Westin is expanding its role beyond that of a hospitality company by providing personal resources with a new online effort. The chain's new Web site, www.FindRenewal.com, and in-room TV channel will offer advice on "simple and meaningful ways to enrich [guests'] lives."
Elad Group, which owns New York's Plaza Hotel, was due to announce ambitious plans to launch the Plaza brand around the world with its next project, a $5 billion development on the Las Vega Strip. The mixed-use development, bearing the Plaza name, is due for completion by 2011, but some speculate whether the Las Vegas market can sustain the already extensive amount of development.
The laundry room can a place where hotels set themselves above the rest, maximizing bed and bath comfort with soft linens and towels. Effective cleansing requires washing linens at an optimal temperature and making sure not to cram too many items into a single load.
According to travel experts at The International Ecotourism Society, Australia and Costa Rica are examples of destinations that do a good job of making sure eco-friendly businesses really are friendly to the environment. Other destinations, however, are in need of more oversight.
While ecotourism is increasing in popularity, travel experts are meeting in Norway to discuss the future of the industry that may be doomed by its own success. "There is no other industry that has more to gain or to lose from climate change," said Alexi Huntley of Costa Rica-based Nature Air, which invests in projects to counteract carbon dioxide emissions.