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  • New Global Directors Join the 2018-2019 HFTP Board

    The HFTP 2018-2019 Global Board of Directors was installed during the association's 2018 Annual Convention and introduces new directors Toni Bau, Carson Booth, CHTP and Mark Fancourt. These extensive director profiles give insight into the distinguished professions and personal goals of HFTP's newest association leaders.

  • HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report: 2018 Data on Hospitality Staffing and Compensation

    The 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Survey was released this summer and made available to HFTP members. This is a biannual report that was developed to provide information on salaries and benefits, and to give an ongoing profile of accounting, finance and technology professionals in the hospitality industry.

  • Members Only: 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report

    By Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. Results to the biannual survey conducted by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Information includes data on compensation and benefits trends for finance and technology professionals in the club and lodging industries.

  • Primary Club Metrics

    Survey results identify which metrics are most often used to determine performance. By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA; and Amanda Belarmino

NatureZway Introduces Line of Green Cleaning Products

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·6h
NatureZway introduces its rapidly-growing line of eco-friendly cleaning products made of bamboo and other renewable materials. Most commonly native to warm and moist tropical environments in the Pacific Asia region (though also found in South and Central America, Mexico and even the Southeastern United States), bamboo is one of nature’s greatest gifts to the planet.

Vail Resorts Announces Wind Energy Contract, Plan to Eliminate Single-Use Dining Plastics

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·14 November 2018
Vail Resorts, Inc. took major steps in its Commitment to Zero, as the company announced a long-term wind energy contract to purchase the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 100 percent of its estimated FY 2019 North American operations by 2020. Additionally, Vail Resorts announced a partnership with Eco-Products to supply all its North American restaurants with compostable and recycled-content items and eliminate conventional single-use plastics, a process which will begin during the 2018-19 winter season.

Choice Hotels to Match Donations to American Red Cross for Disaster Relief & Recovery

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·13 November 2018
Choice Hotels International, Inc. announced that it will match Choice Privileges member donations to the American Red Cross, encouraging its members to donate loyalty points that convert to cash. Choice Hotels will match up to 20 million points contributed by members in support of disaster relief and recovery efforts through the end of this year.

Wynn Las Vegas Joins EPA's Green Power Partnership

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 November 2018
Wynn Las Vegas marks a new renewable energy milestone with its acceptance into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, a collective of organizations that are voluntarily leading the innovation, production and use of green energy in America. The distinction comes less than five months after the debut of the Wynn Solar Facility, a new 160-acre solar complex solely dedicated to generating renewable energy to power the Las Vegas resort.

Hawaii Convention Center Launches Conservation Program with LEED Gold Certification

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 November 2018
To mark its 20th year of operations, the Hawaii Convention Center is launching the Hoʻomaluō Program, a comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability with the goal of enhancing the guest, planner, staff and community meetings and events experience.

CaraGreen Adds Havelock Wool Insulation to Materials Collection

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 November 2018
CaraGreen, a distributor of sustainable building materials, has recently added Havelock Wool Insulation to its collection of healthy building materials. Havelock is an ideal insulating material for both new construction and remodels.

Study: Wellness Tourism Now a $639 Billion Market

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 8 November 2018
Wellness tourism grew from a $563 billion market in 2015 to $639 billion in 2017, or 6.5 percent annually, more than twice as fast as tourism overall (3.2 percent).* And it’s forecast to grow even faster through 2022 (7.5 percent yearly) to reach $919 billion. North America drives the most wellness tourism revenues ($242 billion annually) and Europe the most wellness trips (292 million)—but Asia-Pacific is the eye-opening growth leader, with wellness trips growing a whopping 33 percent in the last two years.

Glorietta Bay Inn Invests in Eco-Friendly Operations

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 7 November 2018
The historic Glorietta Bay Inn announced several recent investments in environmental initiatives and sustainable solutions for daily hotel operations. The initiatives include installing a new renewable energy source, implementing a chemical-free cleaning program and introducing a digital application to reduce paper waste across several different hotel departments.

3 Pillar Solutions Releases Cloud-Based Hotel Sustainability Assessment

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 6 November 2018
3 Pillar Solutions, LLC announced the launch of their online 3Pillar Hotel Sustainability Assessment, eliminating what can sometimes be unaffordable on-site consulting and travel fees. This comprehensive 238-question assessment takes a comprehensive snapshot of the entire operations.

Aprehend Now Available to Fight Bed Bug Infestations

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 6 November 2018
Aprehend, a mycoinsecticide developed by researchers at Penn State University, may now be the best weapon available on the market to manage bed bug infestations, which have surged in recent years. And, that’s just the kind of tool the founders of Centre Hall, Pa.-based ConidioTec want the pest-control industry to deploy in the fight against a seemingly relentless and insecticide-resistant nuisance.
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Telkonet Launches EcoTouch Flex WiFi Thermostat

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 5 November 2018
Telkonet, Inc., creator of the EcoSmart platform of intelligent automation solutions, announces the launch of its next generation thermostat, the EcoTouch Flex WiFi. The EcoTouch Flex WiFi features the ability to provide individualized WiFi thermostats for markets beyond hospitality. Positioning Telkonet to further expand into the residential market, the EcoTouch Flex WiFI allows residents to control and automate their thermostats with the Symphony Sonata mobile app.

