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7/23/2014

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Sets Dates for Mid-Atlantic Green Hospitality Conference

DOVER, DEL.—Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and its Dover Conference Working Group (DCWG) will host the Mid-Atlantic Green Hospitality Conference, a first-of-its-kind opportunity to unite food service and lodging facilities, tourism agencies, “eco” product suppliers and consultants around the common cause of maintaining and promoting environmentally friendly lodging and food service practices. The DCWG is an employee collaboration chaired by George Fiorile, General Manager of Hotel Operations at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. The company’s DCWG is comprised of Jerry Lawrence, Director of Purchasing, Doree Kuhn, Director of Hotel Operations, Gordon Basht, Director of Sales and John Doerfler, Hotel Sales Manager. Doerfler is also the in-house Conference Coordinator. The DCWG has contracted for conference planning and development HospitalityGreen LLC, outside consultants who were responsible for co-chairing and co-coordinating the highly successful 2014 Green Tourism Conference in April in Callicoon, N.Y. The region’s proximity to multiple major metropolitan areas positions it as an up and coming destination for tourists, meeting planners and conference coordinators seeking environmentally responsible lodging and food service providers.

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Green Destination Orlando Offers Sensible Template for Sustainability Reporting

The just released Orlando Destination Sustainability Report is proof that a destination’s green story—from the airport to the rental car to the hotel and beyond—can successfully be condensed into a document of great value to all travel stakeholders. The report should be considered a best practice to emulate by your city. The report was commissioned by Green Destination Orlando (GDO) and is a co-production of GDO, Greenview and the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, along with 40 to 50 community volunteers. A lot of work was also put into the report by city and county officials. “This is an attempt to define what our baseline is,” said Dina Belon-Sayre, President, Green Destination Orlando. “It is a way to engage and excite the community around sustainability. A way to show other cities they can do this type of reporting.” Dina told me the idea for the report was hatched last fall.

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Your Hotel is Energy Efficient. Now What?

Operating around the clock, whether there are only two guests or 200, hotels consume tremendous amounts of energy. For a full service hotel in the United States energy costs are usually between 4 and 6 percent of revenue. International properties, historic hotels and luxury resorts can see energy costs hit 10 percent or more—so it’s not surprising that sustainability efforts in the hospitality industry are usually focused on energy efficiency measures first. Leading hospitality brands and smaller boutique hotels are both pioneering the charge to go green, incorporating conservation and efficiency measures into all operations. Nearly all hotel brands, from Hyatt to Wyndham to Hilton to local boutique hotels, are incorporating sustainability objectives. Guests are now accustomed to seeing those reminders about reusing towels—and they’re listening to them. Hotels will always require energy to provide great service and amenities.

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Geothermal, LED & Astroturf: A Resort, Spa, Casino's Secrets for Saving Big by Going Green

RENO, NEV.—The capital costs and the environmental impact of operating a large resort hotel almost always coincide. Heating, laundry, lighting, landscaping—they all have an impact on both a resort’s bottom line and the natural environment. Hotels have the opportunity to save money and save the environment at the same time, but launching conservation projects that significantly reduce a hotel’s environmental footprint and operating budget takes strategy, some innovative thinking and a commitment to capitalize conservation efforts. Here are five ways The Peppermill Resort, Spa, Casino saves millions of dollars each year while conserving water and energy and reducing the resort’s overall environmental footprint. The Peppermill made a huge bet on geothermal energy in 2011.

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Stefan Mühle Appointed General Manager of Oak Brook Hills Resort in Illinois

OAK BROOK, ILL.—Oak Brook Hills Resort announces the appointment of Stefan Mühle as General Manager. Bringing over 25 years of hospitality experience to the property, 12 of those with Portfolio Hotels & Resorts, Mühle oversees all operations at the renowned IACC Certified convention resort soon to become a member of the Hilton brand this summer. The resort features 386 guestroom including 38 suites, 42,500 square feet of meetings space, and the award-winning Willow Crest Golf Club, a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat and protecting resources. “Seasoned leaders such as Stefan have the ability to bring heart and soul into both boutique and large-scale hotel properties,” Portfolio Hotels & Resorts COO Graham Hersham says.

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Calendar Filling Up with Green Conference, Trade Show Events
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Those interested in green lodging educational and networking opportunities should pay attention to this summer and fall’s events calendar. Just this week the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and its Dover Conference Working Group (DCWG) announced that it will host the Mid-Atlantic Green Hospitality Conference, a first-of-its-kind opportunity to unite foodservice and lodging facilities, tourism agencies, green product suppliers and consultants around the common cause of maintaining and promoting environmentally friendly lodging and foodservice practices. The late-summer conference will take place September 15 to 16. Details on the conference’s educational sessions have yet to be posted on the conference website.

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