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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

Why You Should Choose an Eco-Friendly Mattress

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·21 January 2019
Nowadays, people are very conscious about what they put in their bodies. The primary concern is about the foods they eat and the drinks they take. However, many overlook their outside environment. Part of your external environment is the mattress you sleep on. Considering you typically spend a third of your life on your bed, it is about time you upgrade to an eco-friendly one. Sure, they cost more initially, however, the quality of your life and the lifespan of the mattress ultimately rounds out to an excellent bargain.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Donates More Than 76,000 Meals

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·21 January 2019
To commemorate Giving Tuesday, Omni Hotels & Resorts recently announced that more than 76,000 meals have been donated to local Feeding America food banks through its PGA TOUR Birdies-or-Better campaign. To date, Omni’s Say Goodnight to Hunger program has provided more than 14 million meals to help end the fight against hunger.

The Green Hotel Revolution

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·21 January 2019
In 2005, I co-founded Boston Green Tourism, to help Boston hotels reduce energy and water use, enhance indoor air quality and improve their waste management. I didn’t realize then that our job would become easier, because the hotel sector was on the cusp of a green revolution.

LaFonda on the Plaza Hotel Named 'Sustainability Champion' in Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·15 January 2019
La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel has been named “Sustainability Champion” in the Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide 2018 Awards of Excellence. Each year, the Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence honor the most exemplary historic hotels, hoteliers, and leadership practices in multiple categories. The winners were chosen from more than 200 nominees.

Net Zero Hotels Made Easy with Modular Engineering, Tesla Solar Technology

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·14 January 2019
The pieces to put together a net zero hotel are here and ready to go—and at a cost less than typical hotel construction. So says S2A Modular, a Murrieta, Calif.-based company specializing in electrically self-sustaining, custom luxury homes and commercial buildings such as hotels. S2A Modular combines modular construction techniques with Tesla solar panels and Powerwalls (Powerpacks for larger buildings such as hotels) to create structures that get by without electricity provided by a utility. In fact, S2A buildings are built to provide surplus energy to the local utility when possible, creating “surplus energy income” for the building owner.

India's First GreenOtels Award Announced

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·10 January 2019
India’s first GreenOtels Awards have been announced. The Awards are envisioned to solely give recognition to India’s most sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible hotels. The Awards were given to hotels and resorts in four categories—Extra Large Hotel Category (250 rooms and above), Large category (120 rooms up to 250), Medium category (60 rooms to 120 rooms) and the Small category (up to 60 rooms).

Sandals Resorts International Eliminates All Styrofoam Across Caribbean Resorts

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·10 January 2019
As of February 1, 2019, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) will eliminate all Styrofoam from 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across seven major Caribbean islands—from Jamaica and the Bahamas to Grenada and Turks & Caicos—in a continued effort to protect the environment.

Highlights from Host Hotels & Resorts' Latest CR Report

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 9 January 2019
As posted on Green Lodging News earlier this week, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., the nation’s largest lodging real estate investment trust, released a Corporate Responsibility (CR) Highlights report for the very first time. The 2018 report provides a summary of results and progress over the last reporting year along with future commitments. I read through the report and this is what I found most compelling:

Groundbreaking Model Code for Green Construction Released

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·30 December 2018
The 2018 International Green Construction Code was released recently by the International Code Council, ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society. The IgCC is part of the Code Council’s family of comprehensive, coordinated and modern model codes—including the International Building Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code and International Fire Code—used around the world.

Award Winning Charity Reveals Travel Associations Could Do More to Protect Wildlife

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·30 December 2018
Just over half a million captive wild animals globally are suffering to entertain tourists, including elephants, sloths, tigers and dolphins. Many animals are beaten, chained up, isolated and forced to perform tricks. These experiences often cause the animals pain and psychological trauma. Many tourists are animal lovers who don’t realize these attractions harm animals.

Waste Management Publishes 2018 Sustainability Report

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·26 December 2018
Waste Management released its 2018 Sustainability Report. Titled “Change for the Better,” the report highlights progress toward reducing Waste Management’s (WM) greenhouse gas footprint, recycling viability, technology utilization and helping employees, customers and communities to be safe, resilient and sustainable.

Hotel Owners Save Energy with Natural Lighting

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·25 December 2018
Walls featuring large contiguous windows and glass doors are a popular theme within the hotel industry. Used to showcase wonderful views and provide access to grounds in summer, these features also allow natural light to stream into buildings.

Number of Cases of Human Trafficking Reported to Hotline Increases

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·19 December 2018
A day after Congress passed the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, (see article—The new U.S. anti-trafficking law, passed in Congress on December 17, says when federal employees travel they should choose travel and hospitality companies that follow the six points of the ECPAT Code of Conduct), Polaris reported that the number of cases of human trafficking reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline are projected to jump at least 25 percent in 2018 compared to 2017.

