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  • 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.

  • HITEC Special: Revenue Strategy: Not Just a Fancy New Name for Revenue Management

    By Cindy Estis Green. A strategic view of revenue calls for proactive business mix planning and decision-making around deployed resources, well beyond reacting to what comes over the transom. Excerpt from the 2018 HITEC Bytes Special Report.

GWI Releases Analysis on 10 Sectors of Global Wellness Economy

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·16 October 2018
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a trusted, internationally recognized resource for wellness industry data, released an in-depth update of its Global Wellness Economy Monitor at this year’s Global Wellness Summit.

Hilton Launches 'Big Five' for Sustainable Travel & Tourism Across Africa

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·16 October 2018
Hilton announced an initial investment of $1 million to drive sustainable travel and tourism in Africa. To do so, the company will focus on five key areas—Hilton’s Big Five.

Green Lodging News Adds ClearWater Tech Case Study to Website

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·16 October 2018
Green Lodging News has added a ClearWater Tech case study to its website. Jim Massey’s Cleaners and Laundry, of Montgomery, Alabama, was looking to eliminate their high costs of hot water and chemicals used in their textile and garment restoration department. John Massey provided proof of the effectiveness and payback by using EcoTex Cold-Water Disinfection Systems on their washers.

Delos, EDGE Partner to Advance Healthy Building Management Systems

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·16 October 2018
EDGE Technologies and Delos announced a collaboration to explore the integration of their respective platforms and capabilities toward advancing the deployment of smart-healthy building management systems for commercial buildings. Delos’ DARWIN Wellness Intelligence, paired with EDGE Technologies’ all-inclusive building technology platform, has the potential to deliver the most comprehensive confluence of data, data analytics and real time space optimization to benefit users and owners within the commercial real estate industry.

Jim Massey's Cleaners & Laundry Cuts Operational Costs with EcoTex Laundry Disinfection Systems

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·15 October 2018
Jim Massey’s Cleaners and Laundry, of Montgomery Alabama, was looking to eliminate their high costs of hot water and chemicals used in their textile and garment restoration department. John Massey provided proof of the effectiveness and payback by using EcoTex Cold-Water Disinfection Systems on their washers.

Prince's Trust Teams Up with Marriott in Canada on Youth Employment Project

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·15 October 2018
To support youth employment and growth in the future hospitality talent pool in Canada, Marriott International announced a new and exclusive collaboration with The Prince’s Trust Canada to develop a hospitality-focused curriculum and internship program. The Get Into Hospitality program will initially begin, as a pilot, at four Marriott International hotels in the Greater Toronto Area: the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, the Delta Toronto, and the Marriott Downtown Toronto Eaton Centre.

Toro Company Receives 2018 WaterSense Excellence Award

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·15 October 2018
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized The Toro Company with a 2018 WaterSense Excellence Award for its creative approach to supporting WaterSense and promoting water efficiency in 2017. Toro received one of 21 WaterSense awards at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas.

Cultured Stone Introduces Pro-Fit Terrain Ledgestone Veneers

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·15 October 2018
Builders, architects and remodelers looking for precision-fit stone veneer options that meet today’s highest green-building standards can choose Cultured Stone Pro-Fit Terrain Ledgestone. Available in Arctic, Ethos, Trek, and Arcadia shades, the new line blends fine Cultured Stone textures and relief patterns to provide trade professionals with exquisitely engineered, contemporary design options.

Global Warming Report: Time is Short to Meet 1.5 Degrees Celsius Goal

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·12 October 2018
It was a remarkable week this past week with the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) “Global Warming of 1.5°C” report and the incredible devastation caused by the buzz saw called Michael that whipped through the panhandle of Florida after feeding off of an extra warm Gulf of Mexico. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those impacted.

Sandals Resorts Announces First Phase of Elimination of Single-Use Plastic

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 October 2018
On the first day of Pollution Prevention Week, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) announced that all 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across seven Caribbean islands—including Jamaica, the Bahamas, St. Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, Barbados and Turks & Caicos—will eliminate the 21,490,800 single-use plastic straws and stirrers used across the resorts each year by November 1, 2018. Eco-friendly paper straws will be available upon request.

Suppliers Divert Leather from Landfills, Create Long-Lasting, Design-Friendly Pieces

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 October 2018
As many activist groups continue to condemn the use and production of leather for ethical, environmental and worker health reasons, this byproduct of meat production is commonly found in the hotel industry.

