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Beverly Hilton Redo to Include Green Touches
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Beverly Hilton Redo to Include Green Touches

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.—The Beverly Hilton announced a top-to-bottom hotel renovation, to be completed in April 2020, which will reintroduce the Los Angeles landmark to a new generation of leisure travelers, corporate guests and entertainment industry events. The sweeping transformation will encompass all 566 guestrooms, including nine private luxury suites, indoor-outdoor event spaces and meeting rooms,...

Sunway Hotels & Resorts Bins It with Kloth Cares
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Sunway Hotels & Resorts Bins It with Kloth Cares

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA—Sunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian conglomerate Sunway Group, has partnered with Kloth Cares, a Malaysian social entrepreneurship movement dedicated to keep fabrics out of landfills through rethinking, reusing, reducing, repurposing and recycling unwanted fabrics. The partnership involves Sunway Hotels & Resorts located in Kuala Lumpur, namely Sunway Resort Hotel...

Ray Caye: Rebranding A Sustainability-Centered Belizean Resort
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Ray Caye: Rebranding A Sustainability-Centered Belizean Resort

PLACENCIA, BELIZE—Ray Caye is a small (20-unit) island resort with a very large focus on sustainability. The property is 17 miles off the coast of Belize and a short flight from Belize City, then a boat ride. It has been open for eight years but is reopening in January as Ray Caye. This is a...

IHG, IHG Owners Association Renovation Donation Initiative Drives Impact
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IHG, IHG Owners Association Renovation Donation Initiative Drives Impact

ATLANTA—IHG owners across the United States and Canada are driving further impact in local communities through the Renovation Donation Initiative (RDI), an industry-leading reuse program. Over the past year, more than 50 hotels have registered to participate in the program, including nearly 30 which have already scheduled or completed pick-ups. Launched as a pilot effort...

Emerald Maldives Resort & SPA Opens
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Emerald Maldives Resort & SPA Opens

MALE, MALDIVES—Emerald Collection announced that Emerald Maldives Resort & SPA has opened. Unusual to any private island, Emerald Maldives houses a wraparound reef which means guests are never more than a few footsteps away from an encounter with exotic fish, turtles or manta rays. The 120-villa resort is located on the Raa Atoll, renowned for...

Hilton Expands Food Donation Initiative to Nearly 300 Managed Hotels
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Hilton Expands Food Donation Initiative to Nearly 300 Managed Hotels

MCLEAN, VA.—As the holiday season approaches, Hilton is announcing the expansion of its innovative food donation initiative to all of its managed hotels across the United States and Canada, representing one of the largest hotel food donation programs to date. The company expects to donate nearly 100 tons of food over the next year—enough to...

Supplier Positions Vary on Refillable, Non-Refillable Dispenser Systems
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Supplier Positions Vary on Refillable, Non-Refillable Dispenser Systems

NATIONAL REPORT—In July, IHG announced that its entire hotel estate of almost 843,000 guestrooms would switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities, with the transition to be completed during 2021. Not included in the announcement was whether IHG had committed to refillable or non-refillable dispensers. In response to a Green Lodging News query, an IHG spokesman said,...

Research Conducted for Clean the World: Bacterial Contamination Common in Refillable Dispensers
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Research Conducted for Clean the World: Bacterial Contamination Common in Refillable Dispensers

ORLANDO, FLA.—A research study conducted on behalf of Clean the World by the University of Arizona (UA) showed a 100 percent bacterial contamination rate in refillable dispensers that contain shampoo, body wash, conditioner, hand soap, or lotion. Of 82 samples taken, 63 (76 percent) yielded bacterial numbers greater than 1,000 colony-forming units per gram of...

Hotel 101 Resort Boracay Poised to Become Largest Green Hotel in PH
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Hotel 101 Resort Boracay Poised to Become Largest Green Hotel in PH

PHILIPPINES—Hotel of Asia, Inc., the hotel arm of DoubleDragon Properties Corp., has engaged Barone International as its sustainability consultant in its application for the LEED Gold certification of Hotel 101 Resort Boracay which is poised to become the largest green hotel to rise in the Philippines. “In this day and age when most modern buildings...

Seven Ways to Be Recognized as an Environmentally Friendly Property
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Seven Ways to Be Recognized as an Environmentally Friendly Property

NATIONAL REPORT—Environmentalism has spread through every industry it can touch, and hospitality is one of them. Guests have always wanted enjoyable, high-class hotel experiences, but they’re increasingly requesting sustainable practices along with this. They want to know they’re spending their money on morally conscious, socially responsible businesses. Environmental issues are too significant to ignore for...