major commercial project in the New York City area at The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel located in the heart of Manhattan's Theatre District. The project is part of a larger company initiative, led by Rick Lindemann, business development manager for the East Coast, to target all hotel properties throughout the greater New York City area that could benefit from an LED lighting u...

TripAdvisor Names 10 Highest-Rated Green Hotels in U.S.; Releases Annual Eco-Travel Survey Results

TripAdvisor | April 16, 2014

25% of Respondents Made a Green Travel Choice in the Past Year NEWTON, Mass. – April 16, 2014 – TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced the 10 highest-rated TripAdvisor GreenLeaders™ hotels(1) in the U.S. and the results of its eco-travel survey of more than 2,100 U.S. respondents. According to the survey, 23 percent of respondents have consciously made an eco-friendly travel choice in the past year, and 85 percent said doing so made them feel more positive about their trip. The top five most common ways U.S. respondents travel green: Ensured the lights were turned off when not in hotel room – 96% Par...

Famed Buffalo Hotel Embracing Energy Efficiency; 50% Utility Rebate Achieved via ZENO/Verve Solution

December 3, 2013

In less than one year, installation of Verve wireless guestroom controls, ZENO gateway products and InnPoint software delivered Salvatore's Grand Hotel a sizeable return on investment; NYSEG presents owner Russell Salvatore with a $48,988 rebate check in less than 11 months [BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 3, 2013] - Last November, Buffalo's famed Salvatore's Grand Hotel became the first hotel in the world to benefit from a joint technology partnership between ZENO Controls LLC and its subsidiary Verve® Living Systems. Using the wireless Verve® Keycard Switch (enabled by EnOcean energy harvesting technology) to communicate with room PTAC-air c...

SAI’s CONTROLIQ Managing Energy, Monitoring Equipment in the Cloud

Systems Associates Inc. | October 29, 2013

Systems Associates Inc. is equipping hoteliers with 'cloud vision' to troubleshoot performance failures and schedule equipment maintenance remotely across the hotel enterprise; Data is backed-up, updated and protected off site BOWLING GREEN, OHIO - OCTOBER 29, 2013 -Systems Associates Inc. is taking the process of monitoring building equipment away from the four walls of the hotel and placing it in the cloud to give engineers and managers more real time control over energy consumption and associated costs. Combining the power of the Internet with the mastery of industry standard protocols, SAI's CONTROLIQ solution is giving hoteliers tr...

Adoba Hotel Dearborn Michigan Encourages Healthy Travel With PURE Hypoallergenic Guestrooms

Adoba Eco Hotel Suites Brand | October 23, 2013

Dearborn, MI October 25th - In the chic, historic Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan, Adoba® Hotel is looking to create a better customer experience through their focus on sustainable travel. Among the myriad elements in this evolution are 10 allergy-friendly guestrooms from PURE Solutions, which reflect Adoba's emphasis on wellness and healthy travel. PURE Rooms are treated according to a patented 7-step process that kills and protects against 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. By virtually eliminating surface and airborne irritants, PURE Rooms create a truly hypoallergenic space that is not only more comfortable for allergy-sufferers,...

Business Travelers Prefer to “Go Green”; Implementing 5 Easy & Low Cost Products in the Guest Room

Stephen Kirby | October 3, 2013

by Stephen Kirby Forty-seven percent of business travelers prioritize 'green' hotels when on the road, according to the 2013 Global Business Traveler Survey published by Timetric. Environmentally conscious, well-informed travelers expect hotels to do more than just provide a comfortable place to stay. They want to know and SEE that the hotel they have chosen implements energy-efficient practices and is eco-friendly in many ways. Making sure guests can easily recognize green products and efforts at a hotel is as simple as making a few small inexpensive changes. The common misconception is that going green can be costly, time-consuming an...

Hygienic Solutions US Announces Commercial Availability of Stop Bugging Me!

HTS, LLC | September 30, 2013

Hygienic Solutions US announces commercial availability of non-toxic, GREEN solution guaranteed to eliminate bed bugs. 100% organic solution tested by independent laboratories to kill 100% of pests within 15 minutes Fern Park, Fl- October 1, 2013 - Hygienic Solutions US of Fern Park, Florida announced today the commercial availability of their 100% non-toxic, organic solution "Stop Bugging Me" that promises an end to hospitality bed bug issues. "The solution is unique in that it has been laboratory tested by ICR Labs, the EPA recommended independent laboratory, and has been proven to kill 100% of treated bugs within 15 minutes," said Fr...

