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  • New Global Directors Join the 2018-2019 HFTP Board

    The HFTP 2018-2019 Global Board of Directors was installed during the association's 2018 Annual Convention and introduces new directors Toni Bau, Carson Booth, CHTP and Mark Fancourt. These extensive director profiles give insight into the distinguished professions and personal goals of HFTP's newest association leaders.

  • Letter from the HFTP Global President: At the End of the Year, We Reflect on the Best of the Year

    As we prepare to transition to the new HFTP Global board at the 2018 Annual Convention in October, I would like to take the time to reflect on my year serving as HFTP Global president.

  • Members Only: 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report

    By Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. Results to the biannual survey conducted by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Information includes data on compensation and benefits trends for finance and technology professionals in the club and lodging industries.

  • IT Spending in the Lodging Industry Three-year Analysis: 2015–2017

    By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Arlene Ramirez, CHE, CHAE; and Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. PART II: An analysis of IT spending data in the lodging industry based on reporting in the new USALI Schedule 6 — Information and Telecommunications Systems.

Modular Construction Gaining Traction in Hotel Industry

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·14 December 2018
Modular construction is trending. I heard this week from S2A Modular, a California-based company that designs and constructs electrically self-sustaining residential and commercial buildings. The parts of the homes and commercial buildings are constructed in the company’s MegaFactory. Unique to the company is its net zero approach. Each structure pairs Tesla’s Powerwall system with solar technology to produce zero emissions. Modules are scalable and stackable. The company says it has constructed hotels.

Swissotel Releases Sustainability Report Update

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·13 December 2018
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, a leading brand within the AccorHotels Group, announces the release of its 2018 Sustainability Report Update, “Made with Sustainability in Mind”. This report covers the brand’s strategies and actions to continuously improve its sustainability performance throughout the years of 2015, 2016, and 2017. Previous Sustainability Reports were issued in 2012 and 2015.

New Dodge Report: Global Green Building Activity Continues to Rise

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·12 December 2018
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the results of the Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report, to which USGBC is a contributing partner. Overall, global green building activity continues to rise, with significant increases expected in 19 countries over the next three years. Importantly, nearly half of survey respondents expect that most of their projects in the next three years will be green buildings.

Hilton Only Hotel Company in 2019 Just 100 List

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·12 December 2018
To determine its 2019 Just 100 list, Forbes partnered with Just Capital, which asked 81,000 Americans about what they most want to see from the nation’s biggest businesses. The most popular answers? Pay workers fairly; treat customers well and protect their privacy; produce quality products; minimize their environmental impact; give back to the communities they operate in; commit to ethical and diverse leadership; and create abundant job opportunities.

Green Lodging News Adds BioBag Americas to Product & Service Directory

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·12 December 2018
Green Lodging News welcomes BioBag Americas, Inc. to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Cleaning & Maintenance/Bags” category. BioBag compostable liners can alleviate cleanliness issues that come alongside collecting organic waste and reduce landfill tipping fees.

Disney Conservation Fund Awards $5 Million to Organizations

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 December 2018
The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) continued its more than 20-year commitment to conservation last month by awarding more than $5 million in grants to support 76 organizations working to protect the magic of nature around the world. The fund also recognized 13 people across the globe with the Disney Conservation Hero award, for their tireless efforts to save wildlife, protect habitats and inspire communities to take part in conservation efforts.

Global Ecolabelling Network Hosts Educational Event in Berlin

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 December 2018
The Global Ecolabelling Network, in cooperation with the German Blue Angel and the German Environment Agency, hosted an educational and inspirational event in Berlin in late October to highlight the success of ecolabelling around the globe, and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Blue Angel and the first annual World Ecolabel Day.

Why It's the Perfect Time to Go Solar

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·10 December 2018
For those that see the benefits of solar the question is when to make the investment; not if to make it. Although not the right timing for everyone it might be the right time for you. Taking a look at what goes into this investment will help you better decide if now is the perfect time.

Eco-Industrial Vibe Works for Colorado Spring's Soul Community Planet Hotel

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 6 December 2018
Six months after soft opening in Colorado Springs, the 176-room SCP hotel there is enjoying “off the charts” reviews according to Ken Cruse, CEO of Soul Community Planet, LLC, the parent company of SCP Hotels.

AAHOA, BEST Launch Online Human Trafficking Training

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 5 December 2018
AAHOA, the largest hotel owners association in the world, and Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), a nationwide leader in trafficking prevention education, announced the launch of a new human trafficking awareness training. The training, which is accessible to AAHOA members through the AAHOA website, is the latest step in an expanded partnership the two organizations announced earlier this year.

Hurricane Relief Boosted with Seminole, Hard Rock Donations

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 3 December 2018
On the heels of donating 30,000 hygiene supplies for use by victims of Hurricane Michael, Seminole Gaming and Hard Rock International increased their immediate contribution of relief aid by dispatching 72,000 water bottles to the hurricane zone and delivering a $25,000 check to the American Red Cross.

Six Senses Laamu Recognized as Leader in Marine Conservation

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·29 November 2018
Six Senses Laamu has been named Marine and Coastal category winner at the 17th Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards, held at the at the 79th Skål World Congress in Kenya. Three independent sustainability experts judged 62 entries from 31 countries, placing Six Senses Laamu top in its category.

