With Many Green Features, Home2 Suites by Hilton Flourishes – Even with Pandemic – By Glenn Hasek

Last year was undoubtedly one of the worst years in the history of the lodging industry but that bad year saw the continuation of one of the industry’s most notable success stories—Hilton’s Home2 Suites extended stay brand. Designed with 'sustainability being a key pillar,' according to Global Brand Head Leonard Gooz, this year marks the tenth anniversary of the brand.

Scandic Hotels Tops the Swedish Sustainability List

Scandic continues to secure its position as industry winner as Sustainable Brand Index today publishes the official ranking of Sweden's most sustainable brands in 2021. This is the eleventh year in a row that consumers and decision-makers have named Scandic the most sustainable brand in the category; Hotel.

Two Large Mattress Makers Incorporate Anti-viral, Anti-microbial, Anti-bacterial Properties – By Glenn Hasek

As concern about COVID-19 has skyrocketed, so too has interest in wellness and one of the places that interest has been focused is the guestroom – specifically the mattress. Any company today must be careful about its anti-viral/anti-bacterial/anti-microbial claims but at least two mattress companies are offering options that include at least one or more of the above 'anti' properties.

Architect Building Net-Zero Energy Hotel in Connecticut – Hotel Marcel – By Glenn Hasek

When the Hotel Marcel opens next summer in New Haven, Conn., it will be a shining example of sustainability and what every hotel could and should be. The 165-room boutique hotel will be the result of the renovated Armstrong Rubber Company Building, aka Pirelli Building, originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1967. It will be run by 100 percent solar power, meet net-zero energy standards, and will target LEED Platinum certification.

Global Tourism Plastics Initiative Welcomes 26 New Signatories

The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative has welcomed 26 new signatories, including businesses and organizations from every part of the global tourism value chain. Led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common goal of addressing the root causes of plastic pollution.