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Visit Bend’s New Tourism Marketing Approach
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Visit Bend’s New Tourism Marketing Approach

BEND, ORE.—Leave-No-Trace practices. Sustainable tourism. A focus on community. For two years, Visit Bend has been weaving these values into everything from television campaigns to social media posts, and on Friday, April 5, the Board of Directors voted to make them an official part of the organization’s mission. “Seven years ago, Visit Bend’s strategies centered around...

Sixth Annual ‘Fish to Fork’ Culinary Weekend Returns to Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
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Sixth Annual ‘Fish to Fork’ Culinary Weekend Returns to Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

AMELIA ISLAND, FLA.—Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort announced the dates for its sixth annual “Fish to Fork” culinary weekend, May 9 to 12, 2019. This year’s event celebrates Mother’s Day weekend with an all-female chef lineup. The resort will welcome visitors for a one of a kind “dock-to-dish” experience where they can unleash their inner foodie....

Hotels, Green Spa Network Line Up Activities for Earth Day
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Hotels, Green Spa Network Line Up Activities for Earth Day

NATIONAL REPORT—The 49th Earth Day, to be held on Monday, April 22, is prime time for green hotels around the planet to shine a light on their sustainability programs. The following hotels and one green organization have announced plans for activities and special promotions. If your property has activities planned for Earth Day, Earth Week...

Creative Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles Emerging for Hospitality
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Creative Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles Emerging for Hospitality

Boxed Water is Better NATIONAL REPORT—With all the attention given to plastic straws, stirrer sticks and cutlery over the past year, not enough attention has been given to plastic water bottle alternatives. Green Lodging News has reported on water filtration systems and glass bottle delivery of that water within the hotel. That approach is a...

Expedia: Travel to U.S. National Parks Booming
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Expedia: Travel to U.S. National Parks Booming

Yellowstone National Park BELLEVUE, WASH.—As the average person checks their phone 110 times per day, it’s no surprise that there’s a need to recharge and go off the grid, and a likely reason why wellness tourism is on the rise. Combined with people’s increased awareness of the growing threats to our natural resources and interest...

Environmental Media Association Launches Green Seal for Hospitality Program
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Environmental Media Association Launches Green Seal for Hospitality Program

LOS ANGELES—The lodging industry has a new player in the certification realm—the nonprofit, Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Environmental Media Assn. (EMA). EMA announced last week that it has launched a Green Seal program for hospitality. EMA has had a Green Seal for TV and film production for years. In addition to expanding to hospitality, they have confirmed...

Travelzoo Celebrates Successful Debut of Global Sustainability Campaign
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Travelzoo Celebrates Successful Debut of Global Sustainability Campaign

SHANGHAI—Travelzoo, a global publisher of exclusive offers and experiences for members, has seen a highly positive reaction from its members in China to the company’s #GreenAmbassador initiative. The #GreenAmbassador is the first in a series of initiatives to be launched by Travelzoo as part of its new Global Sustainability Campaign to champion sustainable travel solutions...

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...

Earth Day Network Releases Earth Day 2019 Poster
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Earth Day Network Releases Earth Day 2019 Poster

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Earth Day Network announced the release of its Earth Day 2019 poster. In one stunning image, the poster visually conveys the meaning and importance of its 2019 Protect Our Species campaign. It features Brad Wilson’s photograph of a giraffe, part of his series AFFINITY that depicts threatened, endangered and other species. Giraffe populations have...