PolyU Study Seeks to Enhance the Role of Travel Trade in Reducing Tourism’s Carbon Footprint

PolyU's School of Hotel and Tourism Management | September 18, 2013

18 September 2013 - The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) today (17 September) announced the findings of a study on "Enhancing the Role of the Travel Trade in Reducing Tourism's Carbon Footprint". The study found that though senior management and owners of travel agencies are aware of tourism's contribution to carbon emissions, the limited provision of carbon efficient products is hindering their frontline staff from promoting low carbon tourism to their clients. The study also found that frontline travel trade staff are equally concerned about the environmental issues, but man...

For Those Seeking that One-of-a-Kind Vacation: Ten Incredibly Unique Hotels around the World

September 5, 2013

SINGAPORE, Sept. 5, 2013 - From an accommodation made entirely of salt to a former prison building turned luxury abode, these incredibly quirky hotels are sure to tickle your fancy and trigger the travel bug in you. Enjoy a quest to the wackiest holiday havens with this list of the most unique hotels around the world, according to TripAdvisor editors. Seaventures Dive Resort - Off Mabul Island, Malaysia Situated about 0.7 kilometres from Mabul Island in Sabah, Seaventures is not your typical dive resort. This former exploration jack-up rig has been refashioned into a PADI 5-Star IDC Dive Resort but still maintains the charm of a working...

RCI® Presents “Green Awards” to Grand Pacific Resorts

RCI | August 12, 2013

Properties Receive the Platinum, Gold, and Silver Awards for Their Environmentally-Friendly Practices PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Aug. 12, 2013) - RCI®, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), recognized the winners of its 2013 RCI Green Awards at a recent ceremony in Carlsbad, Calif., home of Grand Pacific Resorts, the developer of all three winning properties. RCI senior leadership presented the awards to the general managers of Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, Carlsbad Seapointe Resort and Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa. "Going Green is not only the right thing to do, it's...

Are Your Sustainability Initiatives Missing a Critical Component? A Perspective on Risk

Kevin A. Goldstein & HVS Sustainability Services | July 9, 2013

by Kevin A. Goldstein This article provides a perspective on key areas of risk relating to investment into utility efficiency projects and sustainability initiatives, and how owners / operators can minimize exposure during all phases of investment into their properties. Since re-launching our Sustainability practice in late 2011, HVS has contended that sustainability initiatives should focus on utility efficiency and be driven by the bottom line. We believe that a valid business case exists for numerous types of investments in building equipment and enhanced operating practices, and across the hospitality sector there are literally thou...

Large Resorts and Solar Power – Westin St. Maarten Captures Caribbean Sun for Energy Consumption

Westin. St. Maarten Resort & Spa | July 3, 2013

First Westin in World and Only Major Property in Caribbean Installs Phase One of Solar Panels to Offset Resort's Energy Consumption; Investment Saves Equivalent of Annual Power for 111 Homes, or CO2 Emissions from Driving 1.2 Million Miles in an SUV PHILIPSBURG, ST MAARTEN (July, 2013) – While environmental initiatives may seem standard in the upscale, boutique hospitality industry, there is plenty of room for tourism organizations to make strides to advance green lodging, especially in the area of solar power. According to the Energy Policy and Sector Analysis in the Caribbean (2010 – 2011), the"Caribbean islands have the potential...

Verdafero Inc. adds Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI)

Verdafero Inc. | July 1, 2013

Verdafero Inc. (www.verdafero.com), based in San Francisco, CA, is an SaaS (Sustainability-as-a-Service) software and services provider to the hospitality industry and has added the new Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) methodology to its comprehensive Utility Optimization software application, thus enabling the hospitality industry to analyze and report their carbon footprint on a real-time basis. Created by the industry and for the industry, HCMI is a methodology to calculate and report on the carbon footprint of a hotel stay, meeting, or event in a comparative analysis. In June of 2012, the International Tourism Partnership ...

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