Walt Disney Company Donates $1 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Support Communities Impacted by Hurricane Michael

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 1 November 2018
The Walt Disney Company announced it is contributing $1 million to aid in relief efforts across Florida’s Gulf Coast region and other areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. The donation will support disaster response and recovery efforts through the Florida Disaster Fund managed by the Volunteer Florida Foundation.

CaraGreen Selected as Finalist for USGBC Award

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 1 November 2018
Sustainable materials distributor, CaraGreen, was recently nominated as a finalist for USGBC Carolina’s Sustainable Business Awards under the Community Change Agent—Professional Services category. This award, which will be given in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 28, recognizes any leader, organization, company or governmental entity that has demonstrated leadership in sustainability at an exceptional scale.

Clean the World Rallies to Assist Hurricane Michael Victims

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·31 October 2018
In response to Hurricane Michael, Clean the World is answering to the need for hygiene and relief supplies in affected areas with plans to assemble and distribute 50,000 emergency relief kits.

Sofidel Releases Results of Survey on Paper Towel Dispenser Waste

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·31 October 2018
Nearly three in five Americans (57 percent) believe paper towel dispensers in public restrooms usually waste more product than necessary, according to a recent survey commissioned by Sofidel, a leading global provider of paper for hygienic and domestic use. The survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll from August 17 to 23, 2018 among 2,038 U.S. adults ages 18 and older and also revealed how many Americans admit to using more paper towels than necessary.

Center for Responsible Travel Examines Overtourism in New Report

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·25 October 2018
The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) released The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2018, which includes an in-depth look at the complex issue of overtourism and the role of responsible travel in developing solutions.

Six Senses Fiji Wins Climate Action Category at HICAP 2018 Sustainable Hotel Awards

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·25 October 2018
The annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) has announced the winners for the HICAP 2018 Sustainable Hotel Awards and Six Senses Fiji has taken the title in the Climate Action Category.

U.S. Plastic Recycling Rate Projected to Drop to 4.4 Percent

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·23 October 2018
The Plastic Pollution Coalition has published a new engineering estimate showing plummeting recycling rates for plastic in United States. Author Jan Dell, a chemical engineer, used U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data and industry data to estimate the U.S. plastic recycling rate will sink from 9.1 percent in 2015 to 4.4 percent in 2018. Dell estimated the recycling rate could drop as low as 2.9 percent in 2019 if plastic waste import bans are adopted by more countries in Asia.

Finalists Announced for Annual Gold Key Awards

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·23 October 2018
Finalists have been announced for Hospitality Media Group’s 38th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, the industry’s oldest and most prestigious awards program, sponsored by Boutique Design magazine.

Disney Announces Plans to Build Nature-Inspired Mixed-Use Resort

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·22 October 2018
A new nature-inspired, mixed-use Disney resort will welcome families in 2022 along the picturesque shoreline of Bay Lake.

One Hotel's Trash Is Another One's Treasure: How to Discard Old Furniture During a Renovation

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·22 October 2018
In early 2012, the hotel renovation industry began its recovery, led by construction booms in major cities and rising occupancy rates at hotels across the nation. In the years since, thousands of hotel rooms, lobbies and restaurants have been renovated with gleaming bathroom fixtures, fresh carpeting and plush pillow-top mattresses.

Landscape Forms Introduces Harvest, a Collaboration with Loll Designs

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·22 October 2018
Landscape Forms, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-design LED lighting, site furniture, and accessories introduces the Harvest line, a collaboration with Duluth, Minn.-based Loll Designs. “We take our design partnerships seriously,” says Landscape Forms President Richard Heriford. “A collaboration like this allows us to bring new solutions to our clients and expose us to new opportunities.”

What If Your Next Spa Treatment Could Help Save the Planet?

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·18 October 2018
Green Spa Network (GSN) founder, owner of Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, and activist Michael Stusser and United Nations award-winning rapper/filmmaker Aaron Ableman have collaborated on an urgent “call to action” film, “The Treetment”, about the significant role anyone can play in reversing climate change.

USGBC: Employees Happier, Healthier, More Productive in LEED Green Buildings

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·18 October 2018
According to a new survey released from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), employees who work in LEED-certified green buildings are happier, healthier and more productive than employees in conventional and non-LEED buildings. The survey also shows that most office workers want to work for companies that are value-oriented, take stances on important issues like sustainability, and do their part for making a positive difference in the world. In fact, 84 percent of respondents prefer to work for a company that has a strong, concrete mission and positive values.

Cali Bamboo Expands Cali Vinyl Plus Line

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·18 October 2018
Cali Bamboo has added four new floors to its Cali Vinyl Plus line. The colors all existed previously as top-sellers within the Cali Vinyl Pro line, which features the improved rigid core—GeoCore. These are now also available with the signature Cali Vinyl Plus cork backing—a 100 percent recycled, built-in underlayment which boosts comfort, provides Mute Step sound insulation, and helps to keep rooms cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Breathe by Milliken Earns New Placements at High Point Market

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·18 October 2018
The Specialty Interiors business of Milliken & Company, a leading global innovation company with textile, specialty chemical and floor covering manufacturing expertise, has secured several new key placements for its eco-elegant performance upholstery fabric, Breathe by Milliken.

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