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BLLA Ponders Sustainability’s Role in ‘Boutique’


LOS ANGELES—The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA), a newly formed association dedicated to uniting the world’s boutique and lifestyle properties and the suppliers that sustain them, announced plans for developing a universal standard and criteria for defining boutique and lifestyle lodgings. Initiated by BLLA’s founder and hospitality industry veteran Frances Kiradjian, and in coordination with its Board of Advisors, hospitality industry leaders, and worldwide boutique property owners and suppliers, the new classification will create a differentiation for this fragmented sector within the hospitality industry. “Having a special classification specifically for this sector will allow boutique hotels to compete on a more level playing field with major hotel companies and give them the opportunity to better market themselves,” Kiradjian says. “It will also meet the increasing demand of discerning travelers to find unique properties and help them distinguish the individual traits that lured them to searching out the boutique hotel category in the first place.”

HSMAI Adds ‘Leader in Sustainable Tourism Award’ Category to Adrian Awards


MCLEAN, VA.—The past year has presented marketing professionals within the travel and hospitality industries with an array of challenges ranging from global economic instability to the evolving field of social media marketing. Always natural adapters, these marketing gurus have conveyed their bright ideas through numerous advertising, public relations and digital marketing campaigns and initiatives.

NRA’s ProStart & Conserve Win Awards of Excellence from ASAE


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Restaurant Association has received two Awards of Excellence in the 2010 Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The National Restaurant Association’s ProStart career-building program and Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability environmental initiative are two of the 21 winners.

WTTC’s New Website Includes 1,900-Property Green Hotel Directory


LONDON—The home of the only British canal boat in North America, a more than 1,900-property strong Green Hotel Directory, an Earth Guest program by one of the biggest hospitality chains in the world, and an initiative to reduce building on China’s famous Mount Huangshan are showcased on a new website launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The Best Practice Gateway, which can be accessed from, currently features more than 20 case studies from around the world.

Vail Resorts Launches ‘Echo’ Website to Educate, Engage Guests, Employees


BROOMFIELD, COLO.—Vail Resorts has launched its new Echo website,, to better educate and engage guests and employees about the company’s comprehensive sustainability efforts aimed at protecting the natural resources that surrounds the resorts and helping build stronger communities. Vail Resorts Echo encompasses environmental stewardship, charitable giving and community engagement. gives employees and guests a place to learn about Vail Resort’s charitable and operational programs that help the environment and build stronger communities.

Fairmont in D.C. Purchases 100 Percent Renewable Energy


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Fairmont Washington, D.C. has awarded a contract to Boulder, Colo.-based Renewable Choice Energy to offset 100 percent of the hotel’s electricity use. The three-year contract calls for Renewable Choice Energy to supply the 415-room Fairmont Hotel with more than 9.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by wind farms across America. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have been dedicated environmental stewards since 1990 with the development of the company’s comprehensive Green Partnership program, designed to minimize the hotels’ operating impacts on the environment. “Every business has a responsibility in the community to be environmentally conscious,” says general manager George Terpilowski. “Our commitment to support renewable energy development and reduce carbon emissions has an impact similar to planting 42,982 mature trees.”

Emirates Hotels & Resorts Honored with Global Conservation Award


NEW YORK—Emirates Hotels & Resorts’ long term commitment to sustainability and the environment through its hotels and resorts portfolio was recently rewarded with one of the most prestigious global awards in the travel and tourism industry. Emirates was honored with the Conservation Award at the 2010 World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Global Summit, held this year in Beijing. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are the WTTC’s highest-profile global accolade, recognizing best practices in sustainable tourism development, conservation and biodiversity protection. Within the Emirates Group, the Emirates Hotels & Resorts (EH&R) portfolio encompasses three major conservation projects spread across three continents: Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai; Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Australia; and the forthcoming Cap Ternay Resort & Spa in the Seychelles. Emirates receives this award in recognition of more than 10 years of work.

Diamond Resorts Team Members Participate in Club Ride Program


LAS VEGAS—Diamond Resorts International, a leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, announced its mid-year assessment of Club Ride Commuter Services, one of its sustainability programs. The free program sponsored by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada helps commuters find alternative ways to get to work, thus reducing traffic congestion, and improving air quality and mobility. Diamond Resorts International team members participate in Club Ride at Diamond’s global headquarters by carpooling, taking transit, walking, or riding bikes and motorcycles when traveling to and from work. These alternative commute modes promote a healthier personal lifestyle while benefiting the environment. Numerous incentives attracted team members to join Club Ride. Participants have reserved parking sections near the entrances of Diamond Resorts International buildings. Club Ride offers several guaranteed rides home per year.

TOTO’s Small Package Shipments Now Carbon Neutral


MORROW, GA.—TOTO USA, a leader in premium high-efficiency plumbing products and green manufacturing practices, announced that it has further expanded its sustainable logistics initiatives by adding UPS’s new carbon neutral shipping program to its energy-efficient supply chain. Globally, TOTO is the first major company to do so.

Ecotourism Conference to Feature Voluntourism Activities


PORTLAND, ORE.—For the first time in the event’s history, delegates of the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), held September 8 to 10 in Portland, Ore., will have the opportunity to participate in volunteer activities during field sessions. The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and the destination hosts Travel Oregon and Travel Portland are working with the ESTC Voluntourism Partner Planeterra, a world leader in volunteer travel, to bring volunteering to the forefront this year in recognition of the increasing importance of voluntourism as a niche of sustainable tourism. This is the first time that TIES is offering hands-on volunteer activities at its annual conference, and the delegates will be invited to be part of the roll-up-your sleeves, hands-on voluntourism field sessions offered at the ESTC 2010. The voluntourism field sessions include the opportunities to create a community garden, and to work at an outdoor environmental education center.

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