Hotel brands all over the world have pushed for sustainability. For many, it began with reducing single-use plastics, like straws. InterContinental recently announced the end of in-room miniature toiletries.
Earlier this month, Shangri-La, Sydney announced plans to expand sustainability measures. The intended changes make the property one of the first in the city to adopt some initiatives.
The first change is a transition from plastic key cards to wooden ones. The keys are sourced from legally harvested, sustainable hardwood forest that maintains a grown-to-removed ratio of 2.4-1. The cards replace more than 52,000 plastic key cards thrown away each year.
Horizon Club guests also have Just Water in room, sustainable water presented in plant-produced cartons. One hundred per cent recyclable, the water will help to reduce plastic water bottles by 360,000 each year.
Finally, Shangri-La, Sydney introduced ORCA clean food waste recycling, which will result in 39.73 tons of hotel food waste getting diverted from landfills in just six months.
The hotel’s front desk operates with paperless check-in and -out and a reduction in internal paperwork through extensive DocuSign use.
What sustainability initiatives have you noticed on your travels recently? Do the changes make sense, or are hotel brands pushing a little too hard? Tell us. Email us at [email protected]. Please include your full name and location.
United Airlines opened a Club lounge inside Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in November 2019. The lounge, near gate C7 in the airport’s new terminal, seats 95 guests and offers free WiFi, and ample power outlets and USB ports. COVID-19 may temporarily affect the lounge’s operating hours and procedures.
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Hotel Indigo Madrid Princesa opened in Madrid’s primary shopping district (temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but expected to open soon), adjacent to Parque del Oeste, giving first-time visitors to Madrid a perfect location for city exploration. The property offers more than 100 guestrooms, with two designs found throughout, both inspired by the natural greenery found in Parque del Oeste and reflecting the spring and fall seasons. In-room amenities include smart televisions and complimentary WiFi.
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.
As states allow visitors again and travel picks up, airlines are starting to prepare for an influx in passengers by increasing cleaning schedules, preparing aircraft for flight and even taking the temperatures of passengers before boarding the plane.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced a collaboration with John Hopkins Medicine International on its Lead With Care global health and safety program. John Hopkins Medicine experts will review and validate the Lead With Care program, which will then be implemented at Four Seasons properties around the world.
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Saint Lucia announced a phased plan to reopen island tourism responsibly, beginning June 4. Phase One includes welcoming international flights at Hewanorra International Airport from the United States only. In preparation, 1,500 hotel rooms are being prepared to open. The approach to reopening continues through July 31.