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Chain hotels lead the way in sustainability

Chain hotels are doing a better job of going “green” than their independent competitors, according to a new analysis by Washington State University (WSU) researchers in the US The study, which started as an undergraduate honours thesis by Stefani Svaren, appears in the International Journal of Hospitality Management. It reveals that chain hotels are more […]

Westin focuses on staff well-being

Westin Hotels & Resorts has launched a global, brand-wide initiative that will introduce its “Elements of Well-Being Platform” to its employees throughout the world Borrowing from the signature experiences offered to guests, Westin will now offer its staff special programmes designed to inspire healthy choices and general well-being, both in and out of the workplace. […]

Human trafficking awareness training for hotel staff in Mexico

The Youth Career Initiative (YCI), a six-month education programme that provides disadvantaged young people with life and work skills in leading hotels, launches its first training workshop in Mexico this week for hotel staff working with participants who have survived human trafficking Course attendees include General Managers, HR and training managers, representatives of YCI’s local […]

Whitbread teams with Prince’s Trust on Youth programme

Whitbread has joined forces with youth charity, The Prince’s Trust, to pilot the ‘Get into Hospitality’ programme in the West Midlands – which is set to provide local disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence to find a job Twelve unemployed young people aged between 16-25 years will be given the opportunity to join a […]

Rezidor donates over 85000 EUR

  Now in it’s eighth year, Responsible Business Action Month sees Rezidor hotels across Europe, Middle East and Africa organize social and environmental activities and raise funds to support Rezidor’s corporate charity organization “World Childhood Foundation” as well as further national and regional charity projects In 2011, Rezidor also helped the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) […]

Pressure to cut cradle to grave product emissions

A new study commissioned by the Carbon Trust Advisory of senior managers has found that 50% of multinationals look set to select their suppliers based upon carbon performance in the future According to the research, 29% of suppliers are likely to lose their places on ‘green supply chains’ if they do not have an adequate […]

Fairmont reduces CO2 emissions by 8.4%

As part of its ongoing climate change strategy, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced that it has cut its CO2 output by 8.4 percent As a member of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Savers program, Fairmont has pledged to reduce its operational CO2 emissions by 20 percent below 2006 levels by 2013, and was […]

International Tourism Partnership chief calls for smart, inclusive and responsible growth

Speaking to 250 delegates at the first HOT.E Hotel Investment Conference Europe, Stephen Farrant, director of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) said that the “the world’s prospects for balanced and consistent growth look highly uncertain, and the common assumption that financial growth – as we currently define it – leads automatically to a more prosperous […]

New initiative to standardise the hotel industry’s carbon measures

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) are collaborating on a groundbreaking initiative to unite hotel industry efforts to calculate and communicate carbon impact by agreeing on a standardised methodology and metrics informed by the GHG Protocol standards For the first time, leaders within the hotel industry are collaborating […]