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CREST Releases ‘Case for Responsible Travel’ Report
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CREST Releases ‘Case for Responsible Travel’ Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has released its latest report: The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2020, a special edition on lessons from COVID-19 for tourism in a changing climate. This annual meta-analysis comes at an unprecedented time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has highlighted the immense need and value...

Columbia River Gorge’s Skamania Lodge Unveils Its Highest Treehouses to Date
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Columbia River Gorge’s Skamania Lodge Unveils Its Highest Treehouses to Date

STEVENSON, WASH.—Based on the success of its first four treehouses, the Columbia River Gorge’s iconic Skamania Lodge will unveil two new treehouses in September that will provide guests the opportunity to relive the nostalgic, child-like experience of sleeping among the trees. “Our first four treehouses have been incredibly popular with our guests—90 percent occupied during...

IHG Hotels & Resorts Deepens Commitment to Advancing Equality
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IHG Hotels & Resorts Deepens Commitment to Advancing Equality

ATLANTA—IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announced further updates in its efforts to advance equality for all, through key partnerships and programs with the National Urban League, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Jobs for America’s Graduates. Elie Maalouf, CEO, Americas, IHG, said: “The hospitality that we...

Survey: 74 Percent of Hotels Will Lay Off More Employees Without Further Aid
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Survey: 74 Percent of Hotels Will Lay Off More Employees Without Further Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As devastated industries wait for Congress to pass another round of COVID-19 recovery legislation, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows that the hotel industry remains on the brink of collapse because of the pandemic. Results show 68 percent of hotels have less than half of their typical, pre-crisis...

Mexico’s Conrad Punta de Mita Officially Opens
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Mexico’s Conrad Punta de Mita Officially Opens

NAYARIT, MEXICO—Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit welcomes a bright new era in hospitality with the official opening of Conrad Punta de Mita—Hilton’s first-ever Conrad brand resort in Mexico, and the second Conrad brand property in the country. Situated beside the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific on a two-mile-long beach, the highly anticipated opening of the 324-room...

New Study: Hand Dryers Equally Hygienic to Paper Towels for Drying Hands
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New Study: Hand Dryers Equally Hygienic to Paper Towels for Drying Hands

EAST LONGMEADOW, MASS.—After an exhaustive two-year process, a University of Arizona Health Sciences research team has announced the publication of their work, Comparison of electric hand dryers and paper towels for hand hygiene: a critical review of the literature. The review culled the current breadth of data, including published studies, news reports and online content,...

Travel’s Role in Empowering Local Food Producers Highlighted in New Cousteau Film
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Travel’s Role in Empowering Local Food Producers Highlighted in New Cousteau Film

CYPRESS, CALIF.—The TreadRight Foundation, The Travel Corporation’s not-for-profit, has released another short film featuring its “Planet” Ambassador, filmmaker and environmentalist, Céline Cousteau, speaking to the critical role travel plays in empowering local food producers and communities. At a time when it’s clear that the balance between people and the planet has been lost, the film...

Clean the World and Las Vegas Sands Partner with Seven Clean Seas to Prevent Plastic from Reaching the Ocean
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Clean the World and Las Vegas Sands Partner with Seven Clean Seas to Prevent Plastic from Reaching the Ocean

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World Foundation, a global leader in water, sanitation, hygiene, and sustainability has partnered with Las Vegas Sands to facilitate The Drop by Drop Project. A collaboration between Clean the World Foundation and initiative co-founder Sands, The Drop by Drop Project will reinvest capital from water stewardship efforts into three innovative projects supporting...

World Food Travel Association Supports UN’s Global Tourism Plastics Initiative
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World Food Travel Association Supports UN’s Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

LONDON—The World Food Travel Assn. (WFTA) announced that it has become a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, a project led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI) unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to address the root causes...

World Tourism Day 2020: Global Community Unites to Celebrate ‘Tourism and Rural Development’
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World Tourism Day 2020: Global Community Unites to Celebrate ‘Tourism and Rural Development’

MADRID, SPAIN—The 2020 edition of World Tourism Day will celebrate the unique role that tourism plays in providing opportunities outside of big cities and preserving cultural and natural heritage all around the world. Celebrated on September 27 with the theme of “Tourism and Rural Development”, this year’s international day of observation comes at a critical...