Confirmed Speakers Announced for Airports Going Green Conference

CHICAGO, 2012-09-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — The 5th Annual Airports Going Green Conference will be held November 4-7, 2012 at the Westin River North Hotel, Chicago, Illinois. Register today at www.airportsgoinggreen.org and check back often for updates! We are pleased to announce that the Conference will feature the following sustainability leaders from around the globe! Special Sessions: Christa Fornarotto,… Read the full press release

airberlin: new environment and infrastructure department

Hermann Lindner to take charge of environment and infrastructure 2012-09-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Germany’s second largest airline has established a new department for environment and infrastructure. The department is responsible for bringing together the extensive range of measures implemented at airberlin which are focused on eco-efficient flying and the reduction of noise from aircraft. “airberlin is… Read the full press release

BIODIVERSITY IN TROPICAL PROTECTED AREAS MAY NOT BE SO PROTECTED SAY SMITHSONIAN SCIENTISTS

2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — A team of Smithsonian scientists joined more than 200 others around the world to examine if giving protected status to a tropical forest offered adequate protection to the plants and animals within its borders. They found that in almost half the cases it did not. The team’s findings are published online in… Read the full press release

Jersey’s only official YHA hostel lies in Durrell’s wildlife park

2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Stringent standards have been met, an agreement has been signed and Durrell Wildlife Park in Trinity is now home to Jersey’s only Youth Hostels Association (YHA)-accredited accommodation. The wildlife park’s hostel, Durrell Wildlife Hostel, has been awarded the accreditation, which promises guests a “home from home” experience and quality accommodation at affordable… Read the full press release

Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort Celebrates Grand Opening Weekend With Two Events

2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — What: In celebration of the new Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort, the hotel will be hosting two unique events that will allow fans to interact with the legendary fisherman, artist and conservationist, Dr. Guy Harvey. On Thur., Sept.13 from 11 a.m. – noon, the resort will host a Meet… Read the full press release

Courtyard by Marriott Opens Second Hotel in Costa Rica

Courtyard by Marriott Opens Second Hotel in Costa Rica

The 127-room hotel is a green property. 2012-09-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International announced today that the new Courtyard San Jose Airport, conveniently located 5 minutes away from The Juan Santamaria International Airport, has opened its doors for business. The new sleek and modern 127-room hotel is San Jose’s second Courtyard by Marriott property and features… Read the full press release

REMAINING OPEN HOUSE/PUBLIC MEETING SET FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, FOR LAX SPECIFIC PLAN AMENDMENT STUDY DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT

Los Angeles, California, 2012-08-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — The remaining open house/public meeting scheduled by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to enable interested parties to obtain information and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Specific Plan Amendment Study (SPAS) will be held Wednesday, August 29, 2012 from… Read the full press release

Marriott International 2011-2012 Sustainability Report Highlights Youth Employment Initiatives and Preserving the Environment

Marriott International 2011-2012 Sustainability Report Highlights Youth Employment Initiatives and Preserving the Environment

BETHESDA, MD, 2012-08-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) recently released its second full comprehensive Sustainability Report, using guidelines set forth by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).  In it, Marriott announced $2.5 million invested in its environmental portfolio over the past three years, and significant contributions to workforce development for disadvantaged youth around the world to help them… Read the full press release

THREE OPEN HOUSE/PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR LAX SPECIFIC PLAN AMENDMENT STUDY DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT

Los Angeles, California, 2012-08-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Three open house/public meetings are scheduled by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to enable interested parties to obtain information and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Specific Plan Amendment Study (SPAS).  No decisions on the project will be made at these… Read the full press release

Sustainability Leader Named to Top “40 under 40” by Airport Business Magazine

Amy Malick, Deputy Commissioner of Sustainability, Chicago Department of Aviation

CHICAGO, 2012-08-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The  Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is pleased to announce that Amy Malick, Deputy Commissioner of Sustainability, has been named to Airport Business magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. Click here to view the article. Airport Business magazine’s annual “Top 40 Under 40” issue highlights outstanding up-and-coming individuals in the business of aviation and airport management who are… Read the full press release

