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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) announced that Wade Davis will be a featured keynote speaker at the upcoming Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2008 (ESTC 2008), to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from October 27 to 29.
NEW YORK—As environmental development manager at the 1,311-room Grand Hyatt New York, Diana Beltran is the only person throughout all of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts to hold that title. For the recent graduate of Florida International University (FIU), it is like a dream job but her responsibilities are immense. She oversees a Green Committee that has 44 managers.
PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, has appointed Faith Taylor as vice president, Sustainability and Innovation. Taylor is responsible for leading the strategic vision and direction of Wyndham Worldwide’s environmental policy and programs while overseeing all key conservation and preservation initiatives.
WINDSOR, U.K.— Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is something the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) takes seriously. So serious, in fact, that two years ago it appointed David Jerome to lead the company’s efforts as senior vice president for corporate responsibility.
CHICAGO— Georg R. Rafael, managing director of Rafael Group S.A.M., has been named the 2008 recipient of the “International Hotelier Global Citizen” award. Rafael will be honored at the sixth annual International Hotel Conference, which will be held October 15 to 17 at the Cavaleri Hilton in Rome, Italy.
BOSTON—For 18 years now, Michael Oshman has delivered the message of sustainability to restaurateurs. In the last few years, many more people have started to listen to him—even some of the biggest restaurant operators in the country. That is good news for the restaurant industry and good news for the environment.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—GLM, a dmg world media business, has named Lynn White, a 27-year tradeshow industry veteran, as show manager of the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS). As show manager, White will be responsible for day-to-day direction of the annual hospitality industry tradeshow.
BOSTON—Further increasing the property’s emphasis on reducing the carbon footprint of its hotel and meeting facilities, Seaport Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center (Seaport) announced the appointment of Matthew V. Moore as director of rooms and environmental programs. A 13-year hospitality veteran, Moore joined Seaport in 2005 as director of rooms.
MINNETONKA, MINN.—Carmen Baker, who took on the role of vice president of responsible business at Carlson Hotels Worldwide earlier this year, knows that her company has a lot of work to do from an environmental standpoint. Fortunately for her, and for Carlson, the Brussels, Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group has been implementing green practices since the 1990s.
BOSTON—Careers often take dramatic turns. That is what happened to Dan Ruben about five years ago when he went from working as a health care administrator to helping to green the 2004 national political conventions as executive director of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions.
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