California Enacts Two Laws Aimed at Combating Human Trafficking

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·10 October 2018
If you operate a hotel or motel in California, you need to be aware of two new laws that help combat human trafficking. The first is Senate Bill (SB) 970. The new law requires hotels and motels subject to the Fair Employment and Housing Act to provide at least 20 minutes of classroom or other effective interactive training and education regarding human trafficking awareness to each employee likely to interact or meet victims of human trafficking. This training must be completed by January 1, 2020 for workers employed as of July 1, 2019, and within six months of hire for workers employed after July 1, 2019.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Issues Global Warming of 1.5degC Report

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 9 October 2018
Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday.

FinalStraw's Founders Appear on Shark Tank

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 9 October 2018
On the heels of their Kickstarter success, millennial entrepreneurs Emma Cohen, 32, and Miles Pepper, 23, appeared on Shark Tank’s season premiere earlier this week. More than 150,000 FinalStraws have been sold through the Kickstarter and their official site www.finalstraw.com.

Disney Invests in Employees' Futures with New Aspire Program

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 8 October 2018
In January of this year, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced an initial $50 million investment in a new and ongoing education initiative aimed specifically at The Walt Disney Company’s hourly workforce. “I have always believed that education is the key to opportunity,” he said. “It opens doors and creates new possibilities.”

Six Senses Laamu Rethinks Shrimp

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 8 October 2018
Sustainable shrimp is a very elusive catch. That was a significant element of a message from Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York, on his recent visit to Six Senses Laamu where he discussed sustainable fisheries management in Laamu Atoll.

Sustainable Design Considerations for Commercial Buildings

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 8 October 2018
Whether you’re starting from scratch or renovating a new building (hotel, school, business center, etc.), there’s more to a building than just obtaining the cheapest or most commonly used materials to get the job done. Now that more and more builders are incorporating green building techniques, there are new and innovative methods that offer style, affordability, and durability, and that mesh with the 21st century.

Energy Inspectors Corporation Wins WaterSense Award

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 8 October 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Energy Inspectors Corp. with a 2018 WaterSense Partner of the Year award. Energy Inspectors was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference on October 4, 2018 for its role in water efficiency innovation and WaterSense promotion.

Global Wellness Institute to Release In-Depth Analysis on 10 Sectors of the Global Wellness Economy at Global Wellness Summit

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 4 October 2018
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a trusted, internationally recognized resource for wellness industry data, announced that an in-depth update of its Global Wellness Economy Monitor will be released at this year’s Global Wellness Summit, taking place at Technogym Village, Cesena, Italy, October 6 to 8.

InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, Built into Side of Quarry, to Generate Its Own Power

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 3 October 2018
Architecturally, and from a sustainability standpoint, the 337-room InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, set to open this month, is one of the most unique hotels in the world.

Waste Management Listed on Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 3 October 2018
Waste Management has been listed on the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for North America and the World. This distinction marks a recognition of the company’s corporate sustainability leadership within the industry.

Six Senses Serves Up Sustainable Food & Water

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 2 October 2018
Food is where it all begins at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. The culinary and spa teams grow it, forage for it, source it, prepare it, cook it up, and blend it into spa treatments and therapies. It has a direct bearing on guest health, vitality and happiness—and that of the world around them—which is why Six Senses ensures all produce is local, seasonable and sustainable where possible.

Hyatt CEO Announces New Anti-Hate Group Policy

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 1 October 2018
On Thursday, CEO Mark Hoplamazian announced a broad anti-hate group policy for the Hyatt hotel chain. Hoplamazian wrote to employees in a memo that “if a group is primarily focused on disparaging a group by virtue of their identity…that’s really where we need to draw the line. We’re going to apply our values to making these decisions along the way.”

UNWTO Report Helps Cities Manage Impact of Tourism

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 1 October 2018
A new World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report aims to help manage growing urban tourism flows and their impact on cities and residents. “Overtourism? Understanding and Managing Urban Tourism Growth beyond perceptions,” was launched earlier this month during the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism, in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

ICERA Adds Malibu II Back-Outlet Toilet

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 1 October 2018
ICERA’s new Malibu II Back-outlet toilet features a powerful, water-efficient and quiet gravity flush. The Malibu also features a chair-height, compact elongated-bowl for maximum comfort. The simple connectivity eliminates potential installation challenges, while the sleek styling compliments a wide variety of bathroom décors.

Carbon Neutrality--the Culmination of a Long Journey for Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·28 September 2018
If there were a green lodging hall of fame, Ewald Biemans would be one of the first inductees. I had an opportunity to speak with him this past week. For those of you not familiar with Ewald, he is the owner and CEO of Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort. The 104-room property has been open since 1987 and Ewald has been championing sustainability and continuous improvement for 31 of those years. More than 20 Green Lodging News articles have featured Bucuti & Tara. It would be impossible to mention all the resort’s accomplishments in just one column.

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