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Best Western Plus Norman Partners With University of Oklahoma Food Pantry

Best Western Plus Norman | March 28, 2019

NORMAN, Oklahoma – Best Western Plus Norman has formed a new, ongoing partnership with the University of Oklahoma Food Pantry to provide a regular supply of personal hygiene products. More than 4,000 products – including shampoo, razors, body wash, mouthwash, deodorant and other toiletries – were presented to OU Food Pantry Graduate Director Matt Marks on Monday. "We are extremely honored to kick off this partnership with the OU Food Pantry," said Steve Martens, CEO of Hospitality Management LLC, which operates four Best Western-branded properties in Oklahoma and Kansas. "This is the second time one of our hotels has p...

How Hotels Are Upgrading Their Sustainability Efforts

JLL Real Views | February 15, 2019

Running a more environmentally friendly hotel is becoming part of day-to-day operations for major American hospitality chains, which are exploring new ways to save on costs while giving their properties greater ethical appeal. At the Home2 Suites by Hilton, scraps of soap leftover in the shower after guests check out are purified and recycled, preventing 600,000 pounds of soap from heading to landfills. Marriott International is aiming to cut food waste in half and electricity usage by 30 percent by 2025, and remove all plastic straws from its 6,500-plus hotels by July this year. Westin and Sheraton brands have brought down water and e...

Spain’s Hotels Power up for an Eco-Friendly Future

Jll Real Views | February 4, 2019

Across Spain, hotels are prominently flagging their green credentials as they increasingly take steps to reduce their environmental footprint and appeal to a new generation of eco-aware consumers. The country's Paradores, state-run hotels in historic buildings such as former palaces and monasteries, are the latest to look to a greener future, switching to renewable energy sources by incorporating features such as biomass technology or solar panels. "The Paradores' commitment to become 100 percent green energy driven is an important milestone in the Spanish hotels sector," says Carlos Ortega, Executive Vice President of the Hotels divisi...

Sustainability Set to Shape New Standard of Tourism Statistics

UNWTO | October 31, 2018

Madrid, Spain, 31 October 2018 – The World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) initiative Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism (MST) received a boost last week when its working group met in Madrid (24-25 October). After successful pilot studies to produce credible and comparable data, the initiative is on track with its aim of getting the MST framework adopted as the third international standard on tourism statistics. The group of experts creating a statistical framework for Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism met to establish the MST initiative's major goals for 2019. The initiative is creating a draft framework for a data stan...

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...

Sustainable Hospitality: Catalyzing the Uptake

January 2, 2018

Sustainability has become a focal point for companies everywhere and the hospitality industry is no exception. Across the board, hospitality companies – and more specifically hotels -- are seeking ways to be more 'sustainable'. Yet this murky umbrella term is being used liberally these days to mean everything – and nothing. It begs a further definition: what does it really mean for a hotel to be sustainable in this day and age? And what are the ways in which sustainability can be implemented in hotels and other hospitality endeavors? Experts at the Young Hoteliers Summit staged earlier this year at the Ecole hoteliere de Lau...

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 ...

Sustainable Extravagance: Water-Wise Hospitality

Tim P. Smith | December 14, 2017

By Tim P. Smith, Nomfundo B Zonke, Sofie Otto High Season and Low Dams #WaterWatch Currently the biggest socio-economic problem facing the Western Cape region is severe drought and related water shortages. The drought reached crisis levels in early October 2017 when the City of Cape Town estimated it only had 5-months of water left. It has been ongoing since 2015 when water storage in the city's dam levels began to drop, declining from 71.9% in 2014 to 50.1% in 2015. Declared the city's worst drought in a century, some dams and reserves have less than 10% of their usable capacity remaining. The biggest cause of water scarcity is the El ...

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