Hilton Worldwide became the first hospitality company to achieve Superior Energy Performance certification from the U.S. Department of Energy for leadership and improvement in energy management and productivity at three landmark hotels. Washington Hilton, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and Hilton Union Square San Francisco are the first commercial buildings to achieve the SEP certification.
“We are proud to not only be the first hospitality company, but also the first company outside of the manufacturing sector to achieve certification through the DOE’s SEP program,” said Maxime Verstraete, vice president of sustainability, Hilton Worldwide. “SEP provides us with performance metrics to drive continuous improvement in energy management that are aligned with our goals to reduce our carbon footprint and increase cost savings across our global portfolio of more than 4,500 properties. We look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Energy to expand our participation in the program.”
In addition to energy, the company has set targets in the areas of water conservation, waste diversion, carbon reduction and social impact. Hilton has also partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy through the Better Buildings Challenge to achieve a 20 percent energy savings goal over the next 10 years.
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Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
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The new The Fives Oceanfront Puerto Morelos is set to open in Riviera Maya July 1, situated a 15-minute drive from Cancún International Airport. A Fives Hotels & Residences property, the hotel is “all-senses inclusive.”
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
The new Club MSY, a premium lounge, opened at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
Accor announces the signing of a 24-pool villa resort in Phuket, V Villas Phuket-MGallery.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.