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UNWTO Launches Call for Action for Tourism’s COVID-19 Mitigation & Recovery
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UNWTO Launches Call for Action for Tourism’s COVID-19 Mitigation & Recovery

MADRID—The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released a set of recommendations calling for urgent and strong support to help the global tourism sector not only recover from the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 but to “grow back better”. The Recommendations are the first output of the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, established by UNWTO with high-level representatives...

Las Vegas Sands to Pay Team Members During Shutdown
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Las Vegas Sands to Pay Team Members During Shutdown

LAS VEGAS—Las Vegas Sands last week announced that, out of an abundance of caution and in line with recent guidance from federal and state governments, it is closing its Venetian and Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas until at least April 1. A decision on whether to extend the closure or re-open will be made later....

Sustainable Tourism: A Long Road Ahead
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Sustainable Tourism: A Long Road Ahead

Samuel Wich Every single second, more than 30 tourists arrive at their destination worldwide. With more than 1 billion passengers projected to travel in 2020, the effect tourism has on the environment cannot be underestimated. “Sustainability” has been one of the biggest buzz words of the past decade in the industry. Yet, the proliferation of...

USVI’s ‘Toxic 3 Os’ Sunscreen Ban Takes Effect
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USVI’s ‘Toxic 3 Os’ Sunscreen Ban Takes Effect

ST. JOHN, USVI—On Monday of this week, March 30, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ historic “Toxic 3 Os” Sunscreen Ban officially went into effect, making the territory the first in the United States to implement a ban of sunscreen chemicals that are known to destroy coral and cause health risks for people. Similar laws in Hawaii...

How the Corporate Race to Net Zero is Heating Up
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How the Corporate Race to Net Zero is Heating Up

NATIONAL REPORT—The drive to net zero is rapidly gathering momentum as more household names from across the business spectrum pledge to play their part in a low carbon future. For many companies, whether they’re coffee retailers, banks or ride-hailing companies, it’s about the steps they’re taking to cut their own emissions to zero. Corporate purchasing...

Native American Inspired Bluff Dwellings Resort & Spa Celebrates Grand Opening
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Native American Inspired Bluff Dwellings Resort & Spa Celebrates Grand Opening

BLUFF, UTAH—Bluff Dwellings Resort & Spa held its official grand opening earlier this month with a reception, Diné dedication, Native American performances, and ribbon cutting ceremony. Special guests in attendance included Ann Leppanen, Mayor of Bluff, David Filfred, Navajo Medicine Man, Jared Berrett, President & CEO of Bluff Dwellings, and Dallin Tait, GM Bluff Dwellings...

Greenpeace: U.S. Companies Use Misleading ‘Recyclable’ Labels on Hundreds of Plastic Products
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Greenpeace: U.S. Companies Use Misleading ‘Recyclable’ Labels on Hundreds of Plastic Products

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Greenpeace USA released the results of a comprehensive survey of the nation’s 367 material recovery facilities (MRFs), revealing that only PET #1 and HDPE #2 plastic bottles and jugs may legitimately be labeled as recyclable by consumer goods companies and retailers. The survey found that common plastic pollution items, including plastic tubs, cups, lids, plates,...

Systems Utilizing UV Rays Can Help Disinfect, Combat Coronavirus
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Systems Utilizing UV Rays Can Help Disinfect, Combat Coronavirus

UltraViolet Device, Inc. NATIONAL REPORT—Whether in fixed areas such as air handling systems or in portable devices such as air purifiers or germ-killing robots, ultraviolet (UV) radiation is being used to help combat the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19). UV radiation is present in sunlight and constitutes about 10 percent of the total electromagnetic radiation output...

MGM Pledges $1 Million for Employee Emergency Fund, Donates Close to Half a Million Pounds of Food
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MGM Pledges $1 Million for Employee Emergency Fund, Donates Close to Half a Million Pounds of Food

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced an array of initiatives intended to support those impacted economically by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including a $1 million crisis and disaster relief pledge into an employee emergency grant fund and donating the equivalent of 400,000 meals across the United States. “As we confront extraordinary events and an unprecedented  global...

Six Senses Bhutan Unveils its Final Lodge, the ‘Forest Within A Forest’ Six Senses Bumthang
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Six Senses Bhutan Unveils its Final Lodge, the ‘Forest Within A Forest’ Six Senses Bumthang

BHUTAN—Less than six months after the opening of the “Traditional Birdwatching Bridge” in Gangtey, Six Senses Bhutan has opened its fifth and final lodge, Six Senses Bumthang. This opening marks the completion of a circuit that will take guests on a journey across the western and central valleys of the Kingdom. As the gateway to the east...