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The News Blog gives Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, an opportunity to comment, in just a few paragraphs, on industry news and trends. A more condensed version of Publisher’s Point of View, the News Blog is updated on either Wednesday or Thursday each week. Want to step in as a guest blogger? Or, have some news to share for the News Blog? To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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The News Blog gives Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, an opportunity to comment, in just a few paragraphs, on industry news and trends. A more condensed version of Publisher’s Point of View, the News Blog is updated on either Wednesday or Thursday each week. Want to step in as a guest blogger? Or, have some news to share for the News Blog? To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Expedia Joins TripAdvisor in Closely Monitoring Animal Attractions

There are many animal activist groups and they are having a significant impact on what is available or not available through the world’s largest booking sites. Last fall, TripAdvisor announced its commitment to launch a set of industry-leading actions, including changes to its policy on selling tickets to animal attractions, and the launch of a new education portal to help inform travelers about the standards of care for wild, captive, and endangered species in tourism and their interactions with tourists, and their impact on wildlife conservation. TripAdvisor and its Viator brand have discontinued selling tickets for specific tourism experiences...

Greenbuild, HX, BDNY Highlight November Trade Show Month

With 2017 past the half-way point it is time to begin thinking about the fall trade show season. The busiest month will be November when the HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York trade shows will take place November 12 to 13 at the Javits Center in New York. I am working on putting together a sustainability panel for HX. Be sure to watch for more details soon. About 400 exhibitors are expected at HX, many of whom will be selling products to help you reduce your hotel’s environmental footprint. At BDNY, expect at least several sustainability-focused...

Hotels Maximizing Buzz Surrounding August 21 Solar Eclipse

Would you build a marketing program around an event that is going to last just one minute and 24 seconds? That is what many Marriott hotels are doing for August 21, the date of the first solar eclipse that has traveled the path of the continental United States since 1918. At The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, the Solar Eclipse Package includes: overnight guestroom accommodations for two, breakfast buffet for two in The Café and complimentary valet parking. Exclusively added to this package are two disposable Solar Eclipse Glasses, Special Edition Solar Eclipse Patch from Homestead National Park, Special Edition...

Fairmont Washington, D.C. Planning August Sustainability Fair

It is a great idea and worth replicating at your hotel—a Sustainability Fair. The Fairmont Washington, D.C. will hold its eighth annual Sustainability Fair on Friday, August 25 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the hotel’s Colonnade Room. Diana K. Bulger, Area Director, Public Relations for the 413-room property, has been involved in all eight fairs. At first it was called the Green Fair, she says. Today it is an event that draws from 200 to 300 people. “Every year it gets bigger,” Bulger says. The fair is the idea of the hotel’s sustainability team. “We are always trying...

Highlights from MGM Resorts’ 2016 CSR Report

MGM Resorts International recently released its 2016 Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report. I recently wrote about Hersha Hospitality Trust’s 2016 Sustainability Report and just posted about the Javits Center releasing its first Sustainability Report. It must be reporting season. MGM Resorts’ report describes its CSR philosophy, governance and culture, and summarizes its developments in the pillars of Diversity and Inclusion, Philanthropy and Community Engagement and Environmental Sustainability. The report is long—173 pages—but MGM has a lot of good stories to tell. For example, in 2016, 5,600 employees donated 103,000 volunteer hours of community service. MGM achieved LEED Gold certification...

The Death of Phone Conversation?

Allow me to move away from green lodging this week—although it does impact green lodging—and write a bit about communication. Phone communication. You remember, the kind that Alexander Graham Bell invented? (“Mr. Watson--come here--I want to see you.”) Perhaps this rant will not solve a thing but if one person is affected positively by it, I will consider it a success. My main rant: What is it about talking on the phone that scares so many people today? And I mean run for the hills level of scared. Are people just so busy that they cannot take even a...

Highlights from Hersha’s Recently Released 2016 Sustainability Report

Hersha Hospitality Trust recently made its 2016 Sustainability Report (its third annual) available to the public. Results in the report relate back to 2010 when Hersha launched its EarthView program. According to Hersha, it has accumulated $6.8 million in energy savings since launching Earthview. Energy consumption per occupied room has been reduced by 19 percent. Some of those savings, according to Hersha Hospitality Trust CEO Jay H. Shah, are due to the implementation of guestroom energy management systems. Ninety-seven percent of Hersha hotels have been retrofitted with LED lighting. In 2016, approximately 10 percent of Hersha’s hotels had electric...

Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel Venture Formally Announced

We have all heard of hotels being under water before—but literally? It could happen if entrepreneur Tony Webb gets enough support for his Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel venture. Watch for more details soon on Green Lodging News. Here is what we know so far: Late last month, Webb issued a press release formally inviting the hotel industry and prominent resort properties to partner with his company and open the world’s first underwater luxury boutique hotel. The first hotel would be located in Cuban waters. The company has selected 15 ideal sites for its underwater hotels and its vital coral...

DOE Release 2017 Better Buildings Progress Report

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the energy-efficiency progress made by the 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge. These efforts have led to a combined 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings. These results are summarized in the 2017 Better Buildings Progress Report that highlights accomplishments across the broader Better Buildings Initiative. More than 900 organizations across many diverse sectors are now part of the Better Buildings Initiative. These partners represent more than 13 percent of total U.S. commercial building space, about 12 percent...

Sustainability in the Forefront at Upcoming NRA Show

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show is just 10 days away. It will run from May 20 to 23 and take place at McCormick Place in Chicago. If you plan to walk the show floor, give yourself at least a couple of days as more than 2,000 companies (2,219 at last count) are expected to be exhibiting. Many of those exhibitors will be featuring products and equipment that can help you reduce energy, water and waste. Some of those exhibitors are 2017 Kitchen Innovations Award recipients. Ecolab, for example, was recently recognized with a Kitchen Innovations Award for its...