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Mandalay Bay to Expand Convention Center, Rooftop Solar Installation

LAS VEGAS—Strengthening its position in the meetings and convention industry, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino announced plans to expand its Convention Center. Based on demand for additional space, the resort will add new exhibit space, underground parking and increase overall square footage. Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International. Plans include the addition of more than 350,000 square feet of exhibit space to the existing 1.7 million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center as well as underground parking and more carpeted ballroom space. The new spaces will allow Mandalay Bay to grow current shows, pursue new and larger corporate partners and achieve greater utilization of the entire facility. Upon completion, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center will boast more than 2 million total square feet and 1.1 million square feet of exhibit space. This elevates its ranking in North America from No. 7 to No. 5 in total square feet and from No. 11 to No. 5 in square feet of exhibit space.

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Many Activities Planned to Mark Earth Day 2014

I suspect that Earth Day is every day for many of you but its official celebration date is Tuesday, April 22, and many in our industry are planning special events and promotions. A number of them are summarized in an article posted recently on the Green Lodging News site. Aqua Hospitality, for example, will celebrate Earth Day by supporting ocean preservation through both a volunteer cleanup and donation to Hui o Koolaupoko. Hyatt Place Raleigh-West and Southern States Management are hosting an Earth Day event to celebrate the hotel, as it is one of only a few U.S. Green Building Council LEED certified hotel options in the Raleigh (N.C.) area. On Earth Day, L’Auberge Del Mar guests will be provided with souvenir LED flashlights to encourage them to minimize use of lights in their guestrooms. Lights will also be dimmed throughout the property.

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Is It Easy Being Green?

Any new endeavor requires an element of change. And as we all know, change is hard. Even positive change is hard. But change is also a vital part of development, productivity, and—let’s face it—survival. As Andrew Carnegie once said, “Anything in life worth having is worth working for.” Businesses that lack the ability to adapt and grow will stagnate and decline. On an optimistic note, the changes we make do get easier (i.e. more natural) the more we practice doing them. It may not be easy, at first, to be green, but that fact in itself adds substance to your journey. Consider the disciplines of hotel management: Is revenue management easy? Is managing online reputation easy? Is expense control easy? I think most hotel managers will agree, these disciplines take work, but with experience they all do get easier. Managers will also agree that success in these areas requires continued attention and willingness to adapt.

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Bogota, Colombia’s Biohotel Organic Suites Prepares for May 15 Opening

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—Five years in the planning, the Biohotel Organic Suites is just one month from opening in Bogota, Colombia in the district of Usaquen, known as the culinary and cultural hub of the city. The seven-story, 72-room property is “my retirement plan,” says Samuel Huertas, majority owner. Huertas is aiming for LEED Gold certification for the hotel that includes the Green Piece restaurant and meeting space to accommodate up to 150 people. True to its name, the Biohotel Organic Suites is green throughout. The exterior of the building features windows made from recycled glass and vertical “gardens” that help to minimize heat gain from the hot Colombia sun. A 110-panel solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the hotel will supply about 10 percent of the hotel’s electricity.

upcoming events
Green Hotel Webinar Series--Session Four

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Green Hotel Webinar Series--Session Five

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Hospitality Design Expo & Conference
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Choice Hotels International Convention
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Jayson Kanekoa Appointed Executive Chef at Waikoloa Beach

WAIKOLOA, HAWAII—Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Hawaii Island’s Kohala Coast has announced the promotion of Jayson Kanekoa from Executive Sous Chef to Executive Chef. “Chef Jayson’s promotion is well-deserved and I have every confidence in him to provide exceptional culinary experiences for our guests,” said John C. Tolbert, Cluster General Manager of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Kanekoa will oversee the resort’s culinary team, all food and beverage outlets, and will bring his expertise to cultivate the resort’s restaurant and catering menus. He attributes his passion for fresh, locally influenced cuisine to his upbringing in Kukuihaele on the Big Island of Hawaii. He attended the culinary program at Kapiolani Community College on Oahu before honing his culinary talents at the 555-room Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

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IPCC Report Helps Frame Sustainability Discussion

Those looking to explain their efforts toward sustainability within the framework of climate change should check out the report released April 12 from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report is the result of four years of intense scientific collaboration by hundreds of authors from around the world. You can either read the entire report, pieces of it, or the Summary for Policymakers. I read through the 33-page Summary for Policymakers (it refers to specific sections of the complete report) and it includes plenty of information to justify your own company or property’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to the Summary, despite a growing number of climate change mitigation policies, annual GHG emissions grew on average by 2.2 percent per year from 2000 to 2010 compared to 1.3 percent from 1970 to 2000.

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