Modular Construction Gaining Traction in Hotel Industry

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·14 December 2018
Modular construction is trending. I heard this week from S2A Modular, a California-based company that designs and constructs electrically self-sustaining residential and commercial buildings. The parts of the homes and commercial buildings are constructed in the company’s MegaFactory. Unique to the company is its net zero approach. Each structure pairs Tesla’s Powerwall system with solar technology to produce zero emissions. Modules are scalable and stackable. The company says it has constructed hotels.

Swissotel Releases Sustainability Report Update

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·13 December 2018
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, a leading brand within the AccorHotels Group, announces the release of its 2018 Sustainability Report Update, “Made with Sustainability in Mind”. This report covers the brand’s strategies and actions to continuously improve its sustainability performance throughout the years of 2015, 2016, and 2017. Previous Sustainability Reports were issued in 2012 and 2015.

New Dodge Report: Global Green Building Activity Continues to Rise

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·12 December 2018
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the results of the Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report, to which USGBC is a contributing partner. Overall, global green building activity continues to rise, with significant increases expected in 19 countries over the next three years. Importantly, nearly half of survey respondents expect that most of their projects in the next three years will be green buildings.

Hilton Only Hotel Company in 2019 Just 100 List

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·12 December 2018
To determine its 2019 Just 100 list, Forbes partnered with Just Capital, which asked 81,000 Americans about what they most want to see from the nation’s biggest businesses. The most popular answers? Pay workers fairly; treat customers well and protect their privacy; produce quality products; minimize their environmental impact; give back to the communities they operate in; commit to ethical and diverse leadership; and create abundant job opportunities.

Green Lodging News Adds BioBag Americas to Product & Service Directory

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·12 December 2018
Green Lodging News welcomes BioBag Americas, Inc. to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Cleaning & Maintenance/Bags” category. BioBag compostable liners can alleviate cleanliness issues that come alongside collecting organic waste and reduce landfill tipping fees.

Disney Conservation Fund Awards $5 Million to Organizations

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 December 2018
The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) continued its more than 20-year commitment to conservation last month by awarding more than $5 million in grants to support 76 organizations working to protect the magic of nature around the world. The fund also recognized 13 people across the globe with the Disney Conservation Hero award, for their tireless efforts to save wildlife, protect habitats and inspire communities to take part in conservation efforts.

Global Ecolabelling Network Hosts Educational Event in Berlin

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·11 December 2018
The Global Ecolabelling Network, in cooperation with the German Blue Angel and the German Environment Agency, hosted an educational and inspirational event in Berlin in late October to highlight the success of ecolabelling around the globe, and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Blue Angel and the first annual World Ecolabel Day.

Why It's the Perfect Time to Go Solar

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·10 December 2018
For those that see the benefits of solar the question is when to make the investment; not if to make it. Although not the right timing for everyone it might be the right time for you. Taking a look at what goes into this investment will help you better decide if now is the perfect time.

Eco-Industrial Vibe Works for Colorado Spring's Soul Community Planet Hotel

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 6 December 2018
Six months after soft opening in Colorado Springs, the 176-room SCP hotel there is enjoying “off the charts” reviews according to Ken Cruse, CEO of Soul Community Planet, LLC, the parent company of SCP Hotels.

AAHOA, BEST Launch Online Human Trafficking Training

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 5 December 2018
AAHOA, the largest hotel owners association in the world, and Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), a nationwide leader in trafficking prevention education, announced the launch of a new human trafficking awareness training. The training, which is accessible to AAHOA members through the AAHOA website, is the latest step in an expanded partnership the two organizations announced earlier this year.

Hurricane Relief Boosted with Seminole, Hard Rock Donations

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek· 3 December 2018
On the heels of donating 30,000 hygiene supplies for use by victims of Hurricane Michael, Seminole Gaming and Hard Rock International increased their immediate contribution of relief aid by dispatching 72,000 water bottles to the hurricane zone and delivering a $25,000 check to the American Red Cross.

Six Senses Laamu Recognized as Leader in Marine Conservation

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·29 November 2018
Six Senses Laamu has been named Marine and Coastal category winner at the 17th Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards, held at the at the 79th Skål World Congress in Kenya. Three independent sustainability experts judged 62 entries from 31 countries, placing Six Senses Laamu top in its category.

More Businesses Including Sustainable Development Goals in Sustainability Reporting

green lodging news | By Glenn Hasek·29 November 2018
Nearly three quarter of organizations (72 percent) mention the global Sustainable Development Goals in their annual corporate or sustainability reports—an increase of 10 percent on last year, according to a new study by PwC. But concrete measures and integration remain elusive for many as organizations struggle to identify actions beyond business as usual targets.


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