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ORLANDO—Orlando has become the first destination to produce a comprehensive sustainability report focused on the visitor experience. The goal of the report is to tell the sustainability journey of Orlando, allowing it to chronicle progress toward the goal of becoming one of the world’s leading sustainable destinations. The Orlando Destination Sustainability Report is a pillar program of Green Destination Orlando (GDO), and a co-production between GDO, Greenview and the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, along with community volunteers. The report shares Orlando’s vision where visitors have a total sustainable experience, beginning the moment they plan their visit, to arrival in Orlando, to their stay at local lodging, to their daily activities, and all the way back home. Through this lens of a complete loop, the report describes the destination-wide programs and performance across various components of the visitor experience, covering key issues such as green buildings, transportation, food systems, solid waste, water, energy, natural resources, and many others.
LONDON—Stakeholders of the paper cup supply chain announced the formalization of the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG), which will be managed and coordinated by LRS Consultancy. Originally set up as a special interest group, the PCRRG has during its time worked hard to increase recognition that used paper cups can provide high quality material to the marketplace and that there is a need to ensure that it is captured effectively for use in the supply chain.
DUBAI—UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched the world’s first temperature-controlled city, Mall of the World, located along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. Occupying a total area of 48 million square feet, the project will comprise the largest indoor theme park in the world, which will be covered by a glass dome that will be open during the winter months. The project will also house the largest shopping mall in the world with an area of 8 million square feet, which will take the form of an extended retail street network, different to the typical shopping mall concept currently available in Dubai. Additional districts within the project will include a wellness dedicated zone catering to medical tourists, a cultural celebration district as well as a wide range of hospitality options comprising 20,000 hotel rooms catering to all types of tourists. Once completed, the city is projected to become a year-round destination, welcoming around 180 million visitors annually.
DUMFRIESSHIRE, SCOTLAND—The owners of Three Glens House in Dumfriesshire, Scotland have achieved something rare. They built a stunning carbon-negative property in the middle of a farm and transformed it into a luxurious guest house with a unique style and approach to hospitality.
LAS VEGAS—ARIA Resort & Casino, LEED Gold and Green Key certified, as well as a TripAdvisor GreenLeader at the Platinum level, will be the site of this fall’s second annual Lodging Green & Sustainability Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. The LODGING Magazine event, with the support of EcoGreen Energy Solutions, will take place October 28 to 30. “This year we anticipate doubling the size of our event in both attendance and exhibit area,” says LODGING magazine Publisher Bill Corsini, who will once again host this annual event. “While still relatively small in only our second year, the conference will again attract the best and the brightest among sustainability experts and professionals in the hotel space. We at LODGING Media are extremely excited by how well the conference was received by all participants last year, and everyone agrees the anticipation for this year is off the charts.” The three-day conference and expo will kick off on Tuesday, October 28 with a tour of ARIA, part of the CityCenter complex.
LAS VEGAS—The MGM Resorts Foundation announces Soledad O’Brien as a keynote speaker at the 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference. The nonprofit event will be held at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, August 6 and 7. The theme of the 2014 conference is “Women Inspiring Women.”
NATIONAL REPORT—When the NoMad Hotel opened in New York City in 2012, it did so with reclaimed wood flooring in its guestrooms. When the Grain Tasting Bar opened late that same year at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver in British Columbia, it featured doors made from reclaimed wood. When the Heritage Cabins at Pine Bungalows in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada were completed this year, the knotty pine tongue-in-groove wood installed in the original Pine Bungalows cabins in the 1960s and 1970s was utilized. Reclaimed wood is increasingly being specified and used in lodgings of all types, whether in flooring, doors, mantels, paneling, menu covers, or other fixtures or accessories. The motives for using reclaimed wood are many. Environmentally, wood taken from existing structures or even river bottoms can have many advantages. Virgin or farmed forests are not cut down and wood is diverted from the landfill. The more local the sourcing, the greater the environmental upside. For the owner of the structure, there are cost savings from not having to dispose of the wood.
NEW YORK—On May 31, the third annual Futuregreen Hospitality Forum that brings together hotel brands, designers and manufacturers for a day-long think tank, was held at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York. More than 50 industry leaders attended to collectively discuss environmental challenges and discover new solutions for a more sustainable hotel industry.
TETIAROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA—The Brando, a luxury resort on French Polynesia’s private atoll of Tetiaroa, composed of a dozen islets surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti, is now open. The Brando is a pioneering model of sustainable technology with seawater air-conditioning and renewable energy systems, without any sacrifice to luxury or comfort. Designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyles and culture, the all-inclusive resort features 35 deluxe villas, each with its own private beach area and plunge pool. Exclusive and private, access to The Brando is a 20-minute flight from Tahiti by Air Tetiaroa to Tetiaroa’s airfield. “There is nothing like The Brando in the world, and we look forward to sharing this paradise with our guests and making their stays with us truly memorable and life enriching,” said Silvio Bion, General Manager, The Brando. The award-winning cuisine of Guy Martin of the Michelin two star restaurant Le Grand Vefour in Paris is featured in all dining venues and in-room dining.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that its Conference and Events team has earned certification under ISO 20121: 2012, a new standard signifying excellence in sustainable event planning and management.
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