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2011 VIP Requests

Today's hotel VIP has new wants and needs. Now more than ever high-level guests are demanding free internet service including Katy Perry http://travel.usatoday.com/hotels/post/2011/05/katy-perry-wants-free-internet-in-her-five-star-hotels/171554/1?csp=34travel(Thanks to Meeting Focus for pointing me to this article).Top musicians such as Jack Johnson, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Sheryl Crow and The Roots are leading the way with environmental responsibility during their [...]

By |2011-05-24T23:40:00+00:00May 24th, 2011|Green Hotels, Travel|0 Comments

Save $41,000 Each Year

Country Inns and Suites by Carlson is doing just that by eliminating disposable service ware in breakfast areas, according to an article by Glenn Hasek in Green Lodging News. Here are the facts:Cumulative annual costs for non-disposables = $35,000. The cost of disposable products = $76,000 (including dishwasher installation and operation)Return on investment: One year [...]

By |2018-01-11T00:48:01+00:00April 27th, 2011|Best Practices, Campfire Story, Green Hotels|0 Comments

Green With Envy

As if to validate my last blog post on how green is luxurious, I came across a posting about The New York Palace in Manhattan and its sustainability initiatives. This 899 room hotel runs on 100 percent renewable energy and has a full-time green practices manager. The post is no longer accessible If you ask [...]

By |2020-01-06T21:53:05+00:00February 8th, 2011|Green Hotels, Sustainability|0 Comments

Still Tracking 2011 Trends

Trend #6 for 2011. "Being green remains important for many planners who look for properties to have these initiatives in place. In fact, it's generally assumed they do. Government meetings demand it, as does, increasingly the pharmaceutical industry," according to Benchmark Hospitality International's "Top Ten Meeting Trends for 2011" observed by its properties. Solidly in [...]

By |2018-12-21T21:46:22+00:00February 1st, 2011|Future Trends, Green Hotels|0 Comments

Sustainable Heads In Beds

Sixty-five percent of corporate travel executives are implementing sustainable travel guidelines for their companies, according to a recent study conducted by MindClick SGM. That's great news! The executives polled are responsible for over $10 million in annual travel budgets.The curious part of the study is only 2% of those surveyed would include LEED certification in [...]

By |2018-01-15T23:22:08+00:00January 19th, 2011|Green Hotels, Travel|0 Comments

Your Hotel’s Green ROI

Looking for the business case benefits for a standardized and measurable sustainability program for your hotel? Here are five top benefits with links to recent articles and web sites which may help you make the case: Cost savings. A 10 percent reduction in energy consumption alone would have the same financial effect as increasing the [...]

By |2018-06-08T21:58:40+00:00January 7th, 2011|Economic Savings, Green Hotels|0 Comments

27,000 Trees

The number of trees toilet paper wipes out every single day. (source: homenews, September.10)27,000 trees every single day down the toilet. Sad. I hope you will join me in ensuring that each and every meeting venue and hotel we use is purchasing toilet paper with recycled content. The higher the number the better!

By |2018-01-15T23:22:49+00:00August 27th, 2010|Change, Green Hotels, Green Meetings|0 Comments

Yep, Data Confirms It!

“This data confirms something we’ve long suspected,” boasts Alison Presley, Manager of Travelocity's Travel for Good Program.Travelocity allows consumers to rate its hotels on a scale of 1-5 smiley faces. When the company studied the reviews for green hotels, a fascinating trend emerged. Consumers gave 83 percent of non-green hotels three smiley faces or more--but [...]

By |2010-07-22T16:58:00+00:00July 22nd, 2010|Green Hotels, Measurement, Sustainability|0 Comments

Up on the Roof

Another stop during my visit to Dallas was the Fairmont Dallas Hotel. Ken Flores, Director of Operations, showed me through the property highlighting their sustainable practices--and there are quite a few.Towards the end of the tour he took me out on the hotel roof to the most fantastic herb and vegetable garden I have seen [...]

By |2018-01-24T22:14:38+00:00June 9th, 2010|Best Practices, Green Hotels|0 Comments