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Sedona Unveils Sustainable Tourism Plan
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Sedona Unveils Sustainable Tourism Plan

SEDONA, ARIZ.—The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau is responding to the challenges of welcoming millions of annual visitors with a revolutionary change in how tourism is managed in one of America’s premier travel destinations. The Sedona Sustainable Tourism Plan will drive stewardship of Sedona’s famous red rocks while reducing traffic congestion, overcrowding and social...

Booking.com Reveals Key Findings from Its 2019 Sustainable Travel Report
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Booking.com Reveals Key Findings from Its 2019 Sustainable Travel Report

NEW YORK—Booking.com, one of the world’s leading digital travel platforms, has released findings from its annual sustainable travel report for the fourth consecutive year. Research reveals almost two-thirds (66 percent) of U.S travelers believe that people need to act now and make sustainable travel choices to save the planet for future generations. However, common barriers...

Orbitz Highlights Properties, Locations Eliminating Plastic Waste
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Orbitz Highlights Properties, Locations Eliminating Plastic Waste

CHICAGO—Orbitz is helping travelers stay at waste-conscious hotels by listing hotels and locations on its website that are doing their part to reduce or eliminate waste—specifically single-use plastic. The website includes a clickable U.S. map that explains specifically what type of plastic has been banned by the entire state or part of the state. In...

Banyan Tree Celebrates 25 Years, Earth Day with Over 25 Percent Reduction of Single-Use Plastic
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Banyan Tree Celebrates 25 Years, Earth Day with Over 25 Percent Reduction of Single-Use Plastic

SINGAPORE—Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and Earth Day 2019 with an over 25 percent groupwide reduction of single-use plastic in a year. The Group announced a pledge against single-use plastic in support of the Earth Day 2018 theme End Plastic Pollution. Within a year, this declaration has inspired the change...

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...