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Travelodge by Wyndham Fuels Growth Momentum with Streamlined Operations
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Travelodge by Wyndham Fuels Growth Momentum with Streamlined Operations

Travelodge by Wyndham Low Moor Near Covington, Va. PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Travelodge by Wyndham—part of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with more than 9,200 hotels in over 80 countries—is building upon its 2019 growth momentum with the introduction of a new program in 2020 touting initiatives that streamline operations to drive value...

Is Green-Certified Carpet Cleaning for You?
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Is Green-Certified Carpet Cleaning for You?

NATIONAL REPORT—Many of us have concerns over how cleaning products are harming us and the environment. The chemicals in cleaning products have been proven to cause serious illnesses such as respiratory disease and cancer. And when these chemicals get rinsed down drains, they move into our ecosystem, where they contaminate and harm plants and animals....

Legionella Conference 2019: Water Management Programs, Policies, Communication and Regulation Needed to Stem Spread of Legionnaires’ Disease
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Legionella Conference 2019: Water Management Programs, Policies, Communication and Regulation Needed to Stem Spread of Legionnaires’ Disease

Dr. Patrick Breysse of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) delivers the keynote address at Legionella Conference 2019. Photo credit: NSF International ANN ARBOR, MICH.—Environmental and public health experts agree that proactive water management plans, stronger policies, collaboration, communication and regulation are needed to stop the rapidly increasing number of Legionnaires’ disease...

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Exhibitors Unveiled Latest Green Innovations
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Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Exhibitors Unveiled Latest Green Innovations

ORLANDO—The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show wrapped up last week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando with more than 400 exhibitors demonstrating their products to restaurateurs and hoteliers from all over the state and beyond. Many of the suppliers on hand offered products to reduce energy and water consumption as well as waste....

ASHRAE Resources Can Help Reduce Risk of Legionella
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ASHRAE Resources Can Help Reduce Risk of Legionella

ATLANTA—ASHRAE, a nonprofit technical society headquartered in Atlanta, has developed resources to help reduce the risk of Legionella, including Standard 188, which provides a comprehensive approach to help prevent the growth and spread of Legionella within building water systems. “With the recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Atlanta, we would like to increase awareness of...

Why It’s Critical to Integrate Legionella into Crisis Management Programs
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Why It’s Critical to Integrate Legionella into Crisis Management Programs

NATIONAL REPORT—Legionella can make people ill and has been linked to dozens of deaths. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Legionella bacteria, normally found in fresh water such as lakes and streams, can infiltrate water systems and colonize in showerheads, sinks, water heaters, cooling towers and even fountains if they...

Hyatt Regency Seattle Officially Receives LEED Gold Certification
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Hyatt Regency Seattle Officially Receives LEED Gold Certification

SEATTLE—Hyatt Regency Seattle, a 45-story premier meeting and event hotel located in the heart of downtown Seattle, has officially received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, becoming the first and only LEED Gold–certified hotel in the Seattle area. It earned LEED as part of the...

Sweden’s Scandic Hotels Introduces Standard for Allergy-Friendly Rooms
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Sweden’s Scandic Hotels Introduces Standard for Allergy-Friendly Rooms

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Scandic is the world’s first hotel company to introduce a standard for allergy-friendly rooms. This means that guests booking allergy-friendly rooms can expect considerations including wooden floors and fragrance-free, hypoallergenic toiletries approved by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Assn. The rooms are also prepared according to strict cleaning procedures and are not located on...

Radon Maps Don’t show Radon Levels in a Specific Building
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Radon Maps Don’t show Radon Levels in a Specific Building

NATIONAL REPORT—“Radon maps” is a term that frequently crops up when talking about the risk of radon. A radon map provides a general picture of the areas where there is a risk of high radon levels. These maps are available at both national and regional levels. However, the problem with a radon map is the...

AHLA Releases Results of 2018 Lodging Survey
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AHLA Releases Results of 2018 Lodging Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released the results of a comprehensive Lodging Survey, a detailed assessment of advancements in amenities, guest services, sustainability and technology, in addition to other industry trends. This recent survey underscores how hotels advance, accommodate and innovate the guest experience. Consumers can expect seamless transitions between their everyday...