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Marriott International Opens Doors for Business, Tourism and Career Opportunities in Rwanda


KIGALI, RWANDA—Marriott International officially opened the doors of its first Marriott Hotel in Rwanda. “Rwanda is going through an economic transformation and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson, who attended the Kigali Marriott’s opening ceremony with political dignitaries and executives including Alex Kyriakidis, Marriott’s President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa region. “Coupled with that transformation is a mutual promise for opportunity—both for Marriott as a hospitality company and for the associates and partners who will help us succeed in this market.” Highlighting the importance of hospitality’s role in Rwanda, the World Travel & Tourism Council says Rwanda’s travel and tourism industry generated 7.1 percent of the country’s GDP in 2015 and predicts it to rise at 4.1 percent annually through 2025. Known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, Rwanda is becoming a popular destination for meetings and tourism. The 254-room Marriott in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, is creating approximately 500 jobs and will be among the country’s biggest and most luxurious properties.

1 Hotels, SH Group Set February 2017 Opening for Brooklyn Bridge Property


BROOKLYN, N.Y.—1 Hotels, the mission-driven luxury lifestyle hotel brand announced that the newest addition to its portfolio, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, is set to make its debut in February 2017. Located at Pier 1, just south of the iconic bridge in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and minutes from downtown Manhattan, the 10-story sustainable ground-up development is designed by New York-based architecture studio Incorporated and will feature 194 guestrooms with sliding floor-to-ceiling windows—many offering views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and New York skyline—including 29 two to six bedroom suites and The Riverhouse, its Presidential Suite. Guests of the hotel will enjoy a nine-treatment room Bamford Spa, a state of the art signature Field House fitness center, a yoga and barre studio operated by POE Yoga, and a 50-seat screening room. All aspects of the hotel’s design and construction will be carefully chosen to reflect 1 Hotel’s commitment to environmentally responsible hospitality. “The 1 Hotels brand aims to show sophisticated travelers they can live well, do good, and connect with the world around them,” said 1 Hotels founder and SH Group CEO Barry Sternlicht.

OMNI Solutions Named Trade Ally of the Year


MADISON, WIS.—OMNI Solutions, a Wisconsin-based energy-saving laundry and cleaning solutions company, has been named Trade Ally of the Year by Southern California Gas Co., (SoCalGas), their highest honor achievable, for helping businesses throughout Southern California save energy and operating costs.

Radisson Blu Incorporates Hotel-Grown Honey in Menu


MINNEAPOLIS—For a sweet spin on Happy Hour, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America launches a new Buzz Hour special, available daily in the Cocktail Bar. The newly launched promotion offers a menu of dishes and drinks that incorporate local Minnesotan honey, grown on the Honey Bee colonies on the rooftop of Radisson Blu Mall of America.

OzoMax Technology Proven in Laboratory Setting


DAHLONEGA, GA.—Breakthrough technology designed to completely eliminate water bourne bacteria legionella, tested by a research chemist at the Centre Des Technologies De L’Eau (CTE) in Montreal, is a proven strategy to save lives and possibly prevent future disease outbreaks. In July 2015, a deadly outbreak of Legionella in New York City claimed 12 lives. Legionella outbreaks have also been recently reported in Illinois, Detroit, Orlando, San Francisco, Maryland, Georgia, Spain, England and Australia.

Xeros Signs 50 Property Deal with Jamsan Hotel Group


MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that it has agreed with Jamsan Hotel Management (JHM) Group that its award-winning polymer bead cleaning laundry system is to be installed in each of its hotels. The program will see the replacement of conventional washers in more than 50 properties with Xeros laundry systems which reduce water and energy costs without sacrificing the quality of service to hotel customers.

Emerson Helps Venues Turn Food Waste into Energy


CLEVELAND—Thundering applause. Palpable excitement. Large-scale events are marked by common elements, but one universal feature exists just behind the scenes: food waste. As attendance numbers pile up, so does the food waste. But Grind2Energy, Emerson’s large-scale food waste recycling system, is putting food waste to work—by converting it into energy. Because more food waste leads to more energy, the impact at large venues like the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland can really add up.

Ecolab Named to Dow Jones Index Second Consecutive Year


ST. PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab Inc., a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technology and services, has been named to the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) North America index, a comprehensive and highly regarded assessment of leading sustainability-driven companies. This is the second consecutive year Ecolab has been named to the North America index, and the company’s third listing since 2012.

Bio-digesters: One Highly Effective Way to Manage Food Waste Flow


Businesses care about the sustainability of our planet and they are seeking partners who also care about the planet. Business partners adapt this green initiative in choosing hotels for lodging and facilities where they will hold their conferences. Change the light bulbs to LEDs. Put some solar panels on the roof. These are great steps to take to reduce your carbon footprint. But what do you do with your property’s food waste? A total of 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted annually worldwide. Sending solid food waste to a landfill can create more than 10 times the effect on global warming than you save with your LEDs and solar panels combined. Food wasting in a landfill decomposes in the absence of air—anaerobically—creating methane and other smells. Methane is 72 times worse for the atmosphere than CO2. That’s why it gets such attention and why no one wants a landfill at the end of their street.

Conveyor Dishwasher Report Highlights Machine & Operational Flaws, Opportunities for Significant Energy, Water Savings


NATIONAL REPORT—A field study of rack and flight conveyor dishwashers conducted by Pacific Gas and Electric Company Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) documents the energy and water savings and economic benefits of replacing an old inefficient dishwasher with a new efficient or best-in-class dishwasher. The study, entitled “Conveyor Dishwasher Performance Field Evaluation Report,” highlights how dishwashers become less efficient over time and how many dishwashers fail to operate to their design specifications. Summary data from the nine dishwashers monitored during the study were added to nine other dishwashers previously monitored by FSTC in the last five years. One of the testing sites was the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley, Calif. A goal of the project was to develop a more accurate commercial dishwasher water and energy use estimate that could provide the foundation on which to base utility incentives, third-party dishwasher retro-commissioning and replacement programs, market transformation initiatives and water heater sizing guidelines. The goal in each test site was to measure the total water and energy use of the conveyor dishwasher and to estimate the operating cost—including water/sewer, gas, and electricity.

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