More Businesses Including Sustainable Development Goals in Sustainability Reporting

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·29 November 2018
Nearly three quarter of organizations (72 percent) mention the global Sustainable Development Goals in their annual corporate or sustainability reports—an increase of 10 percent on last year, according to a new study by PwC. But concrete measures and integration remain elusive for many as organizations struggle to identify actions beyond business as usual targets.

ChargePoint Secures $240 Million in Series H Funding

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·29 November 2018
ChargePoint, the world’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network, announced that it has secured $240 million in Series H funding, the largest in its history. The investors reflect a diverse set of participants, from early market to institutional investors across the energy, financial, venture capital, oil and gas, utility, manufacturing, technology and automotive sectors.

Wellness Tourism Association Releases Findings from First Wellness Travel Survey

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·28 November 2018
Wellness tourism is exploding and data about the industry sector is becoming increasingly available. For example, according to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness tourism grew from a $563 billion market in 2015 to $639 billion in 2017, or 6.5 percent annually, more than twice as fast as tourism overall.

Musicians Call for Marriott Boycott Because of Plastic Containers Usage

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·26 November 2018
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Stevie Van Zandt and Jackson Browne joined Plastic Pollution Coalition in calling for a boycott of all Marriott International-owned hotels in response to their policy of using plastic containers for room service.

Dometic Reintroduces Basic Line of Minibars

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·18 November 2018
Dometic reintroduced its Basic Line of minibars at the BDNY show November 10 to 11. These minibars are manufactured in Europe.

Urban Solar Releases Streamline Solar Series

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·18 November 2018
Urban Solar announces the release of an all new solar lighting product line, the Streamline Solar Series. To meet the demands of a growing commercial solar lighting market for a compact and aesthetically-pleasing area lighting solution, the Streamline Solar Series is the first system in Urban Solar’s lineup to incorporate lithium-ion battery technology. Lithium-ion batteries are long-lasting, recyclable and can be replaced by the user at the end of their lifecycle.

Make a Green Choice' Not Always the Best Choice?

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·16 November 2018
A good idea gone bad? What do you think? It was almost a decade ago that the “Make a Green Choice” program first emerged at a couple of Sheraton hotels. It then began spreading throughout Starwood Hotels & Resorts. In case you are not familiar with the program, it allows guests to opt out of housekeeping for up to three or four days in exchange for a vouchers or loyalty points. Once Marriott acquired Starwood, it continued the program and added a similar “Your Choice” program at some of its hotels.

NatureZway Introduces Line of Green Cleaning Products

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·15 November 2018
NatureZway introduces its rapidly-growing line of eco-friendly cleaning products made of bamboo and other renewable materials. Most commonly native to warm and moist tropical environments in the Pacific Asia region (though also found in South and Central America, Mexico and even the Southeastern United States), bamboo is one of nature’s greatest gifts to the planet.

Vail Resorts Announces Wind Energy Contract, Plan to Eliminate Single-Use Dining Plastics

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·14 November 2018
Vail Resorts, Inc. took major steps in its Commitment to Zero, as the company announced a long-term wind energy contract to purchase the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 100 percent of its estimated FY 2019 North American operations by 2020. Additionally, Vail Resorts announced a partnership with Eco-Products to supply all its North American restaurants with compostable and recycled-content items and eliminate conventional single-use plastics, a process which will begin during the 2018-19 winter season.

Choice Hotels to Match Donations to American Red Cross for Disaster Relief & Recovery

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·13 November 2018
Choice Hotels International, Inc. announced that it will match Choice Privileges member donations to the American Red Cross, encouraging its members to donate loyalty points that convert to cash. Choice Hotels will match up to 20 million points contributed by members in support of disaster relief and recovery efforts through the end of this year.

Wynn Las Vegas Joins EPA's Green Power Partnership

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 November 2018
Wynn Las Vegas marks a new renewable energy milestone with its acceptance into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, a collective of organizations that are voluntarily leading the innovation, production and use of green energy in America. The distinction comes less than five months after the debut of the Wynn Solar Facility, a new 160-acre solar complex solely dedicated to generating renewable energy to power the Las Vegas resort.

Hawaii Convention Center Launches Conservation Program with LEED Gold Certification

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 November 2018
To mark its 20th year of operations, the Hawaii Convention Center is launching the Hoʻomaluō Program, a comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability with the goal of enhancing the guest, planner, staff and community meetings and events experience.

CaraGreen Adds Havelock Wool Insulation to Materials Collection

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 November 2018
CaraGreen, a distributor of sustainable building materials, has recently added Havelock Wool Insulation to its collection of healthy building materials. Havelock is an ideal insulating material for both new construction and remodels.

Study: Wellness Tourism Now a $639 Billion Market

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 8 November 2018
Wellness tourism grew from a $563 billion market in 2015 to $639 billion in 2017, or 6.5 percent annually, more than twice as fast as tourism overall (3.2 percent).* And it’s forecast to grow even faster through 2022 (7.5 percent yearly) to reach $919 billion. North America drives the most wellness tourism revenues ($242 billion annually) and Europe the most wellness trips (292 million)—but Asia-Pacific is the eye-opening growth leader, with wellness trips growing a whopping 33 percent in the last two years.

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