More meeting and event planners are checking for sustainability certifications and green initiatives when evaluating hotels, several hotel operators say. "I haven't found it to be a deal breaker at this point, but as we move forward the requests about greenness are only going to grow. Every group we work with has questions about it," said David Catalon, area director of sales in Washington for Hilton Management Services. Hotels have responded to the trend by embracing energy-saving technology and other environmentally friendly practices that benefit meeting attendees.

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