By Doug Lansky
This seems like Tourism 101, but I’m continually amazed when I come across places that don’t protect the very thing that makes people want to visit.
Last week I was at the Red Sea snorkeling in Soma Bay with my daughter. During just one hour in the water, I witnessed several scuba divers bumping into coral as they tried to film it (the underwater equivalent of driving while talking on a mobile), a German boy standing on the coral with flippers looking for his father, a Russian snorkeler standing on the coral to clean his mask, several snorkelers feeding fish, and a large yacht anchoring in the area by tying its bowline to a chunk of coral.
Hotel’s Horticultural Gallery features Certified Waystations, Pit Stops for Declining State Insect
The Monarch butterfly population has been in decline, but the Illinois State insect is getting some unlikely help with their migration in the western suburbs. At the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, which features a Horticultural Gallery on their 150-acres of Audubon-certified grounds, waystations are attracting Monarchs on their annual trek south. Due to the spirited efforts of hotel staff and horticulturalist Karen Paquin, who has created an official on-site Monarch habitat, the beloved pollinator is dropping by in significant numbers.
“It’s encouraging to see so many Monarchs enjoy our beautiful grounds,” said Paquin, who spearheads the sustainable ecology program at Oak Brook Hills, an IACC Green Star/Gold Status hotel. “Our Horticultural Gallery not only educates guests on what’s in balance with our native region, but all these pollinators are helping the property’s ecosystem flourish.” The resort is also home to a successful Honeybee program, which includes several on-site hives that house close to a half million more pollinators.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is in the heart of Milwaukee and the heart of the Menomonee Valley. Our heart has always been at the center of our giving. And now it’s in the name of our signature charity program –
Heart of Canal Street.
ISES Live, the international conference for the global creative event professional, will run a community outreach program alongside its event in New Orleans during August 2015.
A new not-for-profit initiative called the Empty Suitcase Campaign creates opportunities for meeting planners to add CSR to their meetings and incentive programs when there’s no time to include a group activity. The new portal--emptysuitcase.org—features a list of destinations around the globe and everyday items that are in need there, which was compiled with the help of local DMCs.
Meeting and event planners’ days consist of making decisions, countless decisions, from venue and equipment to decorations and team building activities. Now at the top of their list of considerations is environmental sustainability.
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When the recent United Fresh 2015 annual convention and expo wrapped up at Chicago’s McCormick Place, United Fresh donated 39,019 lbs. of produce and 207 lbs. of assorted dry food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Volunteers helped collect donations from the convention floor, which is filled with fresh produce companies, to benefit those in need serviced by Greater Chicago Food Depository partner agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchen, and other emergency feeding centers.
Chateau On The Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center In Missouri Offering Appealing New “Giving Back Meeting Program” Promotion
The AAA Four-Diamond Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center, located in the picturesque Ozark Mountains overlooking pristine Table Rock Lake in Missouri, is offering an enticing new “Giving Back Meeting Program” promotion, with a very appealing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) option. Available to new bookings by September 30, 2015, for a meeting or program held at the resort before February 29, 2016, the promotion invites the group to receive their choice of a 3% rebate (based on rooms’ revenue) back to the master account or donating the 3% to their choice of one of many local charities. The program is available to new meetings and programs only with 50 or more guest rooms which a contract has not already been issued. The 3% rebate or donation will be based upon consumed room revenue, according to the resort’s Director of Sales David Hume. Widely considered one of the finest resorts in the Midwest, the resort features 301 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, 43,500 square feet of meeting space all on one level, and many scenic outdoor venues.
Levy Restaurants, the exclusive food and beverage provider for the Cuyahoga County-owned Global Center for Health Innovation and the Cleveland Convention Center, has teamed up with SMG to start two colonies of honeybees to produce honey for Convention Center recipes.
This sustainable project includes colonies of bees that will produce anywhere from 40 to 60 pounds of honey per hive. In addition, the bees will travel up to eight miles from the Convention Center to pollinate plants and flowers in the surrounding area. Levy and SMG plan to utilize the honey as part of site visit packages, honey-infused recipes, and VIP client giveaways.
Association meeting planners conduct a “Sustainability Smackdown” to bury five myths during ASAE Springtime Expo
Green meetings have been popular for years, but a few people still seem to need convincing that sustainability is smart business.
Enter the ASAE Convene Green Alliance (CGA), which hosted a “Sustainability Smackdown: Mythbusting for Green Meeting Skeptics and Procrastinators” at the May 15 ASAE Springtime Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.