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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.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced its rollout plan to the hospitality industry is on track and the majority of Xeros ecologically-sustainable laundry systems have been sold into the top five hotel groups in North America. According to MKG Group’s annual rankings reported by Skift, HOTELS’ 325 2013 report named IHG, Hilton Hotels, Marriott International, Wyndham Hotel Group and Choice International as the top five hotel groups in the world.
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.
ST. PAUL, MINN.—As part of its 2014 Light Fair introductions, 3M Architectural Markets debuted its 3M Specular Film Protected D50 Series. Allowing lighting designers to efficiently control LED light while saving energy, this 98.5 percent reflective film improves thermal management, increases optical efficiency and lumen output, and reduces LED and LED circuitry costs.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added a UniMac case study to its website. The case study focuses on the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Fla. and its use of UniMac on-premises washer-extractors and tumble dryers. The hotel upgraded its laundry equipment in 2011 with the assistance of equipment consultant Jason Downey of Southeastern Laundry Equipment.
SALT LAKE CITY—At Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), held recently in Los Angeles, Control4, a provider of residential and commercial automation systems, showcased the latest update to its hotel automation solution, which adds seamless, secure wireless music streaming capabilities for hotel guests and improved energy intelligence solutions for hotel owners.
WAILEA, HAWAII—The AAA Four Diamond award-winning Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa located in the luxurious Wailea Resort destination has recently been recognized with the ‘Aipono “Excellence in Sustainability Award”. The reader’s choice award, presented by Maui Magazine, acknowledges the resort’s accomplishment as a top sustainability performer and recognizes its role in environmental leadership.
GREENVILLE, S.C.—In the United States, lighting accounts for approximately 23 percent of a hotel’s energy cost. To expedite and encourage savings, Hubbell Lighting announced a new energy efficient lighting program to cut hospitality electricity costs by 60 percent, translating to a 5.58 percent increase in profitability.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Urban Green Energy (UGE) as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. UGE works with leading hotels, resorts, and Fortune 500 companies in more than 80 countries, creating distributed renewable energy solutions that cut energy bills and eliminate carbon emissions. The company’s end-to-end service platform includes site assessment, system design, and installation.
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