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa Partners with Lon Island Children in Spreading Conservation Message in Koh Lone

In Celebration of Mother’s Day in Thailand, Luxurious Resort Hotel Educates Younger Generation on Environmental Sustainability PHUKET, Thailand, 2012-08-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa recentlyteamed up with Lon Island Children to nurture local children in Koh Lone’s small community as part of International Youth Week and Mother’s Day celebrations on August 9, 2012…. Read the full press release

ATMEX Veracruz 2012 Announces Efforts to Reduce Carbon Footprint

To compensate for greenhouse gas emissions, Mexico’s first International trade and consumer travel show on Adventure will provide funds to the conservation and restoration of the Sierra Gordo Biosphere Reserve Boca del Río, Veracruz, MEXICO 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ —  The National Adventure Travel Tradeshow in Mexico, “Adventure Travel Mexico-Veracruz 2012” (ATMEX 2012), announced today that the event taking… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Resort Nevis Tags and Releases First Green Sea Turtle as Part of Worldwide Conservation Program to Protect Endangered Species

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Resort partners with international Sea Turtle Conservancy and local Nevis Turtle Group in annual “Tour de Turtles” race to raise awareness of sea turtle survival Nevis, West Indies, Caribbean, 2012-08-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Sharing space with the Queen of England on the Eastern Caribbean currency, sea turtles hold a precious place is Nevis history and culture. These magical… Read the full press release

GBTA Foundation Congratulates Project ICARUS Sustainability Gold Medal Award Winners

Awards Program Recognizes Travel Industry Leaders Spearheading Green Efforts Alexandria, VA, 2012-08-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — The GBTA Foundation, the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), warmly congratulates the five winners of the Project ICARUS Gold Medal award: IHG, Symantec Corporation, Sabre Holdings, Enterprise Holdings and PwC. Gold Medals are given to travel… Read the full press release

Marriott Vacation Club Resorts in Orlando and Palm Desert Named First Audubon International Green Resorts

SELKIRK, 2012-08-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott’s Grande Vista in Orlando, Fla., and Marriott’s Shadow Ridge in Palm Desert, Calif., are the first resorts to be designated as Green Resorts by Audubon International, an international conservation and environmental education organization. The Green Resorts designation recognizes properties that have been eco-rated by Audubon International’s Green Lodging Program and… Read the full press release

Dragonair Welcomes EIA Study Brief for Third Runway Option at Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong, 2012-08-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dragonair today welcomes the Director of Environmental Protection’s issuance of a Study Brief for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Patrick Yeung said: “This is another important milestone for this key project. Right from the start of… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific welcomes Environmental Impact Assessment Study Brief for third runway option at HKIA

2012-08-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways welcomes the Director of Environmental Protection’s issuance of a Study Brief for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport. Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar said: “This is another important step forward in building a critically needed third runway for Hong Kong…. Read the full press release

O’Hare Receives Sweet Environmental Award for its Beehive Farm

CHICAGO, 2012-08-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chicago Hare International Airport was selected to receive a distinguished industry environmental award for its unique and innovative airport beehive farm. O’Hare will receive an Environmental Achievement Award from Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) in the Outreach, Education and Community Involvement Award Category. The beehives are tended by ex-offenders, who get a second… Read the full press release

Save Some Green on the Greenest Major U.S. Airline

Miramar, Florida, 2012-08-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is doing its part to make travel more environmentally friendly and wants to thank its valued customers for doing their part to help save the environment too. From its eco-friendly seating configuration to customers carrying less bags, Spirit has taken serious measures to reduce its fuel consumption… Read the full press release

Finavia makes its airports more eco-efficient – carbon dioxide emissions declining at Helsinki Airport

