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IHG Green Engage streamlined approach to sustainability certifications
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced that IHG Green Engage, the online sustainability program used by more than 2,600 IHG-branded hotels worldwide, is now recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council under its LEED Volume program and Green Key Global (GKG) as providing streamlined pathways to certification.
IHG is the first hotel company to provide an approach to precertification for new-build hotels under the LEED 2009 for New Construction rating system. This is IHG's second LEED designation - IHG was also the first hotel company to provide LEED precertification for existing hotels.
Globally recognized sustainability certifications like LEED and GKG could ultimately improve hotels' bottom line, as government and corporate clients increasingly request hotels' environmental credentials through the Response for Proposal (RFP) process. IHG Green Engage provides a streamlined approach for responding to RFP questions on sustainability by helping hotels track their carbon footprint; energy consumption; water consumption; and waste diversion rate. The IHG Green Engage program feeds this information into the RFP format for hotels.
"Our research shows that over 70 percent of frequent travelers prefer hotels that are engaged with their environment, and we expect a growing number of guests who want to book greener hotel rooms," said Paul Snyder, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, IHG. "We are the only hotel company to build a comprehensive environmental management system for our hotels, helping them drive revenue through sustainability, and, ultimately, traveler preference. LEED and GKG are well-respected industry certifications and a ‘stamp' of approval that highlight hotels' ‘green' achievements. We are proud to be recognized by both organizations for helping our hotels obtain certification."
The IHG Green Engage program assists IHG-branded hotels in meeting and tracking several of the LEED and GKG metrics, providing an expedited pathway to certification. LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies. The Green Key Global certification is an Eco-Rating Program that evaluates, inspects and certifies hotels based on their commitment to sustainable "green" operations.
"On average, energy is the second largest cost to hotels, and we need help managing this challenge," said Robert Lamoureux, general manager, Holiday Inn & Suites Windsor. "Through IHG Green Engage, we have been able to easily track our progress in becoming more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable with the added benefit of achieving significant cost savings. The Holiday Inn & Suites Windsor is also a GKG certified hotel, which is recognized by government and corporate clients, and has helped us grow our group bookings business."
A key feature of IHG Green Engage is over 200 Green Solutions that hotels can implement to reduce their environmental impact and achieve energy savings of up to 25%, approximately $90,000 a year for an average hotel. IHG recently announced that IHG Green Engage hotels exceeded the three-year target (2010-2012) to reduce energy, per available room, by between 6% and 10% in the managed and owned estate with a reduction of 11.7% IHG also reduced the carbon footprint across the global estate by 11.7%, per occupied room, over a two-year period (2011 and 2012). The new IHG Green Engage targets for 2013 - 2017 include reducing carbon footprint, per occupied room, by 12% across the entire portfolio; and reducing water use, per occupied room, in water-stressed areas by 12%.
There are currently five LEED certified and 124 GKG certified IHG-branded hotels. IHG Green Engage hotels can now take advantage of this streamlined pathway to GKG certification, at a discounted application cost. IHG Green Engage is suitable for IHG's 4,600 hotels, across its nine hotel brands, including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn. More than 50% of IHG's global hotel portfolio is already enrolled in IHG Green Engage.
Northco Golf & Hospitality plans expansion across Midwest
Frank Jermusek, President of Northco Real Estate Services, LLC, has announced the expansion of its golf & hospitality division - Northco Golf & Hospitality, LLC.
Northco Real Estate Services was originally founded in 1975 and formed a team to specialize in the golf and hospitality industry in 2008. Northco Golf & Hospitality has worked on over 150 golf and hospitality projects in the last 6 years mainly focusing in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Frank Jermusek says that, "We have been asked to expand our geographical reach and plan to start working on additional projects in Iowa, Michigan and Illinois. We also continue to grow our service lines within the industry. We have historically focused on buy & sell brokerage, consulting, and management. We plan to expand our capabilities in those areas as well as add investment, property tax appeals and legal services to the mix."
Frank Jermusek says that, "Sale/acquisition activity has definitely picked up in the last year. The combination of available financing and equity sources coupled with reasonable pricing has been driving lots of activity. The barrier to entry for a golf course or resort acquisition is just not what it used to be. We have a number of deals where individuals or groups have been able to acquire golf courses and resorts on very reasonable terms with excellent debt/equity terms."
With a golf season as short as we have in the Midwest, it is important to drive revenue and to watch expenses like a hawk. "It is so important to create an environment that encourages golfers of all skill levels to the facility. The days of filing the tee sheet with single handicap golfers are over. Everyone in the industry needs to work hard to encourage a broader scope of patrons to the facility."
AEG Ogden now hiring pre-opening team for ICC Sydney
Venue manager AEG Ogden has commenced recruitment for a number of key senior executives who will form the pre-opening management team at International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney.
The convention facility is capable of holding four fully separated concurrent events of over 12,000 delegates; total exhibition capacity of 40,000 square metres; an external event deck of 5,000 square metres featuring spectacular city views; a premier red carpet theatre with a capacity of 8,000 suitable for international entertainment acts and being used for major convention plenary sessions; a Grand Ballroom to provide Sydney's premium banqueting space for more than 2,000; and a new ICC hotel complex with up to 900 rooms.
Sofitel jumps on the mobile app bandwagon
Sofitel Luxury Hotels has launched a new mobile application for iPhone and Android, offering a digital facet for consumers to experience Sofitel's French elegance in luxury hospitality.
Via the new mobile application, with content available in 15 languages, Sofitel customers can:
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