Finavia is developing the eco-efficient operations of its airports. This also refers to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. 2012-08-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Emissions caused by Finavia’s largest airport, Helsinki Airport, clearly declined in 2011. As a result, the airport was accepted into the second level of the international Airport Carbon Accreditation emission reduction programme. The… Read the full press release

Carbon dioxide emissions declining at Helsinki Airport

2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Finnish Airport Operator, Finavia Corp., is developing the eco-efficient operations of its airports. This also refers to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Emissions caused by Finavia’s largest airport, Helsinki Airport, clearly declined in 2011. As a result, the airport was accepted into the second level of the international Airport Carbon… Read the full press release

Hybrid Vehicles Added to ORD Fleet Through FAA VALE Program

CHICAGO, 2012-08-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago Department of Aviation’s (CDA) fleet of alternatively fueled and hybrid vehicles at O’Hare International Airport just got a little greener with the delivery of three shiny, new Chevy Silverado Hybrid pickup trucks. The vehicles were financed with grant money awarded to the CDA through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program…. Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide’s UK Hotels Awarded Carbon Saver Gold Standard

LONDON, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide has been awarded the highly acclaimed Carbon Saver Gold Standard for effective carbon reduction and management at all of its UK hotels, where carbon emissions have been reduced over a three year period. Sustainability is a critical performance measure of the business, just like quality, service, and revenue. Hilton Worldwide… Read the full press release

One year on: Signature Experiences Collection® case studies Vol. 2: Iceberg Quest

Increased international exposure and more bookings are just two of the benefits of SEC membership for this Newfoundland family-operated business 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Time flies when you’re having tourism fun. It’s been a year since the Canadian Tourism Commission(CTC) launched its groundbreaking Signature Experiences Collection® program. It now has 160-plusmembers under its belt and is going from strength to… Read the full press release

airberlin Modernises Container Fleet

First environmentally-friendly lightweight containers in operation Emission reduction of 1,100 tonnes per year expected 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — airberlin is modernising its container fleet and will be utilising lightweight containers to transport freight and baggage for the first time. Over 750 will be successively changed to lightweight units. Their use reduces the actual flight weight by… Read the full press release

Hilton Colon Quito Named Sustainable Tourism Certification by Smart Voyager

World-renowned Certification Agency Smart Voyager Recognizes Sustainable Practices Of Hilton Colon Quito QUITO, Ecuador 2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Colon Quito has been honored with the Sustainable Tourism Certification awarded by Smart Voyager. “This prize is a result of the efforts of our entire work team and their dedication to our policy of social responsibility,” commented Patricio… Read the full press release

AkzoNobel honors companies using sustainability practices

2012-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas recognized three companies engaged in and advancing sustainability practices. AkzoNobel gave the 2012 FIT Sustainability Award to two repairers and a car rental company during a special program last month at the San Antonio Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The businesses recognized are Oka’s Auto… Read the full press release

Airports Going Green Agenda Announced — Register Today

CHICAGO, 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Don’t miss the fifth annual Airports Going Green conference in Chicago this fall! The conference will be held Nov. 4-7, 2012 at the Westin River North Hotel in Chicago. Register today at www.airportsgoinggreen.org  and take a look at the exciting, informative agenda below. Airports Going Green is the aviation industry’s leading sustainability forum and will offer the opportunity to hear about sustainability… Read the full press release

Governor Corbett Tours Point State Park, Concludes Kayak Tour

Pittsburgh, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Governor Tom Corbett today toured Point State Park in Pittsburgh, concluding his three-day kayak tour through western Pennsylvania to promote Pennsylvania’s vast natural resources. Accompanied by First Lady Susan Corbett, the Governor toured the Pittsburgh state park to which he shares a personal connection. A long-time resident of Pittsburgh, Corbett’s father moved… Read the full press release

Meliá Hotels International welcomes launch of standardised approach to carbon measurement

Palma de Mallorca, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Meliá Hotels International has announced the adoption of the system recently standardized by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) for calculating its carbon footprint. From now on, the company will also adopt the HCMI 1.0 methodology to measure and report carbon emissions in… Read the full press release